Category: Astrological News Written by Robert Wilkinson
For the past 27 years, we’ve all been experiencing a configuration I termed “The Grand Irrationality” back in the late 1990s. If you’re wondering why things have been so strange, irrational, and hard edged since then, this article will explain why.
Up to early 2020 I included this information in every Lunation article for many years. However, because there’s so much information, I composed this standalone article which I just link to in those articles. As it’s been almost a year since I updated the information, this one will include everything which has happened since then, which includes an amalgam of both which we have been experiencing in November and December 2020.
The extraordinary evolutionary configuration called “The Grand Irrationality” has been a major factor in our lives since the mid-90s due certain aspects in play. Many of the “crazy appearances and disappearances” and other irrational events and behaviors are associated with this configuration. Various Solar Eclipses along the way which fell in the hot zones, like the 2011 Solar Eclipse in Gemini, as well as the various planetary stations falling in the hot zones, have brought about some strange changes which seem to mark larger “forks in the road of destiny” for our world.
It’s been active in past Solar Eclipses in Pisces (2017) and Leo (2018), with subsequent effects still in play now and for a while to come. It’s why we are in a period of dynamic unstable energies which at times make no sense. This configuration was originally set into motion by any conjunction with or septile-series aspect to Neptune or Pluto, and is currently activated by any 7th harmonic aspect to Uranus or Pluto. Jupiter and Saturn have made septiles to Neptune and biseptiles to Uranus as they’ve hung out in the same space as Pluto pretty much all year.
What Is the Grand Irrationality?
The Grand Irrationality is a phenomenon we’ve been living within since 1993-94. Since then, we’ve been in an extraordinarily irrational period which continues to this day. The Grand Irrationality is a long wave non-rational influence that has put everyone on Earth on the unceasing edge of major choice and change.
Everyone has been confronting inner compulsions, continual choices that seem to have a major impact on our destiny, and occasionally irrational behaviors in others or external conditions. It is why things seem to have an unending hard edge, why so many choices are continually thrown in our faces that require immediate attention, and why reason seems to fail at critical moments of decision.
When the Grand Irrationality is in play, it’s a time when things don’t have to make sense. We’ve been living with it nonstop for 25 years, and it will be active for a couple more years to come, even though we’re on the far side of the original Neptune/Pluto relationship that created it. However, as I said, those long wave transformational energies continue to be in play due to past Solar Eclipses which triggered the configuration.
The First Grand Irrationality is Different than the Second Grand Irrationality
In the past 27 years this evolutionary configuration has had two iterations: the Grand Irrationality V.1 anchored by Neptune septile Pluto which began in 1993 and was nonstop from 1995 to 2017, and the Grand Irrationality V.2 which began in 2017, and has been highly active during the times Saturn or Pluto (and any other planet in late Capricorn) configure in a biseptile to Uranus.
The first Grand Irrationality was a long wave configuration set into motion every time a planet made a conjunction, septile, biseptile, or triseptile to Neptune and/or Pluto. The second Grand Irrationality is set into motion every time a planet makes these aspects to Uranus and/or Pluto. Septile series aspects show us points in time when our future destiny is precipitated by critical choices made in the present.
Because this configuration involved Neptune and Pluto, two powerhouse Transpersonal planetary representatives of Spirit, they symbolized the long wave planetary crisis the entire human race has been going through since 1993. From then to 2017, as well as the subsequent Uranus/Pluto spiritual revolution, at one point or another, everyone on Earth has experienced a nonstop energy of having to choose, at the bottom of our beings, the path to evolution or devolution, progress or regress, love or fear, joy or control. It’s why things have been so weird, irrational, and hard-edged.
So the Grand Irrationality V.1 was the period when Neptune was septile Pluto which began in 1993. It was very strong and in constant movement the last 5 years of the 20th century and the first 15 years of this century. This phase has now waned, since Neptune no longer makes a forming or partile separating septile to Pluto and won’t again for many centuries.
Even though we’re past the era of Neptune septile Pluto, the irrational pulses continue because of other transits making 7th harmonic aspects to both of these planets creating an “off set” pulse. Because of their orbits, late Autumn through mid-Spring narrows the distance between these two planets, but as we get into late Spring through mid-Autumn, they are closer to a sextile than the previous septile. That means we’ve moving into a new productive era we last experienced between 1942-1995.
The First Grand Irrationality Has Given Way to the Second Grand Irrationality
As noted, since 2017 we’ve moved into a new phase of The Grand Irrationality, as that Summer Uranus began to biseptile Pluto, briefly setting the new configuration into play. That period began the current “never-ending revolution” since Uranus, the Cosmic Awakener, is dancing off and on at its “fork in the road of destiny” with Pluto, the Lord of Transformation.
