About half-way through a person’s life — in their early 40s — the planet of rebellion, revolution and change, Uranus comes to a point exactly 180° from where he was at birth. It’s called a half-return.
Astrologers used to equate this with the classic mid-life crisis — fast cars, divorce, younger lovers and generally Columbo-culprit behaviour. That was because freedom in mid-life in the 1970s was assumed to be a break from conventional marriage — but who has one of those these days? Things have moved on and the shapes of our lives are changing. These days, the freedom the Uranus half-return offers may mean having a baby, finally getting married, starting a totally different career, or moving to Saratoga Springs. One generation’s freedom is the next generation’s lifestyle. And so it goes round and round.
Anyway, to get to the point, yesterday, my friend Seema pointed out that Iran was having a Uranus half-return, and that was probably the astrological trigger for the incredible, courageous uprising we are witnessing. She’s right, of course. It’s the break for freedom at mid-life. One generation embraced the hijab as a symbol of liberation from an oppressive monarchy in 1979, and this generation rejects it as a symbol of oppression in 2022.
As you can see, using the date for Islamic Republic Day celebrated in Iran, Uranus was in Scorpio back in 1979 when the Iranians voted in a referendum for an Islamic State. Today, Uranus is half-way round the Zodiac in Taurus, and making a conjunction to the North Node, which shows us the location of eclipses. Indeed, Uranus will be activated by the upcoming eclipses in Scorpio (25 October) and Taurus (8 November).
The uprising itself has been triggered by Gen Z, the generation of revolutionaries — Greta, Malala, Parkland, Joshua Wong, the list is getting longer and longer. And now there are martyrs too, like Mahsa Amini, whose murder at the hand of the morality police, sparked these protests. They are all born with Pluto in firebrand philosopher Sagittarius. Girls are at the forefront and the item in question is the hijab, the hair-covering, a symbol of state suppression in Iran. Note how in the natal chart, Saturn (restriction), opposes Venus in Pisces, a place where the planet of young women is exalted. As so often, women’s bodies have become the site of political struggle.
TrMoon-Mars conjoins natal Moon
This was on the day of Mahsa Amini’s death. The Moon triggers tr Mars and Iran’s own Moon (the people of the country).
TrVenus-Sun to natal Pluto in Libra
A confrontation with the full glare of publicity between the dark forces of the “morality police” (a perfect description of Pluto in Libra) and young women.
South Node to cross the IC
Undermining for the regime
Pluto to oppose Jupiter
I hope this is not a symbol of a horrendous crackdown by the authorities as Pluto leaves Capricorn, but it looks scary. The rebellion may go underground temporarily, but Uranus remains in that telling opposition to itself right into 2024! So I don’t see this going away fast. A Uranus half-return demands change.
trSaturn on the Descendant
Open resistance, confrontation.
Jupiter will transit the Iranian Sun next year, which could also be quite high-voltage.
Neptune is transiting Mars.
Maybe this means army/police resistance will melt away. I hope so.
Marjorie Orr has written about this too.