The United States has been experiencing quite a few serious alignments over the past several years, including some Pluto transits which have never been encountered before. In 2009-10 there was the Pluto opposition to Venus combined with Saturn square Venus. Then in 2010-11 there was Neptune conjunct Moon. This past year I analyzed in my 2011 forecast the twin alignments of Pluto opposition Jupiter combined with Uranus square Venus.
Uranus Square Jupiter (April 19 - October 14 - February 21, 2013)
For 2012 the most significant transit the USA will experience is the planet Uranus forming a square to the USA Jupiter. Jupiter is said to rule the principles, beliefs and laws of a nation. By ruling such matters Jupiter provides an understanding as to how any people will relate to one another within their nation and also how that nation will relate to the rest of the world in general. This is because those very Jupiterian principles and beliefs form and guide the attitudes and actions for that country.
During 2011 Pluto was in opposition to the USA Jupiter and brought about fundamental challenges to our "way of relating" to one another and to the world. Pluto, which rules the Will and the exercise of Power, forced a reexamination of and struggle over our truths and our conduct.
This year...it will be different, literally. Uranus is the "Awakener" whose role is to break down the old assumptions and structures so as to bring about wider ranges of self-realization and freedom; it is the planet of individuation, helping to release that which is forever seeking to be more true to itself, of becoming more exceptional, of being "different". It does this most often through shocks and surprises, bursts of energy that reveal another path and another way of being, that exposes the limits of the old forms (the forms that were once fulfilling but now are limiting), and that leads from the "Uh Oh!" experience to the "Ah Hah!" experience. Whenever Uranus is active it is best to be prepared for the unexpected...
As with previous analyses, it is probably helpful to examine prior Uranus/Jupiter alignments to see what the effects were and so be better able to understand what might be experienced this year. The previous strong aspects of Uranus to Jupiter were the Conjunction of 1950-51, the Square of 1969-70 and the opposition of 1990.
In 1950-51 several Uranus/Jupiter effects were experienced as might be expected from the conjunction which implies a release of new energies and forms. Uranus often manifests in some surprising, even disturbing manner and it is important to note that Jupiter is located in the USA's house of relationships, so this would especially have even stronger implications for relationships to other entities. In June 1950 North Korea invaded the South starting a war (that really has never really "ended"). The USA responded with a counter-offensive and was "surprised" again when in November 1950 China launched a massive counter-attack that drove allied forces to the edge of defeat.
Internally the rise of Joseph McCarthy, (leading to a new term, "McCarthyism") and the passage of the McCarran Act inaugurated a type of "Salem witch hunt" fervor of anti-communist laws and actions, leading many to fear for the erosion and loss of individual liberties that are formally protected by the Bill of Rights. The principles of the country (Jupiter) were being fundamentally challenged (Uranus) and/or re-interpreted.
Uranus often manifests in the unfoldment of new technologies that in this instance (through contacting Jupiter) transform the way we relate to one another. 1951 was the year that true nationwide broadcasting of television became a reality and a new way communicating and connecting emerged for the USA (and the world).
1969-70 and Uranus in a waxing square to Jupiter released several social and technical transformations. During the summer of 1969 a number of events changed the way in which American's (and the world) relate to one another. In June the Stonewall riot led to the birth of the Gay Rights Movement. Later in July, the whole world watched as Neil Armstrong took the first steps upon the Moon. Humans standing upon another celestial body watched the Earth rise over the horizon...and our perceptions about our world would never be the same again. Then a few days later there was a special gathering in upstate New York that defined a generation, Woodstock. Later that fall, the true beginnings of what continues to transform the world today, what will become known as the Internet, is invented called Arpanet.
The growing resistance to the war in Vietnam led to the "March on Washington" with over 250,000 protestors gathering in November 1969. Then in May 1970 the Nation is stunned when 4 students protesting the war's escalation into Cambodia are shot and killed by National Guard troops at Kent State University.
In 1990 Uranus opposed Jupiter and more shocking events and discoveries changed US relationships and perceptions again. Much like in 1950-51 one of the great shocks in 1990 was the sudden start of a war, this time it was the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq leading to what is now known as the "First Gulf War". Earlier in the year the division that had defined the post WWII era was healed as East and West Germany were re-united; the "Cold War" had ended and a new chapter in the US relationship with the world was opening.
The beginnings of networking in 1969 had now grown so much that its originating example, Arpanet, is turned off and the true World Wide Web ("www.") is born. Whereas in 1969 we were able to look back at our own home planet from the Moon, now the Voyager spacecraft took the first ever photograph of our entire solar system as it made its way out into deep space...and we saw our entire home planetary system for the first time. The social progress to eliminate discrimination reached another milestone as sexual orientation was recognized as part of the human experience of self-determination; the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its list of "diseases".
2012-13 Uranus Square Jupiter
So what might we look for or expect from Uranus contacting Jupiter this time? What are the changes that might be experienced internally as far as our principles, beliefs and ways of relating to one another? And what might we expect to see with regard for the US relationship to the rest of the world?
This Uranus/Jupiter square follows last year's Pluto opposition to Jupiter and we should really see this as a somewhat two-step process. Last year, the Plutonian theme of Will and Power manifested in a number of struggles over the path the USA should follow. One major struggle over Truths and Principles (Jupiter) witnessed various groups contending over the correct way in which to restore growth (which Jupiter rules too) and secure the well-being of the country. Pluto (which also rules debts and financing) helped to shape a battle of wills in the struggle over raising the debt ceiling (as well as the overall attempt to forge an agreement on reducing the federal deficit), a battle of wills that led to threats to shut down the government. The end result was a devaluation of US credit worthiness. The gathering and growing threat was evidenced in a world losing faith (Jupiter) in our ability to fully back or fulfill our debts (Pluto).
