Wednesday, December 1, 2021

THE THIRD PASS OF THE SATURN-URANUS SQUARE


 


 From this point forward, I will post articles at irregular intervals. These articles will feature diverse astrological themes that will not necessarily align with astrological events in a calendar month.

 

Overview

In 2021, the square aspect between Saturn and Uranus was a major theme in astrology. Earlier this year, these two planets formed exact aspects on February 17 and June 14. The third and final pass this year occurs late on December 23 at 11:16 pm in the Pacific time zone (or early on December 24 in other U.S. time zones). At that time, Saturn will be transiting 11° Aquarius 05ʹ while Uranus will be in retrograde motion at 11° Taurus 05ʹ.

Before I discuss the influence of this aspect in our societal realm, I want to review some of the astrological symbolism of the square aspect. Additionally, I present astrological descriptions of the planets Saturn and Uranus, as well as the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Taurus.

Astrological Symbolism

The language of astrology describes energy through geometric relationships between planets and the zodiacal signs in which these planets reside at any particular time. The square is the division of a circle by four. Therefore, the square describes the 90 degree relationship between two planets. Because planets in a square relationship will be residing in signs with incompatible elements, they are said to be in a hard aspect relationship to one another. More specifically, the square produces a situation of tension and strain. When in this formation, planets in a square relationship represent different needs and desires and therefore, will work at cross purposes. The square can precipitate feelings of uncertainty and generate doubts about the ability to cope. Yet squares can motivate us to resolve this conflict in some beneficial manner. In other words, squares can result in some positive change if we are committed to that.

The planet Saturn completes a revolution around the Sun in 29.4 earth years. Consequently, many of us earthlings will experience at least one full Saturn cycle around the Sun and often more than one. In astrology symbolism, Saturn represents “father time,” and the principle of contraction and containment. Saturn represents the wall between the planets that we “experience” more frequently in our concept of time, and those slow-moving outer planets that are more generational in nature. Saturn is reality in the way that we know it on earth. This planet builds concrete structures like buildings but also systems in business and laws in government. Generally speaking, Saturn represents authority and responsibility.

In its most challenging form, Saturn manifests as a lack of confidence, fear, denial and control. It can be said that this planet is about life’s trials and tribulations that positively result in the maturation of a human being if we are attuned to its lessons.

A slower-moving outer planet, Uranus completes a revolution around the Sun in about 84 earth years. It is the next planet after Saturn. Despite its proximity, Uranus symbolizes very different characteristics than Saturn. As such, it represents the urge to rebel and be liberated. Uranus stands for revolution and radical thoughts and actions. This planet also represents that which deviates from the norm. Under the influence of Uranus, we can expect the unexpected in situations where we are surprised, or even shocked.

In 2021, Saturn has transited the sign of Aquarius, a fixed air sign that thrives on the mental plane.  In the old system of astrology, Aquarius was ruled by Saturn. In the new mystic system, Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius. So, you can see that Aquarius will have an affinity to both planets involved in the aspect we are discussing. Although some describe Aquarius as being progressive, this sign also incorporates some of the conservative aspects of Saturn. Ultimately, Aquarius is concerned with the collective, in whichever group one chooses to become affiliated. Also, Aquarius is a promoter of mass communications, whatever the message.

During 2021, Uranus has moved from 6 degrees Taurus and as far as 14 degrees Taurus during its forward and backwards transits. Ruled by Venus, the zodiac sign of Taurus is concerned with serenity, simplicity, and in satiating the senses. Taurus understands the value of acquiring resources to fulfill its needs and its natives often collect things of beauty. This sign is capable of working hard and playing hard. As a fixed sign, Taurus might be slow to change its mind, and others say it demonstrates downright stubbornness.

The energies involved in this major aspect of 2021 reflect major differences. Saturn and Uranus vary considerably in their motivations. In fact, one can say that they have opposite goals. Also, the signs these planets have transited during 2021 also reflect very different characteristics.

Manifestations of the Saturn-Uranus Square in 2021

Astrologers often look back at previous eras where particular transits were active that often echo the societal themes of the present. Many have noted that the last time Uranus transited Taurus, fascism became a powerful political force in Europe. This transit was in effect from 1934/35 through 1941/42. At the beginning of that Uranus in Taurus transit, Saturn was in the late degrees of Aquarius. I am not drawing an exact parallel between the political thought of fascism in Germany, Italy, and Spain, but there have been similarities present in U.S. and in other parts of the world in recent times.

