Uranus Declination Cycles: Marking the Ebb and Flow of Human Social Progress

by Marguerite Hafeman, MS CA

According to classic astrologer C. C. Zain, a planetary cycle useful for prediction in mundane astrology can be found in a chart erected, at a given locality, for the moment a planet crosses the celestial equator from south declination to north declination.[1] He suggested that this movement is reflected as a powerful shift in the polarity of energy patterns interwoven with probability on the earthly plane, which has an effect on what manifests and when.[2] What a treat that cosmic co-creator Uranus will be the next planet to commence a new ingress cycle into northern declination, just as we close in on the end of an age! In his book, Mundane Astrology, Zain gives examples for three types of declination cycles for the planet. The short cycle encompasses a roughly 9- or 10-month period wherein Uranus first enters northern declination, for example, then retreats back by retrograde motion into the southern zone for a brief last visit. A second and final ingress into northern declination marks the nativity of a much longer primary Uranus declination cycle, initially defined by Zain as the full 84-year orbit of Uranus as it completes an orbit around the Sun, minus the initiatory northern declination short-cycle period.

However, another type of primary cycle is inferred, from Zain's sample charts and comments, as lasting for the roughly 41-year period wherein Uranus moves solely in northern declination relative to the Sun. Then, another short-cycle period occurs as Uranus ventures into southern declination, only to retreat again by retrograde motion; this movement is followed by a new primary cycle of roughly 41 years, wherein Uranus moves solely in southern declination. Through observation and study, I suggest that there is a distinctly different energy "tone" in the focus of creative drive, as can be delineated astrologically through the movements of Uranus, corresponding to whether Uranus is traveling in a northern declination or a southern declination; this is similar in mode to that accepted when considering the North versus the South Nodes of the Moon.

Relative to the human situation, an outer-planet northern declination could perhaps correlate with an acceleration of more open-minded and exploratory energies, whereas the southern declination might hearken back to more traditional, conservative–reactionary elements. In the case of Uranus, the planet is always in some way concerned with moving into the future and being experimental. However, as Uranus travels in southern declination, social trends might also refer back more often to familiar elements of an idealized past, as social structures struggle to integrate into mainstream culture the innovations that were created under the time of northern declination.

Zain defines the influence of Uranus in his instructional book: "Reform movements of all kinds are under the influence of this planet. In thought, he leans to the occult and ultra-progressive; in business, to invention and unusual methods; and in politics, to that which is considered radical."[3] To expand on this theme, Uranus can also symbolize revolutions; reactionary, fascist, or New Age ideologies; wars, strikes, sudden economic change, political dissidence, reforms, heavy industry, nuclear energy, astrology, and high-tech electronics.[4] An ingress chart's influence is confined to what is possible for the matters ruled by the planet for which the chart is erected. The house placement of planets and the aspects they make, especially to the cycle chart planet, can also serve as indicators for areas of mundane concern that are likely to be activated.

Zain suggested that a Uranus ingress short-cycle chart should be read as an element unto itself, valid only for the months over which the planet completes its movement into northern declination and Aries, retrograding back for a short review in Pisces during the interim. The primary ingress chart is then read for the years that follow, once Uranus is established in Aries. This particular combination of northern declination shift occurring roughly coincident with Uranus establishing residence in Aries, the premiere sign of initiative energy, is a cyclic theme that has accompanied the whole history of human civilization, due to the orbital pattern of the planet itself relative to the Earth and the tropical zodiac. Correspondingly, Uranus moving into southern declination for about 42 years at a time will coincide with the planet moving into the cardinal and social sign of Libra, opposite Aries in the zodiac. For this discussion, the Uranian northern and southern cycles will be treated as separate entities, each worthy of equal weight in astrological interpretation.

The Prior Northern Uranus Declination Cycle

To test the theory that Uranus declination ingress charts might serve as powerful portents of directional shifts in social affairs, let's take a look at a natal chart for the northern primary Uranus ingress that began on February 21, 1928. (See Chart 1). Note that different astrology programs or even different versions of the same program can give slightly different results and charts in number of seconds. Usually such relatively small differences do not alter the chart by much, but could in some instances change the degrees or signs on the angles and house cusps. Such a possibility should be kept in mind when generating any astrology chart which contains angles and house cusps within five seconds of another sign. This author considers the last and first degere of any sign to be critical in nature and contiguous in expression; the area will reflect a synthesis of the two adjacent sign archetypes involved.

For the purposes of this essay we would be looking for events of a Uranian nature that could generally be valued as evolutionary, revolutionary, liberal, or progressive in nature. Please note that the terms "liberal" and "progressive" cannot be applied to factions such as "Democrat" or "Republican" in the United States, since each political party has dramatically changed its ideological stance more than once during the past 80 years. Policies initiated by one party often are actually put into effect by the other party when the first one is voted out of power. Recent examples include deregulation of the airline, trucking, and banking industries under Democratic Presidents Carter and Clinton, while radical increases in federal deficit spending can be directly linked to acts signed into law under Republican Presidents Reagan and Bush Junior.[5]

Although we may assume a more exploratory and overtly radical flavor to social progress during a northern declination cycle, we cannot always associate "liberalization" or "humanitarianism" in the compassionate sense when examining Uranus-related affairs. For example, Adolf Hitler and Mao Tse Tung both came into power, and Josef Stalin initiated his cruel programs of social reform, during the last northern declination period. These dictators promoted radical innovations in science and social structure on a scale that completely eclipsed prior traditions of rulership. For the first time, electronic media were broadly employed to distribute a constant stream of propaganda, coupled with displays of unique archetypal symbolism, in order to hypnotize the masses into accepting fascist-style governments that sought rigid control over all social organization and movement. In addition to promoting the development of modern rocket science and aeronautics, Hitler orchestrated the very first truly global war in recorded history and attempted to exterminate entire segments of population deemed undesirable at the time for cultural, developmental or ethnic reasons. Mao Tse Tung and also Stalin ordered the murder of millions in the name of modernization.

