In astrology there are no more powerful influences than the transits of the three outer planets – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – over the four angles of the horoscope.
The first, fourth, seventh and tenth house cusps are derived from the exact birth time and place of a person, and are therefore more personal than anything else. They make the actual framework for an individual’s life: the Ascendant (1st house) shows what is rising on the eastern horizon, the Descendant (7th house) what is setting on the western horizon. The Midheaven (10th house), or MC, shows the highest point the sun reaches at noon, and the Immum Coeli (4th house), or IC, shows the lowest point the sun reaches under the earth around midnight.
In symbolical terms therefore, the Ascendant shows You, and what is personal about you, like for example the impact you make and appearance. The Descendant shows the Other… whoever you happen to encounter who becomes a counterpoint to your existence and an object onto whom you project qualities which you tend to deny in yourself. The MC represents your highest goal… the fruit of your ambitions, whilst the IC represents your family and heritage… the mysterious roots of your past.
When outer planets transit personal planets like the Sun or Venus for example, there is not necessarily a change of structure. But when one of the outer planets passes over the four angles, there will be a change in the framework of your life. If you live to the age of 84, you will experience a Uranus transit over all four angles, and each event will be immediately recognizable. (When Uranus transited my Ascendant, I lived in India for a year. On its transit to my Descendant 42 years later, I find myself in India once again.) A Neptune or Pluto transit over the angles is much rarer, and correspondingly deeper and more far-reaching. You will not experience a transit of these two planets over more than two angles in your lifetime.
The short interpretation for these transits is that Uranus brings freedom, enlightenment and autonomy, Neptune brings confusion, idealism and a spiritual baptism, and that Pluto brings crisis, psychological insight and transformation. However, these influences are much nuanced and are naturally modified by the sign the transiting planet is in during the course of the transit. And with Uranus and Neptune having just changed sign (to Aries and Pisces respectively), and the comparatively recent arrival of Pluto in Capricorn, the outer planet transits to the four angles will be subtly different to how they were a few years back.
Uranus transits, with Uranus now in Aries, will bring far more dynamism and action than earlier when it was in Pisces. Just as Bush could not capture Osama bin Laden when Uranus was in Pisces, a sudden commando raid under Obama did the job with Uranus in Aries. Likewise, it is a mistake to think that the miring down of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Uranus in Pisces period will repeat itself in the Uranus in Aries period, when fast campaigns will tend to work. Collectively the world wants action.
On a personal level, action is also the key to working with current Uranus transits, whilst patience and going with the flow may have been more effective in the Piscean period. Previously brave initiatives will have dissolved in the face of unpredictable factors which undermined autonomy. Now it will actually pay off to take a risk. Those with alternative-style beliefs would have listened more to clairvoyants with Uranus in Pisces, but with Uranus in Aries they will want to feel in control of their own fate through personal autonomy and action.
The following descriptions show the generic effects of Uranus over the four angles with a following commentary on how the specific Uranus-in-Aries effect modifies the experience.
Uranus over the Ascendant: Revolutionary new departures
You have reached a point in your life when you no longer can continue on a conventional path. To live your life according to old mores and conventions is inconceivable – you need excitement, experimentation and change. This means that you make a choice for freedom rather than restriction, and naturally this has consequences for the way you choose to live your life in the future, and for your personal relationships. Basically this is a consciousness-raising epoch when long-distance travel or contact with really exciting groups stimulates you to make changes in your lifestyle. New interests linked with New Age values absorb you. You tend to be uncompromising in your choices now – authorities have no influence on you at all. You are swept off on a wave of exhilarating change. This exciting period leads you to embark on a life that is focused on what is unique about you.
As this affects your Aries individual qualities, your urge for freedom and independence will be explosive. You will be completely unreceptive to suggestions that you tone down your urge for radical change. Never before have you felt so completely that the time is Now. You have a duty to be a personal example to others, and bravery and honesty will be your guiding lights.
Uranus over the Descendant: Freedom in relationships
A new epoch is starting in your life regarding the way you relate to the world and important people who are close to you. Change comes now because of a growing need to see the world and experience new people – people who inspire you to think in radical new ways. This brings consciousness growth in connection with groups and perhaps also new connections abroad and travel. Existing relationships must adapt and provide far more space now, so that both you and your partner can evolve and grow.
Neither you nor your loved ones can tolerate restriction, dominance or manipulative behavior – love is also about setting people free. If you are in a relationship that you have longed to get out of, this could be the time. If you are not in a relationship you may well meet an unusual person, a foreigner perhaps, who takes you on a wild ride. If you have enemies at this time, don’t underestimate them, as you are vulnerable to a surprise attack. You take the freedom now to learn new and rather unconventional skills for dealing with people, and this can change how you work professionally. This period can be expected to a new life full of freedom and possibility.
With Aries on the Descendant you enjoy the challenge of balancing a partner who is demonstrably an individual. Now, with the Uranus transit, this individual comes with a universal declaration of independence, which can spur you to examine your own dependence and bring more space to the relationship. Give freedom to those you love, then give some more. It is a liberation. As the Descendant is also “over there”, this is likely to bring trans-continental adventures.
Uranus over the IC: Gipsy life
A new epoch is beginning in your life connected with your roots and domestic circumstances. You shake loose many attachments to the past and have the desire to be footloose and free. Oppressive family pressures are not for you at this time, and you make choices that increase your freedom of movement. If this was 19th century America, you would be heading out West. There is a gipsy spirit which can result in you moving home or at least traveling a lot between different home bases. It is also possible that people who come from an exotic environment spend time in your home now, awakening you to the big, wild world. Desire for renewal, excitement and change can also affect your career, inspiring you to be more independent. If you have been contemplating relocation or moving abroad, this is the time to do it. This will lead to a new and freer home life.
As you have Aries on the 4th house cusp, you are always ready to make a fast decision concerning the family. With the Uranus transit, you are likely to demand extreme bravery from those dependent on you. And anyone you are dependent upon, particularly parents, you will liberate yourself from in no uncertain terms. This influence is likely to bring domestic disruption because of your need to tear yourself away from roots that are perceived to be tying you down.
Uranus over the MC: Exciting career changes
A new epoch is beginning in your professional life as you tire of old goals and missions and are gripped by an urge for more freedom and independence at work. If you have been thinking of striking out on your own, this is the time to do it. You chafe under authorities at this time, but you may be fortunate to find an enlightened and exciting team of people with whom you can work. Ideals are more important than materialism, and if you can travel internationally, or involve yourself with international groups, it could not be better.
This is the time to make a break with traditions and authorities of all sorts, and to capitalize on the unique talents in your possession. More satisfaction will be gained by working freelance than if you continue in an old boring role. This may well lead to a new professional era when you fully realize your potential.
When you have Aries on the 10th house cusp, you do not need much encouragement to strike out on your own. The Uranus transit will launch you into a different orbit, and you will either start your own completely unique career, or drop the nine to five job and become free-lance. The first sign will be a clash with the powers that be, whether this is the boss or parents. The only way they can hold on to you now is by giving you complete freedom.
In the next two sections of this article, I will be dealing with Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn as they transit the four angles of your chart.
Adrian Duncan May 2nd, 2011.