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URANUS SQUARE PLUTO: 2012-2015
Written by Raymond Merriman   

It’s all about Uranus and Pluto.


    If you want to know how a mundane astrologer views the year 2012 and beyond, it is necessary to understand the principles of Uranus and Pluto. It is necessary to understand the history of this rare planetary cycle and its quarter cycles. It is also necessary to understand the principle qualities of the signs in which they are located. And finally it is necessary to synthesize all of them and apply it within the context of current world events, in order to characterize what the world is going through today and is likely to encounter in the next few years.


That is no easy task, especially because one of the dynamic manifestations of Uranus is “the unexpected.” Nothing goes according to plan or logic when Uranus is involved. In fact, the nature of this planet is quite illogical and even irrational. Decisions made under Uranus don’t make sense, given the history of the economic and political conditions in effect. The results that follow don’t make sense, given what was expected based on past decisions in similar situations. Uranus-Pluto periods coincide with events that were not anticipated, resulting in a change of direction from what was intended or already embarked upon.


When a trend or path is disrupted, the momentum of the change – the direction or new trend - tends to go far beyond that which was anticipated. For instance, in financial markets, once prices get to a support or resistance zone, they usually stop and reverse. But when aspects involving Uranus are present, prices may explode way beyond support or resistance, oftentimes rallying sharply to new record levels or falling so steeply that market commentators refer to it as a “market collapse.” Uranus aspects coincide with a collective state of frenzy and panic. That is what happened in September 2008 as Saturn approached the opposition of Uranus and the “Panic of 2008” got underway. The first passage of that aspect occurred on Election Day, November 4, 2008. Nothing has turned out as expected from that election. Matters continually go counter to the hopes and expectations that were so high immediately following that election, as each side blames the other for this apparently irresolvable free fall in the nation’s confidence.


    This trend – or lack of a sustainable growth trend – is not apt to change under the Uranus-Pluto waxing square. In fact, it is about to enter a whole new level of “surprise” and “the unexpected.” If you make a plan, be ready to abort it and adjust to new circumstances and unforeseen events. The sooner you accept and adjust – the more quickly you can adapt – the better off you will be in 2012-2015. The longer it takes you to adjust, the more difficult this period will be.


This same advice is especially pertinent to the leaders of the world, and those populations that will vote for new leaders in 2012-2015. The willingness and readiness of voters to choose new leaders, or the willingness and readiness of elected leaders to adjust to new circumstances, will determine whether humankind is about to enter its finest moment and make a powerful turn to correct its political and fiscal problems, or plunge into an abyss of chaos and despair. It will be the difference between entering a period of peace or war, economic reform and salvation or financial calamity, a worldwide environment of hope and pride or one of fear and shame.


One thing is almost certain: if there is no change in leadership, or no change in the direction of leaders in power, there will be no change in trend. At the same time there is danger that a change in leadership may make conditions worse. In other words, no change suggests conditions deteriorate even further, whereas a major change could go either way: better or even worse. The only hope for a reversal is a change in leadership, yet there is still no guarantee that a change will bring a reversal in these trends.  


Either way, we will come out of it. The difference is whether there will be a reversal of these trends now (2012-2015), or later. The decisions (or lack thereof) of voters and their chosen leaders could thrust the global economy into a free fall first, from which the parts – like “Humpty Dumpty had a great fall” - will not be picked up and put back together again until the next decade. With Uranus and Pluto, you never know if this is the bottom and from here we start our climb back up, or if there is another level to fall to – a level in which there seems to be no floor. Is this a reversal or a breakout? A reversal offers hope, and with Uranus, there is always hope for it coincides with ingenious thought – new solutions to existing problems that have not been attempted before – which benefits large segments of the world’s population. That is why this may be humankind’s finest moment. But Uranus also rules breakouts and breakdowns. It is an alien, a stranger. Its ideas – or the messengers of its ideas - are often viewed as too radical and hence dismissed without proper consideration. Instead of reversing, the trend accelerates and a frenzied sense of panic ensues.


