We are at a turning point.
This year, 2018, might become one that, collectively, we will look back on years from now. We might remember it as a long, winding curve, with no clear sightline on the final destination.
But change is coming regardless, and all we can do is keep turning those corners until the endpoint becomes clearer.
In late 2017, Saturn entered Capricorn, a significant shift on its own. Saturn, the planet of limitation and maturity, had been in Sagittarius, a freedom-seeking fire sign. Under this transit, Saturn couldn’t operate at its full power.
On personal and collective levels, it might have felt hard to gain or maintain control. Especially over work, finances, and responsibilities. There was a tension with this transit that brought up a lot of uneven results and ill-distributed energy. (Click here to read more about Saturn in Capricorn.)
When Saturn entered Capricorn, it started to bring us back down to earth, literally. Capricorn is an earth sign, and Saturn’s home base.
In the zodiac, the element of fire is always followed by earth. We depend on this rhythm.
Fire gets things going. It is the spark of inspiration, the fire under your ass that gets you moving. It is urgent and bright. It also spreads. Those qualities manifest in us through courage, initiative, confidence, and motivation.
But if we stay in fire too long, we burn out. Or we get burned. A little bit of fire is warm, passionate, and inviting.
Fire also rages, though. Too much of it brings anger, and danger. Tempers flare.
Earth helps to slow things down. It helps us to cool off, dig our heels into what we’ve created, and learn to take our time with our most precious plans and ideas – plans that are often sparked by the element of fire.
Earth is what we build from. It is still, dense, and so helps to hold things in place. If we stay in fire’s creative, burning drive forever, we won’t be able to put down the roots we need to keep us grounded. Or to keep us growing.
I mention this because it’s significant that both Saturn and Uranus are both moving us out of fire and into earth.
Uranus has been in fiery Aries since 2011.
On May 15, 2018, Uranus will enter earthy Taurus. It will stay there until April 26, 2026.
This is a major shift for Uranus, and for us: As above, so below.
Uranus works well in Aries. Both energies like challenge, change, and forward momentum. They prefer motion over stagnation, expression over hesitation.
But just because a planet functions well in a sign doesn’t mean it only manifests good things. The power of the planets is one thing. What we here on earth choose to do with the energies that work through us is another.
Uranus in Aries has been tremendously influential on the rise of the individual. The term “I am” is the embodiment of Aries. This is the sign of the leader, the independent, and the trailblazer.
Under the transit of Uranus in Taurus, we have seen the rise of the solopreneur, the rise of the selfie, and the rise of the term self-care.
The tattoo industry, cosmetic enhancements, and fitness culture (CrossFit, I’m looking at you) have all benefitted from Uranus in Aries. It’s a transit that gives us courage to stand out, to express ourselves how we want to, and to showcase our strengths in new ways.
Uranus in Aries can also be dangerous, though. The last time Uranus was in Aries, Adolf Hitler rose to power, setting the stage for WWII: Here, we had a planet connected to revolution, change, and rebellion, in a sign that can be aggressive, combative, and angry.
Uranus was in Aries when the Great Depression began, too. Once Uranus moved into Taurus, efforts were made to instill a new sense of control over the economy.
There is no question that we are once again living in a highly volatile time. People are angry. Outrage is evident politically and personally. (Read my previous post about the danger of Uranus in Aries here.)
Economically, things feel precarious.
Here in Canada, where I live, some major cities are becoming unaffordable for the average person.
Consumer debt is high and in some areas, average, middle class people are spending upwards of a million dollars for a family home or basic condominium – homes that, not so long ago – would have been valued at a couple hundred thousand.
It’s hard not to think that something needs to change. Or, that something is about to break.
Astrology doesn’t necessarily do anything to us.
A transit, for example, won’t create a war, or a recession. People make those things happen.
It’s how we are influenced by the astrological energies that makes a difference. These energies affect us in such subconscious ways. They can become currents that pull us in and we might not know why an idea, a trend, or an urge feels so compelling.
But maintaining awareness about these transits can help. Decide what they mean for you, and how you want to work through them.
It’s also up to us to stay aware and to be careful that we don’t let history repeat itself.
So what does Uranus in Taurus mean for us? What changes will it bring? What new themes will emerge?
Changes in finances
Under the influences of both Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, these past several years might have felt like money was actually burning a hole in your pocket.
When are under the influence of fire energy, we can spend money like it’s nothing. Like we can’t get rid of it fast enough, or like we can’t be satisfied with what we have for very long.
Saturn in Capricorn is already cooling some of us off, and Uranus in Taurus can be expected to continue to slow down the financial flow.
Taurus is fixed energy. That means it digs its heels in. There is no joy in change for Taurus. Uranus is going to have a hard time in this sign because Uranus exists so that we can experience change.
