Waxing crescent, sinking in the southwest. One more day of summer. After Saturday, the storms hit, with an amber warning of torrential rain as ex-hurricane Nadine spins up from the Canaries.

The long view: 46 years after their alignment in Virgo during 1965 and 1966, Uranus and Pluto formed a waning square on 19 September, allowing the energies released in the revolutionary events and upheavals of the mid-60s to be seen from new perspectives. There are 7 exact Uranus-Pluto squares between June 2012 and 2015, beginning with the first Uranus-Pluto waxing square on 24 June 2012. The last series of squares was between 1932 and 1934, with 5 exact hits.

Uranus and Pluto, along with Neptune, are viewed astrologically as agents of transformation. Uranus is the catalyst of new ideas (the mind), with Pluto forming the parameters of action (will); the dynamic interaction between them generates conditions of upheaval and turbulence, with long-lasting cultural, economic and political effects.

Dates for the next exact Uranus-Pluto squares are: 21 May 2013, 1 November 2013, 21 April 2014, 15 December 2014 and 17 March 2015.