Uranus spends about seven years in each sign as it moves around the zodiac, so it’s in that sign for everyone born during that period. All planets are important in the birth chart, but a sign influence that is identical for so many people does not indicate personal characteristics that will dominate an individual unless, of course, Uranus is a personal planet. Instead, the Uranus sign is known as a ‘generational’ influence. The House placement of Uranus is more personally significant.
Uranus in Aries:
(1927 – 1934, 2010 – 2018)
Here the energy and assertiveness of Aries complements the forthright, nervous energy of Uranus. Unless negatively aspected, Uranus here should endow plenty of originality and the motivation to use it in positive ways. There will be erratic tendencies, however, and patience is not enhanced. This placing highlights the search for what is new, out-of-the-ordinary and different. Self-confidence and leadership power is reinforced. However, possible foolhardiness must be checked, since it can surface in an extremely eccentric way with the individual becoming involved in silly and daredevil feats. Caution must be developed.
Uranus in Aries gives a character intrepid, dauntless, fiery and indomitable, whether for good or evil.
Flaming, headstrong, hot-tempered, impetuous, self-willed and obstinate is the type; but sometimes the native will make a sudden and complete volte-face, and purpose a new and contradictory course with the same energy as he did the former. Nor, as a rule, will he be capable of seeing that he has changed in any respect. There is nothing particularly constructive in this type of energy. A strong example of this temperament is found in Annie Besant, Aries the rising sign; in Pope Alexander VI the same qualities are apparent; but here Capricornus is rising, and although Mars is exalted in Capricornus, and so not inharmonious with the Aries temperament, yet a Saturnian element is super-added, with the most unfortunate results.
People with Uranus in Aries are always so firmly convinced that they are right that opposition to their wishes appears to them as something positively Satanic, and they are therefore entirely unscrupulous in crushing that opposition. Sometimes this masterful quality is confined to legitimate lines, as in the case of Edison. Scorpio is rising, and its lord Mars is softened by the conjunction of the Moon in the third house; thus the powerful will implied works mostly on the mental plane, where the enemy is only stubborn nature; and in bending to his will by the force of his genius, he has earned the thanks of humanity.
Uranus in Taurus:
(1934 – 1941)
Taurus highlights the stubborn quality of Uranus. If other fixed signs are prominent in the chart, the individual may proudly say, ‘Once I’ve made up my mind I don’t change it.’ However, it the chart tends towards indecision, with a powerful emphasis on Libra or Pisces, this is a good placing, since it gives a combination of stability and Uranian originality. Either way, this placement makes for opposing tendencies. On the one hand, the fixed influence of Taurus makes one want to be conventional. This clashes with the natural Uranian urge to break free from all conventions. If balance is achieved, we often find an original and practical individual, which is when Uranus in Taurus is at its best.
When Uranus is placed in Taurus, it makes the native very stubborn, steadfast and intuitive. Generally they are found to do well financially in life. Natives have a penchant for real-estate ventures and partnership deals. You set your goals properly and work towards it persistently. There is no going back.
You look to be broad-minded on the outside, but on the inside you are a stubborn personality who does not yield at any cost. You are known to take your decisions wisely and timely. Natives enjoy a happy marriage though occasional rifts cannot be ruled out due to their possessive nature. You find new ways to make money and would also be able to forecast your future accurately thanks to your psychic tendencies. You are very practical and is satisfied only with tangible results. It is difficult to make this native move, but once he/she is on the move, then there is no stopping them.
Uranus in Gemini:
(1941 – 1948)
Uranus in Gemini is a lively placing, endowing originality, quick thinking and often brilliant ideas. Here is excellent potential. If Mercury and Jupiter are well placed in the chart, this adds a sharp attitude and quick responses. This is good for literary or academic work, a career in the media or communications. If poorly aspected, Gemini’s restlessness will be a problem. If Mars in involved in negative aspects to Uranus, distress, worry, and headaches may be a problem. Relaxation techniques such as yoga may help.
