Posted by: Donna Cunningham | September 23, 2009

10 Things You May not Know about Uranus

  ©2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 In 40 years of observing life through the lens of astrology, I’ve learned many valuable things about human beings. Some of what I’ve learned is shared in my ebooks (available at Moon Maven Publications), and to give you a taste of the new insights, here are a few brief excerpts focused on the planet Uranus and what it means in the birth chart.

 From An Astrologagsacvrsmical Guide to Self-Awareness, a thoroughly updated 2004 Edition of my classic text, now in ebook form:

How dull our lives would be without Uranus! It is the planetary force in our horoscopes that blasts us out of a rut when we’re too apathe­tic or fearful to make a needed change. Astrologers say about Uranus transits that you should “expect the unexpected,” for you can almost count on unusual and unforeseen events. It is also the planet of individuality, the force that keeps us from being monoto­nous clones of one another.

….Like Saturn and Mars, Uranus has the reputation of being a malefic; no doubt because it’s human to fear change and to suspect those who are different.  As we will discover, however, Uranus is the much-needed urge within the human soul to keep moving forward to new and ever-higher levels of consciousness, rather than to stagnate.  It is the planet of scientific discovery and of inventions. Without that part of our psyches, humanity would have remained in the Stone Age!

 Individuation is the process of be­coming progressively an individual in our own right. It’s inevitable to some degree in every life, how­ever involuntary it may be. Many of us are afraid to leave our personal wombs—including the safe but confining family circle, the secure but boring job, or the familiar but limited patterns of thought. Uranian people (and people under Uranus transits) have little choice but to strike out on their own—they are impelled to action by restlessness, a creative itch, and a discomfort with the status quo.

….They are pushed to greater and greater individuation, through increasingly ethereal but no less difficult birth canals.  The greater the degree of individuation, however, the more starkly such people stand out against the con­forming masses, and the more vulnerable they become to society’s fear of people who are different. It is an achingly lonely position. Fromm says that the higher the pinnacle of individuation we reach, the greater the corresponding urge to blend back into the safe and comforting crowd.astanalcvrsm

 From Astrological Analysis: Selected Topics in Chart Interpretation

 In the house where Uranus is located, people show their unconventional side by frequently doing things that fly in the face of convention in matters related to that house. With Uranus in the 3rd house, for instance, such people often embrace — and speak or write about — unconventional, modern, or even radical points of view, though their viewpoint would tend to shift dramatically from time to time. With Uranus in the 11th, they would have friendships with unusual, eccentric, or even rebellious types, with new people coming and going frequently.  

…. People with Venus–Uranus aspects usually have a unique sense of style, to put it mildly. They are in no sense part of the mainstream, though the mainstream often winds up following their trend-setting creations.  Examples include Richard Simmons, Carrot Top, Elton John, Princess Diana, Queen Latifah, and Michael Jackson. (Astrological Analysis: Selected Topics in Chart Interpretation)

opil1cvrmini From The Outer Planets as Vocational Indicators—The Outer Planets and Inner Life, v.1

 The career track would seldom be traditional when the 10th house features Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto or the signs those planets rule—Aquarius, Pisces, or Scorpio. Typically, it takes people with these chart placements longer to find their true vocation, since they are challenged to integrate the energy of that outer planet into the workplace, merging the transpersonal with the vocational. For instance, people with Uranus near the Midheaven might gain recognition by shocking us and shaking up the status quo. People with Neptune near the Midheaven—say within 10° of it, might yearn for a career that is artistic and creative.

…. Uranians’ resumes tend to be full of mysterious gaps that give job interviewers the willies, and their references tend to be friends or colleagues rather than past employers. They tend to change jobs frequently and suddenly, particularly when bosses clamp down on them. Transiting Uranus is often the impetus for their vocational shifts, for it increases the restlessness and the need to adhere to their own authority rather than rather than former supervisors. However, they’re seldom jobless for long unless they want to be, because they’re usually so bright at what they do that they dazzle potential employers into ignoring the personnel officer’s “red flags” of warning. (They’re also inventive enough to come up with plausible reasons for their spotty job history.)

 Over time, they tend to change careers as well, when they no longer find their old field challenging enough or when technology evolves in interesting new directions. They get bored with what they’re doing and move on. Alternately, the trend changes and their fifteen minutes of fame are up, and they’re back on the path of exploration and experimentation that characterizes their work life.opil2cvrmini

 From Outer Planet Aspects to Venus and Mars—The Outer Planets and Inner Life, v.2:

Uranian types are often gifted with flair and popular appeal. They tend to be unusual, unpredictable, unconventional, inventive, avant-garde, and even brilliant. You may wonder what Mars adds to the picture. When a Mars-Uranus aspect is in high focus, the native would work to blend Mars issues into the mix — such as energy, drive, leadership, initiative, competitiveness, sexuality, interpersonal conflict, and anger. 

….Gifted Uranians are ahead of their times in their work, beliefs, and visions, but Mars–Uranus types are more driven to convert others to their point of view or way of doing things or to do battle with those who disagree. Venus–Uranus individuals like Princess Diana, Angelina Jolie, and Susan Sarandon can win converts through exceptional charm and unusual, luminous beauty, but Mars–Uranus individuals like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, and Jesse Ventura are more likely to flex their (literal or figurative) muscles and growl.

opil3cvrmini From Aspects between the Outer Planets—The Outer Planets and Inner Life, v.3:

In trying to understand the charts of young people born between 1988-98 with Uranus and Neptune conjunct, it helps to take a longer view of their potential. The same aspects that are problematic in the life of a child often wind up being exactly what they’ll need as adults—Uranian traits like independence and thinking outside the box, or Neptunian traits like empathy and imagination. In particular, the Capricorn phase of the Uranus-Neptune conjunction seems to give them an adult awareness of our severe global problems, coupled with feeling overwhelmed and powerless to take action. As adults, they’ll have the skills to make a difference.

