This article was originally posted on my astrogrrl blogger account, May 19, 2010. Date references without a year reflects the year of original posting (2010) and references to “next year” reflects 2011.
Prior to venturing into Aries, Uranus and Jupiter went for a stroll together through the last degrees in Pisces, with Jupiter trailing behind by a little bit. On May 27, 2010, Uranus left Pisces, a sign he first transited in 2003, and entered Aries, a sign he last visited in 1935 with the initial ingress in 1927. Uranus only got a sampling of Arien energy in 2010. He was retrograde for a few months and returned briefly to Pisces until March 11, 2011, when he re-entered Aries to stay until May 15, 2018. Uranus then enters Taurus briefly, retrogrades and returns to Aries on November 6, 2018 until March 6, 2019.
Uranus is the awakener, the mover and shaker of the zodiac. His goal is change/improvement for the masses at any cost, even at the cost of chaos or a revolution. Uranus represents humanitarianism, unconventionality, unpredictability, indifference, freedom, technological advancements, and loyalty to its cause. Uranus’ energy is radical, disruptive, rebellious and innovative.
Aries is the trailblazer of the zodiac. Aries energy is bold, individualistic, independent, enterprising and can be impulsive, pushy, abrasive, and bossy. It’s an impatient energy that needs to constantly be in a dynamic state — gotta be moving, gotta be doing, gotta be making things happen. Aries represents the self, the ego, our volition, our potential.
Uranus in Aries is the period for asserting the self, its needs and wants. It is a time for breaking away from dependence and finding one’s own strength for self-reliance and self-motivation. I am independent. I am strong. I am significant. I matter. I can do it. I can make it happen. I can get it started. I can because I am. This is a time for discovering or re-discovering and connecting or re-connecting with the self and its raw, passionate, instinctive drives to be the main motivator in formulating goals and getting them accomplished. Remember that Uranus governs the unexpected so, be flexible enough to expect the unexpected — find opportunities in the least likely places or connections; formulate unique solutions to common or existing problems; tweak an old method and make it more effective; break away from boundaries and think outside the box.
The revolutionary Uranus transits the pioneering sign of Aries from 2010 to 2018/2019. What might this transit have in store? If we are to look at the past for some type of indicator, in American history we had Black Tuesday when the market unexpectedly crashed on October 29, 1929 and eventually became one of the major causes to the Great Depression, the global economic downturn. Hmm… Good thing past performance isn’t a consistent indicator of future results. We could draw on parallels, however, to give some gauge on how we might be able to best prepare ourselves for what may or may not come to pass. One thing is for sure, however, great, big changes are afoot in whatever city or country you may reside in. As with most challenges, these changes will eventually prove to be for the better. We must, however, be loyal to the cause — may it be in improving or re-inventing the self, braving a change in careers, establishing a career in the work force for the first time, working to effect change within a community/society, being courageous enough to go after our aspirations, etc.
There is a significant astrological difference this time around that affects impact. Uranus’ first entrance into Aries triggered the cardinal forces already in effect and that which we had been under the umbrella of since late 2009. Uranus in Aries completes the challenging square between Saturn (reality) and Pluto (empowerment), that first culminated in November 2009 and again January 2010, to form a Cardinal T-Square. In addition to this Cardinal T-square, throughout June to August 2010, a few other players will get in on the action as well, Jupiter, the Eclipsed Moon and Mars will each join this cardinal energy in their own timing. Although this alignment/energy climaxes this year, their influence is long lasting.
A square is the most difficult and challenging relationship between two or more planets. It is an impatient energy that requires action. A square is conflict, war between two celestial bodies. There is a need to create something birthed from inside us and to manifest that creation out into the world — may it be in your own personal world, your immediate environment or something that influences many. A t-square embodies the energy of two squares plus an opposition. An opposition is a tense relationship between planets that require balance. Add cardinal to the mix — cardinal signs take action; they lead, create and initiate. So, the combined energy of a cardinal t-square makes for something that’s impatient, dynamic and eager to do something…anything.
Uranus’ transit in Aries brings another rare but long lasting planetary alignment - Uranus square Pluto. Their alignment will perfect on seven occasions between 2012 and 2015 - 2x each in 2012, 2013 & 2014, and once in 2015.