This essay will focus on Uranian events occurring specifically within the United States; therefore, all declination ingress charts will be cast for the location of Washington, D.C. as the capital of the nation. In my opinion, the events listed below are Uranian in nature; most are generally explorative, radical, freshly innovative, and/or socially progressive in nature. A few seem to be reactions against the liberalized current of the times, and some are not particularly evolved in the higher ethical sense. Positively or negatively, these events function as peak moments representative of larger themes of social growth surrounding the times four to five years before and after the event itself. In reviewing the period overall, I find that conservative and regressive activities such as Senator Joseph McCarthy's witch hunt in Congress certainly occurred during the northern declination cycle, but they did not succeed in dominating or significantly stopping a prevailing current of extremely progressive activity in U.S. politics, religion, social policy, and culture.

One of the complaints leveled at declination charts is that they are useless as prediction tools due to the slow motion of the outer planets. Zain also stated that delineation of the Uranian current in affairs should be measured only by the movement of Uranus by transit to natal planetary positions in the radix chart. However, in the course of examining numerous bi-wheels of events aligned with the declination ingress chart axis, I found that major and appropriately symbolic transits were made by other planets and points to the Declination Uranus and other declination planets, which were too striking to ignore.

Perhaps Uranus primary declination ingress charts could be used more efficiently as a forecasting tool by first ascertaining when Uranus is within a 2°-3°orb of major aspect to declination ingress chart planets and points by transit. Then, determine when the transiting lunar nodes or other planets are going to make hard aspects to the declination ingress Uranus, in particular, and other ingress chart planets or points, as secondary. The transiting Moon in hard aspect to declination Uranus or the lunar nodes can also act as a short-term trigger during timed Uranian events. For the sake of space, only a few of the most dramatic delineations are listed for each event (and the event charts are not shown). It is also worthwhile for the reader to notice which northern ingress chart houses were tenanted by transiting Uranus or other planets in aspect during these events, and also to take note of the planetary rulerships of declination chart houses.

Mundane astrologer Charles Carter has suggested an orb of 5° for major planetary aspects.[6] Charles Harvey has suggested an orb of about 2° for hard planetary aspects made to the angles of a mundane chart.[7] For the sake of observing Uranian impact in action and to track the extremely close correlation of event planets and points with those in the declination ingress chart, the aspects listed below are generally within about 2° of orb. Note that the signs on the angles of this northern declination ingress chart are mutable, highlighting a mundane rhythm of flexibility and adaptability while keeping infrastructure stable. The prefix "D-" is used to designate declination ingress (Chart 1) planets and points.

October 29, 1929: Black Tuesday and crash of the stock market at 7:45 p.m., New York, New York, when the ticker stopped. During the 1920s, the rise of the stock market had little to do with the status of the rest of the economy, which was in extremely poor shape.[8]

  • Transiting Uranus at 8°21'Aries retrograde (Rx) in conjunction with D-Jupiter at 5°57' Aries; transiting Moon in opposition from 6°13' Libra.
  • Transiting event Midheaven (MC) at 3°09' Pisces in conjunction with D-Moon at 2°56' Pisces; transiting Neptune in opposition from 3°11' Virgo.
  • Transiting Jupiter at 15°25' Gemini Rx in conjunction with D-North Node at 15°30' Gemini Rx.

In the years immediately after the crash, the United States sank deep into the Great Depression. Near the end of the last Southern Uranus Declination period, the conservative Supreme Court had struck down federal child labor legislation in 1922 and nullified the minimum wage for women in the District of Columbia in 1923; by the end of the decade, only 200 corporations controlled more than half of all American industry. By 1929, the richest 1 percent owned 40 percent of the nation's wealth; the middle class comprised only 15 to 20 percent of all Americans. Economic policy at the time, as stated by financier Andrew Mellon, was to wait for "enterprising people [to] pick up the wreck from less competent people." For 1932, the GNP dropped a record 13.4 percent while unemployment rose to 23.6 percent. The years 1932 and 1933 are considered the worst years of the depression.[9]

June 16, 1933: Second of two Glass-Steagall acts. This act established the FDIC and introduced key banking reforms. The period 1933-37 marked the key years of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, a series of economic programs passed by Congress that affected the U.S. money supply, international trade, and price and wage controls. Huge numbers of the unemployed were put to work in the WPA, building the infrastructure for our modern transportation and parks systems. The rich were taxed more heavily, and the U.S. went off the Gold Standard temporarily.[10] (Noon chart, Washington, D.C.)

  • Transiting Uranus at 26°32' Aries in trine to D-Neptune at 27°42' Leo Rx and in sextile to D-Venus at 28°34' Capricorn.
  • Transiting Chiron at 0°40' Gemini in sextile to D-Uranus at 1°37' Aries and in square to D-Sun at 1°38' Pisces.
  • Transiting North Node at 1°11' Pisces Rx in conjunction with D-Sun and D-Moon.

November 20, 1934: General Smedley Butler reported to the McCormack-Dickstein Committee of Congress that a group of millionaire businessmen, led by the DuPont and J. P. Morgan empires, planned to overthrow Roosevelt with a military coup and install a fascist government. They had offered the general an army of 500,000 men, unlimited financial backing, and generous media spin control.[11] (Noon chart, Washington, D.C.)

  • Transiting Uranus at 28°21' Aries Rx in square to D-Venus in Capricorn and trine to D-Neptune in Leo; also in quincunx to transiting Venus at 28°06' Scorpio and Sun at 27°41' Scorpio.
  • Transiting South Node at 3°22' Leo Rx in quincunx to D-Moon in Pisces.

December 7, 1941: The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor at 7:48 a.m. in Honolulu, Hawaii - considered the beginning of official U.S. involvement in World War II.[12]

  • Transiting Uranus at 27°38' Taurus Rx in trine to D-Venus in Capricorn and in square to D-Neptune in Leo; transiting Moon at 28°15' Cancer.
  • Transiting Sun at 15°16' Sagittarius in conjunction with D-South Node and D-MC at 15° Sagittarius; transiting Jupiter at 16°30' Gemini Rx in conjunction with D-North Node at 15° Gemini.
  • Transiting Mars at 15°32' Aries in sextile and trine to D-nodes.

