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Uranus: Bolts from the Blue

The Nature of Uranus

There are many different ways to study astrology. One of the most efficient interpretative techniques is to treat each planet as a caricature and then to fine-tune its effects using all the various rules to assess its overall state, the aspects formed, and its position in an angle, in house, or in a stellium, etc.


The very essence of the planet remains of major importance. The Sun is warm and noble. The Moon is passive, reactive, and mobile. Mercury is intellectual, detached and unemotional. Venus is soft and charming. Mars is blunt, efficient, and concrete. And so forth. All these keywords constitute the structure of the interpretation.

Dramatic turn of events? Unforeseen? Bolts from the blue? Don't look further: Uranus is not far...

In order to easily understand how planets work, one must bear in mind that they belong to three very distinct categories.

The first category encompasses five personal planets, namely, the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. They describe the person's most individual and specific traits. Planets in this category should obviously be the focus of meticulous analysis since the rarer a feature is, compared to a cross section of the population, the more powerful it is, and the more deeply the person is imbued with its influence. Thus, the Ascendant alone is often more revealing than the Sun regarding the physical appearance, the external and superficial behaviour of the person. Indeed, the Ascendant, the angles, and the houses of the natal chart are the most mobile features, and they move into a different sign each two hours. Having underlined this point, it is necessary to add that personal planets are equally fundamental.

The second intermediate category includes two planets, Jupiter and Saturn. They cannot be really considered as personal planets because their motion is too slow and they share the same position in the natal chart of huge numbers of people. Nevertheless, Jupiter and Saturn are not slow enough to be completely cut off from individuals. They are so-called intermediate, somehow in between collective and personal values. They are said to represent the person's capacity for social insertion. When Jupiter and Saturn blend well, they indicate that the person is often well-integrated into his circle, well-accepted by other people, and that the social status is average or slightly above average. Jupiter favours legal matters and expands the person's social destiny, whereas Saturn endows with durability and the tenacity needed to succeed.

The third category includes very slow-moving planets, also referred to as trans-saturnian or collective planets, namely, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Their effects are much more subtle and usually stem from external events. Since their motion is very slow, their influence is collective by nature. They have an impact on the person only if they aspect personal points of the natal chart, or if they are part of a special pattern. It must be kept in mind that these three planets take respectively 84, 165, and 285 years to travel the Zodiac, and that they stay in the same sign between seven to twenty years! They influence generations of the same age group and not individuals as such. This is the reason why the aspects collective planets form among them are referred to as generational aspects.

Uranus deals with genius, originality, extreme individualisation, difference, the unexpected, and complete surprise. He is Mercury's higher octave, the planet of the intellect which conveys dry and unemotional values.

Neptune deals with collective and undifferentiated values such as vagueness, the absence of limits, atmosphere, dream, imagination, permissiveness, self-indulgence, and the unspeakable. He also brings about osmosis with groups, as well as extreme affective values including selflessness and self-sacrifice. He is the Venus' higher octave, the affective planet which conveys moist and humanistic values.

Pluto deals with the unconscious, deep instinctive forces, the might of action prepared in secret, power and all forms of domination, sexuality, and covert and mysterious actions. He is Mars' higher octave, the planet of action under its transcended form. Pluto is at the same time deeper and more hidden because he pertains to the realm of the unconscious. With Pluto, instincts are fiercely unleashed, and the thirst for power is irresistible.

This article focuses on the first trans-saturnian planet, Uranus. He is probably one of the most fascinating planets of "the gang of ten", with Pluto.

Uranus is big, and like Saturn, he has rings, which is not widely known. Uranus' influence is considerable when he reaches his mid-return, around the age of 38 – 43, depending on the natal chart. There is a need to change, to transform our environment, and to transform ourselves.

Bolt from the blue, crash of thunder, madness of destiny, twist of fate, reversal of situation, flash of lightning! Who never heard or experienced them several times in life?

When events cause surprise and stupefaction, you do not need to search for long... before you see the hand of Uranus in them. In most cases, he provokes explosion and upheaval in well-established situations. The nature of Uranus is to bring in a series of outer events which create unexpected circumstances, change whatever exists, and at the general stupor, destroy what seemed so sturdy and immutable.

The position of Uranus in the natal chart contains the seeds of disruption and surprise, and it indicates how unexpected changes and surprises are most likely to be tackled.

