Uranus into Aries

[singlepic id=154 w=320 h=240 float=right] The planet Uranus is now in Aries. For good. Permanently for the next 7 years. Done deal.

So what can we expect from this permanent and irrefutable fact, the likes of which we haven’t lived through since 1927-8. But that’s just it: Uranus is the unexpected, unpredictable outcome that blows your mind. It’s thoroughly anti-expectable. “There’s no way anyone could have ever known that would happen!” is heard more often from the mouths of the Uranus-affected than any other. While Aries is the sign of explosions, speed and personal freedom. As the first sign, it signals beginnings.

Uranus’ move into Aries =
1. new, unexpected beginnings and forced start-overs – even if we don’t understand why;
2. fighting (Aries) for freedoms (Uranus);
3. breaking the norms; exploding the past (if the past is inhibiting betterment).

I make it a point to teach students that in order to get a sense of what Uranus might bring, we need to first understand what the norm really is. This becomes the baseline. It can be gleaned from talking with our clients about that area of life or looking at how a country, company or state has faired within the house Uranus is moving through. But you have to start with a baseline, even if the best you can do is WAG (wild ass guess)!

There was recently an extraordinarily ordinary miracle that happened under the radar of the media. You won’t hear about this because, well, it’s flat-out ordinary. And in today’s world, the ordinary is the extraordinary. It is Uranus in action.

What Happened

A good friend of mine is an accomplished surgeon – he’s got skilled hands, a real desire to help people get better from injury or disease and an inviting, friendly demeanor with his patients. Makes for a pretty great combo, as his patients would agree.

Last Thursday – within 2 hours of Uranus entering the sign of Aries – my friend got a call from a smaller, nearby hospital who had just admitted a 2½-year-old boy who’d fallen out of a shopping cart onto his head. There was a large blood clot pressing on the little boy’s brain from below the skull. Brain stem compression was imminent. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Thursday night was too foggy for helicopters to fly and the smaller hospital didn’t have sufficiently skilled staff to handle this very special need (pediatric trauma and neurosurgery). This is just the way it is, I’m told. Hospitals come in various sizes. The further from big cities you go, the less likely you’ll find specialists for every need. Well, this night Uranus was in full effect….

What happened next proves it. The boy was super-fast ambulanced to my friend’s hospital and in that 3 hours, his surgical team, two anesthesiology teams, a full op nursing team and a few more angels and elves somehow all became available so that everyone would know what the boy’s situation was. When the little one arrived, this small army of dedicated medical souls were ready. At least two of these teams shouldn’t have been there; they were already past normal hours when the call came in. Most of the assemblage also had insufficient experience with pediatric surgery. And with the sheer number of bodies in the operating room, the need for everyone’s complete focus was imperative. I’m told that human error in these types of situations often increase because of added pressure. But the most mind-blowing and heart-opening fact about the whole event was that the hospital in which the surgery occurred had no pediatric ICU department! In other words, the hospital would never otherwise accept a pediatric trauma case – they’re simply not staffed for them. It “just so happened” that the doctors who were there happened to have prior pediatric experience and could lead their teams appropriately.

On that Thursday, the hospital’s rule against accepting pediatric trauma cases was ignored. Actual people – not rules – came together to save a life.

Here’s my friend’s description of the boy’s outcome and his observations:

[singlepic id=152 w=320 h=240 float=right]”After surgery, arrangements had been made to transport the child postoperatively to the Pediatric ICU at a large teaching center about 3 hrs away, and the team consisting of a Pediatrician and pediatric nurses arrived at our hospital some 20 minutes after surgery completion….The boy improved rapidly, noted immediately after surgery, and calls to the teaching center PICU over the next 3 days confirmed continuing improvement with the expectation of an eventual full recovery.”

“What was remarkable was that virtually everyone involved in his care not only knew exactly what to do, but actually did what was necessary, from the ER staff at the original hospital, to the two ambulance crews, to the 12 or so people in the operating room each with a different function, to the PICU staff at the teaching hospital.  Too often, system failures ie, lack of hospital planning and readiness, individual errors by staff, and sometimes just bad luck, conspire to reduce patient outcomes sometimes critically.   This time everything proceeded “as it should have.”

Back to Uranus back in Aries

[singlepic id=153 w=320 h=240 float=left] In our lives, start to get used to the unexpected. Watch your reactions to things out of your control. Increase how much positivity you can hold and for how long – even and especially in the most trying of times. This is the way to “handle” Uranus-related events – to say Yes to whatever’s happening both inside and out. If a traumatic event happens, Saying Yes may look like immediately accepting what has happened so that you can get on with the business of grieving. Saying Yes can also look like an act of defiance in some cases – you’re saying yes to what you know inside to be true, despite what the outside reality is commanding you to believe….accepting the truth and acting from that place. We are going to find others we want to team with for a common purpose. This isn’t just a social club, it will be for big purposes. And they will almost always have to do with changing the status quo, creating something new and better and/or personalizing something that fits your group’s needs.

Having no knowledge of astrology, my friend surprised me with this summary of the extraordinary confluence last Thursday evening in the hospital operating room:

“Maybe what we accomplished this time was a sublime piece of music we all played together, written and directed somewhere in a different reality.”