August 6, 1945: The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan at 8:16 a.m. by the Enola Gay. The transiting Moon was on D-Pluto in Cancer as the Enola Gay took off from Tinian Island in the South Pacific.[13]

  • Transiting Uranus at 16°29' Gemini and the event MC at 16°44' Gemini in conjunction with D-North Node and opposing D-MC in Sagittarius.
  • Transiting Chiron at 1°31' Libra in opposition to D-Uranus in Aries, with transiting Venus at 1°41' Cancer in square.
  • Transiting Moon at 18°00' Cancer and Saturn at 18°12' Cancer in quincunx to D-Saturn at 18°03' Sagittarius.

March 9, 1953: United States vs. Reynolds, 345 U.S. 1 (1953), was a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that formally established the government's "state secrets" privilege - a privilege that has enabled federal agencies to conceal conduct, withhold documents, and block troublesome civil litigation, including suits by whistle-blowers and possible victims of discrimination. This ruling provided a fundamental basis for much of the Bush administration's response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, including the U.S. Patriot Act and the handling of terrorist suspects.[14] (Noon chart, Washington, D.C.)

  • Transiting Uranus at 14°30' Cancer Rx in conjunction with D-Pluto at 15°15' Cancer Rx and in quincunx to D-South Node and D-MC in Sagittarius.
  • Transiting Mercury at 2°58' Aries Rx in conjunction with D-Uranus.
  • Transiting Moon at 0°28' Capricorn in square to D-Uranus.

December 1, 1955: The Civil Rights movement officially began when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus.[15] (Noon chart, Montgomery, Alabama.)

  • Transiting Uranus at 2°05' Leo Rx in trine to D-Uranus in Aries.
  • Transiting Mars at 1°44' Scorpio and Neptune at 29°24' Libra in quincunx to D-Uranus.
  • Transiting Jupiter at 1°04' Virgo in quincunx to D-Uranus.
  • Transiting Chiron at 1°45' Aquarius in sextile to D-Uranus.
  • Transiting Venus at 1°59' Capricorn in square to D-Uranus.

October 14, 1960: President John Kennedy spoke to students at the University of Michigan, at the founding of the Peace Corps at 2:00 a.m. in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[16]

  • Transiting Uranus conjunct event Ascendant at 24° Leo in quincunx to D-Mars at 24°53' Capricorn.
  • Transiting lunar nodes at 14°58' Virgo–Pisces in square to D-nodes in Gemini–Sagittarius Rx.

October 3, 1968: Retired Air Force Chief of Staff Curtis E. LeMay was asked to be George Wallace's running mate in an independent campaign for the presidency. When questioned about his position on the use of nuclear weapons at a press conference held that day, shortly after 4:20 p.m. in New York, the general responded: "I think there are many times when it would be most efficient to use nuclear weapons … I don't believe the world would end if we exploded a nuclear weapon."[17]

  • Transiting Uranus at 0°19' Libra in opposition to D-Uranus in Aries.
  • Transiting Chiron at 0°38' Aries in conjunction with D-Uranus.
  • Transiting Mercury at 1°14' Scorpio Rx in quincunx to D-Uranus and in opposition to D-Chiron at 2°10' Taurus.
  • Transiting Mars at 7°33' Virgo in opposition to D-Mercury at 7°56' Pisces Rx and transiting Moon at 9°54' Pisces.

The era ended officially on October 25, 1968, when Uranus made its first transit into short-cycle southern declination. On October 31, President Johnson would order a total halt to U.S. bombing in North Vietnam.[18]

The Prior Primary Southern Declination Period

The primary Uranus southern declination ingress chart is erected for August 10, 1969 in Washington, D.C., at the moment Uranus entered southern declination for the long haul. (See Chart 2) Note that the signs on the angles are once again mutable in nature, signaling an overall rhythm of bending and adapting to situations, of seeming to accommodate diverse voices and concerns while essentially keeping the infrastructure going as usual.

Below is a list of key events for the period, which are supposed to reflect the integration of new concepts and innovations into mainstream society; many of these seem to be moving toward the conservative or contractive in expression, or may even appear regressive in terms of benefit to the masses. To be fair, a number of environmental reforms were put into effect during the first two decades of the southern declination period, in reaction to massive pollution generated during the northern declination cycle. Some events represent a compilation of prior innovations that were then molded into a practical form and distributed into mainstream society. An easy example would be the computer, which was "discovered" in stages during the northern declination period, but morphed into the personal computer and attendant devices that revolutionized business and media during the southern declination period. Yet another example would be the invention of hip-hop, a phenomenon that evolved out of ancient African rhythm and chant genres mutated by modern black street culture, then embellished by electronic instruments and studio mixing techniques conceived during the northern declination period.

New scientific discoveries are just as likely to happen under the auspices of a southern Uranus declination cycle; the valuation of an event as retro or conservative is to be applied mainly toward the political, religious, economic, and cultural context of American affairs. Only the most dramatic aspects for each event (charts not shown) are delineated below; in each case, assume that there are more aspects in effect between the planets and points in each chart. The aspects listed are made by planets or points transiting those in the primary Uranus southern declination ingress chart; again, "D-" refers to the "declination chart planet" in Chart 2.

May 4, 1970: Fatal shootings by the Ohio National Guard at 12:24 p.m., at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. The Guardsmen turned and fired their rifles from the top of a small hill; they were not being charged by the students. The act culminated four days of peaceful protest and civil unrest by students; four were killed and nine wounded.[19]

  • Transiting Uranus at 5°16' Libra Rx in conjunction with D-Jupiter at 4°13' Libra; also in opposition to D-Chiron at 6°27' Aries.
  • Transiting Moon at 1°54' Taurus in quincunx to D-Uranus at 1°37' Libra.
  • Transiting Neptune at 29°57' Scorpio in sextile to D-Uranus.

October 16, 1973: The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, a sub-group of OPEC, voted to impose an oil embargo on the U.S.[20] (Noon chart, Al-Kuwayt, Kuwait.)

  • Transiting Uranus at 23°24' Libra in square to D-Moon at 24°32^ Cancer; also in semi-square to D-Mars at 8°46' Sagittarius, in quincunx to D-Ascendant at 24°14' Pisces, and in sextile to D-Pluto at 23°36' Virgo.
  • Transiting Jupiter at 2°48' Aquarius in trine to D-Uranus in Libra; transiting lunar nodes at 0°58' Capricorn-Cancer Rx in square to D-Uranus.

