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Here we are, November 23, 2013, the one and only day when Uranus squares Pluto (90°) from the Sun’s point of view, i.e., heliocentrically. For various views of the importance of this day see:
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Before we “read” the chart, let’s notice a few features about the helio chart which differ from geocentric charts, and render it much more “abstract” and hard to fathom for those of us who are living and breathing and pulled down into the gravity of this planet Earth.
1. There are no “houses” in the helio chart, thus no Ascendant or Midheaven either. The planets do not sit in “areas of experience” on Earth like they do in a geocentric chart. (The 0° Aries “Ascendant” is merely a convention.) The Ascendant in a geocentric chart is the degree rising in the east from the Earth’s point of view at that moment. This degree changes every 4 minutes. The helio chart is set up for a 24 hour period.
2. Since the chart is set up from the Sun’s point of view, there is no “Sun” in the heliocentric chart. Instead of the Sun, you see Earth (A circle with a cross inside it). The Earth is diametrically opposed to where the Sun would be on this day were we to set up the chart geocentrically. I.e., Earth in the helio chart is at 1° Gemini (whereas, today, the Sun, in a geocentric chart is at 1° Sagittarius.)
3. The Moon, being merely a satellite of Earth, does not show up in the heliocentric chart at all! In other words, feelings and emotions, and the old subconscious patterns that they tend to lock into, holding us in place, doing the same thing over and over again rather than allowing our natures to unfold, simply do not count in the heliocentric chart. No wonder it feels to abstract!
4. A heliocentric chart contains no retrogradation. None of the planets ever appear, in a helio chart, to be traveling backwards. Instead, they are always arcing forward, steadily and stately, at their own rates of speed.
This is another reason the heliocentric chart feels abstract, and the reason why, in this case, we have only one heliocentric “square” of this critical juncture of the slowly unrolling cycle between Uranus and Pluto — and it happens to be situated just after the 4th (on November 1, 2013) of 7 geocentric Uranus/Pluto squares from 2012-2015. In other words, the significance of today’s heliocentric square has been coming in for about two years, and will continue to be embodied in Earth life over the next two years.
Uranus: revolution, impulse, explosion, sudden unpredictable events, electricity, electronics, individulity, uniqueness. Uranus in Aries, sign of new beginnings, initiation, fiery impulse, fearlessness.
Pluto: primal power, the underworld, hidden wealth (including nuclear energy, oil and gas), death and regeneration, the flow of matter into and out of form, holding on to power and letting it go, plutocracy. Pluto in Capricorn, sign of old structures, the status quo, tradition, the state, hierarchies, law and order.
These two planets are “squared”: i.e., 90° separates them: exactly, on this one day, November 23, 2013, from the Sun’s point of view. Squares are frictional, two planets at odds with one another, each trying to get the upper hand, their energetics forcefully, and mutually, interfering. And yet, squares are productive, or can be. In fact, I call squares the engines of evolution in geocentric charts, for they supply the fuel that we burn to wake us up, via suffering, to the conscious use of our own energies.
I decided to feature the heliocentric for chart today’s hellocentric Uranus/Pluto square because of how these two planets are configured with other planets in the helio chart. It turns out that this square is part of a larger system that includes Jupiter (also exactly at 11°, in this case, of Cancer) and Mercury at 13° and Saturn at 14°.
Jupiter: large, largess, generosity, big picture, perspective, luck. Jupiter in Cancer: home, family, tribe, community, nourishment, the womb, vulnerability.
Jupiter squares Uranus and opposes Pluto. Oppositions are tugs of war between two planets, also frictional. That’s why the T-cross, or T-square, is such a dynamic aspect pattern.
If you look at the three planets all at 11° of the cardinal signs (Uranus/Pluto/Jupiter), notice the T-square (red lines).
Now look at Saturn and Mercury. They are both on the other (or right hand) side of the chart and it’s nearly vertical opposition between Pluto and Jupiter. And they link with Jupiter and Pluto via blue 60° and 120° aspects, both aspects of harmony! Saturn especially is important here, because it both rules Capricorn (where Pluto is located) and is in the sign that Pluto rules (Scorpio). In other words, the two planets are in “mutual reception” and sextile: something way below the surface is slowly, patiently, and deeply transforming.
Mercury also important, because it signifies communication, in Virgo, sign of details. The devil is in the details, as usual. And these “sticklers” are what’s being worked on, worked out, with low, slow, patient negotiation (Saturn/Pluto), which hopefully, also embodies creative new moves (Uranus/Pluto, used consciously!). Notice all the negotiations on the table globally right now: peace talks involving Iran being the most obvious.
And notice the situation at Fukushima, where they are now slowly, very slowly (Saturn) removing the spent fuel rods so that they don’t create a (Uranus/Pluto) nuclear chain reaction. Are they communicating well enough? Let’s hope so.
I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again here, I do feel that Saturn in Scorpio is slowing us down, helping us to patiently and thoroughly avoid the dangers of explosion and implosion implied by the Uranus/Pluto square. And while Jupiter in Cancer in the heliocentric chart for the Uranus/Pluto square triggers that square drastically (on Earth, signifying home owners, national communities, all deeply in “Plutonian” debt — as well as, yes, the ruination of our planetary home; and yet that ruination, and the human causes of it, are becoming more and more obvious and unacceptable as Jupiter, which rules values, begins to expand our world-view), this T-Cross is balanced by the wonderfully stabilizing Saturn/Mercury configuration on the other side of it, which bodes well for communicating a slow, steady shake-out of transformational energies, rather than being overwhelmed by sudden, explosive chaos.
Notice, however, that many many volcanoes are currently going off around the planet. Letting off steam, so to speak? I wonder if volcanos are erupting on other planets in the solar system as well.