Tribute to Jonathan CainerMay 15, 2018
Back to schoolAugust 5, 2018
What’s all the fuss about Uranus moving into Taurus? Well, shift happens!
Astrologers get terribly excited when one of the planets beyond the so-called “classics” are about to change signs. The reason for all the excitement is because the “outer” planets have considerably longer orbits, meaning they stay in zodiacal signs much longer than the others.
Take Uranus for example. With an orbit of about 84 years, Uranus takes about 8 years to move through a given sign. For the past 8 years as Uranus transited through Aries, we’ve seen an exponential rise in self promotion, including “selfies”, self publishing, self employment and other means both fair and not of raising one’s self profile. Ruled by Mars, Uranus in Aries marked a time that has seen many a celebrity turn their egos inside out in pursuit of fame, however short-lived it may be. And this hasn’t been a good thing for those celebrities who were quite literally caught with their pants down. Like the mythical Ares, the enfant terrible of the Parthenon, gaining attention for questionable antics might not ever become completely extinct . But just as the collective becomes used to the surprises Uranus can inflict on such compromises of personal reputation, it shifts on us to change the focus and keep us on our toes. As Taurus is a “feminine” sign, perhaps this shift will mean people will become more conscious of the kaleidoscope of beauty in the world beyond the self. With Uranus’ rulership changing to Venus, one can have high hopes.
Shifts in Astrology?
Uranus, in its modern sense, is usually said to represent astrology. Venus is usually taken to represent our relationships. So as Uranus totters on the edge of Aries (don’t worry, by retrograde motion, it will be back in Aries later in November), I’m thinking of what its shift will mean for astrology. I see it moving away from the self promotional stuff and more towards working together to preserve the beauty of astrology.
One thing I will be doing a lot more of over the next 8 years is collaborating with other astrological researchers. I’ll be featuring interviews with other astrologers to see what they’ve been up to. I’ll be sharing more of my own research to be peer reviewed so others can help me to be a better researcher. In true Uranus in Taurus style, I’ll be working towards making astrology stronger and more robust for the future. And I’ll be working with astrology groups who are equally (a Uranian word!) committed to improving astrological research over the next 8 years. In no particular order, they are: ISAR, KIA, OPA, CIA as well as any spontaneous (another Uranian word!) research groups that come my way. I’m really looking forward to these collaborations and I’m deeply indebted for all they’ve done for me these past few years.
There’s way too many first person pronouns in that last paragraph (as Uranus is still in the last few minutes of Aries, I can be forgiven) but I’m getting a little head start on my collaborative efforts!
First let me give a little self shout out for my reformatted article on Uranus: “Herschel, Uranus and Mary Shelley’s Vision of Horror”! And while I’m at it, another one for my upcoming lectures (as I’m so busy these days!). And oh yes as my article on Algol and the Royal Wedding is getting lots of attention and will be featured in its extended form in an upcoming ISAR article, let me slide the link in for that too!
Shift Happens with Collaboration
I recently had the pleasure of joining with three wonderful teams of astrologers to get to the essence of what might happen as Uranus changes signs. Collaborative work is a very good use of Uranian energy! The first opportunity was with a group of Agents from the Cosmic Intelligence Agency: Julija Simas, Gemini Brett, Russell Olhausen, Shannon Gill-Jones and Adam Sommer. We even put together a webinar which has zoomed in popularity on youtube with nearly 700 viewings and 30 ‘likes’ in just a few days. It’s always good to be an Agent with a mission! And speaking of mission, this group is also presenting “The Marriage of Heaven and Earth” in Boulder Colorado a few weeks after the United Astrology Conference (click the links for further information).
Check out the video!
A Further Collaboration: More Shifts
Moonology author (and IVC speaker) Yasmin Boland is the UK’s best-selling astrology author. After meeting in India a few months ago, we met again in London alongside our buddy Laura Boomer-Trent (and IVC speaker AND a CIA agent!) for a spaghetti dinner and a chin wag.
Here we are looking ever so cheerful and Witches of Eastwick like (and just check out my horns!). If ever there was an argument that all Cancerians are the same, one need not look further than the three of us! Despite our very different approaches and interests, we share a passion for astrology and a deep need to share our knowledge. So don’t let the smiles fool you: we are hatching some serious plans to be revealed a little bit later.
I found out recently that Yasmin and I share a common tie: we were both friends of Jonathan Cainer, who died two years ago this month. I think it’s safe to say Jon was a massive influence on our work and that we miss him awful.
And One More Shift for the Road
Yasmin hatched this great plan for 15 astrologers from
around the world to add their opinions on what Uranus in Taurus could mean and put together this fabulous FREE booklet for all of us to share with our friends (another Uranian word!). So I’m happy to pass this on to you! With contributions from Lynn Bell, Nikki Harper, Aubrey Adams, Samuel Reynolds, Kimberly Dewhirst, Sherene Vismaya, Christina Rodenbeck, Tara Greene, Kim Fairminer, Cassandra Tyndall, Joanne Madeline Moore, Alex Trenoweth, Sally Kirkman, Priya Kale, and Yasmin Boland, it’s something not to be missed!
URANUS-extra-2 (click the link for the booklet)
So have fun as the cosmic gears shift yet again!
What will you be doing differently?