Astrologer Laura Craig

Jupiter Square Uranus and Mars: Thunderbolts and Lightning

Jackson Pollock “Full Fathom Five”

If calendar year 2020 was a plot line that held us in suspense, building to a crescendo just before the end, then 2021 is a plot line where the major events are presented at the beginning, and the rest of the story is an attempt to put together the pieces of what happened. The fixed signs, specifically Aquarius and Taurus, provide the primary setting, and Jupiter, Uranus and Mars are this week’s main characters.

Uranus activated brings awakening, sudden change, disruption, and the desire for liberation and new beginnings. Jupiter’s effect is to magnify, elevate or expand the efforts of a planet it touches—“crowning” them, to use astrologer Richard Tarnas’s words—as only the King of the Gods can do. Now in air sign Aquarius, I think “disseminating” is maybe more apt, and befitting of Zeus as the indiscriminate seed-spreader that we see in myth. The dance of these two planets takes place in 14-year cycles, and when they come together, they constellate in the culture what Tarnas describes as “sudden, often brilliantly successful, and later widely celebrated upwellings of a collective impulse for social and political emancipation, innovation and rebellion.” Exciting, if perhaps also a bit unsettling, to consider, and tracking with what we are so far observing of the current times. Only there’s one caveat: the next Jupiter-Uranus conjunction will not happen until 2024, and before it can take place, the two must confront each other in a tense and nasty square. That square is the main event of this week, as well as one of the defining events of this year, and as volatile as such a transit is on its own, it is being intensified by the raging heat of a fast-approaching Mars. 

It is a clash of both Olympians and Titans, and the atmosphere is highly charged and full of electricity. The storm gods are out in force, whether it be Indra the bull, opening up the heavens, Thor riding his chariot across the sky, or Zeus hurling his thunderbolts. Uranus-Prometheus reacts, and the sky is torn asunder with fire and light. And if Mars fans the flames just so, then we have the potential to go from a single strike to a full-on blitzkrieg. 

As the sky cracks and the earth rumbles around us, it would be wise to take cover and stay grounded. The upside, as I see it, is that like most thunderstorms, this transit is an isolated event, and will pass over relatively quickly. It is the cleaning up of the wreckage and the assessment of the damage in the aftermath that is the long, hard work. Another way to look at it: the ancients also saw these powerful bringers of rain and fire as gift-givers and providers to humanity, and held them in reverence. So as we play our hand this week, let’s keep in mind the most positive expressions of these archetypes: Uranus with its gift of awareness, Jupiter with its gift of faith, and Mars with its gift of courage. And lastly, the strong and steady influence of the fixed signs, that show us how to hold onto and stand up for the things we know in our hearts to be true. 

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