Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus: Part Two
This week and the next several weeks, the planets continue to transform daily life into a training field for conscious living. You could call this phase "consciousness boot camp," and frame the day-to-day events of life as obstacle courses that include long marches, surprise inspections and occasional encounters with a drill sergeant from hell. Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but finding metaphors for the current astrological meta-story isn't easy. Too many planetary shifts are occurring simultaneously to isolate any one signature from another. For some of us, the solution to the unrelenting intensity is to get under the covers and stay there until the changes are over. For others, defiance and confrontation may become the coping mechanism of choice. But not everyone is resistant to this rigorous training. Regular routines are falling apart from the pressure, but the dissolution of those structures contains powerful creative seeds—seeds that are ready to sprout and thrive in the soil of awareness.
A three-point recap for those just tuning in: (1) We're still in the midst of a series of Saturn/Uranus oppositions that began in 2008. The fourth in this series occurred on April 26 and the fifth and final exact opposition is on July 26. Saturn/Uranus oppositions signify the dissolution of stagnant structures, and while I know I am repeating myself, some things only stick with repetition, especially for those who find themselves losing solid ground and can't figure out why. Uranus symbolizes revolution, and as the I-Ching reminds us, all authentic revolutions rely on adequate authority that stems from a higher, inner truth. Apply that wisdom to whatever may be crumbling in your life and you may be able to discern if the turmoil has a greater purpose. This is not about deserving or not deserving; it is about an awareness of powerful unseen or unconscious forces that have an effect, and developing skill at identifying or integrating that effect.
(2) Jupiter is currently in an opposition to Saturn that will be exact on May 23. This opposition has a tendency to trigger premature or immature emotional reactions to situations that are seemingly out of control. Patience is the perfect antidote to the tension. But patience may not be possible because (3) Jupiter is also closing in on a conjunction with Uranus, which will occur on June 8, in Aries. Given Jupiter's expansive field of influence, it will hold the Saturn/Uranus opposition in place until the final contact on July 26, which means challenges to the status quo will grow increasingly more intense. The Jupiter/Uranus conjunction occurs in Aries, a Cardinal Sign, given to swift and impulsive action. Jupiter/Uranus contacts are often termed the "Thank the Lord" configuration, because they symbolize the release of tension. Which means as this entire bundle coalesces—the oppositions, conjunctions, and changing signs—we can expect sudden, startling, and surprising developments, personal and collective, that are no longer based in a desire for conciliation. Aries has no problem taking a stand.
As the atmosphere shifts from conciliation to agitation, those of us committed to consciousness as a means of evolution will need to be prepared to facilitate transformation wherever possible. While this may sound abstract or idealistic, it is as concrete and practical as helping your neighbor handle a difficult situation. When kindness is the currency of change, revolution becomes evolution.
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