Whose life has not changed much in the last three years? Seven Uranus-Pluto squares from 2012 through March 2015 dissolved our old forms and kept us shifting and adapting for three years, precipitating transformations both challenging and wonderful. Toward the end of this year, new forms begin to solidify. Do we like the shape of our life? If, not, let’s use this malleable, potential-filled year to change it up.
The tone of 2015: The last echoes of the Uranus-Pluto square (from the two planets we associate most with revolution and transformation in the pro-active Cardinal signs of Aries and Capricorn respectively) keep us unsettled, exploring our options, and confronting (Uranus in Aries) the power of organized authority (Pluto in Capricorn). Venus and Mars run close together all year long, and add extra emotional torque to all we do. Romance is in the air. So is passionate social unrest and intense personal engagement with our work. Objectivity, however, may be sparse on the ground.
When we put these two planets we most associate with revolution and transformation in an intense squared relationship, Uranus (change) and Pluto (power and transformation), anything can happen., Anything but us to expect things to stay the same and us be happy about. The world is changing, but our impatience and concern can outpace the rate of change.
When this square began in 2012, we saw it echo in revolutionary politics around the globe, but events were still pretty surprisingly quiet (if contentious along party lines) here in the USA. But recently Uranus and Pluto approach the mid-degrees of Cardinal signs (they are now at 13°) and begin to dance on the chart for the mythic America, the one born July 4, 1776, bringing the productive discontent home to roost. Trying to smooth things over in a Pluto-Uranus transit will not work, whether it happens to our country or to ourselves; we have to dive through and do the work. This transit is asking us to change something inherent about the American identity (as Pluto opposes and Uranus squares our national Sun), and change how we structure and discipline are use of power (as Pluto opposes and Uranus squares our national Saturn).
In a personal way this square continues to ask us how do we use power (Pluto in Capricorn), and by that we mean electrical power, fossil fuels, personal power, political power; how do we take it back where we’ve given it away, and make sure we’re wielding the power we do have in the cleanest of ways possible. In a more enthusiastic tone, this square also asks us to really listen to our enlivening, precious, spontaneous spark, listen to what feeds that spark and where it calls us to go.
As 2015 dawns, feisty Mars in Aquarius opposes Jupiter in Leo (both stubborn fixed signs) and sets a strong, energized, competitive, argumentative tone for the whole year. It encourages us to fight for health, for what we believe (Aquarius can be so theoretical) and not back down when advocating for societal causes we believe in. But it also does the same for those on the other side of our debate. This aspect is tricky; it gives us energy when we’ve got a clear direction, and helps us tackle big challenges with enthusiasm. But once we get locked in a debate or argument can make it hard to let go and hard to move past oppositional behavior into win-win solutions. Again, we’ll see this in our politics and in our personal lives, and have to add our own imagination to find a way for everyone to feel like they’ve won if we want to get past the argument and on to something else.
Saturn in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces (both intuitive mutable signs) on and off all year (intensifying in spring and late fall). Together they also ask us let go of our illusions (and show us the difficulties if we don’t) around the Sagittarian issues of free speech, justice, education, spiritual philosophy, and communication across international and inter-species boundaries.
On a more personal level this Saturn-Neptune square ask us to balance work and spirit; instead of seeing our discipline and work at odds with our creative process and spiritual journey (highlighted by the square), this square nudges us bring these apparently divergent polls to work together. Explore how to put disciplined and form into our creative and spiritual practice, and put imaginative inspiration into our work.
In early January, Venus and Mercury in Aquarius turn our focus to our relationship with group, community, the body politic. We may start the year slow and deep as we wrestle with our internal questions, may wrestle with one another or with our worries. We may even feel inadequate or incompetent for our year ahead as the Sun comes to conjunct Pluto right near a Full Moon in emotional and sensitive Cancer (opposed Pluto and squares Uranus) on January 4. Let’s comfort one another, hold our hearts dear and just make this a deep time, not a deeply worried or resentful time. We can come out of this introspection with new and thoughtful fervor after January 6.
