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EARTHEARTISTRY Newsletter Blog, March 2011
March 21, 2011


Uranus moves into Aries on the12th of March.  This years’ “Ides” may be ideas and ideologies rising to challenge the status quo.  We’ve already seen the rumblings of revolution in Egypt, Libya and Wisconsin.  The upheaval that often comes with breaking up or out of old structures, paradigms or ideologies is resonant with these astrological weather patterns.  With Uranus, whose keynote is freedom, and whose totem is coyote, anything is possible.

Unpredictable and contrary, Uranus wants freedom from the tired, old, forms that control and stifle creativity and community.  Breakdowns and breakthroughs come with the territory.  Throw in Mercury in Aries, communication in the key of independence, from the 10th to the 30th and you have lot of fiery tinder.  The Sun enters Aries on the 21st, on the Vernal Equinox, bringing another conjunction with Uranus, adding more combustibles to the mix. When Uranus enters Aries it will remain in the sign until May 15, 2018. 

The last week of March sees the Aries Sun coming into opposition to Saturn in Libra, archetype of the desire for equality and laws that are fair.  The drastic gap between those who have excessive money and those that have not enough gets more visible. Divine discontent desires a genuine democracy that isn’t a mockery of corporate and government alliances buying out and literally controlling many of “the goods.”

As all this is emerging, a square to Pluto in Capricorn is in play. Pluto symbolizes the underworld, the hidden sector, the realm of the shadow, the betrayals, the terror and pain that we’d rather not face.  Our culture hides death, yet uses its rattle to frighten and manipulate.  Pluto and Uranus will be in dialogue with each other for the next seven years, a quarter of the Saturn cycle.

Since Pluto has an orbit of approximately 248 years, it is safe to say it is a slow-mover and will only move through each sign once in a lifetime. Pluto will remain in Capricorn until March 23, 2023.

Capricorn is the sign associated with order, structure, time and the “father principle.” Its shadow is control, domination and the inability to feel and empathize.  Winter water can be walked upon--- it no longer flows--- and yet each wintry snowflake contains a unique pattern.

Capricorn also embodies the organizing principle as applied to the whole of a system, be it a body, organization, planet or solar system.  Pluto here is announcing that all systems are due for breakdown and breakthrough to another more functional way of organization.  In the process we are witnessing the emergence of much of the hidden maneuvering and power plays that were skillfully kept away from public scrutiny.  The “white-collar” criminal element is losing its cover.  In its arrogance it is trying to dismantle all of the structures that provide the general populace with a basic quality life.

I think we are seeing the demise of the old order, the patriarchy, all the structures built on the belief in separation that can so longer sustain us as a world entering planetary consciousness.  Within us and without us the out-grown modalities are coming down, but not without a struggle.  I still cast my vote to the birth of the butterfly while realizing how difficult it is to be within the caterpillar melt-down that is also part of the process.

Which brings us to two more interesting placements:

Until the 12th, when Uranus enters Aries, it remains at the 29th degree of Pisces.  The late, great Isabel Hickey, called the 29th degree the “degree of expiation,” meaning it had the capacity to reflect and express the greatest qualities of the entire sign.  Uranus has an eighty-four year orbit and lives in each sign for about seven years.

I view the 29th degree as a culmination of the journey through the entire sign, and as such, an elder of the sign.  Just as elders make the transition from the known embodiment to another dimension, likewise, there is a release of the sign just experienced and a time on the cusp or threshold where one is no longer the old and not quite the new or next incarnation.  Many wisdom traditions talk of such times as “’tween times,” times of mystery, power, intuition, revelation and inspiration.

Pisces is about the process of dissolving, letting go, empathy and compassion, qualities we need in abundance as we are in this confusing and sometimes frightening birthing process.  Its shadow is illusion and escapism, fed by the projection of ideals or demons onto another that distort and filter the experience of the person.

Pisces is also the last sign or culmination of the journey through the twelve signs until the rebirth and new beginnings of the Vernal Equinox, the official marker of spring. The zero degree Aries Point is considered to be one of the most potent positions in the entire 360-degree spectrum of possibility. Thus, having Uranus conjunct the Aries point indicates a greater potential for genuine breakthrough and new birth.

And, in conclusion, we also have one more 29 degree placement, and that is Neptune, who from the new moon on the 5th until the new moon on April 3,rd is at this final degree of the sign of Aquarius, literally in the homestretch of its journey as it goes into its home territory of Pisces on April 4th.  Neptune takes approximately 164 years to complete its orbit and stays in each sign for about fourteen years.

I believe the Neptune in Aquarius has given us the awareness that the internet is a planetary nervous system giving us greater opportunities of uniting and appreciating our unique differences.

Neptune is the dreamer and we are also seeing many dreams morph into nightmares.  There is an opportunity to realize that we can change the world by changing the dream as we can change ourselves by changing our dreams.  Yet, there are also the real threats from corporate collaborators that are attempting to dissolve the power of the unions and the working people as symbolized by Aquarius.  As it shifts into Neptune it will be interesting to see if we are capable of awakening within and shape-shifting the dream.

I suggest you buckle your seat belts as Uranus is Aries, the sign of the individual, the brave, and the pioneer, takes off.  Aries has traditionally been the archetype of the warrior and we are seeing a resurgence of folks fed up with being trampled upon.  Jupiter is already in Aries turf, and as spring always reminds us, life has a way of resurrecting itself.

©  Esther Frances, March 2011

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