Zodiacal Affinity: Aquarius.

House Affinity: Eleventh.

Polarity: Masculine.

Colors: Splash or streak patterns. Checks and plaids. Geometric patterns.

Anatomy: The electro-chemic component of the brain and the nervous system.

Metal: Radium and uranium.

Gems: Lapis lazuli and amber.

Astronomy: The first of the outer, trans-saturnian planets, Uranus was discovered in 1781. Uranus has a cycle of 84 years. Its polar axis is inclined 98º to the plane of its orbit.

People: Pioneers, inventors, reformers and revolutionaries. Unconventional and eccentric people.

Things: Unusual items. Radioactivity. Inventions. Air transport. Radio and electronics.

Symbology: The glyph for Uranus is of modern origin, derived from the initial of its discover, William Herschel. It could be interpreted as the unification of the principles of duality, evoking an ascension of spirit.

Uranus is emphasized in the birth charts Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, modern composer Bela Bartok, the saintly Mother Teresa, feminist Kate Millett, rock poet Patti Smith and pin-up icon Bettie Page.

The drive to transcend the confines of social convention and outmoded mindsets in order to participate consciously and creatively within a larger sphere of living.

Traditional Attributes
Change and all things new, different and revolutionary. The sudden and unexpected. Revolutions, disruptions and upheavals. Innovation and inventiveness. Eccentricity and unconventionality. Awakening to new possibilities.

Humanistic Interpretation
The great Awakener, Uranus represents the principle of change and transformation that eventually pushes us beyond the confines of the Saturnian ego and beyond the images and symbols of any particular culture. Uranus constantly challenges our preconceptions and our limited, secure way of thinking and living. As the great Awakener, Uranus opens the way to a global, truly Aquarian age of one humanity. It breaks down old patterns of thought and behavior, and helps us realize that we can be more, that a next step in human evolution is possible. In a birth chart, Uranus symbolizes your capacity for radical change, the areas of life in which you are most likely to experience the challenge to transformation, and how to make the best of it. Uranus in the birth chart indicates where unexpected change and sudden opportunities for growth in new directions most likely surface.

See A Call to Transformation, especially the sections on ”Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as Symbols of Tansformation,” and ”Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and the Path to the Galatic Center,” for more on the significance of Uranus.

Gender Shading and Retrograde Indications
Retrograde indications and gender shading for the planets Mars outward can provide an astrologer with a powerful set of keys to psychological dynamics, instruments which can be used with destructive and oppressive results. In a sense, it is fortunate that gender shadings and deeper retrograde interpretations of the astrological planets beyond the earth's orbit are almost entirely unknown to virtually every practicing astrologer today. Although a number of professional and amateur astrologers have attempted to coax me into revealing "the secrets" of gender shading and, especially, retrograde interpretation and how to use astrology to reveal deeper levels of psychological dynamics, none have succeed.
      Their attempts have been unsuccessful because almost everything I have witnessed in recent years indicates that the "astrological community" is simply unable and unready to use such knowledge in a wise and responsible manner. Such knowledge is my both "intellectual property" — accumulated over more than thirty-five years of psychological and astrological study, practice and experience — and the legacy of the continuum of the great pioneers of modern astrology who proceeded me. It is also my duty to use and dispense such knowledge wisely and responsibly.
      The recent resurgence of intense interest in the "legitimatization" and official acceptance of astrology merely reinforces my conviction that the "astrological community" is unfit to handle the real power of astrology. Recent attempts to aid such a program through the establishment of an academic foundation for astrology and the testing and certification of practicing astrologers will ultimately give rise to a power-hungry, controlling, self-perpetuating organization, perhaps not dissimilar to the American Medical Association. Additionally, a legitimatized and officially acceptable form of astrology will necessarily be put to use by exploitive forces in business and politics, and no group or association of astrologers, or college of astrology, will be powerful enough to regulate how the real forces of our society use and misuse the power of astrology. The implications of an officially accepted astrology and the Pandora's Box it will inevitably open has long been a concern of the proponents and exponents of humanistic astrology, a topic explored in-depth in Part Two of my Humanistic Astrology Revisited and in Rudhyar's From Humanistic to Transpersonal Astrology, as well as in his An Attempt at Formulating Minimal Requirements for the Practice of Astrology.

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