Depending on the various configurations of the natal chart, Uranus may have an insignificant influence, for instance if he has no or few aspects, or if he is not emphasised. Or on the contrary, in some cases, he may deeply impose his mark in nearly all actions. Some people are startling and unpredictable by nature. Some others are conventional to the extent that their reactions are foreseeable. Of course, there is no hierarchy in the descriptions of Uranus. There are only peculiar and different forms of self-expression, and this is precisely what makes human relations so rich and interesting.

Uranus is the embodiment of the principle that "I am different, thus I am". The place where this planet is posited, whether in the natal chart, in transits, in revolution, or in progressions, indicates that established and stable things are rejected as a consequence of an intense thirst for newness and an irresistible interest in discovery and any unusual topic. Uranus is synonymous with revolution, rebellion, and the need to break away from what was considered impossible to change. He is in analogy with the French revolution and symbolises the unconscious impulse to brutally provoke and transform whatever has become too conventional, monotonous, and unbearable because it is outdated.

For Salvador Dali, born on 11 May 1904 at 8:40 A.M. in Figueras, Spain, the nice Uranus-Venus trine blended with the Uranus- Moon square indicates an absolute need for aestheticism tinted with paroxysms of extreme rebellion. His work is impregnated with genius, provocation, and vanguard, which are Uranus' characteristics.

This is why Uranus is so fascinating. Nothing is more disconcerting than the surprise factor. Nevertheless, unexpected events are an integral part of the chart analysis, and Uranus' bolts from the blue are figured out in the psychological portrait and the forecast.

Because Uranus symbolises both out of the ordinary and unknown topics, he also has an undeniable sexual connotation which is linked to unusual matters. For instance, unconventional, and ultra-trendy, or fetishistic fashions belong to Uranus' domain, as well as anything which does not match the norms and is felt as surprising, even indignant sometimes. Uranus can be seen as a bridge between the intellect and sexuality.

Besides, it is also interesting to compare brainy Mercury to Uranus, insofar as the former is not sex-oriented at all. It is through provocation and eccentricity that Uranus becomes sexual, whilst Mercury's energy is devoid of the concentrated strength required in this facet of life. Mercury rules communication and the thinking process in continuous and asexual ways, whereas Uranus endows with sex-appeal and charm as he highlights differences and contrasts with what exists.

The luminaries, along with Venus and Neptune, also contribute to the description of the person's sexuality and add more sensual, affective, and subtle nuances to the interpretation.

In predictive astrology, when Uranus is about to trigger a given point of the natal chart, the astrologer must broach precisely the subject of "unexpected" events, even though it might seem paradoxical to expect the unexpected. Actually, he must envision that which even imagination is unable to fancy! Let's say that this exercise enables to dismiss a few tracks from the diagnosis. In any case, events stem from and unfold in totally unexpected circumstances.

In the natal chart, Uranus points to the area of life which is bound to translate into surprise and brutality. Like Jupiter and the other slow-moving planets, the position of Uranus in sign is less important since all the people born a few months or years apart have slow-moving planets in the same signs. It is the position of Uranus in house which is by far meaningful, and which must be first assessed.

You can instantly get the position of your Uranus in sign and in house. All you need to do is locate the brown glyph of Uranus (a ring below a cross with two half-circles) in the house area outside the zodiacal wheel. Then you can check the accurateness or the resemblance between your personality traits and the relevant text in the paragraphs below.

Uranus in House

Reminder: indications provided here are more or less noticeable depending on whether Uranus is linked to personal points in your natal chart such as personal planets, angles, or whether he is part of a special pattern.

Uranus in the 1st House

You are an original person, sometimes eccentric, even extravagant, and your actions or your words are always surprising. The expression of your humour is out of touch with reality, and unpredictable. Most of the times, things are fine, and you radiate with a peculiar and very special charm. With you, it is impossible to get bored!

Your will to behave differently from the mass of your fellow creatures and to assert your independence is part of your pride. Be wary that it does not backfire on you. It would be a pity if excessive unpredictability made you appear as... bizarre!

Some examples of celebrities:

Monica Lewinski
Bill Gates

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 1st House or Ascendant.

Uranus in the 2nd House

Material topics often take an unexpected turn and may even thrive in sudden and exceptional ways. Conversely, they may also cause serious troubles. This area of your life is filled with ups and downs.

On a more symbolic plane, your attachments to people, as well as your sensual behaviour, are devoid of conventional steadfastness and quietness: you may be possessive or surprisingly detached. You are impossible to categorized, and you are definitely special.

Some examples of celebrities:

Alain Prost
Pedro Almodovar

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 2nd House.