Mars enters Pisces January 12 and takes the challenge inwards, we need to feel the woes of the world (and our own it is a sensitive time) and respond with healthy action. We can feel it all and move forward anyway, but must do so with kindness. Technical innovations jump forward, but consider postponing high-tech purchases and take the time to review while Mercury retrogrades January 21 through February 11.
It’s going to be a fiery spring. The two planets of emotions, Mars and Venus, rush together into passionate Aries February 19 (Mars stays here until it enters Taurus on April 1), (the Sun and Moon enter Aries on March 21 followed by Mercury on March 31) increasingour desire-nature, lowering impulse control, and adding the spark of innovation and willfulness to all we do. Life can conflagrate quickly; be wise, feel the impulse and think for the long haul. This lights a fire under us, so what do we want to bring to a boil? This spring brings fresh revolution with deeply rebellious energy, but we can waste it all in reaction or we can choose to pour this fresh energy into fresh terrain.
Early in May both Venus and Mars enters earthy Taurus. The seeds we plant will root– whether they are seed for food, love, grudges, work, babies, or hope—so let’s sow with consciousness. Mercury retrogrades May 18-June 11. Enjoy an earthy muskiness this spring, but reel in a tendency to be possessive or territorial, especially around old friends or familiar places. Look for a deeper meaning of security. Reach into the past to preserve personal history, archaeological artifacts and ancient traditions.
The summer brings a review of our work over the last few years, as Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio and takes all our work down deep within, insisting we take out the trash from memories, hearts and closets. We may see a return of unfinished business left unsettled over the last few years, we’re not stuck here we just have a little bit more work to do to close those chapters.
Mars enters Cancer on June 24 and brings the conversation back to more intimate places but also hones our defenses. July offers more idealistic and romantic vibes as Venus in Leo conjuncts Jupiter and Mars trines Neptune. If they can save their pride, people are more willing to let go of old angers. Use this warm-heartedness to repair old crisis as Mars strikes the fading Pluto-Uranus square mid-July.
Exercise family responsibilities and boundaries early in August as Saturn turns direct, but lovingly and kindly stay an authority in one’s own life. We focus more on service and less on pride in September as Jupiter enters industrious Virgo, and may need to tend to health issues around filtering and cleansing of our blood stream and the earthly arteries of rivers and lakes
July brings a more idealistic and romantic vibe as Venus in Leo conjuncts Jupiter, peakingJuly 1 and Mars trines Neptune July 8. People may be able to let go of old angers if they can save their pride in the process. We can use this this warm-heartedness to prepare for a difficult but opportunity-filled weeks as Mars strikes the fading Pluto-Uranus square in mid-July, and take the opportunity to repair an old crisis.
As Uranus begins to pull away from Pluto in the fall, the world doesn’t suddenly get calm, but we may find the major agendas are now already on our plate, rather than new ones arriving weekly, as they have the last few years. We see the work that needs to be done, and now we have to do it. There’s a chance that recent improvements can slide back and we let go of recent progress, but only if we settle. This is an important time to make working compromises that lead to productive roads, to have patience while people step forward and do their work, but not to let up on our recent efforts for improvement. Whether we’re talking political pressure, or were thinking of our own recent self-improvement efforts, gentle steady pressure towards our goals is really important this fall as new forms and habits coalesce.
As Mars and Venus run together in Leo through September, they bring romantic fervor to the start of school, give us the guts to reach out and expand our social circle, but also add melodrama. Work and personnel are reorganized, and the financial market may adjust.
Mercury retrogrades September 17 through October 9, Pluto turns direct after a long retrograde on September 25, unearthing surprising sludge from the depths of our psyche, but encourages progress soon after.
October –November the focus will be on social justice and improved egalitarian relationships. New societal forms are coalescing, so are new relationships, let’s make sure they work.