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Waiting for 19th September: Jupiter meets Uranus: “Tales from the Wild Ride” Part Six

We are about to have the second exact conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus, at 29 degrees Pisces, on the 19th of September 2010. What will the energy field surrounding that point add to our already disrupted, fast-changing world – for both individual humans and the wider collective? Keep watching this space!!

In the meantime, I thought it would interest readers following the fortunes of the 12 participants ‘plugged-in” to the 2010/11 Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions, to see an edited selection of their ‘takes’ on events in our collective life during the April-June 2010 period of Phase One of the research.

The final question posed for Questionnaire 1 centred on
‘Our Collective Life’.

Despite my making clear that the 2010/11 research would – unlike the 1997 research I did  for “Jupiter Meets Uranus” – largely focus on personal life, the mundane astrologer in me could not resist asking questions about what the 12 participants had perceived the key issues to be during

a) April and May 2010 (the build-up period to the 8 June conjunction)
B) the first two weeks of June 2010.

I made the request pretty low-key, thus : “I realise that some of you may not wish to bother commenting on world affairs, but it would be interesting to get your brief take, if you feel so inclined!”


Six out of twelve rated Period A) as very significant, three as moderately significant, one as not significant at all. Two gave no response.

Six out of twelve rated Period B) as very significant, one as moderately significant, two as mildly significant. Three gave no response.


For Period A), unsurprisingly, two events were mentioned by everyone except  the person who thought nothing at all had happened of any significance during April and May 2010.

Subject Louis (60), UK, sums this up briefly and well. He also commented on the UK’s May general election result, a  first of its kind since the Second World War:

“ Icelandic volcano, BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster were main headlines.

(Fiona (61) said about the latter: “ ….Made me feel absolute despair and rage and like the apocalypse was upon us all…”)

UK: Run up to a general election which returned a coalition government which is depressingly right wing with no interest in society or its progress.  A very serious issue in prospect for work as this government will most likely cut many worthwhile areas of public expenditure while supporting the rotten schemes of developers and their cronies.

In one sense the dark bubbling oil and the grey ash are similar in many ways to the coalition government.  Enveloping, disabling, suffocating….”

From the USA, Alicia (53) identified “….first iPads for sale in the USA, April 3rd.  Bound to revolutionize the laptop industry and the publishing industry (ebooks)….”

From Finland, Kathy(54) offered this comment: “….Several resignations in domestic politics resulting from a bribe scandal in connection of the parliamentary elections that was revealed already in 2009 and is still constantly in news. Also the head of the national TV’s news operation had to go as his wife is one of the people accused of taking bribes. This is big news here as Finland is always in the top 3 of the transparency international list of the least corrupted countries….” She also highlighted  an unusual scientific development: “….An interesting piece of news: A plasma brake to combat space debris: http://www.fmi.fi/news/index.html?Id=1271239224.html ….”

Jupiter Meets Uranus

Jupiter Meets Uranus

For Period B)

From the USA, Alicia (53) had this to say about the general mood in New York where she lives:  “….This isn’t an event, but I’m going to say it anyway because the effect was very pronounced.  Everyone around here was a nervous wreck.  (More than usual.) Irritable and touchy, rude, angry.  Driving safely was impossible.  It seemed to get back to ‘normal’ craziness levels by the third week of June….”

Julia (37), USA commented: “…. While some of the disasters of April and May were waning, they were being replaced by a steady stream of natural disasters and civil unrest. The period felt uneasy, as if problems that had been developing over time were revealing themselves….”

Diana (38) USA found the following event most significant, having considered that nothing of significance had occurred during the April/May period: “….It was announced around June 1-2 that Al and Tipper Gore were divorcing. To me this sounded like pure Uranian energy (as they had had such a long marriage)….”

Eve (51) USA observed that “….The only thing that dominated the TV was the BP oil spill and what was being done to help the situation.

I also keep an eye on the Congressional meetings taking place with the Postal  Regulatory Commission affecting the restructuring of the United States Postal Service.  It looks like the 5 day delivery proposal might be headed for the trash bin. Say it isn’t so, that means three more long years of work for me.  (no early out)….”