Some people like to say we live in very exciting and interesting times, and this is certainly true. We also live in very dangerous times, for this is the nature of Pluto, especially in hard aspect with Uranus. If, in the next 3 years, we can reverse the course of the past 3 years, then this will indeed be humankind’s finest moment. It is possible, for in the study of astrology, the planets reveal our choices and the consequences of those choices. But they don’t make the choices for us. Astrology is a “choice-revealer,” not a “choice maker.” And the choices made will determine the outcome of the matter at least as much as the presence of the planetary transits in force at any given moment of time, and their remarkable correspondence to cycles in human affairs. The planetary aspects may be challenging, but leaders – and voters - still have the freedom to choose their reactions regarding these challenges before them, assuming the elections are not rigged with fraud and abuses of voting rights. As will be seen later, that too (unfortunately) is a real possibility in 2012.


To more fully understand the nature of the Uranus-Pluto waxing square now in effect, let us break down the parts and then reassemble them into a meaningful script for today’s world. We will do this by examining the astrological principles inherent in each of these parts, as well as briefly reviewing the major times in history when the most important themes of this signature occurred.


Facts About the Uranus-Pluto Waxing Square


    The Uranus-Pluto cycle, like all planetary pair cycles, begins at the conjunction – that point in time when the two planets appear to be in the same part of the sky as seen from earth. Their orb of influence – the time when the dynamics of this aspect and its quarter cycles appear evident – can begin up to 3-5 years before and last 3-5years afterwards, and even more. For purposes of this book, we will consider the orb of influence to be four years before the first passage, through three years after the last passage. Thus we can say that the Uranus-Pluto waxing square of 2012-2015 will have a likely impact correlating with conditions in human activities from about 2008 through 2018. As you will see throughout this discussion, this time band overlaps with many other geocosmic cycles, such as the Cardinal Climax (2008-2015) and the last quarter phase of the Saturn and Pluto cycle (2010-2020). We truly are living in an exceptional period right now, sort of like a modern version of “The Twilight Zone.”


    Let us first of all look at the history of the Uranus-Pluto conjunction, for all subsequent phases of this cycle relate to the themes that were present during the conjunction period. The current Uranus-Pluto cycle began when these two powerful planets were in conjunction in 1965-1966, in 15-17° of Virgo. Previous instances of this conjunction took place in:


    1850-1851     28-29° Aries

    1710             28° Leo

    1597-1598    19-20° Aries

    1455-1456    12-13° Leo

    1343-1344    10-11° Aries


    As one can see, the periodicity of the Uranus-Pluto cycle varies from about 112 to 142 years. That is because the orbit of Pluto is not circular around the Sun, but rather elliptical. Pluto moves very fast when it is transiting through the signs of Virgo-Capricorn, staying 12-15 years in each. However its transit from Pisces to Cancer lasts 25-32 years in each sign. Uranus, on the other hand, has a more circular orbit, and usually takes 7 years (sometimes 8) to transit through each sign of the zodiac.


    There is an interesting mathematical relationship between Uranus and Pluto too. Pluto’s orbit around the Sun takes about 246 years (say 244-248). The orbit of Uranus around the Sun is 84 years. Thus every three orbits of Uranus is equal to almost one orbit of Pluto around the Sun. That means that about every 244-252 years, Uranus and Pluto will be in the same sign (or nearby sign) and same aspect relationship (or very close to the same aspect). To carry this mathematical relationship further, Neptune’s orbit is 164 years. Thus every two orbits of Uranus are approximately equal to one orbit of Neptune, and every three Neptune obits are equal to approximately the time it takes for two Pluto orbits around the Sun. That means that approximately every 500 years, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are in a similar spatial relationship to one another. If you consider that Saturn’s orbit is 29 years, and thus three Saturn orbits is nearly equal to one Uranus orbit, it gets even more interesting.


The Quarter Phase of the Uranus and Pluto Cycle


    In the study of astrology – especially Mundane, Political, and Financial Astrology – the quarter cycle phases of all planetary pair cycles are very important. In many cases, the events that occur within orb of quarter cycles are more pronounced than at the conjunction (beginning) or opposition (halfway point) period of the cycle. In astrology, the quarter phases of planetary pair cycles are known as “square” aspects. Rather than measuring the one-quarter phase as a fraction of the time it takes to go from one conjunction to another, astrologers measure quarter cycles in terms of how long it takes the two planets to move into a 90° spatial relationship (square aspect) to one another. For most planetary pair cycles, the quarter of the time cycle will be very close to a quarter of the distance cycle between the two planets – except when Pluto is involved, because Pluto has an elliptical orbit around the Sun, and not circular as the other planets.


