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The Higher Vibration of the Uranus-Pluto Square

It probably slipped by some people’s notice last month — considering all the news of war, civil protest (and governmental suppression) from nearly every corner of the globe. Yet, on the 26th of April something wondrous happened. Something that future generations may look back upon with wonder and scarcely believe that it ever happened; even astrologers of the future may very well wonder that it happened during the time of the seven passes of the current Uranus and Pluto squares. And yet, it did happen.

On that day, 40,000 Norwegians gathered en masse in Oslo and together sang a children’s song while waving roses in the air. Afterwards, they walked singing to the courthouse where Anders Behring Breivik was on trial for the mass murders of 77 people, including 69 children, and tied their roses to the security tape and barricades that surrounded the courthouse. The singing could be heard inside the courthouse. There were no rubber bullets, no tear gas, no violence — everyone was there to heal and transform their society.

The people of Norway, the Norwegian folk singer Lillebjørn Nilsen, and the song, My Rainbow Race, by Pete Seeger (known in Norway for nearly 40 years as Children of the Rainbow) had been criticized by Breivik in his court proceedings. He had blamed the song for promoting multiculturalism, leftist ideologies, and, in part, even his murderous rampage. However, the people of Norway disagreed with Breivik’s ideology and wanted to show it.

This video epitomizes what the highest potential of the Uranus-Pluto square can bring out in humanity. If you have not seen this video, I highly recommend taking a few minutes out of your day to watch it. Here is a link to it:


The people shown in it, including the police, chose to react with neither violence, hate, nor fear. For Norway, the evolution of Pluto and the revolution of Uranus came together, and they chose the higher vibration of the planetary combination, in this case, best expressed by joining together and singing a children’s song of peace and love. Though the words have been described as utopian – and can be read here – leaders of the march wanted to sing the song because they believed this is how the world could be.

But why has Pete Seeger’s song meant so much to the nation of Norway for nearly 40 years? Below is a bi-wheel of the charts of Norway and Seeger.

(insert chart: bi-wheel: Nation of Norway; Pete Seeger , natal)

bi-wheel Norway & Pete Seeger

Norway’s Independence date and time come from Nick Campion’s, Book of World Horoscopes, and are set for June 7, 1905 at 11 AM CET Oslo, Norway. Pete Seeger’s birth time is unknown, but according to Wikipedia he was born in Manhattan, New York, on May 3, 1919. (This is a sunrise chart.)

There are many alignments in the synastry chart between Norway and Pete Seeger’s sunrise chart (perhaps there would be even more if we were to know Seeger’s time of birth).

Without going into detail about all of the aspects in this synastry chart, I was immediately struck by the fact that Pete Seeger’s Neptune is exactly on Norway’s Moon. Seeger’s song, My Rainbow Race, has been described by Norwegians as utopian (Neptune). It is precisely Seeger’s idealism (Neptune) about how the world could be, and how the people (Moon) of Norway wish (Neptune) the world was (in harmony – Moon), that join them together through music (co-ruled by Neptune and the Moon).

The song, My Rainbow Race, according to the Christian Science Monitor, was written in 1967, to protest the Vietnam War, though not recorded until the early 70’s. It was written at the Uranus-Pluto conjunction. Seeger, born with a Uranus-Pluto trine, is no stranger to the power of transformation and has been an activist most of his life. It seems most apropos that one of the 60’s greatest musical peace activists, Pete Seeger, should have a song that was written during the Uranus-Pluto conjunction resurface during this first quarter square.

As astrologers, and those interested in astrology, surely our responsibility is to help point out to our fellow human beings that there exists another way, a better way , a way of life that embraces peaceful resolution based on our sameness, rather than the use of willfulness and violence in an attempt to subjugate those who are different than us. There is a higher vibration to the Uranus-Pluto square and this has been one example of it. Let us hope we see more examples of democracy and tolerance as this pattern unfolds.

