Twenty-nine years ago, at the end of August 1987, Michael Jackson released the album, Bad. The seventh cut was “Man In The Mirror” released as a single early in 1988, and hitting #1 in March of that year. Saturn and Uranus in the late degrees of Sagittarius joined energies for most of 1988, signaling changes in worldwide political and financial systems merging with advances in technology and communication. Wall Street tumbled through Black Monday in October 1987. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Personal computing was never the same with the advent of the World Wide Web in 1990.
The sign of Sagittarius speaks to the individual attempting to navigate questions of higher law and freedoms including world philosophies, spiritual quests, and ways of governing. Sagittarian Saturn and Uranus are perfectly reflected in Jackson’s lyrics: “I’m starting with the man in the mirror/I’m asking him to change his ways/And no message could have been any clearer/If you wanna make the world a better place/Take a look at yourself and then make a change.”
Saturn and Uranus conjunct roughly every 45 years. The waxing square of this cycle occurred in 1999-2000 with Saturn in Taurus and Uranus in Aquarius. The opposition followed in 2008-10, with a Saturn in Virgo polarized with Uranus in Pisces. The ebbing square will occur in 2021, with Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. The cycle’s rebirth/renewal will occur in July 2032, with Saturn and Uranus conjunct in the mutable sign of the twins, Gemini.
Take a moment and reflect about your life in 1988. Consider on a personal level how the political structures and technological advances of that time period served as a marker, a spiral forward into a continuum of change that hit hard with the World Trade Center attack of September 11, 2001 and into the polarity of 2008 Global Financial Crisis versus the Arab Spring of 2010. In 2016 the world struggles as climate change threatens, the migrant crisis converges with the Syrian war and the US struggles with gun violence and political chaos. Fascism rises in Europe as it reels from militant terrorist attacks. Globally, financial fluctuations make economic inequality a painful reality.
Where to turn for relief? Listen to Lin Manuel Miranda freestyle what would become the opening song of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, in front of skeptical Washington elites in late 2009. Through the reclamation of revolutionary themes, aligned with diversity and strengthened by lyrical rap – American history has been reborn. Let the message rise up and bring hope to listeners around the globe. Individual efforts play a part in the larger cycle and help write the history that matters.