The Pluto Uranus Square

I have been receiving lots of inquiries recently about the Pluto Uranus square. And while I have touched on this topic in several posts, I realized that it was time to make my own brief synopsis of this astrological epoch. Since we are right in the middle of it, and it’s energies seem to be heightening, it is no wonder so many people are asking me about it!

While the square between Pluto and Uranus began exerting it’s influence in 2012, it is really only now that we are so thick in the middle of it that it’s pervasiveness is truly felt in the population. And it will last until spring 2015, so let’s all have a good idea of what it means…

Long lasting aspects between the outer planets (such as Uranus and Pluto) are considered to be “generational aspects”, meaning that their influence is felt over an extended period of time and infuses the culture at that time with a certain character (and also the babies who are born during those few years with a certain character).

The culture of the 2012-2015 Uranus Pluto square is one of change and upheaval. Uranus is the planet that rules technology, the future, individualism, radical and progressive ideas. Pluto is the planet that rules power, extremism, intensity, death and transformation. When these two planets are in relationship to one another, there is a paradigm shift in the culture- radical ideas/technology/ideals are transformed and absorbed into the mainstream culture. The power structure is altered. When you look around and see things changing in unexpected ways in your own city and your own work industry, this is happening all over the world..

This is especially true since the sign that Uranus is currently transiting is action-oriented Aries, and the sign that Pluto is transiting is conservative industry-oriented Capricorn. Changes are happening swiftly (Aries) to the status quo (Capricorn). The two planets are now at about 10 degrees of Aries and Capricorn so we feel the energy most strongly in early April, early July, early October and early January when the passing sun triggers these points. If your birthday is around either of these times, you are also especially influenced by these transits and likely to experience major life changes.

We can expect the following circumstances to happen more frequently at these times: mixed messages, aggressive behavior, shocking news, unpredictable changes of plan, confrontations, power plays, revelations, workplace shake-ups, breaking points, and life-changing news.

Politically we can see the this as the role that techology (Uranus) played in the Arab Spring (Plutonian power shifts). The “Occupy Wall Street” movement demonstrated the quality of rebellion (Uranus) against the powerful elite (Pluto). Also by the growing demand for and necessity of alternative (Uranus) energy sources (Pluto). The same sex marriage debate transforming (Pluto) the identity of families to include queer & gay couples (Uranus) is also part of this transition.

The last time Pluto and Uranus met was in the late 1960s- when war (Pluto) and individual rights and freedoms (Uranus) clashed during the Vietnam era- sparking the Flower Power movement and the upheaval of the “traditional American family”. People born during this time, especially in 1969, carry this energy with them now as adults.

So what does this mean for all of us and our daily lives?

Change and unpredictability is what it means. Very few of us feel as though we have really solid ground under our feet at this moment in time. That is simply not the energy of the Pluto Uranus square. Everyone, from individuals to governments and powerful companies, are all feeling the same way- we must adapt and change, or suffer the consequences.

However, we all have the ability to CHOOSE how we adapt to this energy. Indeed it is even possible, and preferable, for us to harness this energy constructively to make changes in our own lives.

Where are the areas in your life where you would like to see change and transformation? Perhaps your job is a stepping stone to something greater? Let your mind explore ALL of the possibilities that you have (and believe me, there are many that you have not thought of!). Rather than position yourself at the whim of erratic changes that are being forced upon you from the outside – allow the powerful energies of these two planets to propel you from within to make a stand for what empowers you (Pluto) as an individual (Uranus).

You can look to the exact areas of your chart where the square is in effect for indications of where this will be useful (Be sure to also consider your rising sign):

ARIES: Your self-presentation, your interactions with others, your appearance, your relationship with authority, your career, your public persona, your long term goals

TAURUS: Your secret “hidden” self, your dreams, your private rituals, your subconscious thoughts and beliefs, your educational pursuits, your relationships with other countries/people in other countries, your philosophical beliefs

GEMINI: Your relationship with your friends, your relationship with groups you are associated with, your technology related projects, your greater cultural ideals, your willpower, your sexual desires, your financial goals

CANCER: Your relationship with authority, your career, your public persona, your long term goals, your relationships with your spouse/partner, your personal relationship values

LEO: Your daily routine, your relationship with co-workers, your health, your educational pursuits, your relationships with other countries/people in other countries, your philosophical beliefs

VIRGO: Your willpower, your sexual desires, your financial goals, your personal creativity, your comfort with being in the spotlight, your leadership abilities, your relationships with your children

LIBRA: Your relationships with your spouse/partner, your personal relationship values, your home, your residence, your properties, your emotional needs, your relationship with your parents

SCORPIO: Your daily routine, your relationship with co-workers, your health, your style of communication, your writing, your relationships with your siblings

SAGITTARIUS: Your personal creativity, your comfort with being in the spotlight, your leadership abilities, your relationships with your children, your personal values, your relationship with money and possessions, your lifestyle

CAPRICORN: Your self-presentation, your interactions with others, your appearance, your home, your residence, your properties, your emotional needs, your relationship with your parents

AQUARIUS: Your style of communication, your writing, your relationships with your siblings, your secret “hidden” self, your dreams, your private rituals, your subconscious thoughts and beliefs

PISCES: Your personal values, your relationship with money and possessions, your lifestyle, your relationship with your friends, your relationship with groups you are associated with, your technology related projects, your greater cultural ideals

The remaining EXACT dates when these two planets square each other are as follows: November 1, 2013. November 23, 2013. April 21, 2014. December 15, 2014. March 17, 2015.

We are also likely to feel the effects of the square strongly during the upcoming eclipses: October 18, 2013 in Libra/Aries, November 3, 2013 in Scorpio, April 15, 2014 in Aries/Libra, and April 29, 2014 in Taurus.

If your birthday falls within a few days of any of these dates expect the year that follows to see major changes. And it is best to avoid signing any long term contracts on any of these dates.

While there is an air of uncertainty and change right now- remember not to be afraid of it- but rather to use it to make the changes YOU want to make in your life!