Athena's Web Weekly Column
Week of Sep 9th - Sep 15th, 2005
The Flip Side
Most everyone is familiar with the 5th Dimension song, 'Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In.'
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Generally speaking, the personality characteristics of a sign can also be applied to the planet which rules it. Since Uranus is thought to be the planetary ruler of Aquarius, most of the attributes listed above could also be applied to Uranus, but in a slightly more concentrated fashion.
This week we had a 'text book' opportunity to study the flip side of Uranus and Aquarius.
On Sunday, August 28th, transiting Uranus squared natal Uranus in the US national map. When this planet was first discovered in 1781, one of its original associations was as a malefic, a planet which stirred up trouble and chaos. It upset the natural order of seven visible planets, and it's themes of war and revolution seemed to be underscored by the American and even more disastrous French Revolutions, which was to eventually plunge all of Europe into conflict in the Napoleonic Wars.
Sunday's alignment manifested as Hurricane Katrina which came ashore on Monday triggered by two Venusian aspects to Uranus that day. The malefic side of this planet made itself known, but one would expect such conditions under the square, one of the most difficult of astrology's 'hard' aspects. Social chaos ensued, with complex problems compounded by the lack of quick response teams, damaged infrastructure, incorrect information, loss of power, cell phone signals, flooding of roads, etc. Looters have been running rampant and some have even been shooting at workers involved in rescue efforts. Police have been wounded, floating bodies pushed out of the way while focusing on attempts to save the living, and the list goes on. While Aquarius deals with teamwork, cooperation and the social grid, with Uranus squaring Uranus it is precisely these systems which are breaking down and failing.
Part of a series of upcoming alignments, we will watch Uranus trigger events again in the upcoming months, as it squares the US Ascendant on September 29th and December 31st, and then forms this same square again on January 27th, 2006. We are watching the national social fabric unwind. On the high side, this can be a time when the rest of us pull together, contributing whatever we can to help restore our faith and commitment to each other precisely because of the celestial choreography.