Saturday, 24 April 2010

Saturn Opposition Uranus - All Change

Think back to late 2008, when the current series of Saturn-Uranus oppositions began. How the world has changed! The credit crunch; the banking crisis; political changes, scandals and upheavals; recession; job losses; calls for political and economic reform….we are living through times of massive change, for sure.

I suspect there aren’t many of you reading this who haven’t been affected directly or indirectly by the events of the last couple of years or so. As we come to the fourth of the five current Saturn-Uranus oppositions, the final one in Virgo and Pisces, this is a good time to review what’s changed in your life and to ask yourself how you feel about where you find yourself right now.

Did you initiate and control the changes that have occurred in your life, or were the changes thrust upon you and your loved ones by circumstance? Have you wanted to make changes, but felt blocked by external forces or by your own fear or uncertainty?

For some of you, this process of change has been/is a conscious one, as you rebel against ‘the way it’s always been done’, make a push for freedom and push forward with your ambitions/dreams/plans. However, many of you who desperately want to make changes in your lives are feeling blocked (or feeling like you’re ‘in prison’ as one acquaintance expressed it) as you meet resistance from the outside world, or even resistance from yourself, conscious or otherwise. Perhaps the key is to carefully time the changes you are trying to make, pacing things patiently and sensibly. Breaking big tasks (like job hunting, for instance) down into a series of smaller tasks is also a good approach which can help prevent things becoming overwhelming. That way, when change does finally break through for you, you will be in a good position to balance the new things in your life with your need for stability and security, minimizing the ‘scary’ factor.

If you are not feeling blocked and managing to initiate change successfully, the above advice still holds and you should also be aware of the danger of moving too fast in your zeal for the new - ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’ - changing the good things in your life, as well as the bad.

For others, change may have been unexpectedly thrust upon you. Perhaps it’s been a sudden job loss, a change in your financial fortune, a relationship breaking down or some other distressing disruption to the status quo of your life? It feels as if a very difficult challenge has been thrown down and circumstances are dictating that you rise to that challenge. You must carefully put in place new structures in your life to replace the old ones that have passed away. You may need to pull on all your inner and outer resources to find ways deal with your new circumstances. You may need to swallow your pride and ask for help. The old has been swept aside, the new must come in and the future is wide open. For some this brings a tremendous sense of freedom and excitement and for others, a crushing sense of fear and restriction. Most of us though, are feeling the fear and the excitement, all at once.

Of course, we shouldn’t forget that Pluto is also a part of this picture – Pluto has been squaring Saturn since late 2009 and forms part of the Saturn-Uranus-Pluto Cardinal T-Square which has been building since then (scroll down to see data for these aspects). The energy of Pluto and Saturn combined can add a tremendous sense of restriction, separation and fear of loss. We are called upon to work hard, hard, hard to get through Saturn-Pluto times, but we may just find that, if we work hard enough, seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome and unimaginable goals can be accomplished.

Hang on in there and keep pushing. You will come through. You are strong.

Resources and Further Reading
Whatever your personal situation, change is undoubtedly a stressful experience. Below are some useful links for further reading, which also include some helpful coping and healing tools.

The Cardinal T-Square Blog-A-Thon has brought together a collection of helpful, insightful and informative articles on handling the challenges of Saturn, Uranus, Pluto and the Cardinal T-Square. All in all, over 50 talented astrology writers present a collection of articles designed to help you to learn more about these challenging planetary energies and discover some helpful healing tools and coping mechanisms. Here are the links you need:
More healing and coping tools from Vibration Magazine: Combining Astrology with Flower Essences

See also Donna Cunningham’s Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit

To read my previous articles on the Saturn Uranus oppositions and the Cardinal T-Square see:
Saturn-Uranus-Pluto, the Financial Crisis and Me
The Saturn-Uranus Oppositions and You
The Cardinal T Square - What's It All About?

Astrologer Lara Owen has written some excellent articles about the Saturn-Uranus Oppositions, here’s the latest one: Saturn Uranus Oppositions April 26 2010

For the world view see the series of Saturn-Uranus-Pluto essays of Bill Herbst  and/or read Richard Tarnas’ excellent book Cosmos and Psyche

  • 4th November 2008 – Saturn opposition Uranus (19 degrees Virgo-Pisces)
  • 5th February 2009 - Saturn opposition Uranus (21 degrees Virgo-Pisces)
  • 15th September 2009 - Saturn opposition Uranus (25 degrees Virgo-Pisces with Pluto at 0 degree Capricorn, forming a t-square)
  • 15th November 2009 – Saturn square Pluto (2 degrees Libra – Capricorn)
  • 31st January 2010 – Saturn square Pluto (4 degrees Libra – Capricorn)
  • 27th April 2010 Saturn opposition Uranus (29 degrees Virgo-Pisces with Pluto at 5 Capricorn , still in orb for a t-square)
  • 26th July 2010 Saturn opposition Uranus (0 degree of Aries-Libra with Pluto at 3 Capricorn, forming a cardinal t-square in close orb)
  • 21st August 2010 – Saturn square Pluto (2 degrees Libra – Capricorn)
You will be/have been affected by the above aspects if you have personal planets or points in the late degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) and/or between 0 and 4 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). If you do not know if you have planets or points at these degrees of these signs you can quickly download your own birth chart which will provide you with this information in a simply understood way at

It is important to note that these transits are slow and their effects can last for many months, maybe even a year or more. Astrological transits of this kind are processes of unfoldment, representing important stages in our personal development, not one-off ‘events’ timed to the dates the aspects become exact.

A note about orbs: for personal transits, I keep orbs very tight, a maximum two or three degrees applying and one degree or less separating. However, please bear in mind that astrology merely reflects events in our real lives and we should remind ourselves that experience should always be given precedence over the question of mathematical orbs. When applying these aspects to world/collective events, it is acceptable to use orbs of up to 10 degrees or more, although the tighter the orb, the more intensely concentrated the energy.

With love, Mandi


  1. Thanks, Mandi. Very encouraging.

  2. Thanks Ellen and thanks also KarieS, for your comments :D

  3. Great article Mandi. For me the opposition is about patiently making plans for my future (Uranus) - my 'true self' future and true destiny (Pluto) as a person.


  4. Thanks Wizron, glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like this current time is ultimately very positive for you and that you are on the right track. The very best of luck to you.
    Mandi :D


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