Uranus Square Pluto Natal and Transit


Uranus Square PlutoUranus square Pluto is the most significant and most challenging planetary influence in a generation. We are living through a major global upheaval due to, and resulting in rapid evolutionary change.

Uranus represents change, invention, revolution, and higher awareness. It’s effect is shocking, unpredictable, and erratic. Pluto represents globalization, destruction, transformation, and renewal. It’s effect is grinding, ruthless, and extreme.

Both of these planets are distinctly non-personal and emotionless, yet their effect is dramatic and deeply felt. The square is the most challenging of the planetary aspects, representing stressful tests and challenges.

First I will interpret the Uranus square Pluto in the natal chart, then Uranus square Pluto transit. A look at the previous Uranus Pluto square in the early 1930’s will give us more of an idea of what to expect this time around, then a look at the single heliocentric Uranus square Pluto will give a general feeling for the entire series of squares from 2012 to 2015. Finally, I will interpret each of the 7 exact squares as they arrive.

Uranus Square Pluto Natal

Uranus square Pluto in the natal chart causes a life of dramatic change and upheaval. The constant adjusting to change and uncertainty make you very adaptable, but with a longing for security and solid structures in your life. Owning property and working hard toward a secure and long-term career will be important. The inherent insecurity and tension of the disruptive aspect can be eased to a great extent by remaining flexible and open-minded. Increasing your sense of security can come through saving for the future and working towards owning substation material possessions such as real estate.

Uranus Square Pluto Transit

Transiting Uranus Square Pluto is a generation transit, so when you feel it, so will everyone else you grew up with at school. Radical change is in store, which may be wide-ranging, and a result of larger-scale political, religious or social changes occurring. For example, financial crises may force changes in your budget, or a change in government of global conflict may affect your way of life in general.

At the more personal level, the routine and structures in your life are changing abruptly, required flexibility and a broad view to help you adapt. Old structures and routines may become outdated, as children arrive, or grown up children leave homes. Parents may need more care, or may pass away. Whatever the circumstances, you will be called ion to evolve, and evolve rapidly in order to meet the challenges presented by the disruptive Uranus square Pluto transit.

The powerful forces driving the changes in your life are most likely out of your control, but how you react is not. A considered and methodical approach is best, with knee-jerk reaction not advised. As many of your friends of the same age group will be experiences similar upheaval in their lives, sharing stories and support can be of great assistance during this year or two.

Uranus Square Pluto Celebrities

Moses Annenberg 03′, Eileen Brennan 04′, Roy Castle 05′, Patsy Cline 19′, Michael Caine 20′, Loretta Lynn 21′, Harry M Miller 22′, Florencio Carvalho 22′, Quincy Jones 23′, Larry King 25′, Reginald Kray 26′, Ronald Kray 26′, Claude of France 27′, Natalie Barney 28′, Omar Sharif 34′, Emperor Akihito 37′, William Blake 47′, Shirley Conran 54′, Nina Simone 54′.

Uranus Square Pluto History

The last series of squares was between 1932 and 1934, with five exact hits. Many of the fears astrologers have about this Uranus square Pluto series are based on what happened to the world in the early 1930’s: the Great Depression, the political and social upheaval, and the rise of dictators and extremism. For a different perspective, a more esoteric view, we can look at Heliocentric astrology. This is useful for the major outer planetary aspects, as when viewed from the Sun (Helios), we get a more solar system based view, there are no retrograde motions, so we end up with one moment in time for the exact square.

In the 1930’s, this heliocentric event occurred in January 1933. This was the height of the Great Depression, the stock markets were bottoming out, and unemployment was peaking. In January 1933, Adolf Hitler cemented his power, becoming Chancellor of Germany. Pluto, discovered only three years prior, was in line with the Earth. This put a very Pluto-like influence on this square.

Uranus rules invention and technology, and square Pluto we saw in the early 30’s great advancements in this area. If we look to Hitler as a manifestation of ruthless Pluto control and power, we can see how he harnessed the cutting edge technology of the day. He was the first political leader in the world to take advantage of air travel, spreading his message in person all over Germany. He also led the way in the use of new media as a tool for propaganda.