Bio: Audra Stenger started in astrology over 15 years ago while working as a paramedic. She holds a B.Sc. in Physician’s Assistant. She currently has a full time astrology practice near Santa Fe, New Mexico. She loves astrology because it explains the unexplainable, and finds that it provides a wisdom that nothing else can. Her website is Yellow Lotus Arts, and her e-mail is


  1. Thank you so much for these words…and for this vision of democracy and tolerance so beautifully protrayed.

    • Dear Judie,
      Thank you for writing. It was my pleasure to share it with everyone. I found the event so moving and inspiring.

    • Dear Margaret,
      Thank you for writing in. I appreciate your kind words of encouragement.

  2. Wonderful to see an article that relates a non-egocentric, realtime positive manifestation. Thank you Audra for reminding me of the possibilities inherent in not just this square, but all squares and of the incredible depth and beauty of the wisdom available through Astrology. You have shown me that we might just have more at our disposal during these horrible times than wishful thinking and trying to stay positive – you have given me real hope.

    • Dear Les,
      Norway has shown the light on what seemed impossible, on what seemed one of humanities darkest moments, and it has given me hope, too.
      You know, Gandhi had a T-square in his birth chart, and he brought down the British Empire with not much more that a bag a salt and a lot of tenacity. Yes, squares are not “bad”. It’s what we do with what we are given that makes the difference.
      Thank you for writing in, and having hope.

  3. I hadn’t seen this video and I didn’t know the words to this song. When I did, it brought tears to my eyes. With so much strife in the world right now, it was so beautiful to see that so many could gather in peace. And it gives me hope that humanity can transform into something better. Thank you, Audra. And thank you Norway and Pete Seeger.

    • Dear Hallie,
      I shed a few tears when I saw the video, too. And when I read the lyrics. A confession- Seeger’s Neptune is very close to my Sun/Mars conjunction, so his music resonates with me as well. Actually, there are quite a few alignments in our synastry charts, so it’s no wonder I wrote about him and Norway!
      Thanks for writing.

  4. Audra,

    I am over joyed to see your blog! I don’t get much time to sit and read something in its entirety, however, I did this time! I love your style of writing and how you are able to share your thoughts with clarity and intention. I do hope to see you again in this realm. Blessings for a peaceful day!

    • Dear Judy,
      I’m so glad you were able to sit and read the TMA blog. I also thank you for your comments on my writing-it is deeply appreciated. I hope you come back again soon!

  5. With all the focus on the more challenging aspects of this astro-configuration, I love how Audra focuses on the higher vibrational manifestation. She’s an excellent example of how an astrologer can take their work to a higher level, highlighting the possibilities of how to work with these intense energies in a productive way to fuel our evolutionary movement into a lighter way of being. I especially appreciate how she is able to communicate her perspective with intelligence, practicality and compassion. I look forward to her future presence in the MA Blogosphere.

    • Dear Judith Lynne,
      I sincerely appreciate your feedback. I do try to show what the higher manifestations of any aspect could be so that people have the opportunity to grow and evolve-to emerge from the chrysalis as the butterfly. Thank you for writing, and your sharing your thoughts on my article.
      Warm regards,

  6. I could not agree more with the Judy’s and other responders that this was a lovely read, especially on Memorial Day in the U.S. It is intriguing, don’t you think that the U.S. (Sibly) chart’s North Node is also at 6+ Leo, providing a beacon of light and love for my fellow Americans during this challenging time. Thank you Mt. Astrologer and Audra for sharing with us a better way to meet it.

    • Dear Barbk,

      I am so glad you mentioned Memorial Day here in the US. It is such an important holy-day. It needs to be remembered for its true meaning: to remember those who died in wars.

      And thank you for pointing out that the US Sibly N. Node is at 6 Leo. This is why I love blogs. We can all learn from each other. No wonder Seeger was such an important folk singer and activist in the US.

      With Gratitude,

  7. There are correlations between the two charts, of course, but surely transiting Jupiter over Norway’s ‘thinking’ and ‘judgement’ (21 and 27 Taurus) will have some bearing on the moving behaviour you report? The Sabian symbols might be interesting as well (I don’t have a copy with me right here.)

