This week is the ‘big one’ in the astrological diary for 2018.
Yesterday Mercury entered chilled Taurus and on Saturday Venus enters homely Cancer. The week is top and tailed by two low key moves. The main event is anything but.
Tomorrow, Uranus bursts into Taurus at 16.24 London time for the first time in 84 years. A New Moon in Taurus a few hours prior heralds this major shift.
Uranus’ job is to shake things up. Taurus embodies stillness and steadiness. The planet of innovation is moving into a sign where things stay put. It’s like a bolt of lightning through a tree. Or an exploding rock.
While he’s spent the last 7 years in Aries, Uranus has symbolised a vision of progress shaped by excitement, adventure and instant impact. The elevated status of running your own start up and selfie mania are just two examples. Aries is about beating the odds and ensuring all eyes are on you.
For the next 8 years, Uranus is planting his feet on steadier Taurean terrain. Dependability will count for much more than dynamism.
Boring is the new black.
This shift in emphasis may not be evident overnight: Earth signs can take a while to get going, and Taurus is the slowest of them all. Championing the willingness to ‘go for it’ will gradually be replaced by a sense that a sensible, measured approach backed by solid numbers is the way forward.
Or will it? Uranus is the most unpredictable of all the planets.
Exactly how our relationship to wealth and self-worth – Taurus governs both through money and values planet Venus – will change is unclear. Still, all things Taurean will be turned upside down one way or another over the next 8 years.
The banking system, the main custodian of our wealth, is already grappling with open banking and challengers. Fintech players and investors who can break the rules to reimagine a system (Uranus) which delivers enduring stability and reliability in a practical, fuss-free way (Taurus) will be handsomely rewarded when Uranus reaches the end of Taurus in 2026.
Meanwhile, Pluto, the planet of root and branch restructuring, continues to pace through Capricorn until 2024. The banking crisis began when Pluto entered Capricorn in January 2008. Now with Uranus in the sign of banking, the banks will have to demonstrate real accountability. The time for radical change in our financial institutions is finally here.
As the first of three Earth signs (Virgo and Capricorn follow), Taurus lays the foundation of the tangible realm. Our physical bodies, our senses and our environment.
Is the growing momentum behind veganism a sign that we're embarking on a healthier relationship with our food, how it is produced and what it really costs us as a society? Uranus in Taurus favours prudent, creative use of limited, precious resources. Then again, how realistic (Taurus) is it that most people can give up meat and dairy products?
The shock of Uranus changing sign ratchets up on Wednesday when action planet Mars squares Uranus upon entering Aquarius. The tension of this aspect is heightened by the fixed signs: “this is how it is (Aquarius) and I’m not budging one inch (Taurus)”. It’s a clash between ideals of progress (Aquarius, Fixed Air) and unchanging reality (Taurus, Fixed Earth).
The pent-up frustration of this square is already expressing itself in the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip following President Trump's decision to open a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
More global news stories will reflect the rearranged sky. The royal family are likely to hit the headlines for reasons besides the imminent royal wedding. The Queen's Sun is at 0 degree Taurus, the very spot Uranus will soon be occupying. Several members of her family also have charts sensitive to 0 degree Taurus.
Uranus meets the Queen’s Sun exactly, at precisely 44 minutes before the start of Harry and Meghan’s wedding at noon on Saturday. Anytime between Uranus changing sign on Tuesday and 11.16am London time on Saturday, the Queen and the royal family will experience a momentous change.
Here’s a guide to where you will experience a blast of Uranian fresh air over the next 8 years based on your sun sign chart. The area of life governed by your Ascendant or rising sign, if you know it, also counts.
Aries Your financial situation and self-worth
Taurus Your whole life and identity
Gemini Your place of retreat and spiritual life
Cancer Your social circle and group associations
Leo Your professional life and public reputation
Virgo Your adventures and belief system
Libra Your intimate relationships and joint investments
Scorpio Your significant others and opponents
Sagittarius Your daily routines and wellbeing
Capricorn Your romantic life and recreational activities
Aquarius Your family and property
Pisces Your siblings and neighbours