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Spiritual Astrology in August 2021 - Uranus Stationary Retrograde at 15 Taurus

Spiritual Astrology in August 2021 - Uranus Stationary Retrograde at 15 Taurus

On August 19, Uranus went stationary retrograde at 15 Taurus. This is a major phase shift when we begin to review what has revolutionized and/or awakened in the Taurus part of our charts. This one will bring us to “the soil of higher character” as we stand at the threshold of Uranus on the “Ox Point.” We now begin a review which will bring us to Uranus’ SD degree of 2020 which awakened all of us to “the garden of our life.”

Uranus represents our eternal ability in the NOW to individualize our lives and consciousness. It is the Divine Revolutionizer within us that is directly connected with Spirit. It shows us how to live in a truly free way, not reacting to the world’s inertia, but instead moving into the eternal unknown adventure where we are forever free to explore, discover, and revolutionize our lives and consciousness.

Uranus is the Higher Law, Jupiter is the guide out of old ways into greater futures. Uranus helps us break free, break out, and break through the binding force Saturn represents as our “Ring Pass Not.” Uranus is Divine Wisdom, working together with Jupiter and Saturn to perfect our personalities so we might become vehicles for bringing Spirit to matter in our own unique way. I discuss the dance Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus do in our lives to bring us to spiritual adulthood fully living our higher purpose in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend where you can find more about this process.

What Has Uranus Awakened in 2020-2021?

Uranus now begins to re-trace ground it’s covered since it last went direct in January 2021 at 7 Taurus. Since then, we’ve explored how to individualize in the span of experience from 7 through 15 Taurus. Now that it’s retrograde, we will take a new look at what Uranus awakened in us the first time in the Summer of 2020 when it went SRX at 11 Taurus.

2018 and 2019 were a transitional period, as Uranus danced between the end of Aries and the beginning of Taurus during this time. In 2017, we began to awaken to our part to play in “the Cosmic Choir.” It was activated in April 2018 when Uranus again transited 29 Aries, went SRX at 3 Taurus, and retrograded back to the degree of “the Cosmic Choir,” where it went direct in January 2019, providing us a platform from which we can sing our part in the larger harmony.

That brought us to “a new quality of being rendering the old patterns obsolete” in 2020. We “returned to ancient sources of Being” while getting glimpses of the future. This has taken us through using knowledge and skill to anticipate what’s coming, an ability to create happiness in dark hours, and a dedication to a greater work. That brought us to “the garden of our life” so that we could see what Nature would reward of our efforts to cooperate with its life-affirming blessings.

The last half of 2020 gave us a look back at those themes, preparing us to move forward in early 2021 on the basis of the new patterns which were awakened in 2019-2020. We’ve now hit the midpoint of Taurus, and begin a review of the span between 11-15 Taurus.

From this retrograde station at 15 Taurus, it will retrograde back through its “shadow zone,” giving us a different way to view the Uranian developments set into motion in May. This will last through January 2022, when it goes SD, again hitting a station at 11 Taurus, launching the third transit through its 2021 shadow zone until it begins to transit 16 Taurus in May 2022.

Uranus occupies its stationary degree from early July through early October. After that it retrogrades back through the third 5 degree “face” of Taurus until it goes stationary direct at 11 Taurus. So Uranus is now at 15 Taurus, and about to review the span between 15 back to 11 Taurus. 15 Taurus is the culmination of the individual, mental, and spiritual “face” of that sign. So the focus from now through May 2022 is on the individual and spiritual activities which help us awaken and focus our potential in ways that revolutionize our lives, liberate us, and get us ready for relaxing into a new quality of life which will predominate the rest of 2021 and beyond.

The Sabian Symbol for the Uranus Retrograde Station

The symbol for the 15th degree of Taurus is “A man muffled up, with a rakish silk hat.” In the original Marc Jones class notes on the symbols published in The Astrology of Personality, Rudhyar says this is a degree of the “Supremacy of conscious mind over brute nature forces,” “full appreciation of outer difficulties,” and “great inner resources.”

In the Astrological Mandala, he says this is a degree of "the courage needed to meet the crises precipitated by social ambition,” where regardless of what we have already succeeded at, we will still confront inner and outer storms the more “successful” we become. He offers that we must be ready to face these storms with courage and be willing “to accept crises and to go through them” to develop strength of character, which becomes the vehicle for Higher Consciousness.

He also states this symbol “implies a transition to a new level at which the individual who has learned from experience demonstrates a truly mature mind. What is revealed here is character under adverse circumstances.” He offers that this degree falls in the Span of Experience, Act of Differentiation, Scene of Substantiation on the Individual-Mental level.

Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this is a degree of “Absolute self-integrity at a simple extreme of self-consciousness,” and of our Spirit’s “inherent supremacy over all possible limitations or embarrassments.” He states that this degree is about dramatizing self in “a continual and effective awareness of a role to be played in life.”

He offers that we must be “willing to utilize whatever arises in experience” while transcending the limitations of even the least part of it. He offers us the keyword SOPHISTICATION. He goes on to say that when operating positively, the degree is “a superb aplomb arising from the constant rediscovery of greater powers latent in selfhood.”

From this symbol we see the theme of this Uranus threshold state involves using our consciousness to forge ahead despite circumstances so that we can build the parts of our character we’ll need in the future. We now get a 5 month review of how our maturity in handling past crises served our awakened individuality, and we can see our “self-integrity” from a different angle of spiritual wisdom. We will be offered glimpses of a) how we transcended “limitations or embarrassments” in the past, b) how our self-awareness kept us steady in the “role to be played in life,” and/or c) how we rediscovered or can rediscover powers latent within us.

What To Expect For the Rest of 2021

This retrograde station begins a Uranian phase of looking at past and current “trials of endurance” as experiences which give us the opportunity to cultivate the better aspects of our character as the foundation for living our Higher Self. This degree is the culmination of making something substantial, and because it’s the Ox point, it externalizes through the power of the Eagle point. While the Ox Point is a degree of ultimate stability, the Eagle Point is a degree of ultimate transcendence.

Interestingly, 15 Taurus was the degree where Mercury made a Superior Conjunction with the Sun in May 2020. As the Superior Conjunction moves things forward, into the future, perhaps this Uranus retrograde phase will bring us awakenings on the basis of whatever we were doing in May, June, and July 2020. As we forged ahead then, we can now take a new look at what was awakened since then. (And yes, this EXACTLY describes a specific event in my life which began to unfold in May, June, and July 2020 which has now become a radically revolutionized part of my life at present!)

By January 2022 when Uranus goes direct, we’ll stand on a platform of seeing how Nature has rewarded our care and diligence in cultivating our “garden,” whether of life, ego, or service. We have already had our revelation of the future, and have been “tending our garden of life” since last year. To the extent we cooperated with Nature, we have reaped abundant rewards in 2021, with more to come in 2022.

Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with written permission from Robert Wilkinson. Copying this article to other blogs is strictly prohibited. It is copyright protected. 

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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.
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