Today at 12:48:28 pm edt, transiting Uranus changes direction and seems to stand still @ 00Ari35. In Washington DC, this occurs in 6th house (daily rounds, health, service, military and police forces) during an Hour of evaluating Venus 24Leo36 in 11th house.
Chart-ruler Venus applies to opposition with Neptune 28AQ23 Rx (5th house; 3A47) whose mystical, deceptive, illusory rays are still causing dissolution, disappointment, and a sense of rootlessness and loss to America's natal Moon (the people), and values are hard to define. Neptune is also involved in a YOD pattern (aka, a Finger of God indicating crises, special tasks, or a turning point) which will be discussed below.
Another applying aspect of chart-ruler Venus is a sesquisquare (3 interlaced semisquares of drive and determination) to North Node, perhaps a signature of a need for meetings, or, of a desire for contact with the public.
Venus applies (5A55) in opposition to Chiron as well, an aspect describing great openness and receptivity to others with perhaps the collective's fear of the unknown surfacing (in tandem with the SN-based July 11 Solar Eclipse bringing unconscious material to the surface - but with successful outcomes.) This may relate to the 2012 prophecies being uppermost in some people's minds this week, for planet Venus is said to be the culprit in an ancient-days catastrophe the likes of which some folk expect to recur in 2012 (or 2011.)
(Yes, there are 11:11s in this chart: the cusps of the 6/12 houses: 11Pis11 on 6th cusp, placing the 6/12 axis in Nodal Degree with NN 11Cap57; 'Nodal degree' indicates a fated or karmic condition, and there is another 'fated' factor within the YOD pattern, see below. Perhaps this describes the dire conditions for US troops in the Middle East and/or police actions in the US or on the suffering Gulf Coast, along with the limiting conditions being navigated by our nation's authority figures as mentioned below.)
ASC 6Lib59 shows that America's first natal planet to rise is Saturn 14Lib48 (n 10th house) so with Uranus now Rx, will radical reforms be put to simmer? Uranus is strongest today at Station and will be strong this week as it remains @ 00Ari35 but the Senate doesn't return to duty until next Monday, July 12.
Plus, today's chart shows Sun 13Can34 still on its US natal Sun degree, here in 10th house with Mercury 22Can02 preparing to return to its natal degree 24Can12 Rx in n 8th house (Sibly chart.) With US n Saturn rising, we get the baggage of our n Sun/Saturn square to deal with and the inferiority complex it implies.
Supporting those feelings (which with maturity should ripen into a sense of responsibility and accountability, traits or their lack soon on global display with US Saturn Return upcoming, after tr Saturn crosses US n Mc again) is the 10th house SN still within orb of US n Sun (the leader) which shows a karmic condition whereby past selfish actions interfere with the qualities of leadership; his willpower is thwarted by current conditions as past frauds and losses (SN) prevent President Obama from implementing that which he would implement.
Major circumstances in the environment deny him the opportunity and resources for expression of his solar-directed goals resulting in a loss of power potential as obstacles are thrown in his path, and what he does accomplish may be credited to others. Sun = the President, but also the nation itself, and the only thing to do until this transit of SN-to-Sun passes is to show mastery in the areas which he is able to command.
As noted, this karmic condition is at the top of today's chart for all the world to see which obviously includes the past wastefulness of the prior administration (SN = past behavior affecting the present.)
At Midheaven (Mc; the Goal or Aspiration Point) is 7Can57 which puts US natal Venus and Jupiter on the world stage; both planets have monetary implications, as you know. And SN at Mc indicates things are not going well in career matters or public status; SN is a Saturnian point of separation and loss as the Dragon's Tail (SN) swipes across the White House for all to see (Mc.)
Before I mention a few details on transit Uranus Rx, let's consider the YOD as mentioned with Saturn at apex. Adding to its fated quality is the fact that Saturn and Neptune are both @ 28 degrees of their signs, and Saturn is posited in the karmic 12th house of the Unconscious; Large Institutions such as hospitals and prisons are provinces of the 12th house, too, and Politics' behind-the-scenes quality works secretly in 12th house where backdoor deals are made.
First, the midpoint picture formed by the YOD's three planets using a blend of Tyl, Ebertin, and Munkasey...any, all, or none may apply:
Moon/Neptune = Saturn: prolonging indecisiveness increases disappointment; showing caution and reserve when beginning to neglect what you care for; hard work to restructure ambition; shaking off indolence; a sense of suffering under the yoke; being strongly influenced by prevailing yet temporary conditions which will pass; feeling inhibited, frustrated, or paralyzed; depression, despair, or pessimism.
