Astrology for The New Age
Let’s review what we have on our collective plate this month: we have Venus starting in Sagittarius, moving merrily through Capricorn, and entering Aquarius on February 1; we have Mars making his merry way through Taurus, starting on January 6 and ending on March 3; we had Saturn entering Aquarius back in mid-December, Jupiter making the same shift a few days later, and the two of them conjoining in the first degree of Aquarius, a matter we discussed last month and will review a bit below.
Note the emphasis on Aquarius: the Sun enters that sign on January 19, joining Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury there. Add to this Mercury’s retrograde station on January 30 at 26 Aquarius. Mars, whom I referred to above as “merry” but who perhaps does not always qualifyassuch, squaresthefourjustmentioned as he marches through Taurus, where Uranus, everyone’s favorite revolutionary, makes a direct station on January 14 (at 6 Taurus). Finally, transiting Jupiter in Aquarius squares transiting Uranus in Taurus on January 17, suggesting new insights, ideas, and helpful progress as humans find ways to take new approaches to practical and needed changes in the social fabric.
Astrologers have long connected the conjunctions of these two planets to changes in regime, for the aspect joins the two most evidently social of the planets: Jupiter, which has much to do with social participation, expansion, and vision; Saturn, which has much to do with the forms through or within which we participate in and ponder about the future. If we take Jupiter as a symbol of the future and Saturn of the past, we can see the aspect as offering harbingers of the future developing out of past structures.
Jupitergenerallydoesn’tbringrevolution, leaving that sort of thing to Uranus, though sometimes Pluto will also play a role, as that binary planet has little respect for any purported importance of structure, form, or tradition – but Jupiter-Uranus interactions (e.g., the square on January 17) have a well-deserved reputation for an expanded social expression (Jupiter) of radical or groundbreaking ideas (Uranus), with the square between those planets telling us that we must develop structures to make such ideas useful. Jupiter, however, moves within the orbit of Saturn, so his benefits usually arise subject to that planet’s limits. Thus, for example, if Jupiter brings advances in education or learning, it generally does so within the educational structures provided by society. With a Jupiter transit, one might, for example, get an advanced degree through an accredited university. However, some types of learning have their loci outside of Saturn’s orbit; astrology comes to mind, at least at the present time.
Jupiter offers vision or farsightedness; he brings vision within Saturn’s limits and structures. Jupiter wants to develop, to grow, to expand, and to encompass more of the world, including the intellectual world, into one’s activity. Though Jupiter does have a tendency to ignore details, often leaving such matters to Mercury, he sees possibilities where Saturn sees limits. Further, Jupiter has his exaltation in Cancer and his fall in Capricorn, suggesting that in order to get our visions to work within the forms given or allowed by society, we must develop greater awareness (the opposition from Cancer to Capricorn).1 Hopefully Jupiter’s movement through Capricorn last year gave us all opportunities to learn this lesson.
Of course, as he moves into Aquarius,Jupiter will still find himself dealing with Saturn,2 though Uranus will also have something to say about matters, as both planets rule the 11th sign. The coming period should give us opportunities to think more broadly about collective issues (e.g., political organization), to see how society as a whole might break (Uranus) from obdurate tradition (Saturn, Capricorn), yet maintain those forms necessary for optimum human creative development. This has relevance to Jupiter’s square of Uranus (January 17) as well.
Saturn in Aquarius will want to maintain
limitations, of course, and we saw abundant social limitation during Saturn’s initial foray into that sign (3/22-7/1/2020). These limitations had a strong connection to the Pluto-related virus pandemic, and we can expect that to continue, but Jupiter’s participation suggests that human intelligence, vision, education, and ability to see big pictures will participate as well. We may have to continue with pandemic-related social limitations, but we should learn to engage in and grow through group activities in ways that further our full development as intelligent and visionary human beings.
In any case, pay attention as we enter a new twenty-year cycle of social participation and development. Pluto (e.g., viruses) will still play a role, probably a major one, but as the actions of other nations (e.g., Cuba, Nicaragua) have shown, human beings can deal with Pluto-related problems: they can learn to cope, even to thrive, amidst challenges. We have the capacity to see beyond the fences and should demand that our governments do the same.
We dealt above with Jupiter’s recent transit through its fall position in Capricorn;here we deal with transiting Mars’ movement through Taurus, his traditional detriment. As noted above, these positions demand greater awareness. Planets in detriment (or fall) positions must function in ways or through means that present inherent challenges, so to work effectively with those planets, we must work more carefully.
Consider Mars’ placement in Aries, his dignity. Mars seemingly works well there, but he may also work blindly, leaping into frays without due consideration for consequences. Mars in Scorpio, his other dignity, can delve beneath the surface to find the roots of human aggression, but he can also act automatically from unconscious motives. Mars in Taurus must become aware of all obstacles to his action, and must act on his deeply rooted values. Mars will not necessarily like that approach, as he often wants to leap forward, get angry, or argue. This is not because he has taken up a position he deeply values, but simply because he sees leaping forward as natural and necessary, at least from ego’s point of view.
