Posted by: Donna Cunningham | February 25, 2016

Uranus Transiting the Career Houses–Sudden Endings and New Horizons

© 2015 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

  Note: This article is a brief excerpt from my most recent offering, Career Choices and Challenges: An Astrological Guide. It‘s a two volume set of PDFs, with Part One focused on vocational placements in the natal chart and Part Two exploring the challenges and changes that transits to those sectors bring. It’s available at


If Uranus is transiting one of your vocational houses—the 2nd, 6th, or 10th—then this transit can represent a chance for a breakthrough in your career. You may find hope as well as a challenge to live up to during the time Uranus is in one of these sectors.

Not everyone will be affected to the same extent, of course. If that house is empty, it’s less likely that you’ll see dramatic changes. If there are planets in it natally, significant events are most likely to be triggered when the aspects are exact.

You’re probably a Uranian type if your natal chart has many Uranus aspects or the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, or several planets in Aquarius.

(This is a strong possibility if your Uranus scored high on the Planetary Strength Tests you’ll find under a tab on the front page of this blog.)

If natal Uranus aspects key placements like those above, this transit may well be your time to head out on a whole new track. I always say that Uranian types have the gift of periodically reinventing themselves, especially during Uranus transits.

Uranus may travel through a vocational house for seven years or more, depending on the house’s width and the number of degrees in that house.

 What Transiting Uranus Brings to a Career Placement

Uranus—at its best, here are some potentials it brings to the career sectors:

  • Visionary, inventive, thinking outside the box. (May never have even been INSIDE the box.)
  • Able to relate to all kinds of people, befriend people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Independent, on a path of their own, comfortable on the leading edge of trends.

Possible deficits to overcome:

  • Can be a rebel and maverick who automatically rejects the status quo and defies authority.
  • Self-willed, explosive temper when blocked from doing what they want.
  • Perpetual adolescents who refuse to do what’s in their own best interest.

 Note: Difficult signs or aspects—especially conjunctions with other vocational placements—can modify the planet’s basic nature. If so, parts of the description above may not entirely fit.

An Overview–Uranus Transits to the Career Houses

As you review events and situations that occurred under past Uranus transits to the career sector, consider the way you responded to its energy. If you’re having a difficult transit to these areas, ask yourself which of its less constructive traits you might be expressing and how those traits might wind up creating an even more difficult situation.

Were some of its less desirable traits in operation, and could you get a better outcome from current and future transits by working on them? Did you also display its possible constructive traits and potentials that you could draw on in current transits? Use the inventory of transiting Uranus below to see how you’re doing.

Uranus’s roles: inventor, scientist, tech support, trendsetter, maverick, activist, adolescent.

Possible constructive expressions: avant-garde, futuristic, state-of-the-art, leading edge, genius, quirky, humanitarian, thinking out-of-the-box, idealistic, innovative, brilliant, detached, free.

Possible difficult expressions: willfulness, knee-jerk rebel, saboteur, agitator, maverick, provocative, eccentric, cold, contrary, elitist, erratic, undependable, easily distracted, explosive, stubborn.

 Uranus’ action is ever-evolving, erratic, and can correspond with an itch to change everything for the sake of something new. Given this restlessness, you’re likely to be exposed to leading-edge ideas and tools that stimulate creativity, spark your inventiveness, and change your direction considerably. You may be drawn to exciting new ideas, methods, and people—like-minded souls to support you in these transitions.

In an unsteady marketplace with frequent leadership upheavals, you’re forced to develop independence and initiative. These unexpected developments can take you in directions you’ve never dreamed you’d pursue—or that you’d dreamed of but never thought you’d attain.

 These transits can be unsettling to people who don’t easily adapt to change. Typical events might include a series of sudden job moves and unforeseen shifts in the types of work done. Situations might involve odd working conditions, unusual or even eccentric bosses and coworkers, layoffs or company closings, or even geographical moves due to transfers.

We may go through a series of abrupt changes in jobs and career direction, including what look like false starts. Yet these repeated changes, even the ones that don’t work out, can be considered experiments in which we try out new possibilities.

 Each segment of the path is a piece of a greater puzzle, and each contributes to an ultimate outcome that integrates many facets of our unique gifts.

Expecting the Unexpected in Career Developments

Like many astrologers, I admit that Uranus transits are too unpredictable to nail down. Uranus’ action is ever-evolving, state of the art, and erratic. Uranus transits can create an itch to change everything, just for the sake of something new.

Given this sense of restlessness, we’re likely to be exposed to a number of leading-edge ideas and tools that could stimulate our creativity, spark our inventiveness, and change our direction considerably. We may be drawn to exciting ideas, methods, and people—like-minded souls to support us in all the transitions we’ll face.

Many of us will experience the need to adhere to our own authority rather than an external one. In an unsettled marketplace with frequent leadership upheavals, we’re forced to develop independence and initiative.

Often by default, we get the chance to break from convention and to think for ourselves as we face rapid new developments. Some of us are both forced and allowed to become less conventional and to leave the safe womb of mass culture behind for a radically new way of life that may in time become the norm.

