Not everyone is having an easy time with the Uranus-Pluto square. Both Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn are leaving us with very little we can take for granted.
With Uranus, the concept of ‘self’ is under near-constant assault or at least ongoing rapid revision.
You might say that revision process is daily or perhaps as leisurely as the pace at which Firefox comes out with new updates.
Uranus in Aries is a caution that we are indeed being defined by our technology — until we become conscious of that fact and choose to define ourselves.
With Pluto in Capricorn, there is nothing to cling to. No structure, no institution, no tradition, is steady or stable. What we do have is the guarantee of change. The concept of ground has become shifting ground. In the style of Pluto, that is necessitating making contact with something deeper than the material world — contact with your soul.
When put together, these transits can be explosive. They describe a scenario under which everything is changing, and there is a particularly busy intersection where ‘self’ meets ‘society’. The world we knew as children no longer exists, it will not come back, and the changes will continue.
Monday at 12:14 am EST (05:14 UTC), the sixth of seven exact Uranus-Pluto squares happens. The aspect goes back to 2012, though the social and inner processes go back at least to 2008. So we are at a major turning point in this journey. The last exact square is in March, then the two planets begin to separate.
Last week in the process of researching media theory involving Marshall McLuhan, I learned something interesting and a little scary. Due to technological changes, and the associated economic changes, most students who have not yet graduated high school will not know what a full-time job is. Very few will ever have one.
This is the direct product of emerging digital technology. We might want to check in with the ways that our consciousness, life patterns and expectations are being shaped in these very years. We are at one of these turning points where we are watching the future emerge before our eyes.
At minimum, this is requiring us to do what in the 1960s was a luxury or fun time — be radically ourselves. Now, it’s a bottom-line necessity. It’s becoming harder and harder to just fit in. To participate at all, you need to cultivate who you actually are, and develop skills that matter to others and that support society in some way. The alternate will be jumping between CVS, KFC and BK.
For some people, the impact of this astrology has been immediate, and harsh. Earthquakes take casualties. Many people are having their lives up-ended. Part of whether this is happening depends on the arrangement of your natal chart, and part depends on how your life is structured.
And an important aspect — perhaps the most important — depends on whether and how you want to participate in the rapid changes. Yes, it’s possible to wait out the storm, though that is a missed opportunity, on a multiple lifetime scale. Yes, you may be in some shock from the rapid changes that have come into your life. You may be wondering which way is up, or what to hold onto.
Don’t knock yourself out wondering. Open your eyes, listen, and smell the air. Look for people with whom you have some rapport — some sense of recognition. Pick an adventure, no matter how subtle, and set off for the unknown.