Jupiter/Uranus in Pisces do religion: Countdown to 19 September

You don’t have to be a very sage astrologer to work out that one of the likely backdrops to this upcoming 19th September 2010 Jupiter/Uranus conjunction at 29 degrees Pisces (the second of three during 2010/11) is going to be that perennial sustainer, challenger, inspirer, executor and persecutor of the human race – religion.

And sure enough, it is shaping up in bold primary colours already.

A major row has been rumbling in the USA since the end of August 2010 over the proposed location of  a Muslim religious centre close to the site of Ground Zero.Check out:

Last week the UK’s most prominent and respected scientist Stephen Hawking grandly announced that God was not necessary in coming up with an explanation for the origins of the Universe. This could be found in the laws of physics. The book “Grand Design”, set for release on September 9, has him saying: “because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing….”

New Hubble Image: Carina Nebula
New Hubble Image: Carina Nebula

In recent days, it has become world-wide news that the pastor of a small church in Florida, Terry Jones, is planning a less than conciliatory act of remembrance of the 9/11 atrocity by burning 200 copies of the Koran on the 11 September. This plan has been roundly condemned from USA Secretary of  State Hilary Clinton downwards. See http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/09/08/florida.quran.reaction/#fbid=lNzACjrNQ7c&wom=false

(NOTE: it just caught my eye in Google’s news headlines as I was signing off after publishing this post and doing some emails, that the pastor in question has called off his protest. How interesting that this should occur on the very day that Jupiter slips from combative, fiery Aries into the soothing waters of Pisces….)

And here in the UK, that anti-messiah and self-appointed High Priest of Atheism, the scientist and polemical writer Richard Dawkins, had planned to arrest the Pope when he visits the UK during 16-19 September, just at the exact point of the second Jupiter/Uranus conjunction.

“Campaigners supported by Prof Richard Dawkins, the prominent atheist, had hoped to have Benedict XVI held over his supposed cover-up of child abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

But leaders of the Protest the Pope coalition now admit that the Pontiff cannot be arrested as Britain acknowledges him as a head of state, granting him sovereign immunity from criminal prosecution.” Read more

The fingerprints of the Jupiter/Uranus combination in Pisces are all over these events. First of all, Jupiter and Uranus are planets associated with the ‘masculine’ dimension of life regardless of a person’s sex: outgoing and action-oriented.

Then, if we think of the mythology of Jupiter and Uranus, we have the arrogant and combative Olympian god Jupiter, who was always right, enjoyed laying down the law, (fundamentalism anyone?) and who threw thunderbolts from Mount Olympus at unfortunate humanity cowering down below. His ally Prometheus (I follow the Richard Tarnas view that Uranus in action most resembles the Greek god Prometheus) was an innovator who taught humankind the great arts of astrology, science and music.

He also decided that the gods’ fire was just what the human race needed to make them all-wise and powerful (without actually consulting any of them to see if they wanted this equivocal gift!) and proceeded to steal that precious substance, hidden in a fennel-stalk. Unfortunately he got caught and spent eternity chained to a rock having his liver pecked out by an eagle.

As I point out in my book “Jupiter Meets Uranus” ( AFA 2009) the Jupiter/Uranus combination can represent the very best in human aspiration, exploration, inventiveness and the sheer exuberance of being alive. However, arrogant conviction of their own rightness when working together can make this combination inflammatory, hubristic and downright destructive. We should therefore see both the positive and negative sides of this unique conjunction during the Jupiter/Uranus year of 2010/11.

The Jupiter/Uranus combination works out of the ‘left field’ more than any other combination of planetary energies. Its cycle is 14 years long.

In 1969 Man stepped on the Moon for the first time under an exact Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Libra. In 1983 with the conjunction in Sagittarius, the world’s first artificially made chromosome was created at Harvard University. In February 1997 with the conjunction in Aquarius, Dolly the Sheep, the first cloned animal, was announced to the world.

2010/11 is gradually revealing unique developments too for good and ill: the Large Hadron Collider’s vast experiment and what it may reveal. Craig Venter’s company’s creating of  the first artificial living cell – using highly sophisticated computer technology. The worst man-made oil spill in history. Scientists making hubristic statements about spiritual matters which go inappropriately beyond their reductionist terms of reference. Religious (and anti-religious) fanatics behaving in ways that no-one could have guessed or believed…..

