injustice

Uranus Comes to Taurus

July, 2018

Uranus Comes to Taurus: Radical Change Meets Immovable Object


MAY 2018 – April 2026

Buckle up! Uranus, the Changemaker, the Awakener, the Great Liberator, arrived in Taurus right after the New Moon on May 15th. It will be in the Bull’s sign (with short forays into Aries and Gemini) for 7 years, until it enters Gemini in April 2026.

It brings with it the legacy of its transit through Aries, which began in 2011. Think back to the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring, the removal of many barriers to same sex marriage, the sudden breakdown of the structures of silence around sexual abuse and harassment in the halls of corporate life, and public questioning of binary gender identity labels. Aries is the sign of the individual and self-identity, and is associated with the planet Mars, who can be an out of control warrior, or a force against injustice. And Uranus got our attention and began to move perceptions and ideas that seemed set in stone until its energy arrived on the scene.

Uranus’ transit into Taurus occurs 84 years after its last visit to this sign, from 1934 to 1942, and is the next spiral in humanity’s journey as filtered through the Taurean energy. The Sign of the Bull holds our values, our resources, and what comes from the Earth. It tends them so they can root and grow to full harvest. Taurus is Fixed Earth, stable, patient – changing over eons – an evolutionary being, not a revolutionary one. It keeps going in the face of formidable odds. In its shadow, it is intransigent, dug in, and unwilling to move, even when movement is necessary. Taurus also rules money, spending, finances; it is the symbol of Wall Street! Venus, Taurus’ ruling planet, speaks to abundance and fertility related to the gifts of Earth – all the beauty and bounty that occurs around us. She evokes the Goddess as Gaia. Uranus is the Tower card, the lightning bolt, immediate change for its own sake – creative chaos out of which something new coalesces. It loves revolution just because it shakes up the old order and forces us to confront what we don’t want to look at or are afraid to see. When Uranus visits Taurus, we expect seismic change in the Taurean areas of influence.

We can get an idea of what to expect from this Uranus transit by looking back at its last journey through Taurus. As a result of the 1929 stock market crash and the ensuing Great Depression, millions were jobless, homeless and starving. Social safety nets like Social Security were created and banking and investment regulations put into place to prevent a recurrence of conditions that led to the crash. Infrastructure jobs created by the government-established WPA resulted in new buildings, roads, power sources and parks. The WPA also employed visual artists and writers to create works for public consumption. The Dust Bowl, caused by drought and unsustainable land use practices, resulted in mass population movement and new approaches to farming and food security. Food rationing and Victory Gardens on the home front during World War II were other manifestations of Uranian energy in Taurus’ realm. Technology like telephones and radio began to be mass produced. Charga-plate, an early form of department store credit card, was developed and came into broad use.

One of the shadow sides of that transit involved the flourishing of economic and political conditions that led to World War II: economic penalties imposed after World War I, questions of boundaries, annexation of land, and people’s right to exist. Appeasement – the failure of people and nations to speak truth to power – also played a role. Uranus in Taurus during this time period was a singular clarion call for humanity to examine what it values and how to rightfully use and respect life and resources.

And we will hear that clarion call again during the current transit. We are seeing debate about the value of social safety nets like Social Security and Medicaid. Just last week there were news accounts of eminent funding issues with Medicare and Social Security and what changes will be necessary to preserve these programs. Medical care itself may undergo widespread change – think medical marijuana vs. heavy opioid prescribing and widespread use of the body’s own defenses and immunities to treat disease. Continued climate change may result in mass population movements and create greater lack of food security. Stronger storms, more “100-year events” and eruptions and tectonic shifts are on the Uranus in Taurus menu. We will see more issues surrounding natural resources and people’s rights, particularly around water, as we have seen recently in Flint, Michigan and Capetown, South Africa, where water is rationed and people are fined for exceeding quotas. We can expect radical changes in banking and currency – crypto or other digital currency! There will be changes in farming and land management technology; keep an eye on the Bayer-Monsanto mega merger, approved by the U.S. Department of Justice on May 29th. (And remember the 1970’s TV commercial “It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature!”) We will continue to see debate around gender identity. Rising pressure on social and cultural norms from women speaking out and running for office will shift ideas around privilege, ownership and hierarchy; remember that Aphrodite was born after Gaia was betrayed by Uranus! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranus_(mythology). All of us will be asked to examine what we value on a personal, societal, and spiritual level and to speak truth to power.

