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1. Dane Rudhyar, The Galactic Dimension of Astrology - The Sun Is Also A Star, Aurora Press, 1975, p. 25. To learn more about the visionary work of Dane Rudhyar, visit the Rudhyar Archival Project.

2. The 84 year Uranus cycle equates to a long-lived life. Therefore transiting Uranus opposition to its natal position, which occurs between the age of 38 and 42 depending on its speed, marks the archetypal halfway point of life also known as the mid-life crisis.

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Curious Pisces
From The Mountain Astrologer, June-July 2003 (3)

Q. With Uranus in Aquarius these past seven years, I began to get sort of used to it, though now that it is about to enter Pisces and eventually conjoin my Sun and Mercury in my 7th house, I can’t help but wonder how this transition will affect my life. 
Curious Pisces

A.  I know exactly what you mean: Life is just one thing after another! Clearly, outer-planet transits define our most profound lessons, challenging us to grow in ways we never could have imagined. Dane Rudhyar describes Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto as “Ambassadors of the Galaxy… They are radically transformative, indeed subversive forces at work in the solar system"1 —and, I might add, in our lives. That can be both terrifying and exhilarating!           

The outer planets are prominent in your natal chart: Pluto is rising, and Uranus and Neptune are part of a t-square. This indicates that you’re highly receptive to the lessons that outer-planet transits can teach us and, ultimately, to the ensuing growth. You have already crossed the classic “midlife” point marked by transiting Uranus opposing natal Uranus2 so you have the wisdom of hindsight. I imagine that, by now, you know these major transits ultimately leave you with much more than they take away.

Natal Chart - Curious Pisces
Source: Hospital Records

Before contacting your Sun–Mercury conjunction from late 2006 through 2007 (allowing a 2° orb), Uranus will oppose natal Pluto and cross your Descendant this year and the next. Certainly, this will transform your relationship to the world at large — and to your life partner, if you have one. (If you don’t, that might change too.) Please understand that this transit does not mean that you will lose a relationship that you hold dear, but it does mean that you will be challenged to be true to yourself in that relationship.

As Uranus conjoins your Sun–Mercury, a radical shift in how you perceive the world will lead to a new vision for your future. What did you learn when the transiting Saturn–Pluto opposition squared these planets during 2001–2002? What were the lessons you received when transiting Uranus conjoined your Venus, activating your fixed t-square in cadent houses during 1996–1997? How did those experiences shift your relationships, your values, your spirituality, your work, and your life? The answers to these questions are clues to the important themes that Uranus may soon reactivate.

To work more consciously with these Uranus transits, you might ask yourself, “Where do I give away my power?” (opposition to natal Pluto/Ascendant) and “Who am I in relation to others and the world?” (conjunction to natal Sun–Mercury in Pisces in the 7th). Above all, be open to the remarkable way life unfolds during such a significant time, and stay fully present.

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