    For instance, we know that the Uranus-Pluto cycle has a periodicity of 112-142 years. The mean periodicity is thus about 127 years. Time-wise, each quarter cycle should last about 32 years. But in terms of distances between the two planets at 90° intervals, we find the following quarter cycles are present, starting from the 1850 instance:


Conjunction:      1850-1851

Waxing Square:   1876-1877

Opposition:         1901-1902

Waning Square:  1932-1934

Conjunction:       1965-1966

Waxing Square:  2012-2015


    Here you will see that the time between the conjunction of 1850-1851 and the first quarter (waxing) square of 1876-1877 was a rather short 26 years. But in the current case, the period of time between the conjunction of 1965-1966 and the waxing square of 2012-2015 is a rather long 47 years! This is due to the fact that in 1965 Pluto was in Virgo and in 2012 it will be in Capricorn. Virgo-Capricorn is the section of the zodiac the orbit of Pluto moves its fastest. It spends only 12-15 years traveling through each of these signs, approximately twice as long as the 7 years it takes Uranus to trek through each sign. But back in 1850-1876, Pluto transited through the signs of Aries and Taurus, where it spends 28-32 years in each, more than 4 times the stay of Uranus in each sign. When two planets are moving closer to one another’s speed, it takes longer for them to complete their orbit around the Sun and come together again as a conjunction in the zodiac. Thus, when using fractional mathematics in astrology, time is not so linear. We have to think of cycles more in terms of space and distance in the universe than in terms of time as measured by the calendar or clock. It requires a different mindset when viewing phenomena, such as cycles. Here, in spatial reality, time expands and contracts. It is not linear, as in the time used to measured rhythmic cycles.


Now let us look at the timing of the previous first quarter cycles of Uranus and Pluto and see what happens:


Conjunction                        Waxing Square (1st Quarter Cycle)


1965-1966    15-17° Virgo            2012-2015      6-15° Aries-Capricorn

1850-1851    28-29° Aries           1876-1877     22-25° Leo-Taurus

1710            28° Leo                    1755-1758    13-23° Pisces-Sagittarius

1597-1598    19-20° Aries            1623-1624    14-17° Leo-Taurus

1455-1456    12-13° Leo               1496-1499    12-22° Aquarius-Scorpio*

1343-1344    10-11° Aries            1370-1371      6 - 8° Leo-Taurus


Notice how every successive Uranus-Pluto conjunction alternates between a short interval and long interval of time, as the position of Pluto alternates between those signs where it moves very slowly and those through which it travels very quickly. That means there will be similarities between every other conjunction cycle. The current first quarter phase of the Uranus-Pluto cycle is more like the one of two cycles ago (1710-1758) and the one that was two cycles before that (1455-1499), than it is to the one immediately before this one (1850-1877). This is understandable when one considers that the Uranus-Pluto cycle has a mean average of 127 years, and the orbit of Pluto around the Sun is nearly twice that length of time. Thus every other Uranus-Pluto cycle would correspond to Pluto’s position in the same sector of the heavens.


Note the asterisk following the 1455-1499 first quarter phase of the Uranus-Pluto cycle. This cycle is particularly relevant to the current cycle of 1965-2015. It is the 500+-year cycle when all three of the most distant planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) return to similar positions in their celestial relationship to one another. The importance of this 500+-year pattern will be discussed in the next section of this year’s Forecast book.


The Dynamics of Uranus and Pluto


    As mundane astrologers, our first task is to consider the principles of the astrological signatures that are in force. We then try to integrate various combinations of these principles to arrive at possible manifestations in the real world, thereby creating a “forecast” – manifestations that may actually unfold onto the current times.