The Oxford University Press in its Oxford Reference online site defines fascism as: “An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization…Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demogogic approach.”

From my perspective, the MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) supporters of Donald Trump are reflective of the Uranus in Taurus energy. They are slow to accept change (Taurus) and they are rebelling (Uranus) against a democratic process by the electorate (Saturn) that removed their demagogic leader.  Their actions, as reflected in the January 6 insurrection, stemmed from a motivation to promote chaos and to utilize violence in order to keep a fascist philosophy in place.

One can also view the friction between Uranus and Saturn in the behavior of the American public as it pertains to the Covid-19 pandemic. While most Americans see a benefit in applying containment measures (Saturn) to slow the spread of Covid-19, some believe their personal freedom (Uranus in Taurus) to be of greater importance. In this case, the Uranian rebels oppose the advice to get vaccinated. Furthermore, a segment of this population also refuses to wear masks.

The potential for radically overturning (Uranus) settled law, such as Roe v. Wade (Saturn) is evident in Supreme Court arguments occurring in early December 2021. The majority of justices have been proponents of eliminating abortion protections or severely curtailing access. Needless to say, it will be interesting to see which force wins in this test of a woman’s right to choose.

I would reverse my interpretation of astrological symbolism in the following example. During 2021, environmental activists magnified their message and have called for radical strategies (Uranus) to counteract climate change and protect our planet Earth (Taurus). Part of their strategy was to include these measures in the “Build Back Better (BBB)” budget reconciliation plan. Beyond environmental measures, this BBB plan continues efforts to eliminate child poverty, expansion of Medicare, and an enhanced paid family leave plan. However, it is being opposed by Republicans and conservative Democrats who argue that the national debt must be contained (Saturn). Their critics ask why they never use the same rationale in terms of military spending, which continues to expand.  

We can apply the symbolism of astrology on a personal level as well. We can look to see where Saturn is transiting 11° Aquarius and 11° Taurus in our own natal charts. It is likely that this will be a time when we need to make some choices, whether we consciously decide to do so, or if some unexpected event propels us to take action. Keep in mind that early in December (late on the third Pacific Time or early on the fourth in other time zones) we experienced a New Moon Solar Eclipse at 12° Sagittarius12ʹ. As we know, eclipses signal meaningful changes in our lives. Therefore, as a result of these two major cosmic events, be observant of situations in your life calling out for alterations.

Monday, November 1, 2021

ASTROLOGICAL HIGHLIGHTS OF NOVEMBER 2021

Mars in the manuscript Spherae coelestis et planetarum description

By Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
 
World Digital Library of the Library of Congress in partnership with the Estense Library of Modena, Italy 

The Big Picture in November

This is the season of Scorpio, the zodiacal sign energy that influences this time of year. We are open to encountering events that have a tone of the mysterious. The Scorpio realm involves deep emotions that we often associate with memories of the dead, particularly of relatives and more distant ancestors. Even if we do not tune in to otherworldly subject matter, we can observe that we and others examine the world in an intense way, a characteristic of Scorpio. Moreover, it is the season when we may probe for the truth, and when material is uncovered. This month, Scorpio energy is particularly strong from November 5 until November 21, when we have the Sun, Mercury, and Mars in the sign of the scorpion.

Mars (pictured above) is the traditional ruler of Scorpio. This planet of action and confrontation also figures in some key aspects this month. On November 10, Mars conjuncts Mercury in Scorpio and together they form a square aspect to Saturn in Aquarius. Around this time, we can expect a pronounced level of intensity on the part of individuals and groups vocally advocating for demonstrable actions on issues (Mars) against those representing authority and the established order (Saturn). A week later, on November 17, Mars will oppose Uranus. Energetically, this suggests that we might be involved in or a witness to situations that are out of control, such as rebellions. Furthermore, we could see a lot of unexpected activity or findings that might surprise or even shock us. Finally, this could be a time of break ups, either on a personal relationship level or among organized bodies, such as those in governments or businesses.