November 4, 1980: Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States when former president Jimmy Carter conceded defeat at 9:50 p.m., Washington, D.C. In his concession speech, Carter warned that the conservatives were going to take over.[21]

  • Transiting Uranus at 25°03' Scorpio in conjunction with D-Neptune at 25°57' Scorpio and in trine to event Ascendant at 25°57' Cancer conjunct D-Moon.
  • Transiting Jupiter at 1°40' Libra in conjunction with D-Uranus.
  • Transiting Mercury at 8°55' Scorpio in opposition to D-Saturn at 8°51' Taurus.
  • Transiting Neptune at 20°59' Sagittarius in square to D-nodes at 21°29' Pisces-Virgo Rx.

June 30, 1982: The Equal Rights Amendment, giving men and women equal rights, was stopped three states short of ratification in the Senate, and has still not been passed as of 2010. Ronald Reagan was the first president to oppose a constitutional amendment that would provide equal rights for women.[22] (Noon chart, Washington, D.C.)

  • Transiting Uranus at 1°12' Sagittarius Rx in sextile to D-Uranus in Libra.
  • Transiting Black Moon Lilith at 1°06' Capricorn in square to D-Uranus.
  • Transiting Saturn at 15°37' Libra in square to D-Black Moon Lilith at 16°49' Cancer.[23]
  • Transiting Sun at 8°31' Cancer in conjunction with D-Venus at 8°57' Cancer and in quincunx to D-Mars in Sagittarius.
  • Transiting Pluto at 24°07' Libra Rx in square to D-Moon in Cancer.

October 20, 1987: On this day the S&P 500 (Standard and Poor Index) fell to its lowest point during the 1987 Stock Market crash, as prices in the futures and cash markets partly decoupled. The CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange), a major financial and commodity derivative exchange, suspended trading at 12:15 pm, shortly before this point was reached (EDT time zone, New York, New York).

  • Transiting Uranus at 23°43' Sagittarius in square to D-Pluto in Virgo and D-Ascendant/Descendant axis at 24°14' Pisces-Virgo; also in quincunx to D-Moon in Cancer and in trine to transiting Jupiter at 24°24' Aries Rx.
  • Transiting South Node at 2°19' Libra Rx and transiting Moon at 2°18' Libra in conjunction with D-Uranus. Event Ascendant at 26°45' Sagittarius in conjunction with D-Midheaven.

August 9, 1989: President George H. W. Bush passed the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) to bail out the savings and loan industry. The U.S. government ultimately appropriated $105 billion to resolve the crisis. By the end of 1999, taxpayers were left with a loss of approximately $124 billion after banks repaid the loans.[25] (Noon chart, Washington, D.C.)

  • Transiting Uranus at 1°44' Capricorn Rx in square to D-Uranus in Libra.
  • Transiting Jupiter at 1°55' Cancer in square to D-Uranus.
  • Transiting lunar nodes at 25°51' Aquarius-Leo Rx in t-square to D-Neptune in Scorpio.

August 22, 1996: Passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, 110 Stat. 2105. This act is considered a cornerstone of the Republican-controlled 104th U.S. Congress. It mandated reconstruction of the welfare system, essentially reducing benefits for the poor and immigrants.[26] (Noon chart, Washington, D.C.)

  • Transiting Uranus at 1°31' Aquarius Rx in trine to D-Uranus in Libra and conjunct D-Ceres at 1°34 Aquarius Rx.
  • Transiting Pluto at 0°22' Sagittarius in sextile to D-Uranus.
  • Transiting Neptune at 25°29' Capricorn Rx in opposition to D-Moon in Cancer.
  • Transiting Saturn at 6°25' Aries Rx in conjunction with D-Chiron.

September 11, 2001: Attack on the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. in Manhattan, New York, when the first jet plane hit Tower I.[27]

  • Transiting Uranus at 21°50' Aquarius in quincunx to D-South Node in Virgo.
  • Transiting Mars at 1°26' Capricorn in square to D-Uranus in Libra.
  • Transiting Venus at 18°24' Leo in conjunction with D-Sun at 18°13' Leo.
  • Transiting Chiron at 23°02' Sagittarius in square to D-Ascendant/Descendant axis in Pisces-Virgo.

March 20, 2003: The war with Iraq was officially started at 10:15 p.m. in Washington, D.C., when President George W. Bush announced that he had ordered an "attack of opportunity" against targets in Iraq.[28]

  • Transiting Uranus at 0°33' Pisces in quincunx to D-Uranus in Libra.
  • Transiting Sun at 0°06' Aries and Mercury at 29°16' Pisces, both in opposition to D-Uranus.
  • Transiting lunar nodes at 1°17' Gemini–Sagittarius Rx in trine and sextile to D-Uranus.
  • Transiting Saturn at 22°48' Gemini in square to D-Ascendant/Descendant axis in Pisces-Virgo.

February 10, 2009: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was passed by Congress, creating a $780 billion economic stimulus package to help bail out the U.S. economy.[29] (Noon chart, Washington, D.C.)

  • Transiting Uranus at 20°55' Pisces in conjunction with D-North Node, with transiting Saturn opposing it from 20°19' Virgo Rx.
  • Transiting Pluto at 2°34' Capricorn in square to D-Uranus in Libra.
  • Transiting Moon at 6°50' Virgo in conjunction with D-Mercury at 6°37' Virgo.

On June 26, 2010, a partial lunar eclipse at 4°50' Capricorn-Cancer occurred in tight aspect with a transiting grand cross in the early degrees of cardinal signs, involving Pluto, Jupiter-Uranus, Saturn (out of sign), and Mercury. The grand cross was also in angular aspect to D-Uranus and D-Jupiter in Libra. (See Chart 3) This key alignment, occurring toward the end of the current southern Uranus declination cycle, potently reflects the active ferment and turmoil penetrating into all levels of American life through much of 2010. The national mood, as indicated by transiting Jupiter-Uranus in the southern declination 1st house, has an over-the-top, me-first reactionary spirit; however, the urge toward innovation, experimentation, and impulsive rebelliousness is being directly challenged by governing authority and is subject to a conservative backlash perhaps rooted in the traditional cliche of frontier freedoms. Pluto (power, big money) -ruling the declination chart's 8th house of other people's money, debt, taxes, control, and power- is in charge at the White House, though in conflict (t-square involving D-Jupiter and D-Chiron of the 1969 Uranus southern ingress chart) with the fickle interests of the people at large, various business interests, enemies, and global partners alike. The eclipse, occurring in a sign of parental nurturance, underscores contractions in the precarious condition of assets, money, and jobs for many.

