You would measure time the measureless and the immeasurable. … but if in your thought you must measure time into seasons, let each season encircle all the other seasons. Kahlil Gibran
The fractal nature of time is beautifully expressed in the cyclic motions of the archetypal planets. Each moment is a self-similar fractal of a previous moment along a cyclically spiralling wave of time. It means that we astrologers can make predictions. Not the kind of prediction that says “You will meet a tall dark stranger on a train on a Saturday three weeks from now”, but by following various planetary cycles we can extrapolate likelihoods anywhere along the wave, based on the established understanding of the planetary archetypes. We can do this for people, events, and entities such as nations.
The Global Scale
The current dynamic Uranus-Pluto square alignment, with Uranus at the first point of Aries on the world grid, is igniting powerful eruptions of repressed energy around the world, the intensity of which will last until around 2016. If Uranus is the Awakener and Pluto the Soul, then the square between these two transpersonal planets will bring the awakening world soul into consciousness. Shocking eruptions of energy have been happening all around the natural world in the form of earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes, landslides and floods and they have been increasingly frequent and violent over the past five years or so, and may yet intensify before this period is complete.
As change accelerates all around the world, there is increased social and political turbulence, giving a voice to the youth of the world, women, ethnic minorities and all peoples and beings – human and animal - who have suffered and been denied basic rights and freedoms. In the rise of people against authoritarian oppression, the world is overthrowing the old hierarchical power structures; dictatorships have toppled in the Middle East and people around the world are awakening from their slumber – the Occupy movement being only one expression of humanity’s awakening power.
Along the same cycle, a Uranus-Pluto conjunction was the defining astrological signature of the 1960’s, which saw incredible technological innovation along with massive upwellings of desire to be free of repressive constraints – political, cultural, racial or religious. However, back then the energy was constrained by Saturn. So for every radical outburst of energy, there was also an authoritarian, conservative response ready to crush the upwelling energy back down.
This time around the two energies do not overlap and we are now rushing full steam ahead into the dangerous, exhilarating, terrifying rapids of Uranus-Pluto. We have the chance to remake the world in the way our predecessors in the 1960’s tried to do. But it also places upon us the serious responsibility of developing our own authority. The French Revolution was also part of this particular time-wave, and the potential for anarchy is every bit as present now as it was then.
The process is revealing a very dark underbelly to the organisation and power structures of our world, and many are reeling at the atrocities that have been committed in our name. We have all witnessed greed and breathtaking abuses of power as corporations and governments, in the face of change, have blatantly acted to consolidate their power, even as they collapse under their own weight. The people have reason to revolt.
Quiescent mother Awakens Her children are free
Scotland’s chart is being directly influenced by the currently active Uranus-Pluto cycle, with Uranus awakening and electrifying the area of her sense of freedom, self esteem, identity, and status – and Pluto bringing into focus the need to be healed of old wounds, and for renewal. Pluto also signifies activating notions of government, and service in the global arena; what is Scotland’s ‘job’ in the world, how can she contribute to a better world? Uranus entered Aries and Scotland’s tenth house on Friday, 11th March 2011 for a seven-year sojourn, and on May 6th, as this liberating, revolutionary planet made an exact conjunction with her Midheaven, the people of Scotland overwhelmingly voted in a new parliament that was committed to independence.
Uranus will have a strong influence on Scotland’s psyche during the next several years. It is the planet of sudden awakening, enlightenment, shock, lightining fast illumination, and destruction of the old. Her strongly occupied Aries tenth house is currently being charged and inflamed with Uranian energy, hastening experimentation and new growth, and liberating her from the old chains of tradition and habit.
Scotland is being challenged to let go of her fears and desire for security, and awaken to her true state of freedom and creativity. As Uranus powerfully conjuncts her Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars over the coming several years, things are likely to happen suddenly and impulsively, with quick bursts of new ideas and originality of organisation, along with unexpected new alliances and courageous leaps into the unknown. Life might well feel disruptive as change electrifies our nation, but the overall purpose is to clear blockage, repression and fear – and usher in sweeping innovations and egalitarian freedoms of all kinds. Uranus is a liberator, illuminating what he touches like Prometheus with the gift of fire. We will need a steady hand at the helm, to keep our natural passion and impulsiveness channelled positively, and to keep us from flailing wildly around in experiments that could quickly devolve into anarchy.
After the liberating, awakening energy has swept over her tenth house, Scotland will have a clearer vision of her identity and place in the world of nations. She will see herself as others do, and move beyond stereotypes and her wounded history. If she takes up the challenges placed before her, Scotland will have opportunities to show dignified leadership in areas of humanitarian endeavour and egalitarian social organisation. Scotland can also contribute to global wellbeing through pioneering discovery, invention and technological breakthrough – perhaps in areas of renewable energies, communications and health.
Pluto holds tension at the other end of the square, in Scotland’s Capricorn sixth house. This is a planet of deep soul energies enveloping all that is repressed and hidden, the power of the unconscious, and the process of death and rebirth – this is as profound as it gets, and the action is to scour the long held, deep seated hurts, and self-defeating attitudes that Scotland holds to herself.
Significantly, Neptune occupies Scotland’s sixth house and makes dynamic natal aspects to her tenth house planets. Overall, this facet of Scotland shows her to be a strongly mystical nation, idealistic, visionary and compassionate. Pragmatists may call her ‘utopian’ – but she may confound all and attain something close to that.
Pluto relates to political power, global organisations, focussed energy or ‘underground’ institutions. Pluto conjunct Neptune in Scotland’s chart indicates a focus upon political issues and collective ideals. This is a time of deep introspective change. Pluto’s end of the alignment will cause Scotland to question her deepest beliefs and how she fits in the world at large. No area of life will remain untouched, and there may be surprises as hitherto prominent aspects of Scottish life may simply disappear as she becomes healed of old wounds and sorrows. This transit represents the death and rebirth of the Scottish soul in a tangible way.
Pluto’s transit of Capricorn until 2020 signifies that we are part of a global death and rebirth that will be every bit as potent and far-reaching as the industrial and democratic revolutions of the 1760’s and 1770’s. And very probably even more so. The previous Pluto in Capricorn cycle saw a gigantic shift in the way our world went about its business. In a very short time we moved from a life based on families, small villages, living on the land and artisanal labour to a massive migration to the cities and the dawn of the mechanised, factory-based urban lifestyle.
That the old paradigm must die and be reborn is a certainty – the only question is how we will choose to interact with this process. We can take advantage of the Shiva-esque dance of destruction and creation that is the Uranus in Aries era by recreating our world from the inside out.