Uranus – still on the Earth axis this month, still wreaking havoc
I know, I know – we all feel like we can’t take much more bad news. I have been trying to figure out how to write about another month of Uranus-induced whiplash.
The thing is, dear people, that awful things are always happening and always have, and liberation and innovation are also always happening. The real question is, how do we understand what’s happening and make sense of it, so we can move forward in a healthy and transformative way?
So I decided to look at the last couple of times that Uranus was in Taurus, and particularly when it crossed the 15-degree mark, this critical point on the Earth axis. If we are living through some crap right now, then what was happening then? What are the things that manifest in our world when Uranus is in Taurus—not only the wars and disasters but also the innovations, technologies, and expansions that are part of Uranus’ sphere? (Thank you, Rebecca, for helping me reframe this…)
What I love about astrology, and why I think it can be so helpful, is that it helps us understand the times we are in and the great natural cycles that we are part of. And, of course, that change is a constant.
So take a deep breath…
The last two times Uranus was in Taurus and transited 15 degrees of that sign was in 1938 and 1854. (I have not looked at earlier cycles but I am sure that would illuminate…)
Wow. 1938—we know the awful parts of that year: the German invasion of Austria, the Munich Pact that allowed Hitler to take Czechoslovakia, Kristallnacht and open warfare on Jewish people by Hitler’s government and the Nazis. Not very comforting, I know. But read on.
The Crimean War was a very big event that occurred in 1854 between Russia and an alliance of some European countries over the rights of various religious minorities You may recall Russia’s annexation of Crimea 8 years ago, in the same neck of the woods that is at issue now between Russia and Ukraine—and the rest of Europe.
Hmm. A major war in Europe seems to be something that occurs when Uranus is in Taurus and on the Earth axis. Crimea is a repeating hot spot. Whaddya know.
Then there is the growth of white supremacist ideologies that clash with humanistic frameworks that is happening now, and happened in Nazi Germany in 1938, and in the US in 1854. 1854 was the year “Bleeding Kansas” began, a multi year war
between white supremacists and abolitionists. John Brown was running his raids in Kansas at that time, attacking pro-slavery people. In 1854 Britain legitimized the status of the white supremacist Boers in South Africa by recognizing the Orange Free State.
In all of these events we see the Uranus theme of ideology. It is an air sign after all, so its sphere is thinking and ideas, not just on a personal level, but on a collective level. Its nature is to present a polarity and to create extremes. It happened in 1854, in 1938, and now.
Uranus also seeks to bust through limits, to connect cultures and people, or to disrupt those connections. Technology, travel, and communication are its modes. In all three of these periods there is tremendous expansion, interconnection, innovation. In 1854 there was a burst of new technologies – railroads, steamboats, the telegraph. In 1938 the Queen Elizabeth made the fastest transatlantic voyage. The “War of the Worlds”, a story of alien invasion (so Uranian!) was broadcast on US radio and completely freaked out the public. Nuclear fission was discovered by German scientists. The word “autism” was coined in 1938 by Hans Asperger. Einstein published The Evolution of Physics. Now in our current moment there is exponential growth in sustainable technologies, as well as debates about the ethical and mental health implications of social media.
Uranus in Taurus specifically – what is that about?
It is about the earth itself and its resources, and it’s about taking care of people. In 1854 San Francisco used coal gas for the first time to light lanterns in the city. In 1938 oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Fossil fuels and their role in fueling capitalism and climate change are currently a major issue for the planet.
Food is a Taurean resource, as are other basic human needs. Climate change and the war in Ukraine are adding to a global food crisis. In the 1850s Ireland was just coming out of a famine. The US and Canada were emerging from the Dust Bowl devastation in the 1930s.
The first minimum wage law was passed in the US in 1938. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were developing their communist ideologies during the 1840’s and 1850’s. Dickens wrote Hard Times in 1854. The gap between wealth and poverty and the impact of unchecked racialized capitalism are right in front of us in our current moment. Living wage proposals are back on the table in some places and even succeeding in Austin Texas.
So we can see the context of Uranus in Taurus, and that its transit over the 15 degrees Taurus point is reflective of major world events that have impacts over generations to come. With help from Uranus the opportunity we have is always that of liberation. As systems break down through
I took this photo at an April 23 event at St John the Divine Cathedral in NYC to honor the impact of Covid on POC communities in northern Manhattan and the Bronx
the Saturn Uranus clashes of 2022 and 2023, we can recreate them. Our challenge is to make a world that is based in humanistic values, that sets up different food systems, that finds alternatives to capitalism, that expands definitions of freedom, community, safety, and identity. It is through new technologies, new forms of communication, solidarity, and interconnection that Uranus will push us.
That’s all I have today, my people. It’s gonna be another helluva month. Take care of yourselves. Onward.
June’s important dates
June 3 401 am Mercury turns direct at 26’5 Taurus Yay!
June 14 752 am Full moon at 23’25 Sagittarius Be clear about what’s true
June 21 515 am Summer solstice, Sun enters Cancer Expect the unexpected
June 28 1053pm New moon at 7’23 Cancer Plan the revolution!
May 5 2022
Uranus on the Earth Axis, Mercury retrograde, and a dramatic Full moon and Eclipse on May 15: Oy
I apologize for my late post –I spent the May 1st weekend celebrating the new moon and solar eclipse, the celtic holiday Beltane, the great goddess in all her forms, by helping to build a garden to honor the ancestors.