Maria (32) USA’s take: “….The NBA Finals, The World Cup, BP not being able to fix the leak, the Stock Market rollercoaster. I remember reading during this time someone’s opinion that sporting events are used by the powers that be to  distract people from what’s really going on in the world. I found it very interesting that the global
economic/money crisis kinda flew under the radar during The World Cup….”

Giorgio (28), currently in Iceland: “….In general, a collective mood of tension and instability. Diplomatic conflicts, war tensions, environmental worries, economical problems and corruption exposed. A time of big change continues…..”

Having said ‘very much so’ regarding the significance of world events during the April/May period, and like most people highlighting the Gulf Oil Spill, Harry (41), USA was disarmingly honest in his response to questions about Period B: “….I have no doubt a lot was happening in the world around me, but, in all honesty, I can’t think of anything in particular.  The Aries Sun in me was myopically focused on a growing opportunity overseas for my partner and I….”

Barbara (81), USA, had a brief, trenchant, all-purpose comment: “….Regarding Our Collective Life, I keep up on all current events, e.g., oil spill, government legislation, stock market ups and downs, but try not to let any of that upset me inasmuch as I have very little control over any of it….”

Whatever your views may be, I feel pretty sure you will agree with me that this piece of detail from Kathy (54) probably deserves the last word! “….The Free Thinkers of Finland organized an exchange event on June 4: they collected from the public Bibles and gave porn magazines in return….”


And my own personal last word on the April – mid-June ( extending to mid-July) 2010 period?

In the article following are my ‘picks’ from the most disruptive, left-field events in our collective life over the last few months, as the drama of a new Jupiter/Uranus conjunction – and beginning 14-year cycle –played out within the structure of  the Cardinal Cross.


Jupiter meets Uranus April 2010 to mid-July 2010: what do you think of the show so far?


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Jupiter meets Uranus April 2010 to mid-July 2010: what do you think of the show so far?

We are currently at a pause point in the unfolding of the new Jupiter/Uranus cycle, which began on 8 June 2010, having begun to build with noticeable effect from the end of March 2010.

Uranus went retrograde on 5 July, Jupiter does the same on 23 July. Late July sees the Saturn/Uranus opposition repeating, joined by transiting Mars shifting from Virgo to Libra at the end of July/start of August, triggering that opposition and the whole Cardinal Cross once more. Another stress point then.

I felt like writing something along the lines of  “Well, what do you think of the show so far?” and was looking for an angle to take. As usual, I was helped by one of the many emailers/commenters to this site, Clair, who last commented on 14 July 10:

‘….I’m still trying to figure out if this transit is positive or negative. It will be interesting to see your findings! As I have 3 planets in late Pisces, I think that Uranus conjuncting has turned my whole life upside down from relationships, home, work and friends. This may be positive or negative, time will tell and I’ll let you know…..’

She gave me my angle!

Jupiter Meets Uranus

Jupiter Meets Uranus

Last  May 2009 I was interviewed by the American Federation of Astrologers, during which the following question came up:

(AFA Interview: Jupiter, Uranus and the Purple People from Planet Zog….)

” AFA: Do you see Jupiter-Uranus as positive or negative change, or does it represent something else?

AW: Without the unimaginably destructive act of creation, the Big Bang, which as far as we can surmise began our universe, we would not be here to observe our world’s wonders as well as its terrors. Positive and negative energies are two sides of the same coin, wherever we look. I hope I have conveyed that unity adequately in ‘Jupiter Meets Uranus’.

Today I want to look at some key collective impacts of this first phase of the new conjunction, bearing the above clearly in mind. You might make a different selection. The following stood out for me.


As I make clear in my 2009 book on Jupiter and Uranus, this combination of planets very strikingly co-incides with ‘great leaps forward’ in the restless questing of the human spirit via great journeys of discovery. For example, the first landing in the USA in 1513 by the explorer Ponce de Leon, near what was to be called Cape Canaveral, took place with Jupiter and Uranus exactly conjunct in Aries.

