The 7 Year Cycle Astrology Runs On

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Sorcery, Pheromones & Uranus in Aries ending

The seven-year cycle astrology is legit. Uranus in Aries stopping brings to mind the Seven Year Itch.  It was said to be initially about a particularly virulent sexually transmitted disease or skin mites. Then it dressed up as a fancy 1950s psychological infidelity theory turned Marilyn Monroe movie.  But we know better. It’s a Uranus cycle.  Uranus transmits sorcery via pheromones and invention. It is digital versus analog consciousness. If Uranus changing signs is an ‘itch,’ it’s the itch of something needing to shed a ‘skin’ or two.

But I think of it as the Seven Year Witch. And no, that is not gendered specific. Uranus changing signs every seven-year signals not only change but change that’s liberating and fast. Like toad to a prince or lead to gold style transformation only within your pre-frontal cortex. Your word IS your wand. You can tap Uranus shifts for your emancipation. That’s unlike the sign shifts of Neptune and Pluto which are more societal and epochal.

Whether you’re cocooning in prep for Uranus in Taurus or already stripping off some dead wood/expired paradigms, this simple exercise will help perspective. Where were you this time seven years ago? Your location, your loves, your aesthetic, your goal-stalking. What would you of today have to say to you of May 2011?

The seven-year cycle astrology is also tied into Saturn, as a full cycle of the Time-God is 28 to 29 years. So every seven years is also a check-in on the goals and worldly aspirations of the previous Saturnine checkpoint.

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May 2011 I was trapped in the cardboard box of a 20 year marriage, trying to carefully unfold the lid of the box from the inside, not wanting to rip the tape. Ended up shredding it. Escaped. Scarred, bruised and leaving a trail of wreckage in my wake. Best decision of my life, but executed very badly. For the next year I actively sought out a different kind of life, with people (OK, one person) who, ordinarily I would never have chosen. Major life journey and a very rocky road to realisation about who I really was and want I… Read more »


7 years ago I started an entry level job at a start up. The first year was brutal: underpaid, overworked, actively lied to and manipulated by Ivy League-degree holding narcissists who nearly ran the company into the ground and lashed out when I tried to tell them about the off-the-charts employee dissatisfaction. In retaliation, they laid me off and sparked a mass quitting of 10% of the company. Desperate, they asked me to stay and I demanded far more money which I got. The board fired and pushed out the leadership. I am a director now & the employee who… Read more »



So much suffering, so much heroism.
So much spiritual strength, so much wisdom.

You guys freak me out.


2010 2011 I just finished college, and my ex passed d/t brain tumor. His mother cursed me for breaking his heart, which only took me the whole 7 years to decide was only just her story. I had to hold on to the truth I saw in his eyes before he departed. I got to know better the warrior within and the desire to know…the seeker. Now Im finishing up grad school for the most perfect profession for me. This triple taurean/aquarian mars is ready for Uranus… Ready for light-speed!




May 2011 was the first time I gave up on something I really loved. I couldn’t bring myself to finish my graduate writing thesis or ask for support from friends or family. I was terrified and mask of pretty, prefect, independent woman was cracked. I never even told anyone I just stopped. I spent the next 7 years STRUGGLING to find a sense of self outside of writing and repressing/ transferring all my creative energy into the artistic projects of boyfriends. In fact, I spent 6 of those years trying to disappear into a relationship. I also lived a life,… Read more »


aahhh 🙁
I am glad you can look in mirrors again….


As a Cancerian with Libran moon and natal libran Uranus…I cannot wait for Uranus in Taurus. since May 2011 there have been miscarriages, surgeries, diseases, marriage separation, so much death, trying to stay afloat with dodgy job, moving…you name it the universe has thrown it at me. The feeling that never again in my lifetime will there be another Uranus in aries is what is keeping me going!


May 2011 I was in a very similar place I am in now, although I am a totally different person. I just wanted to focus on myself, join the peace Corp or a missionary and travel. I was at the end with dating guys and said the next man I date, I’ll marry. Well he came along two months later. We almost married. I followed him like a homesick dog for almost 5 years and left & found myself and magick. Here I am again, no man & celibate but I have magick. Advice for my May 2011 self. Listen… Read more »


In 2011, I realized that, while I was scared of my mentally abusive husband, I could finally make a move. I had to try and do it on my own. When he was at work, I packed my things, aided by my sister’s and a friend, and didn’t look back. Got a divorce, got promoted to a great job making mad cash to ensure I didn’t need any assistance, bought a car, bought a house on my own, got promoted again…..the last 7 years has been FULL of learning to trust in myself. That I am good enough. Not just… Read more »


Good on you for trusting in yourself. Did the same. And, interestingly I’m Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon.