Good thing – it gave me the strength I needed to cope with the news from the Supreme Court on Monday. Ugh.
Yes, Uranus in Taurus parks itself on the Earth Axis all month long, bringing more chaos and uncertainty our way. It is a season of tumult, of not knowing what’s going to happen – about anything whatsoever. That is the thing with Uranus that we have to remember– it is the very essence of change. As awful as things are, the possibility of liberation and positive change is also always present. So no hand-wringing! Go see the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once for a lesson in String Theory (and to see the wonderful Michelle Yeoh!).
Starting yesterday on the 4th the Taurus Sun started moving towards Uranus, so buckle up – it could be a rough weekend. Then Mercury retrograde starts on May 10th in Gemini, one of the signs it rules. Expect Gemini -like processes of travel and time and technology to be utterly weird, and also expect revelations.
May 15 brings a powerful Scorpio full moon (always a fun one!) and a total lunar eclipse around midnight. Go outside and watch it. This full moon makes an exact square to Saturn and Saturn spends the month conjunct the Moon of the United States. People will be in a grim humor, and I imagine it’s from things occurring around the full moon, perhaps an escalation of the war in Ukraine, climate disasters, more violence in any realm.
Jupiter enters Aries on the 10th, followed by Mars on the 24th. That’s some fiery and potentially bombastic energy. We definitely don’t need more bombast but the good thing about Jupiter in Aries, however, is that it will inspire us to feel less overwhelmed and more inclined to take action.
And So We Rise.
I took this photo at an April 23 event at St John the Divine Cathedral in NYC to honor the memory of those who died of Covid in Black and POC communities in northern Manhattan and the Bronx. The event was entitled “Imagine Repair,” organized by the Zip Code Memory Project.
May’s Important Dates (times EDT)
May 6 Exact Sun -Uranus conjunction Hold on!
May 10 749 am Mercury turns retrograde @ 4’50 Gemini
Back up your hard drive
May 16 12:15 am Full Moon @ 2518’ Scorpio and Total Lunar Eclipse
Get outside and watch it and pray for peace
May 20 1124 pm Sun enters Gemini and meets Mercury retrograde
Watch for miscommunication!
May 30 731 am New moon @ 9’03 Gemini Go inward and enjoy the dreamtime
April 4 2022
April is a hot mess, but you knew that! More contradictory influences—the beautiful Jupiter Neptune conjunction and the aggravating Saturn-Lunar Node square. Sigh.
First – I apologize for the lateness of my post. There is a Mars-Saturn conjunction happening after all this week, and like the rest of you I am having trouble getting stuff done.
Let me cut to the chase: the world is getting walloped, and the uncertainty and craziness continue this month. Uranus in Taurus is moving closer and closer to the key 15-degree Taurus point of the Earth axis, bringing reversals and changes and a world of hurt to our wee blue planet. Whether it’s the going – from -bad -to-awful situation in the Ukraine, the ongoing climate catastrophe, the racist attacks by Republican senators on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and any other number of disruptions, we are deep in the mess that we humans have made.
What is to be done? All I can do is give you some tips for getting through this.
Your Astrologer’s 5 Tips for getting through April:
Expect uncertainty. Uranus will be moving across the Earth axis for the next few months, and won’t be done with us entirely until March 2023. This war in the Ukraine could go on for many months. Uranus brings change and reversal, chaos, the unexpected. Although we are rightfully upset about the bad things happening, the unexpected isn’t always bad. Stay open and notice the positive developments that are occurring. Despair is not an option. Grassroots organizing is always happening around the world, and people always stand up for truth, justice and self-determination. Look– Amazon workers in NYC just voted for a union! Celebrate it! Many communities around the US are finding creative ways to repair the historic harm done to Black people. Celebrate that!
Expect many more global changes in economic systems, food scarcity, resources, labor, and supply chains. Uranus is in Taurus, after all.
Saturn’s square to the Lunar Nodes provides an opportunity for changes in collective relationships. We will see more refugee crises under this aspect, sad to say. Leaders and governments can fall. Just sayin. On a personal level, be aware that people are stressed and hurting. Avoid arguments and avoid either/or thinking. Look for nuance and the “both/and.” Find common ground. Don’t throw relationships away, even if you disagree.
Jupiter meets up with Neptune in Pisces all month. This is a beautiful conjunction that gives us a sense of belonging to each other. We are one. This is the aspect of “Substance of We Feeling,” to quote Doris Lessing. It’s also a really fun and expansive combination – so have fun, enjoy the Spring, enjoy your friends and loved ones. Love your silly pets. Love nature. Be grateful for the earth. Make art. Take nothing for granted.
Jupiter and Neptune will move a lot of water around the globe, especially on the April 16 full moon and April 30 new moon. Expect flooding and severe storms. Be prepared for climate events!
April’s Important Dates:
April 1 2:26 am New moon @ 11’31 Aries
April 2-9 Mars conjunct Saturn in Aquarius Expect some obstacles
April 16 256 pm Full Moon @ 26’46 Libra, with Pluto Avoid power struggles
April 22 Earth Day!
April 28-30 Venus in Pisces conjunct Jupiter and Neptune Have a lovefest!
April 30 429 pm New moon/ partial eclipse @ 10’28 Taurus Generate growth!