Astrology's Outer Planets
The current individual versus corporate mentalityby A.T. Mann
The "outer planets" in Astrology are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, and we are amidst an unusual and quite rare situation where they are all within one quadrant of the zodiac. Their extents are Pluto in Capricorn to Uranus in early Aries, with Neptune in the middle, in the early degrees of Pisces, the sign it rules.
We know the outer planets signify cultural and collective qualities, as well as our relationship to the public and public affairs in our own chart. You can find out where these planets are in your own birth chart with an Essential Birth Chart report. But what does this really mean?
Uranus square Pluto
Because the outer planets travel slowly through the signs, they stay in each sign for a long time: Uranus for 7 years, Neptune for 15 years, and Pluto for up to 20 years. So, for two years past and a few years to come, we will have Pluto in Capricorn squaring Uranus in Aries, a combination that many signify as the collective qualities tensioning our individual agendas, and creating great tension in our lives.
This is echoed by the 1 perent-99 percent movement of the rich versus everyone else in the U.S. The two political parties are deadlocked, which does none of us any good. It is also a reflection of the growing sense that corporate America owns politics, the parties and the politicians, at the expense of the average person. Both of these issues are at the center of current politics and discourse.
Political and social realities clash
As the Sun recently entered Aquarius for a month, we are in between the participants of this square. This is exaggerated as Saturn and Uranus rule Aquarius. Ironically, on the day of the Inauguration of President Obama.
As Capricorn is pragmatic and Pisces, with Neptune in tow, is detachment as we head toward the self-assertive Aries, we are all going to experience an idealistic time when they clash with the political and social realities of our lives.
Do we choose to break down current structures (Saturn ruler), or do we extend our energies try to create new ones (Uranus ruler, residing in Aries)?
Take your pick!
- Planets As Teachers: Saturn Saturn symbolizes boundaries, limits and crystallization. As the last planet visible to the naked eye it represented the end of the solar system, the ring past not point where our version of reality ended. Saturn is about necessity, responsibility and dealing with the rules of life and, as such, was considered to be the most difficult planet of all. Esoterically, the problem with Saturn is that it is about manifesting in material form. This is the fall of spirit into matter and, by some accounts, connected with the notion of original sin.
- Tarot Cards and Moon Phases The days following a New Moon phase are auspicious. The actual day of the New Moon, the balsamic or dark Moon period, marks the beginning point when the heavens shift from dark to light. On the following days magic is in the air and the inner life is awakened.
- Wise Up with Saturn Direct in Scorpio Growing up, my parents insisted on a structured, traditional dinner ritual. 6 pm sharp, television off. Children were to set the table and wash dishes afterward. We were expected to sit at the table until excused
- Full Moon in Capricorn: The Beat Goes On The fast-moving astrological patterns of daily life are often triggers to deeper, more enduring changes. We get yet another taste of that with this week's Full Moon in Capricorn on Saturday, July 12 at 7:25am EDT. The monthly face-off of the Sun and Moon usually kicks up emotions as we encounter the contradictory needs of this opposition.