“The transits up ahead are no more or less dramatic than they have to be, in order to apply the appropriate restorative treatment. And when our hearts are open to the task, we may find ourselves not only able but eager to engage in the healing, as if a part of our being knew all along that we were born to the task.” – Jessica Murray
Uranus the Great Awakener, planet of revolution and liberation, will move from Pisces to Aries on May 27. Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the Sun, spending about seven years in each sign. The transition from Pisces — the last sign of the zodiac — to Aries — the first sign — represents the beginning of a new 84-year cycle, and the entry into uncharted territory.
Uranian energy is rebellious and innovative, shaking up and breaking up the status quo. Uranus’s motto is “expect the unexpected” — it’s an unpredictable, Tricksterish, disruptive and chaotic force. In a state of chaos, we’re compelled to get creative and experimental; the old approaches no longer apply.
In the words of astrologer Caroline Casey, “Uranus’s force is a lightning bolt, casting illumination wherever it travels.” As Uranus travels through each sign of the zodiac, it illuminates, awakens, shakes up and revolutionizes the areas of life associated with that sign.
Uranus moved into Pisces in March 2003, instigating revolution in the invisible realm of consciousness, energy, Spirit, vision and imagination. Of course, this revolution is an ongoing evolutionary journey, but the past seven years have seen a significant acceleration in these areas.
Science (ruled by Uranus) now verifies what mystics have always taught — that All Is One, that we are all intrinsically, inevitably connected. Researchers like Bruce Lipton, Masaru Emoto and Lynn McTaggart have proven that our thoughts and feelings have an influence on physical matter. Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol, and the movies What the Bleep and The Secret, have helped bring these formerly far-out ideas into mainstream consciousness. Energy healing is increasingly accepted by the Western medical establishment as scientific studies validate its benefits.
The gifts of Uranus in Pisces — the awareness that we’re all connected and the compassion that arises from that knowing; the understanding that the invisible realm is real and accessible as an ally and support; the ability to envision a world of peace and plenty; a sense of inner freedom and spiritual connection — can help carry us through this next phase. Because when Uranus enters Aries, we enter uncharted territory, and the awakened consciousness and inner power we’ve been cultivating will be put to the test.
“Let my history then / be a gate unfastened to a new life / and not a barrier / to my becoming.” – David Whyte, from “Yorkshire”
When a planet moves into Aries, everything is new. It’s a rebirth. There is no pre-existing map for the territory we’re about to enter. We can’t possibly plan ahead, so we have to trust our instincts to find our way forward.
As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is the Pioneer, the Leader, the Warrior, and the Fool. Uranus in Aries awakens these archetypes in all of us, as we each are called to navigate circumstances that are not only new and unpredictable, but likely to be chaotic and weirder than we can imagine. It’s time to activate the Aries resources of courage, leadership, independence, innovation, honesty and authenticity, and to free ourselves from the Aries shadow expressions of aggression, egocentrism, impatience and judgment.
Uranus in Aries is a potentially volatile combination. In our personal lives, we can watch out for throwing anger at others instead of taking responsibility for ourselves, and picking petty fights rather than channeling outrage into positive outlets for transforming the world. We’ll have to navigate the balance between being independent and taking care of ourselves, while asking for help when we need it and offering support to people in need rather than judging them.
Uranus in Aries is part of the rare planetary configuration known as the “Cardinal Cross of 2010-2014,” which kicks into high gear in June. The essence of this transit can be summed up in the question: Will humanity reclaim its power and reverse the current course toward planetary destruction? On an individual level: Will each of us reclaim our power, and take responsibility for creating a peaceful and sustainable world?
“Optimally used,” writes astrologer Jessica Murray, “Uranus in Aries will provide the people of the world with the courage to shake off whatever political, economic and social circumstances that have grown oppressive. Many will feel the impulse to assert (Aries) their vision of democracy (Uranus) rather than just talk and argue about it. Pluto will provide the life-or-death circumstances that make this a requirement.”
To start, we’ll just be getting a taste of Uranus in Aries — from May 27 to August 13 — then Uranus will Retrograde back into Pisces for about another seven months. Uranus will re-enter Aries in March of 2011 and remain there until 2019.
During these final (for now) weeks of Uranus in Pisces, review your personal revolution in consciousness over the past seven years. How has your awareness grown and expanded? How do you embody this awakening in your daily life? What illusions and addictions (the shadow of Pisces) have you freed yourself from? Are you ready to bring your inner growth out into the world in a bigger and braver way?