Spring 2011 and The Big Picture: what Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions may reveal

Spring Equinox: 20.3.2011
Spring Equinox: 20.3.2011

This is a stunning chart. The North Node in the ninth house straddles the Galactic Centre, closely conjunct the Capricorn MC. Pluto also conjunct the MC, rides high in the chart in the tenth house. To me this suggests that our world community is pushing towards a new vision, forged in a realism which has been forced to recognise the need (which now must be obvious to all but the most obtuse and escapist of us) for re-structuring the way we conduct ourselves in relation to our roots and origin: Cancer, Mother Nature herself.

The ruling planets of both IC and MC, Moon and Saturn, are conjunct in the seventh house. This points to the necessity for discipline, realism and persistent hard work in collective partnerships with our fellow humans if we are ever to achieve a world order which is not rooted in planetary degradation which ultimately threatens to get rid of us – the most brilliant, most destructive species ever to have colonised planet Earth(as far as we know!).

Will this restructuring be orderly, calm and measured? Absolutely not! No less than seven cardinal planets, four of them in fiery Aries in the first house, reinforce the current sense of angry urgency for taking new initiatives which is palpable across many levels of our human community this Spring of 2011.

The Sun of the year exactly conjuncts Uranus. Many astrologers will be pointing out that the turbulent and high-focus first/tenth house Uranus/Pluto square, not exact until 2012/15, is likely to bring major turmoil and upheaval, violence, bloodshed, death of old structures and fiery birth of the new – and out of all that, a new order in the world. Extraordinary events across the Middle East in recent weeks, and Japan yesterday,  testify to these beginnings.

This is the first square of those two planets since the 1965/6 conjunction at the heart of the revolutionary 1960s. The American and French revolutions of the latter part of the 18th Century – 1776 and 1789 – took place at key stages of the Uranus/Pluto cycle which began in 1720, with that conjunction reflecting the the turbulent birth of the Agrarian and Industrial revolutions in Europe, a process which was ultimately to change the entire world.

There is, and will continue to be, much informed and wide-ranging commentary on these changes, briefly sketched above by way of introduction, emerging from our astrological community. My own particular interest is in the 2010/11 Jupiter/Uranus conjunction, potentised by its square to Pluto, which is so powerfully placed in the first house of this Spring Equinox chart, set for Greenwich, England – the locus for Greenwich Mean Time.

Jupiter/Uranus – the Big Picture

Jupiter/Uranus is now settling into a new 14-year cycle, continuing with its ancient symbolic task of seeing no limits as it challenges old frontiers and reveals startling new vistas of experience and discovery. As a human community, we have begun a new voyage into the Unknown. Comfort and security are never key features of such voyages….

In 2009 I had a book published called “Jupiter Meets Uranus” which explores the conjunction in detail, presenting original research on the impact of the 1997 conjunction both individually and collectively as well as setting Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions in their mythological and historical context.

I have also created an archive of articles and research focusing on the 2010/11 conjunction. Anyone wishing to explore Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions in depth will find the archive and book details at www.jupitermeetsuranus.wordpress.com.

In this series of posts, I want to show what a particular perspective on Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions can reveal about the Big Picture in this rapidly changing world of ours, where, in the poet Tennyson’s words:

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new…..”.

(The historical perspective I will be presenting reflects my Western education! I do not have a full enough grasp of the timelines of Eastern history and culture to be confident in commenting thereon.)



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