The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope

 

uranus.jpgThe Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope is a book published first time in 1996, based on the CPA (Centre for Psychological Astrology) seminars held by Liz Greene in the same year. The book’s topics are centered around the planets Uranus and Saturn.


Part One: Uranus in the natal chart  

The author presents the mythology of Uranus and his association with Prometheus and Ouranos. Also is presented the influence of Uranus in houses:

 

"In the area of life ruled by the house in which Uranus is placed, we all long, consciously or unconsciously, to be Prometheus and offer the world the gift of fire."

 

Then, the author writes about the aspects of Uranus with the personal planets: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Sun. For example, about the Moon – Uranus aspect:

 

"Because the Moon’s nature is fundamentally alien to Uranian vision, such aspects – whether "hard" or "soft" – are liable to be very difficult, especially in the early part of life. The Moon keeps saying, "What’s going on? Why can’t I have any stability? I don’t want to be separate. I don’t want to be yanked out of my nice home and torn away from my family. I don’t want to know about any of this ‘cosmos’ nonsense. I’m terrified."

 

or about the Mars – Uranus aspect:

 

"Uranus tends to make Mars more intellectual, and less instinctual in its expression; and while that may make a person more civilised and socialised, it can also create difficulties on the sexual level, and in the sphere of expressing anger and aggression. […] There is a strenuousness, a rigorousness about Mars – Uranus which can result in enormous feats of courage and stamina, but which can equally generate a kind of blind stupidity about danger and risk." 

   

Part 2. The Transits of Saturn and Uranus

In part 2, the author writes about the transits of Saturn and Uranus, from the perspective of planetary cycles:

 

"All transits are part of a cycle, and all planetary cycles connect with other planetary cycles and create repeating patterns in the birth chart. Nothing in a chart is isolated and nothing is really a "one – off".

 

In The meaning of the Saturn cycle is presented the cycle of Saturn from a very modern and, in the same time, profound perspective:

 

"The Saturn cycle makes us separate people. That is its meaning – its teleology, if you like. The cycle of Saturn builds, stone by stone and brick by brick, a defined, incarnate being."

 

After this passage, are presented the planetary aspects between Saturn – Neptune, Saturn – Sun and Saturn – Venus, also like cycles.

 

In The meaning of the Uranus cycle the author presents the cycle of Uranus, starting with a nice analogy between Saturn and Uranus:


"While Saturn is busily putting bits of cement into the cracks and underpinning the foundations of the ego’s walls, Uranus comes along and says, "There is no window in the wall. You can’t see out. How are you going to know there is a whole cosmos out there? That wall interferes with the progress of the group, and stands as a barrier to collective evolution. Sorry, but it has to come down. I might let you have a wall, but you will have to make it more flexible. Put in a couple of extra doors. Put in some windows. Use wood instead of bricks. Better yet, use lightweight prefabricated panels, and then it can be dismantled and moved when necessary."

 

Then, it is written a lot about the blended influences of the cycles of Uranus and Saturn at the 20-22 years, 38-42 years and 56-60 years. In the final part of the book are presented some case studies. 

 

 

MY EVALUATION: 9,4

 

Conclusion. The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope is a modern book of astrology in which we can find issues of psychology, mythology and planetary cycles in an exceptional blending.

The author explains very well what Uranus, Saturn and their cycles symbolize. The interpretation of Saturn, in my opinion, it’s better than in Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil, a book of the same author, and the interpretation of Uranus is one of the best available. 

The reader will be impressed by the smooth and clear discussions from the book, which emerges from such a profound understanding o
f the astrological symbolism. The author capacity to explain in such a clear text some very difficult issues like Uranus, Saturn, their psychological influence on the individual, the relation between present events and their childhood roots, the interrelated cycles of the two planets, proves such a masterful skill in understanding and explaining astrology, psychology, people and their life. M
y evaluation is 9,4

Saturn

 

saturn.jpgThe physical Saturn is a slow moving planet, the last one of the seven traditional planets, at the limit of our visible solar system.

It is the ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius.