Uranus’s move through Taurus is terrifying and exciting at the same time. To synchronize with the energy of this transit, I am focused on sustainability, sourcing more of the food I eat locally, and growing and preserving fruits and vegetables from my garden and the farmers’ market. Know the source of your food and support local farmers where you can. Respect water as a limited resource; there are rainwater collection barrels in my garden. I am working with a lodestone to stabilize my tangible resources and to attract exactly what I need, no more and no less. I practice deep gratitude for Gaia’s gifts – sunlight, sky, stars, trees and all of the life forms here on the planet. I have an emergency kit with food and water to be ready should a natural or man-made disaster strike. I regularly donate resources to organizations that work with local and international disasters. To align with Uranus’ energy of liberation and let the Taurean energy be one of flow rather than stagnation, I am releasing “stuff” that I no longer use or need so that it may find value and purpose somewhere else. That includes expectations and old understandings and beliefs about how ownership, privilege, culture and the social order work. And I am carefully tending what is useful and beautiful, including my physical wellbeing. I am inviting in resilience, opportunity, cooperation and the trickster energy of playing with whatever shows up. When the Bull and Uranus work together, they create an unstoppable force, focused on what we hold dear and the resources that sustain life. Taurus teaches that we must prepare the ground and do the long term tending work needed to create change that will take root and flourish. We are being called to learn how to be resourceful, to share what we have, and to value Earth and each other. This transit will be a wild ride; roll with it but hold tight to your deepest values!

***

About the Author:

Susan Rossi is a Practitioner and Teacher of Shamanism. She is a long-time explorer of The Mysteries – the connections between mind, body, spirit and how to live in right relationship to all of the energies streaming through the cosmos. She works with clients as an astrologer, coach, ceremonialist and guide to the wisdom that each of us has the capacity to access. Her focus is on guiding clients to unblock and rediscover their inner wisdom, exploration of the birth chart, ceremony, legacy writing, hypnotherapy, energetic healing practice and creation of sacred tools are integral pieces of her practice.

Susan trained in Soul Level Astrology with master astrologer Mark Borax. She delights in exploring with individuals the planetary pattern under which their soul choose to incarnate.