  Though brief, I hope these excerpts have given you some new insights. To order any of these ebooks, visit Moon Maven Publications.  Skywriter Subscribers are eligible for a $5 discount on one $15 ebook this month. Choose a book, then forward the latest post and the name of your selection to me at (Don’t use the shopping cart, as this option doesn’t register there. When you write, I’ll give you directions.)  Not a subscriber?  Sign up for free at the link on the top right hand side of the blog. 

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  1. Hi, Donna.

    You said, “…. Uranians’ resumes tend to be full of mysterious gaps that give job interviewers the willies, and their references tend to be friends or colleagues rather than past employers. They tend to change jobs frequently and suddenly, particularly when bosses clamp down on them. ”

    I have plenty of mysterious gaps in my resume, with lots of temp jobs in between. Yes, I changed jobs a lot, but the real upside of that is that I got to stick my finger in a lot of different pies and that was lip smackin’ yummy. I’d get the urge to move on every 2 1/2 years. (Does that sound like a familiar pattern?)

    I’m Aquarius rising, with Uranus conj. Cancer Sun in the 6th, and sextile Moon on the IC. Every single job I moved on to was better than the last.


    • Totally typical, CJ. I have Uranus semi-square the MH and two years is about as much as I could ever handle in a job. I’d actually get restless after a year but hang in there to make for a better resume. But I’d learn a lot with each job in that first year, so I got better and better at what I did, and needed less supervision.

      BTW, it’s about the same strong during the periods when someone is having a Uranus transit to the MH or in any of the career houses (10/6/2)–short term jobs, rapid learning curve, moving toward self-employment. Donna

  2. Wow! That could be where that comes from.
    I have Uranus(scorpio) trine both my MC(Pisces) and Ascendant(Gemini/Cancer)

    Maybe that’s why I have trouble working in a regular 9-5 job.
    I’ve been doing ok in college,but I have to take minimal classes because the pressure and lack of flexibility with a full class load gives me anxiety.
    I also have alot of gaps in my resume too.
    I wish though that I could just find a career that’s at least relatively solid that gives me the variety,flexibility and creativity that I seem to need.

    Thank you Donna!=-)


  3. I love Uranus and Uranus transits. Its well aspected in my natal chart and was my highest score.
    It is in the 9th house in exact trine to my moon in Aquarius in the 5th. The moon is with asteroid Urania and Uranus is conjunct/ parallel Mars…both parallel Pluto in Leo and Venus conjunct parallel Saturn in Cancer…they are all parallel each other and the MC. Yes college was a real positive transformative time. As a teen in the cities I was always a year ahead in dance steps and won many prom ball room contests. Yes I could be aggressive when it was needed or be sweet like Venus or disciplinarian and intense as Pluto but only when called for. Yes I have always been accused of being ahead of my time …the tip of the arrowhead. Today many of the things that society takes for granted ,but that were not possible in my youth I look at wistfully now. It will be up to my grand daughters to enjoy and I shall help them take advantage of it or help any other little girls that come my way.

  4. Hi! i was born in 1993 and yup that means i have Uranus-Neptune in Capricorn located at my career house 10. i’m having trouble staying in college, can’t make my mind on what course should i take. i took up computer science but dropped to take political science the following semester, thinking i could be a lawyer but now having my thoughts to take business management! Oh My God! i’ve been changing courses in the span of 1 and a half years in college! i really don’t know what to do with myself and my future. anyway i also have Venus squaring Uranus and Neptune. Glad to find this awesome site! 😀

  5. I was born in 1995 and I have Uranus conjunct Neptune
    Uranus in Aquarius opposite my Ascendant
    Since they take a long time to travel from one sign to another, they’re not individual planets right?
    But that aspect tells me that I have a mind of my own but I’m not ready to take responsibility for my actions =.=
    *It’s not good but I admit it*
    my Uranus is in the 6th House
    6th House is good or not?

    • the 6th house shows what kind of work you do, and with Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius it’s nothing conventional, but leading edge and creative, perhaps involving technology. Uranus and Neptune were conjunct for years, yes, but they’re the signature of your generation and become personal when highlighted in the chart, as they would be on the Ascendant/Descendant axis. Donna Cunningham

  6. Actually, my Neptune is in Capricorn, but yeah, it conjunct Uranus in Aquarius
    And they both opposite my Ascendant, square Midheaven in Taurus
    Is there any probs with my choice of work or career later?

    Btw, thanks for your reply ^^
    it helps someway

    • Again, you’re part of a whole generation (the Uranus-Neptune generation, first in Capricorn, then in Aquarius) for whom career and vocation is a complicated question due to rapid shifts in careers, business, and technology, so that will continue to evolve. There will be new developments we don’t even dream of yet, but amassing a variety of transferable skills, maybe in a variety of jobs, will keep you on the leading edge.

      I do have an ebook on the outer planets as vocational indicators, with whole chapters on Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto patterns in their careers. It’s The Outer Planets and Inner Life, volume 1, available at Donna

  7. Reblogged this on Mun.

  8. Wow, the job stuff is me to a T, (Mars/Uranus conjunction in Sag). Plus, Uranus is transiting my sixth, so I can only do short term jobs without feeling crazy and controlled AND I am moving toward self-employment. The hours I do work are always weird, had a 9-5 gig for a summer and couldn’t get out of there fast enough!

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