    So let us begin with an understanding of the principles of Uranus and Pluto, and the areas of human activity in which they may manifest. The following is a list of some of the key words that describe the dynamics of Uranus and Pluto


        Uranus                                            Pluto


Sudden and unexpected                      Slow and building momentum

Change                                               Reform

Revolution                                          Transformation and upheaval/uprooting

Invent and make new                        Tear down the old, rebirth and death

Masses without organization              Mobs (organized) with an agenda

Chaos                                               Focus and intention

Doesn’t like status quo                      Doesn’t like status quo

Mass movements for equality            Protest movement to end, or gain, power

Technology and science                    Grass roots and emotional issues

Earthquake and winds                      Storm clouds, volcano eruptions

Electrical blackouts                           Famines and droughts

Detached, disconnected                    Over-involved, suffocating, infiltration

Charisma and youth                          Death, debt, and taxes

Technology and innovation               Waste and removal

New movements, new age               Long-term grievances, resentment

Embrace the future; forget the past            “Payback time”

Freedom and independence            Coercion, and force against one’s will

Ecology and environmental advancement        Pollution and toxicity


    As one can see, there is a wealth of areas in human activity that potentially correspond to Uranus and Pluto dynamics, but they are not always compatible. Under the waxing square aspect, the conflicts are apt to become increasingly magnified. For instance, Uranus wants change and it wants it now, and may not take into account the consequences of acting first and considering later. Pluto also wants change, but it is more methodical and deliberate, especially in Capricorn. Pluto is more attuned to reform of current conditions that may be stifling, whereas Uranus wants to incorporate a whole new system and is not concerned about reforming the old system. With Uranus, there can be massive demonstrations that suddenly erupt out of nowhere onto the national or global scene. With Pluto there can also be massive demonstrations, but they are more of a protest movement with a definite agenda.


The movements of Uranus are often based on a principle of social equality and fairness, and participants desire to keep the movement “pure” and innocent. The protest movements of Pluto are usually grievance-oriented, steeped in a belief of social abuses, and the participants often want to exact a measure of revenge against the perpetrators of their perceived “personal” injustice and historical abuses. For them, this is “payback time.” Somebody – some group – must pay for these violations. Uranus values freedom from authority, whereas Pluto seeks to transform the balance of power from the current authority (i.e. establishment, like government and big business) to another sector that represents their personal interests. Uranus is detached and aloof, while Pluto can be obsessed and over-involved to the point of seeming to smother others. Pluto will attempt to infiltrate, coerce, and force its will onto others – especially those who it thinks are guilty of violations of some kind - whereas Uranus is not interested so much in the sins of the past, only a new future. For Uranus, the motto is “Embrace a bright new future.” For Pluto, the motto is, “It’s payback time.”


    Because both planetary principles have in common the desire for change, and because neither trusts the status quo, they are attracted to one another. They seem to share a common goal. But that is where it ends. The means to accomplish their goals of “change” are starkly different, and before long, their relationship to one another is apt to become strained. With Pluto and Uranus in hard aspect, power conflicts inevitably arise, because Uranus resists the efforts of any form of authority trying to infiltrate or steer its movement in a direction that it perceives as “impure” or carrying a “hidden agenda,” and even more so one that may end up attracting violence. When Pluto is involved, there is always the threat of danger to human lives, and it can act out in the form of violence, because beneath any grievance-oriented movement is a deeply held sense of resentment and even hatred. It is hard to let that go, and it does not take too much to incite it. Uranus, which is by its very nature more future-oriented and detached from the past and any need for retribution, deplores such emotionally-charged forces taking control of its movement. Pluto can be movements based in “hate.” Uranus is more often a movement based on “hope for the future.”


    One can easily observe these contradictory forces at work in the world today. Many of these forces have their roots in the 1960’s when these two planets were in conjunction and started their current cycle. The social and economics dynamics of 1963-1969 are being resurrected again now as Uranus and Pluto enter the first quarter phase of their 127-year cycle of massive social, political, and economic transformation. In fact, there are three historical time periods of geocosmic patterns that have similarity to this current period. By re-visiting the issues of those periods we can get a deeper understanding of the times we are living in right now, and which will continue through most of this decade. Those times are:


1455-1499 (the 500+-year cycle of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto)    

1850-1877 (the previous Uranus-Pluto first quarter cycle phase)

1963-1969 (the start of the current Uranus-Pluto cycle, the conjunction period)


To these three periods, we could also add 1928-1934, which was the last time Uranus and Pluto were in a square aspect, with Uranus also in Aries (although it was a waning square, whereas the current one is a waxing square). And the previous time the first quarter phase of the Uranus-Pluto cycle took place when Pluto was moving rapidly through the signs of the zodiac, or in the same sector of the sky (Virgo-Capricorn) as it is today, was 1710-1758.


