Uranus in astrology is one of the outer planets, along with Neptune and Pluto, and these are the generational planets since they move slowly and entire generations can have them in the same signs. Uranus is the one who challenges the norm and shakes things up.
Uranus Astrology & Your Natal Chart
There are ten planets in a standard astrology chart (I personally also add Ceres, and there are others, but we start with the ten). Each planet links to a different part of your personality and life. Your natal chart is a snapshot of the locations of the planets, other bodies, and houses in the Zodiac at the moment you're born and from the location you're born at.
Uranus is the natural ruling planet of air sign Aquarius, the sign of friends and groups, and connects with the eleventh house, the house of dreams and change.
At-a-Glance Uranus Keywords:
Uranus in Astrology: Change
Uranus is, first and foremost, the planet of change in astrology. In your natal chart, this can show how you change, your approach to change, and where you change. You can crave changes throughout your life with the areas of life ruled by the house your natal Uranus falls in. Things just can't stay the same for very long before you get bored. Change is how you stay focused with these areas, and it's how you best grow and learn.
In transit, transit (moving) Uranus can bring changes to whatever it's touching in your natal chart. You can experience changes in the areas of life ruled by the house transit Uranus is currently touring, and you can experience changes that are helpful with beneficial aspects (sextiles and trines) to your natal planets, and have challenging changes with challenging aspects (squares and oppositions). When transit Uranus is conjunct something in your natal chart., whatever it rules can undergo a major, massive change.
Uranus in Astrology: Unconventional
Uranus is the planet of the unconventional, and this links it to ruling change. Uranus wants to focus on what's different, to step outside comfort zones and push boundaries. Uranus doesn't care about tradition or what's conventional or "normal". Normal is totally overrated to Uranus.
Uranus in Astrology: Independent
Uranus is one of the independent planets in astrology (along with Mars and Jupiter, I'd say). Uranus is independent because it wants to do things in its own way, and its own way if totally different from everyone else's.
Uranus in Astrology: Charity
Uranus rules charity in astrology, and this is helping others in a broad way. Neptune rules volunteer work and helping people one-on-one, while Uranus takes a wider view and opts for helping in ways that have a bigger impact on more people. Uranus is the humanitarian and the environmentalist.
Uranus in Astrology: Groups
Uranus also rules groups, which is funny because it also rules independence, but Uranus can see how things impact everyone broadly, which makes it a good temperature-taker for groups. Uranus can understand what is needed to work well with groups, and can feel it out.
This also means Uranus is ruler of friends, our social circle, and our acquaintances.
Uranus in Astrology: The Future
Uranus is the planetary ruler of the future, and is focused on not the next step, or the step after that, but 100 steps later. It peers into the future and beyond, and this is part of what helps Uranus be charitable and work well with groups. It has a sense of where the future is headed.
Uranus in Astrology: Science
Uranus is one of the science rulers in astrology along with Pluto. Pluto is into science because it loves research and investigation, solving problems and asking hard questions. Uranus is into science because it loves change and understands the future, and science provides a way to create big changes and launch us into the future.
Where Your Uranus Energy is Found
For everyone, look to the Zodiac sign and natal house your Uranus falls in. The energy of the Uranus sign is how you change, while the areas of life ruled by the house your Uranus falls in are where you need change. Also look to the natural planetary ruler of your Uranus sign (the natural planetary ruler of the Zodiac sign your Uranus falls in) as this can also connect to the Uranus energy.
Planets that are conjunct (aligned with) your natal Uranus can show areas of your life where you experience constant change, and have to embrace things being very different from the norm. Nothing traditional here!
Transit (moving) planets aspecting your natal Uranus can bring some temporary energy for Uranus matters. This can impact change with Uranus but can also impact the areas of life ruled by the house your Uranus falls in, as well as the areas of life ruled by the house your Uranus rules (so the house that falls in Aquarius).
The most challenging aspects to your natal Uranus can be hard transit Saturn (since Saturn is traditional and restrictive, this can bring challenges with change and being independent and unconventional) and hard transit Neptune (since Neptune is foggy, this can make it difficult to grasp change and to see what happening fully until it's too late and too much has been thrown off).
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A Strong Natal Uranus in Astrology
Some may have a more important natal Uranus. This can be the case for you if you have:
- a stellium (3+ planets) including your natal Uranus
- your natal Uranus conjunct an angle
- your North or South Node in your Uranus sign
- your 1st house ruler conjunct the natal Uranus
- your natal Uranus anaretic (at 29 degrees)
- natal Uranus as a singleton (only planet in an element, modality, or house type)
If your natal Uranus is in a stellium, this can bring an unconventional flavor to your stellium. Change is likely needed to make use of the stellium, and you can do things differently. There can be flashes of brilliance and sudden progress at times with the stellium, and you may not be able to do things in a traditional way.
If your natal Uranus is conjunct an angle, this can bring unconventional energy to whatever that angle rules. You may experience many changes in your life with those areas of life, and you likely need more independence. If your natal Uranus is conjunct your Ascendant or your 1st house ruler, you may come across like an Aquarius, and can be seen as quirky and eclectic. If your natal Uranus is in your natal North Node sign, you may sudden attain your potential and purpose, and find you make progress quickly or even instantly, and whatever your potential and purpose is, it's likely unusual in some way; and if your natal Uranus is in your South Node sign, you may feel super independent and unconventional and comfortable with this, however you may push everyone and everything away to maintain this, and this leads to loneliness and feeling like a freak, so that has to be worked on.
If your natal Uranus is anaretic or a singleton, this greatly amplifies your natal Uranus energy. You can either be a super individual, completely anti tradition, and refuse to be boxed in at your own peril as you constantly rebel even when you're not a teenager, or you avoid this completely and are terrified of being independent, of standing out, or of change. You need middle ground here, to be independent and embrace change and your quirks, while also recognizing there are times when the traditional and conventional are the best option.
Suggested Reading: Natal Uranus and Transit Uranus pages for general interpretations