Looking back to when Uranus was in Aquarius (innovation/math & science/technology) from 1996 to 2003, we saw technological advances, especially in the rise of personal computers and the internet becoming readily available to the masses. There was also a change in the ‘work force’ with much of the mind inventing this new technology being young’uns (most were under 25 and some even as young as teenagers).
With Uranus in Pisces (spirituality/medication/transcendence), there was a rise for the need to become a part of the whole. Interest in spiritual pursuits increased with more people becoming more open to alternative ways of doing things/belief systems. Interest in the holistic approach and alternative medicine also grew. More immediate ways of helping others were established — internet charity websites where donors choose what organization to give to (donorschoose.org), ways for people to donate using company sponsors’ funds (greatergood.com), more volunteer websites for searching on a local level (volunteermatch.org), and quicker ways for concerned citizens to make a difference (care2.org) are some examples.
During Uranus in Aquarius and Uranus in Pisces, there were challenges (some very difficult, others were cardiac-arrest-inducing kind of stress), good days and terrible days, but overall the radical changes have helped improve situations. Although, there is still much work to be done which Uranus in Aries will pick up and continue. On a personal level, as usual, don’t fight the necessary changes that need to occur within the self.
Although we are all influenced by Uranus’ transit in Aries, the intensity and degree of impact will fluctuate throughout the 7-year transit and the timing will also depend on our birth chart’s planetary and house placements. Additionally, those with cardinal Sun signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn); those with Natal Uranus in Cancer (born approximately 1949 to 1956) or in Libra (born approximately 1968 to 1975) or in Capricorn (born approximately 1988 to 1996); and those with Chiron in Aries (born approximately 1969 to 1977) may feel the effects more strongly than others.
For me, as a Cancer-Sun, Uranus’ transit in Aries falls in my solar 10th house of professional pursuits and personal goals. As a Virgo-rising, Uranus will continue transiting through my natal 7th house (partnerships) before entering my natal 8th house (transformation/debt). In addition, transiting Uranus will oppose my natal Uranus beginning mid-2011 to early 2013 … fun, fun, fun. Yes, there is a hint of sarcasm in my tone :) This opposition occurs at the ending of transiting Neptune square my Neptune (another really fun transit to my chart; yes, sarcasm again). Basically, a change in career (which began last year around the Saturn-Pluto square period) and goals (which are still under development). I’ve yet to see what this might mean for my natal 7th and 8th houses, but I’ll keep you posted.
To get an idea of how Uranus’ transit in Aries might influence you, look to the Aries-ruled natal and/or solar house/s of your birth chart. Match the sign with the house cusp/s on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Aries zodiac sign on your birth chart.
1st House ~ represents the self and potential; time to re-invent the self; go after dreams and aspirations; be bolder and more confident; be more assertive; discover natural but untapped or undeveloped skills/talents
2nd House ~ increasing income; becoming more materially secure; redefining what ‘security’ means and/or your value system; changing jobs; issues with self-worth
3rd House ~ conceptualizing and communicating brilliant ideas; going back to school; writing; speaking engagements; re-learning how to communicate effectively
4th House ~ changes within the home or family roles; possibly a physical move to a new home; addition to the family or becoming empty nesters
5th House ~ learning to balance work and pleasure; reconnecting with your inner child; having children; valuing children enough to spend ample quality time with them; becoming the protector/voice for children; committing to new creative ventures; finding true love
6th House ~ adopting a healthier lifestyle; becoming more aware of others’ needs and being of service to them; changing everyday routine to fit a more well-rounded day to day
7th House ~ getting married or divorced; redefining what a relationship means to you, your expectations of your partner/of yourself within a relationship; unexpected alliances; new business partnerships
8th House ~ time to deal with debt; purging unnecessaries (materially, emotionally, spiritually); finding self-power
9th House ~ increased exposure to other cultures; learning through experience; spiritual or philosophical pursuits; becoming a published writer or a publisher
11th House ~ expanding social circle; breaking free from unhealthy ties; redefining what friendship means; finding out who your true friends are
10th House ~ changing careers; redefining future goals; retiring or gaining a promotion; becoming self-employed or opening a new business/company
12th House ~ tap into and develop intuitive/spiritual self; discover your hidden potential or natural gift; uncover secrets (both what’s been kept from you or what you’ve kept to yourself); becoming inspired and having faith in possibilities
What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial … as above, so below; as within, so without …