Freedom versus Dominance

What is likely to be the most momentous planetary configuration of our time, the Uranus/Pluto square, is set to make exact contact no less than seven times over the three-year period from June 2012 through March 2015. Astrologers everywhere have been buzzing about this impending Clash of the Titans for years.

Both of these extremely potent planets bring forth profound transformation, but each in its own unique way. Uranus awakens people to a sudden realization that the old restrictions or entrenched patterns are no longer acceptable. In “mundane” astrology, this energy is frequently associated with large, popular rebellions focused on breaking free of systemic limitations or perceived injustices. The very dramatic and unexpected events that Uranus unleashes can abruptly shift the political landscape and often significantly alter the status quo.

Pluto transforms by taking situations to such an extreme that they implode. There is an almost obsessive buildup of dominance – financial, political, or military – that ultimately crosses from immense potency into disintegration. During the period of ascendancy, enormous power struggles are unleashed in what is subjectively experienced on both sides as an existential threat to survival. But Plutonian supremacy contains within it the seeds of its own destruction. Those who exercise it usually take things a bridge too far, causing the underlying foundation of their strength to eventually fracture: the despot’s heavy-handed methods are so despicable that the people turn to revolution; the entrenched global capitalists mistreat and underpay workers in exchange for a greater profit margin, leading to anger, rebellion, and a shrinking purchasing power in the marketplace.

At present, the square aspect developing between Uranus and Pluto suggests that these two energies will be increasingly at cross purposes in the immediate future. On the one hand, there are mass movements in many parts of the world that are waking up to a vision of greater equality and universal justice and that are struggling, sometimes violently, to overthrow the status quo. On the other hand, there are the huge concentrations of power found in dictatorial regimes and global corporate financial behemoths that are fighting to maintain and expand their reach, sometimes brutally or with duplicity, while simultaneously feeling profoundly threatened by the rebellion bubbling up from the masses. We can expect to see more and more confrontation between these two forces, in a myriad of different forms, over the next three years.

If we look at the astrological charts of many of the world’s leading nations, as well as the charts of their leadership, we find a striking number of them will be strongly impacted by the Uranus/Pluto square as it agitates from 7 through 15 of the cardinal signs in the years 2012 through 2016. I have picked a few to discuss below, though the list is by no means complete.

In the natal chart for Russia, there is an exact Mars (8Aries49) square to Uranus (8Capricorn17) that is part of a T-square also including a Jupiter (15Cancer13) opposition to Neptune (13Capricorn48). This configuration, when strongly activated, suggests times of extreme and precipitous aggression (Mars/Uranus) that may be overconfident and rash (Jupiter) and based on grandiose or illusory (Neptune) considerations. As of January 2012, transiting Pluto began four years of triggering this very volatile configuration.  As of May 2012, Uranus will join in the melee for three years of inciting the same points in Russia’s chart.

What this indicates is a period during which Russia will become far more aggressive and prone to sudden, possibly military acts, potentially inspired by grandiose and expansionist ideas. This will be most apparent between the spring of 2013 and the late summer of 2014 when converse progressed Mars will be square to Russia’s Sun (21Gemini10), transiting Uranus will be conjunct natal Mars, and the progressed Sun will be opposite Neptune. It should also be noted that President Vladimir Putin will have both transiting Uranus and transiting Pluto in hard aspect to his Sun (13Libra55) at various times from April 2014 through November 2015, suggesting he will be in a huge struggle at that time either against internal foes, a grass roots rebellion within his country, and/or against some element of the international community.

China has also already begun its encounter with the very volatile Uranus/Pluto square due to the transit of Pluto square to China’s Sun (7Libra46) which began in December 2011. The Sun in China’s chart is in a natal square to Uranus (4Cancer59), suggestive of periodic upheaval and shifts in direction. Due to the impending action of Uranus and Pluto on this Sun/Uranus square, the likelihood for significant disruptions and upsets within the government or due to rebellion arising within the population, as well as the possibility of a natural disaster of some kind, seems very strong between May 2012 and early March 2013. This period will include Pluto square the Chinese Sun, Uranus opposite the Chinese Sun (simultaneous and therefore very strong in June and July 2012), and transiting Uranus in a long station square natal Uranus from October 2012 through early February 2013. With the natal Chinese Sun in the 8th house of finance and hidden wealth, at least some of the coming tumult could relate to economic upheaval.

