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Uranus in Pisces 2003 - 2011
by Julie Gillentine
"To know the
thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the
great heart-throbs of humanity through the centuries; and if one
does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must
indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life."
On March 10 of 2003 the planet
Uranus will enter Pisces, the twelfth sign of the zodiac. For the
last seven years Uranus passed through its own sign Aquarius, bringing
a proliferation of the world-wide web. In 2011 Uranus will move
into Aries, beginning a new eighty-four year cycle. Uranus last
entered the sign of Aries in March of 1927. At that time radio,
television, and remarkable advances in psychology occurred, but
we also witnessed the rise of Adolph Hitler, the collapse of the
stock market and building energy for World War II.
Then and Now
Planetary energies do not directly
cause events, rather they create conditions which are conducive
to certain kinds of choices. In 1836, when Uranus entered Pisces,
the Communist League was founded in Paris, and in 1848 when Uranus
moved to Aries, the Communist Manifesto exploded into print and
outer awareness. During the 1836 transit the Chinese fought the
Opium war, Emerson began publishing Nature, and the first kindergarten
came into existence. In 1920, the last time Uranus entered Pisces,
Prohibition began in America. On the same day America embraced Prohibition,
the Senate voted against joining the League of Nations. Both choices
led to difficulty and regret.
As Uranus once again moves into Pisces in March, the Homeland Security
Act, with far-reaching potential effects for American civil liberties,
has advanced to the Washington scene with amazing speed. As this
article is written there are gathering echoes of war. The President
of the United States is rattling sabers on several fronts and troops
are being sent to Iraq.
The internet has grown exponentially in a decade to become a global
voice and disseminator of information. Television has become a forum
for liberating views expressed on Oprah and other programs which
offer communications from departed loved ones. Anyone is now a candidate
for a miracle, an angelic visitation, or near-death experience.
Our consciousness and world view is being widened in preparation
for the next cycle.
Uranus is visible to the unaided
eye only under exceptionally clear conditions when the planet is
opposed to the Sun and appears as a faint star. Uranus has a system
of faint rings which were discovered in 1977 by an earth-based telescope.
Not much else was known until Voyager 2 cruised by in 1986, revealing
additional rings and ten more moons.
Modern planets could not be perceived without the aid of technology.
Uranus was the first to be recognized and astrologically this planet
is said to have a direct relationship with science. Uranus was officially
discovered on March 13, 1781 by William Herschel, a musician who
took up astronomy as a hobby. Later it was realized that Uranus
had been seen and recorded at least twenty times between 1690 and
The French astronomer Pierre Lemonnier (1715-1799), couldn't conceive
that the faint trace of light he saw was significant enough to disturb
a comfortable cosmological scheme. The presence of Uranus in the
solar system upset a long-standing balance of seven sacred planets.
Uranus, characteristic to its now-familiar astrological nature,
became an unsettling eighth.
Uranus is twice the distance from the Sun as Saturn, so its acknowledgement
as a planet vastly increased the size of the solar system and extended
the frontiers of science. Astrologers consider that humanity's development
had to reach a certain stage where we could conceive of the revolutionary
and radical increase in knowledge heralded by this upsetting interloper.
For more than a hundred years Uranus was called "Herschel" after
its discoverer, but the power of myth is strong. Uranus was the
father of Saturn, grandfather to Jupiter and great-grandfather to
Mars, so his proper name was suggested and accepted by Johann Bode
(of Bode's law fame).
Uranus, along with Jupiter and Neptune, is one of the three gas
giants and is four times larger than Earth. Uranus takes eighty-four
years to make one circuit around the Sun, so its "year" is eighty-four
times that of Earth. By comparison, Uranus rotates very quickly
on its axis, making one rotation in just under seventeen hours,
so its day is seven hours shorter than Earth's. Uranus has twenty
known moons as well as nine faint rings. Uranus rotates almost on
its "side." This seems apt for the independent and trail-blazing
ruler of Aquarius. The axis of rotation lies nearly in the plane
of its orbit, rather than perpendicular. Because of the strange
tilt, one hemisphere can face the Sun for years at a time, leaving
the other in perpetual darkness.
The mythical castration of Uranus by his son Saturn may have an
astronomical origin. Astronomers speculate that a catastrophic collision
with a large body may have upset the planet, tilting it onto its
present axis, and at the same time ejecting gas and debris that
coalesced and formed Uranus's moons. Remnants of this collision
may also remain as Saturn's dramatic ring system.
Isabel Hickey, author of Spiritual Astrology, said "Uranus is the
force which beckons us to the discovery of the undiscovered." Uranus
is said to rule Astrology itself and to represent occult knowledge
since it is hidden from the domain of Mercury's ordinary awareness.
