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Monday December 16

Moon into Gemini

There’s not a huge amount happening in the sky today- well, other than a few lunar aspects. And that’s a problem because with the Moon in Gemini, we need to talk about something…

I know…with Uranus about to turn direct (there’s a post scheduled for a day or so) some of you will be wanting to know about your Uranus transits. If it’s a conjunction with an Aries planet, you’ll be sitting in the front row asking ‘but what about me?’

Now, I can tell you until the cows came home about my Uranus transits. They’re burned in my memory in all of their technicolour glory. But my transits won’t be the same as yours.

One of the reasons why is because of the modality of the planets and points involved.

I was having a text discussion on the train with the oh so sparkly one on Saturday morning (on my way to yet another lunch) about this very subject.

You see, when Uranus joined my Ascendant, he was in Pisces, and Pisces is a mutable sign. Mutable signs react by adapting and adjusting. And that’s what I did. I reinvented (Uranus) myself (Ascendant) by changing course, by responding to the circumstances and events occurring around me.

For those of you with planets in Sagittarius and Gemini (who received the square when Uranus was in Pisces) and Virgo (who coped with the opposition), they did the same. Naturally, the experience would have differed from person to person depending on their Uranus life lesson (as taken by Uranus’s position in the birth chart) and how they incorporate Uranus into their life.

Uranus in Aries will be very different, because Aries planets respond differently. Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are cardinal signs and cardinal signs tend to initiate action when something threatens the survival of what they are charged with:

  • The identity or self: Aries
  • The family, the tribe, offspring: Cancer
  • The partnership and relationships: Libra
  • Achievement and position in society: Capricorn

Cardinal signs are called to action, they don’t just go with the flow…for that reason, their experience of the transit will be very different to that that we mutables had. Not easier, not harder, just different.

As for the Fixed modalities (Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio and Taurus), you guys are associated with consolidation, security and solidifying and generally need to be made pretty uncomfortable before you’re forced into change. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but it can make transits by planets like Uranus very difficult for you to deal with.

Clear as mud? Something to think about?

Good. As you were…

Uranus in Aries: The Technical Faff

Pic by me. A barong dancer in Bali.
Pic by me. A barong dancer in Bali.

A friend gave me a fridge magnet the other day that said:

Life Begins at the end of your comfort zone.

How very Uranus in Aries.

So many people have been asking how Uranus in Aries will impact them. For the next few weeks I will post on each of the houses but for now, the technical details.

The Houses

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries- Uranus will be in your 1st house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus- Uranus will be in your 12th house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini- Uranus will be in your 11th house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer- Uranus will be in your 10th house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo- Uranus will be in your 9th house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo- Uranus will be in your 8th house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra- Uranus will be in your 7th house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio- Uranus will be in your 6th house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius- Uranus will be in your 5th house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn- Uranus will be in your 4th house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius- Uranus will be in your 3rd house
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces- Uranus will be in your 2nd house

Also:

  • If the transit is happening in your 1st house, look also to the 7th, 10th & 4th for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 2nd house, look also to the 8th, 11th & 5th for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 3rd house, look also to the 9th, 12th & 6th for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 4th house, look also to the 10th, 1st & 7th for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 5th house, look also to the 11th, 2nd & 8th for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 6th house, look also to the 12th, 3rd & 9th for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 7th house, look also to the 1st, 4th & 10th for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 8th house, look also to the 2nd, 5th & 11th for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 9th house, look also to the 3rd, 6th & 12th for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 10th house, look also to the 4th, 7th & 1st for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 11th house, look also to the 5th, 8th & 2nd for impacts
  • If the transit is happening in your 12th house, look also to the 6th, 9th & 3rd for impacts

 

The Aspects

  • If you have planets or chart points in Aries, Uranus will at some point during this transit conjunct these.
  • If you have planets or chart points in Libra, Uranus will at some point during this transit oppose these.
  • If you have planets or chart points in Capricorn or Cancer, Uranus will at some point during this transit square these.
  • If you have planets or chart points in Leo or Sagittarius, Uranus will at some point during this transit trine these.
  • If you have planets or chart points in Gemini or Aquarius, Uranus will at some point during this transit sextile these.

