Athena's Web Weekly Column
Week of May 28th - Jun 3rd, 2010
Uranus in Aries
At 9:47 PM EDT on Thursday, May 27th 2010, Uranus entered Aries and won't finally leave that sign until March 6th, 2019. Like any celestial combination, it will manifest in a number of ways, and will produce a 'trend' of activity. What does it mean to have Uranus in Aries, and when was the last time we went through such a passage?
Under the last rotation of this hand of the cosmic clock, Uranus entered Aries on March 31, 1927 and then left it for good on March 27, 1935, just short of eight years later. Uranus rules social cohesiveness, of how the group gets along. It is knowledge, invention, science and discovery. It rules the stars, both astronomy and astrology, and is fascinating, interesting and tintinnabulating. It powers little electrical skin tinglings. But it's also what is unusual, different, weird or strange.
It's bizarre, bohemian and far out, man.
Aries is, of course, the first sign of the zodiac. It deals with leaders and pioneers, of those who boldly go where none have gone before. It's the military and personal, heroic solo achievements.
When one celestially stirs these heavenly ingredients together in an earthen cup, it makes for a bubbly brew. Uranus in Aries can be a revolutionary army, freedom fighters, an independent spirit or charismatic leaders.
Uranus entered Aries on the last day of March, 1927. On May 20th of that same spring, Charles Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field in New York for instant fame on his way to the first non-stop transatlantic flight in history. One year later, on June 17, 1928 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. It electrified the nation and the news wires buzzed.
America had their new heroic first couple. They represented the cutting edge of discovery, forging science, technology and human nerve into and exciting avian mix that set us apart, made us different.
Charles Lindbergh was TIME magazine's first 'Man of the Year' in 1927. He was also the youngest. Aries births strong spirits, for better or worse. This was the era of Capone and Dillinger, notorious gangsters who were glamorized in the popular media. They were independent individualists too, forging their own path and made all the more fascinating for it. Huey P. Long, General Smedley Butler, FDR and even Hitler (who also made TIME's Man of the Year); all were thought to be exciting, unique personalities through this era.
As far as Revolutionary (Uranus) Armies (Aries) are concerned, 1931 provided two good examples. Uranus is the freedom fighter, but that also means they can break with tradition, ignoring the normal chain of command. On September 18, 1931, near Shenyang in southern Manchuria, a section of railroad owned by Japan’s South Manchuria Railway was dynamited. The Imperial Japanese Army accused Chinese dissidents of the act. While the responsibility for this sabotage remains controversial, the prevailing view is the Japanese staged the explosion in order to provide a pretext for war. In violation of direct orders from Tokyo and without the authority of the Emperor, the army general took matters into his own hands. In an early indication of Oriental Blitz- (lightning, Uranus) kreig (warfare, Aries), the commander attacked all cities along the South Manchurian Railway, capturing them in a matter of days along its entire 693 mile length.
The Japanese civilian government was thrown into disarray by this massive act of insubordination, but as reports of one victory after another began to pour in, their keen political sense helped them discern the direction of the Divine Wind, and they wisely decided to send three additional infantry divisions.
In 1932 the US also gave birth to its own Uranus in Aries Army. They heard the call and came of their own free will. It was called the Bonus Army, and it consisted of 43,000 individuals, 17,000 of whom were WWI veterans, together with their families and affiliated supporters who protested in the spring and summer of 1932 during the depths of the Depression. These war veterans were seeking cash payments from their Service Certificates, granted some eight years earlier. Although they were not supposed to be redeemed until 1945, many felt that Congress would understand their plight and amend the appropriate legislation. Many of these marchers had not worked since the start of the Depression in 1929.
On July 28th, 1932 after a small melee with the police, the army was ordered in. Infantry, cavalry and six tanks were led by Staff General Douglas MacArthur, his liaison with the police was a Major Dwight D. Eisenhower, and in charge of the cavalry was Major George Patton.
The Bonus Army, together with their wives and children were driven out of Washington with fixed bayonets and adamsite gas, an arsenical vomiting agent, and their temporary shelters and belongings were burned to the ground.
Let me repeat that. World War I veterans.
If we take the cycle back one revolution earlier, between 1759 and 1768, we find ourselves in the colonial period and the Pontiac War.
While the heroism, terror and bravery of the war were enough to satisfy the Uranus in Aries criteria (the only American Indigenous War where the ultimate outcome was not an outright native defeat), it was what happened after the war that draws our eye.
The violence, destruction of forts and loss of life in this conflict convinced many western Pennsylvanians that governmental protection was lacking, and their discontent manifested in an uprising led by a vigilante group known as the Paxton Boys.
These Volunteers of America turned their anger on the local Native Americans, many of them Christians, who lived peaceably in the midst of the white settlements of western Pennsylvania. On December 14th, 1763, a mob of more than 50 'Paxton Boys' marched on the village and murdered the Susquehannocks they found there. Pennsylvania officials then placed the remaining Susquehannocks into protective custody in Lancaster, but on December 27 the Paxton Boys returned, broke into the jail and murdered them all.
None were ever held responsible for their crimes.
Uranus is a wild card. They're 'different' from the norm. In Aries, this has historically been an explosive mix.