URANUS vs SATURN

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“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.” Kitty O’Meara

For the third time this year, Uranus and Saturn enter into an exact challenge the end of this month, the end of this year. These two square off approximately every 14 years or so, but this year’s square-off has been particularly intriguing. Saturn, usually the rigid, structure-bound old fogey is in the progressive, far-seeing sign of Aquarius, while Uranus, usually the quirky rebel is in the sign of stolid, earthbound Taurus. In traditional astrology Uranus is the planetary ruler of Aquarius but in esoteric astrology it rules Libra, trying to find the balance between the far-out and the somewhat acceptable. And in traditional astrology Venus rules both Taurus and Libra, a twisting entanglement of roles. This gives us some clues to the upheavals we’ve been experiencing on a global level as planets and people try to re-identify themselves in a changing Universe. This is certainly grounds for revolution from wealth launched into space to the stark reality of poverty, discrimination and starvation, from planetary upheavals to gender re-definitions.

          Both Aquarius and Taurus are what we call “fixed” signs, set in their ways, hard to sway, potentially stubborn but excellent at follow-through, dependability. This is their third time squaring off this year but although every time was a challenge, the planets were in different modes each time. In January both planets were direct, then Saturn was retrograde in June and now Uranus is retrograde. Even while undergoing seemingly the same challenge, things could be different because We could be different.

 Everyone: Winter Solstice on the 21st . . . and the light begins to rule again.

ARIES

MARCH 20 – APRIL 19
Planet: Mercury

Dynamic: A confusing challenge in the first half of the month could turn into a new sense of identity.

Direction: The pursuit of higher studies would help.

Soul Thought: “The Soul of Education is the Education of the Soul.” An Unremembered Pope

LEO

JULY 22 – AUG 22
Planet: Sun

Dynamic: Your “seeking” may feel like it’s going nowhere.

Direction: Take heart; the world is still turning.

Soul Thought: When the light challenges the dark.

SAGITTARIUS

NOV 20 – DEC 21
Planet: Earth

Dynamic: Mother/s may have special meaning for you this month.

Direction: Communication will be important.

Soul Thought: “If we agree on everything, one of us is unnecessary!” A dear friend

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TAURUS

APRIL 19 – MAY 20
Planet: Vulcan

Dynamic: A spending spree this month could result in needing to beg later.

Direction: Wait until the second half of the month to decide.

Soul Thought: One of the four Desires is the Desire for Security. 

VIRGO

AUGUST 22 – SEPT 21
Planet: Moon

Dynamic: The month of the Cold Moon is a good time for researching.

Direction: Pick a topic if you haven’t already.

Soul Thought: Researching your Self is always a good choice.

CAPRICORN

 DEC 21 – JAN 20
Planet: Saturns

Dynamic: It’s not an easy time to be alive.

Direction: But boy, is it an alive time!

Soul Thought: “The son of God was born an outcast in order to remind us that every outcast is a Son of God.” Pope Francis

GEMINI

MAY 20 – JUNE 20
Planet: Venus

Dynamic: The lack of external challenges is lovely.

Direction: But the conscious practice of patience is highly recommended.

Soul Thought: Still a Time to Ponder.

LIBRA

SEPT 21  –  OCT 21
Planet:Uranus

Dynamic: It IS a disconcerting world we live in right now.

Direction: Sing a song.

Soul Thought: The right note can change the world.

AQUARIUS

JAN 20 – FEB 20
Planet: Jupiter

Dynamic: Expansion of mind and soul are very possible, despite the challenges.

Direction: Think big!

Soul Thought: BE Big!

CANCER

JUNE 20 – July 22
Planet: Neptune

Dynamic: If you feel you’d like to hibernate, it is that time of year.

Direction: You might consider dreaming instead.

Soul Thought: Or also.

SCORPIO

OCT 21 – NOV 20
Planet:Mars

Dynamic: Early in the month someone as strong as you will challenge you.

Direction: Be prepared to shift gears, willingly.

Soul Thought: When you pierce the bubble of joy, what’s inside?

PISCES

FEB 20 – MARCH 21
Planet: Pluto

Dynamic: It’s a gentle month.

Direction: A good time for soft ponderings and sweet meditations.

Soul Thought: In a crystal cave?