by Michael R. Meyer

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Uranus Skill Symbol people are innovators and revolutionaries at heart. They like to change and update everything they touch, perhaps irritating people who like things just the way they are. As Guiding Planet, Uranus bestows insight into the the human condition and how it can be improved, but it may also give one a deep sense of restlessness and discontention.

Some Uranus Oriental people include Beat writer Jack Kerouac, pop Icon Madonna, singer Nancy Sinatra and actress Winona Ryder.

Learn more about Uranus in the section on The Planets - Celestial Organs and Their Functions. Read about the very long cycles of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and how they correspond with cycles of culture in the online booklet, A Call to Transformation.

Uranus Guiding Planet

You are the sort of person who wants to revolutionize — or at least update and improve — whatever you touch. If you also possess insight and communication skills, you have the makings of a successful innovator. For you, it might not even matter much what you are innovating, discovering or revolutionizing, as long as you are effecting change! You may best meet problems or difficulties by seeking ingenious new solutions.
      You have a knack for drawing criticism from conservative people who resent change, who like things just the way they are. That goes with the territory, but at times it might be productive to cultivate people skills, stability, perseverance and patience. More than most, you may find it difficult to "fit in" and many Uranus Skill Symbol people invent their own place in the world, often without precedent. A Uranian element of constant change and mutation may be evident in your personality and activities, which may bewildered others who can’t see the pattern and continuity beneath the surface.
      As Guiding Planet, Uranus lets you know what needs to be shaken up; what’s out-moded and in the way, especially in the social and political sphere. More than most others, Uranus Guiding Planet people are often dissatisfied with themselves, their place in the world, and with general conditions. This is because Uranus lets them know in some definite yet unexplained way that things could be better, yet it doesn’t necessarily give much insight into how to manage things "after the revolution." Acquiring a historical and philosophical perspective may bring a better balance.

The natal horoscope of Beat writer and author of Dharma Bums and On the Road, Jack Kerouac, features Uranus Oriental, rising eleven degrees before a Piscean Sun. Uranus is near the Descendant and opposite the Moon, which is near the Ascendant, and squares from both planets to Mars at the nadir complete a well-defined T-Square formation.
      As mentioned earlier, the Guiding Planet doesn’t tell the whole story, and one needs to tune into the chart as a whole and how the Oriental Planet fits into the whole picture. Regardless of how great and wonderful our potential and innate talent, unneutralized core issues may rise time and time again as obstacles preventing us from realizing our birth potential, or they may take the form of unconscious, self-sabotaging syndromes. Core-issue humanistic astrology — the harder ("harder" as in penetrating, powerful and effective, but easy in terms of application) form of humanistic astrology I’ve developed over the past three decades — is especially suited to recognizing where our core issues lie and how to deal with them. Core-issue humanistic astrology is also highly effective in helping the psychologically savvy discover the origins and nature of psychological complexes and personality disorders. It can help us neutralize core issues, psychological complexes and disorders, transmuting the immense psychic energy these conditions keep locked-up in rigid psychological patterns, rechannelling energies and power for self-realization and transformation.
      Kerouac, the most macho of the Beats, was a Catholic mystic of sorts and evidently deeply conflicted in certain areas of his psychology and sexuality — he lived most of his life with his mother and she was one of the very few women with whom he seemed to have a truly close relationship. Although Kerouac exemplified and popularized the Beat spirit during the early years of his career, he later became somewhat alienated from his early comrades and highly critical of the involvement of Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady in the psychedelic culture of the mid-60s, perhaps because the two were attracting a large number of young people and were becoming prime movers of the emergent counterculture.
      Paul Verlaine, another writer and poet whose lifestyle was as controversial, unconventional, and scandalous during his time as that of the Beats, was also born when Uranus was Oriental. He is most remembered today for his tumultuous homosexual liaison with poet Arthur Rimbaud.

The birth-charts of a rather extraordinary number of highly successful, visible women born during the 1940s and the early-1950s feature Uranus as the Planet of Oriental Appearance, and in many ways they seem to epitomize the spirit of their generation. Examples include vocalist Nancy Sinatra, singer turned actress Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, actress turned singer Deborah Harry of the New Wave group Blondie, actress Anjelica Huston and early LSD researcher and leading figure in the human potential movement, Jean Houston.
      In the birth-chart of Nancy Sinatra, Uranus rises twenty-four degrees before the Sun; it trines a second house Neptune and forms septiles to planets in a loaded twelfth house. Michelle Phillips, who epitomized the hippie chick of the 1960s, was born with the Sun and Oriental Uranus in Gemini, straddling a Gemini Ascendant. Uranus is close to the Sun and even closer to Venus, which rises less than two degrees before it. Yet, again, the Guiding Planet doesn’t tell the whole story, in Michelle’s later life her natal Jupiter in Leo conjunct the Nadir seems to exert a powerful pull, perhaps setting her direction. Deborah Harry, who made it big in the rock music business by taking the New Wave scene by storm while in her early-thirties, was born with a Cancer Sun conjunct the north lunar node and near Saturn, with Uranus Oriental, near the Midheaven, rising twenty-five degrees earlier. It is at the apex of a "wannabee" T-Square, forming a square to Jupiter on the Ascendant, which is opposite a Piscean Moon in the seventh house. Anjelica Houston’s natal chart shows Uranus Oriental in the seventh house, and it is the apex of a real T-Square with a powerful Jupiter-Neptune opposition across the meridian. The birth-chart of Jean Houston has Uranus Oriental rising less than two degrees before the Sun. The pair are in the ninth house, forming a Grand Tine with Neptune close to the Ascendant and Mars in the fifth house. Where’s Jane Fonda? Her birth-chart features Venus Oriental.
      The natal horoscope of another singer turned actress, the iconic and ever-changing Madonna, has Uranus Oriental, rising eleven degrees before the Sun. Both the Sun and Uranus are in Leo, situated in the twelfth house with Pluto and Mercury in Virgo. Notably, Moon is just below the Ascendant in Virgo. Madonna, Deborah Harry and Michelle Phillips have more in common than just Uranus as Guiding Planet and their dual singer-actress careers — all three have Venus rising immediately before Oriental Uranus. Another example of Uranus Oriental is provided by the birth-chart of Winona Ryder. The daughter of psychedelic scholars and historians, Michael Horowitz and Cynthia Palmer, Winona is an "acid baby" who spent much of her early life living on a commune and visiting her father’s friends and associates.

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