Uranus ends its yearly, five-month retrograde period at 10°49’ Taurus (antiscion 19°11’ Leo) on the 18th January and finds itself immediately in a sesquiquadrate aspect with Mars (25°49’ Sag- 10°49’ Taurus) a friction that needs to be acted upon with enthusiastic Mars tending towards a Sagittarian over-achievement and Uranus wanting to enjoy life within the limits imposed by Taurus.
Just three hours later the Lunar nodes also enter the Taurus-Scorpio axis (more about that in another post).
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 and virtual money have rocketed, we are being invited and coaxed to use electronic payments in lieu of cash and thus getting involved in yet another way of having our spending habits controlled. 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 have already 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.
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 as the above-mentioned transits (10-4 for Pluto and 12-6 for Neptune) but from the opposite polarity as the previous Taurus transit.
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 rulership 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.
The Sabian symbol for 11° Taurus: “A woman watering flowers in her garden.” Indicating development of the powers of the mind on which ego-consciousness is based.
And for the antiscion at 20° Leo: “Zuni Indians perform a ritual to the Sun.” Indicating a return to the glorification of natural energies.
“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
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 77, 143, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, 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