As the 2010 conjunction approached exactitude at 0 degrees Aries, on 20th May 2010 it was reported that Craig Venter’s company has created the first artificial living cell – using highly sophisticated computer technology.

On 7 June 2010, I received this comment:
‘Here is an exciting piece of news from MSN: Chinese scientists have been able to “teleport” data over long distances using quantum entanglement. Perfect Jupiter/Uranus symbolism!
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37556750/ns/technology_and_science-science/ ‘

On July 7, 2010 this report appeared: PAYERNE airport, Switzerland (Reuters) – A giant glider-like aircraft has completed the first night flight propelled only by solar energy: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=aircraft-completes-first-solar


First Solar Powered Flight

First Solar Powered Flight

And my own mind-blowing personal favourite of this first phase appeared in a whole page article in the UK’s Sunday Times, on 11 July 2010,  headed


Thanks to  the Planck satellite, we now  have ” a new picture of the universe (which) will give vital clues about the Big Bang that (we think) started it all….” ( Richard Woods)

To see that stunning image and accompanying article, go to: http://creation.com/planck-sees-big-bang


Planet Earth, Big Oil, Angry Humans:

For  99 per cent of us humans who can read/see tv/get on line, the biggest event of the first phase of the new Jupiter/Uranus cycle has to be the world’s greatest oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill which happened on 20th April 2010 and still continues, as the now universally hated BP struggles to contain it, locked head to head with the USA government and especially a very angry President Obama, whilst the devastated human and animal populations of the affected area continue to suffer untold economic, social, physical, emotional and spiritual harm.

In the AFA interview already mentioned in May 2009, I was asked about my thoughts regarding the energy field of the upcoming conjunctions in 2010/11. Having cautioned that when you are dealing with Uranus, if you can exactly predict it, it isn’t Uranus  – and that the upcoming conjunction would be held in a matrix of darkness, difficulty and delay provided by the accompanying Saturn/Pluto square – I made the following comments:

(AFA Interview: Jupiter, Uranus and the Purple People from Planet Zog….)

The Jupiter-Uranus predilection for seeing no limits, leaping before it looks and challenging the established order expressed through the filter of the rash, angry impetuousness of Aries and locked with the harsh, power-driven determination not to budge of the Saturn-Pluto square, offers a difficult and dangerous picture ….

….Also suggested is fiery eruption disrupting the very fabric of the Earth itself…..”

It is fascinating from an astrological viewpoint that the oil eruption generated by human arrogance, rashness and the placing of profit before safety, took place when the forming conjunction was still in Pisces, and conjunct the fixed star Scheat whose connection with disasters at sea was correctly pointed out by several astrologers prior to the Gulf of Mexico disaster – most notably, Theo White of  Global Astrology Blog and Jamie Funk of  FUNKASTROLOGY. Check them out!

Then, of course, there was the ‘fiery eruption’ of the Icelandic volcano on 16 April 2010 immediately preceding the Gulf of Mexico event. And we are still nervously awaiting the possible eruption of a second, much bigger, Icelandic volcano……


These, then, are my ‘picks’ from our collective life over the last few months, as the drama of a new Jupiter/Uranus conjunction – and beginning 14-year cycle –plays out within the structure of  the Cardinal Cross. How can we possibly separate out a polarity of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ from that weave?

No doubt those wonderfully ‘boldly going’ scientific leaps forward will prove to have their shadow side. Those universal human urges of greed and the drive for profit regardless of ethics are no doubt already beginning to hitch a ride.

I don’t know about you, but it usually takes my being hurled against the wall a few times before I begin to understand where and how I need to change my patterns….

We humans need to change our patterns in the way we live on Planet Earth. Maybe the terrible shake-up and wake-up call provided already by events in the Gulf of Mexico will at last force us all to take responsibility for the consequences of our addiction to an oil-powered lifestyle?


COMING NEXT : feedback from the front line, as my individual Jupiter/Uranus researchees send in their first questionnaires. Watch this space!!


