Uranus, the “Revolutionary Planet,” Moves into Aries:
Change is exactly what Uranus in Aries is striving for as it highlights the Astrological Cardinal Cross. Aries is the constellation that seeks unfettered freedom, independence, and brand new beginnings. Combine these qualities with the rebelliousness of Uranus and anything is possible. Uranus represents the brain and lightening speed realizations, stimulating us like a probe to WAKE UP! Wake up from what? you might ask.
Uranus is the ruling planet of the constellation Aquarius, which represents an altruistic attitude towards humanity. (Aquarius also represents the “water bearer” who pours his divine wisdom from the heavens down onto humankind.) According to Greek mythology, Gaia – Mother Earth – was without a mate and yet gave birth to Uranus – Sky Father – who then became her husband. (It is written that Gaia herself was born from Chaos, the great void of the emptiness within the universe.) Gaia and Uranus birthed many offspring who Uranus feared because of their great power. To protect her children from her husband, Gaia hid them all within herself and experienced great pain. Therefore, she asked her son Cronus – Saturn – to castrate Uranus, thus severing the union of Earth and Sky.
This portion of the Uranus-Gaia myth is very important because it depicts the separation of god and goddess, or the divine mother-Gaia and father-sky. When we WAKE UP, we recognize this separation represents the trauma (symbolic of Uranus’s energy) and distortion that occurs when we are forced to hide essential aspects of ourselves, eventually causing a schism within our psyches. The Mayans and other indigenous peoples are reminding us that the survival of our planet is dependent upon consciously waking up: we must balance the male and female aspects that exist within each of us; we must recognize the spiritual beings – gods and goddesses – within us all, and we must reunite our heavenly and earthly realms.
Uranus in Aries is ultimately asking each of us to rebel against anything that does not bring liberation to ourselves and all sentient beings. Our spiritual leaders are insistent that to heal the planet we must each individually make the changes necessary to heal ourselves. In short: it is up to us to cultivate and nurture our spiritual essence. Individually and collectively, Uranus in Aries can prove a powerful catalyst to dismantle the barriers that keep us stuck and unable to move forward. Many of us dislike change and this potent energy is certainly bound to feel uncomfortable at times. For this reason, it can be helpful to remember that Uranus is futuristic in nature and brings with him the light of awareness, thereby expanding our own personal future and the future of our planet. Embrace this Uranus cycle as an important opportunity to create the change necessary for yourself and the children who will inherit our beautiful planet.
Following is a message by the Hopi Elders that I feel poignantly captures the critical nature of our current Astrological themes:
Copyright 2011 by Linda Kaye