    Let us briefly look at each of these three initially listed periods and see the similarity of social, political, and economic issues that are being resurrected today. I say briefly because each of these periods is so important that they could warrant an entire book of their own. In fact, many books have been written solely on these periods and the important events that then transpired to shape mankind’s eventual destiny.


URANUS AND PLUTO: THE END OF TODAY’S QUARTER CYCLE

“And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’

“And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

“And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

-    Martin Luther King, Jr., August 23, 1963, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.,



    The third historical instance we will draw from in our quest to understand the social, economic, and political dynamics of 2012-2015 will be the beginning of the current cycle, the conjunction period of 1963-1969. In the study of astrology – and especially Mundane and Financial Astrology – as I understand and utilize it, the conjunction period starts the cycle. It starts it in terms of setting down the dynamics affecting human activity, and these dynamics will arise again whenever these two planets enter into specific phases – aspects – of their cycle, such as the very important quarter cycles. In the symbolism of astrology, that which was started at the time of the conjunction will take form at the time of the waxing square. It is like the relationship of “conception” to “birth.” Thus, in order to understand what is being “birthed” today, we need to examine what was being “conceived” in 1963-1969.


    It should be no surprise that many of the issues of both 1963-1969 and today, as we start the waxing square phase of Uranus and Pluto, are similar to those of 1450-1500 and 1845-1880.


    The 1960s were one of the most tumultuous periods in modern history in all parts of the world, and especially so in the United States. Once again there were mass movements and protests pointed against authority – the government, mostly – and a powerful force to uproot and transform patterns of injustice and inequality.


Actually there were two mass movements underway in the United States in the mid-1960s, and within each there were powerful divisive segments. First there were the “Flower Children,” who later became the “hippies.” Theirs was a generational movement against the values of their parents (i.e. a rebellion against authority, the “Establishment”). The “Flower Children” wanted peace, love, and no more war. They “turned on, tuned in, and dropped out” from conventional society, preferring instead to live in communes and be part of an undefined group that shared their ideology. But then came the war – the Vietnam War. The highly unpopular military draft was instituted to fight a cause that was in complete contrast to the ideology of peace and love. The “peace and love” movement transformed into an anti-war, anti-government, anti-draft protest movement. It was suddenly being steered into a more activist direction by groups like the newly formed SDS – Students for a Democratic Society. No longer passive, the “peaceniks” transformed into a very large activist group that was not averse to taking on the police (“pigs” as they were called by many) in violent encounters.


But it wasn’t only the SDS that infiltrated the peace movement and attracted violence. Leaders of Black Power movements, like the leftist revolutionary group known as the Black Panthers, also got involved and encouraged protestors to become active in their fight against the government, the authorities, and the police. In its initial stages, this movement typically had rallies that included peace-oriented folk songs by such musicians as Pete Segar, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and many others. It was a “Kumbaya” experience in which participants felt a non-violent and collective solidarity with one another. But after becoming infiltrated by groups with other agendas and grievances, these gatherings and songfests began to segue into speeches by angry leaders of the more activist element who encouraged aggressive behavior that attracted civil discord and violence. At the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, riots broke out between protestors and the police force, following similar confrontations at various “Marches on the Pentagon” in Washington D.C.


Not only did this infiltration transform the direction of the “peace” movement, but it also created conflicts within the Civil Rights movement as originally envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Deep divisions evolved, and various African-American groups like the Black Panthers, NAACP, groups led by Jesse Jackson and others, began to break away from the peaceful, non-violent principles of Dr. King.  Under King’s leadership, the Civil Rights movement of 1955-1968 produced the successful passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned discrimination based on "race, color, religion, or national origin" in employment practices and public accommodations. It also resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which protected the voting rights of all people, regardless of their race or religion. Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of America was for a “race-neutral” application of laws, rights, and opportunities. The passage of these acts reflected that dream. Yet in spite of this historic legislation, the Black Power movement was still angry over their feelings of oppression by white people over the past centuries. The aims of the Civil Rights Movement expanded beyond Dr. King’s initial efforts, which included “… racial dignity, economic and political self-sufficiency, and freedom from oppression by White Americans,” according to www.Wikipedia.com. In the late 1960s, their anger boiled over into race riots in several U.S. cities, like Newark, NJ, Detroit, MI, and Los Angeles (Watts), CA. In 1968, Dr. King was assassinated.


