It’s that time again – for Uranus Retrograde. It happens every year for about five months, and when it does, we have extra leverage in freeing ourselves from old rules, ideas, and roles we’ve outgrown. As an archetype, Uranus just does its own thing, and probably finds it quite hilarious that we try to predict the effect its movement will have on us. As astrologers say: “if you knew it was coming, it wasn’t Uranus.” Uranus is the unpredictability that ejects us from our metaphorical, and sometimes literal seats. It reflects the part of ourselves that demands freedom at any cost. No price is too high to pay. No fall is too far. Uranus is the Awakener, and this blog is all about Uranus Retrograde 2020 and uprooting change.
Expect the unexpected!
The common theme with Uranus is: Expect the unexpected! Uranian energy comes like a strike of lightning. It turns us upside down until we’re able to see from a new perspective. It shocks us into awareness…or into disassociation, depending on our state, circumstances, and choices. Sometimes disassociation is an act of self-preservation that temporarily saves our sanity. When we’re not ready to have an experience, separating ourselves from it can be a life-saver, allowing us to function without breaking down or completely shutting down. At some point, these fractured memories will need to be integrated.
Rolling around up there in the sky
In its home in the solar system, Uranus rolls on its side in space. This unusual orbit is a fine fit with our personification of the renegade planet. It just doesn’t do anything “normally,” and it doesn’t take “normal” as a compliment.
Uranus takes about 84 years to orbit the Sun, spending approximately seven years in each astrological sign. Uranus Retrograde is a regular cycle every year, lasting 155 days as the planet moves four degrees backward through the zodiac.
This year, Uranus will begin its retrograde movement on August 15, 2020, and will continue until January 14, 2021.
The Great Awakener
Uranus is co-ruler of Aquarius and we often clump them together in our study and understanding of them. And there are similarities, but also differences. Aquarius is a sign that is a part of our 12 sign zodiac. Signs are also known as domains of consciousness. Aquarius, as a domain of consciousness, is coming from Capricorn and moving toward Pisces. It’s greatly influenced by both of these signs and all the signs in the wheel. Signs don’t operate alone, but planets are like players in a game. They can work together, but they’re independent.
Uranus is a free agent. Uranian energy, on its own, is not weighed down by expectations. It’s not encumbered by form. It’s the best example we have of truly free-thinking. It has nothing to prove to anyone else. It’s not concerned with ownership or preserving its reputation. Uranus as an archetype is unbound.
Uranus is the Great Awakener that brings you back to your true, authentic self!
Symptoms of awakening
Having a hard time focusing long enough to read this sentence, let alone this entire blog? Linked with electricity and the nervous system, Uranus activity and influence can make us feel restless, twitchy, almost like we’re short-circuiting. Imagine lightning in your veins or serious ants in your pants. And going to sleep?? Forget it!
Uranus represents liberation, innovation, collective memory, change, revolution, free spirit, mental brilliance, and unconventionality. Uranus represents breaking away from the mainstream. It’s the desire to be rid of old conditions and constraints. All this ditching of the past and the “known” can result in feeling alone, left out, or on the outside, at least temporarily.
Imagine The Fool in the Tarot who’s about to step off the cliff, not knowing where they will land. But, like an acrobat, you may learn to enjoy the formless and timeless seconds between take-off and landing.
If you’re having moments of realization that seem beyond logic, you have the awakening bug. And it will bite until it gets through, so accept the initiation and let the change begin!
Change – from the inside out
Uranus transits and aspects often reflect areas of life where sudden change, disruption, rebellion, and stress manifest. Some astrologers associate these signatures with the experiences of trauma, and Uranian events can certainly feel that way. Uranus activity is prone to releasing anxiety and other psychological distress – anything to champion that change! On the flipside, Uranus signatures also reflect true genius, mind-blowing creativity, and the freedom to express ourselves authentically.
Uranus Retrograde is a prime time for making internal changes. This internal change is often prompted by external changes in our lives.
