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Rob Tillett presents a short description of the astrological meaning of Uranus, the freedom-loving sky god, harbinger of catastrophe, unexpected disruption, radical, unorthodox ideas and awakener of genius...
Uranus, the planet of sudden and unexpected changes, rules freedom and originality. In society it rules radical ideas and people, as well as revolutionary events that upset established structures. Uranus among all planets most governs genius.
Mid-Life Crisis... or Uranus Opposition!
When Uranus by transit reaches the opposite point in your chart to his natal position, astrologers call this the Uranus Opposition. The aspect, occurring at around 40 years of age, might best be described as a sign of the mid-life crisis. Under this influence, most people experience some sort of trepidation regarding the future, as well as unsettling reflections on the past. It is a time when generations clash: your generation clashes with the fashions, ideas and ways of the rising generation.
Because Uranus is almost completely invisible to the naked eye, it was not included in the ancient schema of astrology. In fact, despite having been observed by telescope since 1690, it was not officially "discovered" until March 13, 1781, by English astronomer, Sir William Herschel. He named it Georgium Sidus (George's Star) after his patron King George III, but his discovery was later renamed Herschel, by astronomer Jérôme Lalande.
Visibility and Rulership
Despite this scientific furore, Uranus is actually visible even to the naked eye under certain conditions. There is evidence that ancient astronomers had observed (and named) Uranus, though they chose not to incorporate it in the astrological schema, perhaps partly due to its dimness and slow movement. Consequently, Uranus has no traditional rulership or exaltation, though many modern astrologers claim that Uranus has replaced Saturn as the ruler of Aquarius. Modern astrologers generally agree that Uranus is well-placed in Aquarius and may be said to be the co-ruler of that sign, though Saturn definitely remains the traditional ruler.
Uranus enters Aries on March 12, 2011 and turns retrograde on July 10, 2011, so why not check out Uranus in Aries – When Giants Wrestle, the Earth Trembles.
Rules: Aquarius with Saturn
Exalted: (? no traditional exaltation)
Detriment: (? no traditional detriment)
Fall: (? no traditional fall)
Planetary node:13°51' Gemini
Because Uranus, being almost invisible to the naked eye, was first "discovered" in 1781, there is no traditional rulership or exaltation. Modern astrologers generally agree that Uranus is well-placed in Aquarius and may be said to be the co-ruler of that sign, though Saturn is definitely the traditional ruler.