Heliocentric Uranus Square Pluto 2013

Today, our new technology is the Internet, and this does give hope for a “global awakening”. We will most likely face similar challenges to those of the 1930′s to maintain growth and prosperity, forcing us to change direction. In the news we already see extremism rising, unemployment rising, nationalism rising. One big advantage we have today is the global networking that the internet provides. It will be most important that this Uranus freedom is upheld, and it will be challenged by Pluto organizations and governments.

Now to the spiritual, universal, and global side of the Uranus Pluto squares. The Heliocentric event of 1933 turned out to be very useful when we looked at the timing. The exact Heliocentric square in late November 2013 shows a very challenging T-square aspect pattern. Jupiter opposite Pluto, our faith is going to be tested, as will growth and prosperity. At least for this current heliocentric square, Pluto is not in conjunction with the Earth. Mercury sextile Saturn should provide more common sense approach than world domination. Venus sextile Neptune will hopefully result in some more empathy than was shown in the 1930’s.

Uranus Square Pluto Summary – March 2015

As Uranus square Pluto on 16 March 2015 is the final of the 7 squares, I will take a look over the whole series and see how it compares to what I originally predicted above. The general theme of Uranus square Pluto is “larger-scale political, religious or social changes“.

The Rise of Dictators and Extremism

Vladimir Putin is a dictator. He cemented his rule on 7 May 2012 by becoming the president of Russia. This was close to the first Uranus Pluto square on 24 June 2012. He has basically been running Russia for the last 16 years, since 1999.

There has also been a focus in recent years on dictators in the Arabic world. First the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi in Libya. Also thrown out was Egypt’s dictator Hosni Mubarak. He was replaced by the democratically elected Mohamed Morsi on 30 June 2012, just 6 days after the first Uranus Pluto square. A military coup led to the installment of a new dictator, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on 8 June 2014. There are many more examples.

Large-Scale Religious Changes

The scandal over Catholic Church sexual abuse cases continued over the last four years. A report posted on 25 June 2012, just one day after the 1st Uranus Pluto square by philli.com said: “The crisis has touched almost every Catholic diocese in the country and awakened an awareness among Catholics abroad that has led to allegations of sex abuse in Australia, New Zealand, and Western Europe, especially Ireland.” It goes on to say that more than $3 billion has been paid out in law suits by the Church in the USA.

More important was the Arab Spring which began in December 2010 and still continues. The causes were authoritarianism, political corruption, human rights violations, inflation, imperialism and unemployment. The methods used are exactly what we would expect with Uranus square Pluto. Demonstrations, insurgency, internet activism, revolution, riots, strike actions, urban warfare and uprisings.


The terrifying rise of ISIS: Map that shows how terror group’s tentacles now reach from Algeria to Afghanistan. dailymail.co.uk

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring protests, starting in March 2013, wide-scale violence and instability has been termed the Arab Winter. Out of this has sprung the greatest threat to world stability and peace since Nazi Germany, ISIS, ISIL, or the Islamic State.

Rise of the Islamic State

The biggest larger-scale political, religious or social change due to Uranus square Pluto by far has been risen out of the Arab Spring. ISIS, or the Islamic State meets all the criteria I mentioned in my predictions. ISIS represents the major generational upheaval of the last four years. Revolution, shocking, unpredictable, ruthless and extreme effecting the entire globe. “distinctly non-personal and emotionless, yet their effect is dramatic and deeply felt.

While Adolf Hitler cemented his power during the last series of Uranus Pluto squares. ISIS cemented its power with the declaration of a caliphate on 29 June 2014. It’s motto is “Remaining and Expanding“.  It is headed by the caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. A caliph is the equivalent of a dictator , with governance over all Muslims in the world and his decisions are binding.

Back in the 1930’s, Hitler “harnessed the cutting edge technology of the day. He was the first political leader in the world to take advantage of air travel. He also led the way in the use of new media as a tool for propaganda.” Islamic State is known for its extensive and effective use of propaganda. It has its own media production unit which produces CDs, DVDs, posters, pamphlets, and web-related propaganda products. One of its most effective tools has been posting videos on YouTube.

