Sunday, February 10, 2019

Uranus & Venus square off: the March 6th Taurus ingress




 “If the sweeping ambition of the Green New Deal leads to positive incremental change, I think that’s the most likely way it happens. But then I also want to mildly praise the resolution’s anti-incrementalism — because there are virtues in trying to offer not just a technical blueprint but a comprehensive vision of the good society, and virtues as well in insisting that dramatic change is still possible in America, that grand projects and scientific breakthroughs are still within our reach.” 




In less than a month now, on March 6th, Uranus will re-enter Venus-ruled Taurus for what’s left of its 7-year stay, first begun last May 18th (see here for a lot more on that ingress). As you’re probably aware, this pale blue “ice giant” with the eccentric orbit—discovered by Sir William Herschel in March 1781—is considered by astrology to be a cosmic rabble rouser that promotes change in unique and sometimes shocking ways. 

Discovered during fiercely revolutionary times in Europe, Uranus’s reputation for stimulating disruptive mass movements was well supported by its 24°+Gemini discovery degree, as well.

The timing for Uranus’s debut was perfect: the philosophical perspective of that late 1700s period was dubbed the Enlightenment, aka the “Age of Reason”—perfect for this planet’s naturally airy (cerebral, intellectual, detached—not to mention yang) energy.  

Why shouldn't the business world be able to work with the Earth?

But these days we’re looking at Uranus stepping way out of its airy comfort zone by committing to the next six+ years (until July 2025) in the earthiest of earth signs, Taurus. If we consider how much stress and volatility marked its tour of fiery Aries—exacerbated by the intense cardinal times we’ve seen since Uranus entered Aries in 2010—perhaps we can appreciate how appealing a creative, but less bombastic sojourn in earthy Taurus might be. We might wonder how that will work, in fact—given the Venus-Uranus square in the re-entry chart (Chart #1 below), the “Sky God” may chafe at being “grounded!” Just a bit…he’ll get over it. 

And why not? In Greek Creation mythology, Gaia (Mother Earth) and Ouranos (Sky God) begat the twelve Titans, so opposites do attract and complement each other, and given the essential role that polarity plays in Life itself—yin and yang—we wouldn’t be here if they didn’t! So the hope is that Uranus’s time in Taurus between now and 2025 will generate new and renewed life in a number of important arenas. Perhaps most hopefully, it will be a time during which humanity gets serious about working with the Earth to create something constructive and life-affirming, instead of working against it. 

Let’s be clear: the Earth itself will not cease to exist due to climate change, but it could stop supporting human life without our serious intervention and commitment. 

What goes around comes around?


So, it’s not surprising that in this month prior to Uranus's Taurus re-entry that we’re seeing movement in Congress on the so-called “Green New Deal.” On Feb. 7th, Eugene Robinson with the Washington Post characterized this movement, which evokes the 1930s Depression Era economic/- infrastructure/jobs program known as FDR’s New Deal, as a key policy framework for progressive Dems, and one whose time has come:

“Let’s consider some real news, for a change: Last year was officially proclaimed the fourth-warmest on record; scientists predict that melting ice in Antarctica and Greenland could not only raise sea levels but also further destabilize weather patterns; and progressive members of Congress are proposing a “Green New Deal,” the first policy framework ambitious enough to meet the challenge of global warming.”
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D, MA) are the chief shepherds of this 21st century New Deal, but the resolution has the support of at least four declared presidential candidates, and dozens of other Dems. The resolution is non-binding, but provides a framework for moving beyond our present fossil fuel-dependent energy sector (and economy!) and creating thousands of middle class jobs in the process. Again, the Washington Post: 

“The nonbinding resolution calls for a ‘10-year national mobilization’ on the scale of the original New Deal to shift the economy away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. It sets a goal to meet ‘100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources,’ including nuclear power.”


Sen. Ed Markey (D, MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D, NY)

As for the astrology of the situation, the historical echoes are suggestive: Uranus was transiting Taurus from the end of March, 1935 to May, 1942. FDR’s New Deal spanned 1933-36, so there’s definitely some overlap with today’s energies. Besides, the conceptual framework for what’s now known as the Green New Deal has been percolating for some time already: the term was first coined by NYTimes.com economics columnist Thomas Friedman in 2007, under the Uranus-Neptune mutual reception from Pisces to Aquarius. Looking back, Friedman wrote this week:

“Back in 2007, I wrote a column calling for a “Green New Deal,” and I later expanded on the idea in a book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded.” Barack Obama picked up the theme and made a Green New Deal part of his 2008 platform, but the idea just never took off. So I’m excited that the new Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others have put forward their own takes on a Green New Deal, and it’s now getting some real attention.”
Despite the idea falling flat during the Obama administration, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein carried the Green New Deal idea forward in 2016, and it should be noted that it’s not just an American idea, either. A British Green New Deal Group report was published in July 2008, after a year of planning—bottom line, this ambitious vision of a new economy retooled around sustainable clean energy and infrastructures may be a global phenomenon—and it’s been hovering in the conceptual “ether” for over a decade now as Uranus transited Pisces and Aries. 