 

In the horoscope Saturn symbolizes:

– represents a process opposed to Jupiter; if Jupiter symbolize expansion and new experiences, Saturn sets limits, borders, restrain activity and symbolize a solidification process;

– the formation of individuality, a separating, crystallizing process;

– issues around father, authority, self – expression, standing in the world, faith in oneself;

– the limits, the rules, the process of restrain; 

– it deals with social issues, it is about a reality accepted by the society in a defined moment;

– it represents the structures, the tradition, those activities established in time in a society, validated by people, and which resist to change;


 

Strengths for people with a dominant Saturn in their horoscope

– objectivity, realism, a person who understands the rules, the order of the society and plays according to those rules;

– order, modesty, discipline;

– persistence, tenacity, the power to obtain a social position;

– responsibility;

– strategic thinking, to organize, people who think before acting;

  

Weaknesses for people with a dominant Saturn in their horoscope

– rigidity, fear of change, routine, lacks the ability to anticipate the unprecedented;

– materialism, arrogance;

– lack of morality, people who will do anything for a better social position or other material advantages;

– loneliness, melancholy;

– to become exhausted by the work provided.

 

Weaknesses for people with a weak Saturn in their horoscope

– subjectivity, lack of order, lack of rules;

– irresponsibility, people who act without to think at the consequences;

– people who can’t control their lives, people who depend on others.

 

More about Saturn:

Saturn in mundane astrology

 

Famous people with a dominant Saturn in their horoscope

Jose Mourinho (January 26, 1963 – Saturn in conjunction with Sun and Moon in Aquarius, the Ascendant in Capricorn), Sean Connery (August 25, 1930 – Saturn with the Ascendant in Capricorn), Queen Elizabeth II (April 21, 1926 – Ascendant in Capricorn, Saturn on the Midheaven in Scorpio). 


Mythological lore

Kronos – Saturn was the son of Ouranos and Gaia. Kronos castrated Ouranos, separating it from Gaia, act which symbolizes the separation between spirit and matter and the end of the creative act of Ouranos. 

 

References 

Saturn by Liz Greene

The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope by Liz Greene

Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand

Saturn in mundane astrology

 

The meaning of Saturn in mundane astrology:

– how the society is organised, the current structure;

authority, the State and his institutions, the legal system, order;

– conservative forces, forces which resist change, tradition;

– repressive and control forces;

– the collective ideas, actions symbolised by Uranus, Pluto or Neptune get a real form when they meet Saturn.  

 

Institutions and people which represent the process symbolised by Saturn:

– all institutions which create rules, restrictions, laws;

-police;

– agriculture, mining, real – estate.

Saturn – Pluto cycle


Saturn – Pluto is a cycle of 33 years characterised by:

– represents a process of crisis, transformation, destruction of the current system, authority figures or institutions; sabotage;

– deeply forces, archetypes find real people, institutions to manifest and try to control the world, often by destruction and violent means; eruption of the collective unconscious;

– the conflicts generated are based much more on feelings, emotional issues than a conflict generat by Uranus with Saturn, for example; the aspect may symbolise that disregarding ones religion, civilisation, way to live, values, culture may generate anger and lead to war soon or later; the issue of persecutor and persecuted;

– fight for domination, control, power;

– wars, which usually break out at the conjunction and opposition;

– cataclysmic events.


 

Saturn – Pluto current cycle

 

1.   1982 – 2020, 28 Libra – first conjunction on 8 November 1982

 

General delineation

The current Saturn – Pluto cycle (chart of the cycle is the picture below) has the following characteristics:

– it seems to be connected with the oil issue, and with the Middle East, as an instrument to dominate the world;

– terrorist activity of the Islamic fundamentalists is an issue of this cycle, as a reaction to the dominating position of the United States and its allies;

 

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a)    First conjunction (1981 – 1983) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Libra

– The Iran – Iraq war started (1980 – 1988) started just before this cycle  

– support for the Talibans by the United States in the war against Russia in Afghanistan;

– support for the Iraq by the United States and other countries in the war against Iran;

The Falklands War (1982) was a conflict between United Kingdom and Argentina; the oil reserve near the island could be an important reason of the interest for this area.

