The Uranus-Pluto Square of April 2014

The astrological community is abuzz with musings about the ominous portent of the Uranus-Pluto square in April of 2014, especially because it occurs in the context of a Grand Cross involving Mars and Jupiter, all in cardinal signs.  Astrologers seem to be expecting the worst, some of the comments bordering on mass hysteria.  Will the stock market crash like it did in 1929?  Will the world be beset by major revolutions?  Will the USA suffer another major terrorist attack?  More mass killings in schools, theaters, and at sporting events?  Will there be an attempt on the life of the President?  Etc., etc., etc.

Uranus was discovered in 1781 and Pluto, in 1930.  Pluto was initially classified as a planet but in 2006 it was renamed a “dwarf planet” because it did not fit the IAU definition of a planet.  It turns out that Pluto is smaller than Eris, another dwarf planet.  Thus, Pluto was a planet for only 76 years before it was relegated to the status of a dwarf planet.  At some time after 1930 astrologers began to speculate that Pluto might be connected to Scorpio, which had for thousands of years been ruled by Mars.  Thus, Pluto has been a “modern ruler” of Scorpio for some 80+ years.

In Cosmos and Psyche Richard Tarnas looked back in history to see what kinds of events correlated with major aspects between Uranus and Pluto, which will be exactly 90 degrees apart (a square) on April 21, 2014.  In reality, this is but one of seven such squares which began in June of 2012 and reoccur periodically until March of 2015.  What makes this square special is that Mars and Jupiter join in the mix to form was is called a cardinal Grand Cross.  Technically speaking, the Grand Cross does not begin until Mars retrogrades into 13 degrees Libra, which occurs very early in the morning on April 22nd, 2014. Here is a chart of the Uranus-Pluto square of April 21st set for Washington, DC to give a sense of how it might affect the USA according to the house positions of the planets.

Uranus square Pluto in DC on April 21, 2014, just prior to grand cardinal cross.

Uranus square Pluto in DC on April 21, 2014, just prior to grand cardinal cross, Placidus houses  Note Mars in Libra in 2nd square Pluto in Capricorn in 5th square Uranus in Aries in 8th square Jupiter in Cancer in 11th.  The 2nd and the 8th are money houses, so there could be a financial crisis.  The 8th is the house of death.  The 5th has to do with children, with recreational and sporting events, gambling, and speculative investments (like some stock trading).

Tarnas observed the following: “…eras in which Uranus and Pluto were in axial alignment” correlated with “widespread radical and political social change and often destructive upheaval, massive empowerment of revolutionary and rebellious impulses, and intensified artistic and intellectual creativity.”  Also “unusually rapid technological advance, an underlying spirit of restless experiment, drive for innovation, urge for freedom in many realms, revolt against oppression, embrace of radical political philosophies, and intensified collective will to bring forth a new world.”  (pp. 143-144, Cosmos & Psyche).

Individuals born with their Sun or personal planets and chart points at 13 degrees of a cardinal sign will be most strongly affected in their personal life.  In the tradition of Chaucer and T.S. Elliot, April may be the cruelest month for such individuals.  Thus those born with their Sun around 13 degrees of a cardinal sign, that is, those born within a few days of January 4th, April 3rd, July 5th, or October 6th of any year) will feel this transit most acutely as it affects their natal Sun.  A study of each individual’s birth chart will be necessary to see what other planets and chart points are affected.  If you accept July 4th as the birthday of the United States, then this country is in for a period of major upheaval.

We can see the playing out of this astrological configuration in the current revolution in Ukraine which declared its independence on 24 August 1991 at 5:31 pm local time according to Ukrainian astrologers.  Here is a “natal” chart of modern Ukraine with the upcoming April 21st Uranus-Pluto square superimposed.

Chart of modern Ukraine's Independence with April 2014 Uranus-Pluto square chart superimposed.

Chart of modern Ukraine’s Independence with April 2014 Uranus-Pluto square chart superimposed.

