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Uranus in Astrology: Zodiac Sign, House and Meaning

Uranus in Astrology

Uranus represents the desire for freedom, personal awakening, breakthroughs, self-expression, and the process of individuation. It guides our need for experimentation, eccentricity, and originality, and it urges us to find greater authenticity by exploring and expanding beyond our own preconceived ideas about who we are.

In a birth chart or daily horoscope, the planet Uranus represents where we carry the need to break from convention and establish our own path or way of relating to that area of life. It can also symbolize where we may experience sudden changes, upheavals, or unexpected events.

Key Concepts

  • Uranus does not rule a zodiac sign, but it shares affinities with the sign of Aquarius, as both see value in what exists at the margins.

  • Uranus is related to the Major Arcana tarot card The Fool, which symbolizes freedom and the desire to discover one’s true self through experimentation and taking risks.

Astronomical Features

  • Uranus spends 6–7 years in each zodiac sign.

  • Uranus cycles through the entire zodiac once every 84 years.

  • Uranus retrogrades once every year, with each lasting around 5 months.

Uranus Symbolism and Meaning

Uranus, an outer planet and the first modern planet to be observed with a telescope, was discovered in 1781 by William Herschel, who accidentally spotted it using a telescope of his own design. Its discovery shattered the notion that there were only seven planets in our solar system and opened the way for other planetary discoveries.

The qualities of its discovery are resonant with its meaning: a sudden breakthrough from the heavens using an experimental technology, the unexpected and unprecedented nature of the event, and the radical overthrow of the past limits and structure.

Uranus in Balance

Uranus in balance can show up as an original mind, the willingness to experiment and take risks, and an unconventional approach to life. It can guide one to act with a concern for the greater good and to fight for one’s ideals.

It can manifest as the desire to uncover one’s authentic essence and a willingness to pursue one’s deepest desires regardless of societal or social pressures to conform, adhere to tradition, or follow a known path.

Uranus out of Balance

Uranus out of balance can show up as a tendency to take misguided or poorly calculated risks, unpredictable or erratic behavior, and a sense of restlessness or rebelliousness that compels one to break what isn’t broken.

Uranian influence can also manifest as an excessive need for freedom or independence, which leads to a lack of interpersonal empathy and compatibility, an inability to work with others or find a compromise, and the tendency to be contrarian, argumentative, or obstinate.

Psychological Aspects of Uranus

In a natal chart, Uranus rules over the psychological experience of breakthrough, revelation, and the force which compels us to grow, change, and individuate. It symbolizes the urge to break away from familial or societal structures and the status quo, psychological burdens, or limitations that constrict and bind one’s growth. It is the principle of birth, emergence, and new beginnings.

Uranus in Mythology

Uranus was named for Ouranos, the god of the heavens in ancient Greek mythology, but its significations are thought to be more resonant with the myth of Prometheus — the titan who stole fire from the heavens to liberate humanity from the tyrannical power of the gods.