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The Penultimate Uranus-Pluto Square: Look Around You Now 

click to enlarge Protesters block the Brooklyn Bridge Dec. 3 following the grand jury decision in the choking death of Eric Garner. - JAMES KEIVOM / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
  • James Keivom / New York Daily News
  • Protesters block the Brooklyn Bridge Dec. 3 following the grand jury decision in the choking death of Eric Garner.

Monday, Dec. 15, is yet another exact contact of the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn -- the 6th of seven exact squares in total. This is the astrology that has been defining our current era for a few years now: breaking open social and political institutions as well as structures on a more personal level; calling individuals to wake up, take part and define themselves in a dramatically shifting landscape.

While the first exact contact of Uranus and Pluto was in 2012, the effects began warming up long before that as these two powerful planets approached alignment (think Arab Spring and the Occupy movement). In your life, your community, and in the wider world, you can probably identify sparks that have ignited in unexpected ways; foundations seemingly being bulldozed out from under you; opportunities to engage with your community and the motivation to actually do so; intense reactionary steps taken by those who have a lot to lose in the face of progress.

You can see it now in the stories dominating the news: the militarization of police; the unification of voices speaking up against racial injustice; the release of the Congressional Intelligence Committee’s report on torture by the CIA. Many of these stories are united by the theme of “abuse of power” -- institutionalized power (and the power to undo institutions) being a theme of Pluto in Capricorn.

You can see it in the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai: the 17-year-old Pakistani girls’ education activist determined not to let a Taliban bullet to her face dissuade her from her mission to speak up and assert herself (revolution of self being a theme of Uranus in Aries).

Bring the focus in little closer. Consider the changes in your life since around 2011 or so: the unexpected upheavals opening new spaces to step into; the insistence (seemingly from the universe itself) that you assert who you are -- or that you discover who you are as the world comes crashing into your living room. What facet of your life that you thought was a concrete foundation reinforced with rebar has become more like tectonic plates along a major fault line?

Where within you has the revolutionary spark and the process of evolution been most palpable, scary as it may sometimes be? Get your bearings within, and look without. This is the event. You’re in it.

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