©5-30-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
It’s time for a taste test of the current batch of Cosmic Soup. What’s that, you ask? It’s that big vat of feelings and situations simmering on the back burner in our Collective Kitchen all the time. We’re all feeding on it. What’s in the pot changes every day, and we don’t know what we’ll get, but the pot is always there.
From time to time we dip a ladle into it without really thinking about it, and it fills our gut with stuff we stew about, thinking it’s a pot of our own making. Maybe it’s a family recipe, or so we believe, not knowing that the exact same soup is on the back burner of kitchens everywhere.
We brood and curse our luck when it’s a bad batch, because we know we’ll be stuck with that soup for days on end. We can’t just toss a big pot-full like that out, not in this economy.If it’s a lucky soup, we try to stretch it by crossing our fingers and adding more of the same stuff. We call people and invite them over to share it, provided they bring a bottle of wine.
So what’s the Soup du Jour? It’s a hearty ragout of Uranus in Aries that’s been bubbling vigorously for the past few days. It’s a new and virtually untried recipe—a Tex-Mex mix of chunky meats and hot spices with way too many shakes of the chili powder and cilantro jars.
It’s a bit bitey and adventuresome for many of us, but we’ll get used to it. It might even get our tired blood racing again.
The guys will probably like it better than the gals. They’ll add it to the chili, barbecue, and deep fried turkey recipes they concoct for tailgate parties and cook-offs.
So what’s Uranus been like in Aries for you so far? Let’s compare. I’m eager to hear what you’re picking up about it.
Down a Memory Lane of Outer Planet Ingresses
I have a gift for sensing the shifts in outer planet signs right away, a palpable inner movement. The very first time was in 1970 when I’d only been studying astrology a couple of years. Neptune moved into Sagittarius, and I felt it that very day. January 4, 1970.
I couldn’t describe what I felt—who can express what Neptune is like? But I knew when it happened. And now most of you who were born with Neptune in Sag are already headed into your midlife cycle and are coming into your own in astrology and other metaphysical pursuits. You’re a wonderful bunch, and you’re bringing a lot of depth to these studies.
When Pluto went into Sag, it was a very different saga. January 17, 1995. I cried inconsolably all day. I could sense the deep and terrible changes it would bring to those Jupiterian/Sagittarian/9th house institutions I hold dear. Education. Publishing. Law. Foreign countries. Religions. All changed irrevocably, and all in the name of wealth, power, and the Almighty Bottom Line.
42 years have gone by since I first stumbled upon a storefront in New York’s East Village where Henry Weingarten and Barbara Somerfield were teaching astrology and where I got hooked on this fathomless field of ours. I’ve felt a lot of ingresses—Uranus moving from Virgo through Pisces, an entire half-orbit of the planet of change, revolution, and astrology around the Sun.
The Current Ingress and my Angry Inner Adolescent
So what did Uranus shifting in into Aries feel like to me? Oh, I felt it. I just didn’t know it at the time because I was preoccupied with my new laptop computer. I’d had it for almost 3 months, as Uranus meandered its way through the last couple degrees of Pisces. Bought on impulse during a sale, it sat gathering dust on its sleek, shiny black shell.
I was getting nowhere with it and was starting to hate it. I TRIED, but I couldn’t find anything—couldn’t even find the email program. None of my mission critical programs for writing, graphics, or astrology would install—something about 16 bits wouldn’t talk to 64 bits. Even the Windows 7 for Dummies book I bought didn’t help.
I started having empathy for the whatchamacallums. You know, those smugly ignorant anti-computer curmudgeons who pretend to be lamenting their stupidity while secretly preening themselves on their superiority. I’ll remember the word after I publish this. (Later: Luddities, that’s the word I’m looking for.)
Anyway, I finally decided I had to shell out some big bucks and hire somebody to get me up and running, because my dearly beloved writing and web partner, a 6 year old Hewlett Packard tower was terminally ill. I dropped the new lap top and all my mission critical software off at the home of a very fine computer guy. Uranus was at 29 Pisces 50 something.
