Uranus spends about seven years in each sign and this year he begins to transition into Taurus. It’s not a comfortable meeting for either Uranus or Taurus. As a fixed earth sign, Taurus doesn’t like change, especially when it happens fast. It likes stability and certainty, but there’s not going to be much of that in the next few years.
Uranus is the planet of freedom, revolutionary change, independence and the higher or Universal Mind. He disrupts the old order, encourages experimental new approaches, and reverses established patterns of behaviour. When Uranus enters Taurus we can expect to see revolutionary changes to our values, the financial system, how we treat the earth and our own bodies, and issues around security.
Uranus transits Taurus from 2018 to 2026. Here are the dates:
- Enters Taurus: 15th May 2018
- Retrogrades into Aries: 6th November 2018
- Re-enters Taurus: 6th March 2019, where it stays, until…
- Enters Gemini: 7th July 2025
- Retrogrades into Taurus: 8th November 2025
- Re-enters Gemini: 26th April 2026
While Uranus is in Taurus our values will be radically transformed and we’ll be forced to rethink how and why we do things, probably because the consequences of our current value system will come back to bite us. This could potentially effect every area of our lives because what we value influences how we think, the choices we make and how we act.
On a personal level, now is the time to examine your values and whether you’re making the most of your inner and outer resources. Your financial stability could be undermined over the next seven years but it’s only to encourage you to become more self-sufficient and self-reliant. Perhaps you’ll discover new, more exciting ways of earning money or discover talents you didn’t know you had.
Along with Saturn in Capricorn, this transit encourages you to build something real in your life that aligns with your true values. In your horoscope, look at any planets or angles in Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius, because these will receive hard angle transits from Uranus during the next seven years. You’ll have to be flexible and ready to let go of whatever you don’t need. Adapt to the changes as they come, improvise and experiment with new possibilities.
The danger comes from repressing or denying changes that need to happen. Sometimes it’s good to resist unnecessary change – or change for the sake of change – but if you resist necessary change, it can backfire, and with Uranus, it can blow up in your face. Literally. The more you delay change, the more extreme it’ll be when it finally breaks through.
But if you stay open to the possibility of change, you could experience a profound awakening at this time. Uranus is the Universal Mind and it’s grounding directly into the body in Taurus. This could bring sudden shifts in awareness and physical side effects like feeling wired or electrified, and make it difficult for you to sleep. Blocked energies could be released from your body and this could bring health problems or healing crises. So it’s a good idea to develop a regular exercise regime so you can burn off any tension or excess energies that build up now. If you don’t work it off, it could cause stress and inflammation in your body.
Uranus breaks up the status quo and shatters apparently solid structures, even the ground can suddenly disintegrate. It stops us getting too comfortable or complacent and reminds us that nothing lasts forever. But Taurus wants to conserve and preserve what we have, so Uranus will shake things up and force us to change how we make ourselves feel safe.
This is likely to work itself out in how we treat the natural environment and its resources. Over the next seven years we may finally have to accept that we can’t keep progress going at the expense of the planet. We can’t live without a viable ecological support system and we must look after the planet if we want to continue living on it.
Our current value system sees the planet as a resource to be plundered, but the effects of environmental devastation are now impossible to ignore. The reckoning has arrived. Uranus will make clear the price we’re paying to keep our growth economy growing via a shock to the system: perhaps a radical shift in climate, or natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes and storms.
There’s a lot of talk about global warming, but we’re actually entering a Solar Minimum period when there are fewer sunspots. This could indicate decades of colder weather that trigger food shortages and rising prices, and at worst, famine. It could be a tough few years but it’s an opportunity to establish a more sane way of living on the planet with respect for the earth and each other.
Whatever happens with the climate, we’re likely to see disruption and revolution in farming, agriculture, and food production. Perhaps action will be taken to reduce the huge surpluses produced by industrial agricultural methods, or to share food more equitably. Food waste and poor nutrition also need to be tackled, along with the consequences of using too many pesticides and GMO, as well as the loss of arable land due to soil erosion. There could also be technological breakthroughs in the areas of lab grown meat and 3D-printed food.
The revolution in values and security is also likely to play out through our relationship to money and finances. A lot of the predictions I’ve seen for this transit seem to rely heavily on wishful thinking: The end of taxation! The arrival of free energy! The end of crappy day jobs! The arrival of a Universal Basic Income! Free money! But what can we expect?
