Thursday 29 March 2012

Saturn Transits in Astrology – Finding Healthy Responses In Times That Often Seem Difficul

Over the years I’ve heard countless people become very anxious and worry when Saturn is making a conjunction, square, or opposition to their Ascendant or planets in their charts. While Saturn transits can bring tough lessons, it never brings us anything we don’t need.
As I've often told you, the planets merely show our inner function that translates into external actions and experiences. We need to get our Saturn functioning in healthy ways, and do that by consistently practicing Saturn’s strengths and virtues, as well as doing these in appropriate manner when we are tested by a Saturn transit that seems to be jamming our gears.
I did a 3-part series about how to deal with Saturn transits a few years back that I haven’t reprinted since then. All three of these articles are important in getting the full picture of how we can best use Saturn transits to best effect. Please take some time to read or re-read these, since there may be some things that can help you turn a difficult Saturn transit into a fulfilling one.
For your renewed consideration,
© Copyright 2008, 2012 Robert Wilkinson

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Uranus Square Pluto – Exact Dates 2012-2015

By Elsa

Uranus in Aries will square Pluto in Capricorn (exact), seven times between now and the end of March, 2015. Most astrologers agree this will be a tumultuous time of violent upheaval.

When Uranus is involved things happen unexpectedly. With Uranus in Aries, the unexpected comes quickly and when you combine this energy in hard aspect to Pluto which rules death and devastation, I’d say that war is almost a given as are natural disasters. As to where and when these things will take place – with Uranus involved, there is no telling. It’s unpredictable, right? So if you run into some know-it-all making predictions, remember to smirk.

As for dealing well with this energy, I am sure to write about it ad nauseum the way I do everything else but in a nutshell, you want to hone your instincts and be ready to act quickly.

Uranus square Pluto June 26 2012 – 8 degrees
Uranus square Pluto September 19 2012 – 6 degrees
Uranus square Pluto May 21 2013 – 11 degrees
Uranus square Pluto November 1 2013 – 9 degrees
Uranus square Pluto April 21 2014 – 13 degrees
Uranus square Pluto December 15 2014 – 12 degrees
Uranus square Pluto March 17 2015 – 15 degrees

The degrees notes above are in the Cardinal signs so if you have personal planets or angles of your chart near these degrees, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be very personally affected.

On the upside, this combination can bring fast healing. A person can also gain power in a blink of an eye. Just get used to the idea of deep change that seems to occur in the blink of an eye.


Wednesday 7 March 2012

The Positive Spin of Uranus

By Dawn Bodrogi

Uranian attachments are unique. When they work, they exist beyond the normal confines of society. Couples who live what could be considered unconventional lifestyles, or form highly unconventional pairings often have strong Uranian ties. There is usually an air of friendliness and healthy detachment that helps them go the distance. Rather than focusing on melding together to dissolve their differences, there is a respect for what makes the other unique.

When Uranus is strong between charts, there is very often a distinct telepathy between lovers. They can just “know” what the other is thinking or feeling at any given time; they can dream one another’s dreams (literally); they can picture what the other is doing at any moment. This is often most keen with conjunctions to the Sun, Moon and/or Mercury, but other aspects can manifest this as well. Neptune can do something similar, but Neptune does it by dissolving boundaries and using empathy/feeling as a basis for the contact. The Uranian vibe doesn’t work that way—it’s more concrete, more specific, more electric. It’s as if the couple has an electronic device implanted where they just pick one another up.

The purpose of Uranus is very simple—it wants to take us higher. If we’re very attachment- and security-oriented, a Uranian relationship isn’t going to be an easy ride for us. Uranus is designed to take us beyond the Moon-Saturn dynamic into a new order of relating. It will insist on its own way, and its own dizzying pace. It will insist that we are equal partners with our eyes on the same goal. It will not guarantee that we will always walk side-by-side. However, we will know that we are connected to one another, and to the rest of the universe, by an unseen universal law. And that, in itself, can give us more security than we could ever hope for on Earth.

About Dawn Bodrogi
Dawn Bodrogi has studied astrology since the age of twelve, and has been a practicing astrologer for over twenty years with a special emphasis on synastry. Her studies in Jungian psychology, alchemy, and Buddhist philosophy inform her work. Her upcoming book, The Inner Wheel, takes a new look at interpreting secondary progressions. You can see more of Dawn’s work at her blog, The Inner Wheel: Living with Astrology.