Flying to the Heart www.flyingtotheheart.com

Open Channel Astrology https://openchannelastrology.com/

In the Words of Mama Bear

December, 2015

I had been working in a small community within the larger Pagan community when I received a very insidious Facebook message that began with, “You’re too emotional when it comes to this community. It’s not all about you, nor is it all that important”. The sender then began to question my skills as a community leader, because I was still “new” (after 10 years) and told me that the pagan community as a whole, the one I worked tirelessly for, “wasn’t that big of a deal.”
It ended with a smiley face emoticon and a message of “You know I’m only saying this because I love you right?”
It was a quick, and destructive little Facebook message, but everything about it and the situation in question was a perfect example of the quagmire of disrespect, insidious, gas lighting, boundary-pushing nature of the Pagan community (within a community)I was involved in. If I had called this person out on their emotional manipulation and denigration in a Facebook message, what would have happened? I could have screen shot it and posted it to my wall, but what good would it do? I would have been seen as a crazy troublemaker while this person was vilified as a God/Goddess (sexual identity concealed to protect the guilty) and I would be laughed at and mocked.
I was depressed. I felt powerless in a situation involving a community where bullying, slander, libel, gossip, harassment, stalking, sexual harassment, sexism, and homophobia seemed to be celebrated. I had been told that I needed to “grow a pair” and acquire a “tough skin” to do the kind of work in the community, that I was doing and that I needed to “not take it personally” when people exhibited these behaviors. When I complained about the toxicity of the community, I was told it was just the way it was for this community to be blunt and rude in order to have an authentic and truly open dialogue. This was the only way that we, as pagans could have a true authentic pagan experience.
When I was questioned about decisions I made for the position in the community that I held, I went from politely firm to loud and angrily defending myself in just a few short moments. I was told that I was overly emotional and that I just didn’t understand where the community was coming from! Talk about double standards! When I got that Facebook message, it was the last straw in dealing with the insanity in my community. I couldn’t do anything in that community without the threat of harassment or physical injury; I made a hard decision, and let my feet cast the deciding vote to leave.
I remember that day so vividly. I had gone to St. Louis with my husband for a weekend away, and as we were riding around the old neighborhoods, I received a phone call telling me that I was indeed still welcome with open arms. In fact, I was being asked to continue to be a leader. I remember chuckling and telling them “No, just give it to someone else, but you know I love you right?”
What I wasn’t prepared for was the grief I felt over the loss of my “big fish in a small pond” role I had carved out for myself in the community. I grieved hard core. People I had been friends with for years suddenly dropped me like a bad habit. Phone calls weren’t returned, people began to drop off of my friends list, and the people who had cheered me on and held me up for over 10 years suddenly disappeared.
Then came the feelings of helplessness and worthlessness. I started to doubt people and my own feelings. Whenever I met someone new, I always criticized them, wondering if they were just pleasant to my face and secretly undermining my dreams for the larger community that I’d started working on in earnest? Thankfully, my handful of longtime friends who had stuck with me showed me a way out of that dark and scary place. I still felt sad and lonely and often times avoided social situations so I didn’t have to deal with people in general.
I’m lucky, because it turned out that my core group of friends, who weren’t in that particular community supported me and my decisions. I didn’t go in to great detail about my woes with the other community, but I did tell them that I was suffering from burn out and needed a break, and a new project to work on. They understood, and supported me in several new endeavors. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how loving and supportive my entire core group was, but they cheered me on and helped me get to where I am today. I will never forget that and I am amazingly blessed by their love.
In retrospect, I didn’t leave that pagan community because there was a huge price to pay for doing so. You were cut off, ostracized, and often times your name was disparaged so badly you just left, rather than to deal with it. Paganism is supposed to be what we sleep, eat, breath and it should be our passion, something we work on even in our spare time. There is incessant talk about community, cohesiveness, unity, spirituality and working on projects for the greater good. To walk away from a community within a community for mental health reasons is considered selfish and not for the good of the greater community. Talking about why you walked away from a toxic community is also one of the largest no-no’s in the world. People don’t want to risk burning bridges and closing down the chances of keeping important relationships. The impact is that no one talks about leaving a toxic pagan community. They quietly leave and find somewhere else to spend their time and talents. When people don’t visibly leave a community, it tends to make others in the same position think that they don’t have any options either.
It is my personal opinion that when someone leaves a toxic pagan community, they need to loudly let everyone know why they are leaving, so that people in those positions know it’s ok to prioritize themselves over anything else. We need stories of people switching covens, dropping leadership roles and telling these toxic communities to “get bent”. This is the main reason that I’m sharing my story.
I don’t ever want anyone to experience the racism, homophobia, sexism, classism, ableism, ageism, and all of those other nasty –isms that are going on around the communities these days. No one should have to ever endure putting their heart and soul into a body of work for the greater good only to have it all trashed by people who are threatened by their fresh ideas, new outlooks and positivity. No one.
How do you identify a toxic community?
That has got to be one of the most difficult questions, yet one of the simplest questions to answer. The answer at its simplest form is to watch. Watch how people interact with each other. Are they assholes? Seriously? Is there lots of backstabbing and gossip? Then it’s probably toxic.
Most importantly do the larger groups value the smaller ones? Does the leadership of the larger groups interact with the smaller ones in a positive manner? Do they reach out for input on festivals and events?
How do the larger groups who run festivals and events treat people? Are they welcoming of new ideas and people? Are they a bunch of money hungry business owners hiding behind a festival or an organizational name? Do they donate money to the local community for smaller events? Are they really pagan or just using that as a mask to hide behind so people will support them?
How do the shop owners treat people? (Not the employees, but the owners) Are they welcoming, accommodating and enthusiastic about the local community? Do they think they’re better than everyone else? Do they treat their customers as important individuals or do they brush them off indifferently, seeing them as only a part of their profit margin?
Does the local community value their people? How are newcomers treated? Do they thank them for reaching out, encourage them to get involved or merely pat them on the head and tell them to “let those of us know what’s going on” do the work? Will you fit into the community? Does the leadership build up people, or does it tear them down?
In the end, you may not be able to find a good pagan community that also fits your learning interests. You may want to found your own pagan community where you can build in respect and encouragement from the start. You may decide to leave the public pagan life for a chance to develop your own beliefs and paths. You may even decide to leave the toxic community all together.
The point is you have options. You have valuable skills and the drive to help in a community you still see as new. There are good people willing to help you in the larger community, and within smaller, more concentrated groups. Just because they are pagan, don’t lump them in together with that which is toxic, because they need your help to form a healthy community.
The toxic community will survive without you, and your new community will value your skills even more.
Find a community where you can be loved, respected and appreciated, because you deserve it.