Although Scorpio is predominant in November, we also have a new emphasis on Capricorn. Our lovely planet Venus enters the earth sign of Capricorn on November 5. Still orbiting out of bounds all month, we don’t know how Venus will behave. Capricorn is a serious and committed sign, but will Venus buck the formality? Furthermore, Juno, the asteroid associated with power issues within the institution of marriage, enters Capricorn on November 14. Of course, the power planet Pluto is completing its transit of the 24th degree of Capricorn.

At this time of year the lunations occur on the Scorpio-Taurus fixed signs axis. The New Moon at 12° Scorpio 40ʹ occurs at 2:15 pm PDT on November 4. The Sabian Symbol for this degree speaks of an inventor conducting a laboratory experiment. This suggests that on an emotional level, we are ready to delve into something to see what we can find. Then, at 12:58 am PST on November 19, we have a Full Moon Eclipse at 27°14ʹ Taurus. Of course, eclipses are times of revelations. We might uncover some information that leads to significant change in our lives. The Sabian symbol for this degree speaks of the reawakening of something that you feel passionate about.

The day following the lunar eclipse, Jupiter in Aquarius forms a square with Mercury in Scorpio. As a significator of truth, Jupiter might usher in information that could reveal sources of new information that has been kept under wraps. At the larger societal level, could we be presented with major information about the January 6th Capitol insurrection? Will new actions emerge from the legal cases of publisher Julian Assange and environmental attorney Steven Donziger? What will the U.S. Supreme Court decide on the reproductive (Scorpio’s realm) rights of women when they deliberate the Texas law on abortion.

This month marks the 58th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That represents two Saturn cycles. Despite existing laws (pursuant to Public Law No. 102-526) that mandate the release of federal government records on this event, our country’s chief executives have continued to delay their release. On October 22, 2021 the Biden Administration announced another postponement, citing delays due to the pandemic. More information on this delay will occur this December, and some records might be released in December 2022. Nevertheless, during this season we could see the release of information from nongovernment sources that could enlighten further on this long ago but impactful event.

Significant Days in November

Below you will find a table of astrological events for this month, including the major aspects, the key lunations, and sign changes for the planets. You can assess the quality of significant days by noting when planets form exact aspects and where all this activity takes place in your natal chart.

Here is a basic key for understanding the meaning of the aspects:

The Conjunction (0°-10°): This aspect represents the merging and fusion of energies by two (or more planets) that have joined at a particular degree (or within a specified orb). This combined energy is very potent. When this occurs, we might feel subjective about a matter in our lives.

The Sextile (60°): Planets in this formation are harmonious and lend themselves to cooperation. Astrologer Sue Tompkins says there is a quality of “coaxing” in sextiles. In other words, if we put in a little effort at these times, we can take advantage of opportunities in a situation.

The Quintile (72°): Planets in this aspect represent the type of harmony inherent in creative endeavors. It might often describe the impulse to fuse an idea into a tangible substance. Quintiles often describe the talents possessed by individuals.

The Square (90°): Planets that line up in this aspect reflect incompatible energies with contrasting needs. Consequently, we can describe this planetary relationship as tense and strained. Because these energies can be working at cross-purposes, the situation at hand may require us to make choices. The “silver lining” is that squares compel us to take action and this often results in dispelling tension. If we are conscious of the dilemma, we can use the excess energy in a matter so that we can achieve something useful.

The Trine (120°): There is an ease in the relationship between planets involved with this aspect because they are of the same element. At this time, we can perform activities with a flowing energy. We enjoy these activities, and they often reflect our innate talents. Because this energy is so comfortable, it often does not promote growth. Yet, these aspects reflect how we can be healed.

The Quincunx (150°): Planets forming this relationship appear to have nothing in common. These planets display energies that are out of step with one another. There can be an element of irritation and stress because of this, but it is not a confrontative type of energy. If we are conscious of this reality, we can make adjustments to the relationship such that we do not feel so out of sync.

The Opposition (180°): This relationship between planets brings to our awareness how something is different from our preferred position. We could be in conflict with others about a matter. Also, we might shift our preference from one point of view to its opposite. Yet, we can also find common ground in this relationship. This aspect has the potential for us to integrate our perspectives.