So poor old Saturn is working behind-the-scenes and feeling stymied. But activist Mars 15Vir37 is there to keep him company although Mr. Action can feel frustrated in Virgo. (A 12th house Saturn in classifying, discriminating Virgo is often a sign of the scientist. Politically speaking and in the realm of business and law, he's the manager, and/or the Democrat.)
Well, apex Saturn makes for a karmic YOD pattern, as noted, and since Saturnian form is always a must for brilliant Uranus to pour his genius ideas into (and get them off the drawing board and into reality), impatient Uranus is being made to wait. This is one of the primary factors shown here with the retrograde phase of any planet signifying delay or review.
Apex Saturn shows that proper timing, patience, and inner maturity are the necessary ingredients to prepare for the turning point the YOD describes - without those qualities, the promised new direction will bring failure if it is unwisely forced.
Saturn's safety and preservation needs are preceded by current anxiety and uncertainty and will not abate until Uranus moves beyond its current position, with Uranus The Awakener now conjoining US natal Ic 00Ari53 (Home, Homeland, Domestic Scene, What We Need to Feel Psychologically Secure; Endings.)
Since tr Uranus is Rx as of today, this 'hit' will recur after Uranus turns Direct and re-crosses n Ic, which shows a Cosmos wanting to be sure we 'get it' with today's second 'hit' becoming internalized for further planning - yet ideas from the first 'hit' (June 2010 with expansive Jupiter in tow) will be brought to the surface of the Collective Unconscious during this transit.
Actually today's Rx Station is part of Uranus' testing phase of our lasting values, but here, the form that our brilliant ideas must have in order to be implemented are otherwise engaged in a crisis-ridden YOD, a pattern with inherent testings of its own.
Master astrologer Erin Sullivan says that Uranus' second pass in transit, if Rx, indicates that a new seed is being planted which matures into comfortable integration by Uranus' third pass (mid-March 2011 and after.) Erin further states that, 'Very frequently the events or inner experiences...during the retrograde transit are not fully developed until well after the degree is cleared." (Retrograde Planets, Sullivan.)
Now apex Saturn may be feeling like an unwanted outcast at the moment with self-defeating attitudes quite entrenched and reinforced by the harsh outer realities which we're all experiencing.
(And notice I'm not mentioning the ongoing Cardinal squares between Saturn/Uranus to Pluto, and Jupiter/Saturn to Pluto, for how many times can I type the same info? ;p Plus, toss your browser in any Google-y direction and you will find thousands of analyses of the conditions created by the Cardinal squares' and Cross' difficult energies which are similar to those during the Great Depression; also notice how often economists such as Robert Reich and various talking heads have mentioned the conditions of the 1930s and their possible recurrence. If you or a loved one have lost employment, the 'possibility' is now a reality.)
So what other factors ensue from an apex Saturn in YOD formation?
Well, the two quincunxes (aka, inconjuncts; 150 degrees) from Moon (the public; publicity) and Neptune (the masses; the media) indicate feelings of inadequacy and insignificance with painful awareness of economic or psychological deficiencies; yet due to the corrective nature of quincunxes and Saturn's natural determination to overcome difficulties and obstacles, we may expect this YOD to provide better organization of our energies which will bring greater efficiency and stability to situations.
This testing (a Saturn word) YOD can free us on some level from negativity and burdensome attitudes which hold us back. Social responsibility with purposeful activity results as steady focus and self-discipline make the difference toward the success or failure encountered along the new path shown by the YOD (and by Uranus to US n Ic.)
Our potential for commitment to stable Saturnian principles and our resolve to find workable solutions are called on here if fateful consequences are to be mitigated (for too much unaccountability, irresponsibility, dishonesty, and unrealistic expectations have been indulged in by those in charge and by some of the populace for dire outcomes to be wholly avoided - as already demonstrated by Financial Crisis 2008. Moon inconjunct Saturn shows we-the-people's deep sense of being exploited, and we should continue to question authority's actions; also, refuse to be an emotional patsy for anyone in your personal or public lives as they will try to guilt you into taking over what are really their responsibilities. I'm also looking at you, BP.)
And whatever we do, the applying trine (120 degr) to the Moon 26Ari00 from secret hand Pluto, with his deep connections to publishing, mass media, and the world's wealth, should not be allowed to lull us (trine) into accepting his public relations campaigns at face value.
For as my flower power generation was once so fond of saying: Question Authority!
And for 2010 I would add, Work (Saturn) to ferret out the true motivations (Pluto) behind the many masks worn by the plutonian power elite and share what you find with others!
Beyond the scope of this article (and mentioned in previous posts) is the historical marker for scientific breakthrough, Uranus to Aries Point. Plus, the June 8, 2010 Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus indicates 'new explorations and discoveries' as comprehensively detailed in Anne Whitaker's excellent book Jupiter Meets Uranus.