Though it’s hard to envision the Green New Deal resolution being funded and implemented to its full visionary potential, I’m cautiously optimistic that this time, as Uranus moves into the fixed earthy sign of Taurus, the program will begin to take practical form. This, despite the fact that Trump didn’t even mention the environment or climate change in his recent State of the Union address. Mitigating climate change already is a priority around the world, and back home, for many state-level programs, with sustainable energy-based building codes and so on. We can expect that, like so many things that finally became federal law, state-level initiatives will catch on across the nation—especially once the financial benefits become clear. 



Taurus is all about amassing material substance, so the industries that build their business models around new, green technologies (and are most in line with Taurus priorities) will probably be the ones to thrive and persist over the long term (fixed sign). While we shouldn’t be na├»ve about the lengths to which non-sustainable industries on the wane will go for survival (the federal government is supporting their efforts these days), Uranus is a forward-moving energy that promotes and rewards change whose time has come.   

So it follows that certain, Taurus-friendly types of environmental action and business development will find the greatest support during this upcoming 6+-year Uranus transit: specifically, anything that involves not only technology (Uranus), but food cultivation and animal husbandry and land use (Taurus). Building technologies should also get a boost, so watch for more sustainable building codes to emerge. 

Agriculture in general is ruled by Saturn, so in its remaining time in Capricorn it will likely also support new approaches to earthy Taurean pursuits. Saturn first enters Aquarius in March, 2020, retrogrades and re-enters just before its new cycle with Jupiter begins on 12/20/2020, a cycle which—importantly—will be disposed by this Taurus Uranus. This raises the obvious concern for what’s next: the groundwork laid in the early days of this Taurus transit will have a lot to do with the priorities we carry forward into the new Aquarius Jupiter-Saturn cycle. 

Will we concentrate our energies around the priorities that really matter, or allow our focus to become scattered and undermined? 

For now, let’s consider some specific “Green” initiatives that could conceivably flourish under a Venus- and Uranus-powered Taurus transit.  

The following areas are ripe for “greening” and are explored in detail in a wonderful compilation entitled Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by veteran economist/environmentalist, Paul Hawken:

Food Cultivation & Husbandry
Land Use
Materials & Design
Plant-rich diets

Forest protection
Industrial hemp

Farmland restoration

Tropical forests
Living buildings
Reduced food waste

Bamboo
Enhanced weathering of minerals

Clean energy cookstoves

Perennial biomass

Multistrata agroforestry

Peatlands

Improved rice cultivation

Indigenous Peoples’ land management


Silvopasture

Temperate forests

Regenerative agriculture

Afforestation

Nutrient management



Tree intercropping



Conservation agriculture



Composting



Biochar



Tropical staple trees



Farmland irrigation



Managed grazing



Pasture cropping



A cow walks onto a beach (seaweed grazing to reduce methane levels)



Clearly, when our ancient forebears began using tools and implements (technology) to cultivate plants and raise animals for food and fabrication purposes, the global economy (such as it was) took a giant leap forward. Uranus is always a factor when these technological transitions take place: the sign it occupies influences what type of technology emerges and for what purposes. Interestingly, the U.S. Rural Electrification Act—an FDR-era New Deal program—was passed in May, 1936, with electrical Uranus “grounded” in earthy (rural) Taurus. 

Fast-forward to 2019, and the Green New Deal is calling for a massive infrastructure and jobs program, focused on the elimination of fossil fuels and the total revamping of our transportation systems, including “green” mass transit systems and the electrification of cars, using sustainable, renewable sources to generate that electricity. Many of those sources will depend upon rural communities, of course, as the sites for wind and solar farms, biomass production, geothermal heating plants, and so on. 

If cars are going to be fueled by electricity en masse, we’ll need charging stations across the nation—including in rural areas. Such a project will echo the ambitious scope of the 1936 Electrification Act, and then some. New technologies will be in demand and ones that have been waiting in the wings for some time already will be called into action. Once the new Aquarius Jupiter-Saturn cycle launches in late 2020, such pursuits ruled by Uranus should be getting the green light. That’s if more troubling uses of these energies don’t intervene, like senseless wars and manufactured border crises. Let’s not even go there.


