Jupiter Conjunct Uranus in Taurus - Surrendering to Ourselves

Hi there!


What a busy month! And we are only a little over half way through. Beginning with Mercury retrograde in Aries on April 2, a total Solar Eclipse across the eastern half of North America followed on April 8, and now we’re looking at Jupiter conjunct Uranus in Taurus tomorrow, April 20. Add in Mercury’s direct station a few days later on April 25, and this conjunction can operate as a powerful catalyst in making extensive life changes that can ripple throughout the collective. This is an opportunity for us to become alchemists within the collective. So what does this mean, and how does it work? 


Let’s begin with the conjunction itself. When dealing with a planet like Jupiter, we can expect whatever it touches to expand - for better or for worse. It really comes down to how we individually handle this energy. Uranus, however, is a wild card. It is the planet that governs humanity, its lifespan, and its advancements/evolution. So there is a meeting of these two bodies in the sign of Taurus, which is ruled by Venus. Venus is currently in Aries, the sign of her detriment - Mars, meaning she struggles to function here. So we may find ourselves grappling with how we assert ourselves in issues of self-worth, the things we value, and what we have to offer in regards to the greater good. This is where we experience ownership in all manifestations.


Now let's look at Mercury Retrograde in Aries. Recall that Retrogrades operate as a preview, review, and revision period, and with Mars as its ruler, we are dealing with what instinctively drives us and how we act on those impulses personally. Additionally, the recent Solar Eclipse and the North are also ruled by Mars, indicating that there is some karma we must face, lest we create more karma. But we have support. The current placements of Saturn, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto, and Eris indicate some transcendence of the current situation. The personal informs the collective, and the collective informs the personal. In order to illustrate this relationship, let’s look at an excerpt from P.D. Ouspensky’s In Search of the Miraculous1 where he asked G.I. Gurdjieff a question about war:


The conversation began with my question: "Can war be stopped?" 


And G. answered: "Yes, it can." And yet I had been certain from previous talks that he would answer: "No, it cannot." 


"But the whole thing is: how?" he said. "It is necessary to know a great deal in order to understand that. What is war? It is the result of planetary influences. Somewhere up there two or three planets have approached too near to each other; tension results. Have you noticed how, if a man passes quite close to you on a narrow pavement, you become all tense? The same tension takes place between planets. For them it lasts, perhaps, a second or two. But here, on the earth, people begin to slaughter one another, and they go on slaughtering maybe for several years. It seems to them at the time that they hate one another; or perhaps that they have to slaughter each other for some exalted purpose; or that they must defend somebody or something and that it is a very noble thing to do; or something else of the same kind. They fail to realize to what an extent they are mere pawns in the game. They think they signify something; they think they can move about as they like; they think they can decide to do this or that. But in reality all their movements, all their actions, are the result of planetary influences. And they themselves signify literally nothing. Then the moon plays a big part in this. But we will speak about the moon separately. Only it must be understood that neither Emperor Wilhelm, nor generals, nor ministers, nor parliaments, signify anything or can do anything. Everything that happens on a big scale is governed from outside, and governed either by accidental combinations of influences or by general cosmic laws.” 2


Everything we experience is a reflection of whatever is happening in the sky. We feel transits personally, interpersonally, and collectively, and most often there are usually a collection of aspects happening all at once. Like people, some planets share affinity, and others repel each other. And then there are the aspects made by said planets. Some aspects are easier than others. And then there is the position of the planet in the solar system. Inner planets are known as personal planets, because we feel them on a personal level. Outer planets inform the collective. And then there are the two gateway planets, Saturn and Jupiter, through which all of humanity's lessons are filtered. When the Nodes are activated, an opportunity to do something arrives.


The conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus is a huge learning opportunity for humanity. For context, the last time Jupiter and Uranus were conjunct in Taurus was May 7, 1941. Pluto was in the early degrees of Leo, which is in direct opposition to the current transit of Pluto in Aquarius, and Neptune was entering Libra, which we can find in opposition to the current transit of Neptune and soon to be Saturn. Finally, the North Node was in Libra, which is now in opposition to the transiting North Node in Aries. Lots of issues came to a head at that time, and many choices were made. It’s no surprise that the themes and issues of the 1940s have returned for their next act.


When the inner planets, especially the Moon and/or the Moon’s Nodes are involved, events become personal. With the Nodes, Chiron, and Eris lined up with a total Solar Eclipse, Venus, and Mercury Retrograde in the sign of the individual and its personal will, we are being called to account for ourselves internally. We all have parts of ourselves we dislike, things we’d rather forget, and aspects we wish would go away. So we ignore them, punish them, project them onto others. We actively, yet quite unwittingly, incite violence within and against our own selves which we, in turn, project out into the world. This is the basis of the current suffering. Through compassion and acceptance of our unwanted parts, we can develop agency in a seemingly powerless situation.  


Before the Solar Eclipse of August 2017, it seemed so many of us were making good progress in these areas. But now we are faced with what was operating below the surface. Everything we believed was a done deal. Everything we tried to ignore. The things we didn’t see. Now it tugs at each one of us individually, goading us into reactivity. It demands our attention with great cost. But what if we could stop and acknowledge our common humanity first? Could we stop the attacks on ourselves? And from there could we stop the attacks on each other? And then perhaps that quality spreads? Could we collectively stop war by coming to peace within ourselves? With this upcoming conjunction expansive positive change is possible, only after we surrender to ourselves. 


If you are interested in knowing the areas of life where you are being asked to make changes, send a message or leave a comment. 


Best Wishes,

Peregrine  




1 See Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 30-31
2 The excerpted conversation occurred against the beginning backdrop of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Saturn and Neptune were conjunct in the early degrees of Leo.

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