Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto: Harbingers of the Twenty-First Century
Since March, Uranus has been in square aspect to Pluto, and will continue to be until March of 2019. The last period when these planets were in more or less square aspect was from 1930 to 1934. People born during that period have lived in times of drastic upheaval. If you are a survivor, congratulations! Many who were children born under that unfortunate aspect had died as the victims of the upheavals in Europe and Asia during and in the aftermath of WWII. Are children born under the current, stressful aspect at similar risk in the coming decade? Or is it just coincidence that all that misfortune occurred not that long after this aspect between the two outer planets?
The traditional theory is that both Uranus and Pluto are associated with change and transformation. Uranus is thought to trigger sudden, unexpected changes. If the motives for action are selfish or destructive toward others, sudden, seemingly inexplicable events bring the perpetrator misfortune. Pluto, on the other hand, is thought to represent transformation of a particular type: regeneration. This would mean that, when it does reflect disorder, it is of a temporary nature caused by the destruction of the old order, which facilitates the generation of a new order, one often more appropriate for the new times.
Correspondences, in fact, can be drawn between the two planets and the fates of the axis and the allied and the occupied nations at the end of the war. Uranus represents the axis powers. Particularly in the case of Nazi Germany, it is self-evident how their motives for action, based on an ideology of the supremacy of their supposed Aryan race and a belief in the intolerable inferiority of certain other peoples, were selfish and destructive toward others. Reflected by the square aspect between Uranus and Pluto, they and their axis allies ended up reaping the bitter harvest of the seeds they had sown.
Equally, Pluto can represent the allies and the occupied nations. Pluto symbolizes the regeneration in these nations of political institutions, facilitated by the clearing away of the old order through the disruptive force of invasion and war. The regeneration is quite apparent in the USA. What a contrast between its pre-war, economically depressed condition, and its post-war condition, with its revitalized economy and new status as one of the utmost powers of the world! Outmoded systems of government tend to persist; having a dysfunctional effect on the societies they govern, unless acted on by an outside force. As sad as the effects of that occupation and war are, they nonetheless did serve as the outside forces facilitating the uprooting of old orders needed in establishing a new, more functional order in European nations. In Eastern Europe, that regeneration was delayed by the second occupation by Russian forces, but nevertheless finally unto them also it has come.
Looking back, it could be tempting to say that the cloud, as dark as it was, did have a silver lining after all. But when it comes to the futures of our own children, the prospect of a third world war conjures only images of the darkest of clouds. Are such clouds looming on the horizon?
Yes, history does tend to repeat itself, but astrology supports the good news that it doesn't necessarily repeat as exactly as we fear. Suppose that you were born on August 31, 1931. On that day, Pluto was at about 21 degrees Cancer, Uranus at about 18 degrees Aries, and Neptune about five degrees Virgo. Yes, Pluto and Uranus were in square aspect as now, but unlike now, Neptune and Pluto were a whole 16 degrees off from a perfect sextile aspect. Babies born on August 31, 2011 will have Neptune at about 29 degrees Aquarius and Pluto about five degrees Capricorn, that is, in the much closer sextile aspect of six degrees off. I'm not making a big deal out of this for nothing! This type of gentle aspect between Neptune and Pluto can go a long way in allaying the harsh effects of a Pluto square Uranus.
Would you believe that Neptune and Pluto have been more or less in sextile aspect since 1972? They will continue to be so until 2044! Not just hanging together for a summer romance, there's a 72 year commitment going on. What is this couple all about?
Couple is a good way of describing their current relationship. Pluto is the higher octave of Mars, forces we largely characterize as masculine, and Neptune the higher octave of Venus, forces we largely characterize as feminine. We have already thought of Pluto as symbolizing regeneration, but what are we to make of Neptune? As I wrote in my June article, Neptune is making its transition into Pisces, the sign of its rulership. Neptune is making itself right at home, as it continues its congenial relations with Pluto. A planet that makes itself at home is one that waxes strong; a strong Neptune enables people more readily to draw on experience to solve problems. More specifically, a strong Neptune, as the ruler of the picture-making faculties of the mind, helps people to put together the images of experiences into visions guiding toward problem-resolution. It helps us to solve problems using our psychic eyes instead of military arms! The sextile with Pluto represents regeneration through a peaceful process. So does this Neptune sextile Pluto nullify the threat reflected by the Uranus square Pluto?
I doubt that it will have a wholly nullifying effect, but the sextile will highly likely allay the bitterness of the square. Notice that the square occurs in a time span engulfed by the sextile. We still will have to swallow the bitter pill, but it is quite a sugar-coated one! Expect social upheaval, but of a gentler kind, leading to a more stable, political order. The generation born just before WWII did not have the blessing of such a powerful, lasting Neptune sextile Pluto to soften the impact of the upheaval reflected by the Uranus square Pluto.
Not only does this generation of youngsters have the blessing of a greatly softened impact, but one much farther into their adult lives compared to that suffered by children of the 1930s. In their time, Pluto was in Cancer, equivalent on the generational level with the Fourth House of home affairs. Consequently, the square aspect reflected turmoil in the domestic scene associated with the more immediate time of their childhood. In our time, Pluto is in Capricorn, equivalent on the generational level with the Tenth House of career. Consequently, whatever effects this square aspect reflects are much more likely to be experienced by our youngsters later in life when their career matters will be highlighted.
The forecasts of my astrological analysis coincide with those made using an approach of expert political, economic, and social analysis. George Friedman, founder and CEO of Stratfor, the world's leading private intelligence and forecasting organization, in his book, The Next 100 Years: a forecast for the 21st century, forecasts that no world war is likely until around 2050, and that one likely to be fought with smaller armies in less deadly ways than WWII.
We surely do love our children, so we should say: thank Heavens and those lucky "stars"! Wouldn't it be nice, though, if there weren't any war looming on the horizon at all?
As a postscript, for those of you who actually do happen to be celebrating your eightieth at the end of this August, Mars, at about 18 degrees Cancer on your birthday, will be in opposition to your natal Saturn at about 17 degrees Capricorn. No skateboarding for those few days! But seriously, do take it easy because that transit tends to come with a higher risk of accidents. Besides, even without Mars in the wrong place, we all tend to be more accident prone in the neighbourhood of our birthdays, as well as three and six months before and after.