Uranus in the 3rd House

Your mind is agile, curious and mobile, and always on the lookout for things that are out of the ordinary. This stems from your interest in strange or original concepts, or in non-conformist people.

Your trips are unforeseen and you are often present where no one expects you. The only problem is that you may shock your entourage, at least, the most conventional persons. This aspect of your personality is undoubtedly quite endearing, provided that you do not exceed a certain level of eccentricity, whether in intensity or in volume!

Some examples of celebrities:

Tony Blair
Patricia Arquette

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 3rd House.

Uranus in the 4th House

As a general rule, at the end of your childhood, you quickly leave your '' home because your thirst for independence is incompatible with a quiet life with your '; in other cases, the atmosphere in your family is quite extravagant, even chaotic, and it is difficult for you to become stabilized, to feel secure, even though you need it for your balance. You are craving for it and this is what prompts you to leave your roots, sooner or later.

You are prone to unexpected home moves. Paradoxically enough, it seems that, as soon as you achieve stability, something makes you itch. You may be too sensitive, and when tense situations emerge, you feel an irresistible need for change. The best way to handle these problems may be that you, yourself, organize your instability at home, for instance through extensive outings or trips. In any case, you should manage to create the impression that you are not in the same place for too long.

The stages of your life unfold without continuity as if there was a rupture between each successive environment created as time goes by. The past disappears quite abruptly and allows you to grow faster. It is up to you to find some stability or some security elsewhere!

Some examples of celebrities:

Angelina Jolie
Ophélie Winter

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 4th House.

Uranus in the 5th House

Your sentimental life is usually hectic and jerky. You are constantly looking for pleasures and love affairs loaded with feelings and novelties. This also applies to your leisure and to your creativity. You are somewhat insatiable, sometimes unconsciously, and you are prone to reverse your choices. Later on, when you assess the situation, you realize that you seem to avoid stability in these areas.

In your concrete life, you are attracted by eccentric partners who may constitute a danger in terms of durability. In parallel, you are creative, innovative, sometimes at the highest level of your art, but sometimes you may be totally uninspired.

Your children may be an important source of satisfaction or of concern. For instance, birth may occur within non-conventional settings (out of wedlock, or in unforeseen circumstances, or not with the right person, etc.).

Some examples of celebrities:

Pamela Anderson
Singer Ricky Martin

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 5th House.

Uranus in the 6th House

Your daily life is subject to numerous sudden developments. Your work environment is neither stable nor quiet, as dramatic turns of events often follow one another. The absence of habits and stability could be considered to be... habitual!

Relations in the work setting are quite chaotic. You are often deemed extravagant, but also inspired and creative, at least in your environment. Besides, your occupation is out of the ordinary. It belongs to an original or avant-garde sector, to innovative technologies or to unusual areas.

Health wise, you may undergo nervousness or some brutal reversals that are followed by similarly swift recoveries.

Some examples of celebrities:

Antonio Banderas
Sly Stallone

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 6th House.

Uranus in the 7th House

Your nonconformism regarding relationships prompts you to meet with very original people, and sometimes quite special ones. You may take the initiative to brutally and unexpectedly break up with persons whom you find too ordinary or too conventional.

Your thirst for freedom creates a very strong individual approach in your way of communicating and of handling relationships; you may distrust associations or marriage because, as soon as you start to feel imprisoned or not free enough, you run away without warning!

Actually, you are very demanding, and you are not aware that, most of the times, this is the very cause of your behavioural reversals. The solution is to move around with unusual people, it's as simple as that! Cohabitation is often advisable, except if your freedom and your curiosity are already satisfied on a daily basis.

Some examples of celebrities:

Roger Vadim
Actor Jean-Marc Barr

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 7th House.

Uranus in the 8th House

Unexpected events and surprises often occur in quite special areas: finance connected to investments, to inheritances and, more generally, to external possessions or losses (taxes, stock exchange, and other people's money), to the fields of occultism and death and, more symbolically, to sexuality.

In general, in one of these fields, you are likely to experience one or several reversals of situation (positive or not), on the material plane but also, as a consequence, in your approach to life and the way you transform your personality in depth.

In any case, you are predisposed to risk-taking, as if some inner force prompted you to create maximal psychical tension, or to challenge yourself in order to know yourself better, or to explore the unknown in a constantly deepening manner.

Some examples of celebrities:

Naomi Campbell
Actor Orlando Bloom

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 8th House.

Uranus in the 9th House

Your ideas and revolutionary concepts, at odds with what really exists, make you appear as a pioneer in your area. In your concrete life, several important trips are significantly involved in major turning points. Your instinctive need for strangeness, as well as your thirst for independence, must be given a positive outlet.

