Uranus and Its Importance to AstrologyKnown as the planet of evolution, Uranus is of paramount when it comes to your birth chart. Want to know more about the “Bull’s Eye” planet? Our very own astrologer, Susan Taylor, spills Uranus’ biggest secrets, from its symbolism to its mythology!
Uranus in Astronomy: The Giant Ice Planet
Sitting 2.87 billion kilometers from the Sun, Uranus is the third furthest away- only bettered by Neptune and Pluto. As a consequence, it’s no surprise that its atmosphere is the coldest of all the planets (-370°F/-218°C). Uranus is a gaseous planet and consists mainly of hydrogen and helium. Considering its size, Uranus turns on itself incredibly quickly, with days lasting only 17 hours. In spite of this, it takes around 84 years to complete a singular orbit of the sun!
Uranus in Mythology: God of the Skies
According to Greek mythology, Uranus is the ruler of all and god of the heavens. With his wife (who also happened to be his mother) Gaia, the Greek goddess of all life, he had many children. His offspring were gods, titans, and monstrous beings, all gifted with unimaginable abilities such as the power to trigger volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
Uranus was overthrown by his children following an attempt to devour them all. He successfully destroyed several of his heirs, but his son Jupiter overpowered him and forced him to regurgitate the children that he had eaten. As a result, he lost his power, and control of the world was divided between his sons, Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto.
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Uranus in Astrology: Bringer of Change
The planet Uranus is the embodiment of unpredictability and sudden impulses. It represents originality, independence, and the need for freedom. When in a favorable position, Uranus can transform your perspective and provide new outlooks on challenges that previously appeared unconquerable. That said, if Uranus happens to be in motion then it has a tendency to trigger sudden changes that threaten to throw you completely off track.
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Uranus’ Effect on Astrology
- The positive effects of Uranus include independence, creation, will, progress, freedom, and originality
- The negative effects of Uranus include selfishness, arrogance, loss of control, impulsiveness, and agitation
- On a symbolic level, Uranus represents innovation, friendship, future, novelty, change, and surprise
Five Things to Know About Uranus
- Orbital period (the time it takes for Uranus to revolve around the Sun): 84 years
- Element linked with Uranus: Earth
- Body part linked with Uranus: Brain
- Bodily functions linked with Uranus: Electromagnetism, contractions
- Metal linked with Uranus: Uranium
So, there you go, you’re now an expert on Uranus! That said, there’s still so much to learn about our solar system, especially when it comes to knowing which planet rules over your sign, so open your mind and watch the night sky become alive before your very eyes!