Uranus Square Pluto: The Consequences of the Debt Explosion
By Raymond A. Merriman
It’s been four years since Pluto first entered Capricorn in January 2008 and commenced the “Cardinal Climax” era of 2008–15. This was an astrological pattern that would bring back themes of the 1930s’ Great Depression, for that period was the last instance in which Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto transited through cardinal signs and formed hard aspects to one another. In the earlier case, the Cardinal Climax peaked when Uranus moved through the sign of Aries and formed a powerful square (within a one-degree orb) to Pluto in Cancer, 1931–34. This time, the Cardinal Climax may also hit its peak since Uranus is once again in Aries and forming a powerful square to Pluto, now in Capricorn, within one degree of exact between the summer of 2011 and the first quarter of 2015.
The difference in these two time periods is between a waning square (1931–34) and a waxing square (2011–15) of Uranus and Pluto. The former relates to the pain of a loss or the ending of a matter or an era. The latter relates to the pain of birth, or the transition from the past into the beginning of a matter or a new era. In other words, things may look and feel difficult right now, but there is hope for a brighter future — probably much more hope than was present in 1931–34. Of course, the real challenge will be to transform hope into realistic solutions and positive outcomes, for even during birth, serious problems can emerge that threaten the very life of the entity if the correct actions are not applied in a timely manner.
The problem today is that no one really knows what those correct actions are, despite claims to the contrary by proponents of widely opposing ideologies. Understanding the nature of the times we are living in right now is no easy task. Whenever Uranus is involved in a hard aspect to a planet like Saturn, Neptune, or Pluto, there is always the element of unpredictability and surprise. Unexpected events tend to arise that force one in a new direction.
If understanding where we are today is a daunting proposition, anticipating how we will come out of this situation is even more challenging. All solutions offered so far are typical of Uranus: They are laden with unknown risks. Some factions of society want to take those risks, for they see the current direction as obsolete and prone to more failure. They want to facilitate a New World Order. Others believe that taking those risks will lead to an even more dangerous and unstable situation. They fear chaos and another financial meltdown, possibly even a breakdown of society and government.
In 2008, I described the commencement of the Cardinal Climax as akin to entering The Twilight Zone. You may remember that this classic television show (and, later, the movie) began with a refrain:
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.
Indeed, the events that transpired in 2008 and beyond seemed unreal, as if the world did suddenly enter a “Twilight Zone.” The mortgage-backed securities market buckled, stock market values plunged, and banks teetered on the brink of collapse. No one really knew what would happen. In this period of great anxiety, the Federal Reserve Board dropped its lending rate to member banks to nearly zero percent. A new political leader emerged who promised both “Hope and Change” and a new era of unity that had eluded American governance under his predecessor, and even those before him.
For the first time in its history, the United States elected an African-American to its presidency, and one who had virtually no traditional background or experience for the post he was about to assume. It was all very Uranian in the sense that it was completely different, all “first-time” stuff for the U.S. populace, who had no clue how it would end up, but only a hope that things couldn’t get worse and might even get better. For the majority of American voters, it was a risk worth taking at the time. But it was also Pluto in Capricorn, so the struggle for power and control was far from over, not only in America, but elsewhere around the world.
Today the zeitgeist has changed, which is also typical Uranus. We have been in the Twilight Zone for four years. We are getting adjusted to this new world, even though we still haven’t a clue as to when, where, and how it will end. Today’s circumstances and anxieties have all the classic elements of a modern video game or science fiction movie. That is, there is a perception of good guys and bad guys involved in the fight between good and evil. The world’s survival is at stake — at least financially, if not also in terms of worldwide security — as the threat of a nuclear holocaust or destructive cyber warfare increases each day. Plus, it is 2012! Isn’t this supposed to the year that the world will end, according to some modern-day interpretations of ancient texts?