 

b)    First square (1992 – 1994) – Saturn in Aquarius square Pluto in Scorpio

– the war in Yugoslavia began (1991 – 1999)  

– the terrorist bombing attack of World Trade Center from 1993; 

c)    Opposition (2001 – 2003) – Saturn in Gemini opposes Pluto in Sagittarius

The September 11 terrorist attacks were a series of four suicide attacks that were committed in the United States on September 11, 2001, coordinated to strike the areas of New York City and Washington, D.C.; it a reversal of the beginning of the cycle when USA supported the Talibans against Russia, terrorism was seeded by the USA military help given to Islamic militants in Afghanistan in 1983;

– in October 2011, the War in Afghanistan (2001 – present) began, as a response after the 9/11 events; 

– terrorism became a global problem and serious measures were taken to protect against that threat which could come from anywhere; it was also a war related with religious problems, as the terrorists are mainly Islam fundamentalists;

– the Iraq War (2003 – 2011) started in 2003 with the invasion of the United States and United Kingdom in Iraq, which claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, but they found nothing; critics say that they looked for connections with terrorism and tried to control a country with important oil reserves;

– economic recession;

d)    Second square (2009 – 2011) – Saturn in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn

– one of the deadliest earthquakes in history (over 230.000 deaths) took place in Haiti, Port-au-Prince, on January 12, 2010    

Saturn – Neptune cycle


Saturn – Neptune  is a cycle of 35 years characterised by:

– idealist or unrealistic movements; vision of a utopic society; esoteric groups;

– oil exploatation;

– epidemics;

– independence movements;

– communism is represented by Neptune, as a political ideology where all are equal; in many ways it proved to be an unrealistic plan; the cycle is linked with the evolution of communism;

– represents the protests of the people which don’t obey any more, a vision for the future, hope;


Saturn – Neptune current cycle:

 

1.    1989 – 2026, 12 Capricorn – first conjunction on 3 Mars 1989

General delineation

The current Saturn – Neptune cycle (chart of the cycle is the picture below) has the following characteristics:

– Fall of USSR:  the Revolutions of 1989 overthrew the communist regimes in Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania. The Soviet Union was dissolved by the end of 1991;

 

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a)    First conjunction (1989 – 1990) – Saturn conjunct Neptune in Capricorn

– Fall of USSR:  the Revolutions of 1989 overthrew the communist regimes in Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania. The Soviet Union was dissolved by the end of 1991.
   
b)    First square (1998 – 1999) – Saturn in Taurus square Neptune in Aquarius
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c)    Opposition (2005 – 2008) – Saturn in Leo (Virgo) opposes Neptune in Aquarius

d)    Second square (2014 – 2016) – Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces

 

Jupiter – Saturn cycle


Jupiter – Saturn is a cycle of 20 years characterised by:

– the cycles show the economic, social and political developments in sequences of 20 years;

– important economic fluctuations, rise or fall of the market;

– conflicts may appear as two different processes must converge in order to generate evolution, especially social progress: expansionism, liberalisation, democratic values, freedom and, on the other side, oppression, rules, limits, performance, effort;

– the manifestation of ideas, potentialities in the material world;

– the Jupiter – Saturn conjunctions are called "Grand Conjunctions"; the conjunctions occur in the same element (fire, earth, air or water) for about 200 years, with 1 or 2 exceptions;

– a series in fire signs symbolise discoveries, exploration, independence, free spirit, adventure, power, display (1603 – 1782); a series in the earth element signify materialism, wealth, industrial development, agriculture, infrastructure, territorial disputes (1802 – 2000); a series in air (next will start in 2020) symbolise new concepts, ideas, intellectual development (1226 – 1405); a series in water corresponds with spiritual movements, art development (1425 – 1583).

 

Jupiter – Saturn current cycle

 

1.    2000 – 2020, 23 Taurus – first conjunction  on 28 May 2000

 

General delineation

The current Jupiter – Saturn cycle (chart of the cycle is the picture below) has the following characteristics:

– the current series of Jupiter – Saturn conjunctions in earth signs started in 1802; the current cycle (2000 – 2020) is the last from that earth series; a series in the earth signs like this one symbolise material growth, industrial development, material issues;

– the current cycle started with the dot – com bubble, recovered quickly, but at the opposition entered in a major depression;

 

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a)    First conjunction (2000 – 2001) – Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Taurus