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Jupiter meets Uranus : a reader’s challenge

One of the scary delights of writing for the Web is that you never, ever know how readers are going to receive what you say. I have been fortunate so far in having a predominantly positive, informative and I hope useful dialogue with my readers. However, not long after writing the following article, the last sentence of the paragraph I quote below got one of my readers, CJ, going. He really put me in my place by email – and after some deliberation I responded. He asked me to publish my response to him. So I have done so. Let me know what you think!

Jupiter met Uranus, 8.6.10 : Calm down – we’re still here!

“……It is an ancient human tendency to imagine that the end of the world or civilisation as we know it is just around the corner. Maybe it is – or maybe not. We don’t really KNOW what the upcoming Jupiter/Uranus conjunction and its attendant pattern will bring. It certainly represents a perfect backdrop onto which to project our burgeoning collective anxieties about the deteriorating condition of our culture and of our planet.  But human life has always been turbulent, dangerous and often fatal, regardless of where the planets happen to be.
So can we all calm down and just get on with life?……..”


To which CJ responded on June 14 2010:
TALK ABOUT A”deteriorating condition …..”  OF OUR PLANET…&…. “The energy created is dynamic, unique, door-opening, pioneering, fluid, quite unstable…..”  I GUESS THIS SITUATION, IS DYNAMIC, UNIQUE, DEFINITELY FLUID, AND EXTREMELY UNSTABLE !
To which I replied on 15 June:

Thank you for your very honest and direct email. The advice in the
article to calm down and simply get on with life is my attempt to
counter some of the hysteria flying around in the astro-blogosphere
and elsewhere, regarding upcoming planetary patterns. It is my way of
reminding people – especially astrologers who can get too grandiose at
times – that life has always been difficult on this earth, one way or
another, whether one knows astrology or not.

But you have also put me in my place. If I were in your location, I
would find it desperately difficult to calm down and just get on with
life at the heart of one of the worst environmental crises ever. So I
fully acknowledge that.

My interest is much more in observation of the planetary pattern than
in prediction, as you will probably have gathered from the research I
did in 1997 and the project I am now embarking on to study the impact
symbolically of the 2010/11 conjunctions. So if you want prediction,
then other astrologers are keener to do that than I.

Theodore White, At Global Astrology blog,
http://globalastrologyblog.blogspot.com/, might be a starting point.
You could also have a look at StarIQ – www.stariq.com who write about
current affairs.

Regarding pearls of wisdom…..that is a tall order!
Jupiter/Uranus in Aries speaks of pioneering leaps into exploring
entirely new territory, as a consequence of enforced change through
the pressure of painful and difficult circumstances (the conjunction
is set in the dark and threatening context of Saturn/Pluto energy)
. So
perhaps we can learn something new as a human community from this
desperate and destructive set of circumstances in the Gulf of Mexico.
Perhaps deep oil drilling will be slowed, made more difficult, or
halted. Perhaps more resources will be ploughed with greater urgency
and innovation into renewable energy sources. And perhaps – the
biggest challenge of all !  –
all of us will truly begin to face the
consequences of our addiction to oil and its double-edged benefits –
and  governments (with our consent) will push us into cutting back on
our wasteful consumption of an increasingly scarce resource.

At a personal level, I see no point in going through s–t unless I
learn from it. Collectively, maybe we will learn something from going
through this s–t. That, I think, is the optimism I might be inclined
to draw astrologically from this current awful crisis.

I hope you can take something from this response, CJ, inadequate
though I feel it is.

With all good wishes


…..I wondered whether he would reply, and waited with more than a little trepidation…..

on 18 June, from C.J:

Thank You !  I greatly appreciate the “observation” over “predictions”.
But, I think many of your followers could gain & appreciate the paragraph below…”pearls of Wisdom…”.   I hope you can put that…. in print, as it could perhaps benefit many.
I really appreciated his generous response. The whole correspondence very forcefully reminded me that what we say as commentators really has an impact. Just because we only ever hear from a few of many readers, we should always try to be mindful of the effect our words may have. I think that astrologers should be especially aware of this….

Jupiter Meets Uranus

Jupiter Meets Uranus

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