If Uranus is transiting a career house or aspecting the Midheaven and you’re using the transit well, those unexpected developments could take you in directions you’ve never dreamed you’d pursue—or that you dreamed of but never hoped to attain. One thing for certain, we all live in interesting times!

Career Choices and Challenges: an Astrological Guide is my newest ebook offering. Vocational astrology was one of my specialties throughout my four decades of client work. The book is my way of sharing what I’ve learned so you and your loved ones or clients can make better use of the energies of the signs, houses, and planets in the vocational sectors of the chart.

This two-volume set is 180,000 words long and includes 60 articles about various facets of vocational astrology. It’s divided into two parts in order to make navigation easier. The volumes are not sold separately, and the set is $25. It’s distributed exclusively on my website,



  1. Hi Donna,
    You have no idea how much I appreciate this article. I am definitely a Uranian type and Uranus had been transiting my 2nd house for a few years now. I do not have any planets in the second, but I have been hopelessly uprooted with many false starts with work. I have difficulty finding any work that sustains me financially and this is not my “norm.” TR Uranus also is squaring my natal Mars in the 6th, so it is a double whammy.

    I know you do not offer interpretations here, but I just wanted to reach out and say that your findings are very accurate.

    peace, Linda

    • Thanks, Linda. Aspects like those can pull the rug out from under us, for sure, but I find that it often catalyzes us to leave behind things we really didn’t want to do anymore but were too fearful to let go of.


      • I do agree Donna and I working on finding a new path forward. I began blogging during this transit, which has reignited my long love affair with writing. Finding money is a whole other story. 🙂

  2. I have Uranus conjunct my Ascendant, and Venus in Aquarius in the 5th house. When Uranus was transiting through my 6th house, I did a lot of work with gifted and other “unusual” children. A chance to break from convention, indeed!

  3. I’m having t. pluto conjunct my ASC for some time and my progressed MC is about to conjunct my n. uranus in a year. I quited my job, want to start something different and work independently, but I don’t know what I can do. I’m tired of trying to find an idea and something to do on my own as a job. Is it possible that progressed midheaven conjuncting my n. uranus ends up in nothing?

  4. Hi Donna. This is a great summing up of the Uranian career energies.
    Uranus has been transiting my 6th for almost seven years now, and, well, it’s been a ball! However, it didn’t start that way. I was retrenched from a job I loved but had been doing too long; I’d grown stale, and there was nothing else I wanted to do with that employer. They made the decision for me. It hurt, but I went off with a nice payout on the dot of the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction at 0 Aries in 2010.

    My working life since then has been unsteady but fun and full of opportunities to stretch and learn. I run my own business, am about to start two more with former colleagues, and am getting a tech education by learning to code, manage content systems and so on — classic Uranian things. As for the odd jobs/odd hours aspect of this transit — my hobby-job is doing paper rounds on my bicycle, which keeps me healthy and sane. This odd little job paid for my new kitchen.

    I’m going to miss Uranus when it skips off into my boring 7th — but as my marriage has already ended, I reckon I have nothing to fear!

    • Not everyone finds a Uranus transit to the career houses fun, but what you said about feeling stale is typical. If the person hangs on to an old job for security when they really need to stretch themselves with something new, the Universe seems to find a way to boot them out of their rut! Donna

  5. Thanks Donna. I have Aries on my 10th and Im really wanting to work for myself. Feel stifled with a part time job. Want to make enough money to be self supporting and be my own boss. Nataly, I have Uranus conjunct Mercury in Leo in second house and have been writing a book for the past two years.

    Thanks for your blog, you are very generous 🙂

    • Hi, Leah. I’ve been self-employed for a long time, and my advice would be to have several ways to earn money, so that when one of your sidelines is having a slump (or if you get bored with it!) you can rely on the other ones. With Mercury and Uranus conjunct in the 2nd, you have the potential to develop many skills related to writing and other forms of communication, and can pick up technical/computer skills easily. Great flexibility and diversity. HBest of luck with all your endeavors. Donna

  6. Uranus is transiting my 10th house in Aries. Since I was 8yrs old I wanted to own my own beauty salon. I’m now an Intuitive Energy Healer | Wellness Coach | Cannabis Advocate since the passing of my father in 2013, losing his battle with cancer.

    • Finding a variety of ways to be self-employed and on the leading edge is a good use of this Uranus in Aries transits. Donna Cunningham

  7. Very insightful article – I just looked at the ephemeris and sure enough, when Uranus entered my 6th (Pisces) I was quite suddenly re-assigned to a new position, doing a different type of work – I had no choice about this, and was not happy about it at first. But it turned out to be a great thing – I am much more suited to this new work. I scored 36 on your Uranian test, and have Uranus in my 10th. I have not had a lot of success in planning my career, but have found that trust in the future and keeping a sharp eye out for opportunities works pretty well for me most of the time (along with hard work – also have a strong Saturn and strong Pluto). Still, maintaining that trust is not easy (frequently use Gentian for that).

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