planets that energize this kind of change are both collective energies,
transforming whole generations - Uranus, the great Awakener, and Pluto, the
great Leveler. Uranus is the lightning
bolt of divine awareness while Pluto is the underworld power of evolution. Freedom-loving,
independent Uranus meets powerful, transformational Pluto in a dance of
breakdown and breakthrough for the collective.
"Uranus represents the unstoppable force of ideas whose time has come.
Pluto represents the raw power and inevitability of breakdown and renewal.
Together they force consciousness changes in the collective that are --
relatively speaking -- explosively sudden." ( Jessica Murray ) Sudden only to those who haven't wanted to
These two planets move around the Sun in cycles, creating their own effects upon the Earth, as any other two planets do. These energies are relational, just as the Sun and Moon form a monthly cycle in relationship to each other. We can trace how this Uranus/Pluto cycle synchronistically affected society back through our most ancient history. For a full explanation, see Richard Tarnas' Cosmos and Psyche, a really amazing look at astrology and history.
A quick look at history shows us that Revolution and Evolution are in the air whenever Uranus the Radical Rebel teams up with Pluto, the Underworld Lord. (Thank you Lauren Coleman, astrologybylauren.com and astroyiayia.blogspot.com for this timeline.)
- In 1707- 1710, Uranus and Pluto were both in Leo. The Industrial Revolution begins. The steam engine moves us into the future. Leo creativity.
- In 1775-60, Uranus in Pisces was in a similar first quarter (like the first quarter Moon) square to Pluto in Sagittarius. These were years of war over empires and trade. The American colonists started mobilizing against Great Britain and "taxation without representation'. It's still tyranny!
- 1791-1795, Uranus in Leo opposite Pluto in Aquarius (like a full Moon). These were years when the 99%(Aquarius) rose up against Monarchy (Leo). The French Revolution. The Haitian Revolution.
- 1819-1822, Uranus in Sagittarius square Pluto in Pisces (last quarter Moon aspect). Massive global revolutions in South America, Greece vs. Ottoman Empire, European revolts. The masses (Pisces) rise up against oppression(Sag).
- 1849-1852, Uranus conjunct Pluto in Aries (Individual freedom) (a new Moon aspect). These were the years before the American Civil War when the need to end slavery was brought to public consciousness. (SHAME ON PATRIARCHY that it's still practiced today.) Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto. First Women's Rights Convention held. The Taiping Rebellion in China. The Irish Potato Famine. Aries gave rise to a new sense of individual freedom.
- 1875-1878, Uranus in Leo square Pluto in Taurus. The energies here had to do with Empire Wars (Leo/King-Taurus/land). Russian Empire vs. Ottoman Empire. The last great Sioux War in North America.
- 1900-1903, Uranus in Sagittarius opposite Pluto in Gemini -- stock market Panic of 1901, many natural disasters involving migrations of people.
- 1930-1935, Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Cancer (last quarter). The Great Depression and the rise of nationalism (Cancer/homeland). Gandhi's Salt March of 1930.
- 1964-1967, Uranus and Pluto in Virgo (a new cycle begins). The Vietnam War, the Peace Movement, the Israeli Six-Day War, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, The Feminist Movement, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and the birth of the Environmental Movement (Virgo). How do we use our resources?
- 2011-2015: Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn: The Inverted Power Pyramid -- or bottom up civil action. The Arab Spring, London Riots, Occupy Movement and beyond!