Uranus – Pluto cycle in astrology

Uranus – Pluto is a cycle of 113-141 years characterized by:

– the empowering, intensifying (Pluto) of the liberating, awakening, innovating forces (Uranus) with profoundly transformative consequences; the liberation (Uranus) of the erotic, elemental, basic force (Pluto)

– rebellion against authoritarianism; freedom against oppression; to fight for the individual rights against the system; the fight of the weak or discriminated groups like women, minorities, slaves etc.

– the Feminist movements, abolitionist, civil rights movement

– nonviolent civil disobedience stream: Thoreau -On the duty of civil obedience (1849), Tolstoy (1896-1907), Mahatma Gandhi (1906) and Luther King (1962)

– collective power is symbolized by Pluto, the radical change, freedom and innovation by Uranus: it is also a time when scientific technological revolutions take place and people benefit

– new ways to have power, new groups who want power, new ideas about who/how should have power;

– rise and fall of empires and their cultural, political and religious views;

– change through violence, sudden eruptions of collective movements in society, upheavals; rise of dictators;

– dramatic, catastrophic events; nuclear weapons/war;

– social control, fear;

– subversive, obsessive actions;

– resistance, conservatism;

– destructive and reconstructive phase.

Uranus – Pluto current cycle

  1.  1965 – 2104, 17 Virgo – first conjunction  on 9 October 1965

General delineation

As one can see from the chart of the cycle, in the picture below, the current Uranus – Pluto cycle has the following characteristics:

– it is in Virgo and in the third house which means that it will change things symbolized by Virgo: materialism, order, conventional morality and the third house: the way we learn, how we get information, how we move, travel or how we think;

– it is related with the emergence of electronics, computer, microelectronics and all that means this revolution: impacts the way we communicate, we work, online social networks, access to information etc.

– it is in opposition with Saturn in Pisces which show that the process symbolized by this cycle will meet quite a resistance from the current, old structures which are in use and accepted by the society, the spiritual ones especially  – church for example may be reluctant to what this cycle represent; also the spiritual currents will be reduced, the empathy and love between people will be let aside for a while;

– on the other side, the opposition with Saturn, shows that the effects will be very visible in the material world, especially when Saturn will be involved, it won’t be a change only in the mental plane or in our unconscious world and will change profoundly the material world as it was in 1965

 a)    First conjunction (1962 – 1969) – Uranus conjunct Pluto in Virgo

– technical revolutions:  agriculture, space satellite technology, biochemistry, medical technology

Modern electronics (Electricity III – third era) – emergence of electronics, computer, microelectronics; the development of microprocessors in the 60s started the era of personal computers, internet, multimedia;

– the American and Russian space programs from 1960-1972, with their peak in 1969 Apolo 11 – Moon landing;

– hippie movement, birth of drugs;

– the sexual revolution (the 60’s): erotic liberation, loosening of sexual restrains, hippies, flower children, feminine sexual emancipation, beginning of gay liberation; the presence of sexual explicitness in film, music, literature: Rolling Stones, Led Zepellin, Jimi Hendrix;

– decolonization of Africa (32 African countries gained independence in the 1960’s);

– The 6 Days War of 1967, The Vietnam War and American citizens protests against the atrocities (1968); mass violence in the Cultural Revolution in China (1966); the destruction of Tibet;

– the Feminist movements final success (1960’s) and the Civil Rights Movements (1965);the founding of the National Organisation of Women in 1963, Betty Friedan work The Feminine Mystique in 1963 sold in 5 million copies, the beginning of radical feminism with the founding of New York Radical Women and Redstockings in 1968-1969

– the movement for black civil rights: Martin Luther King in the 60’s, Macolm X, Bayard Rustin and many organisations

– the Nelson Mandela activities in South Africa fighting for independence against colonial powers

– The Cuban Missile Crisis from Cuba, 1962, was the moment when the Cold War came closest to a nuclear war.

– physics: the plate tectonics revolution by Harry Hess (1962), fractal images invention by Benoit Maldelbrot (1962), chaos theory (1963), bing bang theory (1965)

b) First square (2009 – 2018) – Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn

– protests against the current system, capitalism; people want a new order, a new political system (Capricorn), a new way (more equitable) to govern;

– the Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave that began on December 18, 2010 with protests and demonstrations in the Arab world. “People want to bring down the regime” is the slogan of the movements, which very often ended in violence. Rulers have been forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Other civil uprisings have erupted in Bahrain and Syria; major protests have broken out in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Sudan. People believe that dictatorship or absolute monarchy, human rights violations, government corruption generates extreme poverty and can not be supported any more.