Sustainable materials allow for a closed loop life cycle with little waste.

It’s one thing to power human activities, it’s another to build, secure and fortify human habitations (Taurus builds, conserves and secures). The arena of building materials is a huge area for change--replacing petroleum-based products with renewable/sustainable ones will take a concerted effort, but again, states and municipalities can take charge here. Land use and forest management practices must change to prevent massively destructive wild fires like we’ve seen in states like California nearly year-round—these are the true emergencies that all levels of government need to act on as boldly as possible.  

And, as coastal lands erode due to climate change-induced sea level rise, more thoughtful land conservation will be essential to make up for the lost acreage. High rise apartments are energy gluttons if they’re not designed properly, with sustainable materials and systems. Venus’s pleasing but pragmatic design sense (as ruler of Taurus) will come into play here. 

Less and less land will be available for traditional crop rotation practices, so technologies and techniques for reaping more product from less land (without pollutants) will be key—Taurus is very frugal, so this is do-able. Green roofs, vertical farming and hydroponics will be options that could become more widespread and further developed. If Uranus has anything to do with it, we’ll see robots harvesting crops on the bigger farms—making the most of labor costs will also factor into any new developments. Unique land-sharing or leasing agreements with municipalities (urban farming) and countries overseas could also develop. 

Unfortunately, as competition for landed resources heightens, exploitative geopolitical relationships may take shape, making developing, “debtor” nations particularly vulnerable. This issue takes in food and financial security (both Taurus imperatives), and with Uranus involved, the potential for more powerful nations throwing their weight around is real. The Trump administration is effectively doing this today with his protectionist, tariffs-based trade policies. 

It’s not likely that these trade policies will be entirely overturned during a Taurus transit (similar tariffs-based policies amplified the North/South divide prior to the Civil War, during that 1850s Uranus transit through late Aries and into Taurus), but to the extent that Trump’s tariffs make life on American farms untenable, there will be consequences down the road. 

Despite such obstacles, food cultivation and land management will probably experience some revolutionary developments during Uranus’s time in Taurus—hopefully with an eye to maintaining the peace and enhancing cooperation (Venus’s contribution).  


There will never be peace without food security.

Dealing constructively with food waste is another area ripe for new ideas—the more such waste in our landfills, the more methane (one of the most damaging greenhouse gases) is released into the atmosphere. One radically simple solution involves gathering food that’s likely to go to waste (from markets, restaurants and institutions) and distributing it (still fresh) to those experiencing food insecurity (homeless shelters, food banks, etc.. Repurposing waste to not only conserve energy, but reduce pollution and feed people who need it is a Taurean idea whose time has come.  

So let’s examine the chart for Uranus’s re-entry into Venus’s earthy realm on March 6th, 2019 and consider some likely highlights of its transit there over the coming 6+ years. I haven’t mentioned politics to this point, but political power plays and contests will definitely be impacted by this Uranus transit. So will it live up to its higher Taurean potential, or get bogged down in the political mire we’ve come to know so well?

Think about all the women who have already declared their presidential candidacies for 2020: could this Venus-enhanced transit help one of them prevail? Will the new crop of Congresswomen elected in November 2018 continue making waves? Will Nancy Pelosi find more support than obstacles to her House agenda, or will Mitch McConnell continue gumming the legislative works?  We’ll take a quick look at some representative charts alongside the Uranus ingress in the next post here. For now, let’s focus on the re-entry chart itself. 


The Astrology





Chart #1: Uranus re-enters Taurus, March 6, 2019, 3:26:54 a.m. ST, Washington, D.C. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Saturn rules the chart, conjoins Pluto and rises in Capricorn; Venus (Aquarius) forms a mutual reception with and squares Uranus (Taurus). Saturn disposes this Venus, suggesting that—whatever Taurus agenda takes hold—it will face powerful challenges. There’s also a sense here, however, that if something is worth doing, it will be pursued. A fixed square between these signs will require great persistence and ingenuity, focused towards projects that have long term social, as well as personal value. The coming elections, in fact, will probably challenge voters to consider where the personal and collective dimensions of life intersect in their lives, how their values reflect those intersections and what role they see themselves playing in that collective. 

These placements also confirm that prominent, action-oriented and tenacious women (Venus also disposes and widely squares Taurus Mars) will play important roles during this transit: the Venus-Uranus square falls spans the 1st-4th houses. Aquarius can fulfill its revolutionary potential with this Venus, but backlashes are also possible. 

Persistence and focus will win the day: Mars (Taurus) trines Saturn (Capricorn)—a nice firm foundation for building success—those who set off on long projects and ambitious agendas should have the diligence and focus they need for the long haul.