The start of this current Uranus-Pluto cycle coincided with the beginning of a long-term deficit spending spree by the U.S. government. The populace wanted the government to demonstrate more compassion and care for its citizens by enacting programs that would protect not just their rights of its citizens to vote, work, and be competently educated, but also to care for them in their elder years. As a result, on July 30, 1965, not long after the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts were passed, Congress approved two new programs: Medicare and Medicaid.


To get an idea of how this affected U.S. fiscal matters, consider that in 1955, federal spending was $110B. In 1960, it was 151B, a gain of 41B, or 37.2%, in five years. In 1965, just before the social programs were enacted (and just before the U.S. entered the War in Vietnam) it was 193B, a rise of about 42B (27.8%), essentially the same dollar amount as the prior five-year period. By 1970, total federal spending increased to $321B, a jump of 66.7% and $128B over the prior five years. And the trend hasn’t stopped.


As compassionate and humane as the new government programs were, they essentially marked the beginning of a new era of government. As the Uranus-Pluto cycle commenced in the mid-1960s, the government was moving in the direction of big programs and big spending. And now, as we reach the first quarter cycle phase of this powerful planetary pair cycle, many of the themes of that period are coming up again, and the consequences of those decisions are becoming clear.


THE URANUS-PLUTO WAXING SQUARE: 2012-2015


    “For the past century, violence has almost always been counterproductive in American politics. The anti-Vietnam War and civil rights movements were strongest when they were faithful to their nonviolent roots.”


-Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin, “America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s,” Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2011


    We can learn a lot by studying the past – especially those times in which the same major geocosmic signatures were present that are in force today. As expressed throughout the last chapters, the main geocosmic signature coming up in 2012 is the 112-142 year waxing square between Uranus and Pluto. In fact, this signature will take place in 7 exact passages as follows:


    June 24, 2012

    September 19, 2012

    May 21, 2013

    November 1, 2013

    April 21, 2014 (the most powerful from an astrological standpoint)

    December 15, 2014

    March 17, 2015


    In all cases, Uranus will be between 6-15° of Aries, and Pluto 6-15° of Capricorn. Any person, country, or entity with natal planets in the 6-15° sector of any cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn) will potentially be profoundly affected in these next three years, just as those with planets in the first five degrees of cardinal signs have been profoundly affected over the past two years due to the transit of these same two planets. The direction of their life path is apt to be altered substantially in terms of career, partnerships, residence, and/or health-life style issues from 2010-2015. It can be a time of self-empowerment when you take control of your own life, or it can be a time when unexpected external events require you to make major adjustments. You will need to be very flexible and alert to make sure the quality of your life remains intact or even improves.

One significant entity with natal planets in these degrees is the United States of America, with its Sun in 11° of Cancer, in square aspect to its natal Saturn at 14° of Libra. Another is the Euro currency chart, founded on January 1, 1999, with its Sun at 10° of Capricorn.

    As discussed earlier, the influence of this geocosmic combination is evident even before the aspect becomes exact. It can be felt up to 3-5 years before the first passage (and after the last). It is interesting to note that these two planets came within one degree of exactness in late July through mid-August 2011 before separating again. Two important events related to the economy took place at that time, which provide a clue regarding what to expect in 2012-2015. Last July, the USA went through a grueling and bitter process to raise its debt ceiling in order to avoid defaulting on its debt obligations. Then, on August 5, the S&P credit rating agency downgraded the USA credit worthiness from a triple A investment grade status to AA+, still strong, but not the highest. It was the first financial downgrade of its credit worthiness in the history of the United States.


There were other major events in other parts of the world related to finances as well. Greece teetered on the brink of default, thereby threatening the financial solvency of the entire European community, and the stability of the Euro currency. China entered a severe economic contraction, at a time when the rest of the world was just getting used to the idea that perhaps it was becoming the next major economic force in the world.