Islamic State uses social media to terrorize Western audiences by spreading pictures of graphic violence. Social media are also used to attract new fighters and incite lone wolves. Their propaganda is slick, broadcasting in about 23 languages. “the military success and brutality of the jihadi group surging through Iraq have been recorded with the level of precision often reserved for company accounts.” [Selling terror: how Isis details its brutality]

In other comparisons to the 1930’s, in June 2014, the number of refugees worldwide exceeded 50 million for the first time since World War II. [UNHCR]. The persecution of minorities in the territories that the Islamic State rules is fast becoming a genocide, especially in Iraq, Syria and Nigeria.

Extremism and nationalism has not been restricted to the Islamic State. In the United Kingdom, UKIP won a third of the vote in nationwide 2013 local elections. In the 2014 European elections, UKIP received the most votes, the first time in over 100 years that Labour or the Conservatives have not won a UK-wide election.

The right-wing nationalist prime minister of Japan won a landslide victory in the 2012 general election. He has attempted to downplay Japan’s wartime atrocities in school textbooks. Japan is strengthening and expanding its military in response to rising threats from China and North Korea.

On 18 September 2013, Australia elected Tony Abbott as prime minister, a right-winger with links to the ultra conservative Opus Dei sect of the Catholic Church. His first budget focused the harshest cuts on single parents, taking $6000 away per year in benefits. The government gives $31 billion a year to religious institutions. He has spent $430 million to employ chaplains in state schools.

Rise of the Radical Right in Europe

7 days after the third exact Uranus Pluto square, the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs said in a speech: “We need dedicated discussions at the highest level… on how we stop the growing trends of xenophobia and violent extremism in Europe.” [The rise of right-wing extremism in Europe]

The right-wing European People’s Party is the largest political group in the European Parliament. It won the largest share of the vote in the 22 May 2014 elections, just after the fifth Uranus Pluto square. The European People’s Party is the political wing of the Christian Democrats, influenced by conservatism and Catholic social teaching. Radical right-wing parties have been on the rise in Europe for decades, but there has been a sharp rise during the last four years of Uranus Pluto squares.

On 19 September 2012, the exact day of the second Uranus Pluto square, Charlie Hebdo published a series of satirical cartoons of Muhammad that was heavily criticized by both the French and US governments. On the exact day of the sixth Uranus Pluto square, 15 December 2014, a lone wolf brandishing the Islamic State flag held 17 people hostage inside a café in Sydney, resulting in the death of 2 hostages.

Then the Charlie Hebdo shooting on 8 January 2015 lead to the death of 12 people. The Copenhagen terror attack on 15 February 2015 killed another 3 people. These recent attacks in Western countries have given legitimacy to the claims that Islam and Islamic extremism are dangerous. It has bolstered support for radical right-wing political parties. The result is “a dangerous economic, political and cultural synergy that is driving politics in troublesome ways… the rise of Europe’s radical right should not be taken lightly” [Panelists survey rise of radical right in Europe].

Uranus Square Pluto March 2015 Chart

Uranus Square Pluto March 2015
The chart above for the final Uranus Pluto square shows Mars conjunct Uranus by less than 4 degrees. This is the first time in all seven charts that there has been a planet conjunct either Uranus or Pluto. Mars conjunct Uranus is the ultimate aspect for explosive actions, sudden and unexpected danger. It is THE aspect of rebellion, revolution and revolt. We can expect a rise in terror attacks, especially devastating explosions and bombings. Be-headings and assassinations would also be indicated by this aspects.

I have already talked about Saturn retrograde square Mercury and Neptune. Saturn stations retrograde only two days before Uranus square Pluto, in fact Saturn is still stationary in the chart above, and still square Mercury and Neptune.  “thoughts and words are twisted by misconception, irrationality, confusion, fear and paranoia. This results in deceit, treachery, lies, poison and all manner of underhand tactics.” In relation to what I have been talking about with Uranus square Pluto, we can expect more misinformation. The first causality of war is the truth, so there will be more in the way of propaganda from both sides.

