Uranus sits precisely on the border between the visible and invisible.

If your eyesight is excellent, conditions are perfect, and you know exactly where to look, Uranus is visible to the naked eye. He’s the same brightness as the dimmest of the visible stars.

However, since his 84-year orbit so slow, Uranus’ movement is nearly impossible to detect without the aid of a telescope. (Barring psychic journeying or ancient astronaut theories, of course).

English astronomer William Herschel spotted Uranus in 1781. Herschel originally wanted to name it George, after the reigning king. It took a few years to find an internationally acceptable compromise: the new planet was named for Saturn’s father, the sky god Uranus.

After that, nearly 100 years passed before astrological symbolism for Uranus regularly appeared in astrological publications. And then for another century astrologers debated whether its meaning should be taken from its discovery chart, or from how it could fit into the Zodiacal pattern, or from event charts when Uranus is in a key location.

The Meaning of Uranus in Astrology

Modern astrologers associate Uranus with liberation of all forms – from extreme detachment to individuation. He’s the impulse to shed our skin so we become more.

Along the same lines, Uranus incites revolution. Where he is, we seek to awaken, to overthrow, to shock or to rebel.

At his best, Uranus brings genius, innovation, iconoclasm… even eccentricity.

At his worst and least skilled, Uranian energies become extremist, reactive, erratic, chaotic, wantonly destructive and traumatizing.

Uranus in a Horoscope Chart

Uranus’ motto might be “don’t fence me in.” In an astrological chart, a prominent Uranus brings up themes such as:

  • Breaking the rules, challenging authority
  • Freedom, individuality, originality, independence
  • The unexpected, spontaneous, unusual, shocking
  • Invention, innovative, inspired, genius, flashes of illumination
  • Disruption, rebellious, unstable, impulsive, deviance

Uranus, of course, refuses to be defined by stereotypes. So consider what other keywords might fit the Uranian vibe. And then prepare to have him defy those too.

The Astrology Glyph for Uranus

The glyph for Uranus is a circle with a line extending upward, crossed by the letter “H” for Herschel, the astronomer who discovered the planet.

(It coincidentally also looks like the starship Enterprise, when viewed from above.)


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1 Comment

  1. Katrina on February 10, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Adolescent rebel revolts to free
    a fundamental force of nature, pure,
    against the nurture of hierarchy’s sure
    authority, to let his instinct be:
    spontaneous originality.
    Unstable starship Enterprise allure
    will not the trued and tested ways endure.
    Revolting independent alchemy
    can set the stage for states that he invents.
    No stereo to typify the sound
    that his antennae take to higher ground
    above the Earth, the symbol’s birth resents
    King George, to forge a unity of states
    supported by the fortunes of the fates.

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