The times of late June through August 2010 featured a high rate of unemployment coupled with governmental conflict over further Keynesian bailout provisions and the passage of new regulations meant to reform the banking industry. The issue of states' rights reared up via the state of Arizona clashing with the federal government over the lawful treatment of illegal immigrants. Wacky market speculation resulted in several radical spikes in the value of stocks and commodities; the housing market took a further dive, while foreclosures continued inching upward. Extensive U.S. support of countries such as Pakistan and North Korea, which have given the most dubious sort of cooperation in return, was highlighted, as was the issue of using American military activity to support business interests and not particularly as a vanguard for democracy. Uranus, as ruler of the southern declination 12th house of national karma, bondage, and self-undoing, points to themes such as heartless greed, soulless technology, and media propaganda run amok - not to mention extremely volatile collective eruptions of existential chaos. The Plutonic t-square also correlates well with the devastating effects of eco-disasters related not only to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but also to other similar global environmental desecrations by callous oil concerns intent on satisfying stockholders: namely, we the people.

Regarding the obvious political turmoil reflected in the grand cross, a strange conspiracy of silence seems to surround acknowledgement of the true identity of those who seek to limit American civil freedoms, gain control of all natural resources, and curtail meaningful improvement in the general standard of living. The power actually calling the shots in the U.S. is likely a combination of foreign interests who already hold the paper for trillions in U.S. debt, along with certain mega-corporations and banking interests whose activities are not constrained by any meaningful regulatory laws. The latter two groups have been merging over the past couple of decades in particular, thus eliminating much healthy competition. As noted by Congressman Ron Paul, the individuals elected to hold power now are corporatists, not socialists; they are inclined to enact broad regulatory and consumer legislation that is designed to favor the business interests that funded them into office.[30] A brief investigation into economic, legal, and political events of the decades prior to and including the Great Depression in America can shed much light on the modus operandi at hand - except this time, the imbalance of wealth and power between rich and poor is far greater and will likely include intervention by foreign interests as well.

Uranus Declination Cycles of the Future

Hopefully, our astrological tour of the last two primary Uranus declination cycles has demonstrated the close correlations that exist between major event transits and charts erected for the moment Uranus travels into a new northern or southern primary declination zone. Now we can move into the future to take a look at the new northern declination cycle that begins in the spring of 2011. A new northern declination short cycle is initiated on April 9, 2011, shortly after Uranus completes its movement into Aries by transit on March 11, 2011. The northern cycle relative to the Earth will continue until October 6, 2052 - a period of influence lasting about 42 years, if we include the initial short cycle with the much longer primary cycle. A whole classic declination cycle, based on one complete orbit of Uranus around the Sun, would be in effect until June 29, 2094, when a new short cycle into northern declination will commence. However, as noted previously, the declination phenomenon is perhaps more useful for prediction purposes if split into northern and southern declination sub-cycles.

The northern short-cycle ingress chart, set for April 9, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (see Chart 4), features a formidable Aries stellium that includes Uranus and Black Moon Lilith in the same degree, plus Mars, Jupiter, Mercury retrograde, and the Sun; all are located in the 8th house of other people's money, power, control, debt, and death. A stellium symbolizes a sharp focus and concentration of energy, often causing an imbalance elsewhere in the affairs represented by the chart. In Aries, the mood is actively aggressive, driven, and impulsive. Much incendiary talk and barking of orders could spin out of this ominous vortex of activity, since Mercury (communications) is exactly conjunct and therefore cazimi the Sun (leadership). The overall gestalt is reactionary-aggressive (Uranus in Aries), passionately driven but potentially acted out in excess (Black Moon Lilith). A powerful will to dominate (Mars and Uranus in Aries, 8th house) could indicate backing from a militant, crusading force (Jupiter in Aries) that has the blessing of hidden powers (Sun in Aries, ruling the 12th house of secret activities and self-undoing). An additional brutal note is sounded by Mars in Aries applying combatively to a t-square involving Pluto (transformation) and Saturn retrograde (power structures of the past). The t-square would also serve as an excellent signature for the imposition of martial law in response to civil disorder.

Uranus has rulership of the 6th house in this chart; therefore, it would be concerned with military and civil personnel at large, in addition to health, food, and work issues. Mines, stored grain and other stored products of the land, the harvest, and all places where food or drink is dispersed are also 6th-house matters. The Uranian-Arian activity could be dynamically focused on the acquisition and protection of crops and other natural resources; it could also be directed at dictating changes in public health policy, including control over local facilities such as hospitals, water treatment plants, and power stations. Given the recent dismal string of environmental catastrophes and corruption exposed in business, politics, and religion, the planetary group in Aries could be grimly preoccupied with damage control of various kinds.

Or perhaps the 8th-house group represents foreign creditors and banking interests who financed the massive U.S. debt now demanding payment from the American public at large, as Saturn in Libra sits retrograde with empty pockets in the 2nd house of the people's money. In this chart, the Moon representing the people at large is at odds with itself, debilitated, and essentially impotent: It is void of course and in the last (critical) degree of Gemini, immediately next to transneptunian Hades (decay and corruption) and the South Node (referring back to the past). The Moon is also in an out-of-sign square to Uranus (agitation) and trine to Neptune (subject to fear-based provocation). A more positive spin on a rather ominous package of influences could be aggressive backing for innovative new businesses, but with the short-cycle Mercury retrograde, few people would be getting the money...yet. Thank goodness this chart reflects less than a year of activity! But expect the times from early 2011 through the first month of 2012 to be quite full of shock and awe. Collectively, we may feel at times like helpless prey in the grip of larger, tyrannical powers, while scrambling to adjust to altered relationships and living environments in extreme flux.

