It could be said that a keyword phrase for Uranus is: “Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules.” Uranus is all about breaking the rules – fighting for independence, the right to make one’s own decisions and not be hampered by any external force. Aries is the sign that is ruled by Mars, the god of war. Mars rules over guns and all other forms of weaponry and other supplies needed for warfare. So we can just imagine that when Uranus enters Aries in May, the battle over gun control will begin to seem very important.
We are already seeing evidence of the chafing of gun rights advocates under the current rules, even though open carry of handguns is only banned in three states. Ironically, one of those is Texas – arguably the seat of the modern Wild West. In any case, President Obama’s election in November of 2008, which coincided with the first phase of the opposition between Saturn (rules) and Uranus (no rules) resulted in a widespread shortage of ammunition amidst fears of a crackdown on gun rights which of course never materialized.
Uranus is in the last degrees of Pisces, on the cusp of Aries and recent pro-gun rallies presage what we can expect once Uranus fully enters Aries next month. The fervor over gun rights is becoming so strong that many feel that the National Rifle Association doesn’t go far enough in protecting the rights of gun owners to carry weapons wherever and whenever they choose.
Some gun owners, saying that the National Rifle Association isn’t battling hard enough for their rights, are taking the fight into their own hands.The 4.3 million-member NRA, one of the most powerful and well-funded lobbying groups in Washington, has for 35 years dominated the push to expand gun rights.But its strategies aren’t aggressive or imaginative enough for some gun owners who want to openly carry holstered pistols in public places, or to exploit loopholes in state gun laws to purchase semi-automatic rifles.They are coming together in smaller, loosely organized groups that recruit on the Internet and find inspiration from the tea party movement.On Monday, several thousand gun owners plan to mount two protests—a march in Washington and an “open-carry” rally in Mount Vernon, Va.“More and more the gun-rights movement is moving toward a stand-up-and-shout approach,” said Jeff Knox, director of the Firearms Coalition, a for-profit, loose-knit coalition of activists. “There’s a lot of general frustration with NRA not taking a hard enough line.”
Expect to see more of this, especially in early June as Jupiter joins Uranus in Aries, expanding and intensifying that revolutionary fervor. And once Uranus and Pluto begin to face off more directly in 2011 the battles over control will begin in earnest.
Understanding the nature of the cycles can help to keep us from becoming fearful as we see the pattern unfold. One interesting piece to all of this is the fact that political groups of all kinds are splintering, which is what we would expect when the planet of revolution enters the sign of personal will. Whether it’s Islamic extremists or Teapartiers, it’s all about the individual testing the limits of freedom and liberty.