Astrologer Rob Hand has remarked that "Uranus represents the random
element of mutation that is necessary for creative innovation."
As a result Astrologers associate Uranus with science and inventions
such as television and radio. Uranus also governs the realm of psychology
and metaphysics, calling us to explore unseen knowledge.
Pisces is one of the constellations
in the "watery" portion of the sky which includes Aquarius, the
Water Bearer, Cetus, the Whale, and Pisces Austrinus, the Southern
Fishes. This group of stars has been associated with fish in all
ancient cultures. Greek myth considered the stars of Pisces to represent
Heroes and Aphrodite, who changed themselves into fish, plunging
into the Euphrates River to escape the giant monster Typhon. In
Piscean star lore, for a long time, there was only one fish.
Astrologically, Pisces is the twelfth and final zodiac sign and
therefore represents the final stage in the hero's journey and the
last phase of the evolving human on the path of return. This final
stage is the transcendence of the self or ego-based personality.
Pisces is the most fluid and the most sensitive of the signs. Piscean
sensitivity can result in self-inflicted martyrdom. A colleague,
himself a Pisces, says that any Pisces worth his salt will walk
a mile over broken glass to have his feelings hurt. What aspect
of mystical Pisces will Uranus awaken?
The highest expression of the combined principles of Uranus and
Pisces can awaken compassion and destroy materiality. The most positive
view of this combination is a breaking up of old and outworn thought
patterns, making way for intuitive wisdom and understanding. As
a result a collective shift to a more spiritual world view can emerge.
Uranus in Pisces can engender a passion to know the truth at a deeply
spiritual level, creating a willingness to sacrifice everything
for the sake of this knowledge.
The negative side of Uranus in Pisces brings a disillusioning belief
that the ideals of Uranus in Aquarius did not rise to meet the expectations.
It becomes more difficult to focus the will, and tests and challenges
arise from unresolved subconscious difficulties.
Children born during this transit
are likely to be more psychic and intuitive and to automatically
tune into the thoughts and feelings of others. They may have the
innate capacity to "read" others minds, startling those of earlier
generations with their perceptions. Hidden agendas and secret motives
will be difficult to conceal from them.
This generation will be ultra-sensitive, more in tune with inner
space, and less concerned with outer trappings or climbing the corporate
ladder. They will be a link between the outgoing age of Pisces and
the incoming Uranus-ruled, age of Aquarius. These children will
facilitate the awakening of collective consciousness and understand
the unity of life. They can suffer as a result of a great longing
for the world of spirit and a sense of imprisonment in the world
of form. Spiritual focus is important or there is a risk of escape
into drugs, alcohol or other mind-altering substances to numb this
Grandmother Spider Technology is bound to be affected by this transit.
The proliferation of technology during the transit of Uranus through
Aquarius may develop into mental interfaces with computers. This
may be the time where voice-activated computers really come into
their own, and the Star Trek feeling of having a conversation with
a machine becomes a reality. Potential abuses may come from implanting
computer chips in human beings. At the same time telepathy and communication
behind the veils increases, the use of technology for noble or spiritual
purposes will be accompanied by secret files and policing of the
Revolution or Evolution?
Revolution is Uranus's middle name. The purpose of Uranus in Pisces
is to bring idealism to collective consciousness. Pisces holds the
collective thoughts of humanity, and this combination holds the
potential for true group conscious. Uranus breaks up Saturn's entrenched
patterns and offers the chance for more evolved forms. Most of us
fall short of this potential in the execution. Uranus acts to plant
idealistic seeds for the future which may require an entire cycle
to germinate. We may see certain things come to fruition which were
conceptually planted seventy-seven years ago.
The shift of Uranus into Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, in
2011 coincides with the closing of a five-sun cycle in the Mayan
calendar, and will also begin a new eighty-four year cycle for the
planet of awakening. This is an interesting juxtaposition of cycles
where the revolutionary planet enters the sign of action at the
onset of a new 26,000 year cycle of precession.
If individuals or nations become responsive to the frequency of
Uranus an inner feeling of right action becomes natural. Intuition
becomes a guiding force and the mind learns to trusts these inner
promptings. This faculty will become more valued and sought after.
We may begin to choose leaders based on their intuitive abilities.
What choices will we make now and what consequences will we suffer?
Will we replicate a pattern of unconsciousness and separation and
begin another "war to end all wars," reaping the consequences of
an ill-conceived act of aggression? On the other hand, what is the
highest to which humanity can aspire right now? Religious tolerance?
New forms of free and clean energy? Cleaning up the environment?
Uranus's passage through Pisces offers the opportunity to feel the
consequences of our choices for good or ill in the human race as
a whole. The choice is up to us.