NOVEMBER 2021 ASTROLOGICAL EVENTS

Date of Exact Aspect

Pacific Time

Astrological Event or Aspects

All Month

 

VENUS out-of-bounds

November 1

8:20 AM PDT

SUN (9 Scorpio 25) quincunx CHIRON (9 Aries 25)

November 2

2:39 AM PDT

MERCURY (24 Libra 29) square PLUTO (24 Capricorn 29)

November 4

10:39 AM PDT

SUN (12 Scorpio 31) quintile PLUTO (24 Capricorn 31)

November 4

2:15 PM PDT

NEW MOON (12 Scorpio 40)

November 4

4:58 PM PDT

SUN (12 Scorpio 47) opposition URANUS (12 Taurus 47)

November 5

3:44 AM PDT

VENUS enters Capricorn

November 5

3:35 PM PDT

MERCURY enters Scorpio

November 6

8:58 AM PDT

MERCURY (01 Scorpio 09) sextile VENUS (01 Capricorn 09)

November 7

 

Standard Time begins

November 8

1:24 AM

PALLAS (09 Pisces 03) turns direct

November 10

4:56 AM

MERCURY (07 Scorpio 23) conjunction MARS (07 Scorpio 23)

November 10

9:04 AM

MERCURY (07 Scorpio 40) square SATURN (07 Aquarius 40)

November 10

3:14 PM

MARS (07 Scorpio 40) square SATURN (07 Aquarius 40)

November 11

6:06 AM

MERCURY (09 Scorpio 05) quincunx CHIRON (09 Aries 05)

November 12

8:23 AM

SUN (20 Scorpio 30) trine NEPTUNE (20 Pisces 30)

November 12

3:19 PM

MARS (09 Scorpio 02) quincunx CHIRON (09 Aries 02)

November 13

7:56 AM

MERCURY (12 Scorpio 26) opposition URANUS (12 Taurus 26)

November 13

11:29 AM

MERCURY (12 Scorpio 39) quintile PLUTO (24 Capricorn 39)

November 14

10:45 AM

VENUS (08 Capricorn 28) quintile NEPTUNE (20 Pisces 28)

November 14

12:23 PM

JUNO enters Capricorn

November 15

12:07 AM

VENUS (08 Capricorn 57) square CHIRON (08 Aries 57)

November 15

11:58 AM

SUN (23 Scorpio 40) square JUPITER (23 Aquarius 40)

November 16

6:04 AM

VESTA enters Sagittarius

November 16

1:01 PM

SUN (24 Scorpio 44) sextile PLUTO (24 Capricorn 44)

November 17

9:23 AM

MARS (12 Scorpio 16) opposition URANUS (12 Taurus 16)

November 17

12:50 PM

VENUS enters Retrograde Shadow Zone

November 17

9:12 PM

SUN (26 Scorpio 04) quintile SATURN (08 Aquarius 04)

November 18

2:38 AM

MARS (12 Scorpio 45) quintile PLUTO (24 Capricorn 45)

November 18

7:37 AM

MERCURY (20 Scorpio 27) trine NEPTUNE (20 Pisces 27)

November 18

10:08 PM

VENUS (12 Capricorn 13) trine URANUS (12 Taurus 13)

November 19

12:58 AM

FULL MOON ECLIPSE (27 Taurus 14)

November 20

3:43 PM

MERCURY (24 Scorpio 11) square JUPITER (24 Aquarius 11)

November 21

1:14 AM

MERCURY (24 Scorpio 49) sextile PLUTO (24 Capricorn 49)

)November 21

6:34 PM

SUN enters Sagittarius

November 22

12:13 AM

MERCURY (26 Scorpio 20) quintile SATURN (08 Aquarius 20)

November 24

7:36 AM

MERCURY enters Sagittarius

November 26

5:05 PM

SATURN (08 Aquarius 40) sextile CHIRON (08 Aries 40)

November 28

8:39 PM

SUN (07 Sagittarius 10) conjunction MERCURY (07 Sagittarius 10)

November 29

6:10 AM

MARS (20 Scorpio 24) trine NEPTUNE (20 Pisces 24)

November 29

6:41 PM

MERCURY (08 Sagittarius 37) trine CHIRON (08 Aries 37)

November 29

11:19 PM

MERCURY (08 Sagittarius 55) sextile SATURN (08 Aquarius 55)

November 30

6:38 AM

SUN (08 Sagittarius 36) trine CHIRON (08 Aries 36)

November 30

12:46 PM

VENUS (20 Capricorn 24) sextile NEPTUNE (20 Pisces 24)

November 30

3:14 PM

SUN (08 Sagittarius 58) sextile SATURN (08 Aquarius 58)