THE SATURN-URANUS CYCLE
The orbits for Saturn and Uranus are 29.5 years for Saturn and 84 years for Uranus. These two planets meet every 45.3 years at the original conjunction to establish a new social order and structure, Saturn, through the revolutionary impulse of Uranus. Saturn rules Capricorn while both Saturn and Uranus rule Aquarius: Air (ideas) impacting and changing Earth (material reality). As these planets move very slowly, when they form a conjunction or opposition their effect on humanity can be “earth-shattering.” Saturn forms a bridge between the material consciousness, physical world or structural reality – the established order, rules, customs, laws, stability, security, systems, organizational processes, authoritative regimes – and the higher consciousness embodied by Uranus – change, new ideas, revolution, liberty, justice, awakening, objectivity, de-conditioning, individuation. These planets have both an individual and collective application.
On an individual level, Saturn correlates with the structural nature of the Soul’s consciousness in each life, that which everyone is consciously aware of. There is a natural boundary between what we are conscious of, Saturn, and what we are not conscious of: the individuated unconscious, Uranus, and the collective consciousness/unconsciousness, Neptune. The Soul creates different types of Saturnian “realities” in each of its lives necessary for its evolution. Examples of Saturnian realities that each Soul chooses for each life: ancestry, nationality, political system, economic status, social function, gender, parents, conditioning by family and society.
The totality of all prior lives, the “known” realities that had been created by the Soul, provides the context or reason to break free of the crystallization of those prior lives through the impulse of Uranus – bringing accelerated evolution, radical transformation, sudden change, de-conditioning, shattering, fracturing, trauma – wherever it is found in the chart, in order to re-integrate the wholeness of the Soul. Uranian people desire to join groups of like-minded friends that challenge society’s outworn structures by sharing new patterns of thought, ideals and aspirations, and putting them into action. Uranian leaders are either feared as revolutionaries or admired as reformers. According to Rudhyar, under the influence of Uranus, individuals or groups can become focusing agents which constitute the next step for humanity.
Uranus in aspect to Saturn brings novelty, newness and originality to the structures of Saturn, thus radically changing and expanding them. From the point of view of the collective, Saturn is always surrendering to Uranus because of the individuating needs of Uranus. In tense opposition aspects there can be a tug-of-war (or dance) between the consciousness constantly rebelling, and individual expression being stifled. With harmonious aspects such as the trine and sextile, change becomes easier to implement. The individual will evolve more easily because the objectivity gained will naturally harmonize with what Saturn is trying to restructure. SATURN-URANUS CYCLE – Conjunction 1942, Opposition 1964, Culmination 1988
The previous Saturn-Uranus conjunction in Taurus (survival) in 1942 prompted WWII, the deadliest conflict in human history, which altered the political alignment and social structure of the world. With the opposition in 1964, Saturn in Pisces opposite Uranus in Virgo (conjunct Pluto), came a radical social revolution in values (Taurus), the Peace Movement, that combined with the powerful force of Pluto to foster international cooperation and the prevention of future conflicts. (In 1966 the world experienced the intensity of the revolutionary Uranus/Pluto conjunction at 16° 20' Virgo with its far-reaching global effects into the present, Uranus/Pluto square 2012-15.)
"The Sixties” describes the counterculture revolution in social norms about clothing, music, drugs, dress, sexuality, racism, sexism, formalities, and schooling. Conservatives denounce the decade as one of irresponsible excess, flamboyance, and decay of social order. The 1960s became synonymous with the new, radical, and subversive events and trends of the period. This was described as an era in the classical Jungian nightmare cycle, where a rigid culture, unable to contain the demands for greater individual freedom, broke free of the social constraints of the previous age through extreme deviation from the norm. Saturn-Uranus opposition 1964 - historical events
• Beatles become popular in US.
• Civil Rights Act passes in US.
• 32 African countries gain independence from European colonial rulers.
• Nelson Mandela sentenced to life in prison.
• Los Angeles riots.
• Miniskirt first appears.
• New York City great blackout.