 Saturn effectively conjoins Pluto, but their cycle is waning (Saturn hasn’t yet caught up with Pluto, but it’s getting there). Social and institutional structures are all under review with these two, and those structures that survive into the new cycle (beginning in January, 2020) will be stronger and less constrained by old “baggage.” Will federal investigators (Saturn-Pluto) have totally “drained the swamp” in D.C. by then? That sounds like the impossible dream, but with this duo rising just below the ASC, why not?!  

Sun-Moon-Neptune (Pisces) sextile ASC (Capricorn); Neptune sextiles Saturn (Capricorn). Remembering that Saturn rules this chart makes Neptune’s sextile to it all the more interesting. We’ll definitely gain from these two working with each other rather than against, so this is positive. Infusing idealism into material pursuits never hurts—as long as the net result isn’t paralysis and confusion. This sextile suggests that the partisan divide in D.C. may be softening a bit—if for no other reason than “united we stand, divided we fall.” 


Climate change-induced sea level rise will become more costly every year.

As we can see here, Neptune is only half-way through its home sign of watery Pisces and it’s prominent here, conjunct the Sun and Moon. Water issues will probably figure prominently into the coming 6+ years: flooding and sea-level rise perhaps (Sun-Neptune square Jupiter in Sagittarius suggests very high tides, especially with the Moon hovering near), but we might want to pay attention to the stories coming out of Brazil about dams breaking and causing deadly mud slides—even a sextile between water and earth (Sun-Neptune and Saturn) can put pressure on such systems.

As with any food waste, addressing water waste and recycling will also be key; as the climate continues to warm, droughts will recur more often and drag out longer, with extremely expensive consequences for municipalities and states. The nice Pisces-Capricorn sextile in this chart may provide opportunities to build much needed new water systems and infrastructure.  

Jupiter (Sagittarius) squares Sun-Neptune-Vesta (Pisces). Jupiter co-rules Pisces, so these squares suggest very idealistic ventures—kind of like the Green New Deal that so many are already panning as being “unrealistic.” It’s probably fair to assume that the coming 6+ years will be dominated by what’s going on with this program because it addresses the burning needs of our times. That “unrealistic” label could be an obstacle, but if the Green New Deal captures hearts and minds and inspires grass roots participation (Vesta), it may actually get off the ground during this 6+year transit. 

The uneasy relationship between Big Finance and its insatiable appetite for short-term growth and such a complex, all-encompassing public works program—one requiring massive public investment up front—is reflected in the semi-sextile between Saturn-Pluto and Jupiter. 

Each in its respective home sign, Jupiter and Saturn are strong in this chart, so the power dynamics between their respective groupings in this chart seem somewhat balanced despite Saturn-Pluto’s sheer cosmic “weight.” Given this rough balance, it seems that the powers-that-be will coordinate in some way to benefit both Big Finance and the massive infrastructure dreams the Green New Deal calls for (Saturn-Pluto sextiles Jupiter-ruled Pisces points). The challenge will be to make sure the values-based goals remain intact and that the intense drive for economic growth (Jupiter) doesn’t derail everything to focus on short-term goals alone. 

Environment-related protests will continue to grow with Uranus in Taurus.

Uranus falls in the 4th house and rules the 2nd. This placement couldn’t be more appropriate for these times. In the 4th, Uranus reflects grass-roots disruption, the kind that could easily lead to uprisings, protests and a fundamental shift in the public’s perspective on issues. Since this house is naturally ruled by the Moon (with 0° Aries rising), we look to the Moon for clues about how this disruption could play out. The sextile between Moon-Sun-Neptune-Vesta (Pisces) and Mars (Taurus) here reinforces the potential for constructive disruption around "American Dream" issues. This is a late balsamic Moon, suggesting that anything “born” at this time (Millennial political power?) will be forward-thinking and ready to move on from the current order. 

Uranus’s rulership of the 2nd house of resources, values and finances tells us what type of concerns could fuel the disruption. Uranus squares and falls in mutual reception to Venus, the natural ruler of the 2nd . Interestingly, Venus just happens to be placed in the sign that's actually on the 2nd house cusp here, as well, so the signals are pretty clear. Change is coming, and a certain amount of disruptive financial turmoil may be involved. Our values and resources are likely to be challenged and stretched, and the scale of change is likely to be sweeping. Sometimes, change is best made incrementally; this doesn’t appear to be one of those times.   
  
