Updated: Mar 6, 2019
This Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, Uranus leaves the sign of Aries and enters Taurus, where it will remain until 2026. It takes Uranus 84 years to cycle through the zodiac, so most of us have never experienced a Uranus in Taurus transit, nor will we again in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of revolution and upheaval. It is the planet of the future, and as such he governs modern science, technology, invention, new discoveries, and humanitarianism. Taurus, being a fixed Earth sign, oversees government, banking and finance, material possessions, weather, land and agriculture. Taurus is also ruled by Venus, which governs beauty, the arts, and self-worth. When you have a fixed sign like Taurus, who values tradition, security and control, meeting with a rebellious planet like Uranus, there's bound to be some tension.
The last time Uranus was in Taurus was from 1934-1942. During this period the U.S. experienced the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, followed shortly thereafter by the election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who created The New Deal and the Social Security Act to try and restore economic balance to the nation. Meanwhile, the world witnessed the rise of dictatorship at the hands of Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini, followed by the beginning of World War II and the Holocaust. A few years after Uranus' departure from Taurus, World War II and the Holocaust were over, and Hitler and Mussolini were dead. The transit before that, from 1850-1859, the U.S. saw mounting tension over the debate of slavery, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was published, and shortly after Uranus's exit from Taurus, Abraham Lincoln was elected president, the civil war began, and the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. If there's one universal catchphrase that might best describe the climate of Uranus in Taurus, it is this: "Greed and tyranny will not stand."
Our current Uranus in Taurus transit will likely uproot whatever seeds of greed, excess, and selfishness have been planted over the previous decade. We will be asked to confront the areas where we have overextended ourselves, crossed boundaries that should not have been crossed, and where we chose self-advancement to the detriment of the collective well-being. In the U.S., we will likely see an emphasis on climate change policy over continued oil drilling and exploitation, sustainable agriculture in the place of corporate agricultural monopolies, a move away from traditional banking institutions and paper-currency to digital banking and crypto-currency, and (this is my hope) a revival of financial and government-backed support for the arts. The arts are an essential part of every society, ancient or modern, as they capture in universal language what it means to be a human being. They inspire hope, creativity and innovation, and they chronicle our histories through crafted storytelling and imagery. Without the arts, the world would indeed be grey and bleak.
Finally, keeping with the trends of the previous transits, we may see the rise and fall of powerful leaders, and possibly even war, with the major players (i.e. loose cannons) being the U.S., Russia, and North Korea. If we are to thrive during the next 7 years of this planetary position (and indeed into the future), we must hold our leaders and our governments accountable for their actions and their broken promises. Lies and propaganda, even if seemingly trivial, are the breadcrumbs of greater deception and manipulation. We cannot dismiss them, regardless of our personal or political beliefs, because we do so at our own detriment, as history clearly shows. Only truth and integrity can lead us into a prosperous and harmonious future.