What does this mean? With thanks and full credit to Bernadette Brady’s The Eagle and the Lark (because she says it best):

  • When Uranus is conjunct a planet or chart point, his energy is fused with that planet. He takes over that planet. His energy is stronger than the planet he is invading.
  • When Uranus is opposing a planet or chart point, “someone or something “out there” is doing something to you and furthermore, it’s their fault.” A decision is necessary.
  • When Uranus is square a planet or chart point, there is tension and frustration- something happens which will force you “into a mode of action that you have not yet explored…results stimulate actions rather than decisions.”
  • When Uranus is trine a planet or chart point whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily. Obstacles will be removed. This doesn’t mean that it will be good or painless, just that whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily!
  • When Uranus is sextile a planet or chart point opportunities may arise. As there are two masculine signs involved (Aries and Gemini or Aquarius) something may just drop into your lap. Sounds good? Not necessarily. “If you are not in a position to take up the opportunity, then the sextile can symbolize quite a dramatic event to create the space in your life for new options.” If the door is closed, it can be blasted open.

The Timing

OK, every astrologer has a different rule of thumb. Here is what I use:

  • I use orbs of 1 degree applying and separating with the following exceptions:
  • If the transiting planet applying to the aspect turns retrograde before it actually perfects the aspect, I think you feel the energy, but not the impact so much until it comes back direct. Eg Uranus turned retrograde in July 2009 at 26 Pisces 37’ less than a degree from my Moon at 27 Pisces 23’. I didn’t feel the impact of this conjunction until Uranus came back direct within a degree of my Moon.
  • I use whole signs only. Eg Even though my natal Saturn is at 0 Aries 58’ I didn’t see the aspect as within orb until Uranus actually moved into Aries.
  • If Uranus stations direct or retrograde on a planet or chart point take notice. Highlight it, put it in flashing lights or whatever. Just. Take. Notice.
  • Outer planets generally have 3 (sometimes more) hits at a planet- the 1st direct is an uncomfortable shock, the retrograde is about absorption of the lesson & the last can be the knife in the back that jolts you to take notice.

2011

  • March 2011 Uranus moves into Pisces.
  • 10/7/11 Uranus retrograde at 4 Aries 34’
  • 10/12/11 Uranus direct at 0 Aries 38’
  • If you have planets or chart points between 0-5 degrees of the signs above you will be receiving that aspect during 2011.

2012

  • 13/7/12 Uranus retrograde at 8 Aries 32’
  • 12/12/12 Uranus direct at 4 Aries 37’
  • If you have planets or chart points between 0-9 degrees of the signs above you will be receiving that aspect during 2011

2013

  • 17/7/12 Uranus retrograde at 12 Aries 31’
  • 16/12/12 Uranus direct at 8 Aries 35’
  • If you have planets or chart points between 3-13 degrees of the signs above you will be receiving that aspect during 2012

Want to know when it hits your planet? Check out the online ephemeris at astro.com.

Theres Only So Much You Can Learn in One Place

There’s only so much you can learn in one place,

The more that I wait the more time that I waste

Symbalon Cards
Symbalon Cards

Uranus is now in Aries, albeit briefly. He turns retrograde by July 6 and will be back in Pisces for one last burst by mid August before leaving the sign of the fishies in March 2011.

Uranus takes around 84 years to make his way around the zodiac, so spends around 7 years in each sign. Because of this, Uranus (along with the even slower moving Neptune and Pluto) are referred to as being generational planets- rather than defining an individual, they have the ability to define a generation. How they become individual to your chart is by their house position and aspects to any personal planets.

Because they move so slowly, anytime that any of the big 3 outer planets change signs, it becomes a pretty big deal. It is the aspects they make to your personal planets and chart points by transit that makes astrologers sit up and take notice when it comes to Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Their speed (or rather lack thereof) is such that the change they bring when they connect with your chart is karmic and major.

On the flip side, transits by the quicker moving planets affect little more than your general mood on a particular day. For example, a connection by transiting Venus to your ascendant should mean that on that particular day you will feel pretty oh so pretty. At the very least, your hair will behave itself and that looming pimple won’t raise its angry head.

If that transit to the Ascendant was made by Uranus, expect some major changes. The transit may last for a number of months as you can get up to 3 hits (possibly more if we are talking about Neptune and Pluto) as Uranus may cross the same point direct, then in retrograde and then re-tracing his steps when he turns direct again.

As an example, Uranus was within 2 degrees of my ascendant (and squaring my mid-heaven) for a couple of months in 2006, most of 2007 and through to around April 2008. During that period of time, my physical appearance underwent massive change. In short, something clicked in my brain and I had a restlessness in my chest that couldn’t be ignored. I grew my hair long (for the 1st time in my life), discovered curls I had no idea existed and refused to straighten it. I started adding a few blonde foils until I was virtually blonde, lost 15kgs extremely quickly (and unhealthily) and added some ink to my hip. My corporate suit separates went into the charity bag and I began studying astrology seriously. I did some other pretty stupid things too. Essentially by the time the transit was complete my mask had been transformed and the new me was no longer bright and shiny.