It’s key here that Saturn co-rules the 2nd house with Uranus. This combination suggests that we could see a Wall Street-based financial crisis at some point during this period (such as happened in 2008), however a number of factors could contribute: the national debt forcing issues (waning Saturn-Pluto cycle); corruption (also Saturn-Pluto)—investigations abound; and reckless or politically-driven taxation and/or monetary policies.  

Despite many avenues for progress opening up before us, the next 6+ years could be a bit of a financial minefield if the transition to a new Saturn-Pluto cycle in 2020 and Pluto’s return to its Sibly position in 2022 are not handled carefully. We need the most rational and skillful financial minds advising top officials during this period. Those driven by conspiracy theories and zero-sum thinking (toxic Saturn-Pluto) need not apply.  


Pitchforks in the street

Thankfully, challenging times tend to draw forth people who are capable of rising to the occasion—this should become even truer as Uranus fully commits to Taurus. If we were living centuries ago in revolutionary times, we might expect to see masses of people spilling into the streets, pitchforks in hand, demanding a fair shake. This is basically what happened when Uranus transited Taurus from May, 1767 to April, 1775 (accounting for a long retrograde period after it first entered Gemini in June, 1774). This Taurus period fell solidly in the middle of the 1765-83 “colonial revolt” period we know as the American Revolution, and Uranus's Taurus energies undoubtedly fueled the financial anxieties (“no taxation without representation”) underlying that revolt. 

Flashing forward, we haven’t seen pitchforks in the street yet, but self-confessed billionaire capitalist Nick Hanauer saw them coming back in 2014 due to our economy’s systematic support for radical wealth inequality:

“If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.”
Could it be that Hanauer was just off by a few years? Trump gained support in the crucial Midwest by convincing the working classes that he was on their side, against the so-called “elites.” His supporters may not have been thinking in terms of wealth gaps, but they hoped that Trump’s policies would benefit their pocketbooks and relieve some of their financial anxieties. Instead, with a massive tax break for the wealthiest Americans, many working and middle class families that used to get a tax refund no longer will—or their refunds will be substantially lower. If anything, the working classes are subsidizing the tax break to the wealthiest. 

So Trump’s “guy next door” rhetoric and demeanor may have delayed the pitchforks—figurative or not—but the recent shutdown certainly revealed how deeply out of touch his administration is with the everyday realities of working people. This growing consciousness makes it more likely that when Uranus is firmly grounded in Taurus, our economic system—rigged to privilege the wealthy in all things—may become the hot button issue it deserves to be. 

Many would-be presidents have started tossing their hats in the ring this past month, and in the process, many ideas have surfaced for addressing wealth inequality, including universal Medicare, taxing income over a certain level at a higher rate, closing down loopholes that effectively eliminate taxes on the rich, and so on. My astrological advice to all of them would be that anyone who hopes to capture the presidency in 2020 had better have a realistic, workable plan for addressing pressing finance and resource issues. 

This imperative will be reinforced by the very real possibility of an economic downturn or recession. We could be in for a financial shock of some sort as Venus squares Uranus (Aquarius to Taurus) during the re-entry, and this shock (if not handled well) could deepen its impact during the final months of the current Saturn-Pluto cycle (between now and January 2020). Bank regulations have been loosened to some extent since the post-2008 recession reforms were put in place, which leaves the system vulnerable to reckless players. 

As was true during that period, Jupiter is transiting Sagittarius, so many such players will promote growth, no matter the ultimate cost. Thankfully, Saturn can inspire constructive restraint from Capricorn, but paired with Pluto it may lead to the destruction of some “too big to fail” players, and that’s risky for the overall economy. 

We can’t put ourselves in this precarious situation every 12 or so years and not risk serious meltdowns. 




Final thoughts

Needless to say, there's a long, but potentially exciting road ahead for those watching any of the issues raised above. In the next post, we’ll examine a couple key figures who will greatly influence how Congress navigates these tricky times. As you might imagine, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of those key players who can make a difference. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is another one, although her importance may pale in comparison to the field of Democratic presidential candidates that is mustering even as we speak. This one-by-one roll-out of each candidate's agenda feels premature, but it is providing an interesting sideshow to the cliff-hanger of the week. Will the government be shutdown again, for the sake of a wasteful border wall? Will Trump declare a state of emergency and go around Congress to get his wall funding? 

Stay tuned!





Raye Robertson is a practicing astrologer, writer and former educator. A graduate of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (U.K.), Raye focuses on mundane, collective-oriented astrology, with a particular interest in current affairs, culture and media, the astrology of generations, and public concerns such as education and health. Several of her articles on these topics have been featured in The Mountain Astrologer and other publications over the years.

She is also available to read individual charts—contact her at: robertsonraye@gmail.com.

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