  8. Hi Vivienne,

    Though the blog doesn’t provide ample space to delineate all that needs to be said with regards to this event, I am very glad you pointed out that Norway was nearing its Jupiter return which would have been within one degree of orb on Apr 30th. (Jupiter was at 19 degrees Taurus on that day) Given that it is a country and Jupiter, I’ll give them a few days, and a slightly larger orb! ;-))

    Jupiter rules courts, the judicial system, magnanimity, the higher mind, optimism, peace preservers, police, prayer, reason, self-control, and, trials, etc.. All of these things were present on that day, and I think helped to make this event happen in the way that it did.

    From the book on Sabian Symbols… the keyword for the 20th degree of Taurus is Exaltation. When positive, the degree is efficiency in controlling events at any point of transition of crisis…

    Very interesting indeed. Thanks so much for writing!

  9. Thank you Audra for writing about the kind of news worth reporting. This story shows how astrological events can help us make the most of our precious time on this earth by engaging in our humanitarian efforts at the most auspicious time. This is very good news and I will come here often to learn more. Thanks for adding a link to the video and lyrics too!

    • Dear Janice,

      I am pleased you enjoyed my article, and the TMA blog. Yes I agree, I think if we know what is happening above in the the sky, we can use our higher consciousness to engage in the most meaningful of ways at the most opportune time.

      And what a video! So powerful!

      Thanks to Mary Plumb for imbedding the video, and not just providing a link to it. She’s the techno-wizard!

      And do come back to the TMA blog again!


  10. Thanks for the reminder to maintain our connection to higher consciousness. It is a choice. Not always the easier one but certainly healthy for our individual growth, which astrology can direct us towards, as well as contributing to the collective ascension. We will need more and more reminders as time continues to increase in intensity. Thanks Audra.

  11. Dear Keith,
    Yes, it is not always the easier choice, but certainly the one for the betterment of ourselves and humankind. Thank you for writing.
    In peace,

  12. I love how you chose these two aspects of this event and unveiled how there are no coincidences. Indeed, there is another way, a better way to coexist. Thanks for sharing this event and your perspective! Looking forward to more worldly/astrological events.

  13. Dear Jen,
    Thanks so much for writing in on the TMA blog, and sharing your thoughts. Indeed, there is a better way to coexist, and what a beautiful exemplar the world has been given.

    And speaking of beautiful things…

    Enjoy the Venus transit across the Sun today- find a way to go outside and view it safely if you can. If you are in North America, you can see it at Sun down tonight. Here is a link that will show you how with just two pieces of paper with a hole in one of them:

  14. I would argue then that the emphasis in this specific instance, is on Neptune rather than Uranus/Pluto.

    Especially considering Neptunes ingress into Pisces in its own sign, hovering over Swedens Saturn/ South Node. And the last time it was in Pisces was 165 years ago-so its pretty momentous.

    Im not discounting Uranus/Pluto- but the concept of forgiveness, peace,love, music are all associated with Neptunes symbolism rather than Uranus/Pluto, they are far more evident in other aspects of this tragedy.

    With Astrology one has to be careful not to overload each Planetary position with too many meanings otherwise it becomes meaningless.

    All the planets are active at any given time with their own particular ‘sphere’ of influence, and its that very specificity, that describes the uniqueness of each moment and individual, AS WELL as being part of cycles that share similarities from a historical perspective.

  15. Dear Aqua,

    I agree with you on many points, and thank you for writing in. As I said in my blog, the article was not an attempt to cover all that needed to be in regards to this event, and I’m sorry for any confusion.

    I believe that we are on the same page in the heart: the transits of Norway at the time of this event influenced the unfolding of it in a peaceful way- under the umbrella of the Uranus-Pluto squares, of which all of us are influenced by at this time.

    It is a wondrous thing when peace, love, and music trump the potential for violence any day.


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