Uranus is the third farthest planet from the Sun in our solar system, and was discovered in 1781 by the astronomer and composer William Herschel. It is considered an “ice giant” and was firstly named “Georgium Sidus” (Georgian star) after King George III. That name was quickly abandoned and people started calling the planet “Herschel”, until it finally received the universal name Uranus.
Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius, which was until the planet’s discovery ruled by Saturn. Still, Saturn is considered the co-ruler of the sign. In addition, Uranus is ruling the 11th house and a full circle around the zodiac lasts about 84 years. He spends approximately 7 years in each of the 12 signs. One can easily understand that during an average human life the planet will travel approximately a full cycle around his the natal chart. The planet is responsible for the mid-life crisis, which happens in the individual’s forties, and can occasionally bring huge upheavals and radical changes. This happens due to the planets opposition to his natal placement, which triggers a crisis and usually a revolt on matters concerning the houses where he is placed natally and currently. The transits of Uranus are quite long lasting, bring turbulence and unexpected events.
Uranus’s name represents the Greek god of the skies and heavens, father of Saturn. Indeed, the planet rules things connected with the sky: for example lightning, wireless communications and a lot more. We should not forget that also its ruling sign Aquarius belongs to the Air signs. As we are heading towards a New Age strongly connected with Aquarius, the planet Uranus rules everything innovative. Sparks of insights, new inventions and pioneering ways of thoughts belong to this eccentric planet, as it can gift individuals with glimpses of what will be regular and normal in the future. The technological miracles, and especially the unification and interconnection of the human brains through the internet are also offsprings of this revolutionary planet.
Uranus has a rather erratic and unpredictable behavior, which may be also attributed to its unique way of spinning. Indeed, his axis has a tilt of 98 degrees, which is way different than any other planet of our system, being parallel to its plane. It rules rebellion and demolishment of stereotypes, altruism and anarchy. Of course, as everything revolutionary, Uranus has also its violent traits. No changes come solely through harmonious ways. Also, the planet is connected with natural disasters such as earthquakes, explosions and substances with unpredictable and destructive behaviors.
Electricity, mechanics and everything macroscopic involving taming the natural forces is also a part of the planet’s rulership. Of course, misuse of such tremendous powers can create accidents, and the bizarre nature of the planet always gives tendencies towards unexpected events. Indeed, electrocution, being struck by lightning or accidents connected with technological devices and machinery.
Uranus is considered to be the higher octave of Mercury, thus taking intelligence and communication to a higher level. It is therefore not a surprise that the planet governs artificial intelligence and discoveries in such fields. In personal charts, the planet can be an indicator of genius minds, yet also show mental disease and illnesses connected with the nervous system. There is always a rather thin order between unorthodox ways of thinking and madness; a lot of genius individuals may have frequently walked on both sides of this border.
Symbolically, we could say that the planet can act as a rebellion against the chains of one’s mind and reality. This may have quite liberating results; on the other hand it can be also a way of self-undoing as the previous patterns followed by any individual collapse under the Uranian transformation. Yet, its effect on the masses is a stable progress towards a more fair, balanced and altruistic society. Uranus respects the differences and accepts everyone the way he is, granting us the wisdom to break the stereotypes that our ancestors imposed to us through religions, tradition and politics.
Of course, as every planet, Uranus has also its dark sides. Some of them include totally chaotic behaviors that can destroy any type of accomplished harmony. In addition, he can go to such extremes that a person’s differences can become so eccentric that in the end not only blends with the other people but also harms them. Consider the dictators of the previous century as an example of under-developed Uranian forces. Their cult of personality is a typical misusage of Uranus’s powers, of course combined with other planetary aspects.
Due to his connection with the 11th house, the planet promotes friendship and grouping of individuals. He is the father of unification of individuals towards a conscious higher organism, the humankind. It rules blending on a collective level, democratic auto-organization and dissolution of any hierarchical social structures. Hippies and liberal communes are his creations. Uranus also opposes structured religions, favoring a personal vision on spiritual matters. It rules Astrology and Magick, while also anything else that might still be unexplained and regarded as paranormal. Eventually, as we will progress deeper into the Age of Aquarius, a lot of such mysteries will be solved and considered normal.
As Uranus is a rather slow moving planet, it creates large but unexpected currents that can affect the masses. When you observe a rapid spread of a trend, be sure that the planet is somehow involved in it. Uranus can also be responsible for all types of radical personal changes. Can make someone a millionaire in a day, or destroy someone else’s longterm established empire.
As a planetary force, Uranus requires from us to open up our minds and progress. Whoever is more receptive to the planet’s energy will eventually pioneer in some field; provided that he can tame the Uranian bolts and handle them in such a way as to produce results. Those who tune in with its powers will be the mavericks that will drag us to the new era, prophets of new realities that yet have to come.
Every individual should research his natal Uranus placement in order to understand better its functions. Many times, Uranus is operating as a malefic because human beings tend to yearn for stability and are afraid of change. Thus, the house where it is natally located should be examined better, so that we see what leaps of faith we must make in order to face the new realities it can gift us.
Find which house is Uranus located in your natal chart, and read the respective article to uncover more about its functions.