When Uranus enters the picture, you might find it hard to stymie your responses to triggers in the activated house of your chart. With Aries as the groundskeeper, that response might be an angry one. If you’re already feeling twinges of anger or an increase in nervous energy, start now to find the right therapies to help you disperse them in a healthy way. Words spoken in anger can bring disastrous results. We can accomplish just as much, if not more, through rational conversation as we can with an angry outburst that can cause deep pain to another person and create a divide not easily repaired. Even the timid can raise a rally cry that’s not soon forgotten.
In Uranus ~ Wreaking Havoc in a Placid World, I asked readers to share their stories about how Uranus transits changed their lives or the lives of their loved ones, and to let us know how they’re doing now. (I’m reprinting them here as part of the permanent collection of articles about Uranus for the 2010 IAD Blogathon.) Some readers posted their stories in the comments section; others sent theirs by email. If you have Uranus transiting the Sun, Moon, or angles of you chart, you will find their stories especially enlightening. As in most transits signalling intense change, these are hot spots.
The stories seem to focus on two major themes ~ major moves and a change in a major relationship ~ romantic, marital, or parental. It’s all about change, but don’t let that frighten you. Sometimes change is actually good. As they say, the only alternative to change is death. Uranus acts like a break in an emotional dam that releases a backlog of pent-up frustrations or the denial of that special spark that makes us uniquely us. And in a typical Uranian twist, it can even make us more committed to the very thing we want to change. When you face a trial in your life, know how you want it to turn out and then and take the steps you can to make it better.
Nikki ~ 1st / 7th House
Nikki never wanted to get married and was a “comit-o-phobe.” She discovered that “relationships do not have to restrict a person’s freedom and independence, rather, they can support and enhance personal freedom and independence.” Nikki has a lot of relevant information to share in her comments about relationships and moves, all Uranian territory. (Read Nikki’s insightful story in full in the original post, as well as other comments. )
Anne ~ 1st/7th House Transit
I was young and pregnant and foolishly married the baby’s father. After a few months, I realized my mistake. Certain situations were raising red flags and I knew that the relationship was not what I wanted in a marriage. I knew I would do things that would hurt him. As Uranus transited my Ascendant, I literally awoke one morning and decided I would leave. I left that day. All I wanted was my baby. I knew I had to leave and I am happy I did. I’ve been with my second husband for 20 years, and this is what I want.
Mimi ~ 7th /8th House, Sun, and MC
when Uranus left my 7th house my husband became sober. The first 5 years of my marriage were pretty rough, that’s when Uranus was in my 7th house. and for him, interestingly enough, when he got sober Uranus was conjunct his Sun.. at his midheaven. that’s kind of cool…
Mandi ~ 6th House
When Uranus in Pisces opposed Uranus and Pluto I was laid off from my job at an IT company (Uranus and Pluto rule my 10th and 6th houses respectively). I didn’t see it coming, it was a real shock. What shook me to the core was not just the suddenness of it, but also the cold way it was done, I was just cut off completely from a group of people I had come to think of as friends. There wasn’t really time to process it, as financial imperative meant I had to find a new job almost immediately. In truth I am still getting over it a year or so later, so I guess the biggest lesson has been in learning to let go and move on, but at the same time acknowledge that there is a kind of grieving process you need to go through when you suffer loss and you must honour that. . .When Uranus in Pisces squared my Jupiter in Gemini, I started my blog. :) Mandi is the Co-ordinator of the Saturn collection in the IAD Blogathon and writes Astroair Astrology.
Lana ~ Ascendant and Sun
The memory which most readily comes to mind was when Uranus was at 0 degrees Scorpio on my husband Mike’s Asc and opposite my Asc, and we moved and bought our first house – a total change of lifestyle.
But here is another transit of note, when I look at my journals. In the 40 years I have been working with Astrology, I took one sabbatical year out, to see what it was like not to think astrologically (this was 15 years in). The ending of this sabbatical coincided with Uranus transiting my Sun, obviously starting a new cycle and reviving the practice of Astrology in my life. Whereas before I had only done written readings, I started to do consultations at that time. Lana Wooster is an astrologer and past life regression counselor.
Rosario ~ MC
When Rosario had her Uranus opposition eleven years ago, she received an inheritance from her mother that allowed her to finance a divorce. She says, “Now I am ‘in love’ with my Uranus! Now I feel happy and alive every day, and teach my four teenagers that we are all free in our house. All kinds of people and their thoughts are welcome.”
Susie ~ 5th house
Susie and her current husband were both experiencing 5th house Uranus transits when they met. Both were married at the time, but divorced as a result of their affair. She says, “It has been over 30 years, so I think it is time for me to clear the air. We sure did fit the 5th house well, romance, risks, pleasures! This was the only really big shakeup in my life. It really came out of the blue and was entirely unexpected. I really had no idea what I wanted to happen at the time. I was very confused. And, I gave no thought to what anyone would think of me. I just did what I wanted. One lesson is that I would probably try to have more self control if this situation ever happened again. I would think more about how this would affect everyone involved. I am good now. Just normal annoyances.”
Most everyone reports being happy with the changes that happened in their lives during a Uranian transit. Maybe those who aren’t happy chose not to write about it. I invite you to share your story in the comments here so that others can benefit from your experience as Uranus moves through Aries.
You can also join the discussion on Astro Creeps and Tarot Freaks. Astrogrrl is hosting a forum for readers’ comments about their experiences with the transits of Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. You can register and then join the Transit Authority discussions.