Year of the Phoenix

I had realised I was in an unhappy marriage, my husband was a narcissist I can see now but not then

My life now is quieter and even though I live alone it is not lonelier. I am probably still healing and not sure I can trust my judgment so have not connected with another man since.

The cosmic weather is changing and I am getting my gumboots on cause the drought might be breaking


In May 2011 I was planning and embarking on my first experience studyind abroad alone for my third year of college. I spent the entire year living abroad and loved and needed it badly. Since then, I graduated college and have been on a menadering journey to figure otu what i want to do with my life. in 2015, i broke my ankle and it caused a series of health issues and the diagnosis of a chronic illness that i may or may not have my whole life. i dont know adulthood without uranus being in aries. my sun and… Read more »


2011 was the year I finished college, graduated and entered a new phase as in start working. I guess it makes sense since Uranus during that transit changed from 5th house to 6th house. Leaving me with weird relationships with people from different cultures and long distance and when it moved to the 6th I lost a lot of weight and work hasn’t been stable.


You’ll get clean and sober. (Within a month!) You’ll be celibate for years at a time. You won’t meet any decent dudes for THE FULL SEVEN YEARS (just about). Any dudes that you do fixate on, it will be driven by bullshit and delusion and you will thank THE GODS you didn’t actually act on it once you come out of it. You’ll think love is something that other ppl get to experience, but not you, you’re too damaged. You’ll meet the best man in your whole life riiiiight at the end of 2017 and you’ll ask him out and… Read more »

Katie Swanberg

Holy heck, I could have written the first half of this as of it were my own life! Cheers




Don’t be afraid of work. Don’t take your anger out on your loved ones. Be discriminate when shopping for clothes – don’t buy the cheapest, don’t care about lables – care about fit, quality, and whether or not it makes you feel good wearing it. Jealousy is useful. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST. (Scorpio sun, Libra rising)


I was about to birth my intense (scorpio-rising), super gemini (south node, mercury, sun, venus) kiddo (born mid-June). About a month before his birth the roof of our building flooded and we had to move very abruptly. I had recently reconnected with my dad (while pregnant) and he ended up moving to our city. The past 7 years involved me healing my relationship with him, I was also really unclear on my career direction, I was really mulling and working on that too (Saturn was in my 9th house). The other biggie is my relationship with my son’s father, we… Read more »


June of 2011 my father died and I moved into the role of executrix of his estate. After 13 years living in the Western U.S., I moved back to where I grew up.There began many years of painfully waking up as I came to see how the role I had always played (Fixer, Mother, Giver) was simultaneously relied on, and taken for granted by my mother, two siblings, and to a lesser extent, extended family. During the settling of my father’s estate, I made a big effort to make sure that my siblings and I came out of the experience… Read more »


Love this – what a great exercise!!!

Me to me: Oh, the places you’ll go! You can’t imagine all the twists and turns life has coming your way (OK, I lied; you’ll have insight on major prevailing trends thanks to astrology!) and many of those journeys will be subterranean, but I promise you’re really going to like how we turn out!


At this time seven years ago, I had just undergone a seismic shift for the better in my career and life was seriously looking up. This post has made me look at the pattern of my old life and see the seven year liberations. This is fascinating and I’ll spend some time looking at this.

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

I am FEELING THIS big time. It’s a HUUUUGE shift.

New era and then some.

There was a big breakup ahead of me, and it would turn out to be my liberation and the beginning of a whole new trip.


This time 7yrs ago I was madly in love with the second love of my life. It, unfortunately, was only a 4mth relationship (albeit a 2yr frienship lead in), but OMG I loved this guy. We had a total thing for each other. I loved him then and I love him still. We still bump into each other often (through our jobs) and now as friends I can honestly say he still makes my toes curl. I do still love him.



Calli G

2011-2017 was all about shifting professions for me. I’ve wanted to return to the area where I grew up for a couple of decades now, and in my new role, it’s much more likely. Maybe Uranus in Taurus will activate me moving to where I want to set up a permanent-ish nest.