Bring it on, Jupiter/Uranus!

We are waiting with bated breath for more left-field events: with a mixture of  fascination, awe, humour (sometimes if you don’t laugh you just end up crying….) dismay and disbelief. Well, given that Pisces is involved, the word ‘belief” has to feature somewhere….


"Jupiter meets Uranus" by Anne Whitaker (2009)
"Jupiter meets Uranus" by Anne Whitaker (2009)

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13 thoughts on “Jupiter/Uranus in Pisces do religion: Countdown to 19 September

  1. Interesting timing again! I just posted about this Koran buring affair. On a personal note, these are some transits leading up to my birthday on 21 September.

    18 Sep – Jupiter opposite Sun
    19 Sep – Uranus opposite Sun
    20 Sep – Saturn conjunct MC

    If I’m still standing I’ll let you know how it went 🙂

  2. It is getting wilder. We are supposed to go on the 19th to a Native
    American exhibition of native foods and herbs in a museum two hours from here. I suppose we will go despite my trepidation with the conjunction being exactly opposite my husband’s exact Mercury conjunct Neptune….So much drama and even more confused drama with Pisces.

  3. Hi Jamie

    just away to check out your post!Do let us know(if it’s printable!) what the left field delivers. Talking of still standing – with Mars in 10th at 1.5 Cancer, in the last 3 weeks I have had a car crash
    (a guy with red hair crashed into my car)and fell flat on my face in 90 degree heat in France, escaping with bruises and badly scraped hands. I fall well!

  4. To many scientists and religious people I say this: there is a tremendous lack of tolerance in the world and also tremendous ignorance because you only see your own point of view as the only truth. Remember how many times science was wrong, remember how many times intolerance led to amazing mistakes?

  5. It’s not wise to be materialistic/nihilistic like many scientists are. See how former inventions led to such disasters. There is no respect and care for our planet from most scientists! Science in general is in service of ego or for profit. This rush for technological self-gratification shows how dangerous and primitive is our scientific civilization. Science should be instead in service of our species, of all species, of our planet, it should be in service to love and peace, for all life forms.

  6. Thanks, Segurelha. No ONE lens through which we humans have gazed since the dawn of time is capable of revealing the whole story of how we got here, why we are here, and what(if anything) it is all for. Thus we should be grateful for ALL the lenses we have, and pool the knowledge gained from looking through them for our collective benefit and the benefit of the planet. Defending ONE particular view and calling it the truth has caused millions of deaths and unmeasurable suffering. Time we tried a more humble approach!

  7. It’s fascinating when you gather all the headlines together. Belief (and fanatacism) certainly seem to be playing their part at the moment. There has also been the issue with France randomly throwing out the gypsy people which could also be said is to do with intolerance of beliefs. I hope that humanity can wake-up and recognise that what we have most in common is our differences!

  8. Here’s another example of Jupiter/Uranus in Pisces do religion:

    On September 21, 2010 and September 22, 2010 four young men who are members of what may be the biggest Black church in the USA filed civil complaints against their pastor, Bishop Eddie Long. The men allege that Bishop Long coerced them into sexual activity when they were teenagers. It is rumored that additional men may also file these same charges against this very prominent African American minister. Bishop Long has denied these allegations.

    For those who may not know this name, Bishop Eddie Long is the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located near Atlanta, Georgia.

    “Long, who once marched in the streets of Atlanta to protest same-sex marriage, is considered a major figure in the black church. His New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has approximately 25,000 members…

    Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is the same church that hosted Coretta Scott King’s funeral in 2006, a ceremony that some civil rights leaders refused to attend because Long is so anti-gay.



    ..”In addition to serving as the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Long has been active in the metro Atlanta community since the 1990s.[9] He serves as a member on several [prestigious ommunity, university, and religious]boards…

    A 2007 article in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s magazine called him “one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.”[12]

    Long was a prominent supporter of George W. Bush’s faith-based initiatives.[15] His ministry received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Administration of Children & Families”…


    This scandal is currently a very hot topic of discussion on African American blogs & African American radio talk shows. The sexual abuse charges against Bishop Eddie Long and a wider discussion of sexual abuse in churches are also being covered extensively on “mainstream” USA daytime and evening television news programs.

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