I have written frequently about a configuration in the US chart that began in September 2012 and will peak in strength in September 2013. This aspect is the progressed Sun square to natal Uranus (8Gemini55), and it is bringing with it many tumultuous events that serve to shake up the country and stimulate change in areas that have become stuck. Thus far, we have had Super-storm Sandy, a painful reminder that we ignore climate change at our peril, and the massacre of little children at Sandy Hook, which has roused the sleeping masses to the dangers of a country overflowing in nearly unrestricted gun ownership. One might also include the 2012 election, which ostensibly was a resounding wake-up call for Republicans, assuming they can hear it.
An astrological aspect of long duration can become especially potent when ignited by passing transits or progressions. In December 2012, as the drama around the Sandy Hook shooting unfolded, transiting Pluto (8Capricorn), Saturn (8Scorpio), and Jupiter (8Gemini) were all stimulating the US progressed Sun (8Pisces) square to natal US Uranus (8Gemini). Over the past month, with the US progressed Moon (23Libra) sesquiquadrate natal Uranus, the building drumbeat for some kind of legislative and executive action to deal with this explosion of gun violence has continued, despite expectations that it would drift into the oblivion of the nation’s usual distractibility and short attention span. As this progressed Moon aspect approached its peak in mid-February, transiting Mars (8Pisces) moved into a square with natal US Uranus (February 11 through February 13), just as the events surrounding ex-cop domestic terrorist Christopher Dormer’s rampage culminated. This was yet another reminder of how dangerous a totally legal arsenal can be in the hands of one madman. His angry rebellion against the status quo and the powers that be in the LA police Department added a distinctly Uranian flavor to this sordid drama.
During the next several months, there will be many tumultuous episodes that will be linked to this very volatile progressed Sun square to natal Uranus, when it is triggered by a series of sometimes overlapping and powerful transits. The first of these is the final crossing of Jupiter conjunct natal Uranus from March 2 through March 11. The initial crossing of this aspect, in July 2012, and accompanied by Saturn square US Mercury, brought us the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. The second crossing, in December 2012, and accompanied by Saturn and Pluto in a yod formation with natal Uranus, brought us the horror Sandy Hook. The hopeful news in early March 2013 is that there are no simultaneous Saturn transits to indicate a period of sorrow accompanying this final Jupiter crossing. We can expect a huge stimulation of the rebellious American spirit, possibly organized into some kind of massive demonstration, against, perhaps gun violence or about some other inflammatory issue. It seems likely there will be an unexpected eruption of energy that transforms the status quo in a significant way and agitates a big swath of the country. I would not totally rule out an attack or a big storm of some kind, but these seem less likely given the lack of Saturn or Pluto at the same time. Note also the slow-moving Mercury transit square natal Uranus on March 8 through March 9 and the square from Venus on March 4 that could further intensify this configuration.
A much more treacherous and troubling period will begin around March 20 and continuing through the third week in April 2013. The progressed Sun square to natal US Uranus will be set off by transiting Uranus (8 Aries) from March 20 through April 5 and by transiting Saturn from April 4 through April 19. Meanwhile, transiting Mars from March 21 through March 27 will conjunct transiting Uranus followed by a square to transiting Pluto, suggestive of an increase in volatility and violence throughout the world. It seems likely this will be linked to the sudden, transformative and potent circumstances suggested by Uranus activating the progressed Sun square to US Uranus at the end of March and therefore impacting the US or US interests. March 22 through March 25 will be particularly combustible due to aspects from Mars and Mercury.
As we move into April, events will move from violent and disruptive to deeply upsetting and stressful, with Saturn moving into a quincunx with US Uranus (April 4 through April 19) and conjunct President Obama’s Neptune (April 9 through April 23). This latter is the same aspect that caused Obama to say that Sandy Hook was the worst day of his presidency. The president’s sorrow over events is also indicated by his progressed Moon square to progressed Saturn from April 11 through May 7. In addition, April 10 through April 13 may prove to bring further danger or agitation due to transiting Mars and then the Sun moving into a semisquare with US natal Uranus, with the Sun and Mars moving towards a highly-charged conjunction from April 13 through April 18. Events both domestic and foreign are likely to be tumultuous from late March through much of April.
Unfortunately, May 2013 will bring with it yet another chapter of significant turmoil, this time linked to the transit of Uranus square to transiting Pluto, waxing in strength from May 4 through May 21. The previous crossing of this aspect, in September 2012, brought the wide sweep of demonstrations and violence against US interests throughout the Middle East and North Africa, including the infamous events in Benghazi. The coming square of these planets will be simultaneous to two very stressful aspects in the US chart, signifying that the very disruptive and volatile circumstances indicated by Uranus and Pluto in May will directly impact the US and its interests in the world, causing deep concern and upset. From May 6 through May 21, Saturn will square the US Node (6Leo36), indicative of considerable strain and apprehension involving other nations, and from May 7 through June 7, the progressed US Moon will be square natal Pluto (27Capricorn33), pointing to deep stress and anxiety over some situation. With the president’s progressed Moon square to his natal Saturn during June, it seems likely he will be very affected and distressed by the unfolding events and their aftermath.
Above all, when tumultuous and transformative situations occur, as they will repeatedly during 2013 through much of 2015, the best outcome would be a thorough reconsideration and recalibrating of current policy towards a more sustainable and efficient path. More than simply blaming and attempting to stamp out the supposed culprits, it would be more useful to understand how things developed and then strategize a more responsible and enlightened road going forward. Had we done this after 9/11/2001, we might have realized that invading two Muslim countries might not have the desired effect of diminishing terrorism. There may not be any simple solutions to our manifold problems in the world, but as the old saying goes: If you are in a hole, stop digging. It is time to regroup and rethink many issues – gun violence, climate change, foreign entanglements, perhaps even how ineffectively our government functions. The strong Uranus input over the next few years will continue to dramatically illuminate where we need to begin.