©2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
When transiting Mars aspects the outermost planets–Uranus, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto–conditions can get pretty hinky, but it’s especially difficult when it forms hard aspects to Uranus like the conjunction, square or oppostion. You may find it hard to focus and to sustain your efforts, due to erratic claims on your time and attention? Yup. My counsel would be: don’t act rashly and impulsively, give your ideas time to simmer, and stop to think if there isn’t a better way to do things. Lots of wasted effort, otherwise. Take time to smell the IPOD, write in your journal, and reflect on your visions. Your work will be better, sharper, clearer, more decisive after the aspect has passed.
Take for instance, the Mars-Uranus conjunction in Pisces in April, 2009. It was the last of four in recent years, so you might argue that it was evocative of the tumultuous world events over the past several years and especially of the wars and war-threats that have been a constant. Mars-Uranus conjunctions occur at two-year intervals and in every sign of the zodiac.
However, Uranus’ cycle lasts 84 years, and its previous stay in Pisces was from 1919-27, so the last conjunctions with Mars in Pisces occurred in 1922, 1924, and 1926. Once Uranus leaves Pisces, on May 29, 2010, the next several conjunctions will be in Aries. They should be doubly potent, because Aries is ruled by Mars.
What about the Kids who were born with it? I’m fascinated with the children born in 2003 during an exceptionally long Mars-Uranus conjunction. Mars and Uranus were conjunct within an 8° range of one another for four straight months–mid-June to mid-October–because of retrograde and direct motions of both planets. (The conjunctions generally last only a week or two.) This crew consists of every single child born on the planet from mid-June to mid-October of 2003. Behind them will be children born with the same combination in 2005, 2007, and 2009, but in far smaller numbers because the aspects were brief.
If your family includes one of these children, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone. Based on estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the kindergarten classrooms of 2008 and 2009 will be filled with 1.1 million children born in the United States with this combination–enough of them to populate a city the size of Dallas or San Diego. We’d also have to consider the long-range impact of an estimated 26 million children born around the globe during that four-month period.
What are they like? When Mars and Uranus collide, watch the sparks! This is a powerhouse combination. People with a strong Uranus (known as Uranian types) are often gifted with flair and popular appeal. They tend to be unusual, unpredictable, unconventional, idealistic, inventive, leading-edge, and even brilliant at times, but they’re highly independent, following their own path and perennially questioning authority. Naturally, you’d never pigeonhole a person based on only one aspect of the birth chart–and Uranians would blast you if you tried.
When you add to the mix such Mars-related qualities as energy, drive, leadership, initiative, competitiveness, interpersonal conflict, and anger, you might guess that children with this combination highlighted in their charts can be a handful! If not managed well–for example, by making sure they have plenty of physical outlets for that boundless energy–they can be feisty, hot-tempered, self-willed, rebellious, and more than a little wired. Imagine kindergarten classrooms crammed full of baby bikers, super-jocks, and commandos.
The nature of the zodiac sign where a conjunction occurs greatly modifies the qualities of the aspect. People with Mars and Uranus in one of the fire signs–Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius–can be unstoppable firebrands. In Scorpio, they might be incredible healers if evolved or else relentless in pursuit of perceived enemies if they’re living out the destructive side.
For the current group, the pair is in Pisces, a gentler, more altruistic combination. Pisces is a sign with the mixed blessings of imagination, inspiration, creativity, spirituality, compassion and the urge to serve on the one hand, and on the other, a pull toward self-deception, muddled motives, and escapism. Pisces is one of the four mutable signs, a group that can scatter its energies rather than focus them, yet has a much-needed capacity to adapt to the constantly-changing circumstances of today’s world.
Raising a Uranian kid can present a number of “damned if you do; damned if you don’t” dilemmas. Especially with Mars in the picture, excessive physical punishment or being a control freak will only create a die-hard rebel with great anger toward authority. On the other hand, you can’t allow a youngster to tyrannize your household or classroom with temper tantrums.
It could help to know that, as challenging as these children may be to their parents and teachers, Divine Wisdom has created them with exactly the spunk, audacity, and independence they’ll need as adults to fulfill their chosen roles in our world.
Note: This is an excerpt from a longer section on Mars-Uranus aspects in the 2008 edition of Donna’s Outer Planet Aspects to Venus and Mars, The Outer Planets and Inner Life, V.2, available at http://www.moonmavenpublications.com.
More Posts about Uranus on this Blog:
- 10 Things You May not Know about Uranus
- Uranian Ideas—Exceptional Thoughts about an Exceptional Planet
- Uranus In The Career Houses—“You’re Not The Boss Of Me!”
- Vocational Angst for the Pluto-Uranus in Virgo Generation
- Venus-Uranus Aspects among the Glitterati
- Venus-Uranus Aspects: Two-Minute Friends and other Modern Relationships
- Some Life Patterns of People with Uranus-Saturn Aspects in the Birth Chart
- Neptune & Uranus in Mutual Reception
More Posts about Mars on this Blog:
- Mars—What Great Minds say about Its Functions
- Mars-Pluto Aspects? Use your Manifestation Mojo!
- The Law of Progressive Annoyance—Mars or Jupiter?
- Johnny Depp’s Darker Roles—Where Do They Show in his Chart?
- Piracy on the High Seas and the Pirates among Us: The Transiting Mars-Uranus Conjunction
- It’s Baaaaaack–The Mars Hoax!
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