uranusUranus is the first planet discovered in recorded history. William Herschel made the revolutionary find on March 13, 1781, and named it George (for England’s king). Many called the planet “Herschel”, after its discoverer. But, by the mid 1800s, the name Uranus had come into common usage, as more consistent with the mythological names of the other planets.

The third largest planet in our solar system, Uranus is about four times the size of Earth. It is 30,000 miles in diameter, compared to Jupiter’s 85,000 miles. As with all gas planets, Uranus has very faint rings around it made up of large chunks of rocky material. Uranus has more than 20 moons. At 1.75 billion miles from the Sun, it takes Uranus 84 years to complete its orbit. The blue-green planet has a day 7 hours shorter than Earth’s.

The way in which this planet travels is unusual and even eccentric. Rather than rotating on an axis that is perpendicular to the plane of its orbit, Uranus spins on its side with its south pole facing the sun. It also rotates from east to west, the opposite direction of Earth and most other planets. Uranus was one of the Greek’s earliest myths. Besides being Supreme Ruler, he was also son and mate of Gaia, the Earth mother goddess of creation.

You will discover some of the disruptive changes Uranus loves to spring on us and receive suggestions on how to work with rather than against yourself as you evolve and grow. During your second Saturn return, people under the influence of Uranus in Aries are going to be manifesting the opposite approach. Violence as an answer: Uranus in Aries.

Saturn-Uranus connections signify sudden change, shocks and the upsetting of the status quo and this was indeed what we were seeing all around us, as the world tumbled into economic crisis. When Uranus moves into Aries in late May 2010, the Saturn-Uranus oppositions and the Saturn-Pluto squares will begin to come together to form the much anticipated Cardinal T-Square, an event which has many of us puzzled and worried.

Unpredictable Uranus is ending his sojourn in Pisces and will soon enter irascible Aries. Uranus enters Aries on 29th May for a very brief period until 14th August moving back into Pisces for the rest of the year. Uranus the planet of sudden change, upheaval, inventiveness and rebellious spirit, will take on a whole new persona in Aries ? the sign of new ideas, beginnings, action. The Saturn-Uranus opposition is an important kick-off aspect, though it begins in Virgo-Pisces (mutable signs). From the next corner arrives Uranus- awakener, high voltage, innovation, futuristic (will be in the sign of Aries).

Aries will have to wait until 2011 to experience the full force of Uranus in Aries, but those born on the first or second day of Aries will already feel sudden upheavals or changes which will be the start of something completely new during this period. They will be charged with bold enthusiasm with Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, and will have the courage to act on what is feared and resisted by others. In astrology, the combination of the planets Jupiter and Uranus usually brings some relief from difficult circumstances.

As the first known planet beyond Saturn, the discovery caused world-wide interest and concern that coincided with the political revolutions of America and France and the industrial revolution in England. These disruptions of intellectual and political circles gave astrologers reason to believe that Uranus represented rebelliousness, disruptive influences, breaking away from traditional patterns or rules, as well as concern for humanity and brotherhood, progress and inventiveness.

Hence, it was decided that Uranus should co-rule the zodiac sign of Aquarius along with Saturn. Classified as an outer planet (outside of Saturn’s orbit) and remaining in each Zodiac sign for seven years, it was thus considered to have more of a generational effect than a personal effect. Assigning rulership of an astrological sign exclusively to a slow-moving outer planet did not resonate with 20th century astrologers.

It appeared more reasonable to continue using the traditional seven planet rulerships of the zodiac signs; and to allow any newly discovered planets to add additional meaning to particular signs as co-rulers.

Hence, Uranus is the co-ruler of Aquarius, with Saturn as the sign’s main indicator. In the Saturn world of the material and the structured, Uranus represents the rejection of rules that no longer serve us and the installation of new viewpoints that see through the illusion of Saturn’s limits. Uranus brings the sudden force that tears down unneeded walls so that something newer and better can be built from its foundations.

Uranus is associated with humanity, ideals, eccentricity, philanthropy, originality, creative inspiration and genius, but also with chaos, accidents, disasters, antisocial behavior and radical individualism. It is a planet of personal and global transformation, but the way it brings this about is through sudden, swift, unexpected change. Uranus is like lightning—it seemingly comes from nowhere and illuminates with a brilliant flash. It is said to rule astrology, science, electricity and technology, and is symbolized by inventors, scientists, humanitarians and revolutionaries.

Although the various planets are connected with a wide range of activities and objects, they also, when found in a natal chart, represent different parts of the psyche. Uranus represents the creative, innovative, freedom-seeking part of the self and its placement by sign and house shows much about how and where a person can best express his creative genius and originality, as well as where to anticipate sudden, dramatic change.

If the natal chart shows that Uranus was retrograde at birth (Uranus retrogrades five months a year), then the urge for freedom may be directed internally, leading to progressive ideas and advanced thinking. A retrograde Uranus afflicted by house placement or hard aspect, however, may indicate a native that is merely erratic or eccentric. In either case, interest in the occult may occur as well. A natal Uranus that is stationary points to a native that is very concerned with humanitarian issues, who may become an instrument of change.