A new player in the chart we have not seen on previous occasions is the fixed star Vega. It makes one persuasive and charismatic. It has generally been seen as a positive influence giving generosity, creativity and musical ability. But it is also a star of the ego, associated with propaganda, double-dealing and deception. Dictator Mao Zedong had Vega rising.

George Noonan says of Vega rising, “Can be trained in duties of court. Avengers of crimes and in charge of public courts and inquires. If Saturn is in any aspect with Vega when rising, the native will pursue this vocation with a fanaticism to the point of utilizing tortures and executions to stamp out what he considers evil.”  [Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology,  p.12.]

In the first century AD, Manlius said of Vega rising, “there shall be born a man to investigate wrong-doing and punish the guilty, he will get to the bottom of crimes by sifting the evidence for them and bring to light all that lies hidden under the silence of deceit. Hence, too, are begotten the merciless torturer, the dispenser of penalties, whoever insists on the truth and abominates evil, and the man whose profound understanding will put an end to disputes.” [Astronomica].

The horoscope for Islamic State has Pluto rising on the fixed star Vega. This is confirmation that the Islamic State is the most important manifestation of Uranus square Pluto. Their influence will only grow given the April 4 lunar eclipse at 14 degrees Libra directly aspects Uranus and Pluto. It is also on the terrorism star, the fixed star Algorab.

Uranus Square Pluto Dates and Charts

1 Uranus square Pluto June 24 2012
2 Uranus square Pluto September 19 2012
3 Uranus square Pluto May 20 2013
4 Uranus square Pluto November 1 2013
5 Uranus square Pluto April 21 2014
6 Uranus square Pluto December 15 2014
7 Uranus square Pluto March 17 2015

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794 thoughts on “Uranus Square Pluto Natal and Transit

  1. You are an amazing astrologer to make the connection between worldly events that coincide with astrological events. I am impressed. I just found your website and I am hooked….

  2. Hello. I don’t understand why Americans these days seem to think name-calling and insulting total strangers will make their arguments convincing. If you have something to say that’s worth saying, surely these insults don’t add to it. And if the argument being made is weak, throwing in insults and swear words does nothing to make it stronger.

    • I agree insults are not constructive. I wonder what leads you to believe that the source of the insults are Americans? There are plenty of Americans who agree with you, that insults have no positive value in a discussion.(me)

  3. This square seems still active according to my natal chart and seems to give me those Vega rising investigative skills but not sure how one find this aspect? 7/28/1966 8th House Hell… must of did something wrong last life despite my gandi transformation this one. I had a chance that I blew 11-1-2013 leaving Cali to Chicago now I am flat busted and no one to trust, sometimes beauty can make people haters. I was born beautiful and humble with more talent than anyone that I know but hidden due to the public life leads to no freedom and the worst critics for people who barely have enough confidence to speak to others in the first place…. At least, I am working on myself and able to change easily and more open minded and less judgemental. I hope to change the world for the better. Listen to Sharon Hartley on Itunes “Around The Corner” played for Obama and predicted his presidency… this event cut me off from my siblings due to their jealousy and not spoken to for years based on my political and religious beliefs—Exiled from almost every corner of my life…. 😐 for being me…

    • You have the Uranus Pluto conjunction, very strong too at less than half a degree orb. Both planets are sextile Jupiter very fortunate and progressive.

  4. I will admit Uranus square Pluto has been a game changer in all of our lives. More importantly, it seems women who are both beautiful and attractive have a very difficult time in the work place. Men can’t stand you and women, who should be your allies are just jealous. Now we have a presidential campaign where women’s rights and issues seem to be more under fire than normal. I personally fall into the same situation as you find yourself. The good news is that the planetary configurations will change, however slowly, and things will improve with time. Keep the faith and enjoy being you!

  5. Not long till this aspect is completely over! Will there be any shadow period accociated with this aspect?

    • Also, do you believe that Mercury has a shadow period? As I was born 4 days after Mercury retrograde.

      • I think the shadow period is relevant in transit because it covers many of the same aspects.

    • Hi Katie. The orb or the square is about 5 degrees now so I think we can say it is over. Especially as the next big aspect Saturn square Neptune is almost exact.

