May 2018 – Jul 2025
Awakening to Nature and Basic Needs
Uranus moving into and through Taurus, the second sign of the Zodiac, leads us into the second stage of the 84 year cycle, and grounds and solidifies the pioneering spirit and ground-breaking ideas that emerged while Uranus was in Aries, so the radical ideas, leaders and movements that came to prominence during that period are likely to play an important role in bringing in new ways. Uranus brings in enlightenment and much-needed change, combined with the necessary destruction of the old and stagnant, and in Taurus this means in the physical and material aspects of life, such as the Earth itself and the natural world, in money, property, land and territory, food, farming, production and consumption, industry and manufacturing, housing and building.
During this period, through crises and destabilisation, there is an awakening to the need for change in how we provide for our basic needs and sustain ourselves physically. New, more enlightened means come to the fore, means based on the latest technology and ideas that are unconventional and that go against tradition and what was. It can therefore mean a break from the past in the provision of homes, in our work practices and routines, in what and how we consume, in what is of true value and in how we use the earth’s resources. It highlights insecurity and the changes needed to keep ours and ourselves secure, so encourages new kinds of protectionism and how we provide safe-guards. It can mean the break up of traditional territories and the creation of new borders and different kinds of boundaries. It signifies a new way of seeing and understanding the Earth and nature, and of being ‘down to earth’.
The last time Uranus moved through Taurus was from June 1934 when Hitler, Stalin and other fascists established their power, unique and powerful leaders who arose during the previous period (while Uranus was in Aries) in response to the wishy-washiness of leaders promoting peace and their lack of response and inaction (while Uranus was in Pisces) to the hardships, humiliation and poverty experienced after WW1. The denial of basic human necessities, like food and shelter, safety, employment and income, brought about the rise of extremism and very radical solutions, particularly in Germany where there was mass unemployment, the German currency became worthless, people were starving and homeless, and the Versailles Treaty had forced disarmament and the impossibly high payment of reparations. Have we learned the lessons of this period?
A similar situation now exists in the world and we need some radical but also sensible and practical solutions. Everyone needs food, shelter, the comfort of home, their own safe territory, the means to earn a living and the necessary employment and income to value and sustain themselves (Taurus). Yet many people throughout the world are denied these basic human needs and rights. There has been rising homelessness, the displacement and migration of millions, people unsafe and insecure, going hungry and sick, unable to provide for themselves and with no sense of self value. There has been a decrease in real incomes, in employment and living standards, a rise in food banks, incomes subsidised by welfare benefits, and all this while greed, gluttony, rampant consumerism and the pursuit and hoarding of wealth has gone unchecked. Life on earth itself is threatened by global pollution, global warming, the exploitation of the earth’s resources in unsustainable ways and to ever-increasing dangerous levels. Uranus awakens us to such problems and urges us to devise radical new ways to deal with them.
This period is a time when the failure of society to recognise and to act upon such problems can no longer be ignored and a sudden backlash rips things up (as happened after the First World War) so we can no longer rely on what has been. Crisis point is reached and like an earthquake, the cracks and weaknesses already present are blown apart, and shock waves course through, causing a shattering and break-up of the ground we assumed to be solid. The divisions in society (emphasised while Uranus was in Aries) reach a peak and the pressure from the movements and leaders seeking change (that arose during that time) can no longer be contained. Natural disasters, splits, breakdowns, destruction, uprisings, rebellions or revolutions (Uranus) take place to awaken us out of our stupor and lethargy, to shake things up and shock us into changing things.
Uranus in Taurus means shocks to the emphasis on materialism, consumerism, greed, gluttony, laziness and keeping things as they are. It can mean a collapse in banking, a crash in construction industries and the housing market, disruptions in food supply, the destabilisation of currencies, finances, savings, investments and the value of shares and material goods. There can be revolts and revolutions over land, food, jobs, money and places to live. It means the fall of old structures that have kept things stable but have become stagnant, no longer suited to the modern world, a collapse of the cathedrals of consumerism – the shopping centres, traditional retail outlets and high streets.
CHANGES TO THE EARTH: Global warming is creating increasingly erratic weather patterns, causing floods, droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes etc that suddenly destroy land and buildings, and thereby the old structures that feed us and keep us secure and comfortable and allow us to go about our daily life. The destruction of such areas will force us to come up with some innovative solutions that work in harmony with nature and not against it. How we use such affected land and territory inevitably has to change and we learn we have to adapt. The emphasis on economic growth and profit-making, rampant consumerism and a throw-away culture is causing ever-increasing global pollution and the over-exploitation of the earth’s resources. These problems are threatening the destruction of life on earth as we know it; they are causing a changing of the seasons, the extinction of plants and animals, a decrease in bio-diversity disturbing natural food chains; they are impacting the natural cycles to such an extent that they are likely to collapse and bring an end to what feeds us and sustains us.