The Grand Irrationality V.2 is an even stranger, more hard-edged period than the Grand Irrationality V.1, since this period featured an on-again, off-again Uranus semisquare to Neptune from Spring 2017 through Spring 2020 and Uranus biseptile Pluto. So along with the hard edge of the Grand Irrationality involving Uranus and Pluto in a 7th harmonic aspects, we also had Uranus in a Rhombus Diamond 8th harmonic frictional aspect to Neptune. So we had all three traditional Transpersonal spiritual planets in dynamic activation at this time in history!
Of major importance is that the semisquare ended, and gave way to Uranus septile Neptune, pulling Neptune back into the configuration even though it’s not septile to Pluto! Given that Jupiter and Saturn have been going back and forth in biseptiles to Uranus and septiles to Pluto, we’ve just completed a season where Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto have all been in septile-series aspects with each other. It would seem all the planets involved in our spiritual evolution have been making crucial decisions at a fork in the road of humanity’s destiny!
Uranus made its first exact biseptile to Pluto in 2018, and as it moved further into Taurus, it again biseptiled Pluto for the second time at the end of May and beginning of June 2018. Even during the few months when Uranus was not biseptile Pluto, the nonrationality was still triggered any time a planet made a 7th harmonic aspect to either Uranus or Pluto, so it’s still been in regular play if only in an “offset” way. As I offered in May 2018 when Uranus first entered Taurus, “.... they will soon make a biseptile, guaranteed to be a very unstable and irrational time!” That prophesy has certainly played out in the news in the past three years with trumpets blaring, thanks to other transits triggering these wild energies.
This means we can’t relax too much while moving through the “forks in the road of destiny” at this time in history. Both the Grand Irrationality AND the off-set 7th harmonic pulses made as planets aspect Uranus and Pluto get triggered every few weeks by transits, and of course the Moon triggers both of these 7 times each month. Each time there’s a transit to any of the 7 zones made by Uranus, Neptune or Pluto septile series aspects, it profoundly affects those with a planet or angle in any of the 7 “hot zones” defining the phenomenon.
The Grand Irrationality V.2.
We first encountered Uranus biseptile Pluto very briefly in August 2017, and it went into nonstop pulses beginning at the end of June 2018 with Uranus again 101+ degrees from Pluto. This lasted through October when the orb became too wide. We experienced the return to the biseptile between May and July 2019 and was back at full volume between October 2019 and December 2019.
Uranus moved out of the biseptile between January and March 2020 (just as all the heavy conjunctions in Capricorn were coming down), but all those Cap transits biseptiled Uranus, septiled Neptune, and set a lot into motion! Uranus again biseptiled Pluto in April, May, and June before slipping into a brief but extraordinarily serendipitous tredecile between July and October. In November they again made a biseptile, and will remain in biseptile through May 2021. They will again be in biseptile between December 2021 and April 2022, The next “action beat” in this long wave pulse will begin in 2037 when Uranus triseptiles Pluto from late Cancer to late Aquarius.
This is the first biseptile in the larger Uranus/Pluto cycle that began at their conjunctions in the mid-1960s. The waxing septile occurred 1989-1991, so this is the next point in that larger “Pulse of Destiny.” That means the “transformative revolution” begun in the 60s took a turn in 1989-1991, and how has reached a phase of externalizing itself as a spiritual grounding force. It will take its next turn beginning 2037.
The current degree spans that trigger this transformative mass configuration are around 6-10 Taurus, 29 Gemini- 3 Cancer, 20-24 Leo, 11-15 Libra, 2-6 Sag, 24-28 Capricorn, and 15-18 Pisces. If you have a planet or angle in any of these zones, you are making critical choices and decisions that will alter your future in important ways.
This event requires that we allow what’s awakening related to our Divine Power of Transformation to come forth in ways which both innovate and stabilize our lives, and see how to use available power wisely. The Wisdom Forms coming to us in 2019 and early 2020 allowed us to see how well we’ve navigated a fork in the road of our greater destiny, preparing us for the visionary Aquarian Era coming in December 2020!
So TGI V.2 began from May through November 2018, and except for a few weeks in August-September 2019, the Uranus biseptile Pluto was in full swing between May 2019 and December 2019, March through June 2020, and Nov 2020 through April 2021. This chapter of global craziness won't be going away anytime soon, so get your navigational skills in shape to ride this storm out!
