Uranus ends his yearly, five-month retrograde period at 2°39’ Taurus (antiscion 27°21’ Leo) on the 10th January, only a few hours after the Lunar Eclipse.
So, what might we expect by taking Uranus at face-value in Taurus now that it is about to move direct once more?
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 and not yet tried out.
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.
The retrograde period could have provided some kind of respite and put you more in contact with your soul purpose and your needs for personal freedom and expression…a time of processing that allowed you to regroup and assimilate changes that might have appeared suddenly and that were sometimes unwanted or seemingly unnecessary and often painful. There may have been a gleaning of new insights that might have helped you reform certain attitudes and patterns of which you were previously unaware so that you can correct them without too much upset or confusion.
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 understand 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 Ptolomaic 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 stay of Uranus 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 at 28° Gemini.
Some random info about Uranus:
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 it was given joint ruler-ship of the sign of Aquarius together with its traditional zodiacal 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 the 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 to her 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.
Uranus represents revolution and change as well as the need to be free and independent, above all from responsibility. He governs science and technology as well as astrology. The planet also lends an “aloof” feeling or impression to any planets it aspects.
As with all Uranus transits we might want to ask ourselves one of the following questions:
How can I prepare for unexpected and sudden events related to this house (and planet if Uranus is in aspect to any personal planet or angle)?
How do I cope with the unexpected?
How do I live with instability in this area of my life?
How may I use the energy of Uranus to my best advantage whilst functioning and living according to my deepest values, aims and ideals?
The Sabian symbol for 3° Taurus: “Natural steps lead to a lawn of clover in bloom.” Indicating the gradual expansion of the individual consciousness after a fecundating experience.
And for the antiscion at 28° Leo: “Many little birds on the limb of a big tree.” Indicating a wide, and perhaps confusing, openness to a multiplicity of inspiring potentialities.
“If you can’t be flexible in life, you become irritable with life.” Anonymous
*McEvers Joan (1989) “Planets: the astrological tool” Uranus by Bil Tierney, pp: 270-293, Llewellyn Publications, St Paul MN USA
Marks T. (2008), “The Astrology of Self Discovery”, Chapter 5, The Next Step in our Beginning, Transits, pp.151, IBIS PRESS, Lake Worth FL, USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 72, 148, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Tierney B. (1983) “Dynamics of Aspect Analysis”, Chapter 10, Retrograde Planets, pp 230-237, CRCA Publications, Sebastopol, CA, USA
Tompkins S. (2006), The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook”, Chapter 4, The Planets and Other Essential Bodies, Uranus pp 180-184, Flare Publications, London UK