• Rolling Stones’ Mega Hit Song, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.” [Satisfaction correlates to Saturn]
• US Sends troops to Vietnam.SATURN-URANUS CYCLE – Conjunction 1988, Opposition 2008, Culmination 2032Saturn-Uranus conjunction 1988
The next Saturn-Uranus conjunction took place in 1988 at 29° 55′ Sagittarius conjunct the Galactic Centre. Responses to the evolutionary necessities of the cycle are expressed differently according to the states of evolution: (1) Consensus (correlating to Saturn): the distortion of Natural Laws.
The individuals within this evolutionary condition will usually continue to interpret life according to crystallized distorted core beliefs, values and moralities that are a mere extension of societal norms. They wish to remain in the security and familiarity of the past, even if those structures have become dysfunctional. They abhor change and seek security and stability. They don’t seriously question what they are told to believe. For example, many will still believe that animals are to be exploited and are on a lower evolutionary scale than humans. Due to the atrophied structure of their consciousness, people in this evolutionary condition will resist the evolutionary necessity to change (Uranus) their existing reality (Saturn). This resistance usually leads to cataclysmic events that force change. Distorted beliefs and lies about oneself and others can occur from the consensus state forward. (2) Individuated (correlating to Uranus): the expansion of awareness.
The individuals within this evolutionary condition are characterized by independence in their thinking, beliefs, philosophies, and the ways they understand life. They desire to rebel and liberate from Consensus conditioning. They love change and easily embrace new ideas. Therefore, due to the progressively expanding structure of their consciousness, they will bring about personal and collective evolutionary change through rebellion, revolution, reformation, differentness, inventiveness, and ingenuity. The breaking free from consensus beliefs and lies not rooted in the actual truth of Natural Laws can begin as early as the 1st stage individuated. The wholesale collapse of consensus lies can happen at the 2nd stage individuated. (3) Spiritual (correlating to Neptune): the expansion of consciousness into the Universal.
Individuals within this evolutionary condition are aware of the Natural Laws that correlate to the nature of creation. Their interpretation of life according to natural beliefs and truths will reflect a natural, ethical and compassionate way of life. They will embrace the Natural Law of Diversity and cooperate with change as a path toward final liberation into the Universal.
The Saturn-Uranus cycle that began in 1988 at 29° 55′ Sagittarius conjunct the Galactic Centre conjunct Mars-Moon in Sagittarius. Saturn-Uranus then moved into Capricorn where they created a stellium with transiting Neptune. The Saturn-Uranus conjunction in late Sagittarius activated the Uranian impulse to break free from Saturnian interpretations of life (Sagittarius) that were based on distorted beliefs and lies, in order to reinstate a way of life based on Natural Laws. The original evolutionary intention challenged outworn structures in the areas of multiculturalism, foreign relations, religion, philosophy, politics, law, education, medicine, the economy, human rights, and the environment. Many religious and philosophical views started to undergo transformation. While this period released fanatical attitudes, it also facilitated a new social vision to be presented to the world.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the halls of learning changed to an on-line computer environment when American business magnate, Bill Gates, started the personal computer revolution. In the early years he began as an active software developer, but for most of Microsoft's history his role was primarily a management and executive role. Gates was pronounced number one on the Forbes list of world's richest people from 1995 to 2007, and in 1999 briefly reached "centibillionaire" status. Microsoft launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows in 1985. In 1986 Microsoft went public, and in 1989 introduced its most successful office product, Microsoft Office.
Major changes in the structure of higher education took place when students suddenly began taking out loans and going into debt just to get a degree. Educators and students learned to utilize the new resources of the on-line learning and social networking environment.
Many radical Saturn-Uranus world events
(1988 original conjunction) would shape an entire 45 year social generation:
• Benazir Bhutto, first Islamic woman prime minister, chosen to lead Pakistan.
• Supreme Court rules Rotary Clubs must admit women.
• Prime Minister Thatcher wins rare third term in Britain.
• Polish communist government legitimizes the Solidarity trade union movement.
• George Herbert Walker Bush inaugurated as 41st U.S. president.
• Mikhail S. Gorbachev named Soviet president.
• Severe earthquake strikes Los Angeles, leaving 100 injured and six dead.
• Most severe La Niña weather effect in history.
