Uranus Square Pluto: What’s In It for You?


(Note: This article appeared in a newsletter published by NCGR,  an organization whose members include professional  and student astrologers. That is why the article contains astro-logical jargon. Please be advised that in one-on-one client consultations, no jargon is spoken. If you would like to book a personal consultation to discuss your horoscope in plain English, give me a call or send me an email.)

It’s finally here…the start of a series of seven exact squares between ruthless, transformational Pluto in patriarchal, institutional Capricorn and rebel Uranus, disruptor of the status quo in me-me-me Aries. Some say it’s the end of the world; others say it’s the end of the world as we know it. Breakdowns in governments and financial institutions. Declarations of independence around the globe. Coping with crises we haven’t even imagined. That’s the big picture. But what does it suggest for you?

A planet or horoscope angle in the first half of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) that is challenged by a hard aspect from Pluto-Uranus suggests the potential for a turning point in one’s life, usually experienced as upheavals and breakdowns and/or opportunities for emancipation and empowerment. If you’re an astrologer with a thriving practice, clients with planets or angles at 4-10 cardinal have surely been knocking on your door in recent months, needing insight and guidance in personal crises of change.

Here are a few cases from my files:

Pluto and Uranus in hard aspect to the Ascendant and/or Midheaven suggests dramatic changes of perspective in identity and relationships; major changes of direction in profession; break-outs and break-ups; a reach for power; new starts, including geographic relocation. Case in point: in 2010, a client asked if her married lover was likely to file for divorce that year. I did feel a change of status in his marital relationship was highly probable  — not in 2010, but in mid-2011. Why? His Ascendant is at 5 Libra; his Sun is at 7 Cancer conjunct the MC at 6 Cancer. When Pluto and Uranus both hit 5-6 cardinal in the summer, his wife did file for divorce –  for a very surprising reason.

Another client with MC at 6 Capricorn felt compelled to leave her job overseas and move back to the United States when Pluto conjoined the MC. Ultimately she wants to change professions entirely, marry and start a family. How long might this process take? My client’s Ascendant is 11 Aries. Uranus and Pluto will complete transits to the angles of her horoscope at the end of 2014. Her exciting, transformational journey has just begun.

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