Let’s look at where the “action” is these days and how it might be dancing into our own lives.
The Uranus T-Square
The Main Effect – the Uranus T-Square with Pluto and Jupiter – is occurring at 10-14 degrees of the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).
As you go around the Zodiac, Signs have these qualities…
- Aries – Cardinal Fire
- Taurus – Fixed Earth
- Gemini – Mutable Air
- Cancer – Cardinal Water
- Leo – Fixed Air
- Virgo – Mutable Earth
- Libra – Cardinal Air
- Scorpio – Fixed Water
- Sagittarius – Mutable Fire
- Capricorn – Cardinal Earth
- Aquarius – Fixed Air
- Pisces – Mutable Water
The three-series, Cardinal-Fixed-Mutable (called “Modalities”) repeats and so does the four-series , Fire-Earth-Air-Water (called “Elements”), making the twelve Signs. So the above list gives…
- Sign – Modality Element
Their Meanings are…
- Cardinal – Creating
- Fixed – Stabilizing
- Mutable – Changing (as in mutation)
- Fire – Spirit
- Earth – Matter
- Air – Mind
- Water – Emotion
So we’re dealing with Creating things here. What sort of things? Well, we’d look first to Uranus, sitting as it does on the focus of the T-Square. We’d be Creating Disruption for anything that’s out of alignment with where the Soul wants us to go at this time. And we’d be Creating the first hesitant pieces of the new Identity that is more in alignment. Uranus is in Aries – you know the phrase, in the beginning there was the Word?
In Sanskrit, each character of the alphabet has a sound that reflects it’s role in the Creation of the Universe. So sure, if you’re speaking Sanskrit then you can say that the Universe started with a Word. The rest of our languages don’t have such deep roots, and to aver that a Word came first is to suggest that there was language and intellect prior to Creation – which is just silly. In the beginning there was a Sound would be more accurate, but then, you know the old if a tree falls in the woods… homily.
We could say in the beginning there was an Idea but again, that presumes the pre-existence of intellect. Words and Ideas just reflect the overintellectualization of Western culture. So what was it, there in the beginning? I suggest is was more like a germplasm or seed or kernel. The essence which Word tries to capture, never fully. Astrology puts Aries – Fire or Spirit – first. So maybe we should say in the beginning there was a Spark.
Well, if it’s not a Word but a Spark, then it’s not obvious where it will lead. It could light a fire. It could heat a home, or burn it down. It could become an Idea, or even a Word. It could become a run to the dump, or a fine Thanksgiving dinner, an Experience, an Organization, or even a Movement. Which is the Main Thing about Aries.
Aries has no idea what it’s doing.
It’s following a Spark that hasn’t become a Fire yet, or a Movement, or an Organization, or even an Idea. If you ever want to know what Aries is up to, wait five years, and then ask. By then you’ll probably have at least a Fire.
When we speak of Signs, we aren’t talking about People – though we could be. It’s not that “Aries People” don’t have any idea what they’re doing. It’s that the Aries part of us doesn’t have any idea what they’re doing. Aries People aren’t just people who were born in March and April, they’re anybody with strong Aries in their chart. For instance, anyone born now would have their Uranus in Aries. Uranus is pretty strong – it’s the Soul’s Urge after all, so everybody born all year these days would be “Aries People.” And their Uranus would have no idea what it was doing.
That doesn’t mean it’s without purpose, not at all! It means it’s without intellectualized purpose. Aries knows exactly what it’s doing; it just can’t explain it to you, because it’s a Spiritual thing, not an intellectual thing. So Aries is always very busy and purposeful. You just have to wait five years to figure out what the purpose was.
Aries is three, or six, or nine Signs from the other Cardinal Signs. So any planets in those Signs will make Second-Harmonic (halfway ’round the Zodiac) or Fourth-Harmonic (a fourth of the way) Angles to Aries, if they’re near the same degree of their Signs. By and large, those are Challenging Angles. So whenever you have three planets near the same degree of the Cardinal Signs, you have a T-Square. Four planets, and you have a Grand Cross. The same is true for the Fixed and Mutable Signs.
Ten to Fourteen Cardinal Degrees
Ten to fourteen degrees of Aries is the stage in its evolution where the artist has made and critiqued one sketch and, having some notion of where it might go from there, has finished the second version, with colors blocked in, and critiqued it. Thus armed with a degree of understanding and experience, the artist is almost ready to dive into the final version. Your soul is the artist here, and your Ego – you – are the painting. In other words, at this stage…
You have a pretty fair understanding and a good degree of experience with who you really need to be at this stage of this Lifetime. It’s not a total mystery. But it’s a T-Square, so you’re Challenged to Master the neighborhood of who you need to be. There are no right answers – this is a graduate seminar, and you’re being graded on how well you explore the issue, not on feigned Certainty.
The process in the other three Cardinal Signs is similar, but in Cancer rather than a Spark, you start with a Feeling, and by 10-14 degrees you’re well into the process of owning that Feeling, knowing how to respond to it, how to invoke it when you want it, how to start building a Community with it. That’s where Jupiter is…
So you are inspired to start communicating your Vision of this Feeling and Expand it into Community. Maybe you started wanting to know what Mutual Respect would Feel like. Maybe Peace, or being part of a Team, or Random Acts of Kindness. Or maybe you wanted to develop a theme of War, but with a difference this time. Maybe you want to be a Devil’s Advocate to help some other group improve. At this stage pragmatic achievability is important. This is no longer pie in the sky. The next step is joining and recruiting, finding others who want to play your game.
Jupiter’s been here before, in August 2013, and your recollection of that practice run will serve you here.
With Capricorn the process unfolds from a physical Seed. You’ve worked through two generations of selective breeding, and now you’re about to select the final version for planting. This is Pluto, so your task is not to Create or Control, but to Respond. The Form is pretty well established, but it’s your job to make sure your version of it provides the right functionality. As above, so below. That is…
This is not your Creation. It’s way bigger than either your Ego or your Soul. If feels like your own because it is, but only in the sense that this is one job in an enormously large project. It’s okay if you “fail,” because there is redundancy, and because we’ve never been here before, we’re playing it by ear, and the process is Trial and Success. More important that it embodies the overarching goals than that it be right or perfect. Your recipe will be one of many entries, and if you find one you like better, you’ll adapt yours to resemble it – while someone else might find they like yours better than theirs and adopt it. No pressure except that your recipe needs to be yours, made to please you and no one else.
To sum all that up…
We aren’t rookies here; we do have an understanding of the kind of Community we’re building, and how it has to fit into the emerging Pattern of cumulative Co-Creation that the World is shifting into. If you think you don’t know, ask yourself, “What if I did know?” and take the first answer you get – especially if it was the one you were about to reject as impossible or inappropriate.
Look at that Superbowl and the improbable gang of youngsters that made it look like just another day at the office. Someone needs to do it, Why not you?