With the ingress of the Sun in Libra, on September 23, we have began another league of our yearly journey.
In the Southern Hemisphere, where I live, this Equinox means the onset of spring, fireflies in the garden, the scent of jasmines and wisterias in the air. The Sun is now shining overhead on the Equator, slowly moving southward toward the Tropic of Capricorn where it will culminate at the December Solstice (Capricorn ingress).
In this peaceful, glorious corner of the Earth we seem somehow to be enclosed in a magic bubble, far away from the strife and trials of so many people out there. The spring weather contributes to the illusion that all is well, life is great.
The international news present another reality all together: financial markets free falling, banks on the brink all over the place, and many matters coming to a climax in numerous hot spots around the world; famine, natural disasters, wars, civil wars and terrorism. People are moving ‘en masse’, from county to country, a truly great exodus that will be remembered in the annals of history.
For years now the times around Equinoxes and Solstices have been more critical than other periods, because, entering a Cardinal Sign, the Sun is aligning with three major destiny makers, Uranus in Aries (opposition on September 26), Pluto in Capricorn (square on September 28), Saturn in Libra (conjunction on October 14).
Here is the Chart of the Libra Ingress of the Sun, calculated for the coordinates of Wollumbin, NSW, Australia.
The opposition Sun-Uranus leads the way, indicating sudden turns of events in the world stage as well as in our individual lives. Conflicts of wills, confrontation between uncompromising and self-righteous viewpoints. Also fighting for independence and autonomy, clash with authority, defiance, conflicting ideologies. Also scientific discoveries and breakthroughs; and all sort of exciting developments. Positively the energy can be electrifying, encouraging us to think with our own head and refuse conventional stereotyping.
The square (90 degrees angle) between the Sun and Pluto soon followed the Equinox (September 28), adding the determination to struggle to liberate ourselves from outworn conditions and relationship, with the readiness to pay dearly for achieving the changes we want. Happening as they do so close to the actual Equinox the Uranus-Pluto-Sun contact will colour the whole season. Furthermore Uranus is now only a couple of degrees separated from the square with Pluto, transit that will dominates the whole of 2012 and beyond.
On October 14 the Sun will meet Saturn in Libra, their yearly conjunction. Always a time to ponder and assess the work done and the work left undone, to ground our ideas on solid foundation, to start something that will last.
Considering all the above we shouldn’t be surprised then to find lots of Uranian and Plutonian stuff in the news, while we may have to prepare for some Saturn effect to become obvious in the very near future.
On September 23, just in time for the Equinox, Mahmoud Abbas made his historical speech at the UN Security Council Assembly in New York, submitting an official request for a Palestinian statehood. This has been an unprecedented, risk taking, unexpected, assertive stand by Palestinians, defiant of the USA promise to veto. The Sun-Uranus-Pluto transits tie very well with this event, together with other transits active at the same time: Moon conjunct Mars in Leo (assertion, courage), Moon-Mars trine Uranus (rebellion, defiance), square Jupiter (confidence, hope), sesquisquare Pluto (need to redress wrongs), and in semi-square with the South Node (tackling unfinished business from the past); all this while Jupiter retrograde is getting closer to the second pass of his trine to Pluto (belief in the possibility of radical changes), the most important non solar transit of the season.
Abbas received a standing ovation at the end of his speech. This response has shown the growing world support for the Palestinian cause (with few exceptions) and also the general unease with the present Israeli government standing on the matter.
I found very interesting that in the remote Middle Ages Uranus happened to also transit Aries at the time of the First Crusade, fought by the Catholic West to reconquer the territory of Palestine and Jerusalem from the Islamic Turkish Empire. Uranus transited Aries between 1089 and 1097.
It was Pope Urban II who called the First Crusade in November 1095, throwing a ball of contention between East and West that is still rolling today. The response to his call to arm was overwhelming. Many were allured by the promise of spiritual ‘indulgences’, guaranteeing a place in Heaven for those who were killed while fighting the infidels (sound familiar?). This first Crusade was fought between 1096 and 1099. It proved a successful campaign for the Christians who won back Jerusalem from the Turkish Empire.
Looking back at the more recent Uranus in Aries periods we can see that they have been also rich with events that dramatically changed the course of world history.
This is what I wrote in a previous post on the effect of the last passage of Uranus in Aries, 1927/34: “Historically Uranus was in Aries the last time between 1927 and 1934, an epoch that saw the rapid growth of armament in the world, in preparation for the Second Great War, an age of political turmoil and unrest, fueled by the global depression and the socio-political aftermath of the previous Great War. That age witnessed the growth of right wing movements all over the globe, from Latin America to Germany. On the other hand this was also the New Deal period in the States and an extremely prolific period in literature and the arts, one that truly modernized our concept of culture. The whole period was the start of something quite different at many levels“.
A few examples of the effects of Uranus in Aries during its previous passage, 1943/1850: in 1848 Marx and Engels published the Communist Manifesto while social uprisings of the exploited masses took place in most European countries (with the exception of Russia,the Netherlands and the UK), spreading even to South America, only to be ruthlessly repressed. Over 50 countries became involved. According to a Wikipedia article: “It was the first (and only) Europe-wide collapse of traditional authority…”
Also in 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an American activist and reformer, organized the first Women Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, to demand universal suffrage and other human rights for women. Stanton and her supporters started something that, two Uranus’ cycles later, is not yet completed, with some countries still denying the rights of women to be equal citizens. This present Uranus in Aries period may hopefully guarantee women suffrage everywhere.
For further information about Uranus in Aries, please click the links below to read some of my Living Moon’s posts including the subject.