Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Uranus Direct & Uranus Transits

On December 1st Uranus turns Direct (forwards), after five months of moving Retrograde (backwards) through the sign of Pisces.

In Uranus Direct and the Iraq Inquiry, I discussed how this latest Uranus Retrograde has been reflected in the news. But never mind war and politics, you might be asking, what about me? Well, this blog looks at Uranus Direct as it affects individuals who are currently having a Uranus transit.

You know you are currently having a Uranus transit if you have the Sun, Moon or any planet or angle (Ascendant, Midheaven etc) placed between 22 and 27 degrees of one of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). If this is the case, then you have been experiencing your Uranus Transit for at least the last few months, possibly even for up to a year.

[If you do not know if you have Sun, Moon, planets or angles between 22 and 27 degrees of the Mutable signs you can quickly download your birth chart, which will provide you with this information in a simple to understand way, at: http://www.alabe.com/]

Transits of the interpersonal or outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto or Chiron, often reflect big changes in a person’s life, most especially if the planet being transited is one of the personal planets or an angle, such as the Ascendant, Midheaven, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars. These big transits represent often lengthy processes of growth and development, drawn out periods of change and adjustment.

Because of Retrograde, you will very often have the transiting planet ‘hit’ your own planet or angle three times (or sometimes more).

The first ‘hit’ is when you are introduced to the planet’s energies. You may find that something happens in your life, or you yourself make something happen, that fits with the astrological symbolism of the transit. For some it is perhaps more of an inner feeling, the rumblings of the need for personal change and development. The second hit occurs because the transiting planet turns Retrograde. This represents the opportunity to review, rethink and reflect on what happened during the first hit and make plans for our next steps. When you have the third, and usually final hit, the transiting planet is moving forwards again and it’s time to put our plan into action, make any necessary adjustments and then set things in motion for the future. The time of the third hit can be a powerful time.

Now, to the specifics of Uranus transits. What do they mean? What will happen? Well, it’s quite hard to predict very specifically! Read the first few keywords for Uranus transits below and you will see why:

Uranus transits symbolise events, feelings and developments which are unpredictable, unexpected, unusual and/or unconventional. We may experience breakdowns, break ups, breakthroughs and Eureka moments during a Uranus transit. This transit can feel exciting and electrical. We may have a lot of nervous energy during a Uranus transit and for this reason, sleeplessness is not unusual.

Very often under a Uranus transit, our circumstances may suddenly seem over restrictive and inhibitive, prompting an overwhelming need for space and freedom. For this reason, many people find themselves detaching themselves from other people or situations, cutting themselves off.

Uranus transits are not about slow organic change, they are about changes which seem to hit us suddenly and upset the status quo, even though subconsciously things might have been brewing in the background for some time.

Often with a Uranus transit you will feel that you know exactly what you want, exactly where you’re going and what changes you need to make. The problem is that under this transit you may go overboard with the need for change and throw the ‘baby out with the bathwater’ so to speak. I would therefore urge you to forgo major changes until the transit is over so you don’t make all or nothing decisions you might regret later.

A good way to deal with a Uranus transit is to find a way to give yourself a little more freedom and independence. Making the time to do this will really help. This might sound like cheesy advice, but taking up a new interest to indulge yourself in can work wonders, perhaps something you’ve always enjoyed but never made much time for. For example, many an astrological career was launched under a Uranus transit and this very blog started when transiting Uranus was Squaring my Jupiter in Gemini!

For some people Uranus transits are welcome and exciting. Others who are naturally more resistant to change may find these transits very stressful. As with all transits, they can manifest in a variety of different ways and on a number of different levels and will not usually be all good or all bad, but a combination.

If you are having a Uranus transit, now that that Uranus is going Direct you are now, or in the next few months, going to have the third hit of the transit. With the review period over, think about the last five months or so. Has it felt as you have been taking one step forwards and two steps back? Have changes been forced upon you that you are unhappy with, or have you been trying to implement change, but been met by obstacles? Now, finally, things can start to move forward again, hopefully in your preferred direction.

For further information on Uranus transits, try Planets in Transit by Robert Hand; The Gods of Change by Howard Sasportas; Alive and Well with Uranus by Bill Tierney; or consider booking a personal consultation with a professional astrologer.

Good luck and please do let me know how you it all goes.


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  1. Hi Mandi, thanks for the explanation. My natal moon is in Pisces in the 7th House (18 deg) and though I felt that the end of that relationship occurred on 10th March 2008 (exactly around the 18 deg) , we didnt split until June 2008 (22 deg). I was just wondering whether it take some weeks to actually feel the influence...and act on it...?

  2. Hi Miss Pee, thanks for your comment.
    You're right, that's a good observation. I always feel that transits are processes which take time to unfold, just like you describe it.
    Thank you for sharing your example and I'm sorry to hear about the end of your relationship in 08. I hope you're in a happier place now.


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