Someone left this question in a comment recently, and I quite frequently hear this question from clients. It’s a difficult one to answer because there are so many layers of planetary cycles that begin on the personal level with your own astrological chart that is affected by planetary movements. Then we have the astrological chart of the nation in which we live that undergoes planetary cycles which affect the political landscape. Expanding even further, we have the dances of the slower moving planets including Saturn, Chiron, and the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
Not everyone is affected by planetary cycles in the same way – human behavior is difficult to predict since it depends so much on the choices that we make. Still, this Uranus/Pluto cycle that we have been going through since 2010 is one of the most difficult because of the degree of change that it brings about.
While the Uranus/Pluto cycle is technically over, it is being kept alive this year by Jupiter which is bouncing back and forth between squares to Pluto and oppositions to Uranus, “translating” and re-connecting the Uranus/Pluto conflict and maintaining a level of tension that requires adaptation and synthesis.
Still, there are always harmonious cycles flowing through the most challenging of planetary alignments that provide support and encouragement. A harmonious trine from Saturn (discipline and focus) and Uranus (innovation and radical change) could help to facilitate the changes and new patterns that are necessary in order to recreate our world in the new ways that are required for the future. Under this aspect the structures that we build under Saturn are energized by the ingenuity of Uranus. This aspect tends to make the idea of change seem more exciting than frightening as we look towards the future with new eyes.
Planetary cycles don’t make things happen – they create a storm with a signature that is particular to that planet in order to create necessary evolution. A tornado will not destroy every house in its path, but the mobile homes and shacks without strong foundations are vulnerable to the force of its power.