Uranus in Aquarius

A key astrological event as 2004 approaches is the culmination of the seven-year transit of Uranus through Aquarius. As the outer planets signify large-scale, long-lasting societal and global changes, this is a most significant opportunity to put into practice the lessons learned during this period.

Uranus was last in Aquarius from 1912-1919, a time during which the entire world was reshaped by World War I. The end of this period was marked by Woodrow Wilson's ill-fated project, the League of Nations, which was a valiant attempt to form a world community. Uranus, and its home sign of Aquarius, represent the urge to create a new planetary order based upon cooperation and respect. In that sense at least, Wilson was right on target; unfortunately fear, greed, competition, and petty squabbling destroyed his dream, and eventually led to innumerable wars and armed conflicts.

Given the current situation and what passes for government in the US, regretfully nothing has changed since then. On the other hand, it is important to keep the vision and faith, and work toward a truly democratic and empowered society and world.

At a personal level, the final moments of this cycle challenges us to deal with our own issues of power and control, recognizing the ways in which fear and rigidity limit the fullest expression of our creativity. Outworn forms and structures, beliefs and ideas, need to be released so that more loving and fulfilling ways of relating to others may emerge. Another important aspect is the synthesis of seemingly opposite qualities, such as male/female, intellect/intuition, and working in cooperation and harmony rather than egocentricity.

As we move more fully into this new century, the shift from the Age of Pisces to that of Aquarius is becoming more evident. Amidst the crumbling of the old order is the opportunity to craft a world wherein differences are celebrated rather than condemned, where the concern for both the individual and the whole may be balanced, and where the power of love replaces the love of power.

For more on this theme, see Turn of an Age.

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