• Biggest oil spill in history.
• “Black Monday” stock market crash.
• Economic restructuring in the Soviet Union “Perestroika.”
• World athletics championships (boxing Mike Tyson, tennis Steffi Graf, golf Gary Player,
basketball Michael Jordan).
• Summer Olympics in Seoul, South-Korea; Ben Johnson caught for steroids after setting
a World Record in the 100 meter dash.
Trade and International relations
• US and Canada reach free trade agreement.
• US advertising is permitted on Soviet TV.
• World's longest undersea tunnel is completed.
• McDonalds in the USSR.
• After 28 years, Berlin Wall is open to the West.
• Soviets withdraw from Afghanistan.
• Bobby McFerrin tells everyone, "Don't worry, be happy."
• Prozac is introduced as an anti-depressant.
• The first plutonium pacemaker is made.
• Human Genome project begins.
• Voyager 2 spacecraft speeds by Neptune after making startling discoveries about the
planet and its moons.
• More than one million in Beijing's Tiananmen Square demonstrate for democracy;
chaos spreads across nation; thousands killed as Chinese leaders take hard line
• Jimmy Swaggart admits to being with prostitutes.
• Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares author Salman Rushdie's book The Satanic Verses
offensive and sentences him to death.
• Dalai Lama wins Nobel Peace Prize.Saturn-Uranus opposition 2008
At the opposition of Saturn and Uranus every 40 years, the old order is challenged to transform its inflexibility and dogma in order to embrace the creative vision of Uranus. In 2008, Saturn in Virgo opposed Uranus in Pisces and together with Pluto’s ingress into Capricorn, the world experienced:
- World economic depression
- Breakdown of governments
- Breakdown of world trade
- Corporations relentless pursuit of profits at all costs
- Urgent environmental situations
- Deterioration of cultural, social and political structures
- Secrets of governments
- Unrestrained military power
- Depletion of Earth’s resources
- Natural disasters
Under the backdrop of Pluto’s ingress into Capricorn, Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces came into exact opposition on November 4, 2008, Election Day in the US, when the ‘Uranian’ Barack Obama beat the ‘Saturnian’ campaigns of McCain and Palin. With Saturn and Uranus in a state of maximum tension, the world was challenged to integrate two radically different and opposing energies. From this point on, the world experienced the devastating impact of the world financial crisis, Obamacare, people turning to holistic medicine, and a greater desire for human rights (Occupy movement).
Uranus (the individuated unconscious) transited Pisces (the collective consciousness/unconsciousness), and opposed Saturn (what we are conscious of) in Virgo (the boundary between subjective, self-orientation and objective, social orientation). On a personal level, Saturn in Virgo generated a great deal of guilt around Natural Law (original conjunction in Sagittarius). Virgo purifies and improves, makes us aware of other people and social systems, and how to be of service to the whole, not just to the self. The polarity, Pisces, represents ultimate ideals. Uranus was especially chaotic in Pisces bringing a high tide of breakdowns and breakthroughs. The opposition had the effect of waking people up out of old realities, distorted beliefs, lies, escapism, denial, and into idealism, trust, faith, hope and miracles.
The Pluto/Virgo generation (Saturn-Uranus opposition 1964; Uranus/Pluto conjunction 1966) began to play a pivotal role, rolled up their sleeves, and began the detailed ‘clean up work’ in areas such as environmental degradation, climate warming, health, food and water, war issues, overpopulation, genetic engineering, pollution, resource depletion, consumerism, logging, mining, animal exploitation, conservation, endangered species, and the list goes on…
The current Saturn-Uranus cycle will complete in 2032 and a new cycle will begin at 28° 01′ Gemini, opposite the Galactic Centre, and full phase inconjunct Jupiter at 29° 47′ Capricorn (conjunct USA’s Pluto).Conclusion
Correlating to the Saturn-Uranus cycle, the acceleration of evolution of human consciousness continues with intensity, uncertainty, but also excitement, as Uranus brings radical and sudden change; stimulates our need to break free from the Saturnian conditioning bonds of the past; inspires new thought, discovery and illumination; and brings the collective into a greater unified awareness.
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