The planet Uranus
It was an amateur astronomer named William Herschel, who first sighted Uranus through his homemade telescope on March 13, 1781. It was considered an accidental discovery that fits the planet of quirky innovation perfectly.
Astro-historians often point to the revolutions taking place at this time in France and America, and the liberation from old power structures. Uranus plays an important role as a provocative planet, bringing cosmic awakening to both individuals and the collective as a whole.
Settled in our comfortable and stable lives, Uranus comes to disrupt the scene. It can be through an event that happens to us, or self-initiated acts rejected by a desire for change.
The influence of Uranus on a generation is revealed through innovations, breakthroughs, changes in perception, etc. When Pluto and Uranus were conjunct in Virgo in the sixties, there were surprise events that turned the world upside down, as well as social changes due to new perceptions.
As a giant, gaseous, icy planet, Uranus is the coldest planet in the solar system. Astrologically, its effect can be just as cold and unbiased, preferring rational thought to raw emotion.
Uranus in astrology
Uranus, God of heaven and heavens, is the ruler of Aquarius. In astrology, the energies of Uranus are electric and filled with change. Uranus looks to the future. This planet shies away from tradition and celebrates originality and individuality. Uranus is associated with technology, innovation, discovery, and all things progressive.
On the positive side, Uranus is associated with enlightenment, progress, objectivity, novelty and ingenuity. The negative expression of Uranus is rebellion without cause or responsibility.
Uranus represents the spark of intuition that spurs invention. We can see Uranus as the intuition that prompts further study or investigation.
The position of Uranus by sign will be shared with other people of the same generation due to the relatively slow movement of Uranus. By house, the position of Uranus shows where individuals seek to stir things up, put a new spin on situations, and go against established thought or order.
Uranus aspecting other planets in the chart tints these energies with will and originality. Where we find Uranus, we see a certain refusal to blend into erratic life patterns.
Uranus is the cosmic wake-up call, and big shocks and surprises often match the action of this planet. It is the planet of breakthroughs and trigger events that you do not expect. This planet relates to the spirit genius sequence.
On a personal level, Uranus can take into account the intense aspects of the natal planets. If you have Uranus square Sun in the natal chart, for example, constant upheaval as you pursue your goals causes you to be flexible and go with the flow. Many ideas come from finding the house in which your Uranus falls.
Uranus’ gift is to release us when we have become too rigid or too structured. Although its influence is disruptive and accidents are associated with this planet, a crisis tends to sharpen the focus, to make you feel more alive. Uranus can remind you of what you really want, not what you’ve been conditioned to think about.
Radical developments occur when Uranus is present, for better or for worse. While Uranus was in Aries, the sign of the dominant warrior, Hitler and Daesh came to power. Scary stuff! While in his home sign of tech-savvy Aquarius, smartphones have become the ubiquitous device and the internet has become exponentially faster, allowing us to connect in real time. The collective consciousness is also governed by this community planet, so its transits can affect the overall state of mind.
The planet Uranus in the natal chart
Look for the Uranus symbol on your birth chart to discover the sign and position of the house. Uranus is known in astrology as the « awakener », as its aspects and transits bring sudden changes and shocks. Uranus rules quirky innovator Aquarius, and sometimes these upheavals are a necessary break from restrictions in favor of a more liberated path.
Uranus is known as a generational sign. Uranus stays in a sign for about 7 years. On a collective level, this planet influences the cultural pulse of a given period.
When Uranus makes a transit to any planet in your natal chart, then you have cosmic surprises. Sometimes it’s liberating, and other times you’re thrown into total chaos. If you’ve been experiencing mild displeasure, Uranus’ visit takes it to the next level.
The placement of this planet in the birth chart shows where we are prone to eccentricity and revolutionary thinking. This indicates where we insist on doing things our way.
There is a bohemian aspect to Uranus, the planet of platonic love. At best, Uranus can help us feel that sense of universal connection. This planet can also awaken the humanitarian spirit, reminding us that sharing resources is the way to collective prosperity.