All About Uranus
Uranus is an outer planet that was discovered in 1781. It was the first planet to be discovered by telescope, although originally it was thought to be a comet or a star. Learning about the Uranus’ planetary properties is especially helpful when trying to understand what it means for us here on Earth.
For example, did you know that Saturn isn’t the only planet with rings? Uranus also has rings, 13 of them to be exact. This ties the planet, like Saturn, to ideas around boundaries. Uranus also, like Venus, rotates from East to West…but is unique in that it rotates on its side!
The element “Uranium” was named after Uranus just eight years (the length of one Venus cycle) after its discovery. Uranium is a heavy metal substance that’s capable of both abundant and concentrated energy. This isn’t unlike Uranus itself, as it’s extremely hardworking and diligent, but as it's associated with fixed sign Aquarius, the energy is typically focused rather than scattered.
Uranus also has a grand total of 27 Moons…25 of which are named after Shakespeare characters! This is special, because most other planetary Moons are named after ancient mythologies. Not to mention Shakespeare having an inarguable influence over the collective consciousness (the domain of Uranus) for more than 400 years.
Knowing all of these interesting associations, Uranus has come to be known as a planet full of unique surprises. Wherever we find it residing in our birth chart is a place where we think outside the box, and don’t want to subscribe to traditional norms. When we experience a Uranus transit personally (looking at you Uranus opposition AKA midlife crisis at approximately 40 years old) and/or collectively, things tend to go sideways.
Uranus Retrograde in Taurus
Sometimes it’s necessary to reinvent the wheel, and nothing displays that as clearly as Uranus in Taurus. Uranus entered Taurus in May of 2018 and will remain in the sign until April of 2026. Because it’s been in Taurus’ earthly realm for the past five years, we’re now more than halfway through its transit so you would think we might know what to expect…but with Uranus, that never seems to be the case!
Though, we can observe the shake ups we’ve seen in both financial and food sectors (both Taurean domains) in recent years. From crypto currency to plant based meats, Uranus in Taurus is electrifying what was once solid and predictable ground.
Uranus is retrograde for about half the year, every year, so rather than the jarring confusion we can feel with a Mercury retrograde, for example, Uranus’ retrograde journey is more about integrating collective awakenings. Questions like, “how can I be a better global citizen?” and “what does the future look like for my community?” are worth pondering with this energy.
Uranus stations retrograde this year on August 28th/29th, depending on your timezone, and won’t station direct again until January 27th, 2024. And again, while we shouldn’t ever assume to know exactly what’s coming with Uranus, we can make a few educated guesses…
It’s always helpful to notice the planet that rules the retrograde sign, and because we’re talking about Uranus in Taurus, that planet is Venus. That means that during the Uranus retrograde, all things Venusian are once again up for review. If this sounds familiar, that’s because Venus herself has been retrograde for what feels like forever…so we’re getting an extra dose of critical examination for our love lives through the end of 2023.
The Moon is in Aquarius in the Uranus retrograde chart, while Uranus itself is in the first house (ruled by a retrograde Venus in Leo). There are dueling interests here between the personal and the collective consciousness. We could be feeling frustrated by society and needing to take a critical look at how we, individually, are (or aren’t) contributing to the well-being of the whole. Don’t be surprised if inspiration strikes like lightning around the time of the station. The real task, however, will be containing it!
As a transpersonal planet, this retrograde will mostly be felt on a collective level. However, if you have planets or points between 17-25 degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) this period could be felt personally.
General Tips for Uranus Retrograde
- Uranus celebrates all things unique. Make a list of five things you love about yourself that stray from the norm.
- Uranus is known for CHANGE in all caps. While most of us don’t love it in the moment…think of something you’d like to change in your life and commit to taking the first steps before Uranus stations direct in January, 2024. And be patient with yourself, as the road won’t be linear.
- Uranus doesn’t mind a little space. Find a day before the end of the year to spend entirely alone and see how you feel. Fill the day with whatever makes you happy and don’t worry about what other people think of your 24-hour boundary.
Uranus Retrograde through the Rising Signs
These horoscopes were written based on your rising sign. The rising sign indicates which house Uranus is currently transiting in your birth chart.