To the me of May 2011, I’d say, this year will be pretty dull but after that you get the change you’re craving. Beyond that, I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise! Advice I’m giving myself now, based on the last 7 years? Try to stop procrastinating. If you’re not going to move, fix up your house. If you want to do something, either make it happen, put concrete plans in place to make it happen, or accept you don’t actually want it enough to make it happen and move on without beating yourself up about it. Get a clear… Read more »


I love this advice. I’m listening!


me too.


I like the way you’re thinking of advice you’d give yourself now based on the last seven years. has given me much to think about, thank you!


Seven ears ago when Uranus entered Aries
was hell on a stick for the first 3 years.
My psyche and soul were really challenged
in such a way the adage ‘if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger’ seriously applies.
Feels like a whole new era. Making it so
with a ‘we need to talk’ to the chief of my housing organisation instead of the usual emails.
This is a put on a ‘suit and heels’ situ, so it’s about money…of course.
Maybe they will hire me.


Hell on a stick from 2011 to mid 2014 here too. Then things have gotten quieter, but no new project, no new era to have love relationships.
Just a quieter warrior era.


“Hell on a stick” is a great phrase. It should be married to “fuqability in a can.”


And the offspring is someone can-stick around.


Champagne, or an alternative spiritually suitable libation, for your tenacity and sustained joyous existence on this plane, pegasus xox


My youngest son – an Aries was diagnosed with Autism and I had to send my older son – also an Aries to live with his father. I left my demanding job and went on a healing journey with my special boy to get him better.My eldest moved betweenhis father and I several times and finally settled with us andwent on finishing school and graduating as interio designer. Fast forward to today – my yongest is doing well in the mainstream High School and my eldest left 2 weeks ago to live in London. As for me – I kearned… Read more »


You rock !


Thanks! xx


Looks like the number one cause of relationship breakdown is children. Is that right? (Or is it the existence of relationships themselves, lol) Are these two things forever incompatible? serious question from a moon in capricorn native. “What would the you of today have to say to the you of May 2011?” Relax, hurry up, trust yourself, suspend ALL judgement, be open to people, your father will be dead within 18 months, travel light, spend a year out of the country, get more sleep, … and much more That was the time that Neptune went into my 9th house, that… Read more »


the month itself marked the time that I chose to leave my former career, as a secondary feature of sun-uranus transit, although U would not cross my MC until 3 years later


word to the would-be wise though. If you’re going to can your nice stable job for uncertainty: try instead to scale one into the other. Financial stress by choice, in adulthood, is not the best idea – socially, materially, mental health. Work harder out of hours to persist in both fields to a point where you can feel pretty-OK about expanding the new practice and cutting back on the other one, if that’s possible. Maybe like learning to swim there is that trust-point where you do let go and hope you won’t sink, that’s when you work like mad.. Develop… Read more »


likewise – i meant vice versa.


Good advice! x


dunno, hope so Lotus Flower… i read somewhere (IG) recently the phrase ‘intimacy destroys empire’ , i do think in someways i’m moving from a paradigm of empire to one of intimacy which i think is part of a 10th house node to 4th house node journey. Its hard to explain, but what i think i mean is that i have hopefully got a bit better at people-ing, these last few years, an the notion of ’empire’ simply feels a bit exhausting and stressful. maybe this will change after a good sleep,,.. maybe not



Back to May 2011: my father was diagnosed with vowel chords cancer and got a permanent tracheostomy which made him survive cancer. At exactly the same time I had just got fired from my job. A job that was my only way to survive, since my divorce was in place, a job that was a nightmare and the textbook definition of mobbing and that I would have never left, just like you sometimes cannot leave a toxic sentimental relationship because it has intoxicated your self esteem so much you think you cannot do better. Oh and obviously my heart was… Read more »


I mean I have lost ground on a lot of life goals.
I forgot that you can actually have them AND reach them.


Like who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too. I would’ve thought if you had cake you should eat it.


I want that cake and I am ready to eat it.


I hope you get some soon. Come to think of it l’d like some too.


