Some obsessions can have a long shelf life! This has certainly been the case in my relationship with the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction, that exciting, educational and unpredictable planetary combination in which revolution and innovation join forces with restless exploration and the quest for knowledge. Maybe having my horoscope’s Ascendant on the Jupiter/Uranus midpoint has something to do with it….
My astrological career began during the 1983 Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Sagittarius. Almost from the outset, I became utterly captivated by astrological symbolism. Captivated by its ability to reveal the relationship between that tiny, vital spark of an ordinary human life and those bigger pictures of family, nation, culture – onward and outward to the shifts and changes of the wider global community, both in current times and in tracking the long pulse beat of historical change.
Planetary cycles rapidly became a source of enduring fascination for me. From the epoch-defining 500 year Neptune/Pluto cycle to the tiny monthly cycle of the Sun/Moon, I realised that they all followed the same basic stages: seeding, germinating, sprouting, flowering, ripening, harvesting, dying back in preparation for the new.
As I became more practised and experienced as an astrologer, my understanding both of the larger currents of world affairs and the tiny rhythms of my own and my clients’ lives was greatly deepened and enriched by the application of planetary cycles. Realising the profound weave which exists between the symbolic and practical manifestations of every kind of life on Earth, I was awestruck.
The great and small cycles of the planets describe ‘a time to be born and a time to die’, a wonderfully vivid example being provided by the most recently completed Uranus/Neptune 170 year cycle. Its beginning in 1818 saw the birth of Karl Marx; its dying in the late 1980s/early 1990s saw the demise of the whole communist system which Marx’s writing had inspired.
Jupiter conjunct Uranus 1997/8
The Jupiter/Uranus cycle lasts for 14 years. I noted with growing excitement during 1996 that there was a Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Aquarius coming up in February 1997. This was my chance to observe planetary symbolism in action in both individual and collective life. So I did!
“Jupiter Meets Uranus”, my study of the 1997/8 conjunction in Aquarius, is the result. First published in 2009 by the American Federation of Astrologers, this 2014 ebook reprint is available now as a free download for anyone interested in astrological research. Just click HERE to find out how to obtain it.
As Armand Diaz, Ph.D, put it in a recent review on the Astrology News Service’s website:
‘Jupiter Meets Uranus’ is a great introduction to how astrology works at the individual and social level. Readers without any knowledge of astrology may want to skip past a paragraph or two here and there, but Whitaker’s style is engaging and her explanations are always clear. By taking a relatively small slice of the astrological pie and examining it in detail, she makes it possible for non-astrologers to understand how astrologers think – a valuable insight for anyone wanting to know more about this ancient discipline’s workings in the contemporary world….’
Jupiter conjunct Uranus 2010/11
However, time rolled on, the 2009 print edition of ‘Jupiter Meets Uranus’ sold out, and in no time, the 2010/11 Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Aries and Pisces was upon us. My obsession returned, much to the alarm of my husband, family, friends and students who had endured the 1997/8 period with stoical patience.
During 2010/11, I wrote an extensive series of articles on this latest Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Aries and Pisces both from a global and an individual perspective, in the process conducting another research project.
This time I followed the turbulent, exciting and challenging experiences of ten volunteers from around the world. My gallant band were kind enough to offer their life stories throughout the whole year of the conjunction. I called their accounts ‘Tales from the Wild Ride’.
This updated blog part, “Jupiter Meets Uranus: tales from the wild ride” takes you into everything I wrote during the 2010/11 conjunction in Aries and Pisces. When you get there, you will meet Giorgio (28) Maria (32) Harry (41) Eve (51)Alicia (53) Kathy (54) Caroline (58) Louis (60) Fiona (61) Barbara (81) – not their real names – with their vivid, lively, moving and startling feedback from an exceptional year both in their lives and the life of our world.
You can also read the range of articles I wrote on both world affairs and personal lives, with readers of the articles adding their own comments and discussion which contributes a colourful layer of experience and opinion to my efforts. Here are a few of their public comments (you will find more in the “Feedback 2010/11” Page in the header of this site):
‘I have just started reading through your articles and the different links. I have to say your work is amazing just as amazing as the daily news which corresponds almost exactly with everything for 2010 that you’ve written about!’
‘Oh my God what a day! I can barely take it! Thank goodness for your site!’
‘Anne, this is a great idea to collect tales of Jupiter/Uranus influences, and I thank you muchly for the link!’
Jude Cowell (Stars over Washington)11.6.2010
‘Another great article, Anne. It’s so helpful for us to have this information in one place, and to be able to see and analyze the many faces of this amazing conjunction.’
Dawn Bodrogi ( The Inner Wheel) 16.7.2010
‘…. am finding this ‘as it happens’ feedback very useful and I am grateful to your volunteers – there are strong mirrors out there! Very reassuring….So fascinating, what an inspiring piece of work you have brought into the world here!’
“Jupiter Uranus and the Purple People of planet Zog” is a good starting point to set a context both for reading the ebook version of “Jupiter Meets Uranus” and for reading through the articles on this updated blog. It presents my summer 2009 interview with the American Federation of Astrologers: a wide-ranging introduction to Jupiter/Uranus aspects, their historical context, the research I did during 1997/8, and my speculations regarding what the 2010/11 conjunction might bring.
Reading through those speculations again as the turmoil of the 2012-15 Uranus/Pluto square scours our world, is quite interesting. Here I quote from that 2009 interview: “Misuse of technology by angry, militant fanatics convinced they have God on their side and that the old order must be overturned, is a picture which arises from this…”
I hope you enjoy this in-depth exploration of the historical, mundane and personal impact of the unique planetary combination that is Jupiter and Uranus! I’d love to hear from you with your comments: do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
(NOTE: I have left the original comments relating to the 2009 version of this blog on the page, since they give an interesting picture of what people were thinking of, and what I was discussing with them, at that time.)