For the last 2 months or so we have had extreme weather in the UK, the US and elsewhere. The causal reason is that the jet-stream has got stuck in one place. This happened last summer in the UK when we had a heat wave. I myself have never seen the jet stream, or the ozone hole for that matter, and I never expect to see them, but I take it on trust that these ideas have some sort of reality and explanatory power.
But what about a synchronous reason for the weather, the acausal connecting principle (as Jung called synchronicity) that gives astrology its power to explain and describe?
I thought, well what has been the same in the sky for the last 2 months? And it turns out to be an applying square between Uranus in Aries and retrograde Jupiter in Cancer.
[Nerd break: they weren’t properly in aspect until late December, but very often events start well before the aspect is ‘officially’ in orb, once the run-up begins, which in this case was as Uranus stationed in early December, 10 degrees wide of a square to Jupiter. And then the main events are usually over by the time the aspect is exact.]
Uranus and Jupiter are both sky gods. Jupiter brings extreme events, Uranus brings disruptive, unexpected events. You put the 2 together in hard aspect, and you get the weather we have been having.
When a system is in equilibrium, you see predictable cycles of events. When it has lost equilibrium, you get more unpredictable events than usual, until it reaches a new equilibrium. Uranus describes the unpredictability which to a certain extent you get anyway, it is part of life. But in Aries it is something new, coinciding with the disrupted patterns caused by global warming (something else I have to take on trust.)
And Jupiter in Cancer describes the homes and home lives (Cancer) which are subject to these extremes (Jupiter) – and the water element (Cancer) which plays a large part, whether as flooding and rain in the UK, or ice and snow in the US. This new sort of disequilibrium (Uranus in Aries) is causing weather records to be broken (Jupiter.)
And let’s not forget Pluto, who has quietly been creating a t-square with Uranus and Jupiter all along. His effects are less obvious, Pluto is more like the deep currents under the ocean that determine what goes on at the surface. But his involvement further confirms that something really is changing.
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So when will the current extreme weather come to an end? I reckon once this phase of the Uranus-Jupiter square is over, which is on 26th February. At that point they will be in a separating, rather than an applying t-square. As I said earlier, the main events are usually over by the time the aspect is exact. So I would expect this phase of extreme weather to be over before the 26th Feb, two weeks from the time of writing.
It may be 'normal' for a month at most. On about the 24th March, Jupiter will start applying in its square to Uranus, for about a month. We may have another phase of extreme weather that kicks in shortly after this one is over, as Jupiter stations.
But this time it will be Jupiter Direct applying to Uranus Direct rather than Uranus Direct applying to Jupiter Retrograde. I don’t know what difference that would make. From disruptive extremes to extreme disruption, maybe, if you can get your head around that one. Rather than the steady freezing or flooding of the current weather, we may see one-off events such as storms, tornadoes, eartquakes and tidal waves. By mid to late April it should all be over.