– the period December 2013 – July 2014 marked a climax for this square as Mars in Libra was in opposition with Uranus and square Pluto, Jupiter was in Cancer for several months completing the grand cross, and other planets also put pressure from time to time.

Numerous crimes, accidents, wars, battles took place. One of the most characteristic catastrophic events that happened:

– 29.12.2013, 12:45 (08:45 GMT), the suicide bomber from Russia’s Volgograd train station

– the second blast from Volvograd, 30.12.2013;

Michael Schumacher accident from 29 December 2013, 11:07 local time (10:07 GMT);

– the bombing campaign started from 15 December, 2013 by the Syrian government on the city Aleppo;

– the protests from Ukraine which began in 21 November 2013 and demanded European integration;


c) Opposition (2043– 2049)

Uranus – Pluto former cycles:

  1. 1850 – 1965, 30 Aries – first conjunction  on 26 June  1850

a) First conjunction (1847 – 1854) – Uranus conjunct Pluto in Aries

– The European Revolutions of 1848 (Spring of nations) were a series of general political upheavals which began in France and continued in the German states, the Austrian Empire, the Italian states, Denmark, Wallachia, Poland, and others. It was a general collapse for the traditional system, but in a year the revolutions were defeated;

– Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto in 1848, in which they argued that power should be taken by workers; they were born in 1818-1819, the second square of the Uranus Pluto cycle;

– Electricity  and Magnetism (II – second era), a cycle which made electricity available for the mass use, people and businesses: first square (1880), Edison in New Jersey creates the incandescent light bulb with carbon filament, the first commercially practical incandescent light; in 1888, Tesla developed an induction motor that ran on alternating current (AC) which allowed powers station to be moved outside cities and alternate current to light entire cities; at the time of opposition (1899-1905), James Maxwell wrote the mathematical equations that explained electricity and magnetism (1887) and discovered the Maxwell waves; Lodge and Hertz also developed the Maxwell waves; in 1894, Oliver Lodge discovered the radio signal and in 1896 Marconi developed the wireless communication through electromagnetic waves; in 1947,  the transistor invention by the Bell Labs,  through the understanding of the process of the electron mobility in a semiconductor,  opened the way for modern electronic and become the most widely manufactured device in history;

– the emergence of the women suffrage movement in the United States under Elisabeth Cady Staton; the first Women Right Convention at Seneca Falls, New York – 1848; many articles and major works on feminism are published in this period

– the peak of the movement for abolition of slavery: in United States the work of Frederick Douglas and his antislavery paper North Star (1847), popular uprisings in the North against the Fugitive Slave Act (1850)

– technical revolutions: telegraph, railroads, steamships, discovery of the petroleum oil as fuel

– Charles Darwin work on the natural selection field, published only in 1858

– Japan open maritime communications with Europeans

b) First square (1875 – 1879) – Uranus in Leo square Pluto in Taurus

– The Russo – Turkish War (1877 – 1878) which ended with the independence of Romania, Serbia and Montenegro from the Ottoman Empire and Russia to recover some territories lost during the Crimean War (1853 – 1856)

c) Opposition (1899– 1905) – Uranus in Sagittarius opposes Pluto in Gemini

– The Panic of 1901 was the first stock market crash caused by the moguls action to control the Northern Pacific Railway, activity which ruined thousands of small investors;

– a new step in feminism: Women’s Convention founded, in England in 1902 a militant wave send 37000 signatures for the approval of the women vote, Charlote Perkins Gilman’s – Women and economics was published in 1898 calling for economic freedom and social equality, Marie Curie was the first women to get the Nobel Prize in 1903;

– abolition of slavery movements: Du Bois movement in United States (1905);

– technical revolutions: the airplane start (the Wright brothers made their first successful powered flight in 1903), invention of the Zepelin (1900), the automobile industry, radio etc.

