Remember the old Chinese curse, May you live in interesting times? It’s an accurate depiction of what’s coming astrologically. While Uranus the trickster’s entry into impetuous, headstrong Aries might not have an immediate and powerful effect on you personally, you can be sure you’ll see symptoms among friends, family, coworkers and in global events. And those symptoms will intensify when Uranus clashes with Pluto throughout 2012 and 2013.
What could this mean for you personally? For starters, if you have any planets or points (such as Ascendant or Nodes) in your astrological chart between 0 and 5 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, then you will definitely be affected by the surprising, often chaotic, awakening influence of Uranus this year. Since you would already have spent a bit more than two years (since November 2008) under the polarizing, transmuting influence of Pluto, you’ll already have developed the spiritual muscle to deal successfully with the intensity, if not the style, of Uranus’ influence.
On the other hand, if you have points or planets in those same signs, but between 5 and 10 degrees, then you will be working with both Uranus and Pluto all throughout 2012 and 2013.
And even if these planetary influences don’t trigger specific things in your chart, you will be indirectly affected, because the slower moving planets affect global events and the evolution of entire generations of humans.
Meet the Trickster
There’s a special place in almost every mythology for the Trickster, whether it’s the Pueblo Indians’ Coyote, the Norse Loki or the downright scary Yoruba trickster god Eshu. As part of his unpredictability, the Trickster can be a funny, engaging buffoon one moment, and an amoral troublemaker the next.
Eshu often says, “Bringing strife is my greatest joy.” Mythological tricksters often create trouble just to see what will happen, and are perfectly willing to be the butt of their own jokes. A perfect trickster’s motto is: “Nothing is true, and everything is permitted.”
Uranus, however, has a greater purpose for his chaos and capriciousness: to make you grow. Like the lightning bolt in the Tarot’s Tower Card (XVII), his aim is to reduce your outmoded beliefs and life structures to rubble, to free you to move toward your dreams and highest aspirations – even more, to free you to realize what they truly are, possibly for the first time in your life.
Among the remarkable gifts which can be conferred by a successful encounter with Uranus is the full, permanent awakening of your kundalini energy, a most powerful force for triggering spiritual transformation, awakening psychic, channeling and healing gifts, and powering sexuality as a sacred path.
No Pain, No Gain?
Encounters with Uranus have the reputation of being difficult, and the addition of Aries’ warrior impulses add a scary (for some) urge to throw typical caution out the window. But the only time that Uranian experiences are truly difficult or painful is when you fight against the cosmic mandate to change.
If you can relax and open your heart and mind to the inevitability, and then to the possibilities, your Uranian encounter will leave you clean, clear, vitalized, refreshed and excited about life … although perhaps a bit worn out initially.
The best way to deal with Uranian shifts is by imagining that you’re an expert surfer of the cosmic waves of change, that your focus and intent are your surfboard, and that you know just how to ride the awesome power that would capsize most people. With a little practice you can learn how to spot the swells, and time your responses to get a good, long, exhilarating ride along the crest toward your destination, as the wave curls and crashes behind you.
If you want to really set your imagination loose on the incredible possibilities that these planetary influences are offering you and our global community, re-watch James Cameron’s 2009 movie “Avatar.”
The characters of Jake Sully and Dr. Grace Augustine are wonderful examples of Aries personalities, and the unpredictable twists and turns that led Jake to his profound transformation were, every one, outstanding metaphors for The Uranian Experience.
Even further, the powerful and self serving corporate juggernaut which tested Jake’s beloved Navi to their limits, and inspired them to break their fetters, is an accurate illustration of Pluto in Capricorn, and the outcome of their clash a hopeful prediction of what could happen when Pluto and Uranus meet beginning in 2012.