astrological cycles -- uranus, saturn and pluto

By Laura Zohman, MA

The first year of any outer planet transit in a new sign, such as Uranus in Taurus sets up themes that will play out in the next seven years. In astrology, we can check back to see what happened the last time an important transit occurred. 


Uranus transits Taurus March 2019 to July 2025. When Uranus last transited Taurus it was between June 1934 and May 1942, an upsetting time and a depression. Taurus is the ruler of the second house of material security, money, possessions, jobs and what adds value to our lives. Uranus acts suddenly, and shockingly.  He can pull out our safety net and create change.  Will there be financial problems, a stock market correction or job losses? To be seen........

Uranus brings excitement, newness and the unexpected, Changes in circumstances presented on the path are considered "lucky."  It's not about loss or gain; it's about being open enough to go with whatever is presented in the moment--without attachment. It is like someone losing his job, only to find a new and better position. If we can eliminate  judgement and resistance we will handle revisions more easily.


Saturn transits Capricorn December 2017 to December 2020. Saturn, the Karmic Teacher, returns by transit to its natal position every 28-30 years. So, if you’re age 58-60 now, examine your story 28 years ago. Here are clues to repeating themes from before.  Saturn is in his own sign of Capricorn, the planet of structure and big business.  We can expect one or more years in which the theme will be about rebuilding and restructuring, big corporations, governments, and businesses both internationally and at home.


Pluto transits Capricorn between 2008 and 2024. Pluto is the transformer of people, places and things. He works very slowly and starts from the inside out. He deals with cycles of death and rebirth. In order for something to be reborn, it has to die first.  In 2024 we can expect to see many structures made over. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn, the American Revolution took place, birthing our nation...

These cycles assist us to move through karmic situations leading to our evolution.  As we awaken to these events with our past, present and future selves, we can choose to surrender fears and resistance as we embrace these changes, which are destined to occur in our life time. Some are not easy. But, we chose to be here during  this time to experience profound karmic soul lessons and healings.