Let us now look at some of the themes expected to play out in 2012-2015, coincident with the waxing square of Uranus and Pluto, as suggested by our analysis of the prior periods that relate to the present passage.


1.    The debt crisis continues to explode and undermine the world financial system. Yes, there is a possibility that this insidious trend of spending more than one brings in could be reversed, and that is certainly the hope. But with Uranus involved, it is more likely that the trend escalates and creates more havoc and more unintended consequences. There may be no plan that fully takes into account these “unintended consequences.” If that is the case, then the decline of America’s political and economic leadership in the world may begin to accelerate and alarm. This in turn could lead to another financial panic and meltdown. Only a change in leadership or a change in the direction of those already in positions of leadership, has a chance of reversing this trend during the next three years.


2.    Discussions begin to reform the world currency situation. With the United States and Europe apparently mired in uncontrollable financial debt, to the point that their credit worthiness continues to be downgraded by credit rating agencies, many leaders of the world will begin to discuss more seriously the possibility of a new international standard currency. The United States will, of course, try to devise proposals that will prevent that and maintain the status of the U.S. Dollar as the standard international currency. Several radical ideas will likely be presented, such as what Europe has proposed for its banks who lent monies to help bail out Greece: take a “haircut” and demand that those lenders accept only 50% of the face value of those bonds. The United States could do that also and thereby cut much of its debt back. That is, in order to resolve its debt crisis, it too could ask its banks  ̶  and in particular its Central Bank, the Federal Reserve  ̶   to accept a haircut of 50% of the face value of its U.S. Treasury Bonds purchased by the creation of money out of thin air. Of course, this would create a great divide between the Feds and the U.S. government. But then again, under aspects such as these involving Pluto, old institutions  ̶   especially banking institutions  ̶   may come to an end if it is deemed that their purpose is now obsolete, and in fact detrimental to the (financial) survival of the union. The question may be asked: does it make sense for the bank to survive and the union to disintegrate when the nation’s debt to the bank is a result of the bank’s power to simply create money out of nothing, and then to use it to purchase the nation’s debt obligations? This is just one example of the type of questions that can be asked under the Uranus-Pluto square, where the consequences can be the demise of the banking system as we know it.


3.    Protest movements and social disparities. Large masses of people demanding changes in government, banking, and big business are likely to escalate, as symbolized by the “Occupy Wall Street Movement” that began in late 2011. There is an urge for greater freedom, independence, and equality in all aspects of life, especially employment and financial opportunity. There is immense outrage at the financial disparity between the social classes, where a small segment of the population enjoys great gains in their income while others stay flat or are even unemployed and have huge personal debts they cannot pay back. These are now the seeds of a populist revolution that have been planted in many societies around the world, including the United States and China. These protest movements and their issues were conceived of during the 1960s, and are being birthed today.


4.    Mobs threatening banks and governments. When large masses of protestors are infiltrated and encouraged to focus their outrage on the symbols of their financial disparity – the perceived oppressors of their rights – they change from mass protestors to mobs. Mobs feel they are justified in their destructive actions to tear down institutions that they have identified as oppressors. In the past, mobs under these aspects have been known to burn down banks, government buildings, and similar institutions that they believed represented authority or abuse. It is part of Pluto’s nature to uproot and destroy the perceived causes of the problems and it is part of Uranus’ nature to rebel, revolutionize, and start something entirely new. Neither party wants the status quo to exist, for the status quo is perceived as the oppressor in power.


5.    Tax Revolts. This is the domain of Pluto, especially in Capricorn. While many protestors are outraged over the income and financial disparity between “the common man” and the “wealthy” (i.e., big business and banks), there is an equally strong movement taking place by those who are opposed to the government levying taxes. In the United States, this has taken the form of “The Tea Party,” a group who has thus far succeeded in influencing Congress against raising income taxes for anyone – including those considered wealthy. Tax revolts are also taking place in other countries, such as China. Any effort by any government to raise taxes is likely to incite more revolts and protests. But according to the history of these aspects (and especially the waning phase of the Saturn-Pluto cycle), efforts by governments to raise taxes are very likely.