      • I’m glad that energy is over! I found it quite disruptive in my life – effecting routine etc. Especially as Uranus is quite strong in my change I think that this aspect may have been continually activation points in my chart, causing disruption in my life. I’m also looking forward to Saturn Square Neptune being over as I also have this aspect in my natal chart! So would you regard squares with an orb of 5 degrees quite a week energy or even absent altogether, because I’ve got some square aspects in my chart with orbs of 5 degrees.

        • I prefer not to count them at all. It depends just how many other tighter aspects you have in your chart. Say if it is the 10th strongest by orb and does not include a personal point like Sun, Moon or Ascendant, I would ignore it. When using transit I only ever use a one degree orb, expect sometime for eclipses.

          • So for natal, what would be the maximum allowance you use? I have sun opposite moon natal (6.5 degrees) and I felt that it didn’t describe my personality at all. So that makes sense. Can we allow a 3 degrees for natal orbs? Also, when you look at astrology natal chart websites, they include all the loose orbs and give you descriptions of them. Why do theses websites (like cafeastrology or chaosastrology) do that?

            • I would sat the websites do that because of traditional rules of around 8 degrees orb. Their software does not discriminate between different planets or aspects. It’s a very personal, human thing which no software can ever perfect. Sun, Moon and AC aspects will usually dominate over aspects between other planets, even is their orbs are a bit wider. Also, conjunction are stronger than say sextiles. Even a powerful fixed star on a planet will give it greater importance regarding planetary aspects.

              Also, the extended chart maker at astro.com allows you to reduce the % of the aspect orbs.

  6. Thanks Jamie. I’ll take all of this in to consideration. Can you tell me the max orb I should use when looking at natal aspects for conjunctions, trines, sextines and squares please? It’ll make it a lot easier to not have to take in to consideration every aspect that comes up on these mathematically generated websites. Especially as many of the aspects in my natal chart I found do not represent my personality or life experiences at all. I think that the tighter orbs definitely do though. Also, what orb should I use for fixed stars?

    • I list the suggested orb on each of the fixed star pages. These are the orbs I use in my software for natal charts but I always list larger orbs in the grid so I can check in more detail.

      Conjunct – 7
      Opposite – 6
      Square – 5
      Trine – 4
      Sextile – 4
      Quincunx – 3

      • Thanks – that’s definitely very useful. I’ll use that when looking at mine and friends charts.

        • Just a guide. Every astrologer settles on their own preferences. I have to say though, I cannot understand charts which have too many aspects shown. I looks like a jumble and makes no sense to me. So annoying I won’t even try to work out which aspects are the main ones.

          • Yes, sometimes you have to follow your instincts when looking at a chart. If an aspect really doesn’t describe a person, it’s probably out of orb anyway! My sister has Mercury square Saturn (3.48) that definitely describes her and Mercury trine Neptune (6.05), which definitely doesn’t describe her. And yes, when there’s a long list of aspects – I know what you mean. My Dad’s chart comes up with about 15 aspects on cafe astrology! Way too complicated! I agree, it doesn’t make any sense! I’m finding it so much easier to put margins on the aspects, with the orbs.

            • Yes, certain aspects I give wider orbs to and hard aspects from Saturn to Mercury or Venus are at the top of the list. Inner planets will also be more significant usually than aspects involving outer planets.

  7. Uranus is Opposite my sun, conjunct my moon and opposite my mercury in it’s current transit! No wonder I’ve been experiencing so much disruption in my life! It will be so much better when Uranus moves through to Pisces! It will then be Trine my Sun and Mercury and no longer conjunct my moon! I find the Uranus energy can be quite disruptive if not aspected positively in a transit. Especially with the added effect of the crazy square to pluto – madness! I’ve actually found that I’ve felt less empowered over the last couple of years.

    • Not surprised Katie. The intensity will depend on the orbs of those natal aspects. I only use a one degree orb for Uranus transits.

      • Yes, I’ll start looking at more tighter orbs now for these transits. I have got Uranus positively aspecting my sun and moon. I’m just so glad that Uranus square Pluto is over – I saw the destructive effect it had on everyone! Especially my ex, as he’s an Aries. Aries Sun, Mercury and Venus! He was bloody explosive at times!

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