(My computer is down so no pictures this time!)
Every year as the Sun journeys through Capricorn, our archetypal consciousness turns toward our place in society. What is our dharma? Our purpose? What life-enhancing talent can we bring to our society?
This question is especially important this decade or so because Pluto, the energy of death and rebirth, is in Capricorn, the sign of our collective social structures. Pluto's regenerative energy is like lava. We can't stop the flow. First it brings up what is dead to destroy its roots, like the corruption in our economic and political systems.
The breakdown first occurred as Pluto traveled through the first ten degrees of Capricorn from 2008 to 2013. Now that Pluto is moving through the ten middle degrees of Capricorn from 2014-2018, it has a more earthy Taurean expression, which wants to build something. Pluto will travel through the Virgo-like last ten degrees of Capricorn from 2019--2024, when we can integrate the new vision with what is still viable from the old.
However, now it's time to start building the new, even if the uprooting is still going on. Once we let the old field die out, it becomes a field of potential, a field of the possible society.
If there was ever a time in Earth's history that 'ordinary' people have to step forward and be counted, it is now. It's time for conscious evolution.
This is where Uranus in Aries comes in, because in fact none of us are ordinary. We've forgotten that we each have special talents to share because our society insists that only money and power and certain talents make it so. Uranus in Aries awakens us to our archetypal identity and the knowledge that helps us Be extraordinary.
These planets are challenging each other and us, forcing us to choose our path at this cosmic crossroads. Pluto is here to demolish what is corrupt in our society, what no longer serves the common good. Uranus challenges us to step up and not let the old power structure re-assert its domination as things fall apart. It's our challenge to take the initiative and plant our purpose in that new field.
Uranus joins the South Node in Aries right before this Aquarius New Moon. The South Node indicates what traits we need to leave behind, usually the worst; in Aries, we instinctively remember being a warrior and react accordingly. Uranus shakes things up. On the mundane level, Uranus on the Aries South Node can be explosive, since Aries at its worst (the South Node) loves war and fighting and blowing things up.
But we can make positive use of these energies if we channel them rather than be overwhelmed by them. Uranus on the Aries South Node can awaken our inner (s)hero to help us find our freedom from the selfishness and war-like nature of a bad Aries habit. It offers to awaken the good parts of Aries--the courage, the leadership, the pioneering spirit that marks conscious Aries energy.
The world needs new vision, new ideas, new understanding and a new foundation. As patriarchy and corporate capitalism die--and they will die, we are just seeing their death tremors--it is our new vision that has to take hold for our future society. Otherwise, we will end up being ruled by the zombie elite!
In less than two months, the seventh and final square between Pluto and Uranus will occur. The cosmos is energizing evolution. Will you learn to channel the energies or let them overwhelm you?
As Stephanie Austin mentions in her article in the Mountain Astrologer (Dec/Jan 2015, p. 103): "this particular alignment of Uranus, the South Node, and Pluto in Aries and Capricorn has not happened in more than 2,600 years." Don't miss out on being part of this amazing revolution.
When the Sun moves into Aquarius, there's a completely different feeling in the air. Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign--it's all about the structuring of society. Aquarius' archetypal consciousness focuses on ideals, community, freedom, innovation, rebellion and the future.