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Uranus holds a very special place in the solar system as far as we earthlings are concerned. It was the first planet to be discovered after ancient times, and thus marks a symbolic breakthrough into new territory both for our solar system and our collective psyche. In 1781 British astronomer William Herschel was conducting an astronomical survey, and it was actually by accident that he discovered Uranus was a planet (it had been observed by other astronomers, but he was the first to realize it was a planet). The discovery of a more distant planetary body than Saturn, which in past centuries signified the “ring pass not” of the furthest planet, represents an important transition and symbology for human consciousness. Uranus was named after the Greek God of the sky, also sometimes known as Father Sky, in another nod to his symbolic kindred nature with Gaia, or Mother Earth. Uranus spends about seven years in each sign, and has come to be recognized by modern astrologers as the trickster archetype, representing revolutionary periods of necessary breakdowns and breakthroughs. Some astrological themes that are related to Uranus are: unexpected or sudden events, ingenious innovation, technology, freedom, and liberation from previously known limitations.
Another way of looking at Uranus’ symbolism is as a process of awakening and revelation. This is the idea that there’s always a latent potential waiting in the wings to enter into consciousness, only requiring that mysterious recipe of timing, attention, and synchronicity allowing opportunity to slip into the side door of our awareness. I often liken this to what happens when trying to solve a tough problem or puzzle. You work away at it, trying this and attempting that, turning it over and over in your mind. You eventually realize that it’s just not working, and you are tired, so you take a break. You lay down for a nap, or make a sandwich, zone out for a while, when BAM! As you were least expecting it, the solution comes zooming out of the ethers and into your awareness by a process of deep intuition. That’s a Uranian moment.
As Uranus enters Taurus, a sign of stability, comfort and finances, there could be considerable shaking up. This unpredictable archetype will begin to touch the physical, tangible resources of our planet. We could see wild innovations in the food industry and in the distribution of resources, waste management, or our economic systems. Cryptocurrency has been a hot topic lately and perfectly represents Uranus in Taurus. Another quite visible sign of the times might be innovations in the fashion industry. For another extrapolation on this symbolism, it may well be that the impetus for innovation and breakthrough will stem from the very breakdown of the fabric of society that precedes this moment in time; great difficulties inspire high levels of problems solving. In this second decade of the 21st century, the current rate at which humans are creating and consuming is astounding, while the bi-products of waste and toxins is mind boggling, and steadily worsening. Perhaps the movement of Uranus through Taurus will lend its symbolic genius to help us as humans to consume and create more responsibly and to employ more sustainable long-term solutions.
Uranus’ ingress into Taurus could also signal a shift in how we approach more intangible values in the collective culture. Aries is all about “who am I?,” and shifting to Taurus becomes about “What do I value, and how am I contributing?” Perhaps these next seven years can be about how we each value ourselves as humans, and proceed toward getting more clear and aligned about how where we place our energy and attention. Maybe we’ll start to get tired of our lives getting sucked away through endless social media scrolling or chasing empty satisfaction, as we are stopped in our tracks to consider what it is we TRULY value. Perhaps we will begin to recognize that in many ways we don’t own our technology but it is our technology that owns us, and begin to re-evaluate how we spend time on our phones and devices. As big data becomes more and more valuable to those who wish to sell us things, perhaps we’ll begin to see just how much we’ve given and at what cost to our privacy.
Uranus has been likened to electricity or lightning. When seen in this analogy, we can surmise that it possesses a very powerful energetic current, one that wants to complete a circuit and generate cosmic connection. What else does lightning want? It wants to find the most efficient path to ground. In this way, symbolically, Uranus represents the innovations, epiphanies and potentials that through the lens of human consciousness find their manifestation in form. When ruminating on the Uranus archetype, the phenomenon of “simultaneous invention” also comes to mind, where new inventions or discoveries are made independently and yet more or less simultaneously. One famous example of this was when Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray filed for patents for the culture-changing telephone on the very same day in 1876, a day when the Moon was conjunct Uranus and in aspect with the Sun. This example also shows how, with Uranus, individual human consciousness intuitively interfaces with the collective ethers to bring forth new ideas into the world.
Uranus’s orbital period is 84 years, so that he spends about 7-8 years in each sign. On May 15th, 2018, he will transition from the Cardinal Fire sign of Aries (where he’s been since 2011) into the Fixed Earth sign of Taurus. He will however just dip his toes in for six months before retrograding back into Aries on November 7th. From there after finding direct motion again, he will return to Taurus on March 6, 2019, where he will then stay through to April of 2026. The Taurean archetype speaks of the gift of endurance and labor, symbolized by the Bull that helped human agriculture to flourish and prosper. Its mode is fixed, so that it is not quick to change, and it’s element is Earth. Taurus is also about land, and the material form and physical reality in which we find ourselves, as well as values and a sense of security, and all of these themes will witness a shake-up over these next eight years.
We are all being asked to realign our values to that which is more sustainable and of service to the earth, and each other. In your personal astrology, it may be a good idea to look at your chart (or have an astrologer look for you) and take note of what house Uranus currently is in, and the planets or points you have there. This area of your life, as the great trickster planet touches it, may be a source of big surprises or jump-start you into a needed overhaul of some kind. This could be either tragic or tremendous – no telling – or perhaps even hardly noticeable until you look back years from now and see how much has changed… but one thing is clear: it will be fascinating and exciting to watch and experience! Make way for the rowdy revolutionary. Enter Uranus into Taurus!
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The astrology of Haumea seems to be related to love of the natural world and to the fecundity of natural process. This archetype thus signals profound connection to Nature, connection to Source, and a form of natural charisma.
The astrology of Makemake is related to love of the natural world and to the activism associated with defending the environment. This archetype thus signals a profound connection to nature that is quite similar to the archetype of Haumea, his fellow traveler in the Kuiper Belt, with the same astronomical designation and also named from the pantheon of indigenous gods and goddesses.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.