As I’ve offered many times during this era of the Grand Irrationality, if things don’t make sense, they don’t have to. The only thing that matters is to know how to focus and not get distracted by the craziness in the atmosphere. Sometimes, when we keep our heads when all around us are losing theirs, we come out on the other side looking and feeling good!
If you’re wondering why some people are being irrational in their responses at this time in their life, it’s likely because they have a planet in one of the 7 zones affected by the configuration. The 2019 Uranus biseptiles to Pluto have formed “revolutionary seeds” which were released when the planets transited Capricorn between late November 2019 and March 2020, with Jupiter keeping the tension sky high through November 2020 as it approaches the Grand Mutation launching a new 200 year era.
We can expect very dramatic non-rational events to continue to dominate the world stage over the next few months as we all navigate the larger planetary “rendezvous with destiny” promised by the many conjunctions, septiles, and biseptiles made to and from Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. When Mars conjuncts Uranus and both biseptile Pluto in mid-January, it portends some crazy and explosive situations. Of course the January inner planet transits through Cap will all biseptile Uranus, and the March transits through Pisces will conjunct Neptune and septile both Uranus and Pluto. Late April’s Taurus transits will conjunct Uranus, septile Neptune, and biseptile Pluto.
As you can see, this energy will be released in bursts over the next few months, so continue to polish your surfing skills and enjoy the ride the best you’re able! Things may not make sense, but they don’t have to. We just have to learn to navigate with a steady hand and an eye for abrupt changes.
Saturn’s Dance With Uranus
Saturn made the first of its long wave biseptiles with Uranus between January and May 2019, bringing the configuration into mass consciousness, triggering major life changes and realignment of responsibilities. Saturn crystallizes whatever it touches; when it biseptiled Uranus from Capricorn, it brought the Plutonic “invisible seeds” of transformation into concrete form as a structure.
What Saturn structured in 2019 is now part of the larger irrational shifts in destiny indicated by the transpersonal transformational energies again in play. Saturn is giving structure to the Plutonic seeds of the zones it occupied the past few years. Each time any inner planet transits the 7 active zones, choices, changes, and forks in the road of destiny are set into motion!
The second Saturn biseptile was active between late April and the end of May 2019, and served as a dress rehearsal for the third and final one which happened in December 2019 and early January 2020. These “structures of the invisible seeds of revolution and transformation” were expanded by Jupiter throughout 2020, boosted by transits to any of the 7 hot zones.
The final phase of Saturn’s part of the dance was between July and November 2020, when it made its final biseptile to Uranus. It now approaches a very powerful and volatile square to come in 2021, indicating some very entrenched larger forces at odds with each other. This will continue through early 2022, and again the second half of 2022, after which we will experience no more frictional aspects between Saturn and Uranus and move into many years of binoviles, quintiles, and sextiles before they make a septile most of 2026 and early 2027.
2020 marked the culmination of these larger transformational energies, since by early 2021 Jupiter and Saturn will both be square Uranus, and Uranus makes its final biseptile to Pluto. That implies last year, this year, and early next year are a period where the future destiny of the world is being shaped by the decisions made during this 1000 day period of The Grand Irrationality V.2!
Also, whether we’re speaking of the first Grand Irrationality or the second one, everyone on Earth at some point has had the outer Transpersonal Spiritual planets in a conjunction, septile, biseptile, or triseptile to one or more natal and progressed planet. That means even when it wasn’t “generically crazy,” WE still had to go through irrational periods where we made choices which shaped our current destiny.
In 1997, the zones were around 5-9 Sagittarius, 26-30 Capricorn, 18-22 Pisces, 9-13 Taurus, 1-5 Cancer, 22-26 Leo, and 13-17 Libra. In 2002, the zones were around 14-18 Sagittarius, 6-10 Aquarius, 27 Pisces-1 Aries, 18-22 Taurus, 9-13 Cancer, 1-5 Virgo, and 22-26 Libra.
By late 2008 the zones were around 28 Sagittarius-2 Capricorn, 20-24 Aquarius, 11-15 Aries, 3-7 Gemini, 24-28 Cancer, 16-20 Virgo, and 7-11 Scorpio. By late 2014 the zones were around 11-15 Capricorn, 3-7 Pisces, 24-28 Aries, 15-19 Gemini, 7-11 Leo, 28 Virgo-2 Libra, and 20-24 Scorpio. I gave you the current zones earlier.
As you can see, every part of the zodiac has been impacted by either Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto making a 7th harmonic aspect to it. We’ve ALL been through some crazy times the past 25 years, and are finally getting to the end of the run. That’s not to say there won’t be irrationality in the future, but at least the intensity of the eye of the storm will have passed by 2022. And that’s a good thing!
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
About the author:
Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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