Signs of the Times: Saturn opposite Uranus: 2008–2010
Any guitarist who has ever tuned two strings to the same pitch using harmonics would have a visceral memory of that moment when the two strings begin to vibrate to precisely the same pitch and produce that clarity of sound that tells them that those two strings are now ‘in tune’ with each other.
That clarity can also be seen – or felt – in other ways. That clarity is a quality most easily demonstrated with sound, but also in the physics lab with slightly more sophisticated experiments.
We can also find that clarity in the news of the time if we know what to listen for.
The planetary alignment of Saturn and Uranus with the Earth was exact on 15 September 2009. That meant that the three planets were in alignment with the Earth in the middle. Since western astrology takes an Earth-centred view of the planetary ‘constellation’, we see the pattern as one of Saturn on the opposite side of the Earth to Uranus. Hence the astrological shorthand of ‘Saturn is opposite Uranus’.
As if on cue (one almost wonders whether they employ astrologers at the ABC to select which news they will feature in depth) the next morning’s half-hour AM program on ABC Radio 774 featured four stories that all had a Saturn opposite Uranus theme behind them.
1: Obesity in teenagers. The issue: whether the authorities (Saturn) should offer lap-band surgery to obese teenagers (individuals, Uranus) who have tried, but been unable to lose weight. The classic signature is the individual versus the authorities, and the tension between the two.
2: Afghanistan: more troops needed? Can the individual (small country) become strong enough to deal with its own problems or does big brother (big country) have to take over even more? Again the classic authority-versus-individual dilemma. (Not unlike the previous story.)
3: Executive salaries are out of control. The individual is getting too much and needs to be reigned in. The government needs to regulate this situation. Same theme again. The morality of executives taking extra millions in bonuses is questioned when the company is so unsuccessful that it must retrench hundreds of employees. Would the bonuses not have covered the costs of at least some other people’s jobs?
4: The mafia has been sinking ships in the Mediterranean for a number of years. Problem: the ships contain toxic, possibly radioactive waste, such as uranium (associated with Uranus). The authorities need to step in and investigate. Theme: radical individuals are crossing the boundaries of responsible behaviour, that is, breaking the law. The government (looking after the interests of all of us) versus some individuals who care only about themselves. The long-term view versus the short-term view.
This theme is of course a recurring one throughout history.
A previous Saturn–Uranus opposition period was from 1965 to 1967 when the hippy movement was in full swing. The message was ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’. Apart from psychedelic drugs and escape from the ‘system’, themes of the time included getting back to nature. It is interesting now that we are revisiting nature from the side of having to curb the excesses of our way of life in order to rebalance our effect on the natural processes of the planet.
Other notable events include the US election of 2008 on the exact day of a Saturn–Uranus opposition. Astrologers around the world almost unanimously tipped the election of Obama as the first non-white US President due to this constellation alone. The election was a classic contest between the tired old guard (entrenched authority) who has overstayed his welcome and the free, radical, new-thinking individual who promises that all things will become new again. ‘Yes we can’ was the theme of his victory speech.
The hippy movement of the sixties may have changed the world to some extent, but it has meandered along several other paths in the decades that followed. Its time highlighted a particular psychological drive in humanity; there are still people today who have never left that era. Like the layers of sediment that archaeologists find when digging into the earth, when we dig through the layers of history we find some, often living, remains of the generations of the past. This Saturn opposite Uranus time will no doubt again signal a ‘changing of the guard’ in some form, and leave its influences on the distant future.
Echoes of this theme can also be seen in sporting contests, such as St Kilda again trying to win a Premiership, and losing (they won their only Premiership in 1966, a year featuring Saturn opposite Uranus), and Federer (a day before the Saturn–Uranus opposition) losing his US Open crown in the final. It seems like a time when the old order is definitely being challenged.
For those born on these dates, or within a couple of weeks of them, this time will highlight the themes mentioned in this article, for they carry this tension in their psyche:
1 April 1965
28 August 1965
24 February 1966
8 November 1966
7 January 1967.
This could be a good time for these individuals to reflect on how they respond to the stories of this time, as the underlying theme is important in their own lives and needs to be honoured creatively.
The current sequence of Saturn–Uranus transits are on these dates:
4 November 2008
5 February 2009
15 September 2009
27 April 2010 and
27 July 2010.
These could be empowering and creative times for you. Use them well.
© Rainer Rollfink, 2009