The astrology of Proposition 8

Yesterday’s ruling by a federal district judge overturning Proposition 8 occurred in the midst of a big planetary lineup involving Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.  Proposition 8 (the California Marriage Protection Act) restricted the state’s definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples and invalidated all same-sex marriages that had occurred in the state prior to that time.

The election of November of 2008 that passed Proposition 8 coincided with  the first opposition between Saturn (conventional thinking and morality) and Uranus (liberation and the breaking free from the status quo).  This was the same election that voted in Barack Obama’s hope for change.  The pull between the old ways and something new has been exceptionally strong over the past two years as a result of the Saturn/Uranus opposition.

During the nearly two years since that time, as Saturn and Uranus faced off a total of five times, “change” has been in the air in virtually every aspect of life.  Liberals and conservatives alike have become more radical, and an increased divisiveness around the world has been the result.

Proposition 8 was overturned yesterday with Saturn and Uranus having made the final exact opposition last week (the two planets are still just one degree of arc from the exact aspect), and Mars acted as a trigger to instigate the change.

Yesterday’s ruling will not be the end of the question: both sides are committed to press the case to the Supreme Court.  Saturn is now in Libra, the sign of marriage, and the boundaries of what constitutes marriage will continue to be tested and redefined.

But we are in the middle of another cycle, the conjunction of Jupiter (expansion) and Uranus (radical change) which is likely to continue the pressure for increased freedom and liberation in all aspects of global society.  This pressure will continue into 2012 and 2013 when Uranus begins to square Pluto (repression and transformation) when things will really start to get exciting.

Change under the Uranus/Pluto influence is virtually assured.  This, after all, is the influence that brought us the multiple revolutions of the 1960s.  The past does not always die easily though, and as we move into the Age of Aquarius resistance to change will continue to be a constant force as boundaries of social and political structures are shattered and altered forever.

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By | 2010-08-05T06:22:27+00:00 August 5th, 2010|Astrology, Politics|3 Comments


  1. Diane Scholten August 5, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Lynn, great article! Totally agree with you that “it ain’t over” – not only for gay marriage, but for change in general. I’m hopeful that this time some of the seeds we planted in the sixties will come to fruition and I am fervently hoping it will be a more peaceful revolution. I think Jupiter’s connection to Uranus right now is helping in that way. Just wrote in my blog about how this week’s ‘grand finale’ of the Cardinal T-Square/Grand Cross is playing out far more positively than most in the astro blogopshere have suggested. One of the many reasons yours is one of my top favorite astrology blogs is that you and I both tend to look for the good – for ways to positively manifest the energy afoot. That said, I think your last sentence is spot on and to be heeded – it’s coming but it won’t necesarily be easy. Thanks for another great post, Lynn.

  2. Janet August 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Excellent article. I was very curious about the aspects yesterday and how they influenced this decision. But I’m glad you brought it full circle with the start of the Saturn-Uranus oppositions in 2008. Very informative. Thank you!

  3. Jonathan August 6, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Perhaps the issue of Gay Marriage will take another BIG step forward when Jupiter squares Uranus and opposes Pluto in the Summer of 2013? If this cycle begins with a Jupiter/Uranus conjunction, wouldn’t it make sense to see action and movement in the subsequent squares and opposition? :^)

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