The primary northern Uranus ingress occurs on January 27, 2012, just months away from the Mayan Calendar end-of-an-epoch predicted for October 28, 2011 or December 21, 2012, depending on the authority.[31] The inception of this cycle occurring so close to a fated esoteric date with destiny suggests that the collective will be undergoing an evolutionary trauma, hopefully healing deep wounds inflicted by the dualistic social conditioning of the past and waking up to our responsibility for healing Mother Earth, during and likely after 2012. In a primary ingress chart located to Washington, D.C. (Chart 5), the eye is drawn immediately to a Uranus-Ceres-Moon stellium in Aries and the 6th house, which continues forward with key themes delineated in the short-cycle chart.

The mundane Moon symbolizes the people of a country at large, the women of a nation, and the nurturing principle -also popular opinion and mass ideology. Dwarf planet Ceres is concerned with nurturance and food sources in general. The planetary stellium overall reflects collective upheaval associated with women's roles, food supplies, and health concerns in particular. Aries energy is normally assertive, pioneering, and creative in spirit; however, Mars, planetary ruler of Aries and dispositor of Uranus, is not at its fiery best in this chart, since it is in retrograde motion and located in the 12th house of secret activities, self-undoing, and bondage. Martian energy in this position could play out as resistance to or denial of needed change, even engagement in acts of covert domestic terrorism. People may be concerned with survival at a very basic level as pertains to the availability and quality of food.

We are already struggling with corporate attempts to force genetically modified crops upon the global consumer. Hybrid breeding practices have improved the productivity of many crop strains; however, outright genetic meddling through insertion of additional genes from other non-plant species has already been shown to have deleterious effects on both natural plant biodiversity and human health.[32] Big agribusiness has also been seeking to limit the availability of viable seed and to dilute the quality of organically grown items. The general depletion of fertile soils everywhere, due to invasive agricultural practices, already translates into serious challenges in feeding an excess of human population. And what about the effects on the human body of a cheap diet comprised mainly of processed foods? The secrets of large-scale food growing and processing in general need to be exposed, but the industry has so far succeeded at keeping much hidden, under a taboo similar to that fabricated by the mainstream medical industry.

Uranus is planetary ruler of the 2012 northern ingress chart's 5th house of the nation's pleasure, creativity, children, and speculation; it is also co-ruler of the 4th house of home base and real estate. Perhaps the basic family structure will undergo radical change; the concept of the nuclear family may give way to looser, non-binding, or communal arrangements. Advances in electronics have already transformed the media as interfaced with the entertainment industry. There are always further frontiers to plumb in pumping out mind candy; still, a creeping loss of skill at handwriting in favor of the keyboard is not really progressive.

Our children are the ones who have to save this planet and reconfigure a philosophy of life purpose that must have less emphasis on the traditional work ethic, progress defined by destruction of natural resources, or the practice of endless war for profit. The shadow side of Aquarius and its ruling planet, Uranus, includes the potential to detach from the heart, to act in cold blood with no mercy. Under current industrial methods of warfare, mass death can be inflicted by remote control; in a global fight over scant resources, who can tell if our leaders are going to choose humanely. On the other hand, Uranus disposits Mercury (communications) and the Sun (leadership) in Aquarius in the 4th house of home base. These two energies move in harmony by sign with the lunar nodes (status quo), promising that enlightened reform, which truly benefits many, could be engineered into new human social structures. Another possibility is more governance at the state and local level, less from the federal level.

Pisces on the cusp of the primary ingress chart's 6th house is associated with large-scale work situations, disease pandemics, oceans and the national fresh water supply, chemical pollution, pharmaceuticals and health care, or even preoccupation with escapism. Problems with immunity arising from the overuse of certain drugs, especially antibiotics and antidepressants, could trigger a health crisis of global proportions; planetary ruler Neptune at a critical last degree in conjunction with Chiron points to the possibility of defective human births, perhaps due to poisoning of the water supply. The oil industry is ruled by Pluto (Scorpio) and co-ruled by Neptune (Pisces), so the effect of petroleum products on environmental degradation and human health will likely become a focus of attention.

Under growing corporate influence, basic food and health are the two vital components of daily life that have somehow become too specialized, too important, and too dangerous for the average man to manage himself. The cluster of planets in the 6th house may point to crises and conflicts caused by crop failure, pollution, or too much corporate intrusion into body, mind, and occupation. But it could also symbolize radical efforts made by the populace to self-educate in matters of health, hygiene, and balance of the ecosystem and food consumption - and resorting to black market or other hidden activities for survival.

In the domain of transiting Uranus melding with the mystical vibration indicated by the 2012 ingress chart's Pisces 6th-house cusp, we can also throw in Zain's contention that Uranus is a ruler of occult matters, besides being the patron of astrologers. In a previous essay, I suggested that the 6th house has rulership of magic workers and their activities; indeed, all things related to the Goddess, paganism, ancient astronomy, and magic-craft have been staging quite a comeback lately, at least in Western culture.[33] Since the ingress chart's 6th house is so packed with feminine power, one futuristic trend we could predict is the re-empowerment of old nature-based spiritual philosophies; modern physics theory has recently found some alignment with certain old occult teachings. Some esoteric lecturers have already suggested that, with the reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles overdue, feats in telekinesis, teleportation, and other reality-defying maneuvers may become part of the scenery.

Overall, aspects in the primary northern ingress chart point to a larger theme of reconciliation in opposing principles: expansion versus contraction, standing alone versus living cooperatively with others, aggression versus compassion, male versus female, organized religion versus personal spiritual-mystical revelation, individual wealth and power versus collective equality. Hopefully, we will find a platform of viable synthesis somewhere in between. Since the ingress chart Uranus is in quincunx to Saturn in Libra (traditional social values) at a critical last degree and in the 1st house of national character, radicalized energy will repeatedly break down whatever doesn't work in order to rebuild. However, many efforts at meaningful reform may fail for a time because organized unity among the people will remain elusive. For a cycle chart, Zain suggested that "progression" occurs only by transit of the planet in question to planetary positions in the radix chart.

