Jupiter / Uranus Cycle 1997 - 2011
Mundane Astrology is the astrological study of world and political events. Originally it was used in the study of agriculture and then of war. Nowadays the advancement of our understanding means that we can look at, and even predict at times, world and political events that are important to society, nations and even the world. If this sort of thing interests you, this article is for you.
For those unfamiliar with how astrology works it is necessary to explain a few basic principles. It takes our planet 365 days (approximately) to make one revolution – one cycle - of the Sun; hence if you place the Earth at the centre of our solar system it would appear that the Sun that takes 365 days to circle the Earth. Similarly, each planet in the solar system has its own individual cycle. When viewed from the Earth, planets can seem to go backwards as well as forwards. Outer planets can take anything from about 2 years (Mars) to 247 years (Pluto) to complete one revolution. It is not always easy to see how individual planet positions, by themselves, affect the birth charts of countries because one planet alone is not enough to get a decent picture. But, occasionally, the combined cycle of two planets together, along with some historical data, has the potential to demonstrate the glaringly obvious and might even lead to globally significance events.
Planetary cycles between two planets works this way… Start with both planets together, occupying the same degree of the zodiac. Because one planet will move faster than the other, the planets ‘separate’ to form various geometrical aspects to each other. The most common of these are the square (90 degrees apart), trine (120 degrees apart) and opposition (180 degrees). Over a period of time, the faster moving planet will, once again, catch up with the slower moving planet until they come together and start the cycle all over again. The longest cycle between two planets is Neptune and Pluto, taking 492 years to complete one cycle; hence the outer planets (those after the societal planets of Jupiter and Saturn) are generational and will affect the world in such a way that its impact does not always offer instant results in the newspapers.
In January 2007 Jupiter and Uranus formed the returning square (three quarters of the cycle) on 22 January 2007 at 21:43. In other words the cycle was almost complete and if mundane astrology was to prove itself, history would provide any evidence of a recurring theme or a pattern. Naturally it is also useful to understand the astrological attributions of planets by themselves and also the nature of aspects. For example, Jupiter is a planet attributed to the principles of law (including the making of laws) and belief systems (religion). Uranus is a planet attributed to reform and the breaking down of outmoded beliefs, systems and structures. So putting the two together therefore implies the possibilities of the reform or breaking away of law and/or religion. So can history provide a tangible demonstration using the dates of this cycle? Well let’s look back and see…
After the conjunction on 16 February 1997, Deng Xiaoping, cited as the last of the People’s Republic of China major revolutionaries, died just three days later. Perhaps, if nothing else, this symbolic moment signalled the end of the communist ethos. It is therefore, perhaps, no surprise that China’s surge towards a more globally connected and industrial society has expanded at an incredible rate – a momentum that the United States has wanted to see continue faster than China is prepared to allow just ten years later. The breaking away from outmoded belief systems seems blatantly obvious. In addition, Jupiter and Uranus can also mean pushing the boundaries (Jupiter’s expansion) of new technology (Uranus).
At the same time, in the UK, the future Labour government committed itself to holding a free vote on reducing the age of consent for homosexuals from 18 to 16 (bringing it in line with the age of consent for heterosexual couples). Maybe this was a bit of a sound bite for a party trying to get elected but the question of equality for gays and same sex couples was raised; The Government (to be) sought to reform (Uranus) the law (Jupiter). Uranus also relates to science rather than Jupiter’s relation to religion, which suggests that these two planets are not for making peaceful changes to our world.
Three years later (20 May 2000) and the Jupiter / Uranus cycle makes its first square. Whatever was started at the conjunction now faces its first real test. On 15 May 2000 a seemingly unrelated incident occurred without too many people raising an eyebrow.
telegraph.co.uk/htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/2000/06/01/ngay01.html A gay (male) couple who had legally adopted twin sisters had them baptised (On 28 Oct 1999 Mercury (children) and Jupiter (religion and the law) were in aspect, however, the mundane procedure of adopting a child is not really global news, so don’t be surprised if you didn’t know). What this action caused was to become significant many years later but it is right to say that the church were happy to baptise children even though their two fathers were in a gay relationship.
