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The Astrology of Aging; thriving in the Third Act of Life

Uranus Opposition at Age 41


Uranus Opposition Age 41

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“Learn and obey the rules very well, so you will know how to break them properly.” The Dalai Lama 

The Uranus Opposition at age 41 is the time of the definitive shift from the false Self to the true Self. It's so very important to take action now..to do something different than you’ve been doing. What part of your life have you not allowed out? What have you repressed?

This is the time of rebellion against self-imposed limitations. You may feel that this is a last chance to do and be who you really are—it’s not, but it feels that way! This is one of the most life changing life passages you’ll experience in our life. The other two strongest transits are the first Saturn Return at age 29 and the Second Saturn Return at age 59.

Uranus and Saturn are opposites. Uranus is like the earthquake that breaks up the structures that Saturn has built. Saturn is the stability of the status quo that Uranus wants to reform if not obliterate. In mythology Saturn castrates Uranus and renders him inaccessible. Saturn hold fast to the order created, often fearfully, for he knows that he can’t stop change. This duo is about the tension within us between conservative and liberal, physical and metaphysical, form and abstraction, time and timelessness, the ordinary and the extraordinary, resistance to change and revolution.

This Uranus Opposition calls for us to make radical changes in our lives. We realize that time is running out, we see what hasn’t worked for us in the past or what we’ve been putting up with but disliked, and we are called to now change. There is anxiety leading up to this transit as we are inwardly pressured to realign ourselves with who we really are and to start fulfilling any dreams we’ve put on the back burner.

Uranus is a maverick planet, and when we experience it the effect can feel shocking and unexpected. Some people liken it to an earthquake that suddenly shakes our world…but the inward and underground pressure in the psyche has been building up for years. At this time you must act, for doing nothing will turn the energy inward in a destructive way. Any change is better than no change. Many people will marry or divorce, change jobs, move across country or decide that now is the time to have a baby. Usually this impetus to change is a good one and should be acted on if it comes during this time.

Here are two quotes that sum up this time well: "It is never too late to be who you might have been." George Eliot  and "We are constantly invited to be who we really are." Henry David Thoreau