The ongoing stressful square between rebellious Uranus and controlling Pluto is the major astrological pattern of these times. This oft-mentioned Uranus-square-Pluto alignment occurs seven times between 2012 and 2015, indicating a high potential for radical changes of institutions and individuals.
You can see how these changes will affect you with a personal 30-Day Astrology Forecast. We are already seeing some of this happening in the United States, where some states are resisting federal control.
Pluto in Capricorn represents the concentrated institutional power that is being challenged by independent and anti-authoritarian Uranus in Aries. For example, marijuana use is prohibited nationally, but the longstanding prohibition against it has been showing cracks in recent years.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and last November two states, Washington and Colorado, passed laws allowing recreational use of cannabis. Resolving the conflict between these national and state laws has not yet occurred.
The Affordable Health Care Act, aka Obamacare, is another area of difference between federal and local interests. A number of states are opting out of the program, creating a significant difference between health insurance plans. While a provision for individual states opting out of the program was included in the law; the necessity for it represents another break in the power of the federal government.
Gun control, an issue that astonishes many non-Americans, has come back into the news as a result of the recent school shootings in Connecticut. The Obama administration and its allies are working toward legislation to slow the flow of high powered weapons. Stricter rules on gun registration and a return to the assault weapon ban are ideas that have been proposed. Resistance to these new rules is coming from some individual citizens and from local officials as well.
Rebellion against authorities is a worldwide phenomenon, as toppled governments in the Middle East and North Africa have added more instability to the region. The Uranus in Aries urges for change may have pushed despots out of power, but the long-term outcome of these revolutions remains in doubt.
Government is the most obvious source of concentrated power, but corporations also fall under the symbolism of Pluto in Capricorn. A major break in the system began in 2008 with the bank bailouts meant to stabilize private companies in the U.S.
While the square from Uranus wasn't in place back then, Pluto was already in Capricorn. This tiny outer planet is associated with concentrated wealth (a plutocracy is a society ruled by the rich) and with debt. Banks and insurance companies were thought of as conservative institutions that were constrained by rules to protect investors and the public. However, the bailout showed the cracks in the financial sector resulting from excessive speculation and unregulated practices.
Change is inevitable, especially under these astrological conditions. Yet it's overly simplistic to view this as simply an institutional issue. Each of us has established our own hierarchy of ideas and values, goals and expectations that may be shaken during these tumultuous times.
In fact, a healthy way to contribute to our collective well-being is to take note of where Pluto in Capricorn is represented by your own rigid patterns. Rebellion against our own crystallized beliefs and prejudices is an excellent way to free ourselves from outmoded habits. This willingness to recognize personal blockages and to move beyond them makes us active participants in the great wave of human evolution that's unfolding right now.