Sometimes, your positions are original to the point that they become marginal, and your dyed-in-the-wool desire for expatriation exposes you to undergo reversals that are as explosive as unexpected. More than anyone else, you must guard against fanaticism or the systematic exploration of remote and dangerous lands, even though the call of the unknown or of exoticism is deeply rooted in you and you find it hard not to respond!

On a more symbolic plane, you are generally interested in abstract topics which are out of the ordinary such as metaphysics, religions, sociology, philosophy, etc.

Some examples of celebrities:

Brad Pitt
Jody Foster

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 9th House.

Uranus in the 10th House

This is one of the most potent configurations. Unexpected disruptions of considerable intensity often occur on the factual plane. Embracing changes is the basis of the success of your destiny, which is very likely to include extreme variations, sometimes towards the most glorious heights, sometimes towards ordeals that you face with courage and determination, despite your unpreparedness.

Originality is certainly the context of your professional life or your destiny, in one way or another. Whether it is expressed through your very special area of expertise (high technology, space, aviation, astrology, television, etc.) or through the totally hectic nature of your progression (sudden changes of orientation), you are not able to plan what is coming next. Unforeseen events undertake to make a clean sweep of your certainties. This may offer many advantages if your state of mind is ready to approach life as a journey where your only freedom is to adjust in the best possible way to new emerging situations.

Most of the time, you are very independent, very keen to show your professional talents in a unique and modern way. You are a kind of pioneer or of rebel in your area, which allows you to better assert your genius.

Some examples of celebrities:

Alyssa Milano
Actress Victoria Abril

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 10th House.

Uranus in the 11th House

Powerful protections, friendships, and supports are granted to you at a jerky rhythm throughout your life. There may also be break-ups that are as brutal as they are easy to forget because you manage to ensure that your contacts are brilliantly revived.

The friends you meet have strong personalities, or they may be quite special persons; indeed, you think of friendship as a rich and varied soil in which everyone must bring one's own contribution with one's touch of originality and difference. Otherwise, what's the use?

The danger is that you may embark upon projects that you cannot see through in the long run because they are too utopian. You may also count on partners who are too eccentric to be reliable. Or, on some occasions, you may show too much independence of mind or a boldness that is too strong to really last.

With this typical configuration, your popularity may fluctuate and disappear as quickly as it comes. It is up to you to set the limits of originality that you must not overstep, lest you should undergo unfortunate consequences.

Some examples of celebrities:

Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo
Film director Claude Lelouch

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 11th House.

Uranus in the 12th House

It is within a setting of secrecy or of isolation that unexpected events may suddenly occur. Sometimes, it may be on the occasion of unpredictable events that isolation settles, be it a context of exile, forced solitude such as illness, or imprisonment caused by enmities or by fate.

Great satisfaction may also occur in a secret context. It may be a hidden love affair, an activity carried out in the dark or an association with a person whose identity cannot be revealed.

The areas of the occult or of secrets (espionage, police, secret society, etc.) are frequent causes for change in the course of your destiny. Reversals and incomprehensible disruptions may give you the opportunity to understand that the persons whom you considered as your friends do not side with you, or sometimes, more happily, you realize that the persons whom you considered as your sworn enemies are actually of invaluable help and support, and that they even become... your friends!

With this typical configuration, your popularity may fluctuate and disappear as quickly as it comes. It is up to you to set the limits of originality that you must not overstep, lest you should undergo unfortunate consequences.

Some examples of celebrities:

Model and businesswoman Claudia Schieffer
Singer Mylène Farmer

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in the 12th House.

Uranus in Sign

Uranus in Aries

Uranus in Aries

Since Aries is a primary sign made of impulsivity, ardour, and egocentricity, all these qualities are highlighted and increased. You are particularly dynamic, active, and self-assured. You may display a foolhardiness which is out of proportion with your environment. With this configuration, the expression "it's make or break time" applies even more strongly to the characteristics describing fiery Aries. Uranus was in Aries from 1927 to 1934.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Aries.

Uranus in Taurus

Uranus in Taurus

You may be endowed with a colossal strength which equals your obstinacy, or sometimes your tyranny. The material aspect of things may prompt you to display a behaviour which is excessive, whether through its sheer detachment or through its insatiable need to amass riches. Symbolically and intermittently, you shift from the most ferocious jealousy to a complete lack of interest in your partner. Uranus was in Taurus from 1934 to 1942.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Taurus.

