Uranus has an 84-year orbit and spends roughly 7 years in each sign. After its discovery in 1781 by an amateur astronomer named William Herschel and, in more modern times, it was given joint ruler-ship of the sign of Aquarius together with traditional ruler Saturn.
Astrologer Bil Tierney* has the following to say:
“Uranus with its equatorial plane at right angles to its orbital plane is an odd-ball in our solar system and appears to roll on its side as it moves around the Sun.”
In the myth Ouranus was married to Gaia (the Earth), he fathered many children with her but found all of them so ugly, horrific even, that he banished them to an underground and faraway place called Tartarus. Of course Gaia wasn’t happy about this and she coveted anger and planned revenge. Some of her children did manage to return and Saturn, her favourite son, was one of these. Gaia gathered flint and made a sickle and convinced Saturn to help her kill her husband (his father). Saturn slayed Ouranus by using the sickle to castrate him. He threw the severed genitals into the sea and from the blood that dripped onto the Earth the Goddesses of Revenge were born (the Erinyes) whilst from the foaming sea and Ouranus’s discarded testicles the Goddess Aphrodite was born.
Saturn and Uranus are intricately involved with each other and a conjunction occurs approximately every 45 years, the last conjunction was in Sagittarius in 1988 and the next one will be in Gemini in 2032. Uranus paves the (new) way and Saturn clears up the debris and validates the (new) order afterwards.
After approximately seven years in the Cardinal Fire sign of Aries, Uranus will move temporarily into the Fixed Earth sign of Taurus on May 16th remaining there until the 7th of November this year to then retrograde once more into Aries and move permanently into Taurus on the 6th of March 2019.
And…also noteworthy: Mars will move into Aquarius on the 16th of May too meaning that there will be an on-going square between the two planets with the 14-15th May marking the Cardinal square at 29° and 16-19th May marking the Fixed square at 0°….tread carefully!
Some keywords that might be associated with Taurus are: stubborn, practical, enduring, patient, placid and steadfast. Taurus is associated with the 2nd house in traditional astrology and so closely connected with our assets, values and self-esteem. Taurus also regards tactile sensations, bodily needs, food and farming among other things.
Uranus on the other hand can be described as inventive, innovative, eccentric, unpredictable, reactive, mental and restless. It rules inventors, technicians, research, rebellion, freedom and democracy (for some it also rules astrologers having overridden its younger brother Mercury in this).
Now I imagine you can see why Uranus may not be at all comfy in Taurus.
The last time Uranus was in this earthy sign was 1934-35 to 1941-2 covering the latter part of the great depression and the first half of WWII. During this 7-year stay in Taurus, Pluto was to be found in late Cancer-early Leo and made no Ptolomeic aspects to Uranus, Neptune was in Virgo similarly making no aspects and Saturn was conjunct Uranus in the late degrees of the sign during April 1942.
This upcoming stay in Taurus will have Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces along the same house axes (10-4 for Pluto and 12-6 for Neptune) but from the opposite polarity as the previous Taurus transit, similarly making no aspects to Uranus. However, Saturn will square Uranus from Aquarius during December 2021 to January 2022 at 10-11° and again in September-October 2022 at 18° when both planets are retrograde, this will be the final Saturn-Uranus square before the 2032 conjunction in Gemini.
So, what might we expect by taking Uranus at face-value in Taurus?
On a mundane level, the disruption and innovation of monetary values as we now know them – Bitcoin or virtual money with less cash around and thus less freedom to spend our money without being controlled electronically. A completely new way of managing farming and food production may come to be – using technology to improve our nutrition, finding new ways to feed ourselves and abandoning intensive and expensive farming practices that provide meat and fish as we turn to new sources of protein that cost less to rear – insects for example. Volcanic and seismic activity may be intensified as the earth shakes and makes us more aware of our precarious state of being. Our physical body is also our most precious possession so here too we may find new ways to dress, adorn and generally take care of ourselves that free us of the stereotypes we now follow. Who knows…what is important I believe is that we open up to the new.
On a personal level we must look to the house where Uranus is currently transiting and to the house it resides in our natal chart…this is where the collective changes will filter down into the personal.
“Life continuously shoots arrows at you; to survive, be flexible and be on the move because rigid and fixed targets are the easiest targets!” Mehmet Murat ildan
What are you expecting from Uranus in Taurus…please share your thoughts!
*McEvers Joan (1989) “Planets: the astrological tool” Uranus by Bil Tierney, pp: 270-293, Llewellyn Publications, St Paul MN USA
Image:“Der Rote Junge mit dem Hund” Gerd Sonntag 1987