Iran has been much in the news of late as tensions build within the international community over Iran’s development of nuclear power.  Although the Mars retrograde period may agitate and escalate Iran’s conflict with Israel and the US during March, April, and May 2012 (see Double Whammy), this seems more likely to be a skirmish than a war. A period of far greater turbulence will come to Iran from 2013 through 2015, when we can expect to see an upsurge of rebellion, upheaval, and the attempted repression/destruction of either domestic or foreign foes. Uranus will be conjunct the Iranian Sun (11Aries06) and Pluto will be square to it during 2013 and 2014. By 2015, the progressed Iranian Sun will be quincunx progressed Pluto (17Libra03), triggered for much of the year by hard aspects from both Uranus and Pluto. These configurations point to a continuing and overwhelming power struggle of some kind between the Iranian government and forces that oppose it for at least three years. Because the Sun in the Iranian chart is in the 9th house and rules the Leo Ascendant, much of this battle could be over the ideological foundation for the country (9th house) and very directly impact the citizens (Ascendant).

Although some unpredictable and upsetting circumstances and conflicts are very possible involving Israel in March through May 2012, as well as from October 2012 through early January 2013, due to transiting Uranus square to natal Venus (4Cancer49) and transiting Pluto sesquiquadrate the Sun (23Taurus41),  the configurations most indicative of significant military confrontation occur from late 2013 through early 2015. It is during this period that both Uranus and Pluto will be in a sesquiquadrate with natal Mars (28Leo19), and solar arc Uranus will be conjunct natal Mars. Moreover, the same Uranus and Pluto aspects will impact Israel’s Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s Mars (26Leo42) within the same time frame. So much energy focused on Israel’s Mars in 2014 and early 2015 suggests a much more aggressive stance in the world and greatly increases the potential for significant confrontation.

In the US chart, the coming Uranus/Pluto square will stir up some very consequential volatility, agitation, and transformation between late 2012 and early 2015. During the progressed US Sun square to Uranus (8Gemini55), from September 2012 through September 2013, both transiting Pluto and transiting Uranus will activate massive rebellion and confrontation with authority, similar to the huge demonstrations in Wisconsin in early 2011 and the Occupy Wall Street movement later in the year, both of which occurred during activations of progressed US Sun square progressed Uranus (7Gemini02). The most notable periods of future agitation related to this progression will be late November and December 2012, and March, April, July, August, and September 2013.

In addition, first Uranus, from May 2013 through March 2014, and then Pluto, from January 2014 through December 2014, will be semisquare to the US Moon (27Aquarius12) and sesquisquare President Obama’s Node (27Leo19). This suggests an ongoing mood of rebellion (Uranus) and power struggle (Pluto) among the US population (the Moon), as people struggle, with increasing awareness, against constricting and problematic economic, political, and social inequities.

In 2014 and 2015, the full force of the Uranus/ Pluto square will come to America when both planets will be in major hard aspects to the US Sun (13Cancer19) and US Saturn (14Libra48). Simultaneously, Pluto will be quincunx President Obama’s Sun (12Leo35), with Uranus in a trine aspect. It is worth noting here the power, impact, and speed of transformative events during the last Uranus/Pluto square, from 1932 through early 1934, during Franklyn Roosevelt’s first term and the First New Deal.

It seems very likely that with the coming Uranus/Pluto square so directly impacting the US chart, the US will be fully engaged in a forceful and relentless confrontation of some kind (Pluto), with unexpected events and fast-moving shifts (Uranus) continually altering the geo-political landscape. A major international imbroglio during this period seems quite likely, especially in 2014. The US will definitely be in some kind of patriotic fervor, often associated with military action, from January through April 2014 when transiting Jupiter is crossing the US Sun. It is also possible we will see domestic unrest in some form during these turbulent times given the potency of the planetary configurations.

Due to the relentless and pervasive impact of the Uranus/Pluto square over the next few years, it seems likely the world will have changed significantly by 2016, although exactly how is impossible to predict. But it is clear that many, if not most, of the major players in the international community will be embroiled in this global awakening and in the exhilarating, rebellious, fast-moving, and confrontational energies sweeping the planet. We can hope that this significant paradigm shift will bring greater freedom and a more just planet once the dust settles, but the process could be quite dramatic and quite stressful during the journey.

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