©2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
When Uranus or Aquarius planets are prominent in the vocational houses (2, 6, 10), the career path is inextricably tied to the Uranian quest to develop our individuality and our unique genius, no matter how difficult that may make survival at times. Through our work, we announce to the world, “This is who I am, like it or lump it.”
Those who present this motto with charm and wit generally get a better reception than those who do it with a chip on the shoulder. Some with difficult Uranus placements prominent are moved by a deep, almost claustrophobic need for self-preservation where their individuality is concerned. They can’t simply conform, even if that sometimes makes it hard to pay the rent.
“Flying High in April, Shot Down in May”
Uranus in the 2nd natally or by transit is known for its financial ups and downs—even for wide swings between periodically striking it rich and being wiped out. This dramatic pattern is not something to hold the heavens accountable for, but instead we must look at the motives and behaviors that create these ups and downs.
Where Uranus is placed in our charts, we tend to seek excitement, even to be hooked on it. The dreaded scourge of boredom is something a Uranian avoids at all cost, repeatedly precipitating disruptions to the status quo.
Those with Uranus or Aquarian planets in the 2nd are Aquarian where they’re most expected to be Taurean. For many of them, there is a certain excitement in living on the edge of financial ruin.
They may feel an adrenaline rush when they go to the cash machine, never knowing if there will be money in the bank or not—almost like a spin at the roulette wheel.
Will that check bounce, and will the money for the rent come through at the last moment? The die-hard rebels among them can consciously or unconsciously enjoy the game of outwitting and evading fiscal authorities like IRS agents and collection agencies. By contrast, paying recurring bills promptly is deadeningly humdrum.
Dysfunctional–or Crazy Like a Fox?
With Uranus placements, what looks like dysfunction is often a case of being crazy like a fox—our seemingly erratic behavior in that area of life is calculated to produce results that serve us over the long run.
How does this pattern apply to Uranus in the 2nd? Fiscal upheavals that disrupt the status quo are a way to periodically break out of vocational ruts that threaten to calcify our minds and souls.
A pattern some Uranus-in-the 2nd people fall into is to be fired or laid off repeatedly, work in seasonal industries with long stretches of time off, specialize in a high-risk, constantly changing marketplace, or be self-employed. Patterns like this mean continually reinventing your way of earning a living—and Uranians are inventive.
The “crazy like a fox” part of this pattern is that it develops the Uranians’ capacity to be innovative, highly independent, and sharp as a whip about survival. It also helps them detach from depending on money for security or self-worth. This detachment can also extend to their varied skills and abilities, for they’re not as identified with their work as people with Uranus in the 10th or 6th. They consider that paycheck just a means to an end.
The brighter ones keep pace with society’s leading edge, and from time to time, their innovations or fascinations precisely fit our culture’s needs or current fads. (Envious onlookers like to dismiss these intermittent synergies as a “fluke.”)
Getting Bored is Trouble! Time to Diversify
Talented Uranians can strike it rich and make a killing for as long as their invention or creation is popular—or until the niche they created becomes boring.
When that happens, they may unconsciously arrange to mess up so spectacularly that they’re once more out in the cold, just to get out from under a structure that’s now too confining.
The fall from grace can be carefully orchestrated to liberate them from bondage to their increasing respectability.
Depending on natal aspects and how they intersect with current outer planet placements, they may have had their fifteen minutes of fame and never be heard from again—or they may hit the jackpot from time to time with their wild and wooly inspirations.
Uranus transits to the vocational houses or transits to natal Uranus may coincide with these vocational peaks and valleys.
Successful people with this placement are canny enough to recognize that money is freedom. They’re careful about making and stashing away enough to give them the freedom not to have to do work they hate, but they invent ways of making money that don’t entail a permanent commitment.
For multi-talented individuals, diversification is often their strategy to avoid settling into a single, eventually boring enterprise or line of work. They easily pick up any number of marketable skills and stay on the leading edge. Having more than one way of earning a living is their hedge against the fiscal ups and downs so typical of this placement. If one sideline is flat-lining, another may be doing well.
(If you suspect you’re a Uranian, or if one lives or works with you, you’d want to read the rest of this chapter about Uranus as a career indictor from myebook, The Outer Planets and Inner Life, volume 1: The Outer Planets as Career Indicators, available at Moon Maven Publications.
Readers with Uranus or Aquarius in the 2nd: Please share some of your financial ups and downs–and the exciting times–with us in the comment section so that we can all learn more about this placement. Have you learned how to avoid getting bored and still earn a living?
Related articles about Uranus on Skywriter:
- Uranus In The Career Houses—“You’re Not The Boss Of Me!”
- How Strong is your Uranus? Here’s the Score!
- 10 Things You May not Know about Uranus
- Career Challenges for the Pluto-Uranus in Virgo Generation
- Life Patterns of People Born with Uranus-Saturn Aspects
Articles in the Astrology and Finances series:
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 2nd House
- Your 2nd House—A Clue to Extra Income
- Neptune in the 2nd—Money, Boundaries, & Codependency
- Money and Pluto in the 2nd House—The Haves vs. the Have Nots
- The Unsuspected Role of the 8th House in Fiscal Fitness
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