The relentless upheaval unfolding around the 3-year Uranus/Pluto square is just finishing its third acute phase out of a total of seven exact crossings. During the current iteration in May 2013, we have seen a dangerous escalation of the Syrian civil war, with Hezbollah now actively fighting on the side of the Assad regime, as well as Syrian and Israeli troops exchanging fire along the cease-fire line in the Golan Heights. These situations threaten to increasingly embroil both Hezbollah’s home base of Lebanon and Israel in the spiraling conflict. It is also now confirmed that Iranian troops are fighting in Syria alongside of Assad’s forces, pushing the conflict relentlessly towards a proxy war between the West and Iran, as the US and its allies move to expand their support of the rebels.
We have also seen a dramatic spike in the violent confrontation between Sunni and Shiite factions in Iraq, threatening a civil war on that front as well. And, on May 20, the day of the exact square, the worst tornado in the history of the US hit Oklahoma, leveling a huge swath of an Oklahoma City suburb including two elementary schools. As of now, the magnitude of death and destruction of this disaster continues to unfold.
In essence, the Uranus/Pluto square brings enormous upheaval, disruption, and transformation in its wake. A buildup of tension (Pluto) is characteristic that eventually is lit up by a sudden spark (Uranus), unleashing a catastrophic or explosive event. This can manifest in building anger and aggression towards a government or repressive situation, or it can describe a buildup of some kind of weather-related or natural tension that eventually erupts into a full-blown disaster. It is the latter that we witnessed Monday in Moore, Oklahoma.
To understand the acute phases of the Uranus/Pluto square, it is useful to look at the rest of the planetary picture that occurs at the same time. It is also important to look at the corresponding aspects in the US chart to determine how events may impact the US specifically. In the chart for the tornado, which ended its 40-minute landfall at 3:36 PM in Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013, Uranus (11Aries14) was exactly square Pluto (11Capricorn14). The fast-moving Mercury (10Gemini37) was acting as a trigger.
Note also that the midpoint between Uranus and Pluto fell at 26Aquarius14, close to the US Moon (27Aquarius12). This was almost an exact square to the midpoint of the Sun (29Taurus58) and Mars (22Taurus23) which fell at 26Taurus11. Furthermore, transiting Uranus from May 19 through June 20 is moving into a semisquare with the US Moon (27Aquarius12). These are subtle aspects but they feed into the primary tension of the Uranus/Pluto square at the time of the tornado and point to its impact on some portion of the US population (the Moon) and the sudden and overwhelming disruption of this event (Uranus), as well as its violence (Sun/Mars). Moreover, the upset and stress in the US chart is made clear from two other aspects: the transit of Saturn square to the US Node (6Leo36), exact on May 20; and the progression of the US Moon square natal Pluto (27Capricorn33), which points to an undercurrent of anxiety and stress that will wax until June 7.
As mentioned, this was the third of the seven crossings of the Uranus/Pluto square. Thus, there are four remaining, and they all promise significant upheaval and drama with regard to the US and its interests. The next one will wax in impact from October 13 through November 1, 2013. Although the Obama administration will be having significant difficulties from October 15 through October 25, feeling thwarted on all fronts, due to the Saturn transit opposite the Inaugural Ascendant (12Taurus43) and square Obama’s Sun (12Leo33), the country’s chart points to the likelihood of some kind of sudden, potentially violent upset or stress on October 29 and October 30 when the just-waning progressed Sun (9Pisces02) square to natal Uranus (8Gemini55) is triggered by transiting Mars (8Virgo55), Moon (8Virgo) and Uranus (9Aries28 Retrograde). This corresponds with the beginning of the month-long progressed US Moon conjunction to progressed Saturn (3Scorpio11 R) and trine US Venus (3Cancer06), which implies a month of sorrow and grief in the US due to some kind of dramatic and possibly tragic event likely stemming from the last days of the fourth crossing of the Uranus/Pluto square.
The fifth crossing of the Uranus/Pluto square will be most potent from April 3 through April 23, 2014, during which both Uranus (13 Aries) and Pluto (13Capricorn) will be in an exact hard aspect with the US Sun (13Cancer19). They will be joined by Jupiter conjunct the US Sun and Mars square the US Sun during the same month. In addition, both Uranus and Pluto will be in powerful aspects to the Congress’ Sun (13Capricorn29) at roughly the same time, and transiting Uranus will be square to the Spring Equinox Ascendant (14Cancer07), drawn for Washington DC, from April 14 through May 2.
It is hard to overestimate the probable turmoil and fast-moving series of events likely at that time. The combination of Jupiter and Pluto aspecting the US Sun is similar to the period after 9/11/01 when the US was gearing up for a superpower’s righteous war with Al Qaida in Afghanistan and overflowing with patriotic fervor. Moreover, transiting Uranus square the Spring Equinox Ascendant (14Cancer07), in the midst of the cardinal cross on the US Sun, points to a very potent, transformative event on US soil in April 2014. President Obama and the Congress will be very shaken up (Uranus) and are likely to exercise considerable power (Jupiter/Pluto) to respond to the crisis, while the nation, at least initially, will be united in a wave of patriotism and righteous wrath (Mars).
Although there will initially be an inflated surge of optimism about US power (Jupiter/Sun/Pluto), by late in April 2014, it will be clear that there is also an implicit challenge to US standing in the world when Uranus makes an opposition to the US 10th house Saturn. In addition, late April and the first half of May will see Saturn square to the Inaugural Mars and opposite the Inaugural Moon, pointing to a very stressful time for the Obama administration and probably much criticism and anger about their handling of the crisis. In any event, the fifth crossing of the Uranus/Pluto square in April 2014 is likely to have a profound impact in the US, intensify existing power struggles (Pluto), and have vast, global repercussions.
The 6th and 7th crossings of this generationally-defining configuration run together in one long, tumultuous span extending from November 22, 2014, through March 16, 2015. Both Uranus and Pluto will be in hard aspect to the US Sun at various times during this period, with Uranus making a station square the US Sun from mid-October 2014 to early February 2015. In addition, both planets will be in a hard aspect with the Washington, DC, Spring Equinox Ascendant during January and February 2015.
We can anticipate unexpected, explosive events (Uranus), very agitated circumstances, and overwhelming power struggles (Pluto) directly impacting the country (Equinox Ascendant). The feeling of a power struggle for survival (station of transiting Pluto opposite the US Sun) will continue through early November 2015, and could manifest as a domestic battle against a rebelling faction, an attempt to control some kind of upheaval within the country, or a struggle to thwart a perceived external enemy.
By 2016, the swirling, agitated, and relentless transformation and chaos of the Uranus/Pluto years will have greatly diminished. The final year of the Obama administration is likely to be far calmer, for the most part, with a popular president ending his time in office having successfully navigated the country through a very tumultuous period in its history.