The sign Gemini is by nature singularly unsympathetic with Uranus; for its force is dispersive and gentle, easily moved, but not persistent in motion; and the influence is accordingly weak. We shall find persons indeed pre-eminent for driving force of will. Their power will be mainly that of idea; and unless the rising sign be thoroughly harmonious, and both its lord and Uranus himself, well-dignified . we may expect examples of failure rather than of success.
Uranus in Cancer:
(1948 – 1955)
The changeable moodiness of Cancer, combined with the unpredictability of Uranus, may at times cause problem. If you have Uranus in Cancer, friends may never know what to expect from you. Uranus is a cold, unemotional planet, always encouraging logical, clear-cut action, while Cancer is all intuition and very emotional. If Uranus is a personal planet, this can be a source of tension for the individual. Instead of trying to choose between opposing extremes, the individual would do well to let one complement the other. At its best, this placing enhances the imagination, making it very original.
So passive, so placid, so receptive, so mutable, so conservative, a sign as Cancer cannot be expected to accord with the active, violent, creative, determined, revolutionary rays of Uranus. It will tend to dissolve his violence. rather as water mingles with sulphuric acid, generating fierce heat perhaps for a moment, but leaving a diluted substance, the qualities of both, for good or evil, quenched and dissipated. Yet there may in favorable conditions be found a modification and expansion of the force, just as some violent perfume needs to be spread out into a greater volume before the olfactory nerves can perceive it with pleasure. We shall then expect to find the power of Uranus neutralised by Cancer, and whether this leaves a residuum potent and yet pleasant will depend (far more than in other signs upon the Ascendant, and upon the dignities and aspects of the lord thereof, and upon those of Uranus himself.
We shall certainly not expect to discover many people who have revolutionised their age. who have dominated their contemporaries in any radical manner. We shall not expect any real strength of will, any true masterfulness of temperament.
Uranus in Leo:
(1955 – 1961)
With Uranus in Leo there is increased energy and boldness. Because of Leo’s fixed quality, stubbornness may be a problem. Self-confidence is boosted, and sometimes there is a liking for power. If properly managed, a talent for leadership arises. These individuals often have a creative flair.
There is a particular sympathy between Uranus and Leo, not only because of the cherubic quality of the sign, but because it is a Solar sign, and Uranus is the secret generative force by which we call the Sun Father. Leo, too, by the Yetziratic attribution of the Qabalists, is a snake as well as a lion, and the magical image of his first decanate is a crowned lion with the body of a snake. Now Uranus himself combines very closely the force of these two animals. Fierceness and subtlety alternate in his mode of action; he is weighty in his onset and yet dangerously sudden; he is the giver of life and death. In fact, it is through Uranus that we are led to recognise the extremely close correspondence between Leo and Scorpio. One is the Lion, the other the Eagle, of the alchemistic philosophy; both possess the secret nature of the snake; and in their evil and averse aspect one is Cerberus and the other the Black Dragon of Putrefaction. Those versed in alchemy will behold and wonder at the beauty and lucidity of this symbolism.
There is however one serious drawback to this position of Uranus; this s, that the very sympathy with the secret part of the Solar force creates a danger. Apollo is called 'creator and destroyer'; the Lingam is addressed by the Greeks as 'all-begetter, all-devourer' and this force is now seen to be concentrated in Uranus. And unless the Sun in any male horoscope be reasonably well-dignified there is no danger to the life of the native. Now the presence of Uranus in the house of the Sun is itself an affliction of the Sun, on the material plane, and so we must have Sol well-dignified in other ways or the native is liable to die before the occult power or the planet has time to manifest.
Uranus in Virgo:
(1961 – 1968)
Uranus in Virgo is a potential source of tension, especially if the individual is rather nervous or anxious, or if tension is evident in other areas of the chart. These energies can be put to good use as they will inject the mind with ability to analyze and research, and will also encourage a certain originality of approach to any problem or project that is under consideration. Since Virgo is an earth sign, it tends to be conventional – the familiar and well-tried is preferred, yet Uranus’ influence is quite the reverse, encouraging original thoughts and actions, and often unconventional behavior.
