Uranus square Pluto, which we have been under for more than 5 years, continues and is exact within 1 degree this January 3rd. Uranus, the planet of revolution, freedom, breaking out of old patterns, and unexpected and chaotic events, has been in Aries, a sign of initiation and new beginnings. Uranus in Aries can also be impulsiveness and rage and violence.
Pluto rules transformation, birth and death, the underworld, drugs, terrorism and corporate greed. In the sign of Capricorn, where it has been, it refers to the breaking up of corporate structures and old patterns that we hold.
When we have had planets or the angles in our charts hit by these 2 planets, (from 12-17 of the cardinal signs -Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) we may have undergone some kind of crisis, death of loved ones and friends, unexpected illness, sudden moves, major life changes, depression and anxiety.
The economic crisis that began in December of 2007 with bankruptcy and foreclosures has led to a strong disproportion of incomes with the top 1% making most of the money and holding on to a majority of resources. In the world, this has led to huge austerity movements in Greece and other countries.
The “Arab Spring started in December of 2010 when a man in Tunisia set himself on fire as a protest for not being able to sell his wares on the street and led to uprisings in Tahir square in Egypt and many other uprisings in the Mid-east especially. Dictators were overthrown in Libya and other countries leading to civil wars in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, which are going on today and no doubt will not be resolved in 2016.
The spread of terrorism and jihadism with Al Qaeda in the Mid-east. Boko Haram in Nigeria, and ISIL in Iraq and Syria, which declared itself a caliphate in June of 2014, and is spreading through the Mid-east and parts of Africa. In November 2015, bombings and killings in Paris were its first strong manifestation in the West. Many young men and women from Europe and America are joining ISIL, which hopes to spread its message of jihad throughout the world. Meanwhile, the US and many other countries are bombing ISIL in an attempt to halt their spread and kill their leaders.
Individuals banning together in groups like Occupy Wall street which occurred in September 2011 in Zucotti park in NY and spread throughout the US, in order to bring attention to big banks and income inequality. Now we have the Black Lives Matter movement, which is growing stronger as more young black men and women are killed by white policemen throughout the United States.
We also saw a lot of whistle blowing with Pluto in Capricorn, uncovering the lies we have been fed by the NSA and other organizations. Julian Assange and Wikileaks, as well as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning became household names.
The other huge theme which we will see more of in each country of the world is Climate Change. Many resolutions were passed in Paris in December of 2015 to halt pollutions, but whether or not, countries will follow through in banning fossil fuels and moving toward renewables remains to be seen.
With this square in aspect through 2016, and even through 2018, the dwarf planet Eris will conjunct Uranus three times, which can lead to more violence and terrorism, as Eris is the planet of discord. Every 500 years Uranus and Eris come together in the sign of Aries. Hold on to your seat belts for this year!
However, our dreams are not lost as Neptune remains in Pisces through the year and squares Saturn in Sagittarius, giving us an opportunity to examine our beliefs and hopes once again. With the lunar nodes in Virgo and Pisces, the Neptunian themes are present—our inspired creative growth, our visions for peace in the world, our service to those less fortunate. This theme is made stronger by Jupiter in the sign of Virgo, the sign of service, through September, when it enters Libra. How many refugees will the United States allow and how many will go to various European countries? Will our bombings and drone strikes create more uninhabitable places on the planet and lead to more refugees fleeing?
With all this background on the cosmic stage, as individuals we need to become more aware of our own talents and strengths, so we may contribute to the collective and bring forth our visions for a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable planet.