Taurus prioritizes security, whereas Aries embraces the unknown. Aries finds stability in taking leaps of faith, whereas Taurus clings to what it’s got.
Money is a major source of our security, and so is strongly tied to Taurean concerns. Stability, practicality, and routine are big themes for Taurus.
The thing with Uranus is that it is such an eccentric energy that it’s hard to pin down. Its lesson is always to expect the unexpected.
I’m not saying that there will be an economic recession outright, but I would say it’s best to be prepared for anything.
Uranus in Taurus will likely slow down certain economic growth. Especially within industries that are not not aligned with humanity’s evolution.
Uranus likes new things and helps us to move towards innovation. In Taurus, older industries or long-established brands – ones that perhaps have been reliable or that we assume will be a constant presence in our world – might be in for the biggest shakeups.
Remember, too, that Saturn is in Capricorn, already working to correct any imbalances that were created when Saturn was in Sagittarius.
Saturn in Capricorn asks you to organize your finances. Uranus reminds you to expect the unexpected with them.
So save if you can, and hold off on making any unnecessary major purchases just yet. Give yourself some time to get a sense of how Uranus in Taurus is shaping up for you, and then splurge if you feel the time is right.
Changes in housing and real estate
Taurus is typically connected with the homebody. This ties into this sign’s need for stability and rootedness.
Here in Canada, and I’m sure in other parts of the world, too, housing has been a huge discussion throughout the past decade or so.
In 2010 – when Uranus made a temporary entry into Aries before its full transit in 2011 – the cost of housing in Canada began to rise.
The last time Uranus was in Aries, it gave us the “roaring 20s,” a time that allowed the economy to grow out of control. Speculation and over-inflation led to the crash of the stock market.
Aries’ roaring fire got out of hand. Taurus came along and put it out under a heap of dirt.
When Uranus entered Taurus in the 1930s, people began rebuilding the economy, creating more stability.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we see similar corrections as we move into Uranus in Taurus once again.
Currently, Canada is home to North America’s most expensive city, Vancouver. Toronto isn’t far behind. And of course, south of here, cities like San Francisco and New York also top that list.
People are paying four to six months’ worth of rent in advance, just to get an apartment here in Toronto.
For a few years now, analysts have been speculating that the housing bubble is about to burst, and Taurus’s horns may be what drive that point home.
To Taurus, change is a desperate measure. It will do anything to cling to what’s familiar. But if an economy or industry is reaching peak levels of concern, then Taurus may deem the situation desperate enough to act.
There is also prime opportunity right now for new types of housing to gain popularity.
Think: 3-D printed homes (which are being proto-typed now), tiny homes, and new innovations in solar technology.
Changes in money
At the start of 2018, a writer friend was complaining to me about some freelance work they’d been solicited for.
“The editor offered to pay me in a cryptocurrency is company is creating,” they said, clearly irritated. “I said forget it.”
“Not so fast,” I thought. “This is exactly what Uranus in Taurus would want.”
Uranus is associated with technology and innovation. Pair that up with abundant Taurus and what do you think happens?
“Whatever events and changes Uranus in Taurus might bring, many of them will have been set in motion some time ago. Birth and death start a long time before they arrive, and planetary ingresses are no different.”
– Sue Tompkins, “Uranus in Taurus,” The Mountain Astrologer, April 2018
Of course, cryptocurrency isn’t exactly new anymore. A lot of people have at least heard of Bitcoin, and it’s made the rounds in the news quite a bit the last couple of years.
But now we are moving into an eight-year period that will support its potential. If ever there’s a time for cryptocurrency to go mainstream, 2018 may be the beginning of it.
Does that mean you should run out and buy stock in Bitcoin? Or change your business model in order to accept sales in cryptocurrency?
I wouldn’t rush to do those things just yet, unless you’ve done the research yourself and feel confident with a specific direction.
I am waiting to see what happens here. You never know what Uranus brings, and there are likely many more innovations to come around cryptocurrency, and what will rein in the end remains to be seen.
I would recommend at least staying open to new currencies, and new ways of doing business and banking.
Bartering and sharing economies will likely continue to grow, too. Uber is one company that has set the stage, and Uranus in Taurus will dance all over it.
Changes in gender, sexuality, health, and the body
A reclamation process has begun under Uranus in Aries.
The body no longer belongs to society. It is coming back to the individual.
Gender is being challenged, and changed.
Sexuality is being revised, reworked, and reclaimed.
Again, the Aries chant of “I AM” echoes strongly here.
People are recognizing that they cannot live under society’s standards anymore. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty, love, and sensuality.
What Uranus in Aries has stirred up within us is going to continue to express itself in the way we treat our bodies, and in the way we define – and redefine – everything about the physical self.
