by Robert Wilkinson
We know the years approaching 2012 will be strange and challenging due to the squares and oppositions between major planets, along with the on-going Grand Irrationality not cutting us any slack for the next decade. In the past I've offered some things about the squares and oppositions, and today we'll explore some of the qualities of those tension producing, breakthrough aspects.
As I originally wrote about what's coming not that far down the road:
What's bizarre about that time is that Saturn in Virgo is opposition Uranus in Pisces and biseptile Pluto, showing the Grand Irrationality will definitely put a hard edge of the events of election 2008. Expect America to be confronting a fork in the road of its collective destiny at that time. Be alert to what shows itself in March-April 2008, since Pluto will already be in Capricorn offering seeds of things to come.
Anyone who has studied Greek mythology knows the battle between Uranus (Oranos) and his son Saturn was titanic and that Saturn (time) eventually won out over Uranus. Uranus symbolizes revolution and Will, while Saturn is order. It is easy to see how time effectively conquers any revolutionary impulse, and those who were once revolutionaries do turn to forms of order, discipline, and structure to put down any further revolution that would disrupt their sense of order.
Saturn in Virgo opposed to Uranus in Pisces will be just such a battle. Uranus conjunct North Node in Pisces shows the revolution has been building for some time in collective consciousness, and has learned the tricks of concealment and deception of the present system and its players. Saturn is conjunct the South Node, showing the system is on autopilot and in a state of non-development, demonstrating what it already knows but polarized relative to the Higher Will and Law Uranus symbolizes.
We're at the end of a long era (Uranus in Pisces) but the system, Saturn, is focused on rearranging the deck chairs even though the old "ship of forms" is sinking. The systems need to self-correct, but usually are trapped in their own inertias until challenged by something outside of it forcing change. That's what happens when Saturn confronts Uranus.
An opposition brings things to surface, and if polarization is needed or active, shows as that. It definitely brings realizations and a distinct sense of what opposes what. Dr. Jones has written that these planets in affliction show a need to find tasks that can bring forth genius or new and unusual potentials without dissipating energies in useless displays. The strength of these two planets in a dynamic aspect is the ability to ignore older or lesser distractions through knowing what is really relevant in any circumstance. This can show as firmness or ruthlessness, depending.
A previous Saturn-Uranus affliction may provide clues to what's happening and coming. From 9/1917 to 8/1921 Saturn opposed Uranus, first from Leo to Aquarius, and then from Virgo to Pisces. The late Leo and early Virgo opposition to Pisces occurred Summer 1919, with the opposition shifting to Virgo and late Aquarius 8/1919 through 1/1920. This continued as a Virgo-Pisces opposition from 1/1920 through 9/1920, picking up again briefly from 4/1921 through 8/1921.
A study of historical events may yield clues as to what we can expect to see developing in mass consciousness. Though events obviously won't be the same due to developments in the 20th Century moving our world into unknown zones of human and planetary evolution, the symbols of the opposition may serve to help us understand history from a larger point of view.
Other points in the past 100 years where these two challenged each other were Saturn in Capricorn waning (upper) square Uranus in Aries March and April 1929, and then 12/1929 through 12/1931, the depth of the American Great Depression, itself part of an on-going global economic depression that marked most of the 1920s. They began to conjunct in Taurus in early 1941, getting closer until they were exactly conjunct in late Taurus May 1942. They stayed close in Gemini throughout 1942 until they slipped out of orb in June 1943.
The next point of dynamic "affliction" began 11/50 with Saturn in Libra waxing (lower) square Uranus in Cancer. This lasted until early March 1951 when Saturn retrograded back into Virgo, but came back strong beginning 9/51 as part of a T-square with Jupiter in Aries. This Aries-Libra-Cancer T-square lasted through 3/52, with Saturn square Uranus persisting through 12/1952, coming back one last time from 5/53-10/53.
The next opposition between these power players began 3/64 with Saturn in Pisces opposition Uranus in Virgo. This lasted through 9/64, and picked up again 1/65, and despite a very wide orb at times, lasted through 3/67. By 7/75 we show Saturn in Cancer waning square Uranus in Libra, with the square continuing from Leo to Scorpio in 9/75 lasting through 1/76. They were in out of sign square (late Cancer to early Scorpio) in May 1976, with Saturn resuming the Leo square beginning June 1976 lasting through June 1977.
The next conjunction began 1/87 in Sagittarius, lasting in that sign until both slipped into Capricorn 2/88. They both retrograded back into Sag later that year, but by 1989 were again conjunct in Capricorn through 12/89. The next square began 5/99 with Saturn in Taurus and Uranus in Aquarius and lasted until 7/2000. It resumed 1/2001and lasted through 4/2001. That brings us up to the present.
A brief look back shows much conflict during these times, with a lot of social unrest all around the world. I have no doubt that things are already fermenting globally, since the old systems have become oppressive and severely exploitive regarding short term personal gains versus long term social progress. We can expect things to get extremely polarized as Saturn moves farther into Virgo and into closer opposition to Uranus over the next three years.
If we have planets or sensitive points anywhere in late Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, or Sagittarius, we will be directly affected by this opposition, and may be able to find ways and means to use those planetary skills to embody "the corrective force of Nature Herself" to bring resolution and/or breakthrough in situations represented by the opposition. If this applies to you, prepare to be trained in how to be the highest manifestation of whatever planet in your chart is affected. If you're wondering how this could manifest, please refer to Duality: Good and Bad, Dysfunction and Perfection where I offer you how to transmute a planetary dysfunction into its strength.
In Parts 2 and 3 I'll discuss how Pluto factors into the mix. If you want to know more about the coming configurations, please re-visit The Coming Cardinal Squares and Crosses of Saturn in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries 2009-2010-2011-2012-2013
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson