Thunderbolt Uranus conjunct the North Node, ruler of the spirit of the age, is a rare occurrence, only a handful last century. It returns this August in Taurus with Mars throwing an additional firecracker into the mix.
I was inclined to dismiss it as just another tempestuous few days in a stormy year until I looked back on previous instances.
In particular – the August/September 1961 conjunction in Leo oversaw the start of the construction of the Berlin Wall which symbolised the worsening Cold War, overshadowing several decades. Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary General of the UN was killed in a plane crash and Barack Obama was born.
The July 1946 Uranus Node conjunction in Gemini square Mars was exact when the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, HQ of the British authority in Palestine, was bombed by militant Zionists with many killed. It was followed by a hasty UK withdrawal and the set-up of the state Israel two years later, sending the Middle East into turmoil for decades. There was also the last mass lynching in the USA of two Africa-American couples in Georgia.
Both these conjunctions pointed to moments which changed history.
As did the death of Mao Tse Tung, the founder of the People’s Republic of China on the exact Uranus Node conjunction in September 1976, bringing to an end a three decade long, brutal regime which killed between 40 and 80 million people.
The Aquarius Uranus North Node conjunction in November 1915 opposition Mars saw World War 1 at its height with naval losses on both side and Serbia and Bulgaria dragged into the conflict. Just before it – July to September 1915 – the ‘Great Retreat’ saw the Russian army, under-equipped and outnumbered, withdraw from the Eastern Front severely denting Russian morale. Shackleton’s ship Endurance broke up in ice, forcing the crew to disembark and after much privation they were rescued in 1916.
The most recent occurrence in 2007 in Pisces occurred close to the Virginia Tech killings and Madeline McCann’s disappearance. With all manner of bombings in Iraq and tensions elsewhere. Not quite as history-changing as the previous.
The Cancer conjunction of Uranus North Node in 1870 certainly did shift the balance of power since it saw a victory in the Franco-Prussian War which led to German unification and significantly altered the balance of power on the continent as the new German nation state supplanted France as the dominant European land power.
The August 1839 Uranus North Node conjunction in Pisces oversaw the first Anglo-Afghan War, one of the first major conflicts during the Great Game, the 19th century competition for power and influence in Central Asia between Britain and Russia. Also the First Opium War between UK and China. Twentieth century nationalists considered 1839 the start of a century of Chinese humiliation, and many historians considered it the beginning of modern Chinese history. The conflict eventually led to the Taiping Rebellion some years after, one of the bloodiest civil wars in world history, with over 20 million dead.
The last time Mars, Uranus and the North Node were together near 19 degrees Taurus, according to the Wellbeing astrological website, was in 324 BC, when Alexander the Great’s legendary victories established the Hellenistic era which lasted three centuries until the emergence of the Roman Empire.
These conjunctions do seem to be markers of some significance.
For ordinary mortals the first half of August will be uncomfortable, disruptive, accident-prone, bad-tempered as the explosive, overly-excitable, no-compromise Mars Uranus conjunction is catching the Saturn square with the Leo Sun adding its weight to the irritations until mid month.
It will catch the UK’s 2nd house Neptune in Scorpio so will have financial repercussions. And won’t be far from Russia’s 1917 Scorpio Sun either.