As the Aquarius Sun closes in to sextile Uranus in Aries at 11:46 pm Thursday, you may want to acknowledge the unconventional. That means taking note of anything unusual. It also means being open to alternatives. If astrology is any indicator, this week’s observations and correlations of the unconventional will prepare you to feel your way through evaluating the novel and implementing untried strategies later this season and into the next.
Regardless of the season, the Sun is consciousness for astrology. That is true especially for consciousness made evident. The Sun’s aspect to any given object illuminates a degree of consciousness.
When the Sun opposes an object or point, it is illuminated fully. The Full Moon is a good example of the principle in tangible reality. The same axiom applies symbolically. Each aspect from the Sun represents a degree of consciousness. A closing sextile (a separation of 60 degrees preceding conjunction) represents the limit of conscious acknowledgement, after which it becomes a matter of feel.
Imagine holding hands with 11 other people in a circle. Consider the means by which, and the degree to which, the consciousness of each member of the circle is evident to you. Assuming available light, the eyes of a person directly across from you would be plain to see, along with what eyes reveal of consciousness.
Proceeding from the person opposing you across the circle, and moving around towards your own position, each person’s eyes would be successively less visible to you. Finally, the eyes of the person holding hands with you would only be visible if both of you turned your heads to look at each other exclusively. In a very practical way, that’s how aspects work in astrology. Once you get inside the sextile, to the people you are holding hands with, the information you receive is less visually conscious and more physically subjective.
Right now, the Sun is closing in to conjoin Uranus on March 28. That means the next week or two will be the last chance to look the unconventional nature of Uranus objectively in the eye until nearly four months have gone by.
The unconventional nature of Uranus originates with its discovery and reverberates to the present day. Uranus was the first planet identified by telescope. All of the objects in the solar system known up to that time had always been known up to that time. There was no point when the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn entered into human consciousness. Rather, the planets visible to the unaided eye are integral to human consciousness, and probably the human genome. Uranus was the first planet that did not conform to that convention. It still hasn’t. There hasn’t been enough time.
Prior to discovering Uranus in 1781, William Herschel was not conscious that there were other planets to be found. The notion was far too unconventional for a mainstream astronomer. His awareness, along with that of many others, was also probably insulated from the ramifications of an American Revolution just concluded and a French Revolution just getting underway — inured to the conventional as most of us are. The ideas of revolution and republics without formal hereditary monarchs were not integrated into mainstream consciousness. In many ways, for many people, they still haven’t been.
What Uranus, the circumstances and times of its discovery meant to most of the people living in 1781 is what it means for your astrology now. It shows up, often suddenly and unexpectedly, as unconventional events and ideas in your life. You have to see, or note, those events and ideas to be conscious of them. You have to be aware that the unconventional is, by definition, not integrated into your experience or your being in order to acquire your own feel for it.
That means this next week or two will be about clearly seeing and collecting observations and correlations of Uranus in action so that you can get a feel for it. The objective is to prepare for a period of months soon to come when feel is all you will have to work with. Think of it as a project to acquire unconventional wisdom.
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