I had an intuition, in May 2011, that I had to get to Portland, OR by the first. I left college six months from graduation, broke my lease, moved, and met the man I was to marry on May 5th. We got engaged, pregnant, got married, had our daughter. I went crazy – unconscious mediumship out of control. Had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome getting worse and worse until 2016. We thought I’d be disabled my whole life – on a good day I could spent some hours awake, maybe even sitting up in bed. But then I got healed, and divorced.… Read more »


I accidentally embarked on a journey to free myself from a self-harming behavior. While not completely free of it, it has lessened to magnificent degrees. I have learned how to love myself. When Uranus first jump into Aries, 3 important beings in my life died in a span of two weeks and I had a meltdown “spiritual awakening”. Everything in my life went into upheaval and then I found myself in an abusive “relationship” with a much older man that I had to extract myself from, which took years. It’s been wild.


Uranus into Aries? I should’ve left teaching the month it crossed into Aries in 2010. In fact the whole of Aries was about me leaving teaching; esp as it’s my 10th. I never fitted the teacher- persona.

But then again l’d never join any club that’d have me as member.


Wow yes. I was trying to give up my profession and start a company. It involved some of my work. It totally tipped me on my head, broke that and then sat me on my arse to struggle. This last seven years have been isolation poverty and soul searching. So now it’s a total change I’m after, total break from it. So you’ve just been a lightening bolt for me. Drop my profession completely and be totally authentic me. Thanks you


Funny how when ya in it, you can’t see it?

I started teaching in 2001. Prior, l had done 4yrs at uni, and l didn’t wanta leave as there was much investment in the study. I wanted value for money (Cancer Sun & Asc, 2nd haus Virgo Stellium and Saturn in early Cap in the 6th).

Now looking back l’d say to my 7/8 year ago person-self- “Get out, get out now!”


yes, don’t hang on to a mistake just because you spent a long time making it, as I read on Danielle LaPorte’s page at some point. how to evaluate when it is a mistake though. and .. are there really such things as mistakes?


I don’t really see it as mistake. I enjoyed the interaction with kids teaching em about timber, metal, cars, bikes, sport (esp AFL & cricket). I have many former students as acquaintances; some friends even. They regarded me as a non-teacher. I took that as a real compliment. Plus if l never became a teacher l couldn’t of got got bullied by the Super-Bitch Cap which led me to the Astro. Her ex was born on my birthday and l reminded her too much of him. But she was a twisted idiot who couldn’t understand l wasn’t him. As Billy… Read more »


I hold that view too. Not about your ex but about the mistake thing. Every thing is a learning experience.


Not my ex. HER ex! She too k it out on me. Small problem was that l was never married to her.


She was my temporary boss. She was a misandrist.


Wow in May 2011 I was a new mum with a brain-injured partner who was falling apart. I had to go back to work early due to a household income of zero. Our relationship was dying and pressures were immense. I was crying every day and had no idea what to do or how to cope. I have learned and grown so much since then! 6.5 years of single parenting, taking over a mortgage solo, working so hard building my business to support my son and I, being forced to sell then finding a wonderful new home and securing a… Read more »


Congratulations. Your story resonates.


What happened to the brain-injured partner?


He had surgery to remove a massive brain tumor the month our son was born ( late 2010 ). His personality was changed and it brought up all his deep anger & darkest traits, with no filter or buffering. We had a violent, traumatic end to the relationship.It took 2 years of minimal contact to for him to get some equilibrium and now we co-parent and have a healthy friendship. He still can’t keep a job for long due to disinhibition, and the tumor could return at any time…but he is a good Dad and our son loves him with… Read more »


That’s real heavy. Brain trauma can change ppl heaps. Glad it’s workable now.


Is aries your 4th or 10th house?


10th house yes


This so resonates with me.





Strange times. March was probably when a big shift occurred. I was 6 months pregnant by May. I’d never EVER wanted to have children. EVER. It happened. My relationship at the time (with a Piscean) I now believe was probably the only person on the planet to make me feel at ease with the idea. I was feeling good about it by May. Having amazing ‘other worldly’ psychic type dreams. Other things I would just ‘know’ became almost prophesy around the child. Am grateful that I followed through and had/am having this experience. It adds a whole new dimension to… Read more »


My father died unexpectedly on May 1, 2011. I left graduate school before publicly defending my dissertation (returned much later to do so). I moved my young son & many cats back to my hometown, to take care of my mother & my father’s estate. Life changed dramatically. I became “The Fixer”, taking my father’s place as head of the family. And I was never able to secure a post-doc position in my field (could not move away from area). As such, irreversible deficit on academic record. Does not trouble me anymore. Have learned to accept life as it unfolds… Read more »

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