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As the only planet that orbits the Sun sideways, Uranus is the rebel of the solar system. Twelve days before Uranus was discovered on March 13, 1781, the Articles of Confederation were ratified that officially established the United States of America. Sir William Hershel’s discovery symbolized that America was about to win the War of Independence which sparked revolutions in other parts of the world.
Mythology and Meaning:
Astronomers named the revolutionary planet Uranus which is the Latin name for the Greek Ouranos, the god of the starry sky and father of Saturn. Discovered during the Age of Enlightenment, the shocks and upheavals of Uranus can lead us to break free from what philosopher Immanuel Kant described as “man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity” due to “a lack of courage to use your own understanding.”(1)
Kant’s “Sapere Aude!” (“Dare to Know!”) combines the energies of individualistic and freedom loving Uranus with Aries, the first sign of the zodiac and the first sign in the fire element. Even the glyphs representing Uranus resonate to Uranus in Aries. Aries is ruled by Mars. The astronomical glyph for Uranus combines the symbol for the Sun with the lance of Mars, as the self-identity and creativity of the Sun synergizes with the courage and boldness of Aries to birth new initiatives. Aries and Mars rule the head and brain, reflecting the astrological glyph for Uranus is ready to dive head first into new ideas and trends that shake up the world below.
Fire represents the act of creation which sparks the light within that awakens our consciousness. Uranus in Aries reflects that the true mythology and meaning of this planet is really represented by Prometheus.
As described by philosophy professor Richard Tarnas in his book Prometheus the Awakener, the behavior of the mythological Uranus is completely at odds with the energies of the planet Uranus. Uranus was so resistant to change he was overthrown by his own children which included Saturn, the planetary energy that is fearful of change and supportive of the status quo! Prometheus rebelled against the gods, stealing fire from Mt. Olympus to liberate humanity from the power the gods held over the world. Humanity can dare to know and express the highest manifestation of Uranus in Aries, or engage in fearful and aggressive behavior that only helps to further entrench the worst elements of the status quo.
Uranus entered Aries on May 27, the day of the Sagittarius Full Moon and will remain in Aries until August 13 when Uranus returns to Pisces. Uranus will move back into Aries on March 11, 2011 until March 6, 2019.(2)
Trends and Technologies:
As the first planet to be discovered through a telescope, Uranus represents scientific discoveries and technological innovation. Uranus rules lightning, symbolizing the flash of insight that sparks the next great invention. Electricity, computers, and all types of electronic devices are ruled by Uranus. As the ruler of the starry sky, Uranus rules satellites, air and space travel.
Uranus is futuristic, and fast moving Aries wants things done in a flash. Uranus in Aries wants the promise of tomorrow today. There is likely to be a lot of new and exciting inventions and innovations during the next several years, the downside being that some of these inventions could have detrimental effects from not being thoroughly tested.
Uranus rules cyberspace and Aries and Mars rule war and the military. The Pentagon recognizes that cyberwarfare is the new battlefront and is establishing the U.S. Cyber Command led by a four star general and integrated into strategic command. Gen. Keith Alexander is already endorsing talks with Russia on a “cyber weapons” control policy.
Since Aries/Mars is a very physical energy, new attacks and conflicts are likely to arise in the most unexpected places that include space. Developments in flight, space telescopes, and space exploration should accelerate while Uranus is in pioneering Aries.
With Uranus in Aries, studying what the military is experimenting with today provides insight into the trends of tomorrow in energy, engineering, medical treatments, and space exploration. Some of the general trends that could be fully developed under Uranus in Aries are electric powered vehicles that when away from home get fully recharged while at the movies or shopping at the mall. This will happen when batteries shift from lithium ion to nanowire batteries. Nanowire batteries will be incorporated into all electronic devices and household appliances, supporting off peak purchasing of electricity by consumers. Battery backup will help support businesses and residences from the affects of protracted power outages.
Aries/Mars rule heat and the physical body. More devices will be created that can translate physical exertion into useable energy which can have a side benefit of helping to reduce the obesity epidemic. Nokia (NOK) has just released a charger that attaches to a bicycle’s handlebars that can recharge a mobile phone depending on how far and how fast you cycle. Nanowires will eventually be worn on the body to generate electricity, so the more you move, the greater the charge you can generate to power your electronic devices!