HOUSING, BUILDING, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY: There has been increasing homelessness throughout the world as millions have had to leave their homes due to war, persecution and poverty or because, as in the UK, they simply cannot afford a place to live. Unregulated housing markets, uncapped rents and the failure of successive governments to realise that this basic need of everyone for housing has to be met has lead to a housing crisis. The unchecked greed of banks, mortgage lenders, landlords, property owners, property developers and property dealers has meant housing costs have rocketed so are beyond the reach of most people. Some appalling conditions have had to be tolerated by tenants out of fear of having nowhere to live. People are having to spend a much greater percentage of their income on housing costs and welfare benefits have been necessary to subsidise rents. So this period is likely to see a crash in the housing market, shocks to landlords, the destabilisation of the way housing is provided and built, the collapse of current construction companies using old stagnant, unsustainable methods, rebellions against the systems that perpetuate a lack of homes and homelessness.
Uranus in Taurus means a radical change in housing and its provision is on the cards, so there are likely to arise new kinds of home ownership, new kinds of property dealers and landlords, a new way of building, renting, buying and selling property, all based on technological innovation. It means a modernisation of homes, revolutionary types of buildings, more scientific and experimental, more community housing, group-living, different kinds of ownership, previously unheard of, groups taking over land to live sustainably and in line with nature. New innovative methods of building and new inventions in building materials to become used routinely; for example 3-D printers to build houses and other structures, aerogel fabric for weightless insulation, technologies that emulate nature, such as nanotechnology, construction robots programmed to work together as a swarm (based on how termites build their home), CO2 converted into solid, carbon-based building materials (inspired by how crustaceans build their rock-hard shells), permeable concrete to allow water through, self-healing concrete.
This is a period when new technology also revolutionises the way we live and earn a living, creating upset and insecurity in ownership of assets that give us our own safe space and provide us with comfort and physical well-being.
Uprisings in the farming, fishing and food production industries. Change in the way things are produced. A shattering of old fashioned methods. A change in working practices and routines. More self employment, individual types of working, people using their individual genius, doing their own thing to provide for themselves. New work structures because of technological advance.
Rebellions over wealth and resources. Economic crash and financial insecurity. Changes in banking and currencies eg bitcoin, crypto currency and positive money. Changes in incomes and spending. Revolution in the value of money and material possessions. Change in attitude to material possessions. Changes in what is valued, more humanitarian and global. More straightforward, simple structures. Consumer revolution. Crash of consumerism. Radical changes in what and how we consume. Greater simplicity in what we own and seek to possess.
An awakening to the value of the earth and her resources. A new way of being ‘down to earth’. Greater insights and realisations into the earth and nature. New kinds of natural energies (waves and rays), for heat, light and power. Development of more natural, sustainable power and ways of living. New discoveries from pioneering work done in previous period (while Uranus was in Aries) stabilised and used routinely.
A more global view of provision and production. New more enlightened ways of providing the means of sustenance and material well-being; for example Universal Basic Income or Citizens income, which gives everyone an income for basic sustenance and also allows people to make a living based on who they truly are, able to be independent and express own unique talents, which benefits humankind as a whole.
New discoveries in food and how to sustain our physical bodies. New insights into over-eating and obesity and ways to tackle them. Old traditions giving way to new ones. New more enlightened methods, particularly in farming and food production to make things more equal and humanitarian (throughout the world) and more in line with nature and the universe.
Groups separating themselves from what’s gone before. Independence regarding land – countries, nations, eg Scotland, Catalonia, EU countries separating and doing their own thing. A breaking down of previous borders and territories. New territories. Change of borders. Stronger borders to contain and keep intruders out, with new technologies to guard them.
An alignment of planets to the earth that usher in a new era. Like ‘aliens’ landing on earth. A realisation that the earth is part of the universe. More cosmic, universal mentality. Land in space.
The Yellow Vest movement – les Gilets Jaunes in France:
This nation-wide protest movement attracting hundreds of thousands of people started on 17 November 2018 when tens of thousands of people took to the streets across France to protest against rising fuel prices and then escalated to people protesting against declining living standards in general, rebelling against President Macron and his policies which favour the rich in society. The demands of the Gilets Jaunes include a redistribution of wealth, an increase of salaries, pensions, social security payments and the minimum wage, and Macron’s resignation. Macron was originally seen as a “progressive saviour” (see Uranus in Aries) but proved to be just like the rest of the political establishment favouring the international neo-liberal elites and is cracking down on such dissent by using the state’s armed forces (see Pluto in Capricorn).