During the current upheaval and bloodshed in Ukraine, the radical Uranus-Neptune conjunction in cardinal Capricorn in the 12th is being squared by transiting Uranus and conjoined by transiting Pluto.  In April, this same conjunction will be squared by transiting Mars in the 8th and opposed by Jupiter in Cancer in the 6th.  Traditionally, houses 6, 8 and 12 are considered unfortunate houses.  Mars in the 8th of death squaring radical Uranus-Neptune in the 12th looks particularly foreboding and carries the potential of bloodshed and loss of life.

In terms of timing, it is noteworthy that transiting Pluto crossed over the midpoint of the radical Uranus-Neptune conjunction in the 12th house on January 28, 2014.  In addition, transiting Uranus made an exact square to radical Uranus in the 12th house on Monday February 17, 2014 as the revolt was in full force.

It looks like Richard Tarnas’ correlations with historical events are playing out with the current transiting Uranus-Pluto square.

Addendum (3/3/2014):

Putin's natal chart (cast for Noon with solar sign houses, time uncertain) with April 21st transits superimposed.

Putin’s natal chart (cast for Noon with solar sign houses, time uncertain) with April 21st transits superimposed.  Not how the Grand Cross closely stresses Putin’s natal sun.

 In light of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine over the past week, I am posting the Noon chart for Putin with solar houses (birth time in question) and the April 21st Uranus square Pluto transit on the outside.  The connections to Putin’s natal sun are quite striking.  This could affect him quite personally but also, since he is head of state, it could mean an violent event of the nature of Mars-Uranus-Pluto for the Russian nation.


About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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10 Responses to The Uranus-Pluto Square of April 2014

  1. Eric says:

    With Pluto in partile conjunction with my Saturn when the aspect forms, I can’t say I’m looking forward to this personally. On a more mundane note, the Ascendant for the Aries Ingress in Washington, D.C. is 13 54′ Cancer, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some significant effect on the American people and government – since I use whole signs, all four of the planets will be falling in the angular houses of the chart.

  2. james says:

    hi tony,
    thanks for pointing this out. i was just thinking of what is going on in ukraine, venezuala, and syria as the latest installment of this uranus/pluto square unfolding.. i suppose we could include thailand in the mix as well.. colour revolutions for suckers.. someone has to think up a name for it.. i think the dynamics are already unfolding and april is just going to bring all the craziness more out into the open.. here is a link that i think summarizes my own views on the recent events in ukraine.. i was working on the astrology to this on a thread on skyscript, but it is moving so fast, it is hard to stay on top of it.. indeed uranus/pluto is the zeitgeist of the moment for much of this as i see it. you are one step ahead of me in discussing it here!

  3. oxeaxe says:

    I’ve possibly misread this but there appear to be similarities with my birthchart, which is a bit ominous. The link to my WP page is here:

    Russell, UK

  4. oxeaxe says:

    Possibly just the alignment of the signs?

  5. oxeaxe says:

    Apologies but the horoscope image file has expired. I was sure it was not a link as such but a saved file. The data if you are interested: Jan 4th 1959 2045 pm at Gorleston, Norfolk, UK 52°34′12″N 1°43′30″E / 52.5699°N 1.7251°E

    Sorry for multiple posts!

  6. Joy Lerner says:

    I have been working with a 12:30 AM chart….3 degrees Scorpio on the ascendant and a sun Saturn Neptune Mercury stellium in the 12th house.. This chart has been going around on the internet for years, I don’t really know how accurate it is..

  7. Dawn says:

    This Grand Cross transit will activate my natal T-square (June 10, 1967; 36.3331° N, 119.9519° W). In 1991 transiting Neptune and Uranus were in Capricorn and activated my T-square in a similar position. At this time, I tried to quit my job but my boss quickly told me I was fired. I was very young at the time but it is possible that my frustrations at work were due to the fact that I resisted his advances. I was living in California and moved in with my mom due to lack of resources. Within 4-6 months I was offered a new job with the condition that I must move to New York City. This new job brought freedom, flexibility and happiness to my life and is still the same job that I have to today. Living in NYC opened my mind to new possibilities and widened my perspective on life.


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