At midnight tonight GMT Uranus moves into Aries for the first time in 84 years. Last time this happened was in 1927, which was a time of immense technological development especially in flight (but was also the beginning of the ascendancy of Hitler and Stalin). Astrologers say that Uranus in Aries brings a seven-year period when charismatic individuals become the focus of attention and that from 2011 to 2018 the world will see radical groups going head to head with restrictive governments, rather like we have been seeing with Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Reprisals against Wikileaks by on-line banks and service providers led to a wave of cyber-attacks from Wikileaks supporters. But the major event connected with the entry of Uranus into Aries has been the surprise announcement by the Dalai Lama that he is quitting politics. In his words: “Tibetans need a leader elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power”. Perhaps democratic leadership as opposed to autocracy will be a major theme over the next seven years.
And another has been the 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan which has prompted tsunami warnings as far as Hawaii. Astrologers point out that when Pluto entered the sign of Sagittarius on January 17th 1995, the disastrous Kobe earthquake occurred and major planetary movements often coincide with significant geological phenomena. Astrologically, earthquakes are often said to reflect political upheaval in the country where they occur. For example the Haicheng earthquake in 1975 occurred in China simultaneously with Mao Tse Tung’s death. We will see what other events the momentous sign change of Uranus will evoke in the weeks to come.