URANUS vs SATURN
For the third time this year, Uranus and Saturn enter into an exact challenge at the end of this month, the end of this year. These two square off approximately every 14 years or so, but this year’s square-off has been particularly intriguing. Saturn, usually the rigid, structure-bound old fogey is in the progressive, far-seeing sign of Aquarius, while Uranus, usually the quirky rebel, is in the sign of stolid, earthbound Taurus. In traditional astrology Uranus is the planetary ruler of Aquarius, but in esoteric astrology it rules Libra, trying to find the balance between the far-out and the somewhat acceptable. And in traditional astrology, Venus rules both Taurus and Libra, a twisting entanglement of roles. This gives us some clues to the upheavals we’ve been experiencing on a global level as planets and people try to re-identify themselves in a changing Universe. This is certainly grounds for revolution, from wealth launched into space to the stark reality of poverty, discrimination, and starvation; from planetary upheavals to gender re-definitions.
Both Aquarius and Taurus are what we call “fixed” signs, set in their ways, hard to sway, potentially stubborn but excellent at follow-through and dependability. This is their third time squaring off this year. Although every time it was a challenge, the planets were in different modes each time. In January, both planets were direct, then Saturn was retrograde in June, and now Uranus is retrograde. Even while undergoing seemingly the same challenge, things could be different because we could be different.
Everyone: Winter Solstice on the 21st… and the light begins to rule again.
ARIES Planet: Mercury MARCH 20 – APRIL 19
Dynamic: A confusing challenge in the first half of the month could turn into a new sense of identity.
Direction: The pursuit of higher studies would help.
Soul Thought: “The Soul of Education is the Education
of the Soul.” —A Pope?
TAURUS Planet: Vulcan APRIL 19 – MAY 20
Dynamic: A spending spree this month could result in needing to beg later.
Direction: Wait until the second half of the month to decide.
Soul Thought: One of the four Desires is the Desire
GEMINI Planet: Venus MAY 20 – July 20
Dynamic: The lack of external challenges is lovely.
Direction: But the conscious practice of patience is
Soul Thought: Still a Time to Ponder.
CANCER Planet: Neptune July 20 – JULY 22
Dynamic: If you feel you’d like to hibernate, it is that
time of year.
Direction: You might consider dreaming instead.
Soul Thought: Or also.
LEO Planet: Sun JULY 22 – AUG 22
Dynamic: Your “seeking” may feel like it’s going nowhere.
Direction: Take heart; the world is still turning.
Soul Thought: When the light challenges the dark.
VIRGO Planet: Moon AUG 22 – SEPT 22
Dynamic: The month of the Cold Moon is a good
time for researching.
Direction: Pick a topic if you haven’t already.
Soul Thought: Researching your Self is always a
LIBRA Planet: Uranus SEPT 22 – OCT 22
Dynamic: It IS a disconcerting world we live in right now.
Direction: Sing a song.
Soul Thought: The right note can change the world.
SCORPIO Planet: Mars OCT 22 – NOV 21
Dynamic: Early in the month someone as strong as you
will challenge you.
Direction: Be prepared to shift gears, willingly.
Soul Thought: When you pierce the bubble of joy,
SAGITTARIUS Planet: Earth NOV 21 – DEC 20
Dynamic: Mother’s may have special meaning for you this month.
Direction: Communication will be important.
Soul Thought: “If we agree on everything, one of us is unnecessary!”—a dear friend
CAPRICORN Planet: Saturn DEC 20 – JAN 19
Dynamic: It’s not an easy time to be alive.
Direction: But boy, is it an alive time!
Soul Thought: “The son of God was born an outcast in
order to remind us that every outcast is a Son of God.”
AQUARIUS Planet: Jupiter JAN 19 – FEB 18
Dynamic: Expansion of mind and soul are very
possible, despite the challenges.
Direction: Think big!
Soul Thought: BE Big!
PISCES Planet: Pluto FEB 18 – MAR 20
Dynamic: It’s a gentle month.
Direction: A good time for soft ponderings and
Soul Thought: In a crystal cave?