Composite Uranus

By Nadia Gilchrist

Emphasized Uranus

What constitutes an emphasized Uranus? Hard aspects (conjunction, square, opposition) to the composite Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars. These are personal planets, and tough Uranus contacts to them can dominate a relationship. Uranus in a hard aspect to one of the angles or ruler of the angles (cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th Houses), will also be felt strongly, because these points are extremely sensitive.
If your composite chart has one or more of these Uranus contacts, what do you do? Start by identifying the house where this planet sits. This will tell you what area of the relationship Uranus’ energy is based in. 

Example 1: Uranus in the Composite 5th House Conjunct Composite Moon

For example, Uranus in the composite 5th House will influence the area of children, romance, ego and creativity. And let’s say it’s conjunct the composite Moon. When these partners first got together it probably felt (Moon) exciting (Uranus), and over-the-top romantic (5th House). But this level of sparkle can only be sustained for so long. Trying to maintain that initial childlike discovery and fascination (5th House) can be difficult under the onslaught of day-to-day responsibilities. The shadow side of a frustrated 5th House Uranus would be one or both partners looking outside the relationship to revive that brand-new romance feeling (the 5th House is also the house of love affairs). But it doesn’t have to unfold this way.
This energy can find a healthier expression by bringing something new (Uranus) and emotionally fulfilling (Moon) into the relationship. Having children is one option, but so is creative expression for both partners. Uranus likes to stand out, so both partners will need to feel (Moon) that they have something special (5th House) of their own—something that lets each express themselves in a unique way (Uranus). I’m talking artistic projects, creative hobbies, writing, a garage band … whatever. They can work on something together, but ego clashes are a risk. So it’s best to find separate ways to shine. This is not the kind of relationship where one partner stands back and lets the other one take the spotlight.

Example 2: Composite Uranus Conjunct the Descendent

For another example, let’s put composite Uranus on top of (conjunct) the Descendent (cusp of the 7th House). The planet of disruption is hitting the spot that governs this couple’s partnership with others and their own relationship projections. With this placing, it is so important that each person has room to move. It will not be a conventional pairing; this could be a long-distance relationship, or there may something about it that flies in the face of what other people expect. Trying to force it into the confines of a traditional union will trigger Uranus’ destructive energies, and make it vulnerable to outside disruptions.
The highest expression of Uranus is ideals for, and about, the collective. If Uranus conjunct the composite Descendent can be expressed outwards on a joint mission (such as improving conditions for other people), there will be an external goal to keep this couple occupied and together. This can be the couple that unites (7th House) to rebel (Uranus) against something (in a constructive way, of course).

Example 3: Uranus Square the Composite Sun

My final example is Uranus square the composite Sun. This is a direct challenge to the relationship’s purpose. It could indicate a relationship that developed suddenly, or one whose purpose is unusual. If we put the Sun in the 1st House (the identity of the relationship), it looks like the purpose drives the relationship. It stands out and feels important to the partners. This is the couple who is going to accomplish something. But throw in a square from Uranus in the 4th House (the relationship’s foundation), and there’s a conflict. Uranus in the composite 4th makes it very difficult to build a stable home. Family conflicts or the disruptive childhood of one or both partners can cause enough insecurity to rattle their mutual purpose (Sun).
The danger with this placement is that instability based in the past can make it an on/off relationship. The key is that both partners need to be okay with the unusual home life this partnership will demand. This could be the couple that marries, but maintains their own dwellings. It’s not a relationship that favors the needy. Also, breaking away from the past and forging new habits based on this relationship (rather than past relationships) is critical. It’s not easy to start fresh, but this is the kind of partnership that demands it.
Composite Uranus is energy, and it can be directed. It can propel a couple forward, or it can tear them apart. With enough creativity and self-awareness, two people can experience its benefits together.

About Nadia Gilchrist

Nadia Gilchrist offers 15 years of experience in Evolutionary and Traditional astrology. Her writings and personal consultations focus on applying astrology and tarot readings with a clear, practical approach to the real world. Nadia blogs regularly atRuby Slipper Astrology.