Wonderful description of simplicity: Making the journey through life with just a single suitcase.
– Dell cryptogram August 2022 issue
Decluttering has been a trend in American life for several years now. It’s difficult to determine exactly when this trend began – first there were shows about hoarding and then decluttering became a common goal. Uranus has been in Taurus since May 2018, retrograde for a bit after that then direct in Taurus from March 2019 to the present. Taurus is “stuff” including all tangible items, our homes and cars and body itself.
Last week a friend texted about Mars transiting Taurus and the purging phenomenon. Minutes later someone mentioned getting rid of “stuff.”
Only then did it occur to me that the desire to purge stuff from our lives is the first step of clearing energy, first in physical form. After purging and decluttering the external stuff, we may move to the decluttering of internal stuff.
Uranus is the planet representing enlightenment, clarity, and sudden shifts. Generally the shifts are to bring awareness. Lightening is ruled by Uranus as it illuminates a dark sky.
Enlightenment has a positive connotation; however, planetary energies are neither positive nor negative. Awareness of your employees dipping into the cash account is unpleasant to find out but good to know. Spiritual enlightenment is often viewed as “good” until enlightenment reveals our areas of pain and darkness which we prefer to remain unlit.
Uranus in Taurus
Prior to Taurus, Uranus transited Aries, the first sign of the zodiac from 2011 – 2018. Uranus in this cardinal fire sign signified “me” and is best represented by the rise of selfies. But the deeper meaning of Aries is self-dominion and the assertion of fair treatment for self. In Aries, we are at the beginning of an 81-year cycle as Uranus revolves around the zodiac.
Today we’re in Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac and fixed earth. From 2018 – approx. 2025 we are experiencing enlightenment of body and stuff. Most notable, in case you missed it, are supply chain disruptions and discord over what rights human have over their bodies.
Possibly at some spiritual level, the supply chain disruptions that are new to my country are a result of this desire to declutter. Toilet paper and baby formula are not generally the focus of decluttering but may be responding to our energy message of “less.”
Also during supply chain disruption and now high inflation, this American has noticed that to maintain price parity the portions have decreased. Not a bad thing in a country where almost everyone struggles with weight. We want to lose weight but want big houses and cars which sends conflicting energetic messages.
While there is a trend toward decluttering, supply chain disruptions have resulted in some hoarding behavior as well. The decluttering-hoarding pendulum will probably swing until Uranus in Gemini.
Uranus in Gemini
If at the end of Uranus in Taurus we have decluttered our spaces and bodies, we then may be ready to declutter our minds. Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac and mutable air – learning, exploration, movement and social contact are mind food for Gemini.
Decluttering the mind is the goal of meditation but we are still in our technology upswing with the addictive aspects being emphasized to keep minds focused in specific areas. When Uranus is in Gemini, we may ask ourselves, “Are these my thoughts?” Sounds ridiculous but give it a try now.
We’re aware of the effects of junk food in the diet, but haven’t considered what junk information does to the mind. Like junk food, it tastes good, and seems harmless to have a bit here and there. Yet like junk food, junk information is addictive and placed at the “front of the store” in our digital experiences.
Language evolved during Uranus in Aries and Taurus to briefer strings of words and more images. While the Internet may bring up thousand of pages of information on one’s search, often the information is similar if not completely redundant.
Take healthcare information. Search any topic and all of the top hits will have the same information in almost the same language. That is called curation. Media companies develop much of the healthcare “news” and then sell it to the media outlets.
Uranus in Gemini may bring us awareness of the information “supply chain” and the perils of important news and information curated by marketing companies and stored only in digital format. Gemini as a sign is known for its mental dexterity and agility when motivated can become the con artist. That’s certainly with us now, but Uranus in Gemini may bring some desire to declutter sources of information.
Also, Gemini rules the lungs and hands. Experimental medicine of the present may have lung effects that will surface during Uranus in Gemini.
Uranus in Cancer
After Gemini, comes Cancer, the cardinal water sign and fourth sign of the zodiac. Aries through Cancer are the personal planets, concerned with daily, local affairs.
Cancer is family conscious which is the desire to be connected and belong. Associated with mothering, Cancer is about finding one’s true family, one’s tribe which may or may not be the one born into. While these Uranus transits are occurring, Pluto will move into Aquarius so the seeking of true community will be underway both in on an intellectual and emotional level.
If we’ve cleared our bodies and minds, next up is the clearing of emotions. Cancer is nothing if not tenacious and does not forget the emotions of the past, is sentimental. Water signs, like actual water, get stagnant if not in motion.
While it’s common to focus on love as the connecting emotion, anyone who has done emotional work like therapy knows that all emotions create connections (as do thoughts as we might learn with Uranus in Gemini). Clearing our emotions means breaking off the connections that do not promote the inner health and sense of self we developed with Uranus in Aries, Taurus and Gemini.
Forgiveness, then, isn’t something that makes one moral or superior, but a practical action that serves both parties to untie the cords that bind.
Much of the mind junk food we eat then becomes emotions. We know that strong emotion is what is desired by digital media and the emotions will suffer for being stretched like a rubber band constantly.
Decluttering the emotional pipes will allow us to feel and respond to the immediate environment of real people, animals and plants rather than manufactured digital stories which waste our emotional energy. Ruled by the moon, Cancer goes through lots of emotional changes. Those ruled by Cancer make such good actors because they can enjoy the experience of varied emotions.
Cancer rules the stomach so if we don’t declutter our emotions then stomach (solar plexus) issues may increase. Like food, we need to process and digest emotions so they don’t get stuck in the body and create blockages.
Uranus Body, Mind and Feeling
A Qi Gong teacher I once had described the practice as emptying the body, then the mind. If Uranus in Taurus is bringing a desire to empty our physical space of unnecessary items, then maybe it will continue to the mind and then the emotions.
If nothing else, it will reveal how our thoughts and emotions are developed in the energetic “supply chain.”