In his song, ‘Peace Like a River” Paul Simon says, he’s gonna be up for a while. At this moment in history I daresay a lot of us feel like we’re gonna be up for a while.
Uranus, planet of revolution, revolution, chaos and change entersTaurus and will be there this year from May 15th – November 6th. It will return and spend about 7 years there in March of 2019. This is Big astrological news because Uranus has an 84 year return cycle. The last time it entered Taurus was in the late 1930s. It remained there until the early years of the 40s. You might think, ‘end of Great Depression, beginning of WW II’ and you would be right to make that association.
Much is written about this on the internet. I will add my two cents here. You are also welcome to attend my Mars Retrograde workshop or search it out after the fact. Mars is an integral part of Uranus’ entrance into Taurus and so i will look at the combination for the workshop.
Which is to say that within 24 hours of Uranus entering Taurus, Mars will enter Aquarius, a sign that blocks Taurus. This would not be such big ‘news’ in the astrological sense except for the fact that Mars will be retrograde this year (June 26 – August 27) and will square Uranus three times: Once going in (May 16), once while retrograde (August 1st) and once after it goes direct (September 18th.) When things happen three times they are significant.
So Uranus isn’t just entering Taurus, it is entering with an edge.
It seems that somewhere between May 15 and September 19 will be a time of challenge, chaos and change. If only we could take our pick.
Uranus in Aries (June 2010 till now), was about people taking to the streets and a lot of protesting starting with the Arab Spring, Occupy, and Idle No More and, oddly ending up with the alt-right. Aries is often about protest.
Taurus is about money, resources, the economy, values and at a basic level, the body of earth itself. In an individual’s chart I could say, it’s what you value, but in the world it’s about banks and the resources they control. It’s about the land and the fundamental connection we have to it; how it feeds us and how we care for it.
Aquarius is also a money sign in that it has to do with the systems we put in place that store and contain our resources. Maybe you could say it is our concept of money. The investment we make which we think will increase value.
Mars is the god of war but that is only one of it’s faces. The scariest. It symbolizes all things relating to assertiveness, breakthrough and vitality. It will enter Aquarius and bring force to the concept or plan that our society uses to direct and develop resources and it will offer challenge to Uranus right off the bat which, in Taurus, has serious plans about what is really happening on the ground and what needs to change.
Mars wants us to stay with the ‘plan’ which is quite likely the status quo no matter what is happening on the ground. In Aquarius there is a veneer at least of civilized behavior. Given it’s propensity for aggression and bullying one might think that the actual terrorists are the ones holding the blueprint. Not the ones experiencing the reality.
It could be many different things including earth changes, computer hacks, and governments trying to manipulate these events on account of where the resources are. It could also be increased activism. Most likely it involves money and power. Think US dollar vs. Chinese yuan.
There are some intense dates to watch for while Uranus is in Taurus for the first time.
- May 16 Mars square Uranus
- July 27 Mars and the moon opposite the sun: Lunar Eclipse
- August 1 Mars square Uranus
- September 18 Mars square Uranus
- October 26 – 31st Venus opposite Uranus
My personal thoughts about Mars and Uranus lean toward things such as earth changes (fire, flood, eruptions, those kinds of things) and the cost which will be more than can governments can afford. The effects of climate change are real and present, that they are forcing change of other kinds upon us. The ‘keepers of the system’ (governments and giant corporations) are fighting to keep it the way it has always been, according to plan. Although this sounds awful it will give rise to the ideas which are plentiful for how to manage our resources in a shape-shifting landscape.
There are many voices of reason and hope.
And then there is Israel: Uranus, as it enters Taurus will conjunct Israel’s 7th house cusp which is the house of open enemies. Given the square from Mars it does not look like a meeting with remarkable people as much as an escalation of a difficult situation.
In the lives of individuals the Mars Uranus adventure might be about the fact that we must think more about our choices and how they effect the wider world. We already do this when we choose clothes not made in sweat shops or buy organic food. Whatever we are doing to embrace a changing world on May 15th, we may be doing a lot more by the end of 2018.