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Seven years ago, the divine rebel and change-agent planet, Uranus entered Aries.
It was March 2011, and the day this planet crossed the equinoctial point and entered the fiery sign of the ram, we witnessed the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan caused by the nearby earthquake. A tsunami soon followed, spewing dangerous radiation throughout the region and spilling into the ocean.
Uranus is nothing, if not dramatic.
Here we are in the last days and degree of Uranus in Aries, before it enters Taurus on May 15th. Once again, this ‘shock and awe’ planet is making a dramatic exit from the sign as we witness the volcanic eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii, with evacuation orders being issued on the Big Island.
And it isn’t as if the last seven years hasn’t been exceedingly full of drama! In 2017 alone, record-breaking temperatures were held responsible for some of the worst disasters on record. Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico are just a few natural disasters that impacted the U.S. Fires and floods in California and the dozens of other earth-shattering events around the world affecting India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, China ought to have issued a global wake-up call to just how severe the implications of climate change are in the real world. Now that Uranus is leaving Aries, what can we expect from Uranus in Taurus?
Probably the phrase that comes most to mind when thinking of this combination is “earth changes.” Taurus is an earth sign, a fixed earth sign at that. And fixed earth, while admired for its sturdy and solid nature, is also rigid to a fault. No pun intended here, but the fault lines around the Earth might seem to be most vulnerable during this transit.
Of course the metaphor here applies to all of us, not just the earth itself. What are we clinging to with stubborn rigidity that needs to be released? One thought that comes to mind is a lagging, backward set of political leaders who refuse to acknowledge climate change and who are investing little if anything into reversing the devastating affects of global warming and its resulting crisis to the earth.
Taurus isn’t just “earth”. It’s Mother Earth. Yes, it’s correct that Taurus is symbolized by Gaia, Mother Earth who mated with the sky god Ouranos (Uranus) and bore dozens of offspring, all whom were rejected by Ouranos. However unlikely a marriage this is, we find them together again for the next seven years. Gaia devised a plot to render Ouranos impotent by having their son Cronus (our Saturn) castrate him. Falling into the ocean, the severed genitalia of Ouranos gave birth first the Furies and ultimately Aphrodite.
This next seven years of Uranus in Taurus presents strong implications of raising enough havoc and destructive tendencies upon our Mother Earth to force something important to take place in the realm of turning our massive spaceship, planet Earth, around and steering it to a new, more sustainable direction.
On a personal level we can envision how our next seven years, with Uranus in Taurus, will shape up. This is the time, mid-May 2018, when Uranus steps into Taurus for the first time in 75 years. Plant the seeds of change, whether earth change or personal change, that marches in step with the current conditions facing us.
Time to wake up the earthiness in all of us and get back to barefoot in the park.
We will awaken to the importance of nature in every day life and rituals/meditation/yoga will become mainstream
Read more about Uranus in Taurus here: 2018-coming-down-to-earth
Thanks, Catherine Boyer, for editorial comments and assistance.