– physics: the relativity theory of Albert Einstein (1905), quantum mechanics works of Max Planck (1900), the birth of the nuclear age by discovery of the radioactivity in Uranium

– Freud works – founding of psychoanalysis starting with the publication of The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), the instinctual unconscious theme (1896 – 1907), the Oedipus complex, the erotogenic zones, infant sexuality; Freud was born in 1856 on a Uranus – Pluto conjunction;

d) Second square (1930 – 1936) – Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Cancer

– Nazi Party took power in Germany in 1933, Hitler rise in power

– the Socialist Party in Spain rose, the Spanish Civil War

– radical social movements in Russia

– rise of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao

  1. 1710 – 1850, 29 Leo – first conjunction  on 7 September  1710

a) First conjunction (1707 – 1714) – Uranus conjunct Pluto in Leo

– technical revolutions: the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, invention of practical steam engine by Thomas Newcomen in 1705-1711 and Abraham Darby’s discovery in 1709 of the utility of coal for iron smelting furnaces began the age of steam, coal and iron;

– the Age of Enlightenment began around 1715 and is considered to last by 1789 (the opposition). The Enlightenment was a period when ideas centered on the sovereignty of reason and the evidence of the senses were considered the primary sources of knowledge. This conducted to the  separation of church and state, abolition of absolute monarchy, intellectual and scholarly movement, values like liberty, progress, toleration, constitutional government;

Electricity discovery (I – first era) and first scientific knowledge of it began also at the start of the Enlightenment period: in 1700-1720 – the first experiments on electricity made by Francis Hauksbee, who invented the “electrical machine” in 1705 and Stephen Gray, a period of great interest in this new “magic” power;  the invention of the Leiden jar by Pieter van Musschenbroek in 1745; at the time of the first square of Uranus Pluto (1752) were Benjamin Franklin experiments continued in Paris by Dalibard and Louis Leclerc with success in 23 May 1752 when they captured the lightning and passed it down the metal pole to store it in the Leyden Jar at the base; in 1773, Henry Cavendish experiment with the artificial Torpedo fish electric shock from which he deducted the first notions of voltage and charge, continuous current; then, in the time of the opposition, the rivalry between Luigi Galvani and Alessandro Volta, who invented the Voltaic pile and the first electric battery (1799), breakthrough that opened a new age in electricity, chemistry and physics  – the commercial and scientific age, industrial use of electricity; in 1821, Faraday discovered electro – magnetism; in 1831, Faraday generated a continuous flow of current which led to the discovery of conduction and the first electric telegraph in 1931; in 1851 the Morse code was adopted and in 1858 was set the first wire from England to America which allowed a new comunication way; So, the first Uranus – Pluto cycle in electricity led from experiments of this “magic” force to the scientific understanding of current, the invention of telegraph and battery;

– The Freemasonry movement was founded (1717)

– the fall of the Moghul Empire in India and the establishment of the Russian supremacy in the Baltic

– The War of Spanish Succession (1701 – 1714) was fought primary against the increasing power of the French King Louis XIV and a possible unification of France and Spain

– rise of Peter the Great

b) First square (1751 – 1762) – Uranus in Pisces square Pluto in Sagittarius

– The Seven Years War (1756 – 1763) which represented a global battle for colonies and trade routes, between states who wanted control and colonies who wanted freedom: the French and Indian War (North America, 1754–63), Pomeranian War (Sweden and Prussia, 1757–62), Third Carnatic War (Indian subcontinent, 1757–63), and Third Silesian War (Prussia and Austria, 1756–63)

c) Opposition (1789– 1796) – Uranus in Leo opposes Pluto in Aquarius

– The French Revolution (1789 – 1799) was a social and political upheaval in France which ended with Napoleon as consul of France. Old ideas about tradition and hierarchy –  of monarchy, aristocracy, and religious authority – were abruptly overthrown by new Enlightenment principles of equality, citizenship and inalienable rights; mass violence, the execution of the king, thousands of executions at the guillotine;

– the French Revolution slogan “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite” was of Rousseau, who was born in 1712, on a Uranus-Pluto conjunction, at the beginning of the current cycle; the revolution was greatly influenced by Rousseau books  Discourse on Inequality and The Social Contract, published in 1755 and 1762, which at the first square of this cycle; Robespierre and Danton, figures that marked the revolution, were born in 1756-1759, so also on the time of the first square