Mars and Aries rule inflammation which can occur in the body due to anger/fear, consuming processed foods, and inactivity. Inflammation weakens the immune system which can lead to arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular dis-ease. Scientists will likely discover exactly what triggers the inflammatory response and initiate treatments that go against the grain of many current medical protocols.
During Uranus in Aries, great strides will be made in harnessing the ability of the body and mind to heal itself. There will be great breakthroughs in regenerative medicine, particularly between 2012 and 2015 when Uranus in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn. Since Uranus rules the circulatory system and the blood, the need for donated blood could eventually become obsolete.
New techniques will be developed for treating strokes and people with epilepsy as science makes great strides in understanding brain function. Uranus in Aries should bring new techniques to treat burn victims and regenerate damaged skin tissue.
Neuromarketing (analyzing the response of people’s brainwaves) could come into the forefront during Uranus in Aries as all types of companies discover what triggers an emotional reaction that motivates consumers to purchase their product or service. Since thoughts travel faster than light, what you think is the most powerful energy of all and should be treated accordingly.
The shift from Uranus in Pisces to Aries will move the technological focus from being preoccupied with entertainment gadgets to more practical devices that can help people accomplish mundane tasks faster and easier. The use of robotic technology will greatly increase and we might finally have full size “humanoid” robots that can help with tasks and are specially programmed to assist the elderly and disabled.
Uranus in Aries brings unexpected events that necessitate immediate action. Engineers will be in demand as the combination of natural and manmade disasters will force long neglected and decayed infrastructures to be rebuilt.
Outsourcing manufacturing to China and other far flung countries will cease to be profitable as consumers will demand products that are unique and customized to their individual tastes and they will want them NOW! Being able to deliver goods on demand will become crucial and the only way to do that will be to move production back to North America. In order to stay competitive, companies will have to offer products and services that are unique and far more customized to individual needs and tastes. Businesses must be quick and nimble as the impulsive nature of Uranus in Aries quickly moves to a competitor.
Uranus takes about 84 years to make a complete cycle around the Sun. Reflecting that Uranus is the planetary energy of extremes, one Uranus cycle encompasses 3 Saturn and 7 Jupiter cycles, incorporating the opposing energies of growth and bullishness (Jupiter) vs. contraction and pessimism (Saturn).
Uranus was last in Aries from March 31, 1927 to March 27, 1935.(3) Stocks and real estate soared during the Roaring Twenties only to crash and burn in the Great Depression that followed. The California gold rush occurred during the previous cycle of Uranus in Aries. (California became a state during the end of that cycle as Uranus conjoined Pluto in Aries; this is why the golden state leads the nation in the latest trends and technologies.)
Uranus takes the energy of any planet it interacts with to the extreme and often coincides with market reversals. Jupiter last conjoined Uranus in Aries from mid 1927 to early 1928. Jupiter conjoining Uranus at zero degrees Aries on June 8 could unexpectedly increase investors’ appetite for risk which could briefly propel the stock market to new 2010 highs before moving on to new lows.(4) Volatility could break all records this summer as sharp and sudden spikes in either direction quickly break through support and resistance levels which could make the May 6 “flash crash” look like a market running in slow mo.
For the first time since the Great Depression Uranus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto will be forming challenging alignments to one another in cardinal (initiating) signs. The planetary alignments over the next three months are even more potent this time around as they occur in the early degrees of cardinal signs, reflecting rapidly unfolding events that reverberate around the globe. What took a few years to unfold from 1927 through the early 1930s is largely condensed into the space of a few months. Jupiter conjoining Uranus represented the excess that precipitated the 1929 crash and subsequent depression. Jupiter conjoining Uranus now not only represents the excesses that led to the current financial crisis but also the economic and political excesses in response to the crisis.
Jupiter inflates and Uranus brings unexpected spikes. Jupiter and Uranus in fiery Aries can bring sharp and unexpected spikes in inflation and inflation expectations. Ben Bernanke likes to talk about the Federal Reserve’s “unconventional” policies and tools used to prevent another Great Depression. The Fed has kept interest rates at the record breaking level of nearly zero for a record breaking 18 months, recreating asset inflation in Treasuries and commodities especially gold.
Treasuries and Fannie (FNM) and Freddie (FRE) debt are risk weighted at zero, yet underlying market forces are moving forward to a dividend based rather than growth based structure. When you have a “good as gold” dividend such as Intel’s (INTC) at 3%, current Treasury yields clearly are unsustainable. The excesses in the government and agency credit markets will lead to the explosion of the unprecedented bond bubble later this summer. Interest rates will rise in spite of the Fed.
