Uranus in Taurus began in December of 2019 and will last until July 2025. The last time Uranus was in Taurus was from 1934 to 1942. It is easy to identify these years as the time of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II, and those events can certainly reflect Uranus in Taurus. But, more interestingly, Uranus in Taurus represents breakthroughs in technology and social norms that revolutionize everyday life. This article will look at the current and possible impact of solar power.
Uranus in Taurus
Each point in the sky rules a specific sign; when that point is in that sign, its energy is strongest, and its effects last the longest. When the point is in a different sign than its rulership, especially a sign that is also very different in terms of element and expression, the impacts occur in the areas of life ruled by that sign. With Uranus in Taurus, the point and the sign could not be more opposite, so the impacts can be very noticeable.
Uranus brings breakthroughs, shocks, and revolution. Taurus conserves, supports traditions, and prefers for things to “stay the way they are”. So, you can imagine that this transit is likely to impact the fundamentals in life (Taurus) in revolutionary ways (Uranus) while it moves through the sign from 2019 to 2025. While solar power (through panels) has been around for some time (1884), the growing use of solar panels as an alternative energy source for powering electricity in a home is reaching critical mass during this transit.
Among the most significant technological advancements when Uranus was last in Taurus was the invention of rocket-powered flight in 1939 when the Henkel He 176 aircraft was powered by liquid-propellant rocket fuel. Aviation took a “game-changing” leap forward. While solar power technology has been around, it has mostly been a novelty; the possibility that it could become part of everyday life is gaining traction during this transit.
A Measly 2%
According to current estimates (2021), solar power contributes about 2.3% to the United States power grid. Considering the amount of power, the US economy and households consume, this is not a small amount, even though it is a small percentage. One of the largest barriers to the successful use of solar power in domestic homes has been the storage of the energy through batteries that help offset days when there is little sun for extended periods of time.
In a series of articles from Data-Driven Investor that claim 2020 was “The Year the Future Arrived”, one of those articles focused on the top 5 breakthroughs related to solar power. The breakthroughs include a solar energy battery that solves the “Holy Grail” problem of solar energy … being “able to store energy during sunny weather and save it for a rainy day”. Next on the list is Sunless Solar Panels that can absorb “cloud-penetrating ultraviolet light”.
A company, SunHydrogen, has created a generator that will produce “clean-burning hydrogen from water at a low cost using solar energy”. This process creates energy without emitting greenhouse gases. Another solution involves placing solar panels in space and “beaming down” energy. No longer science fiction, this science fact will help solar power begin to be available at exponential rather than incremental rates. And lastly, there is a new kind of panel, made from a material called Perovskite, that is breaking photovoltaic efficiency records. These new panels are set to hit the market in 2022.
This kind of confluence of technology breakthroughs that “tip the scale” is just the kind of advances one can expect with Uranus in Taurus. A clean energy solution that retains the ability to sustain people’s appetite for a certain kind of energy output that can match fossil fuels would truly be a “game-changer”.
It is interesting to study astrology over the course of human history and see how the patterns cycle through, especially when seen through the lens of the outer planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. In the case of Uranus, the cycle happens every 84 years for an 8-year span. In the case of Neptune, the cycle happens every 165 years for about a 14-year span. And Pluto returns to a sign every 247 years for anywhere from 17 to 31 years.
Therefore, it is not surprising that, as an aspect of American history, the period between 1935 and 1942, and the years soon after, when Uranus entered Gemini, would be astounding breakthroughs in technology and societal norms. Let’s just consider a few profound examples: rocket power for planes, with the development of the Heinkel He 176 in 1939; the discovery and use of nuclear fission (1938), which lead to the development of the atomic bomb; and women entering the workforce in support of the war (1940 to 1945). Each of these, and many more, fundamentally redefined reality (Taurus) in shocking ways (Uranus).
A Healthier World with All the Benefits of Energy Convenience
A shift to greater use of solar power is one of the few technological advances that would not mean a devastating change in work opportunities that often comes with new technologies. Solar panels need to be installed and maintained. As more states give incentives for installing solar panels (almost all) and California leads the way by requiring solar panels on new homes, new legislation has appeared in at least 10 states to make solar panels part of all new home construction.
Uranus is constantly doing breakthrough work, but what makes a breakthrough special in an earth sign is what “sticks” and becomes part of the real world. In Taurus, we want to pay attention to the ones that could really change the foundation, and solar power could be one such breakthrough. However, it probably has as steep a challenge in front of it as the electric vehicle. The intersection of devastating climate change from the use of fossil fuels is breaching the point of no return that is getting harder and harder to ignore.
The challenge for a new technology to displace an older, established one is to outmaneuver the older technology in terms of cost, efficiency, and consistency. Governments will have to help, especially where the energy sector is concerned since it is one of the most powerful parts of the economy and a political heavyweight. Likely, the significant increase in the use of solar power will not come about because it is the right thing to do, but because it becomes the necessary thing to do.