6.    Racial grievances and possibly even racial riots. The Civil Rights movement of 1955-1968 that led to the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1964-65 was a mostly non-violent protest; however it later became violent. In Dr. King’s vision, the civil rights and voting rights of ALL Americans should be protected, and that protection should be administered as “race neutral.” However, that has been alleged to not be the case today in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), which oversees both the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, according to whistle-blower Christopher Adams in his book “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.” Some will dismiss Adams as a disgruntled employee who quit the DOJ over its handling of the New Black Panthers’ voter intimidation case in Philadelphia. Yet his documentation and citing of sources in the book appears impeccable, and to date no one has been able to disprove any of his allegations. Adams’ allegations are the stuff that could incite race riots from both the black and white communities in America, especially if it turns out there are violations of voting rights in the 2012 election.1 Racial issues and race riots were highlighted at the time of the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in the late 1960s. They could easily be escalated again, given the racially tense atmosphere in the United States today and in particular as we approach the election of 2012 when at least one African-American will be running for the nation’s highest office. In sympathy with the principles of Pluto, it is possible that those in positions of power may be tempted to influence the outcome of elections, in order to favor those they believe are still oppressed due to race.


The Civil Rights movement in the USA was conceived during the conjunction. Now it is to go through a birthing process – which is painful, but it is a birthing process, so the prospects of getting it right for everyone are very good. Sometimes it takes this kind of conflict and awareness of abuses in order to make the changes needed to reach the goal that was originally intended. How bad could it get? If President Obama loses the election, it is easy to imagine an outbreak of race riots. If he wins, but the Republicans win the House and Senate, it is not difficult to conceive of a Republican-led impeachment effort by Congress to remove Obama from office, especially if he continues to implement policies by executive orders without Congressional approval. This too could incite racially based riots in the United States.


In addition, there is the possibility of ethnic disturbances in other parts of the world, such as in Europe, where some countries are fearful of the rapid growth of Muslim populations, which threaten to gain the majority of their populations.  Potentially they would demand more rights and accommodations reflective of the tenets of their cultures – and in opposition to the prevailing cultural norms.


7.    Natural Disasters. Since this is still the middle of the Cardinal Climax (2008-2015), natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, high winds, volcanic eruptions, droughts, famine, and electrical blackouts are possible. With Pluto involved, such natural upheavals can threaten the lives of many, which in turn would likely elicit an outpouring of compassion and desire to help those in need. Such acts of selflessness may actually bring people closer together, and if so it would represent one of the reasons why this period could in some ways end up becoming mankind’s greatest moment. In other words, in the midst of danger from many quarters, acts of kindness and heroism arise that inspire large masses of people to bond together and pull the world through a dangerous period. It is during times like these that the world sees what real leadership is really about.


8.    Weapons of mass destruction. One of the greatest modern-day fears is that terrorists, or nations that sponsor terrorism, will gain access to weapons of mass destruction. Uranus and Pluto allow for that possibility. For instance, whether Iran really does have a hidden agenda to develop a nuclear bomb should become known during this period. They could succeed in that quest. Despite the huge successes in the War on Terror in the past year, this aspect indicates that the threat is not yet over. On the other hand, since there have been some major successes, such as eliminating Osama Bin Laden and Col. Gadhafi, it is also possible that even greater successes lie ahead. It could go either way, and the fact that this war has had great success in the past year augurs well for the next three years. One of the dangers, of course, is that if the USA ends its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the terrorists could gain control and destabilize the world further in those regions in 2012-2015.


9.    Advances in technology and alternative energy sources. The movement to develop cleaner energy sources is not over. With the innovative character of Uranus combining with the urge to rid the world of pollution and toxins suggested by Pluto, this movement is still well positioned for great gains in the next three years. There will be conflicts and oppositions, for that is the nature of the square. But much of this movement was conceived near the time of the conjunction, and has recently been going through the pains of birth, and it will come through despite the obstacles. The waxing square is the birthing phase to that which was conceived at the time of the conjunction. Uranus is the planet of ecology and clean air, and Pluto is the planet of reform, even in a square aspect.


This discussion of Uranus and Pluto and their first quarter cycle gives us a framework from which to develop a financial and social plan for 2012-2015, which promises to be one of the most important turning points in our lifetime.


References:

1. Adams, J. Christian, Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department Regnery, 2011. Washington, D.C.  Adams is a former Department of Justice attorney.