By Amanda Painter
At last, the major astrology of this week (this month, really) has occurred: Mercury is retrograde in Pisces as of Monday; Uranus is in Taurus as of yesterday, and the Pisces New Moon is separating. As I write this, it’s all so fresh that I’m still getting a feel for whether the edginess and sense of anticipation I’d been experiencing has dissipated.
I’ve tried to think back to last May, when Uranus first dipped into Taurus, to compare how I felt and what was going on for me, to see if there are any correlations. I have to confess, though, I feel like last year’s ingress was easier somehow.
That could be more the result of time softening the edges of memory than an actual contrast. But I’m curious to hear whether anyone reading this has a similar sense of it all.
I know that last year, like this year, I was involved in a theater production; immediately after, I traveled to Orkney, Scotland, for an intensive workshop on voice and breath for theater. It was during that workshop that Uranus entered Taurus. I recall feeling busy before the trip; maybe a little overwhelmed; but when Uranus actually made its move, I was simply focused completely on the workshop and on exploring my surroundings when I was not exploring my own breath and voice.
So I’ve been wondering: was it partly being in a strange place, on an adventure of self-discovery, that aligned with the energy of Uranus and therefore seemed to smooth the change? Are my situation and activities somehow less in harmony with Uranus this year? Was it the resonance of a voice class with the sign Taurus (which rules the neck and throat)?
Or does this year’s edginess in the lead-up relate more to the succession of other planets we’ve had hanging out in the final degrees of signs? Maybe having Chiron in the sensitive first degree of Aries, conjunct Salacia, is providing more agitation than I’ve been giving it credit for?
How have you experienced these two ingresses of Uranus? Has one been easier or more fraught than the other in ways you did not expect?
I also want to mention a curious correspondence astrologically that I only noticed when I double-checked the dates when Uranus was last in the first degree of Taurus. Just like yesterday, when Uranus entered Taurus on May 15, 2018, it coincided with a New Moon the same day — that time in Taurus. Not only that, but when Uranus retrograded from the first degree of Taurus back into Aries, on Nov. 6, 2018, that also coincided with a New Moon (within 24 hours) — in Scorpio, the sign opposite Taurus.
I have not studied these charts enough to make too many interpretations, but I do think it’s uncanny how this particular shift of Uranus has been timed with New Moons. It’s kind of like getting a personal-level reminder of what ‘new’ feels like, as the generational planet of innovation changes its mode of expression. Or maybe it’s a cosmic way of offering the space in which something unexpected can manifest, on a level we mere mortals can actually relate to.
It remains to be seen what, exactly, this particular journey of Uranus in Taurus signifies — though areas such as resources (personal, material, global financial markets), values (both in the sense of ‘morals’ and in the sense of how much things are worth), our bodies and senses, and the Earth itself appear to be topics of focus — and perhaps of challenge, or outright disruption. Same with things like routines and habits (how much of a shock does it take to change them?), stubbornness, and jealousy or possessiveness.
In the meantime, I thought I’d mention a couple of aspects in effect between now and the weekend. One is a square between the Sun, Neptune and Vesta in Pisces with the centaur Asbolus in Gemini, exact today.
On one level, this aspect pattern adds some specificity to the theme of ‘space holding’ that’s currently being highlighted, and seems to describe a couple of questions. One would be: how do you actively hold space for the ways you’ve survived in this world, and for who you are as a survivor? Another might be to ask how you integrate your intellectual understanding of that survival with your faith in yourself to continue — and to continue healing and thriving. Any action made in answer to these questions will likely help to ease any tension you may feel around the topic.
Note that faith versus intellect is a false dichotomy, but one our current culture keeps hammering on relentlessly. Can you rationalize what your intuition tells you? Do you need to? Or is it enough simply to verify necessary facts and then trust the small, still voice inside?
The other aspect is retrograde Mercury in Pisces square the centaur Ixion in Sagittarius. Mercury made this same square on March 2 in direct motion — which may help you to connect some dots as to what this signifies for you.
One possible line of questioning involves how you feel about past second chances — especially those you’ve squandered — thoughtless ethics slips you’ve made, or intentional-but-kinda-immoral choices you’ve made. What do you believe about yourself because of these actions?
Do you need to say or do anything to anyone about it now to make amends? Do you feel too stuck in guilt or shame to want to face the situation — even just within yourself — honestly? If so, that would be the first thing to address; shame can send us spiraling down the path of repeated detrimental choices. Owning the ways we think we’ve screwed up does not involve defensiveness; so if that’s what you’re expressing currently, can you take a little time to gently untangle those threads? Speaking with someone non-judgmental, and who’s not directly involved, could help you to find the space you need to forgive yourself and figure out the next steps.
I say this knowing that Mercury retrograde in a soft-focus, imaginative sign like Pisces could make the process a little slippery. Then again, it may offer the instinct, vision and sensitivity necessary to see the third option you didn’t realize was open to you. Perhaps Uranus is now in a position to help catalyze something surprisingly tangible in response.