What would this cycle seem to portend for the U.S., relative to matters ruled by Uranus? Shortly after the ingress, Uranus passes in conjunction with D-Ceres around February 20, 2012, then proceeds to make multiple conjunctions with the D-Moon and squares to D-Pluto, between repeatedly raking over the angles of the northern ingress chart; all this occurs up through March 2014, underscoring several sudden, spectacular mutations in lifestyle. Repeated hard transiting contact between disruptive Uranus and the ingress chart's Moon, Pluto, and angles suggests cyclic domestic disruptions, at their most potent from the spring of 2012 through much of 2014 in the U.S.

Chaotic civil disorder may periodically erupt as people are tempted to turn on one another in order to assure survival or simply vent frustration. New and radically alternative partnership agreements in business may be struck out of necessity; the collective, as represented by the mundane Moon, could either be undergoing a radical rise in consciousness, or fighting the process. Note that the D-Mars/Saturn midpoint is exactly on the ingress chart's Ascendant. Mars/Saturn as a mundane signature can relate to the economical and efficient use of energy, or good judgment applied before every action. However, it can also represent tangible resistance triggered by high emotion. Many people are liable to react with fear and anger as customary social habits, work, and financial stability are forcibly disrupted by external circumstances.

Next up is a prickly quincunx dance with the afflicted D-Mars: Transiting Uranus will first come within close orb in late June 2015, then retreat by retrograde motion. The friction is refreshed starting in April 2016, with Uranus later hovering close in retrograde, until it stations direct within 2° of D-Mars in January 2018. This energy is moody and belligerent, reflective of enemies both open and hidden. Surely, many people will be moving along with creative adaptation to whatever life brings; however, others would seem to be languishing by the wayside. Disagreements over sexual liberty and women's rights or entanglements among local warlords could also be in play.

Around March 2018, Uranus will be within 3° of opposing D-Saturn (resistance) while in sextile to D-Neptune (following ideals). The aspect combination will have its most potent effect through May 2019. It is reflective of social friction that can arise when people bond and organize to assure survival, and regard those who differ in some way as outcasts or enemies. But starting in the summer of 2018 and running through April 2019, Uranus will also be meeting up with D-Jupiter in Taurus, indicating expansive partnership percolations involving the work force and literal organizational patterns of local communities. Astrologer Andre Barbault viewed the transiting Jupiter-Uranus conjunction as symbolic of capitalist activity and rebellion against the status quo, coincident with a rise in power-seeking, ambition, audacity, risk-taking, and extremist behavior.[34] As pertains to Uranus transits to the cycle chart's Jupiter-Saturn opposition, revolutionary partnership developments in property ownership and resource uses may be forged during this time; however, classic capitalism as we know it may no longer be feasible. Maybe a new nanotechnology of mind control for the Aquarian Age will be foisted upon us; maybe the extra-terrestrials will have gone public, and agreements must be forged with them. Or your new boss will be a native of China.

During 2026, Uranus in Gemini will make a utopian trine to the ingress chart's Mercury-Sun combination in Aquarius. Will Big Brother have prevailed to pacify us by then, or will true peace reign in the global community? Once reaching the cardinal (change now) sign of Cancer in 2032, transiting Uranus in the ingress chart's 9th house of social institutions and ideology will once more trigger the reactionary individuality of D-Uranus and Moon in Aries, setting off another developmental conflict with any inclinations towards a fascist-style authority, the definition of social taboos, or a shift of status quo in lifestyle (D-Pluto in Capricorn). Attempts to realize the more classic, orderly sort of utopian dream will likely be knocked off-kilter by collective reactivity for quite some time to come.

Uranus Southern Primary Cycle Ingress

Having come this far, let's take a peek at the primary southern declination ingress chart for hints of Uranian trends in the far future. The Uranus ingress starts on July 16, 2053, in Washington, D.C. (See Chart 6) New beginnings on many levels are reflected in three different planetary conjunctions, including a freshly waxing angular New Moon (leadership-people), Venus-Mars (women-men), and Saturn-Pluto (authority-transformation). Uranus is in trine to Neptune, symbolic of a spiritual or social ideology that may be global in scope. Could we be looking at the inception of a government based on some sort of religious premise? The power conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Pisces, plus the South Node -all in the Aquarian 8th house of sex, death, power, control, and other people's money -apparently refers back to prior traditions in such matters. According to astrologer Charles Harvey, new transiting Saturn-Pluto cycles coincide with emerging nations and deep cultural transformation, purgation, and resurrection. Harvey points out that, after an independence of sorts is gained, widespread open war tends to follow. He also mentions a crisis in authority, drastic action, and "the unfoldment of the ordered exercise and administration (or imposition) of collective, compulsive power."[35] Pisces is the sign of the masses and, along with Uranian rulership of the 8th house, could represent another comprehensive attempt at restructuring the fundamental human unit.

The overall chart pattern is reflective of people and local leadership having to cope with some sort of grand agenda or large-scale crisis, forcibly imposed via 8th-house agencies of a Uranian nature. The terms of this agenda could involve radical social engineering such as the enforcement of stringent population control, dealing with genetic damage of various kinds, or planned communities required to live very conservatively in relation to the environment. New alternative standards for relationship might even be sanctified officially as a sort of spiritual covenant. Negatively, there could be attempts to impose collective control through electroshock, guilt, shame, fear of a vengeful god, or the glorification of conformity - all dark legacies from the Age of Pisces. Hope for the future is held up through the ingress of Uranus into Libra. This energy might customarily prefer to homogenize society at large; however, regal Leo energy is strongly stated in the ingress chart, promoting a channel for forces of individuality, autonomy, and personal spirituality, which must also be acknowledged.

References and Notes

(All URLs were accessed in December 2010, unless otherwise indicated.)