Fast forward another three years or so. On 30 August 2003 Jupiter and Uranus made its opposition. The opposition is a time to reflect on what was started and if what was ‘caused to be’ has flowered, what kind of fruit would it produce. On 31 August 2003 the first gay bishop was heading for Britain from the liberal Anglicans of the United States, much to the anger and consternation of many of the British clergy. Seemingly the notion that leaders of the Christian faith could also be gay ground against the dogma of the Old Testament – much like astrology, numerology and tarot is regularly vilified – and many reverend leaders threatened a ‘schism’ in the church. It was not unlike the same spluttering protestations at the ordination of women (11 November 1992 under a reformation (Uranus) it was agreed by the Synod to allow the ordination of women (Neptune). There was a Uranus / Neptune conjunction at the time). As far as the church was concerned, the majority were unhappy with the idea of a gay member of the clergy preaching and practicing Christianity. The strange thing to many people was the Church’s apparent acceptance of gay members of the congregation. After all, what difference does a job make?
So from the point of the Jupiter / Uranus conjunction up to the opposition there seemed to be a fairly clear theme. The UK Government wanted to push forward reforms of equality for gay citizens to harmonize British law and the European Human Rights laws. Obviously the reforms required did not just revolve around gay rights and equality but it was this issue that made a clash between Church and State inevitable. Now was the time for everyone with a vested interest to put themselves forward and reap the harvest. But there was still one more aspect of the Jupiter / Uranus cycle to play out. Would it still carry the same theme?
On 22 January 2007, Jupiter and Uranus made the waning square. The significance of this aspect is the chance to examine what has been brought to fruition and decide if it is good enough or if we should just clear the decks and start again. This square is pretty much the harvest of what had been sown.
Hints over the clash between the Church and the Equality law appeared in the news on 9 January 2007 but the controversy didn’t really leap into the public domain until 25 January 2007. The battleground became the reforms allowing gay couples to adopt children through adoption agencies. Immediately, the Catholic Church threatened to close their adoption agencies (which is significant as they amount to 30% or so of all UK adoption agencies) if this law is imposed on them. The dilemma for the Government is that if the Catholic Church did close their adoption agencies it would throw the whole adoption system into chaos. The Archbishop of Canterbury was quick to support his fellow Christians. Curiously enough, even the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Catholic, supported his church above his party’s policy.
The theme of reformation of both the law and of society’s belief system was present at every point in the Jupiter / Uranus cycle. While this may not present concrete proof that mundane astrology works, it is surely a curious coincidence that one significant theme springs into the public domain at certain points in what amounts to a 14-year cycle. But let us suppose that mundane astrology has a purpose; that if we take on board the symbolism of these cycles we might better advance society? Can the understanding of mundane astrology help us to make difficult decisions a little easier? Might we better understand what the real questions are? Does mundane astrology have any role to play in world affairs? Perhaps we should consider the Jupiter / Uranus cycle in the light of the history we now know. Can a solution be found in mundane astrology to the argument between the church and the state over equal rights for gay citizens?
What seems clear is the running theme between the need for reform (Uranus) and how it impacts on the law and our belief systems (both Jupiter). In terms of enforcing gay rights over child adoption the astrological principles clearly does not need to consider the rights of children or, indeed, the rights of gay folk. The principles of reform within the law and within belief systems has no vested interest in anything other than the need for change. If a reform is not achieved in one complete cycle it will fester into the next until the reform is made. This particular cycle ends on 4 January 2011. What the church must decide is whether they can find a way to accept that gay citizens have as much right to believe in god and practice whatever religion they wish, including Christianity, or further distance themselves from society and become marginalised by their own intransigence.
Uranus represents new technology. So many laws have had to be made in the wake of this planet’s devastating and breathtaking force. Aviation is but one attribution to Uranus. The advancement of air travel was particularly swift during the twentieth century world wars and technological advances were astounding. Likewise the rise of the computer is so fast it is hard to keep up with the pace of progress. In both cases we have laws for aviation and for computer use. The law (Jupiter) had no choice but to reform itself. The Church, indeed religion as a whole, is no different.
If the British Government follows the logical conclusion of their reforms, they will have no choice but to enforce the laws of equality. The reforms to harmonise laws between married heterosexual couples and same sex couples must be seen to its conclusion or scrapped altogether; and I doubt if the latter is even possible now. One cannot recognise the rights of a group selectively. The world changes and whenever Uranus and Jupiter meet we could find ourselves at the cutting edge of it. Can we afford to ignore to ignore the signs?