– the Dot – com bubble when the NASDAQ stock crashed in March 10, 2000. After many traditional companies moved on the internet to rise their business and equity value without to consider the basic economic laws, the bubble collapsed during 2000 – 2001 and many companies failed; the economy recovered quickly and started to rise again;  

 

b)    First square (2005 – 2006) – Jupiter in Libra (Scorpio) square Saturn in Cancer (Leo)

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c)    Opposition (2010 – 2012) – Jupiter in Pisces (Aries) opposes Saturn in Virgo (Libra)

– economic crisis, great depression; started with a fall of property value and financial crisis;

 

d)    Second square (2014 – 2016) – Jupiter in Leo (Virgo) square Saturn in Scorpio (Sagittarius)

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Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil

 

saturn2.jpgLiz Greene (born 4th September 1946 in New Jersey, USA) is an astrologer who became famous after writing several books of psychological astrology like Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil, The Astrology of Fate, The Luminaries: The Psychology of the Sun and Moon in the Horoscope or The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption. She is strongly influenced by the Jungian psychology, concepts like personal and collective unconscious, archetype, synchronicity being common in her books. Nowadays she lives in Switzerland and is the director of the Center of Psychological Astrology, an institute she founded in 1983 with Howard Sasportas.  

 

Her first book, Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil (1976), is a bestseller still considered in astrology one of the main references about Saturn.

The major innovation is that she doesn’t present Saturn from a fatalistic point of view, but tries to explain the psychological and evolutionary processes generated by his presence.

 

The first half of the book presents the interpretations for Saturn in signs and houses. There are four chapters named "In the Watery Signs and Houses", "In the Earthy Signs and Houses", "In the Airy Signs and Houses" and "In the Fiery Signs and Houses". As one can see from the title the interpretations for signs and houses are blended in the same chapters and the houses are grouped like watery, earthy, airy and fiery. This is pretty awkward for many astrologers. Also, there are too many connections with mythology, the text is not well structured, often confusing, hard to understand and the explanations seem irrational. Let’s see an example:

 

"Saturn in the sixth house seems to provide an opportunity – often through frustration, dissapointment, and ill health- for a journey into the mysteries of the interconnexion between mind and body and the possibility of a conscious and deliberate synthesis of these two, the reward of which is good health and a new awareness of the meaning of the body and of the material environment." 

 

The second half of the book contains two chapters named "Aspects in the Birth Chart" and "In Synastry" where the author presents the interpretations for the aspects of Saturn and other planets in the natal chart and synastry. The text changes and, in contrast with the first part, the observations become reliable, the analyze is subtle, fine and insightful. It seems to be a totally different book. It is a pleasant surprise for the reader. One can find the interpretations for Saturn in relation with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn (synastry), Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The analyze is not divided in separate aspects (conjunction, sextile etc.), just presents the general relation between planets, eventually speaking about good and bad aspects. Every planetary combination made by Saturn is presented detailed, in multiple areas of life. For example, the Saturn – Venus relation is analyzed in relation with marriage, sexuality, the capacity to be happy, the emotional state, the early home life, the rel
ation with parents, the capacity to express and receive affection etc. One can find a various and numerous range of manifestations for every planetary combination. Let’s see a quotation:

 

"Mercury – Saturn contacts are not productive of the kind of stress and emotional frustration which is more typical of Mars, Venus, or the Moon in aspect to Saturn. Mercury, being symbolic of cold reason and common sense and being inclined toward matters of business or commerce as well as intellectual pursuits, tends to blend agreeably with Saturn regardless of the nature of the aspect. It is fairly obvious why a combination of these two planets should be associated with tact, shrewdness, and diplomacy."

 

MY EVALUATION: 7,75

 

Conclusion. I don’t like the first part where is presented Saturn in signs and houses. My objections are: the analyzes made for signs and houses are very similar (for example, the second house is equated with Taurus etc.), the houses are associated with the four elements (fire, earth, air and water) like signs, there is too much mythology, the text is confusing, not well structured, jumping from one idea to another very easily. A book about Saturn should have a little more structure. I like the second part, the analyze of the relation between Saturn and planets is a very good one. Good, valuable observations can be found in every page. Taking in account the differences between the two parts of the book, I will give 6,5 for the first part and a 9 for the second part. So, the evaluation for the whole book is 7,75.