Uranus brings with it a new way of looking at things, and its approach is best met with an expanded consciousness. Originality, inventions, computers, cutting-edge technologies and future events are all ruled by this Planet.

Uranus sees no need for the status quo, preferring instead to break with tradition and create a new mold. While the building blocks (science, electricity) are safe here, this Planet would rather focus its gaze on a new world order. To that end, rebellion, revolution, dictators, an autonomous state and free will all fall under the aegis of this Planet.

No one will ever characterize Uranus as subtle. In keeping with its sudden, sometimes violent and often unexpected manner, Uranus rules earthquakes and other natural disasters. This is the Planet of erratic and bizarre behavior and byzantine schemes. Freedom, creativity and a bohemian, utopian society is more in keeping with Uranus’s humanitarian ideals.

This is an androgynous energy that rules the Eleventh House, and is considered to be the higher octave of Mercury and the first of the transcendental Planets.

Physically, Uranus is connected to the body’s nervous system because of its association with electricity and electrical impulses. Those natives with a prominent Uranus in their chart, particularly if the planet is connected to the first house, can be high strung, oversensitive, and prone to nervous tension and exhaustion. Uranus type illnesses come on suddenly and disappear just as mysteriously.

Uranus Astrology covers a planet extremely cold, dry, and melancholy. Natives with a strong Uranian influence are of small stature, dark or pale complexion, rather light hair, highly nervous temperament, and sedate aspect but have some striking physical feature, light gray eyes, and a delicate constitution.

If the planet is well dignified (i.e., there is a high degree of harmony between the planet and the sign it is in), the native is a searcher of science, particularly chemistry, and remarkably attached to the wonderful. The person possesses an extraordinary magnanimity and loftiness of mind, with an uncontrollable and intense desire for pursuits and discoveries of an uncommon nature.

If the planet is ill dignified, the native is weak, sickly, and destined to have a short life; is treacherous, given to gross imposture, unfortunate in undertakings, capricious in tastes, and eccentric in his conduct. The effects of Uranus are of a totally unexpected, strange, and unaccountable character.

The position that Uranus occupies by house determines the area in life in which you can expect the unexpected.

Uranus in the first house:
You have an unusual demeanor, and you strike people as a true original. No matter how hard you try to look conventional, your attempts to pass for ordinary are doomed. From time to time, out-of-left-field events turn your world upside down.

Uranus in the second house:
Money and possessions come and go, arriving and departing with equal speed. You may strike oil, or you may go bankrupt. Your values can undergo a sudden turnaround.

Uranus in the third house:
You have an innovative mind and a clever way of expressing yourself. You could be a brilliant thinker or writer — or you could be a nut. You have unusual siblings, but your relationships with them have their ups and downs. Upsets can occur while traveling.

Uranus in the fourth house:
You come from or create an unconventional family. An erratic relationship with one of your parents (your mother, most likely) has a strong impact on you. You find it hard to settle down, and when you do, you set up housekeeping in a thoroughly individual way. Professional changes affect your domestic life.

Uranus in the fifth house:
You have a wild creative streak and an unpredictable love life. You’re prone to love at first sight, preferably with rebellious types. But sudden breakups are also part of the picture. Your children may be remarkable people, though you may feel that they hamper your freedom.

Uranus in the sixth house:
You don’t mind working, but you oppose the concept of nine-to-five. You manage to find unusual, even peculiar jobs. And even in your daily life, you do things in a unique way. Your nerves affect your health, and you benefit from unorthodox healing techniques.

Uranus in the seventh house:
You may marry an unconventional person, or you may create a free-wheeling relationship that acknowledges, in its radical format, your need for independence. You’re liable to marry with lightning speed, but be careful — you could divorce the same way.

Uranus in the eighth house:
Your sex life has a remarkable, even outrageous, aspect to it, and the same is true for your finances (and those of your spouse). You benefit from unusual investment. You’re also drawn to metaphysical subjects, including the idea of reincarnation. And though I hesitate to mention this, you may as well know: When it coexists with a rare pileup of especially tough aspects, this placement can indicate the possibility of sudden, accidental death — not necessarily your own. Should you worry? No. Keep in mind that literally one out of every twelve people has this placement.

Uranus in the ninth house:
Unusual experiences come to you through travel, education, and the law. You’re interested in religion but not in a conventional way, and your philosophy of life is your own invention.

Uranus in the tenth house:
You insist on maintaining your independence, especially regarding your career. (Fulfilling areas include — but are not limited to — social activism, computer technology, astrology, and science.) You have an original viewpoint, and professional opportunities arrive out of nowhere. Too rebellious to work in a strongly hierarchical organization, you’re a natural entrepreneur or freelancer.

Uranus in the eleventh house:
You’re a tolerant person with unusual aspirations and many highly intelligent, erratic friends who motivate you to achieve. People enter your life on a moment’s notice, especially when you’re involved with a cause, but you can lose contact with them just as quickly. Your many diverse friends reflect your widely scattered interests.

Uranus in the twelfth house:
You’re a freedom-lover who requires independence and rebels against constraints. Unusual forms of spirituality attract you. You express your deepest individuality in solitude. Flashes of intuition and insight come from your core. Learn to pay attention to them.

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