The second exact square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on September 19, 2012 is about finding freedom through change. The change is manifested through tension between these planets; one of them, Uranus, wants immediate action, while Pluto wants deep transformation, the kind that happens after drilling deep into the core of the issue. If one or more of the planets in your natal chart is triggered by this transit, then that area of your life is up for a review.
One of my clients has Sun and Chiron between 6 and 7 degree Aries in the 8th house. Due to wounds in childhood, she has a history of not being able to trust others. However, she met a man this spring, got engaged and now is pregnant. Based on their synastry, many of his planets was trine her 8th house planets, making it easier for her to trust him. She was totally taken back by her pregnancy and there is a lot of force from Uranus conjunct and Pluto squaring her Sun to change the ways of her ego and maybe make space for another life. While Uranus wants her to change her ways immediately, Pluto wants her to confront her shadows and wounds to facilitate the transition. Her boyfriend on the other hand has Uranus conjunct Moon in early signs of Libra opposite Chiron in Aries, and who was not into taking this kind of responsibility and freaked out in the beginning when he heard the news. With the Uranus Pluto square on his moon, he is feeling the pressure to grow up. It is interesting to see the changes occurring in both of them. The tension is certainly palpable in many people who have planets in the early cardinal signs. There is the sense that this time we cannot but accept the changes that is happening to us. I would say a good advice for people whose planets or angles are triggered is that it’s easier during these times if you let the Universe work on you instead of resisting it.
Although the basic symbolism of Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn means the same each time the square becomes exact, there could be differences in how this energy is manifested due to the position and aspect of the planetary bodies. In June 2012, the Uranus Pluto square was influenced by Mars and we did see quite a bit of shootings and rebellions. This time, the influence is a bit different.
1. Pluto goes Direct on September 18, 2012, one day before the Uranus Pluto square become exact (September 19, 2011) which in itself conveys a very powerful message. Pluto retrograde is about looking within and finding the real issues that need to be purged. This can happen on an individual level and with larger systems. So for the past five months with the retrograde, Pluto’s demand to Uranus has been to slow down and find out what really is the problem. Now with it going direct, a lot of issues that are dark, hidden and dysfunctional could get exposed. On a personal level, it is coming to terms with our shadows. Watch out for September 29th, when Sun moves to 6 degree Libra, and squaring both Pluto and Uranus. This could be a ripe time for throwing light on those issues that need to be excavated and purged. Also, fixed star, Kaus Borealis is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. This is a star in the bow of the archer. It has the energy of Mars combined with Moon; it’s about action with feelings and emotions. Some nice things have been said about this star. Ebertin say that this star is related to promotion of idealistic and humane ideas with a sense of justice and Erin Morse says that it gives a sense of both strength and flexibility. People coming out of closets, corruption being exposed, whistle blowers, people coming to terms with their shadows, etc., could become the norm for the next few months.
2. Chiron in Pisces sextile Pluto: Pluto square Uranus is now bent on transforming structures from deep down, eliminating those that no longer serve a purpose and forming new systems that are more functional and powerful in an authentic manner. Chiron sextile Pluto is offering an opportunity to grieve the pain of this transformation both in a global and personal level with the final goal of healing and letting go. Its like a surgery to remove something unwanted from the body, and dealing with the pain that comes with it. We know that in any level, change is painful even if it is a positive one, and the only way to let go of it is being able to feel and grieve it. I have often heard from people that even with something simple as moving from one residence to another there is a sense of sadness as one is giving up something of some value. Chiron now is conjunct SADALACHBIA, the fixed star which is called the “lucky star of hidden things”. Things that are not obvious but subtle and mysterious can be sensed now. This could synergize well with the Pluto going direct by giving opportunity for those dark shadows to be exposed, albeit with some pain.
3. On September 19, 2012, Mercury in 4 degree Libra is opposite Uranus in Aries and squaring Pluto in Capricorn. This adds some struggle as Mercury in Libra wants harmony and fairness through the process of negotiation, communication, and being able to consider all sides of an issue before acting. This is not a bad addition especially if it can balance the Uranus in Aries energy which has a tendency to often strike fast without warning. I’d say not a bad request from Mercury, even if it lasts only a short while.