1. Solar Fire 6 software was used to locate the ingress moments for this essay. The days during which the ingress occurred were located using the ephemeris generator and the GMT time zone setting. Upon locating the day(s) of ingress, the generator search parameters were reset to hours, minutes and seconds within the local time zone for Washington, DC. Further refinement within seconds was obtained by using the software rectification feature on a chart generated for the earliest minute at which Uranus reached zero degrees declination. Time incriments of one second and an angle step interval setting of 10 seconds of arc can be selected in the rectification dialogue box under "More"; seconds can then be added or subtracted to a specifric hour and minute of time by by clicking in the "Time" box. The second at which ingress occurred will be determined by checking values listed unter the "Reports" option in "Chart Analysis," Subsection "Chart Points." The declination value for each planet is given in minutes and seconds; the value will change as adjustments in incriments of one second are made in the rectification dialogue box. Changes of one second in the rectification feature are sufficient to change the declination degree and minute listed under "Chart Points" from - to +, (South to North) for example. Uranus stays within a 0° declination zone for approximately 50 hours; it can linger at 0° 0' for approximately one hour; therefore the ability to determine a delineation change down to the second of time can have a significant effect on the accuracy of the ingress chart.

2. C. C. Zain, Mundane Astrology: Interpreting Astrological Phenomena for Cities, Nations and Groups, The Church of Light, BREA, CA, 1999, p. 26 and pp. 41-53.

3. Ibid., p. 41.

4. Michael Baigent, Nicholas Campion, and Charles Harvey, "The Planets," in Mundane Astrology: An introduction to the astrology of nations and groups, Thorsons of HarperCollins Publishers, 1995, pp. 223-224.

5. See the Web site of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, Alabama: http://mises.org/daily/1544, "The Myths of Reaganomics," by Murray N. Rothbard, originally published in The Free Market Reader, 1988, pp. 3342-3362.

6. H. S. Green, Raphael, and Charles E. O. Carter, Mundane Astrology, The Astrology of Nations and States, Astrology Classics, The Astrology Center of America, Bel Air, MD, 2004.

7. Baigent, Campion, and Harvey, Mundane Astrology, pp. 252-253.

8. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Street_Crash_of_1929 (under "Timing").

9. See www.huppi.com/kangaroo/Timeline.htm, "Timelines of the Great Depression," by Steve Kangas.

10. See Wikipedia, "Glass-Steagall Act."

11. See Wikipedia, "Business Plot" (also referred to as the Plot Against FDR and the White House Putsch).

12. See Wikipedia, "The Attack on Pearl Harbor."

13. See Wikipedia, "The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

14. See Wikipedia, "United States versus Reynolds."

15. See Wikipedia, "Montgomery Bus Boycott."

16. See the National Archives, www.archives.gov/education/lessons/peace-corps, "Teaching With Documents: Founding Documents of the Peace Corps."

17. See the Southern Methodist University faculty homepages, http://faculty.smu.edu/dsimon/change-lemay.html, "Excerpts from the Press Conference of General Curtis LeMay (retired), Vice Presidential Candidate of the American Independent Party, 1968." Also see Wikipedia, "George Wallace" (subsection "1968 Third Party Presidential Run"); and "Curtis LeMay."

18. See http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1988-10-30/news/0080070249_1_bombing-northvietnam-peace, "LBJ's Election-eve Bombing Halt: Politics Stopped At Water's Edge," by Robert A. Divine, special to The Orlando Sentinel (Florida), October 30, 1988.

19. See Wikipedia, "Kent State Shootings."

20. See Wikipedia, "1973 Oil Crisis" and "Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries."

21. See Wikipedia, "United States Presidential Election, 1980."

22. See the National Organization for Women Web site: www.now.org/issues/economic/cea/history.html, "Chronology of the Equal Rights Amendment 1923-1996" (subsection "1982").

23. I have observed that Black Moon Lilith -as symbolic of feminine assertiveness that is judged undesirable by conventional society- is often active by major hard aspect in mundane charts associated with women's rights or the abuse of women.

24. See "A Brief History of the 1987 Stock Market Crash," by Mark Carlson, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, November 2006, Section 2.1, Figure 2, p. 6, www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/2007/200713/200713pap.pdf. Also see Wikipedia, "Black Monday (1987)." Carlson provides a graph of the S and P 500 Index movement during the days of the crash. This author suggests that the most dramatic moment is best represented by a timed event that occured in concordance with the most extreme downwards movement of the S and P 500 Index, when it was feared that the NYSE might close due to so many trading halts for individual stocks.

25. See www.allbusiness.com/north-america/united-states/538261-1.html, "FIRREA and the savings and loan industry: was there a wealth effect?" by John S. Jahera, Jr., in MidAtlantic Journal of Business, December 1, 1995. Also, see Wikipedia, "Savings and Loan Crisis."

26. See Wikipedia, "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act."

27. See Wikipedia, "Timeline for the day of the September 11 attacks."

28. See Wikipedia, "Invasion of Iraq" (subsection "Opening attack").

29. See Wikipedia, "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009."

30. See www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul665.html, "Socialism vs. Corporatism," by Ron Paul, April 27, 2010.

31. See www.mayanmajix.com/art2407.html, "The Question of the Mayan Calendar End Date," by Carl Johan Calleman (information provided by Don Alejandro Oxlaj, head of the Mayan Council of Elders).

32. See www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/apr07/damage_from_gm_corn.php, "French Study Reveals Liver and Kidney Damage from Approved GM Corn," The Organic and Non-GMO Report. Also, see www.scidev.net/en/features/gm-in-india-the-battle-over-bt-cotton.html, "GM in India: The Battle over BT Cotton."

33. Marguerite Hafeman, "The Natal Astrology of Magic Workers," in Dell Horoscope, April 2009, pp. 35-42.

34. As cited in Charles Harvey, "Cycles in Practice," Mundane Astrology, p. 187.

35. Ibid., pp. 183-184.

©2011 Marguerite Hafeman -all rights reserved

All charts use Koch houses and the True Node.

Chart 1: 1928 Primary Uranus Northern Ingress
Chart 2: 1969 Primary Uranus Southern Ingress
Chart 3: Bi-wheel
Inner wheel and house cusps: 1969 Uranus Southern Ingress
Outer wheel: 2010 Grand Cross Lunar Eclipse
Chart 4: 2011 Short-Cycle Uranus Northern Ingress
Chart 5: 2012 Primary Uranus Northern Ingress
Chart 6: 2053 Primary Uranus Southern Ingress


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