“He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.” John Milton
Effective Dates: August 3rd, 2017- January 3rd, 2018
Helios’ Astrological Angle on Uranus Retrograde– Oh here we go again… Not only do we have the Eclipses, but now we have to deal with Uranus, the Punk-Rock God of Creation, Rebellion, Individuality and Madness (not to mention the ruler of the first Eclipse) going Retrograde. So what does this mean for the eclipses that already plan to be full of upheaval? Well, expect even more Chaos, obviously… But is there a deeper meaning to his cha-cha slide now?
While Uranus in his direct phase is the rebel, the punk, and the tyrant; when he goes retrograde Uranus takes on a different persona. He loses the primal fury and he becomes something… more. When in this phase Uranus becomes the insightful visionary, able to peel back the thin veneer of reality and see what is REALLY going on behind the scenes. While Uranus is retrograde, it all makes sense: Somehow you just get Quantum Entanglement, and you wonder how such a simple thing ever seemed so complex. With Uranus, there is a deeper understanding to the way we perceive the order of the world once you quiet your mind and let go of your more… base impulses and urges.
The trouble is, all things come with a price. While we understand the deeper truths of the true reality, the reality where we have to deal with other people becomes… problematic. The very understanding that we just intuitively get separates us from everyone else, making us an island unto ourselves. To everyone else, we seem insane- but that is because they cannot see what we see. Trouble is, we come to expect this and self-sequester ourselves. We cannot stay hidden from others, even if it seems safer at the time. The deepest understanding of Uranus is that of nature, and the solitary path is not natural. You do not want to distance yourself from those around you now, and you do not want to overshare yourself either. You must develop the understanding of the deeper and higher orders, as well as maintain your presence in the physical world, keeping a foot in each reality.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you will perceive this transit like you are losing ground, inch by inch. You will feel as though your choices erode your chances at success and happiness. Though we can lose a lot during this transit, taking the risk will pay off, even if it means to sacrifice in the short term. Err on the side of freedom, and never choose to be comfortable in a cage when you can be uncomfortable and free. I promise this will pay off for you, even if feel like you lose in the short run. The master knows all things ebb and flow, as all things are energy in the end, and there is a rhythm to the energy and its flow. Be a master now, Uranus is waiting to show you the way.
Artemis’ Tarot Take on Uranus Retrograde (4 of Wands, 7 of Wands, The Hierophant)– So, heretic, do you need permission? Do you need pure and simple definition? Do you not truly believe that we are all constructing reality, together? We have as much say as anyone else about what is going to happen to us. We are a family, a species, a planet, interconnected and flying this spaceship earth to gods know where, but we are in it together. There is so much infighting happening on the surface of our only provider of life as we know it. We squabble over games when we all know, inherently, that there is a greater picture. The thing is, we think we are alone. We think that there is nothing out there, so we might as well just exist as if the confines of this space rock is our only purpose. Oh no, Heretics, this is our home, and we are setting our own house on fire with us in it.
So, heretic, do you need permission to rebel against this?
Uranus is done fucking around. Uranus is tired of his children acting like sheep, blinding and drugging themselves daily, asleep. Uranus, remember, is the awakener – Prometheus. We get stuck in a worldview, heretics, and sometimes it takes a burst of lightening from the sky to get us back on track. Again, like any Uranus retrograde, expect the unexpected and expect that a revolution is coming. This retrograde comes right before two eclipses, one in Uranus ruled Aquarius and the other in Solar Leo. The king and his kingdom, heretics, and I must get political here because these two signs are highly political. We must believe and expect that we will come together, through revolution – an information revolution – that will liberate us from the rule of the few. We live in a global society, steering this global spaceship and we must keep it alive. The only way to do so is to cooperate, challenge constructively, and celebrate both healthy independence and original thought – let live – and cooperation/networking. Together, we can do this, all of us, we can come together from all 4 corners and figure out this insanity together.
But first, you need to build a spine. The 7 of wands stands in the middle of this reading like kundalini. There is completion before it (4 of Wands) and a new religion after it (Hierophant). We must celebrate ourselves against all odds. We must parade ourselves, our true selves, and not allow anyone to prescribe who we are. And we also must find a language, a way to communicate with each individual so we can share experience. We are each a small part of a greater whole, and all perspectives, true to themselves, must be allowed to shine. We create radicalization when we hold things down, assert too much rule over them. I suppose this period of time, with Saturn coming into Capricorn and a Leo total eclipse over the United States, we will find out just what it is that finally wakes us all up – the control asserted over your own life and the control asserted over the masses. Until then, this is Mad King energy, and you must realize that only you rule over yourself, and the spine, true courage and valor, is what connects us to our higher purpose. Courage is a vehicle, and without it we remain where we are, complacent and asleep.