©3-9-2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
When one of the outer planets—Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto—changes signs, astrologers’ first task is to observe closely what changes the new sign placement of that planet is ushering in. These slow-moving planets have such a long orbit around the Sun that they tend to remain in one sign for up to a decade or longer.
In the case of Uranus, the orbit takes 84 years, and its stay in a single sign is about seven years. Very few people are still alive who have Uranus in Aries natally, and I doubt whether a single practicing astrologer has lived through the transit of Uranus through that sign. Therefore, we’re all still groping to understand what Uranus in Aries means, and we may have some theories, but observing what is going on around us is the more valuable tool.
In the last post, I shared my observations about new phrases in our language that could be attributed to Uranus in Aries, and I invited readers to add their own observations in the comment section. As always, there was a lively discussion. It made me continue to think about Uranus in Aries, and to see more correlations between that sign and planet.
The first new insight was about the sudden rise in high-energy drinks like Red Bull. When you take them, your energy is hyped up, almost like an overdose of Mars/Aries unstoppable nature. (An aside: the term unstoppable is rapidly becoming a buzzword that in itself represents an extreme Aries quality.)
Those high-energy drinks used to be sold under the counter at truck stops and gas stations to long-distance drivers. Now they are advertised openly and available in the grocery store. There are even pink label versions aimed at busy women.
In my long observations, when it comes to drugs, only downers are represented by Neptune in the charts of users. Abuse of stimulants (uppers) like amphetamines, cocaine, and crack are represented in the chart by transiting Uranus. Thus, with the transit of Uranus in Aries, a legal stimulant like Red Bull is gaining in popularity. Who knows what other brand-new stimulants will come into popularity during this seven-year stint?
(Another aside: Viagra and related drugs for ED must also be related to Mars difficulties. However, many men without that diagnosis are now using that as a recreational drug in order to have more sex and excitement, and they get it through illicit internet sites rather than a doctor’s prescription. Uranus in Aries, anyone? And, yes, it began during Uranus in Pisces, but we would expect it to become more widespread during Uranus in Aries, a far more sexually driven sign.)
Another interesting observation was brought to my attention by a respected colleague, Diana Stone. She tells me that all of a sudden she is hearing from long-term clients who have experienced a sharp spike in blood pressure, and yet who say that hypertension medication is making them ill. She feels that 180/90 is the new normal blood pressure.
As Diana and I tried to make sense of this phenomenon through astrology, our #1 tool for examining change, we again came to Uranus in Aries. You may recall the old classification of personalities by type, and recall that Type A personalities were driven and needed to be hyped up in order to handle the pressures of working compulsively.
My impression is that many Type A personalities have a strong fire component such as Aries or Leo. I also feel that Uranus represents a high-pressure type of individual who is accustomed to the excitement of a challenge. Therefore it would make sense that many of us would feel great deal more pressure under hard-driving Uranus in Aries. This high pressure placement might just create an adrenalin rush and higher blood pressure.
Just something to observe, and both Diana and I would appreciate your feedback. Please leave your observations on this and any other expression of Uranus in Aries in the comment section.
Additional Relevant Articles on Skywriter:
- Grabbing Some Insight into Uranus in Aries
- Uranus in Aries and the Cosmic Soup
- Uranus in Aries—a Heads Up for the Accident Prone
- Uranus in Aries & Flower Essences–8 Years of Significant Change Ahead
- Crossover Coming—Uranus moves from Pisces to Aries
- How Strong is your Uranus? Here’s the Score!