Mars in Taurus symbolizes the need to settle territories into which one has pioneered (Aries), though in doing so he needs to regulate his energy more carefully than perhaps he’d like. The farmer must till his fields not because doing so feels natural, but because by careful husbanding of energy and resources he can bring forth fruit (symbolical or literal) that will nourish himself and others into the future. That the farmer’s spade meets dense resistance doesn’t mean he should leave the fields behind and pioneer some new territory.
But what happens when this dutiful and determined transiting Mars meets Uranus, a planet that doesn’t have the best reputation for dutifulness? The challenging aspects from Mars in Taurus to natal Uranus will take place for people born with that planet in Fixed signs. Fixed signs don’t like change all that much, and tend to resist change entirely, though each of the four signs has at least a connection to change in some form.
Scorpio: This sign has to do with Fixed patterns of emotional response, as well as transformations, particularly involving death, actually or symbolically: with letting go, with passing from one phase of existence to another. We can consider transformation as Scorpio’s forte, though it seems that with such profound changes one needs to build up energy to a “critical mass,” before changes, often considerable, occur.
Taurus: This sign has a reputation as the most fixed of the Fixed signs, connected with the fixity of the Earth element. However, Taurus promotes organic growth. Gardeners know it as a good sign to plant in, and Taurus has a close connection to any process in which change takes place, though often slowly, as a result of processes completely natural to the thing or entity in question. Thus Taurus’ connection to both trees and the compound interest garnered from banks.
Aquarius: How many of us have spoken with anticipation of the New Age, the Age of Aquarius that will bring so many changes? Any sign partly ruled by Uranus cannot remain apart from change forever! However, a paradox arises when we consider Saturn’s partial rulership of this sign, suggesting a connection to order and structure. Aquarius has to do with change in social orders, though social orders don’t like to change very much, as the word “order” implies. Aquarius has to do with Fixed patterns of thought, and revolutionaries seem to have plenty of those. Our ideas have structure (Saturn), particularly through the language we speak, yet those ideas constantly receive input from the non-verbal world and thus remain subject to change.
Leo: This sign symbolizes the self and the various emotions associated with that curious entity. Leo often expresses itself as ego associated with pride, whether justified or not. We tend to think of self and ego as fixed entities, but if we look closely, we’ll see that neither of them has much solidity. In fact, much evidence suggests that those terms don’t refer to unitary entities, but to various groupings of energies, tendencies, and so forth – and if you don’t entirely believe this, study some astrology. Doing so will show you how other energies constantly influence and permeate the idea of self, symbolized by Leo’s ruler, the Sun!
Natal Uranus in any of those signs will provide you with constant flux based on new ideas about how to work with the specific sign. You will have to work to ensure that you put those ideas to dependable use, for Uranus has a tendency to fill us with ideas, often Fixed ones, that we don’t apply in useful ways.
Mars in Taurus brings a call to grounded action. If you receive a challenging aspect from transiting Mars to natal Uranus, you should develop means through which you can act in relation to inborn tendencies regarding Fixed ideas (Aquarius), or long-standing patterns of emotional fixity (Scorpio) or personal identity (Leo). You may get into disagreements in any of those arenas, especially when the practical matters that seem to be Taurus’ (so to speak) bread and butter are involved. With Mars here, acting with patient determination to apply your ideas about change to life matters related to firmly held values is the best policy.
If you have natal Uranus in Scorpio, you may project it onto others, and they may want more space, needing to get away from you for a while, whether from a sense of claustrophobia or a need to pursue personal interests. Mars in Taurus can bring important practical matters to the fore, perhaps making you feel that you can’t afford time off. However, your natal Uranus suggests that you will benefit from doing precisely what Mars in Taurus tends not to do: look up from the plow, enjoy the sky, and emphasize your insight in addition to your effort.
The conjunction from transiting Mars in Taurus to natal Uranus points to direct action based on insight. The challenges seen in the other combinations may happen here, too, but with this difference: you need to initiate a cycle of action. This does not necessarily involve large life-commitments, but rather will focus you on some particular area in which you have allowed necessity to dictate your actions. transiting Mars indicates that you shoulddothedictating. However, youprobably shouldn’t act spontaneously. Taurus asks that you organize your efforts carefully, acting steadily on your values, and taking financial matters into consideration. Underlying this is the need you feel to make sure your actions will bear fruit for some time to come. If you’re in the older Taurus group and thus in your late seventies or early eighties, husband your energies carefully even as you break from restriction. If you are grand-parenting one of the younger Uranus-in-Taurus folks and find yourself with a rebellious tyke on your hands, give her or him space, even while providing appropriate limits.
•The implied principle holds for all detriment and fall positions.
•Inthetraditional(pre-Uranus) astrological system, Saturn ruled both Capricorn and Aquarius, the two signs opposing the traditional dignities of the Moon and Sun.