TL;DRUranus is the ruling planet of innovation, nonconformity and big ideals, so, our Uranus star sign is incredibly important at revealing how these qualities present in ourselves. Learn all about Uranus' meaning in Astrology, how the planet impacts our behavior and what its significance is within our natal chart.
Uranus is the seventh and furthest planet from the Sun. Although the planet was discovered long after the ancient Greeks, Uranus earned its name from the Greek god of the sky (also great grandfather of Mars, grandfather of Zeus and father of Saturn). Interestingly, this makes Uranus the only planet not named after a Roman god. Uranus is the third largest planet in the solar system and has a similar composition to Neptune. Although it is a gas planet like Saturn and Jupiter, Uranus is referred to as an ‘ice giant’ on account of its freezing temperatures and harsh environment. In fact, it is the coldest planet in the solar system sitting at a chilly -370 degrees Fahrenheit, despite being one billion miles closer to the sun than its icy neighbor, Neptune.
Uranus Planet Meaning
Uranus is a disruptive force. When the energy from this planet is in full swing, be prepared for radical shifts in opinion within your circles and last minute changes of plans. Following a rigid routine will only lead to more chaos when Uranus is about, so we need to learn to go with the flow in these moments. This is why Uranus and Aquarius have such an unbreakable bond; they are both driven by innovation, humanitarianism and bettering society as whole. They truly are cosmic pioneers. However, Uranus has its icy side for sure - the planet is especially talented at calling out poor behavior when it comes to relationships and friendships. There is no time for nonsense or shying away from conversations that need to be had, Uranus knows that sometimes we have to do challenging things in order to thrive in the long run. So, all in all, Uranus provides us with the energy to make much needed, progressive change in our lives. The planet pulls us forward into an active state and helps us block out petty, unproductive background noise. We can achieve great things as a collective if we put Uranus’ energy into action.
Uranus Zodiac Signs
In Astrology, Uranus is the planetary ruler of Aquarius meaning that Aquarius is thought to possess many of the traits and characteristics exuded by the planet itself. So, with that in mind, Uranus is solely concerned with the future and going against the status quo. It is a highly progressive planet, celebrating individuality, ingenuity and breaking free from the norm. Its path is to enlighten and its energy inspires inventions, investigations and a problem-solving attitude. With the influence of this planet behind you, Uranus can spark the beginning of incredible projects. With the planet’s humanitarian streak, strong sense of intuition and whirring mind, Uranus rebels against tradition and seeks to make great changes in the world. As Uranus rotates in the opposite direction of most planets, we can see in part why the planet possesses such an eccentric, nonconformist energy.
What Does Uranus Mean in Astrology?
Like Aquarius, Uranus is the pioneer of the cosmos. However, with this great responsibility comes a moral burden; those ruled by Uranus may constantly feel the need to rebel or go against the grain, even when it is unnecessary. It is admirable to defend individuality and inspire others to live completely free as themselves, but not when it comes to the detriment of the individual themselves. In short, sometimes Uranus needs to stop, relax and not worry about searching for uniqueness in everything they do. With that in mind, Uranus-ruled folk are constantly seeking to help others, thus, they tend to bury their emotions which can manifest as physical problems; they are prone to facing a lot of tension in the body, especially around the head, neck and shoulders.
What Does Uranus Retrograde Mean?
Uranus goes retrograde fairly consistently at every seven months or so, in which it spends about 5 months at a time. As such, Uranus is in retrograde almost half of the time, meaning its retrograde influence is certainly noticeable, but creates far less immediate upheaval. Generally speaking, when a planet is in retrograde, its energy tends to be more unpredictable, erratic, and sometimes even more destructive than when it is moving direct. As Uranus is already a very unique and unpredictable planet, its retrograde period can incite heightened emotions, reactive behavior and chaotic changes of plan. Despite this, Uranus’ retrograde period can provide us with the warning we sometimes need; it calls us to take a step back and view the situation from a different angle, and teaches us how to deal with chaos when it arises in our lives. So, while Uranus retrograde is not a season to look forward to, we can come out the other side wiser than when we went in.
Uranus governs those born on the 4th, 13th, 22nd or 31st of any month, or whose life path number is four. As such, the qualities of Uranus are most noticeable in number four people. In numerology, four is the number of structure, routine and fairness. It represents practicality, capability and a realistic outlook in life. Patterns of four are also often witnessed in the laws of physics on earth and in the universe and are an especially significant figure in mathematics. Notice, there are four weeks in every month and four seasons in every year. There are also four corners to most man-made structures and the lifespan of an organism is typically divided into four main sections - birth, growth, depletion and death.
