The Trouble with Possession and Uranus in Taurus
Uranus, the great disruptor, moved into the ultra-earthy sign of Taurus on March 6th where it will remain until 2026. Uranus is an electric wild card and Taurus is perhaps the most feminine of the earth signs. What does this mean for earthlings?
Taurus is ruled by Venus, goddess of love and pleasure. Think: Music. Think: Beautiful. Think: That really gorgeous guy who never, ever makes the first move. Taurus is a fixed earth sign and the very essence of you have to root down to rise up. And yes, Taurus roots. And roots. And roots. To begin to grasp Taurus, let’s look to its neighbor. Aries (ruled by god of war, Mars) is the masculine principle incarnate. Where Aries projects, Taurus receives. Taurus adores earthly comforts and uses her senses to engage. She is slow, receptive, observant, dependable. Taurus afflicted is boring, stubborn, ultra-hedonistic, and sluggish. Taurus, not a fan of disruptions, likes to know what’s on the schedule. And the menu. And she wants some extra time to get there. Oh, and Taurus rules finance.
Enter Uranus, the most unpredictable planet in the zodiac. I’ve heard it said that we can control the energies (ha) of all the planets except for Uranus. Uranus is all that is higher than sky. Uranus probably rules THE CLOUD, and so reigns over what we don’t have room for in our brains. We can say that Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury. Where Mercury signals the individual mind, Uranus is the collective mind. Bottom line: We can’t know Uranus’ plan. It’s divinely innovative and perhaps we are not ready for it and perhaps this not-knowing bothers us. Uranus rebels, gets weird, is ahead of her time. Uranus is the cosmos in their most electric and eclectic. It’s hard to not get poetic about Uranus, for she breaks up matter and reveals (in her own time) the cosmic architecture that we always (kind of) knew was there but couldn’t quite see.
This fall, I saw the Hilma af Klint show at the Guggenheim, “Paintings for the Future.” Most of her work wasn’t shown during her lifetime (1862-1944), as per her instructions. The world isn’t ready. Notes of Uranus. Uranus is painting the thing while we’re feeling some vibratory shifts. The reveal arrives when we’re ready (or not quite ready) and the reveal will be difficult, weird, beautiful, and collective.
When a destabilizing planet enters the most stable of the astrological signs, Earth changes. You may have heard Internet whispers: Uranus in Taurus = Financial Instability. Uranus is here to break things up, to send shock waves through systems that need to be shocked. But as we know by now, we can’t know the plan.
The question: Who owns what?
The question: What is property?
The question: What is ownership? (Hilma af Klint didn’t plan her paintings, she channeled them…)
The question: What gives?
The question: Do we need a new system of currency?
Where Taurus hoards, Uranus disperses. A thought: Don’t spend the next seven years hoarding your money because ownership doesn’t exist (property, trademarks, data, etc.) Even if we don’t grasp this now, Uranus plunging into Taurean cushiness (remember who controls 99% of the wealth?) will make us understand.
Where Taurus goes material, Uranus goes virtual. Uranus rules data and the past seven years (Uranus’ residence in Aries) were nothing if not data-driven. Our memories are in the cloud, our calendars are synced with google, our businesses run on Instagram. While Taurus asks, what about the body? The planet? We’re still earthlings with responsibility to the land and Uranus in Taurus is a freezing cold reminder that we’re using too much. Way. Too. Much. Optimistically: Uranus in Taurus will bring us ultra-sustainable agricultural practices (goodbye factory farming and destruction of land to feed cows who feed humans) and a more feminine (receptive, earth-loving, slower) approach to food, money, all things material. But first Uranus wakes us up, which might sound like this:
For a moment, let’s go back. On March 1st, 1781, The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation. Less than two weeks later, William Herschel discovered Uranus while the American Revolutionary War raged. And Anne Bronte, who was writing in the 1800s, maybe described the revelatory Uranus in Taurus nature best when she wrote: “Beauty is that quality which, next to money, is generally the most attractive to the worst kinds of men; and, therefore, it is likely to entail a great deal of trouble on the possessor.”
Trouble on the possessor. Uranus in Taurus shocks our obsession not only with possessing money (abstract) but with possessing beauty (even more abstract?) Note: Hilma af Klint was making abstract paintings before the men who made abstraction famous, but that’s for another day. Uranus troubles the possessor. It’s not a comfy placement. But if the root of all attachment is suffering, then worry not, or, worry a lot, as Uranus will no doubt force us to loosen the grip and (ultimately, after much grasping and drama) suffer less, tumble into receptivity, and stop draining the resources which Taurus so loves.