My husband has been heard to comment that at times during that period he had no idea who he was married to (but is now getting used to the new substantially more defiant and less pliable version). I get questioned by Immigration every time my passport is examined (thankfully it is nearing expiry and can be refreshed) and my mother is still says how much more sensible Joanne looked when her hair was shorter- so much tidier and more professional. When I first started studying astrology my poor father spent some anxious moments trying to work out where they had gone wrong: “where does she get these ideas from? She was more sensible before she grew her hair”. And as for my work access card…well, suffice to say that needs to be updated as well.

Indeed, the impact of a Uranus contact is substantially more life changing than a good hair day.

Uranus is the Joker in the planetary pack. He shakes up life, coming at you from completely unexpected directions, all the while causing havoc wherever you need a nudge to get moving. The area of life that will be taking the impact will be the house that Uranus is moving through. Sudden flashes of insight will come from nowhere. The only thing that is predictable with Uranus is his very unpredictability.

The other thing that can be expected with Uranus contacts is that the more you resist the harder you make it for yourself. This is probably the most important take home message about Uranus. If, like me, you have always been the good girl, done exactly what has been expected of you, studied hard and followed the path that was neatly laid out, if that path is not right for you, if you have been faking it or living someone elses idea of What Your Life Should Be, a Uranus transit will come along and knock you for absolute six… and there is no going back- no matter how painful and disruptive the whole thing feels at the time.

Uranus is asking you to be real and individually you in whatever area of life he is transiting. In my example, he moved straight from my Mercury to my Ascendant to my Sun, Chiron and my Moon (which will get another two passes before Uranus leaves Pisces for good) and between them all a few times. This is a pretty major 1st house transit by any standards. Because of the way my chart is structured, every planet and chart point has been directly impacted by Uranus over the last 4 years. That is, with the exception of Saturn who, in the 1st degree of Aries, is enjoying all the attention now.

So, what can we expect with Uranus moving into Aries? What happens when the Great Individuator (yes, that is a made up word, but given that I am talking about Uranus, it is perfectly acceptable to invent words) moves into the most staunchly independent sign of all?

Uranus demands rebellion and revolution… and in JFDI (Just Flipping Do It) Aries, that is exactly what can happen. Absolute Pandemonium. Cool.

Just about every sports advertising slogan has been based on Aries. No Fear. Write Your Own History. Don’t Back Down. No Way Back. Losing is Not an Option. Aries is the adventurer, the pioneer, the warrior. Aries is impatient, intolerant and has to be first with no time to wait. Absolute Pandemonium. Cool.

I haven’t got much time to waste
It’s time to make my way
I’m not afraid of what I’ll face
But I’m afraid to stay
I’m going down my road and I can make it alone
I’ll work and I’ll fight till I find a place of my own

My friend AstroSparkles had this to say about the global energy:

“Do not be surprised if this energy, combined with that of Pluto in Capricorn, causes more uprising, more revolution, more war. Primarily because Pluto is shaking things up on the authority front – and Uranus is bringing about the challenge, change & revolution, courtesy of the sign of war. Aries is not a tolerant sign – and tolerance, the domain of Pisces, is being left behind.”

If you have planets or chart points (in particular the Ascendant, Sun or Moon) in the 1st few degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn get ready for a wild but hugely exciting ride. Those with planets in the early degrees of Leo and Sagittarius will also get a wake-up call as Uranus will form a trine aspect to these points.

A Uranus transit can be the roller-coaster thrill ride of the zodiac. Will you be jumping into the carriage and belting yourself in with anticipation or offering to stay below and hold the bags? Personally, I hold the family record for the most number of times on the Corkscrew at Sea World in a row (14 in case you are interested) and am the first to grab the adrenaline rush that is rides like Extreme Speed at the Easter Show, so really there was no question of hesitation. Will you?

 Are you ready to jump
Get ready to jump
Don’t ever look back oh baby
Yes, I’m ready to jump
Just take my hand
get ready to jump

…Life’s gonna drop you down like a limb from a tree
It sways and it swings and it bends until it makes you see
…I’ll work and I’ll fight till I find a place of my own
It sways and it swings and it bends until you make it your own

Lyrics from Jump, by Madonna.