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URANUS SQUARE PLUTO



Between June 2012 and March 2015, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn will come into an exact square aspect seven times. The last time this aspect happened was in the early 1930s, a time of great turbulence just following the 1929 market crush and the Depression. The times now are very different but the one thing all periods of Uranus square Pluto have in common is that those are times of great changes, turbulence, extremes, and little certainty.

A little bit about the stage (the signs where the drama happens) and the main actors (planets):
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, symbolizing new beginnings, spring, and the unbound energy of youth. Uranus is the sudden change, the sudden interruption of a continuum, a flash of genius or inspiration that you don’t know where it came from, and the urge to break boundaries and limits, rebel if necessary, and find new freedoms that were not available before. A new cycle of change started when Uranus moved into Aries in 2010. At first, we see mostly the juvenile aspects that are accentuated by the Aries influence - breaking limitations, protests, rebels, and a wish to destroy the existing structures without assuming the ”adult” responsibility of building new structures that can replace them. Even without a challenging aspect to Pluto, we would have experienced this influence quite dramatically.

But, to intensify the drama, at the same time, Pluto in Capricorn signifies another great shift. If Aries is the child, Capricorn is the wise man at the top of his game, sobered and sometimes disillusioned, but very certain of the norms and forms that he has created and supported throughout his life and not very willing to give up or share the power. And, Pluto, a “radioactive” element as well, represents a volcano-like type of change. Things influenced by Pluto take a long time to boil under the surface and then burst out with power that changes the landscape forever. Since Pluto’s move into Capricorn in January 2008, we have been experiencing a deep change of our traditional power structures. While different institutions that rule our “outside” lives, such as banks and governments are going through major crises, amorphous new institutions, such as social networks, gradually take a larger and larger part of our attention and energy, but are not exactly covering the same ground. As these changes become more visible, the need for restructuring and finding new ways that can actually work becomes more acute.

The seven exact squares happen this time around in cardinal signs; their manifestation is bound to being full of actions, new initiatives, brilliant ideas, numerous starts and stops, and lots of heated arguments, wars, and conflicts. The upcoming meeting point on May 20, 2013, is the third of seven, and certain things that seemed completely new when the process started two years ago are beginning to fall into place. For example, it became clear that a state of revolution can’t last forever, and the excitement of destroying old “bad” regimes needs to be followed by the excitement of constructing new “good” ones, or else things just fall apart, and the new does not have a place to appear.