The current conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus marks the beginning of a brand new Jupiter-Uranus cycle.
The major alignments of this 14 year cycle, notably the conjunctions and oppositions, are associated with evolution and growth in human consciousness, with ever expanding horizons in our understanding of the world and our universe and with exciting major breakthroughs – quantum leaps – in science and technology, leaps which seem to invoke the myth of Prometheus (Uranus), who stole fire from Zeus (Jupiter) and gave it to man.
So it seems that under Jupiter-Uranus alignments we witness quantum leaps which changed the way we view the larger perspective – our very place in the universe – but these alignments also appear to coincide with inventions which have truly enhanced and changed the way we work and live in our daily lives. For example, Jupiter-Uranus alignments bore witness to the invention of the electric light bulb, the first radio broadcast, the first speaking movie, the first television broadcast, the prototype for the personal computer and the birth of the internet. Fancy a month without your TV, your PC, the internet and electric lighting? What would we do with ourselves?
In the field of aviation, Jupiter-Uranus alignments coincided with the first hot air balloon flight, the first flight of the Wright brothers in the Kitty Hawk and the first solo flight across the Atlantic, Now, thanks to cheap, commercial air travel, the world is wide open to most of us.
In the cycle that has just concluded, the conjunction occurred between Nov 96-Dec 97 (using the 10 degree orb generally used in mundane astrology) and the opposition occurred between Sept 02 and Aug 04…let’s see if this cycle might give us some clues on what this new cycle has in store for us… see if we can connect a few dots….
In ’97 General Motors launched the first electric car of the modern era. Under this 2010 current conjunction, a number of manufacturers including Nissan and Mitsubishi are launching fully electric cars to the mass consumer market for the first time.
It was also in ’97 that the largest strikes in South Korean history began and in the same year there were widespread student pro-democracy protests in Burma. In 2010, it seems almost certain that the mass wave of strikes and protests we are already seeing in Greece and other countries, in reaction to job losses and government austerity measures, will continue. At the time of writing, anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok, which have been ongoing since March, have led to violent clashes with authorities and talk of revolution.
It was also in ’97 that the disarmament crisis in Iraq began and by the time of the opposition in 2003 – when the inevitability of a US-led invasion of Iraq became clear – an international group of protesters went to Baghdad to act as voluntary human shields, hoping to avert the invasion. This was followed by global protests against the Iraq War, with more than 10 million people protesting in over 600 cities worldwide, the largest protest ever to take place before a war has even begun. Despite that, in March ’03 the Iraq War began with an invasion of Iraq in which the U.S. and allied forces swiftly seized control of Baghdad, ending the regime of Saddam Hussein.
Britain's accidental revolution!
The Jupiter-Uranus cycle is also associated with the theory of evolution and with developments in cloning and genetics. It was in 1838 under a Jupiter-Uranus opposition that Darwin conceived his theory of natural selection and it was under the conjunction of 1858 that he published his theories jointly with fellow naturalist Wallace. Moving forwards, it was in ’97 that a team of scientists in London reported their DNA analysis findings from a Neanderthal skeleton, which supported the out of Africa theory of human evolution, placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. But then, during the opposition of ’03, the journal Nature reported that 350,000-year-old upright-walking human footprints had been found in Italy! It was also in ’03 that the Human Genome Project was completed, with 99% of the human genome sequenced to 99.99% accuracy. This was the same year that the first cloned deer and horse were born and in ’04, South Korea announced that they had cloned 30 human embryos.
As we are now into a new Jupiter Uranus cycle, what’s next? Time travel; teleportation; the indisputable discovery of dark matter; mass riots, strikes and protests; commercial space tourism; proof of life on other bodies in the solar system (already scientists are very excited about the possibility of life on Saturn’s Moon Titan which they believe has a warm underwater ocean, thanks to the evidence sent back by the Cassini Mission)? It really is hard to predict when we’re in the realm of Jupiter and Uranus, especially as the full significance of the events and discoveries that occur under these alignments often only become clear in retrospect. Whatever happens it's bound to be exciting!
*It has today (21 May '10) been announced that scientists have for the first time successfully created artificial life in a laboratory. Evoking Armstrong's famous words, The Independent's headlines reads, "synthetic cell is a giant leap for science, and could be bigger still for mankind". Critics have raised ethical concerns, accusing the scientists (Uranus) of playing God (Jupiter). To me this is a perfect manifestation of Jupiter conjunct Uranus quantum leap events and it brings to mind the myth of Prometheus whole stole fire from the Gods and gave it to man. For the full story, click here.
Data for the current Jupiter-Uranus Cycle:
- The exact conjunctions are as follows: 18 June 2010 (at 00 degrees 17 minutes of Aries); 19 September 2010 (at 29 degrees 42 minutes of Pisces) and 4 January 2011 (at 27 degrees 02 minutes of Pisces). Using a 10 degree orb, the time span of this conjunction falls between March 2010 and March 2011.
- The exact oppositions are as follows: 26 December 2016 (at 20 degrees 33 minutes of Libra-Aries); 3 March 2017 (at 22 degrees 11 minutes of Libra-Aries) and 28 September 2017 (at 27 degrees 22 minutes of Libra-Aries). Using a 10 degree orb, the time span of this opposition falls between November 2016 and November 2017.
- Please note that if you are looking at transits to an individual's birth chart smaller orbs should be used (a good guide is to use approximately 2 degrees of orb or less either side of the natal planet or point which is being transited).
Bibliography:Mundane Astrology by Michael Baigent, Nicholas Campion, and Charles Harvey
Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas
Additional research (particularly around the events of the 97 and 03/04 alignments): http://www.wikipedia.org/
Picture credit for Saturn's Moons Dione and Titan from Cassini: NASA/JPL/SSI. Colour composite: Emily Lakdawalla.