The mythological energies of Uranus and Prometheus will be fully evident when Saturn in Libra opposes Uranus July 26. The push/pull between the status quo vs. the call to reform government and corporate structures began on Election Day 2008 and finished its cycle of Saturn in Virgo opposing Uranus in Pisces on April 26 when the indices made fresh 2010 highs. Virgo and Pisces represent the end of a cycle and the need to clean things up on all levels, but most of this cycle has been spent acting like deer staring at headlights. What has become totally out of balance is in our face now requiring swift and decisive action.
Planetary fireworks will erupt this year as Uranus stations retrograde(5) during the Independence Day holiday at the time of the last Quarter Moon in Aries which squares the USA’s Sun in Cancer and opposes natal Saturn in Libra. This is preceded by the June 26 Lunar Eclipse that conjoins Pluto in Capricorn that opposes the USA’s Venus and Jupiter in Cancer.
Pluto the planetary energy of transformation was discovered in 1930, and it was during the early 1930s that Uranus in Aries squared Pluto in Cancer. The economy was transformed through new initiatives from FDR’s New Deal to the creation of the FDIC, SEC, and the Glass-Steagall Act that separated commercial and investment banking. Now as Uranus approaches an exact square to Pluto in the opposite sign Capricorn between 2012 and 2015, new laws and regulations will once again transform the financial and economic landscape.
Pluto in Capricorn represents sovereign debt. The challenging alignments of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are and will be profoundly affecting the USA chart. Venus conjoining Jupiter in Cancer reflects that the issue for the US is not the ability to repay its creditors because we can always expand our money supply. Right now the market is confident that we can sustain the value of our own currency, so fear (Saturn) of risk (Jupiter) has increased the strength of the dollar. Just like the credit contagion spread from one bank to another, two years later we are likely to see that the US is not immune either. And since Pluto rules loans and Venus rules the banking system, these planetary alignments will demonstrate that the financial crisis has not finished with Wall Street yet.
Uranus in Aries is a wakeup call for revolutionary change within each individual which in turn will transform economic and societal structures that will be forced to shift from the good of corporate and special interests to the good of the nation.
The planetary influences I have described raise the potential to create even more conflict, disasters, and crises in the world than we have already experienced. We can choose to use the energies of Uranus in Aries to implement new solutions to solve old problems or we can pile on more problems by continuing to try to solve old problems with old solutions in order to try to escape the pain (Uranus in Pisces). Delay is not possible with Uranus in Aries; we must confront the problems head on. But the challenges will be offset by the new enthusiasm for using Prometheus’ gift of fire to create new technologies and new ways of doing things that can improve the quality of our lives. This is the new and exciting adventure of Uranus in Aries.
1. ”An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?” by Immanuel Kant, September 30, 1784. I recommend reading Kant’s essay (click above link) as Saturn was opposing Uranus at the time. (Saturn was in Capricorn and Uranus was in Cancer.)
2. Uranus will be in Taurus from May 15 to November 6, 2018.
3. Except for November 4, 1927 to January 13, 1928 when Uranus was in Pisces, and June 6 – October 10, 1934 when Uranus was in Taurus.
4. Keep in mind the influence of these planetary alignments extend beyond the day the planets are exactly aligned. Jupiter in Pisces will conjoin Uranus again on September 18 and January 4, 2011.
5. When a planet from Earth’s vantage point appears to be stationary in the sky and change direction, its energies are more pronounced. Uranus turning retrograde brings our attention inward. There is an elevated potential for violent thunderstorms, earthquakes/volcanic eruptions, and atmospheric disturbances. Unexpected and “freaky” incidents, explosions, data feed problems, system breakdowns, and power outages could occur around July 3-5, 2010.
Prometheus the Awakener: An Essay on the Archetypal Meaning of the Planet Uranus by Richard Tarnas (Spring Publications, 1995)
Uranus Discovered: March 13, 1781 at 10:12 PM Bath, England. (Born November 15, 1738 in Hanover, William Hershel was born with Saturn opposite Uranus. He died August 25, 1822 in Slough, England during his Uranus return.)
California enters the Union: September 9, 1850
USA: July 4, 1776 5:10 PM Philadelphia, PA
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