Morality and tradition are coming into question, especially when they have been worn as chains that have kept people from experiencing their true selves, inside and out.
The #MeToo movement is likely just a precursor for the main event that will unfold over these next eight years.
Our views and relationships with gender and the body will continue to evolve. There may even be an emergence of new pronouns to reflect the fluidity of gender, sexuality, and human nature.
How easily society accepts these changes remains to be seen. But the changes will come regardless.
Many people have been reclaiming their bodies through tattoos and cosmetic procedures. Body modification is an incredibly individual act, and, depending on where you live or the circles you travel in, still seen as a rebellious act, too.
The urgency and frequency around tattoo culture may ease up a bit as we get out from under Aries’ influence, though I doubt tattoos will fall out of the mainstream altogether at this point.
During the 1920s, when Uranus was in Aries, we saw many attitudes change around fashion, particularly as women started to move away from restrictive dress codes and expectations. Long skirts were out. Pants were in.
And so it has remained ever since. So Uranus in Aries may have made tattoos mainstream. Taurus will hold onto what has been established, as is its nature. The path has been paved.
Beauty procedures are poised to evolve, too. Uranus is so inventive.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some new breakthroughs around cosmetic enhancements, topical skincare, oral supplements, and other health and beauty regimes are revealed thanks to Uranus in Taurus.
Changes in entertainment
If you could see any artist in concert, living or dead, who would it be?
You never know: It just might happen. At least in hologram form.
There have already been some experiments with projecting holograms in concert. Uranus in Taurus gives us the right influence to make this an ongoing reality.
Could we expect Kurt Cobain to lead a Nirvana tour again? Elvis to return in one of his various iterations? John Lennon to rise from the dead?
Depending on who owns the rights to a musician’s image – living or dead – anything can happen. Think about it: If you used holograms to mount a concert, you could have multiple shows by the same band on the same night in cities all over the world.
This could inject some new life, so to speak, into the struggling music industry.
It’s just a prediction, but again, the astrological support is there for something like this to happen.
Taurus, however, also loves tangible objects. Vinyl and CD sales have been on the rise and they may continue once this Taurean transit is here.
Changes in technology
Let’s face it: Technology is always changing.
Since Uranus does have an influence on how we use technology, and what we do with it, and whenever the planets change signs, you can bet a whole new host of themes, ideas, and products will be introduced into the collective.
And of course, some will likely die off, too.
In the months leading up to Uranus’ entry into Taurus, there has been a lot of talk about a major data breach at Facebook.
This is just one example, but it’s opening up a bigger discussion about our relationship with a brand and social media giant that many of us have been trusting in for years now.
Facebook is a daily part of millions of people’s lives. Will it manage to hang in there during the Uranus in Taurus transit? If it does, it will likely emerge a very different animal from when it entered.
But then, we all might emerge very differently after this transit.
I don’t know how sustainable, or healthy, it is for so many of us to be tied to our phones 24/7.
Especially as more and more of our lives are being transferred onto our smartphones, from credit cards to bank accounts. It’s making it harder to put your phone away for any length of time.
And what about the people who can’t afford smartphones? Or who simply choose not to use one? Where do people who have to opt out fit into this technologically-dependent world now?
And what happens if the technology suddenly fails? Or if something better comes along and makes this whole era suddenly obsolete?
I also wonder if Aries’ independent energy will wane, and if Taurus will wake us up to the emotional disconnect and divide that technology creates.
Taurus is ruled by Venus, which loves love. It wants to be close, and to be adored. And to adore others.
But not at a distance. Will Uranus in Taurus highlight the coldness of social media? So many relationships – at least in younger generations – seem to flourish via text now, too.
I’m always curious about the families I see out at restaurants together, each of them – parents and kids – staring at their phone screens, not saying a word to each other the entire time.
Will we fall out of love with our screens and back in love with real, face-to-face connection?
That would be my hope, but it is also my bias.
Earlier, I mentioned that big brands may be the ones hit hardest by Uranus in Taurus.
Facebook, or other major tech companies, may be due for some major changes in the years to come.
The Uranus in Taurus transit will also overlap with Pluto entering Aquarius in 2023, another transit that is likely to introduce deep change in the technological sphere.
Taurus is an earth sign, and that also means the environmental impact of our existence is going to become a bigger and bigger concern throughout the next several years.
Which can certainly tie in with technology as it fuels consumer culture, creating a 24/7 world.
The more products we need to get by, the more taxing it is on the environment. As we create more work for ourselves, we create more strain on the earth.
Wi-Fi may be free at Starbucks, but it still comes with a cost.
These are all questions I expect we’ll have to face more and more during the Uranus in Taurus transit.
There will be deaths and births, shakeups and shocks with this one, and we need to be prepared for change within our material world.
Until next time,