Uranus is sometimes referred to as Herschel, after its discoverer.
The glyph for Uranus resembles a television aerial.
It has the
energy of fire, the emotional nature of water, and the intellect
of air, and is perhaps least allied to earth.
It bestows originality,
versatility, ability of many kinds, and good intellectual powers,
so that it combines something of Mars and Mercury, but in the
pursuit of a chosen end it will manifest the virtues of Saturn
as well, and display patience, organising powers, and hard common
sense. It is also in some respects like the Sun, for it tends
to seek out positions of power and responsibility, and abhors
limitations and restriction.
It appears to rule official appointments
and officialdom generally and those holding positions of authority
When rising it gives an unconventional but good-natured
type, outspoken, forthright and rough-and-ready.
it easily manifests eccentricity and produces a gifted but useless
crank, always at loggerheads with custom, irrespective of whether
this supported by common sense or not, so that it spends its
time and energies fighting needless battles with convention and
authority. It may also display moodiness, morbid, sensitiveness,
and a particularly explosive and at the same time unforgetting
temper, with bitter resentments of fancied slights and injuries,
in this respect recalling the worse side of Scorpio. It is therefore,
a critical influence; and while it may bestow unique powers,
it may also produce very undependable and even dangerous characters.
with Uranus prominent tend to have a peculiar nervous constitution.
Its weakness in a map shows lack or originality and independence.
It is claimed as peculiarly the astrological planet.
The action of Uranus is sudden, unexpected, and drastic.
is an antidote for many Saturn problems. Unfortunately however,
its action is drastic. Whereas Saturn creates a neat and orderly
but sometimes oppressive universe in which one feels one knows
what is happening, Uranus intrudes with an energy that is unexpected
and often disruptive. Uranus energies strive to break one out
of patterns that have become too rigid, even though one may wish
to stay within them. It seems that Uranus strives to keep the
universe flexible by preventing too much order. Uranus represents
the random element of mutation that is necessary for creative
Uranus position on the periphery of awareness symbolises
the way its energies tend to peep in and out of the world of normal
consciousness. Its energies operate suddenly with and with extreme
eccentricity. Whatever it may affect or symbolise takes the form
of something unusual, far different from the everyday world. Uranus
can therefore be more truly consciousness-expanding than Jupiter.
Whereas Jupiter represents expansion into worlds that are at least
similar to those with which one is already familiar, Uranus can
bring about encounters with totally alien worlds.
Uranus does not care about individual concerns; it is a force
of nature that operates outside human culture. Uranus has a ruthless
side: Uranian people often have no concern for individuals at
all, but only for a process of revolutionary change with which
they have identified.
It is best not to worry about or resent the ruthless side of Uranus.
It is simply the way nature works. Nature is not completely reliable
and predictable, and it does not always conform to our Saturnine
As with the other outer planets, Neptune and Pluto, the cycles
of Uranus have great bearing on the psychological, economic and
physical changes that occur on worldwide basis. Uranus, spending
seven years in a sign, is often considered to operate as a higher
octave of Mercury.
Uranus, like many inventions, cuts through both time and tradition.
That Uranus also creates resistance is not surprising for the
action of the planet is sudden, drastic, and tends to go too
far. Uranus does nothing by half and has no aptitude for co-operation
and no respect for tradition or human feeling. Like all the
outer planets, Uranus is non-personal in its action.
The Uranian principle
challenges anything and everything that is Saturnian; that which is conventional,
traditional and orthodox.
When Uranus touches a planet in a chart it urges
those planetary principles to express themselves in the most contrary and
deviant kind of way. The Uranian principle will always wish to go by a
different route. Since Uranus also symbolises rebellion, when
it touches a planet in the chart it often creates a situation
where the individual wants to rebel against expressing what that
planet normally represents. For example those who have Uranus
contacting the Moon may challenge the traditional role of mother.
Uranus with Venus or Mars may describe those who challenge the
traditional boy meets girl equals marriage scenario.
goes, so to goes inflexibility, extremism and lack of co-operation. Planets
touched by Uranus seek excitement, freedom and independence. Thus Uranus-Moon
may seek emotional independence and domestic freedom; Uranus-Venus may seek
social excitement and freedom in relationships.
The purpose behind the Uranian
impulse for drastic action is often concerned with awakening and
liberating. The planet is also concerned with ‘truth’ and
more especially with that quick, blinding intuitive flash of realisation
which is so liberating because it cuts through everything else.
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