Astrology Secrets Revealed by ERIC FRANCIS

Transformation and the Power of Pluto and Uranus


April 29, 2005 (with chart)


Hi Eric Francis,


Thank you for sharing with us some of your hard-earned wisdom. My question is rather straightforward, although I'm not sure whether it's of general relevance and therefore worthy of taking up your time.


Is there a way of explaining why, since June 2000, I seem to have been caught up in a maelstrom of change? Is it coincidence, or a severe attack of synchronicity that after a pretty uneventful life all the mainstays of my existence seem to have been swept away all of a sudden? My family life erupted, my father got ill and died, I changed careers branching out in a totally unexpected new field, I moved twice.


I am a different person, both inside and out -- even my physical appearance has changed of its own volition. What's worrying me is that things don't look like they are slowing down and it's getting to be a bit exhausting coping with all the challenges. Is there any chance that this crazy merry-go-round will stop in the near future?


Well, it's ironic that until a few years ago I would never have dreamed of writing to an astrology column...


Thank you


Born in Milano (Italy) November 10, 1962 at 7.15am



Dear Francesca:


Actually, many people have been going through this kind of process. It's a really excellent astrology question, and I've addressed the subject in many private sessions. The answer to your question in one word is 'transits', which means that planets moving through the sky are making aspects to planets in your natal chart. However, the planets in question in your case are not the garden variety squash, but rather Uranus and Pluto -- high octane squash. And when Uranus and Pluto get going, that means big changes that can last a long time and which we can't exactly come back from. And not that we would want to.


There are certain kinds of people who are accustomed to living a life of constant motion. Some have agreed to embark on a spiritual path of some kind; some have taken unusual paths in life and must face major challenges at every turn; others are not attached to stability. However, if you want your life to have any semblance of 'normalcy' (a strange word, isn't it?), then the time for that is not generally when you have Uranus and Pluto active in your chart.


Or, looked at another way, this is a time when the only constant is change, when a measure of turmoil is normal, and when you must go with the flow. And while this process began many years ago, it's likely to continue well into the future, though if you look carefully, you will notice subtle changes in the themes and the experiences of the growth you're experiencing. It's not just one relentless zing. The feeling, the subject, the experiences, the pace of change, all differ from season to season and year to year.


Here is a brief overview of your astrological situation. In your birth chart, you have a lot of planets in Virgo and Pisces. These include Uranus, Pluto (in Virgo at the time of your birth), as well as Jupiter and Chiron (in Pisces at the time of your birth), as well as three important asteroids in Virgo (Ceres, Vesta and Juno). These planets are all placed in 'high energy' houses -- the 4th and the 10th, what are called 'angular houses'.


That is the setup. It will be similar for anyone with a strong mutable quality to their chart -- Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces.


Beginning around 1996, Pluto, moving through in Sagittarius, began making 90-degree aspects to this series of planets. This went on for years -- well into 2001. Then you got a little break, if you noticed it, since the effects of Pluto transits can hang around for a while. And there were other transits that could work with similar intensity.


Pluto transits can and will change anything and everything about you that needs to be changed. Pluto is the planet of 'enforced growth'. It works slowly, thank God. If it worked fast, a lot of people would be popped out of their bodies. Its changes are gradual, over time, and can include every aspect of a person, particularly the deeper ones. Pluto tends to work from the core of a person outward. Sometimes its effects are subtle, but they are undeniable.


Next, in early 2003, Uranus went into Pisces. This began a series of conjunctions to your two Pisces planets, and oppositions to your series of five Virgo planets and asteroids. This is not yet complete -- it will go on for at least another year.

Last, mixed in with this series of events were two 'key life transits' -- Pluto square Pluto around 2001, and Uranus opposite Uranus last year. This is astro talk for saying that Pluto reached the 90-degree mark to your natal Pluto; and Uranus reached the 180-degree mark to your natal Uranus at these times.


Even without all the extra stuff you have clustered in Virgo and Pisces, these two transits are the ones that completely rearrange the lives of many, many people, and they are some of the most routine astrology projects that my colleagues and I work with in our clients. Of the two, Uranus transits can be all the more energized and even forceful, and can at times hit like lightening. That lightening can and often does wake us up.


When I am fortunate enough to see these things coming in advance, I will explain to the client that they can expect to be a different person living a different life on the other side of the transit. This is not always welcome news -- many people cling to stability. However, others welcome the opportunity to make real progress and to grow in a way that nothing is going to stop them.


So at this point, we need to reframe your question. Yes, your life has been a whirlwind of changes for many years. But what, exactly, is the sequence of events? What changed? What about you has changed? Was any of this on your agenda?


What was your life like in 1996, and what is it like today? Would you go back?