Uranus in Gemini

Uranus in Gemini

You are on the lookout for novelties, leading technologies or industries, and your intellectual mobility is usually immense. You have a broad vision of things, and you are able to communicate and flit over several different topics simultaneously, to the extent that you make your entourage feel dizzy. It is also possible that you are the cause of many changes in mentality. Uranus was in Gemini from 1942 to 1949.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Gemini.

Uranus in Cancer

Uranus in Cancer

This position is quite unnatural or paradoxical because Cancer is rather soft and conventional, whereas Uranus is offensive and eccentric. It may indicate some degree of marginality in the way you see your family environment and the ties with your roots. Sometimes, inheritances and more or less fortunate surprises occur suddenly in the course of your life and disrupt your private life and your home. Uranus was in Cancer from 1949 to 1956.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Cancer.

Uranus in Leo

Uranus in Leo

Your panache may be particularly charismatic and personal. You never hesitate to embark on wide-scope enterprises or to get involved in incredibly ambitious creations which are very likely to enhance your prestige and your "difference" with ordinary mortals. However, be careful not to overdo, and remember that the perfect is the enemy of the good! Uranus was in Leo from 1956 to 1962.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Leo.

Uranus in Virgo

Uranus in Virgo

There is a convergence between the sign, symbol of the need to improve, and of mobility and mental unrest, and the planet made of intellectual and boundless excess. These features turn you into a person who tremendously enjoys transformation and progress. You are not actually a pioneer, but you bring about great changes, and you act as a catalyst for major and dramatic growth. Your mental activity is so upsetting that you must definitely spare periods of calm and rest for yourself if you don't want to set your brain on fire and... undergo neurosis. Uranus was in Virgo from 1962 to 1969.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Virgo.

Uranus in Libra

Uranus in Libra

Your sense of aesthetics is quite peculiar and may prove amazing at times. However, it is mainly in the relationship area that you can distance yourself from your fellow creatures through the audacity of your stands, as if, at times, you totally disregard other people's opinions. The circumstances of your marriage may be incredibly sudden, and so is the way it ends... Uranus was in Libra from 1969 to 1975.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Libra.

Uranus in Scorpio

Uranus in Scorpio

Passion, rebellion, dazzling emotional intensity, unbridled and strange sexuality, as well as coldness and detachment... These features sometimes describe a part of your personality. You need to dive to the bottom of all things and to understand them with the greatest lucidity. Uranus was in Scorpio from 1976 and 1981.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Scorpio.

Uranus in Sagittarius

Uranus in Sagittarius

Your personality is imbued with strong capacities for invention, the noblest concepts in spirituality and higher knowledge, and keen interests in the most unexpected discoveries. All these qualities turn you into a modern Prometheus. Exploration is what makes your sun shine with happiness. You pay no attention to other people's opinion, and on the contrary... if people's judgement is negative, you are even more stimulated! Uranus was in Sagittarius from 1981 to 1988.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Sagittarius.

Uranus in Capricorn

Uranus in Capricorn

Capricorn and its ruler Saturn bring about capacities for organisation and long-term planning, and Uranus, flair for innovation. These blended influences serve you marvellously well and endow you with a strong talent in fields where rigour and imagination are required such as scientific research, politics, etc. However, you may not display enough warmth when you abruptly change your mind. Uranus was in Capricorn from 1988 to 1995.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Capricorn.

Uranus in Aquarius

Uranus in Aquarius

In this excellent and powerful configuration, your capacity for innovation is such that you may become a real pioneer as you implement your ambitious projects. You are particularly sensitive to humanitarian ideals or to great collective causes, and it is in these fields that you are most likely to give of your best in order to make them gain momentum. It is in a most astonishing and revolutionary manner that you do so. Your capacity for rebellion is equally strong, and you are able to revolt quickly, but you can also break down rapidly what you created if your independent mind happens to be too thwarted. Uranus was in Aquarius from 1995 and 2002.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Aquarius.

Uranus in Pisces

Uranus in Pisces

It is mainly in the emotional area that your personality may at times go through states of absolute compassion, cold distance, stormy upheaval, or romantic surge which are impossible to control. The lure of all things hidden, occultism, and mystery may prompt you to experience out of the ordinary events. Your independence knows no boundaries, and you loathe living in too narrow settings which smother you and make you want to explode in order to recover your freedom. Uranus entered Pisces in 2003 and stays there until 2010.

Here is a selection of thousands of horoscopes having Uranus in Pisces.