So earthy, mercurial, passive a sign as Virgo can have little in common with the fire and activity of Uranus. Sometimes the influence, as in the case of Cancer, becomes harmonised and fixed; but this will only be in special cases. For the most part the temperament will be meanly marked; one is likely to find eccentricity and mental instability, and it is improbable that any great driving force will be developed.
However, there is the case of Balzac, presumably the greatest novelist that ever lived. Here Leo is rising, and Uranus, though just within the second house, has no planet between him and the horizon. The Sun, lord of the Ascendant, is in conjunction with Jupiter in the tenth house. There is no lack of harmony between the personality and the temperament, except for the mercurial touch given by Virgo, which made the master personally very eccentric in manner and somewhat unaccountable in his actions; at least, so it appeared to the majority of his contemporaries.
Uranus in Libra:
(1884 – 1890, 1968 – 1974)
Libra will add glamour, more power of attraction, and more of a romantic streak to Uranus. But if Uranus or Venus is a personal planet, problems may arise when the Uranian desire for independence fights with the Libran desire to relate to others. In this case, the individual may want a partnership but not a partner. This placing of Uranus makes for an excellent, caring, helpful, and sympathetic friend. These traits should be developed for use in intimate relationships as well.
Owing to the exaltation of Saturn in the house of Venus, there is something sinister and subtle about the sign of Libra. Its own nature too, is the balance; and when that balance is upset by such a flaming sword as Uranus being cast into the scale, we may expect very astonishing results. Where Venus is afflicted and Saturn strong, we shall find that the influence is often excessively dangerous; but good dispositions and dignities of Venus, and an harmonious rising sign and happy aspects to Uranus himself, may bring about the development of the most useful forces. The freedom of Libra, an airy sign, will give play to the impulses of Uranus; in fact, one might almost say that he is never more himself than when he is in this sign.
Uranus in Scorpio:
(1890 – 1897, 1974 – 1981)
Uranus in Scorpio gives extra power and intensity. You are brave and daring, but tend to avoid showing emotions, or even reject them. These individuals should find constructive outlets for their emotional tension. This placing indicates a potential, or a need, for power. This influence will be greatest if the Sun, Moon, or Ascendant is in Scorpio, or if Uranus is near the midheaven. This need for power streams from a desire to help heal the world in some way. There is great potential here, but if this energy is misdirected, life may drag these individuals down.
The nature of Uranus is so singularly like that of Scorpio, so far as his less humanitarian and uplifting aspects were concerned, that we may anticipate his presence in this house to be so strong as to dominate the personality, even where that is of an opposite character. The excellence of this position will depend largely upon the aspects of Uranus, more so than in the case of other signs. It has been generally alleged that Uranus has a special affinity for the sign Aquarius, and some innovators have gone so far as to call it his house. To such a position, breaking up as it does the entire septenary system of correspondences, it is impossible to assent. Neptune and Uranus represent forces far beyond the plane on which that system operates; and it is useless to destroy the old unless the new is demonstrably better. We prefer to assign Uranus to all the Cherubic signs, Neptune to all the passive signs, while the primum mobile may be properly considered to rule over the Cardinal signs. By this method, we not only retain the septenary system but complete it by assimilating it to the Qabalistic tenfold system of the Tree of Life, without the smallest disturbance. We retain the twelvefold Zodiac, and the attributions of the Tarot, and a thousand other systems which are irrevocably interlocked with these; and we remain in perfect communion with the thought of the Ancients. This appears a wiser and marc rational course than to exhibit our ignorance of the necessity of the septenary in order to show off our knowledge about Uranus.
Uranus in Sagittarius:
(1897 – 1904, 1981 – 1988)
Uranus in Sagittarius opens the mind and makes it more original. This placement makes for a lively individual with a good sense of humor, and very good brains. The Sagittarian influence adds an adventurous spirit to the Uranian humanitarian desire. This means that these individuals will be useful in fixing our world.
