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Uranus station retrograde
April 28 Uranus enters shadow
Aug 15 Uranus retrograde 10 Taurus 42
Jan 14 Uranus direct 6 Taurus 43
April 30 Uranus exits shadow
Big Stuff First
Uranus spends half the year retrograde. This year when it stations retrograde it will join Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto who are already retrograde. Uranus is the mad scientist and the revolutionary and is not exactly comfortable in earthbound Taurus.
As we have discussed, but it bears repeating, the last time Uranus was in Taurus was 1934-1941 which was the bottom of The Depression. During that period FDR launched many programs that we still rely upon today such as social security, which at the time were considered revolutionary. Boundaries that are physical such as international borders were violated in the 30’s and launched conflicts including WW2. Dictators emerged quickly. Farming and food manufacturing is ruled by Taurus. Drastic changes impacted the country during the 1930s Dust Bowl, when land was parched and crops failed. Throngs of Americans pulled up stakes and moved to better opportunities as depicted in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath(1939). At the same time the technology of food expanded including the frozen food industry. Taurus is land and Taurus is jobs. In the 1930’s large projects under the WPA were launched, including pavers who built over a million miles of road. Currency and money is Taurus and during the 1930s Britain took the pound off the gold standard followed by FDR a few years later.
That’s a tiny thumbnail of history of Uranus in Taurus in the 1930s. Accent on the word, ‘tiny.’ I often bring up the bigger picture of the 1930s Uranus in Taurus around our current retrograde and station directs of Uranus transit in Taurus. Case in point, on January 10, 2020 two days before the Saturn-Pluto aspect and on the same day as the Solar Capricorn eclipse, Uranus stationed direct and I asked you to assess your money and resources. I asked what had you learned between August 2019 and January 2020 about your finances, property and did you feel solid? I asked what changes can you make to feel more solid in an economy that is going to have a lot of fluctuations during Uranus in Taurus. I also asked if you have any innovations or ideas which are ruled by Uranus that perhaps could serve your personal finances and the greater good? I reminded you that Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury so brainstorming and communicating with others on your idea or solutions to financial issues could be important.
This is not to make me Ms. Smarty Pants, I am not, but, seriously, think about all those questions now in light of Covid19. Industries are forever impacted. How we make our way through our day now (in this era) is not the same from a year ago. Not the same even from January 10th.
Down On The Ground Level
Given all that we have in front of us it is safe to say how we are making through our day now could not look the same in January 2021. So, now with all that in mind, consider this five- month period of Uranus retrograde as an opportunity to research changes that you may want to make that are innovative, tighten up your skills, solidify your finances and are rooted in soundness but still allow for nimbleness. If you have planets between 6 and 10 degrees of Virgo or Capricorn, you may feel inspired with new ideas and electric bolts of innovation. Hit while the iron is hot. If you were born April 25- April 30, July 29-Aug 2, Oct 29 – Nov 2 and Jan 27 – Jan 31 you may feel like the changes around you are akin to a rug being pulled out from your feet. Reach out to friends, get support where you need it. Breathe. Seek others who are going through the same experience or have been there and know that in your new landscape you can still find your place and may even thrive.
Also, do not be afraid to play. Uranus with all his disruption and chaos is also good for some play. I was once in a restaurant when a squirrel ran in jump on some tables, people screamed, then ran towards the cooks who yelled and then ran back out on other customer's tables. It looked like a scene from a Pixar film. My son who was young thought it was the greatest 60 seconds of his life. My husband and I could not help but laugh as well. I remember thinking, “What’s messing with Uranus today?” It was just pure chaos and over in a minute. Crazy squirrels may show up in all our lives during the Uranus retrograde especially given all the other aspects the rest of the year. If you can try to find the humor in the absurd, it is a great way to relieve pressure.