Planetary Forces – Uranus

This is the first of three posts on the outer planets, those seemingly unknown to the ancients. Whether these planets were really unknown is not the issue, though. The issue is that these planets were not used in the casting of horoscopes. The explanation usually given is that these outer planets made their appearances (were discovered) at a time that was most apropos to their function in the human psyche.

In Tarot, the outer planets are given as rulers of the elements (Saturn, the outermost in the ancient planets is given as ruler of elemental Earth – compare this with my post on Saturn here).

Uranus, elemental Air

The first of the outer planets to consider is Uranus, elemental Air. It corresponds to the Fool (Major Arcana Key 0), and the Tarot suit of Swords. I have posted on the Fool here.

The element of Air is associated with quick thought and movement. There is a gregarious quality to it, and those with much Air in their temperaments are quick-thinking and sociable. However, the dark side of Air is cold, aloof, and sometimes cruel.

The Fool is often paired with the so-called transpersonal chakra, located about 18 inches above the head. It is where we commune with the rest of the human race.

Uranus is considered to be a higher octave of Mercury, another fast-moving entity. As such, it has the same note (E natural) as Mercury and the Magician. This planet (with Saturn) co-rules Aquarius, the astrological sign of humanitarianism. Its discovery in 1781 came at a time of the eruption of new thoughts and bold visions (like that upstart nation the USA), so those things are associated with this planet.

The Fool encourages us to step forward with complete hope. Uranus calls for change. Air appeals to our thinking selves. Put them all together, and one gets results.

Nobody’s Fool

It’s always interesting to notice what happens when an icon dies. The death of the so-called “King of Pop” (and we ain’t talking Dr. Pepper here) allowed us to reflect on what such a person represents.

Michael Jackson was someone who continually reinvented himself as an artist and a human being. Yet underneath lay the tortured soul who felt the need to change his face over and over again. There was something in him that never grew up, and this problem, which manifested in his sometimes inappropriate affinity for children, put him at the unpleasant end of several investigations.

I have never been a Michael Jackson fan. Fool However, within him was an energy that defied definition, and a sense of the eternally questing. Perhaps this was one reason why so many people followed his career. Somehow he was a representation of something that couldn’t be grasped. That train of thought got me to pondering the first card of the Tarot, the Fool.

This card is both the beginning and the end, in a sense. It is the pure representation of the questing Inner Self. This Self sets out upon a journey to return to where It started. The Fool will appear the same, seemingly unchanged to earthly eyes, even when the journey is completed. Notice how he is literally dogged by material reality yet he goes onward with the merest of possessions (but with admittedly groovy threads).

Looking up, his eyes are on the Eternal. As a result, he doesn’t seem to apprehend the cliff in front of him. Perhaps he knows it is there and is unconcerned because the Eternal is protecting him. He is, therefore, the image of simple trust.

The Fool is usually considered a fortunate card, and talks about our connection to the deepest yet loftiest parts of ourselves. When confronted with this card, we are asked to trust in the Universe and to be assured that all is unfolding as it should. This can be a fearful revelation if we are unprepared for it at any level.

Meditation on the Fool can allow us a closer connection with that inner sense of trust. It also prepares us to ride with any choppy seas or trickster influences. The Fool asks us to look beneath the surface to see the true reality beneath worldly appearances.

This is both the triumph and the tragedy that was Michael Jackson. He unwittingly urged us to see beyond the superficial changes that he continuously wrought upon himself, while he was seemingly unable to do so on his own.

In fact, we must all be fools in order to assure our inner growth. Looking about with eyes that truly see and ears that truly hear — that’s what it’s all about.