Whereas Pluto will manifest its energy as a contest or battle of wills, Uranian energies are more exceptional (unique, unusual and very often unexpected) and so that much harder to forecast. Since this is a square aspect like 1969-70 (but waning this time), the effects of the transit should be experienced more internally or within the country. (Whereas both 1950-51 and 1990 evidenced the largest shocks as emanating from "outside" in the form of the Korean and Gulf Wars, the 1969-70 waxing square was more of a struggle within).
The opportunity offered by Uranus Squaring Jupiter is that the USA will be "shocked" or "surprised" by some circumstance or series of events, which will bring about a needed and necessary re-evaluation of the way we understand and then act on our principles, truths and beliefs. The USA has its Jupiter in Cancer in the 7th house and so those beliefs, that generous spirit and the source of her good fortune is expressed by the ever-unfolding quality of our relationships to one another and with the world. But that also means that the experience of Uranus over our Jupiter will most directly impact the nature and quality of these relationships.
Much as Uranus Squaring Venus in 2011 jolted the ever-unfolding understanding about our values, Uranus over Jupiter will act to quicken the development of our beliefs, attitudes and ultimately our laws (which are the objective embodiment of our truths). Uranus in Aries is challenging those Jupiter in Cancer truths, not so as to overturn or deny them as much as to continue their necessary evolution.
USA Jupiter in Cancer
Jupiter in Cancer holds the USA to this essential truth:
That we are bound to one another through honoring the fundamental principle of the dignity, worth and sacred nature of each and every individual as equals. America was founded upon this sacred compact that here anyone could come and seek to fulfill themselves by joining in this truly new form of society based upon free association. Our relationships with one another are founded upon this essential truth; which means that we relate to one another from this central tenet, this experience of honoring the essential spiritual core of each of us, a spiritual core which is sacred and free, beholden to no other power, to no lord, to no master or king. The only "lord" that we acknowledge is what we have together agreed to be bound by, our sacred compact with one another which is embodied in the law.
But as much as each person, (and as much as a people), must unfold, grow and become something more, so too must unfold their understanding of, and the actuality of being in a relationship with one another. Most generally this unfoldment and change occurs slowly, haltingly within and without. The development of our beliefs, principles and truths become reflected in the gradual and unfolding refinement of our covenant and conduct with one another.
Role of Uranus
But there are moments, moments like this year, when a disruptive but liberating energy is released that quickens the pace of spiritual growth. In 2012 Uranus will bring its catalyzing current of electric/eclectic forces to bear upon those understandings and structures which can no longer support, sustain and extend the unfoldment of spirit. As before these disruptive forces will ultimately help to enhance and expand the social framework for spiritual self-realization; Uranus will help to bring about circumstances which advance the cause of freedom, self-unfoldment and the spiritual potential of all.
Uranus does this by revealing which existing forms and frameworks for relating, that in an earlier period were a true advance and allowed for a greater range of self-expression, it reveals which of these very forms of advancement are now restrictive and limiting. To honor the core principle of Jupiter in Cancer, (which is the sacredness for each and every member to be able to realize their potential), Uranus shocks and reveals the now existent divide between a greater "ideal" and the lesser "reality". It forces a re-adjustment that allows for a fuller realization of spirit so that the Jupiter in Cancer principle is upheld and advanced.
But history also shows us that there will be disruptive, dissonant forces which, though often veiling themselves in those Uranian robes of "liberty and freedom", will actually seek to perpetuate or expand their privileged powers, (to protect their "freedoms"), at the expense of the greater society. Most often they will champion an unchanging form of the core principle rather than acknowledging the ever-unfolding, vibrantly alive spiritual truth which must of necessity evolve through continually expanding forms of expression.
How could it be otherwise? The original formation of our core spiritual "truth" codified the enslavement of an entire race, denied participation in the right of self-determination to over half of the population, as well as justified the near extermination of the original inhabitants of this land. Any pleas that are made to the so-called sacrosanct "original intent" of our founding documents cannot be met with anything less than absolute repudiation. Yes, it was an "advance", but it was inherently flawed and limited by the nature of the prevailing state of consciousness at that time.
One of the Three Fundamental Truths of the Ancient Wisdom is that the core Principle of Spirit, the fundamental Fountain-Source of the Universe, is GROWTH. Spirit will continue to ever unfold because Spirit is ever Self-Becoming, Ever-Unfolding from within...And so too then will our awareness and conduct towards one another...it is the Way of Spirit...it is our way...
We begin as unself-conscious sparks of this Divine and spiral up and out through the endless ages and uncounted forms of self-realization...so that through us and all other forms of existence the Divine seeks the experience of its own Self-Becoming...which is our becoming too.
Listen now to Uranus. The Awakener is calling again, calling upon each and every one of us to do our part to advance our present expression of this core principle (and principles) through which we have come together in this created sacred space.
We must challenge one another to be guided by and conduct ourselves in such a way that the spaces of freedom for each and every spark of the Divine continue to unfold and develop, so that we may become more fully conscious co-creators of this, our wondrous space within Space.
Uranus is calling, calling you to your greater destiny...Arise and Awake!
This is your time to Create a better World of Wonder!
This is your path, your destiny.