While many of us already recognize and can identify what needs to shift, the clarity of how to change so many conditions at the core at once continues to feel out of reach. And it feels out of reach because it is: We're in a daunting process of trying to break through an old paradigm of polarization by gender, race, religion, and class into a new paradigm based on consciousness, synthesis, unity, and an ecology of the heart.
The second exact Uranus/Pluto square is exact and separating today, September 19. This square is part of a series that began in June 2012 and will continue until March 2015; it originates as part of a sequence of Uranus/Pluto conjunctions that took place from 1965 through 1966. Uranus represents provocation and signifies revolution; disruption is the way we experience its presence. Pluto represents transformation and signifies metamorphosis at the core; the inexorable process of death and rebirth is the way we experience its presence. Squares symbolize friction, hostility, and resistance.
While Uranus/Pluto interactions always indicate social and political upheaval, the current square as well as the next five in the series, are likely to stir even more tumult than we are already experiencing. As mentioned in previous columns, the movements for social justice - civil rights, labor rights, and feminism (to name but a few) - are linked to these cycles, and with each, those movements grow in depth and breadth. Unfortunately, so does resistance to their truth. And this is what confounds my bleeding liberal heart: Why are so many of us still so reluctant to see the wisdom of social justice? It doesn't make sense to support ideologies that divide rather than unite; the planet simply can't sustain itself through discrete systems that refuse to acknowledge our common ground.
When hard aspects separate, dynamic events often signal the release of pent-up emotions. From a collective perspective, external revolutions are sure to gather momentum, and from a personal perspective, internal revolutions are also certain to gather strength. We're likely to witness this intensification on September 23, when the Moon conjuncts Pluto, in Capricorn, as well as on September 29, when it conjuncts Uranus, in Aries. Both of these lunar interactions are likely to drive emotional bodies to extremes. Rather than perpetuating the intensity through behavior you might later regret, do your best to take no unnecessary action. The power to neutralize negativity is always in the present moment. Remember: As within, so without.
It will take courage and confidence to cross the transformational threshold of Uranus/Pluto, especially during the coming weeks, as we make important personal and collective choices that will decide the future. It will also take as much compassion as each of us can muster.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
At the core, it is a question of alignment: Can you continue to concentrate your efforts on integrating and coordinating what you know to be true with your thoughts, words, and deeds?
Taurus April 20-May 20
This is not a challenge of mind over matter. You're facing actual physical and psychological circumstances that require you to show up unashamed of what you need - and unapologetic about asking for it.
Gemini May 21-June 21
There continue to be several work issues in need of attention, but pushing too hard might drive allies away. Speak your truth, but remember that old adage about catching more flies with honey.
Cancer June 22-July 22
You're feeling the external tumult at the very bottom of your psychic pond. Refuse to take these disturbances personally, and you'll have a better chance of maintaining your equilibrium.
Leo July 23-August 22
Worry about external safety, or build a sense of strength from the inside out. While working internally may not be an easy choice, if you give it a try, you'll make strides toward deeper trust and self-confidence.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Stimulating conversations with significant others could stir strong reactions especially if you let words said in haste or thoughtlessness take hold. Think before you speak and as you listen.
Libra September 23-October 22
Be prepared for unexpected reactions, yours or a significant others', to catalyze a new perspective. Even if you don't agree with what's proposed, simply considering this radical point of view will yield surprising results.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
The key to your success is staying in the moment and taking responsibility for your situation. Instead of brooding over past mistakes, focus your attention on the positive rewards of recent choices.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
This is the moment to remember the first and most important rule of magic: Whatever you focus your attention on becomes your reality. Change your focal point and your situation will eventually shift.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
You actually don't have to put all the pieces of the puzzle together at once. Take your time, and understand that it's a much more complex picture than you first imagined it to be.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
The potential for inner transformation is great, especially if you're willing to look at the situation holographically. A multidimensional viewpoint will yield the perspective you're looking for.
Pisces February 19-March 20
There is absolutely no need to struggle. Just let go, completely surrender to the moment, you'll find the peace you're searching for. And yes, sometimes the solution can be just that easy.