In the sign of Sagittarius lies much of the nature of the horse and of the deer, timid, delicate, proud, courageous and swift, Only the suddenness of its action in any way resemble our typical Uranus force; but the sign itself, if Jupiter be happily aspected, may have much power to overcome much that seems hard and coarse and cold in the planet. Cold, say we, for the cruelty of Uranus is calculated and deliberate, the cause of a joy no less sinister than divine, while that of Mars is the hot cruelty of far more 'human' passion. But Sagittarius never fails to give liveliness to the temperament; it is as Celtic an Ascendant as Leo or Pisces, more so, in fact, than the latter; thus we find in him . what one might humorously call a 'reformed' Uranus, etherealised, sublimised. But of course, as before, bad aspects and an inharmonious Ascendant will weaken and corrupt these qualities. For example the horoscope of Queen Victoria shows arrogance and petulance, impatience of contradiction. Gemini is rising, a totally opposed sign, and Neptune is within 5 degrees of Uranus in the seventh house. Saturn squares them, but fortunately Venus is trine; else had the situation been hopeless. It just supplied the missing clement of fact. Mercury is in the twelfth house, and not particularly strong, undoubtedly temperament plays a much larger part than personality.
Uranus in Capricorn:
(1904 – 1912, 1988 – 1995)
Uranus is somewhat boxed in by Capricorn. The benefit is the ability to put problems into a coherent and logical perspective. However, conflicts will arise when Uranus’s unpredictability and shock tactics try to express themselves. Capricorn is the most conventional sign, preferring to do things ‘the proper way.’ Here Uranus’s energy is concentrated and may be put to good use.
It is very pleasant to the astrologer when those rare occasions arise on which he can sum up the potentialities of any force in one succint phrase. Such an occasion is here. The explosive force of Uranus counteracts completely all that there may be of sluggish Saturn in Capricornus; and we get 'an he-goat also, against whom there is no rising up'. The man with Uranus thus placed is, in Kipling's phrase, a first-class fighting man'. The examples of this are so convincing that they need only to be announced. The power evoked is so great that no troubles with the personality appear to daunt it, unless they are extraordinarily evil. The mabr1cal will of the man, his mission in the world, are everything to him.
Uranus in Aquarius:
(1912 – 1919, 1995 – 2003)
Uranus rules Aquarius, so these people will have many of the general Aquarian traits. They may be friendly and humanitarian, but independent and emotionally detached. Uranus’s influence is greater than usual here because it’s in its own sign. As always, its influence increases even more if Uranus is a personal planet in the chart.
In this sign Uranus appears most clearly as the emancipator. Aquarius is the sign of the Man Cherub, not so spiritual as the Eagle, but with the clear light of reason luminous in his eyes.
Nor is it without significance in this connection that the Tarot trump corresponding to Aquarius is 'Hope'.
However, the sign is too harmonious to the planet to produce the great emancipator every time. It requires some special excitement before it becomes operative in its fullest extent, and it is rendered commonplace by an easy going personality.
Uranus in Pisces:
(1919 – 1927, 2003 – 2010)
When Uranus is in Pisces, idealism, sympathy, sensitivity, and sacrifice for others is joined with humanitarianism and logical thinking. There is much creative potential here. As with any potential, it must be channeled correctly or else the individual must beware of escapist tendencies. These are helpful people.
On the surface, there is not much sympathy between this planet and this sign. The only point which they seem to have in common is the suddenness; but the suddenness of Pisces is that of the will-of-the-wisp, a better word might be elusiveness. Pisces is an exceptionally receptive sign - there is no driving force in it. It is the precise antithesis to the aggressiveness of Uranus. There is, of course, a great deal of subtlety in Pisces, but this is a different kind of quality to the secretiveness of Uranus. We shall consequently not expect to find very many men of the first-class with this position of Uranus. Occasionally, the dispositions of the planets may be such that it is completely dissolved in, and its influence spread throughout, the sign, and where this occurs there will be an extension of the occult influence of Uranus in the psychic menstruum 0S of Pisces.