Uranus – the Great Revolutionary Planet – Goes Retrograde


Aquarius, illumination from a book of hours, Italian, c. 1475; in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City (MS. G.14).
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Aquarius, illumination from a book of hours, Italian, c. 1475; in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City (MS. G.14).

Aquarius (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Whenever I experience that old impulsive feeling to suddenly change everything, I know Uranus is at it again working it’s magic in my life. It is when I feel more alive then I’ve felt before and more determined to express the creativity in my life that I’ve been putting off. Since I have a prominent Uranus influence in my chart, expressing my individuality is always important to me.

Uranus, the ruler of the sign Aquarius, known as the planet of surprises, goes retrograde and important projects or relationships we have started recently may be readjusted and reconsidered until Uranus goes direct again in November, when plans will most likely go forward toward their final destiny.

Uranus represents our deepest need to free ourselves from all the rules that society and our families require of us so that we can fulfill our soul level need to evolve and expand. If we have a yen to be artistic or musical or experience a time as a free spirit without responsibility, Uranus is at work. When a Uranus aspect is prominent in our life or making an important relationship to our planets, our greatest need is to take a stand and define ourself as an individual, no matter what the cost.

With Uranus going retrograde on the 27th in the sign of Pisces, it will prepare to make its way toward the important opposition to the planet of structure, stability, and time, Saturn. This may challenge us to take another look at the structures and patterns in our life. At times we may feel like our life is being torn apart, but its purpose is to force us to remove the deadwood from our lives and demand that we deepen our commitment to be a unique reflection of who we are and what we came into this life to accomplish. It is a perfect example of the famous quote by Socrates ” the unexamined life is not worth living.” Uranus shakes us out of our complacency and forces us to be true to our unique self.

We should be prepared for big shakeups in our life, depending on where the aspect effects us. Life as we’ve known it will probably change, possibly dramatically, and we need to recognize that it will free us up to evolve individually and globally.

Sudden impulses may carry us away, especially if we have unfinished business or relationships from the past that return to demand resolution or, if they represented a truth about ourself that we ignored, they may break us free of false values and the structures in our life that they support, like marrying the wrong person to please the family or getting into the wrong career for status rather than fulfillment.

The Russian Revolution took place when Uranus was in Aquarius, it’s strongest position. Sweden is a country ruled by Aquarius, and it is an excellent example of the visionary, progressive, humanitarian, and detached attitudes we associate with Uranus.

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