For the first half of 2014, the powerful evolutionary Uranus-square-Pluto world transit of 2006-2020 is being expanded by the Jupiter archetypal principle while given dynamic outlets by that of Mars. These four planets, in a series of right angles with each other, are forming what is called a “grand cross”.
To understand our own decade, it may be helpful to look at the recent previous alignment of Uranus and Pluto - during the period 1960-1972 – in which they formed a “conjunction” i.e., together in the same part of the sky. We might now expect to see an intensification of any of the themes that dominated that unique decade: including democratic and civil rights breakthroughs, erotic emancipation and liberation of the Dionysian principle, female empowerment, gay rights, ecological awareness, intensified creativity, technological quantum leaps, and spiritual awakening.
The enhanced combination with Mars and Jupiter in 2014 suggests a period when the evolutionary, purging, dying, renewing, and releasing processes related to Pluto, and the electrifying, liberating, awakening, rebelling, and opening processes associated with Uranus will be greatly intensified. The gods and goddesses have an infinite palette from which to create our experiences, and astrology can predict only the broad thematic flavor of what may happen. It is probable that the next six months will have a dramatically unexpected quality, with many powerful releases and eruptions of emotional energy, sudden openings and liberating changes, and a widespread sense of awakening and rebirth. There may be a positive and progressive spirit in the air, a kind of wild magical feeling. At times, it may also feel like out-of-control energies are breaking out all over. More people may begin to see beyond their apparent short-term interests and feel a sense of planetary citizenship and compassion for others.
Our era has been described as a kind of titanic birth labor, leading towards some future point of collective species awakening. This is one of those times when the labor contractions bearing down on humanity – i.e., our many escalating social and environmental problems – will be pressing us forward much faster and in more surprising ways than usual. One of the most helpful contributions each of us can make is to explore the unconscious material in our own psyches. These buried traumas keep us locked in ecologically destructive and emotionally dissatisfying ways of being. The litanies of alarming events in the world around us are an ongoing reminder to look inward.