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The Grand Irrationality

The Grand Irrationality is a phenomenon we’ve been living within since 1993. Since then we’ve been in an extraordinarily irrational period which continues to this day, so if you’re wondering why things are so weird, this article may help you understand the larger forces in play.

Septiles, biseptiles, and triseptiles are 7th harmonic aspects which show us points in time when our future destiny is precipitated by critical choices made in the present. They are found by dividing the circle by seven, Saturn’s number, which yields non-rational values. That’s why they indicate irrational points of choice and change, setting forces of destiny in motion.

The septile is an aspect of 51.2°; the biseptile is an aspect of 102.5°; degrees; the triseptile is an aspect of 154° degrees. Each of these has an orb of approximately 2° to either side of the exact value. I have several articles on this aspect series at with associations and glyphs I created over 40 years ago. If you want to know more, come on over and check it out!

Besides showing us points of choice and change in our individual charts, septile series aspects between the outer planets bring phase shifts to the entire world. One such era began around 1993 when Neptune began to make a septile to Pluto. This “fateful” aspect between these two powerhouse transpersonal representatives of Spirit symbolizes the long wave planetary crisis the entire human race has been going through since 1993.

From then to now, at one point or another, everyone on Earth has experienced a nonstop energy of having to choose, at the bottom of our beings, the path to evolution or devolution, progress or regress, love or fear, joy or control. It’s why things have been so weird, irrational, and hard-edged.

The Grand Irrationality V.1 was the period when Neptune was septile Pluto. It began in 1993 and was a global influence until about 2016 -2017, when the two planets moved out of orb. However, while that influence waned, a newer, more dynamic iteration of that non-rational energy came forth as Uranus began its waxing biseptile to Pluto in the summer of 2017. I’ve termed this The Grand Irrationality V.2! As 7th harmonic aspects represent radical “forks in the road of destiny,” we can learn a lot about this long wave evolutionary configuration by seeing what’s set into motion every time a planet makes a conjunction, septile, biseptile, or triseptile to Uranus and/or Pluto.

This newer, shorter phase of The Grand Irrationality is not the configuration as we’ve known it since the 90s, since the Neptune part of the equation has faded as it no longer makes a septile to Pluto and won’t again for many centuries. Because the current Grand Irrationality (V2) involves Uranus, we have been moving through a time of a “never-ending revolution” since Uranus, the Cosmic Awakener, is dancing off and on at its “fork in the road of destiny” with Pluto, the Lord of Transformation!

We first experienced Uranus biseptile Pluto very briefly in August 2017, and it went into nonstop pulses beginning at the end of June 2018 with Uranus again 101.2° from Pluto. (1) This lasted through October when it went out of orb, and returned to full volume between October 2019 and December 2019.

This is the first biseptile in the larger Uranus/Pluto cycle that began at their conjunctions in the mid-1960s. The waxing septile occurred 1989-1991, so this is the next point in that larger “Pulse of Destiny.” The hot zones, measured from the October through December 2019 Uranus biseptile Pluto positions, are around 19°-23° Capricorn, 11°-15° Pisces, 2°- 6° Taurus, 24°-28° Gemini, 15°-19° Leo, 6°-10° Libra, and 27° Scorpio – 1° Sag. If you have anything near these zones, your life has had some abrupt transformational experiences in late October and early November 2018 when Jupiter activated both Uranus and Pluto!

In 2019, this evolutionary configuration acquired structure through Saturn’s transit of late Capricorn, biseptiling Uranus the first time between January and May 2019. This activated the configuration in mass consciousness, triggering major life changes and realignment of responsibilities. As Saturn has transited the Capricorn zones listed above in December 2019 and in early January 2020, it has again brought structures for radical change through its biseptile to Uranus. These will in turn lead to new initiatives in both January and March 2020 when there are a huge number of conjunctions, septiles, and biseptiles created by the transits!

That means the Wisdom forms we’ve been learning this year through early 2020 has brought us to a “fork in the road of our destiny” wherever we have late Capricorn and early Taurus in our charts. What Saturn structured earlier this year is going to be part of the larger shifts in destiny indicated by the transpersonal and transformational energies again in play. Saturn is giving structure to the Plutonic seeds of the zones it occupied the past few years. Each time any inner planet transits the seven active zones noted above, choices, changes, and forks in the road of destiny are set into motion!

As I’ve offered many times during this era of the Grand Irrationality, if things don’t make sense, they don’t have to. The only thing that matters is to know how to focus and not get distracted by the craziness in the atmosphere. Sometimes, when we keep our heads when all around us are losing theirs, we come out on the other side looking and feeling good!

So if you’re wondering why things are so strange at times, this may provide a bit of a road map and weather report helping you plan your future to take advantage of these phase shifts in our greater reality. While Uranus biseptile Pluto brings the hard edge of revolutionary change to things, remember that you are an eternal being having human experiences, and have the power to allow your Higher Self to navigate situations using the understanding and wisdom your inner Saturn possesses to take command of your life and Self-unfoldment.

You can find more about how you can use your Saturn wisdom in conscious ways to steer your destiny to fulfill your purpose for being alive by getting a copy of Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, even if you don’t know much astrology you will benefit from knowing the power of your inner Saturn to shape your life and destiny in profound ways. As Saturn is ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius, it will occupy center stage for the next four years. This is a crucial phase in Cosmic Time to embrace Saturn as our “Spiritual Master and Spiritual Friend” to fulfill our destiny and become spiritual adults, perfectly executing our ability to be part of the corrective force of Nature Herself. (2)

Author’s notes:

(1) Nonstop pulses is a term I use when a configuration is being triggered over time, much like our heart pumps blood in pulses. We have one pulse when a transit activates the configuration, another pulse when another transit triggers the configuration, and so on. In this context, each time any planet transits through any of the seven noted zones, it triggers the larger “pulse” of the nonstop choices and changes being activated. At one point, the choice may have to be made; the next time the configuration is activated, further choices have to be made within the context of that larger cycle. Each step brings us to a fork in the road of destiny, whether in terms of our inner path or outer affairs, whether we know it or not.

(2)The corrective force of Nature Herself is a phrase I’ve used for 40 years to describe how we humans function when our planetary responses have been transmuted from dysfunctional to healthy function. For example, as we perfect our Saturn function, we become the Saturn function in the outer world; not the fear and manipulation which dwell as dysfunctions within individuals, but the discipline and maturity required in each Saturnian situation. When our Jupiter is healthy, we do not play to the extravagance and waste in situations, but rather the larger vision toward a greater understanding. When our Mars is healthy, we do not play to the hostility in situations, but rather bring focus and precision to deal with what must be dealt with, without anger or haste.

Bio: Robert Wilkinson has been a practicing professional astrologer, public speaker, and strategic counselor for 45 years with a global clientele. He is the author of several books, including Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend and A New Look at Mercury Retrograde. He is the Publisher of, the oldest and largest website of its kind, with almost seven thousand articles and about 14 million page views in 16 years. He is currently working on a book on how to find your perfect mate which will be published in 2020.