– Louis XVI was executed (1793), rise of Napoleon

– during the French Revolution the Catholic church was abolished, the Bible was forbidden, the Pope Pius VI expelled from Rome and put in prison; in the final religious freedom was established;

– a wave of public calls, petitions and actions for the abolition of slavery in Britain, United States and France; the founding of many societies that aimed for the abolition of slavery

– The Haitian Revolution (1791 – 1804) was a slave revolt which resulted in the elimination of slavery; it was a revolution inspired by The French Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man published in 1789;

– technical revolutions: mechanization of the textile industry, Eli Whittney’s invention of cotton gin in 1793

– the first great feminist manifesto: A vindication of the rights of women by Mary Wollstonecraft

– evolutionary theories: Eramus Darwin in England (1794), Goethe in Germany (1794), Geoffroy Saint Hilaire in France (1795), preceding the works of Charles Darwin from 1855

d) Second square (1817 – 1822) – Uranus in Sagittarius square Pluto in Pisces

– Latin American Wars of Independence were many revolutions which resulted in the creation of a number of independent states: Colombia (1820), Mexico (1821), Venezuela (1821), Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Santo Domingo, Brazil (1822), Ecuador (1822), and Peru (1821)

– a wave of revolutions in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France, the beginning of the war for Greek independence

  1. 1597 – 1710, 20 Aries – first conjunction  on 1 May  1597

a) First conjunction (1594 – 1600)

– technical revolutions: Galileo began his revolutionary studies on laws of motion (from 1592), Kepler works in the same time and publish Mysterium Cosmographicum in 1595 concerning the geometrical harmonies of the planetary orbits, the heliocentric theory (1600),

b) First square (1621 – 1626)

c) Opposition (1645– 1651)

– the English Civil War (1642-1651), king Charles I was executed (1649), Fronde revolts in France (1648) and other revolutions across Europe and Asia (Russia serfs revolt, Portugal against Spain etc.);

d) Second square (1676 – 1681)

  1. 1455 – 1597, 14 Leo – first conjunction  on 21 September  1455

a) First conjunction (1452 – 1459)

– the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the sack of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453

– technical revolutions: Gutenberg developed the movable printing press (1450)

b) First square (1492 – 1503)

c) Opposition (1535– 1543)

– the most radical period of the Reformation

– technical revolutions: Copernicus De Revolutionibus was published in 1543 marking the start of the Scientific Revolution, the brgsn of revolution in modern anatomy marked by Vesalius’s -De Humani Corpori Fabrica (1543)

d) Second square (1564 – 1569)

5.1343 – 1455, 11 Aries – first conjunction  on 10 June  1343

a) First conjunction (1340 – 1346)

b) First square (1368 – 1373)

c) Opposition (1392– 1398)

d) Second square (1422 – 1427)

6. 1201 – 1343, 29 Cancer – first conjunction  on 28 July  1201

a) First conjunction (1198 – 1204)

– the Fourth Crusade of 1202 – 1204 led the crusaders to sack the Constantinople in 1204 and establish the Latin Empire;

– the final point of the Great Schism

– rise of Genghis Khan

b) First square (1233 – 1243)

c) Opposition (1280– 1289)

d) Second square (1310 – 1315)

7. 1090 – 1201, 16 Cancer – first conjunction  on 7 July 947

a) First conjunction (1088 – 1095) – Uranus conjunct Pluto in Aries

– the First Crusade (1095-1099) started in 1095 after some years with the Uranus – Pluto conjuction and on a Uranus – Neptune square which remained active until the final of the crusade (1099)

People with Uranus conjunct Pluto in their natal chart:

  1. Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778) with Uranus conjunct Pluto in Virgo – Genevan philosopher who wrote The Social Contract and influenced The French Revolution with his political philosophy. The Social Contract theorized about the best way in which to set up a political community and argued that only the people, in the form of the sovereign, have that all-powerful right, not the monarchs.  He was born in 1712, on a Uranus-Pluto conjunction and his  books  Discourse on Inequality and The Social Contract were published in 1755 and 1762, which was at he Uranus – Pluto square; Robespierre and Danton, figures that marked the revolution, were born also in 1756-1759;
  2. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) – the founder of psychoanalysis;
  3. Benjamin Franklin (1706- 1790) – a major figure in the American Enlightenment, the inventor of the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, political philosopher, politician, the Founding Fathers of the United States;