During retrogrades, we have the opportunity to revisit, reclaim, revision, and reconnect with the energy represented by the planet. With Uranus, we can tap into our own sense of freedom and individuality. Uranus wants to unlock any cages around us so we can fly with our own wings, in our own direction, and in our own time. It wants us to be who and what we are, fully, without restriction.
Liberating your mind, heart, body, or spirit may lead to changes in your relationships, routine, work, creative endeavors, interests, and other adventures. Uranus stands for the you who simply wants to be who you are, and live as you are, celebrating and advocating independence, authenticity, and ingenuity.
Uranus Retrograde in Taurus – 5 months of resource and value renovation
This retrograde begins at 10 degrees Taurus and ends at 6 degrees Taurus. During these next five months, we may shock ourselves by discovering how attached we’ve become to our creature comforts and all the materialistic things that give us a sense of security and worth. What happens if these things are ripped away? Is your sense of identity tied up in them? What do you truly value? Are you making good use of what you do have?
With Uranus retrograde in Taurus, we’ll likely be challenged, personally and collectively, when it comes to maintaining stability, including financially. If you do have plenty, you might suddenly realize it’s not making you happy. Either way, get creative and initiate some shaking up in order to restructure your life in a way that truly supports you. In other words, be the change – don’t just wait for it to happen!
Taurus corresponds with physical resources and the Earth itself, so this transit is also a wake-up call when it comes to our relationship with Mother Nature. When too much pressure builds up, eventually things break. Uranus is the necessary cracking, but we don’t have to let it go too far. We need to find better ways to exist, especially environmentally, and this is a great time to start making a bigger difference.
Take a proactive approach and start saving a little more. Do something to heal the planet – even something as simple as turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth. Explore how you can do with less, which leaves more for what you deeply desire and value.
Who will especially be affected by this round of Uranus Retrograde in Taurus?
Taurus: It will affect you most intensely because Uranus is in your home sign, trying to revolutionize the most grounded, solid earth energy. In Taurus, Uranus has extra digging, shaking, and in some cases, breaking to do. You’ll feel it personally, especially if your Taurus planets are between 0 and 16 degrees.
Virgo and Capricorn: It will affect you most positively! In the sign Taurus, Uranus trines Virgo and Capricorn, opening channels and creating flow. Trines are harmonizing, making it easier to work with the energy. As always, the benefit of trines can be overlooked, so don’t waste opportunities to make beneficial changes.
Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius: Get ready for a challenge! Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus, and oppositions create tension to get our awareness. Leo and Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus, and we can experience this as “squaring-off” with someone or something. Remember that most growth comes through getting uncomfortable enough to actually do something different.
You hold the key to your cage
Uranus Retrograde encourages us to emancipate ourselves. We each know, deep inside, how we are imprisoned, and who holds the key to our cage. No one else is keeping you captive, but it’s easier to pretend they are and play the blame game.
Using this time to unlock yourself may feel a little crazy, but if you proceed with kindness and courage, you’ll access more of your best natural resource – You! And, together, we’ll come up with progressive ways of healing the Earth and wisely using her resources.
When to pull the trigger
Most astrologers agree that retrograde periods are best used to internally process things and to implement these changes externally when the planet turns direct. Take this with a dose of reality. Life can’t be controlled and this transit isn’t happening in a vacuum. Why would you wait to make a change that will immediately make your life better? You get to decide and your intuition is your guide.
If your heart 100% tells you to go for something, throw out the rule book. With Uranus in particular, you’re supported in coloring outside the lines. Otherwise, take these months to get ready to act on your changes, and know that time in the cocoon is the juiciest…and the precursor to new wings!
Reclaim your crazy
Yep – make your life crazy good! At this point, most of us are more “crazy” to continue with things the way we’ve been doing them than to break the mold. If crazy means being out of our ego-driven minds, it’s a good place to start. I’m not suggesting a destructive version of crazy here, I’m inviting you to free your mind…so the rest will follow.
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