Let’s get familiar with the major transit of this year, Saturn square Uranus. The transit will come into exact three times over the course of 2021, but we will feel the pull of it throughout the year. Wednesday, February 17 is the first exact square. For about a week before and after that date, we’ll all be a bit on edge; as if we can sense we need to change something, but we’re not sure what it is.
There is a lot of tension in this particular square; both planets are in fixed signs, Aquarius and Taurus (which typically are stubborn and resistant to change), neither planet is comfortable in its element (earthy Saturn is in an air sign, while airy Uranus is an earth sign), and the hard angle of a square demands compromise. This year, something has to give. As Saturn moves around the wheel, it shows us where we are rigid and lack flexibility. Every time Saturn checks in with Uranus, we will be asked to do something in a new way, throw away the rigidity of the past, or completely revolutionize our experience of something.
Take a look at your chart and find 7º to 13º of Aquarius and Taurus. This is where the action will be. This first square between Saturn and Uranus happens at 7º Aquarius/Taurus. Look at what houses those degrees are in to get more information about what you need to change. In that area of your life, you may have been resistant to making tiny adjustments to what or how you’ve been doing things. If you don’t make them in the next few months, cataclysmic change is on your horizon.
If, for example, you have Uranus in your (Taurus-ruled) 3rd house and Saturn in your (Aquarius-ruled) 12th house, the changes that you need to make relate to how you are accessing and using your imagination. Uranus in your 3rd house is asking you to think outside the box, to consciously listen more closely to what bubbles up from your subconscious. While Saturn in your 12th is demanding that you give form to what comes up; perhaps as a book, a play, a song or a TV show.
In 2020, we learned what isn’t working and we got a sense of how we can change it. 2021 is the year we get to work releasing what is no longer serving us, opening ourselves up to new ways of doing things, and embracing a more cooperative reality.
The dominant aspect that shaped 2020 (and which will shape society for years to come) was the conjunction of Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. For the entire year, as those three heavy-hitting planets moved though the late degrees of Capricorn, they pulled apart the social fabric and brought focus to it’s weaknesses and deep social inequities. So many major events that have transpired in the last several months were representative of the interactions between those planets; from Brexit to America’s president being impeached, from Covid-19 to the fires on three continents, from the unjustifiable killing of George Floyd (and other black Americans) to the storming of America’s capital. They showed us what needs to be upgraded or demolished.
In 2021, we get to work on those things. Fittingly, the dominant aspect of 2021 is a square from Saturn in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus. That aspect will be exact three times over the course of this year but will be present all year long. It asks us to let go of the status-quo past and embrace a more egalitarian, equitable future. Saturn is moving through Aquarius now, quickening our planet with hope and infusing us with a desire for tolerance, objectivity, and constructive change. While the square between Saturn and Uranus will wax and wane over the year, we will be given three hard opportunities to let go of what isn’t working any more, to turn our backs on what is rigid and unforgiving, and to assess and realign our values. I will mention them in future posts, but those dates are: February 17, June 14 and December 23.
There are five planets in Aquarius now helping us to reorganize our lives and the structures of society. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are helping us to liberate ourselves from our societal, familial and cultural conditioning and find our authentic expression.
Tomorrow, Venus will make three important connections that are worth mentioning. On February 6, Venus will conjunct Saturn, sextile Chiron, and square Uranus. Our patterns to relating (to others and to ourselves), our values, our ability to compromise and participate will be under pressure. Venus’s conjunction to Saturn is a reality check on the way we’ve been spending money, how we have been relating with family members, and to our ideas of what we think we want. Venus conjunct Saturn implies a limitation; it often expresses as a small circle of friends, difficulties with having enough money, or a lack of safety within the family dynamic. Venus’s square to Uranus is a lightening bolt. It implies changes of fortune with money and love. This angle sometimes manifests as a new friend, a new experience, the windfall or loss of some money, or the release of a friendship that has become overly constrictive.
Trying to balance the constricting energy of Saturn and the liberating energy of Uranus is tricky, but thankfully, the sextile of Venus to Chiron will help to smooth things over and provide healing undertones to whatever happens. Lean into what feels good, be open to new experiences, and remember that a little bit of kindness goes an especially long way this weekend.
Woman, believer in Truth in all of its forms, singer, animal-lover, yogini, avid reader, life-long vegetarian/vegan, lover of art, dance, theater and music, originally from the Bay Area of California, now residing in Torino, Italy.