Posted by: Donna Cunningham | May 27, 2010

Celebrating the Last–and Future–Uranus in Pisces Generation

©5-28-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 As Uranus shifts into Aries, we’re commemorating Uranus in Pisces here on Skywriter. It’s a placement that has a myriad of charms. Since a whole new generation of children was born with it over the past seven years, I thought it might be helpful to their parents, grandparents, and teachers to get a glimpse of the qualities of the last such generation, the quirky but appealing folks born with it highlighted between 1919-1927.

 Later, I’ll give you a link to AstroDataBank, so that you can see the charts and biographies of any of them you’d like to know more about.

 Movie stars born in that era had an aura of glamour that has made them legendary. Actors included Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Sydney Poitier, Montgomery Clift, Yul Brunner, Tony Curtis, and Tony Randall.

Actresses included Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, Ava Gardener, Kim Hunter, Shelley Winters, and Jane Russell.

That same glamour was apparent in memorable musicians of the time: Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Sarah Vaughn, and Leontyne Price.  And among the trend-setters in fashion was Pierre Cardin.

 As I mentioned in the recent article about Betty White, zany, edgy, and off-beat are words that describe Uranus in Pisces as a signature of comedy. Entertainers with this position—whether out and out comedians or not—include Jonathan Winters, Lenny Bruce,  Harvey Korman, Paul Lynde, Johnny Carson, and Steve Allen.

 Uranus represents science, and Pisces represents imagination and fiction, so it will be no surprise that many of the people who shaped modern science fiction were born with this placement:  Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Rod Sterling, Gene Roddenberry, and Anne McCaffrey.

Other authors who introduced their own innovative and memorable slant into their genres were Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Keyes, Art Buchwald, Helen Gurley Brown, Erma Bombeck, and James Clavell.

You’d think this would have been a spiritual bunch, but in fact it was curiously devoid of leaders in that arena. There was St. Bernadette, whose visions at Lourdes and subsequent healings turned that place forever into a place for pilgrims. Then there was God himself—Charleton Heston.  

Someone you may or may not consider a spiritual leader, depending on what you think about hallucinogenic drugs, was Dr. Timothy Leary, the advocate for LSD. Perhaps not surprising, given Uranus’ revolutionary qualities, there was the woman who rebelled against religion by crusading for the rights of atheists—Madelyn Murray O’Hair.

 Political leaders born with this position included Civil Rights activists like Malcolm X and Ralph Abernathy and feminists like Betty Friedan. Not so radical but still memorable were New York’s cheeky mayor, Ed Koch, and former President Jimmy Carter. 

 (The conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in the opposite sign, Virgo during the 1960s was the catalyst that brought many of the people on this list into the public eye, during their midlife cycle of transiting Uranus opposite natal Uranus and Pluto square natal Pluto.)

Astrology itself is ruled by Uranus, and in observing our field through a half-cycle of that planet—from Virgo through Pisces—I’ve seen how Uranus’s sign shapes the astrological slant of its leaders.

 Teachers and writers with Uranus in Pisces have left an indelible mark:  Marion March, Zipporah Dobyns, Edie Custer, and Jeff Mayo.

Pop astrology icons included Sydney Omarr and Linda Goodman, the author who single-handedly set off the astrology craze of the late 1960s and 1970s that drew many of today’s most prominent astrologers (myself included) into their studies.

 Will the children born with Uranus in Pisces during parts of 2003-2011 be as memorable and compelling as the notables listed in this article?  Not all of them will, of course, because Uranus would have to be strongly featured in their charts. We are, however, bound to hear about those who were born with Mars conjunct Uranus—you can read about them in the article linked below. 

Want to see the charts or bios of any of the notables listed in this article?  See them here: AstroDataBank’s Birthdata Collection of Notables.  For the stories and charts of hundreds of astrology’s heroes, visit the Astrologers’ Memorial Website.

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  1. I like these Uranus in Pisces posts! Very fun and interesting …

    • Thanks, Petals. I’ve enjoyed Uranus in Pisces in terms of freeing up my creative writing to move in new directions, and I’m really sorry to see it go. Donna

  2. Hi DC, thank you for posting this. I’ve been thinking about the ingress and thinking about you. Let’s see what this brings.

  3. My little cousin has Uranus in Pisces exactly conjoining his Sun. He has a whole bunch of other really amazing creative aspects too. I hope he turns out to be more like Paul Newman and less like Charlton Heston.

    • God, no! You are a funny lady, Lucy. I hope your school term ended well and that you have the summer off to play with us in the blogosphere. Donna

  4. Thanks, Donna. My mother had Uranus in Pisces conjunct her Pisces Sun and she had that same zany sense of humor as Betty White. In fact, they remind me alot of each other.

    My grandson also was born with Uranus in Pisces, as his chart ruler and in his first house. So I expect I’ll learn alot more about this placement as his life unfolds.

    • If the little tyke is as funny and quirky as the older Uranus in Pisces generation, I know you must love him a lot. Donna

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