His name was Michael, and BTW, I am quite sure that Michael is an Aries name, because I’ve known any number of Michaels who were Aries, and who were named for Archangel Michael, the Warrior Angel, defender and protector of those who ask his help. If you run into Uranian troubles, you could do worse than call on him. The angel, I mean. Though if you live in Portland and need a computer guy, I’ll pass on his number too.
So anyway, he brought back the computer a few days later, and spent another several hours hooking it up to the internet, updating my antivirus protection, and downloading a new version of Solar Fire astrology software.
And while he was there, I got up out of the armchair where I was sitting, drumming my fingers with impatience. I stepped down on my ankle funny and got the worst sprain of an entire lifetime of chronically sprained ankles. Uranus rules ankles, and I have Uranus conjunct Saturn. I can sprain an ankle standing perfectly still. For two days, I was terrified I’d broken a bone in my foot or torn a tendon.
The ankle hurt like a bastard, and it still hurts, and so most of the time that Uranus has been in Aries, I’ve been laid up at home nursing–and cursing–it. And getting used to my new, finally operative computer, just at the Aries ingress of Uranus. May 27, 2010.
The laptop is gorgeous, but for every new thing I learn, there are three or four other new things I haven’t a clue about and have to muddle through somehow. I suspect that’s going to be a signature of Uranus in Aries. Mucho muddling through. New territories to conquer with no map, no Uranus for Dummies manual.
What else I’m noticing is a huge upsurge of rage. I’m like an angry adolescent, throwing mindless fits of temper. I woke up one morning yelling, “I hate every effing person on this effing planet!” (Clearly an exaggeration.)
I make it a practice not to perpetrate my bouts of anger on other people. Thanks to the Seth books, a Course in Miracles, and Eckart Tolle, I know it’s just my stuff, 3 parts ego to 3 parts fear to 2 parts frustrated wants. Fortunately I live alone, and no one else has to witness these immature snits. I get on my own nerves a lot, though.
But the friends I’ve talked to on the phone confess that they’re raging inside too. And so I’m thinking that maybe an Inner Angry Adolescent is another of the signatures of Uranus in Aries. Uranus is associated with adolescence, and Mars–the planet of anger but also of action–rules Aries. See, teens know when things aren’t right–and they’ll tell us if we will only give them permission to speak. So maybe we should listen to our Inner teen as well. Because there’s plenty to be angry about in the way things are unfolding.
It’s Here at Last–Are You Ready?
We’ve all been speculating about what Uranus in Aries will bring to the Pluto-Saturn square and the Uranus-Saturn opposition when it completes the Cardinal T-Square. For about 9 months, I’ve watched people with planets in the early degrees of Cardinal signs try to preserve the status quo and the old ways of doing things, even though they just don’t work any more.
They try to patch things up, they hold on desperately to toxic people and situations that don’t serve them, out of fear of change. Brain-dead marriages and careers have been on life-support because we just don’t know how to say goodbye. Inertia and stagnation have been the order of the day.
With Uranus in Aries—a Mars-ruled Cardinal sign—I think our personal and collective Inner Angry Adolescents are going to be fed up and slamming a lot of doors. The doors we should have walked out of long ago. And so the rage—IF you’re feeling it too and I’m not just personally losing it—is an ingredient in the Cosmic Soup, but a necessary one in order to break the stagnation and arrive at fresh solutions.
Readers, am I reading the Cosmic Soup correctly? Has an Inner Angry Adolescent shown up for you? Or, are you experiencing the shift differently? I’m not talking pet theories about Uranus here, I’m talking real life experiences. I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.
Related Articles You May Find Helpful:
- Neptune and the Cosmic Soup
- Pluto-Saturn Kit #6: The Train is Coming. Are You Stalled on the Tracks?
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #1—Houses & Areas of Life Affected
- Stuck For What Seems Like Forever? Maybe Areas of Unforgiveness are the Cause
- Uranus in Aries—a Heads Up for the Accident Prone
- Relocating under Fire? Help from Astrology and Essences
- Career Challenges for the Pluto-Uranus in Virgo Generation
- Life Patterns of People Born with Uranus-Saturn Aspects
- How the Pluto-Saturn Square may Affect People born with that Aspect
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