In the West, we’re dealing with the breakdown of old systems as the world moves towards decentralisation and a multipolar power structure. This is being driven by the failure of centralisation and the values that underpin it. So our ideas about wealth, money, property and possessions are likely to be challenged over the next few years. We could see a revolution in how the economy works and how we value commodities.
There could be a sovereign debt crisis that leads to a massive overhaul of the banks and financial markets. According to Martin Armstrong, there are already 13 governments in default on their debt payments, and more than 100 nations on the verge of a debt crisis. Other sources of disruption could include fallout from trade wars, the reform of social security and pensions, or the collapse of personal debt payments. For example, PCPs (Personal Contract Purchase) where you pay for a snazzy car over a period of time and then walk away from the lease instead of paying for it outright. If too many people default on these loans, PCPs could be the next sub-prime bubble about to burst.
And then there’s Brexit. (Sigh) The UK is due to leave the European Union at the end of March 2019, just after Uranus enters Taurus for the second time – so that could be interesting! At this stage, it’s not clear what will happen, but the transition may mean the full effects take a while to filter through. Having said that, with Uranus around, almost anything is possible. With or without Brexit, the Euro is looking shaky and, in the long-term, the EU could break up.
Speaking of the Euro, we could also see a revolution in the currencies we use and a move towards a cashless society. The collapse or failure of the old system could trigger a switch to a digital currency, for example. In many ways, we already have a digital economy and many shops now refuse to take cash. Digital currencies like Bitcoin and the many alternatives, could also be declared financial institutions, effectively turning them into banks.
However, a cashless society would mean more surveillance and less freedom. New systems could be put into place now that seem like a good idea but later turn out to be traps. Digital payments are easier for businesses to manage, but they’re open to fraud and hacking. Blockchain technology could provide a solution, but it would need a radical overhaul to deal with its built-in limitations. The current technology is environmentally destructive due to its vast energy requirements, it takes ages to verify transactions and it’s not scalable.
Whatever happens, just remember one thing: nothing is ever free – there’s always a cost. Over the next few years, you can expect the financial markets to be more volatile and changeable than usual so don’t gamble with what you can’t afford to lose. That’s probably good advice in general, but especially when Uranus is hanging out in Taurus.
The revolution in money and finance could also provide opportunities to invest more in our local communities through local currencies, buying local produce, and supporting local businesses and farmer’s markets. Many towns already have local schemes in place, for example the Bristol Pound, and the newly created Lake District Pound.
There could be a growth in time banks where communities share skills and talents and help each other out with no money changing hands. We could share our possessions using tool banks – similar to a library, but with spanners – or rent a car instead of owning one. We may also see the growth of credit unions and micro-loans, as well as crowdfunding and online marketplaces.
I’ve already mentioned technological changes in money and 3D-printed food, but we could also see breakthroughs that change how we relate to our possessions and the body. Previous transits of Uranus in Taurus saw technological breakthroughs like the Spinning Jenny and the sewing machine, and this time we could see 3D-printing really take off.
The so-called ‘internet of things’ may expand and our homes could fill with smart technology. There could be breakthroughs in the use of virtual reality and gaming, and we may be using more wearable tech or augmenting the body itself with technology. Some of this stuff has a distinctly dystopian feel – interface directly with social media via the surveillance chip in your head! But some of it may be genuinely helpful to people with disabilities – move objects using the power of thought!
However, don’t expect new toys to land in your lap tomorrow. New inventions or technologies are more likely to appear towards the end of the transit, especially when Uranus conjuncts Jupiter in Taurus in 2024.
The internet itself could undergo a revolution over the next few years. The data scandal at Facebook is the tip of a vast surveillance iceberg and the fallout could trigger major changes in how we use the online environment. The digital world is becoming increasingly toxic and there’s been talk of censorship in the name of keeping us safe. The collapse of online advertising revenue could force changes too. Since Uranus in Taurus brings us back into the real world, perhaps the future is actually offline.
Uranus transits are always impossible to predict and the best you can say is: expect the unexpected. The first six months of the transit this year will give us some clues – a preview or foreshadowing of what’s to come. There could be a shock to the system that forces everybody to wake up and triggers reforms that come later. There’s a New Moon in Taurus on 15th May, just before Uranus enters Taurus, and then on 16th May, Mars enters Aquarius and squares Uranus. This could be explosive, indicating sudden conflicts or a radical break with the old order. Mars squares Uranus again in August when it’s retrograde and then again in September, so the next few months could be quite lively.
Prepare yourself. Change is coming!
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