This is it: the big weekend of the first exact contact of the Uranus-Pluto square. It’s being ushered in by another square between Jupiter and Neptune, plus an opposition between Saturn and Eris. After all this you might be wondering: will it live up to the hype? Will I feel different on Monday? Does the prevailing Uranus-Pluto obsession outstrip my ability to actually do anything with it in my own life?
Some of that may depend on what else goes on in the world in the next few days and how much you’re paying attention to it. A great deal of it depends on how much you’ve chosen to identify the themes and tensions of this astrology in your own life, and connect the dots. Squares equal change that begins within. As much as Uranus-Pluto is an era-defining aspect, with societal shifts we’ll be able to see clearly (at least in hindsight), ultimately you have to figure out what ‘change’ means for you.
The planets are giving us clues where to look, of course. Aries is the sign of ‘I am’, Capricorn the sign of ‘I use’. In the interplay of your concept of who you are and how you perceive the tools, systems and even ideas and people you are in the habit of using, have you noticed tension? Is one side of that equation evolving or rupturing in a way that is causing the other side to feel alien or unproductive? That’s one way to get a handle on the situation, to name the process and find a way into alignment with its flow.
Along your way in there, Jupiter in Gemini squaring Neptune in Pisces is reminding us to see multiplicity where we might usually perceive duality in our lives – and to check (and double-check) our facts and logic as we do so. Again, since this is a square, it’s an internally originating tension that we act on to resolve. That is, action within our own psyches and lives, despite the alluring illusion Jupiter and Neptune may be conjuring that what we’re feeling is actually all around us.
As noted on Monday, Saturn in Libra opposing Eris in Aries is a more seemingly outward tension. It is likely throwing into relief any relationship confusion/conflict that stems form one or both parties using the relationship to paper over a lack of authentic individual identity. Saturn stationing direct on Monday may help give some impetus to carry forward whatever negotiations you’re entertaining in your relationships. If you’ve been negotiating inwardly between facets of your identity that perhaps have made themselves known through relationship hiccups and imbalances, all the better.
So what is the leverage point in these two squares, or the fulcrum balancing the opposition? Maybe it’s the Sun, still newly in Cancer: the planet representing Self, ego-consciousness and life force taking some initiative in its new season. Then again, the Sabian symbol (from a series of channeled symbols famously interpreted by Dane Rudhyar) for the degree where the Sun is when Uranus-Pluto is exact is somewhat perplexing: A cat arguing with a mouse. Rudhyar’s expanded notes on this degree note the cleverness of the mind at not facing consequences; a radically reorienting event can lead to extended attempts to justify oneself.
We know we’re not adept, as humans, at simply embracing change and facing consequences. This weekend’s astrology – and that of the coming three years, as Uranus and Pluto repeatedly square each other – promises nothing if not radical reorientation and consequences to face. Interestingly, the symbols for the degrees Uranus and Pluto occupy for their first square on Sunday provide some perspective. Uranus at 9 Aries is: A crystal gazer. The development of an inner realization of organic wholeness. Pluto at 9 Capricorn gives us: An angel carrying a harp. The revelation of the spiritual meaning and purpose at the core of any life situation.
This is not easy astrology; but neither is it without purpose.