By Barry Kerr
The Sun moved into Aquarius on January 20.
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and resonates with freedom, authenticity, intuition and seeing past the limits of the status quo. Our inner Saturn agreed to conform to the seeming limits of the world, but our inner Uranus, orbiting just beyond Saturn, intuitively knows what our five senses cannot perceive, and prompts us, like Aquarian Star Trek, “to go where no man has gone before”.
Planet Uranus wasn’t discovered until 1781, though it has always played a subversive role in the unfolding of human culture and evolution. Discovered during the American and French revolutions, it inspired change for democracy and freedom around the planet. This radical, collective expression of freedom was necessary to allow the individuation we needed to eventually grow out of religion and into spirituality.
On a personal level, Uranus urges you to not get trapped in the illusions and limited thinking of the physical world. It’s a guide from your larger soul, maintaining a helpful, though sometimes disruptive influence on ego. Conscious of it or not, it gives you the information you need to stay true to your soul’s lifetime intention. As Uranus comes into play through the cycles of your life, you feel an increased tension around what is out of integrity. On your birth chart, the signs, houses and planets touched by Uranus will reveal the themes and issues emphasized during those times.
Particularly, at age 38-42, Uranus reaches the halfway point of its 84 year orbit and sits exactly opposite its natal position. This profound life passage relates to what has traditionally been called the “midlife crisis”. Whatever choices you’ve made by way of lifestyle, commitments, and values are tested against your feelings of authenticity. What falls short becomes less tolerable. You long for change. Depending on how true you have been to your soul’s path, this can be a radical and disruptive revolution in your life, or an acceleration and liberating deepening of your life path. Changes will happen, voluntarily or not. It’s a natural part of our growth cycle. Resistance creates suffering.
On the collective societal, we are in a similar “crisis” of vision and authenticity regarding our organized systems and institutions. During Aquarius, awareness of this dissonance is demanding our attention more than ever. And just as on the individual level, once we see past the limits of the status quo, there is no going back, even if the necessary changes bring us some chaos, challenges and pain.
As Venus conjoins Pluto (exact Feb 6) in Capricorn, trine Jupiter and sextile Chiron, you may notice your need intensifies for deep, intimate, healing connection with an “other”. Watch for possessiveness and jealously and use these emotions to guide you to the vulnerable intimacy you seek. At another level, you may notice your intolerance for social injustice, indifference of public officials, and choose to commit to making a difference.
The New Moon in Aquarius on Feb 8 is a perfect time to make such a commitment to social change. As Uranus continues to harmonize in trine with Saturn for a few months, there is support to balance progressive vision with pragmatic action, and this new moon sits sweetly, right between the two. On a personal level, it’s an excellent time to commit to taking steps toward aspirations that up to now have seemed beyond possible. At the Full Moon on February 22, Neptune will be conjoining the Sun in Pisces to heighten your idealism, while the Moon, opposite in Virgo, will apply some pragmatic counterforce and perhaps some necessary self-criticism to adjust your strategies and expectations. Collectively, this could be a time for Americans to take a breath after the early primary results and reassess perspectives.
Saturn and Neptune will continue to square throughout 2016, challenging your ability to stay out of fear about what you cannot control, instead choosing faith in your heart to bring the strength of your soul into meaningful action. It’s important to discern which friends, which music, which input (which candidates) nurture your faith in humanity and which influence you to slide into escapism and depression.
Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.