Jupiter and Uranus in Aries: Chaos is the New Norm

Fasten your seatbelts. Between June 6 and August 14, Jupiter and Uranus will both reside in the belligerent sign of Aries. Aries is the first sign in the zodiac, unafraid to initiate, and unconcerned about the results of his impulsive action. Uranus is the individualist and rebel who rules unexpected change.  Jupiter magnifies the nature of the sign it inhabits.
With Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, many people will take matters into their own hands for better or for worse. We could see uncoordinated terrorist activities on an unprecedented scale, or we could witness a populist movement for justice that no government or business can ignore. 
Uranus is best symbolized as a lightening bolt, brilliant, but destructive of what lies in its path. Perhaps upheaval is the only way to deal with a stagnant, corrupt system. But don’t expect the demolition crew to clean up after its self. Each of us must play a part in seeking and generating solutions, drawing on personal resources and creative thinking we didn’t realize we possessed.
The BP oil spill has broken our country’s heart. People are appalled that those in charge are not stemming the toxic gush from the bottom of the sea. As frustration at the Gulf’s broken economy and ravaged ecosystem mounts, some will lash out in anger. Others will promote innovations like oil-eating bacteria and a conversion to environmentally friendly, energy-efficient technologies. 
Another example of Jupiter and Uranus in Aries is the escalating reaction to the Israeli killing of a flotilla of peace activists. The activists were expressing the Uranian urge to liberate an oppressed people. Their murderous reception was an Aries response. Jupiter in Aries could intensify the tempers that have already flared around this event. But it would not have been the wish of those who died to see violence perpetrated in their name. 
Global events reflect of our personal challenges. We can use Jupiter and Uranus in Aries as a time to examine what happens when we feel out of control. Do we lash out at others or do we increase our capacity to evolve? 
Jupiter rules growth. He will expand whatever he encounters. Violence will lead to more violence, but a compelling new idea will stimulate others. Jupiter is the optimist. If we see the big picture rather than simply in the horrors of the current crisis, we will find our way. 
Uranus seeks liberation. There is a freedom from something, which feels exhilarating at first, as the albatross falls from our necks. But as we find freedom from something, we are still pointing the finger at what we didn’t like. We need to focus on positive possibilities and exercise our more daunting freedom to take constructive action. 
This potent duo of planets will resume their tandem tenancy of Aries between March 12 and June 4, 2011. Jupiter will then move into Taurus, while Uranus will stay in Aries until 2019. Forget about returning to the old ways. To paraphrase Ghandi, we must be the change we want to see in the world.