Uranus in the Natal Chart
You probably already know your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs, and possibly even your Mercury sign. However, we all have a sign for every planet in the solar system, and today Uranus is the center of our focus. When we talk about our ‘Uranus sign’, we are referring to the position of Uranus at the time of our birth. Like Neptune, Uranus is known as a generational sign since its energy impacts a whole cohort with an era far more than individual natal charts. Uranus spends roughly seven years in each sign of the zodiac circle and while it brings similar qualities to all those born during that period, its energy is felt far more profoundly on a societal level. As such, Uranus can influence major world events and really drive the energy of a given era.
Uranus Sign Meaning
Whatever zodiac sign Uranus had transited into at the time you were born is significant in painting a picture of how you deal with the aspects of life governed by the planet, namely, all areas concerning innovation, inspiration and individuality. From this, we can view these aspects through the lens of each sign to gauge how Uranus has played a role in the shaping of society over many centuries. For instance, like Neptune, Uranus is one of the furthest outlying planets in the solar system, meaning it orbits much slower and affects the bigger-picture themes in our lives than quicker orbiting planets like Mercury and Venus. For instance, the last time Uranus transited into a new sign was in 2019 and it will remain there until 2026. This is the first time it has returned to Taurus since 1941!
Uranus in Aries
As the very first sign in the zodiac, Aries is a pioneer and incredibly self-assured. Therefore, it makes sense that the rise of celebrity and influencer culture occurred during Uranus’s last transit through this sign - those born with Uranus in Aries are staunchly in favor of freedom, individuality and aren’t shy to express who they are to the world.
Uranus in Taurus
Uranus currently sits in Taurus, and concerns everything to do with money, comfort and luxury. As such, in this era we can expect society to be especially concerned with finances and assets. Taureans are also sensual beings, so with the individuality of Uranus adding to the mix, we can also expect lots of unique expressions of love in the years coming.
Uranus in Gemini
As Gemini rules everything revolving around communication, we can see disruptions to social norms when Uranus was last situated in this chatty air sign. In fact, the last time we saw this transit was between the years 1941 to 1949, meaning that this generation of children grew up to incite much of the radical social change that took place in the swinging 60s.
Uranus in Cancer
Uranus in Cancer is all about dealing with heightened emotions and processing challenging feelings. The last time we saw this placement was between 1948 and 1956 which saw a huge rise in conflict within the Middle East.
Uranus in Leo
The last time we saw Uranus in Leo was between 1956 and 1962, the era of rock and roll. It is unsurprising then that this transit concerned all to do with freedom of creativity, self-expression, individuality and hedonism. It was arguably one of the first times in the 20th Century that people began to break moral codes en masse. The electric energy of Uranus in Leo simply could not be contained.
Uranus in Virgo
Uranus sits very comfortably in Virgo as both bring practicality and innovation to the table. This means society can progress quite rapidly when these two cosmic entities join forces. We last saw this particular transit in the 60’s, an era of intense social change with the civil right movement making huge strides.
Uranus in Libra
As Libra rules over relationships and romance and Uranus wants to completely rewrite the rulebook, the era of love under this transit was particularly revolutionary. For instance, the last time Uranus was in Libra was between 1968 and 1975, an era that saw the Stonewall Uprising and many more events that laid the foundation for the LGBTQ+ movement over the following decades.
Uranus in Scorpio
Scorpio in itself is mysterious and somewhat underhanded. These traits combined with the unpredictability of Uranus can make for a challenging transit of inconsistency and poor communication. We last saw Uranus in Scorpio between 1974 and 1981, when American society began to lose trust in their political leaders.
Uranus in Sagittarius
Uranus in Sagittarius perfectly encapsulates the energy of the 80s, the decade when this transit was last witnessed. The 80s were a time of fun, adventure and color, and was often regarded as a time of hedonism and affluence for the West. While perhaps not entirely sustainable, this period of time certainly exuded the excitement and spontaneity of Uranus in Sagittarius.
Uranus in Capricorn
We last saw Uranus in Capricorn between 1988 and 1996, an era of hard work and forward thinking. The internet had really begun to take off in these years and people had found new ways to put their ideas into action. Capricorn's studious energy really spearheaded an era of technological innovation.
Uranus in Aquarius
The last time we saw Uranus situated in its partner sign, Aquarius, was between 1995 and 2003 - the Gen Z era. This generation is characterized by greater concern for humanitarian projects, social justice and environmental causes. They are far more progressive in their thinking than previous generations and possess a revolutionary streak. In short, those with this placement in their natal chart entered the world with a whole lot on their plate and they aren’t afraid to tackle it.
Uranus in Pisces
Uranus was last in Pisces between 2003 and 2011. During this time, mental health and wellness culture was beginning to plant its roots and started shifting ingrained norms surrounding the subject. The sensitive touch of Pisces combined with Uranus’ dynamic energy really made headway in changing the way we approach these topics today.
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