Change is in the Air
This is a big week astrologically, starting with a New Moon in Pisces on the 6th March, which is less than one degree away from Neptune, king of the ocean and ruler of Pisces. Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces on the same day, until 28th March, which involves a a rare and close dance with Neptune that will last until the middle of April. This expands and extends the Piscean theme considerably.
Last, but certainly not least, also on 6th March, Uranus, the planet of change, re-enters Taurus, where he will stay until 2025/6. At this new moon, we have 5 planets in mutable (changeable) signs, suggesting that this is a time where things are shifting and moving at warp speed. The faster they go, the more we need to slooooowwww down and breathe!
Let’s plunge into those Piscean waters a little more deeply. When the Sun makes its way through the sign of the fish, the final sign of the zodiac, it marks the end of our Astrological year. Although New Moons are always the time to plant intentions, this one asks that we hit the pause button on our fast, forward moving, analytical minds and spend time going within, re-visiting and re-visioning our dreams, ideals, aspirations, and spirituality and setting intentions from a much deeper, more feminine heart-based place.
Pisces is a mutable water sign (the symbol is of two fish swimming in opposite directions) – representing the healer, the mystic, the artist. We might see it as one fish giving us access to the dreamworld, the unconscious, imagination, intuition, Divine Connection and calling upon us to surrender to the flow of life. The other fish might urge us to separate from the flow of life, swim upstream and can lead us to feel confused, deluded, addicted or victimised.
The question is – do we choose to go with the flow, try to swim upstream or find a balance between the two? That, for me, is the theme of the coming lunar month.
The next few weeks will be very supportive for dream-work, art, meditation and reaching expanded states of consciousness. Honour this energy by spending time in and around water and nature, listening to gentle music and quietening yourself as often as you can. Our extra sensory perception, intuition and sensitivity are heightened right now, so if we slow down and listen, we can find healing and receive direct guidance from Source.
If, however, we persist in forging forward, ignoring our bodies and disregarding our intuition, this can be a time of confusion, fogginess, feelings of victim-hood, and misunderstandings. Our bodies will be more sensitive too, so we need to pay more attention to what they are communicating to us and what we’re ingesting. This is the time of the year to detox on all levels, release, surrender and flow with what arising. Any resistance to what “is” is only going to make it harder, so why resist… right?
As you will know if you read my blogs regularly, during Mercury Retrograde, travel plans and communications can and often do, go awry. I highly suggest that you double check any travel bookings, vehicle road-worthiness, back up all your data and be very clear in your communications with others. Read the fine print on any contracts carefully over the next few weeks and if you’re unsure, get a second opinion.
URANUS IN TAURUS
Uranus moves into Taurus on the day of the New Moon and will stay there until 2026. The planet of change visited Taurus from 6th May to 7th November last year, so take a few moments to reflect on what was happening then and you’re likely to find a connection to what’s coming up and changing for you now. If you have a copy of your chart, this will likely be in the houses in which Taurus resides. When a slow moving planet like Uranus changes signs, we all feel the energy in some way, but if you have any personal planets or your ascendant in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio) you will probably feel this move more acutely. Over the next 7 years, Uranus will move over these points in your chart, symbolising some change in those areas.
The interesting thing about Uranus in Taurus is just how different the energies are.
Uranus was referred to by the Romans as “the great awakener” and to the Greeks, he was the “God of the sky” and the creator of life as we know it. The symbol for Uranus is a circle, 2 crescents and a cross, symbolising the bringing of divine truth into our lives on earth. Astrologically, Uranus rules everything related to the sky – lightning, electricity, electronics, new inventions, sound waves, the internet, metaphysics, alternative modalities, out-the-box thinking, healing, computers and community.
This energy of Uranus is revolutionary, maverick, free spirited and innovative – a Uranus move can be likened to a flash of lightning, shaking loose whatever is stagnant or immovable, in order to make way for the new.
We could view Uranus moving into a new sign in a similar way as we see a software upgrade on our computer or cell phone. At first it can feel irritating, as we might have to stop what we’re doing and reboot the computer. However, when its done and we settle in to the new changes, we start to appreciate the upgrade and the new features that are available to us.
Where Uranus rules the sky, you might say that Taurus rules planet earth. This fixed, feminine, earth sign is very concerned with safety, stability and not shaking the foundations or upsetting the status quo. Particularly when threatened, the bull can dig his heals in and stubbornly hang onto whatever seems to constitutes security and safety.
Taurus rules the land, our food, our money, our physical bodies, beauty, the five senses, and that which we possess and value.
SKY MEETS EARTH
When Uranus and Taurus combine, there are usually significant, sometimes radical changes. Globally, a move like this can signal sudden, unpredictable shifts to planet earth. I’m not an expert in the astrology of global events, but when Uranus moved into Taurus last year, it coincided with the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, which resulted in around 1700 people evacuating their homes.
Historically if we look back, when Uranus was last in Taurus in the 1930’s, the world saw the rise of Hitler and many countries changed their monetary system from the gold standard. Most global astrologers are predicting many more changes to our monetary systems over the next 7 years, possibly moving more and more towards crypto-currencies etc. We are likely to see more technological inventions and changes in our health care, personal health monitoring, farming, food and beauty.
We are also likely to see radical change in our value systems, with more and more people moving towards owning less and simplifying their lives. There could be a lot more people living in communities, sharing resources, cars, homes and working together to become more self sustainable.
As a collective, the next 7 years is calling upon us to raise our consciousness, to attune to and honour this planet and our own bodies. The best investment we can make is learning to become more self autonomous, live more simply, start our own businesses, grow our own food and rely on our own resources, thereby reducing our debt load.
Uranus in Taurus will urge us to really take care our food, our water resources and all aspects of the feminine – and to remember that Earth is a living, breathing being and without her, we humans cease to exist. If we persist in abusing her as we have done, she will retaliate. This is happening already on a personal level with more and more women widely publicising abuse and mistreatment.
Personally, over the next 7 years we will be asked to reevaluate where we find our safety, belonging and security. We will be asked to redefine our value systems and our relationship with whatever we believe we possess – (as if we ever really possess anything in this constantly changing world). We will be asked to question how we define ourselves, which is revealed by the words we speak. Be aware of sentences starting with “I live for… my pets, my job, my home, my art, my partner, my children. or “I am a …. mother, business person, seeker etc”. Yes, these things might be important to us or they might be the roles we play, but we cannot let them define who we are any longer. I find it helpful, when I feel very attached to something, to put the word “the” in front of it. Instead of “my” car, “my home”, by referring to it as “the car, the home etc, helps to give me some space and perspective, from which I am able to respond with more clarity.
Uranus in Taurus urges us to find our sense of stability and belonging from the only place that never changes – that quiet still place inside us that is always there, no matter how crazy the world around us is.
HOW THIS AFFECTS YOU PERSONALLY
If you would like to understand where Uranus is moving through your chart and how this move is likely to be working with you personally, you might like to set up a reading with me.
In life and light