Who could deny that we are immersed in an intense period of change? Astrological cycles have so much to teach us about these cycles that we collectively experience. For instance, every time Uranus and Pluto are in a significant aspect, we, earth beings, experience a period when citizens rise up and demand social and political change. We are in such a period now. It began in 2008 and will continue until 2018, with the most intense period being 2012-2015.
I will share a couple of examples. On Monday May 20 2013, we had the 3rd of 7 exact “squares’ between Uranus and Pluto. On that day both Mike Duffy’s and Rob Ford’s stories hit the media. These exposures are just proof of what so many people already know or suspect – that people in power are often not playing by the rules that they purport to play by. In Mississippi Mills, we had a town hall packed beyond capacity by citizens demanding that their elected officials listen to the voice of the people.The French Revolution was also a period when Uranus and Pluto were in significant aspect!
The most recent pairing of these planets was in the 1960’s. At that time Uranus and Pluto were conjunct, meaning that we were starting a new astrological cycle that would last well over 100 years. Now, from 2008 -2018, we are in what is called “the first square aspect” of these 2 planets. It is our job, as thinking humans, to take advantage of this period to “ground” or make happen that which, at the start of the cycle in the 1960’s, was “dreamed in” as a possibility of how humans could live together cooperatively and peacefully on this planet. The cycle of Uranus/Pluto takes a good 100 years to fully manifest, so “the dream” has to be worked out during the whole cycle, only to be followed by another cycle.
So how does the Full Moon of June 23, 2013 fit into this picture? Astrology does not follow just one cycle. The art of astrology is in being able to grasp the complex interweaving of a number of cycles of shorter and longer time frames. The shift from a masculine, top-down/power oriented organization of society to a more feminine/ inclusive laterally oriented sharing of power has been spoken and written about for decades. ( see Riane Eisler’s The Partnership Society). Astrologically, this would be the shift to the famed “Age of Aquarius”, a cycle closer to 2000 years. The present 100 +/ year Uranus/Pluto cycle is embedded in the larger cycle’s meaning.
The Full Moon on June 23 has the Sun at 2 degrees Cancer and the Moon at 2 degrees Capricorn. Here is what one of my favorite astrological authors, Stephanie Austin ( Mountain Astrologer – pg 97, issue 169-June/ July 2013) has to say about this Full Moon chart:
“the primary focal point of this Full Moon is the cost and the demise of the patriarchal rule, or what Sam Keene, author of Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man, called a” technocorporarchy”. For the past 5000 years, the majority of the world has been governed by males and materialism; before that the matriarchy and Mother Nature were venerated. Now our evolution requires that masculine and feminine be brought into equilibrium, calling for the integration of assertion and cooperation.
This upcoming Full Moon, which occurs just after the summer solstice, is a powerful period for the expression of these energies. Keep an eye out for what’s going on in the world at large, and in your own lives, to see these themes play out.