Pluto was known for nearly a century as the ninth planet in our solar system.  In August 2006, the astronomical community demoted it to the status of "dwarf planet."  Pluto continues its subtle yet powerful, penetrating influence regardless. Astrologers continue to utilize Pluto in our work, because Pluto continues to have steady significance no matter what label we humans assign to it.  

Eccentric Uranus, breaking the rules and standards, rotates on its axis tipped at an extreme angle.  It seems to roll on its side as it orbits the Sun (once every 84 years).  It encourages us to be free and independent, to individuate, think for ourselves and be true to ourselves.  It chaffs at restriction and oppression, and, when "healthy" in us, will stimulate us to fight against constraints.  

Astrological Reference - The Uranus-Pluto Squares

The Uranus-Pluto Squares of 2012-2015

There is a series of seven waxing squares of Uranus and Pluto between 2012 and 2015.  The "New Moon" phase of this planetary pair was a series of conjunctions in the mid-1960s, that was reflected in the Western social movements for women's liberation, civil rights and gay rights.  The conjunctions reflected a "seed" planted that has sprouted, but which humanity still struggles to water, weed, nurture... and keep alive, protect, and to solidify more and more.  What seed are we nurturing?  With the conjunctions in the 1960s, we as a species experienced a deeply cathartic spark of righteous indignation, with wide-spread angst and a revolutionary urge to fight for freedom and equality, individually and in the social structures of communities small and large.  We fought for ourselves, and as we looked around us we saw indignities towards our brothers and sisters; we became angry and we rose up to fight for and defend our fellow humans across social barriers of all kinds.

Some forty-five years later as both planets continue in their orbits around the Sun, the faster planet, Uranus, has now moved out 90 degrees ahead of the slower planet, Pluto.  (Yes, I'm still calling Pluto a planet.  Labels schmables.  Get over it.  Pluto is powerful in charts, proven over and over and over again.)  Waxing squares are fraught with developmental tension and friction.  To have any hope of the "seed" planted at the New Moon phase reaching some kind of decent manifestation at the Full Moon phase, the new shoot must push through the soil and out into the light of day, where it faces harsh elements and treatment...  Where in some sense the struggle to survive and keep developing becomes more difficult beyond the womb-like protection of the earth.  Whatever was begun in the New Moon phase encounters push-back, criticism, challenges to worthiness, etc...  How badly do we want the change, the new thing, the new way of being?  These are among the questions of the waxing square.

In this series of waxing squares between Uranus and Pluto, we have already seen the resurgence of themes of freedom and equality, witnessed globally in social movements such as "Arab Spring," the Occupy Wall Street movement, along with subsequent grassroots efforts ("Occupy _____") to raise awareness and peacefully protest the state of different things.  We have seen increasing societal awareness of things like that were previously hidden and negatively effecting us as citizens and consumers.  

In this series of squares, Uranus is in Aries and Pluto is in Capricorn.  The exact dates of the seven squares are:

  1. June 24, 2012 - 8 degrees, 23 minutes‚Äč

  2. September 18, 2012 - 6 degrees, 57 minutes

  3. May 20, 2013 - 11 degrees, 14 minutes

  4. November 1, 2013 - 9 degrees, 25 minutes

  5. April 21, 2014 - 13 degrees, 34 minutes

  6. December 14, 2014 - 12 degrees, 35 minutes

  7. March 16, 2015 - 15 degrees, 18 minutes

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