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Lessons from Uranus
Jokes aside, the gaseous planet is known for eccentricity, rebellious behavior, unpredictability, and reformation. Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius in astrology.
Uranus is one of the outer planets along with Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. Since they are further away from the Sun, they take longer to orbit around it. It takes years for them to transit between zodiac signs. Their movements don't just influence individuals but generations.
This is where things also get kind of weird: Uranus was a Greek god. The other planets are named after Roman gods. The Romans called the god in their myths Caelus.
Uranus was Cronus' father and Zeus' grandfather. Caelus was Saturn's father and Jupiter's grandfather.
In Greek mythology, Uranus was known as the father sky. His wife, Gaia, was mother earth. According to the myths, Uranus was cruel to his children. He banished them and buried some of them in the ground. He was afraid they would rise up to dethrone him and take his power away.
Out of revenge, his son Cronus attacked him. Then Cronus was afraid of his children, so he did what he could to prevent them from dethroning him. Zeus eventually did just that.
Ancient vs. Modern Astrology
Before the discovery of planets beyond Saturn, Aquarius was assigned to Saturn with Capricorn.
- Scorpio's traditional ruler was Mars instead of Pluto.
- Pisces' traditional ruler was Jupiter instead of Neptune.
Scorpio, Pisces, and Aquarius are considered the three magical signs. They all think there is more to life than what's beyond what they can see. All three conspire to find ways to beat death. Scorpio welcomes death, and even celebrates it. Aquarius is searching for a way into the afterlife. Pisces is willing to sacrifice herself and has faith that there is more to the big picture.
Uranus in Your Natal (Birth) Chart
Aquarius is the future-forward zodiac. The sign thinks outside the box, and many Aquarius types come to the conclusion that life doesn't entirely end when you die. There is more beyond the door.
Aquarius types look ahead. They make drastic changes. They sound the alarm for global warming. They try to warn people that money isn't everything.
The sign is associated with liberation. It's also the sign of rebellions and the fight for benevolence. Uranus governs the shifts in our future. It influences the emergence of new worlds, it shapes revolutions, and in some cases inspire dictators.
It's real purpose is to connect Earth to a higher purpose. Earth is part of the bigger picture of a universe connected to a god of energy, whose extension of himself is a paradise (which was the Roman way of thinking).
The planet also rules science and inventions. The planet helps us evolve and become more aware of our reality. When we look at Uranus in a natal chart, we're looking at how the future, breakthroughs, and justice influence a person. If you have a lot of Aquarius in your chart, then you have a lot of these qualities, especially if Aquarius is in your Sun sign or Uranus sign.
When you look at someone's chart, consider what sign is in Uranus. That sign will have a say about what makes the person eccentric, strange, and original. Some signs may feel contradictory to Uranus, like Capricorn who strives to be practical, traditional, and conservative.
People with a lot of Aquarius in their chart will be adventurous, social, and amicable. If your Uranus isn't in harmony, you'll likely seek shelter away from others, seek solitude, and live a hermit lifestyle. The Aquarius is comfortable with living by herself because she can fill up her time with creativity. She can mimic the world of the social in her private corridors.
Uranus can make people unpredictable, but it can also help them become more enlightened. It's the planet that can take a hard-line conservative who is hellbent on avarice into an empathetic soul who cares about other people's needs first.
- Some people under Uranus' influence will have difficulty developing intimacy with others. They may have too strong of mood swings, come off bitter, or hypersensitive.
- Uranus influence can make people critical and arrogant. They think they know what is best, but they're actually contributing to the problem. A boost of Uranus energy needs to be tempered with humility.
Uranus' ultimate goal: help humans evolve into humanitarians. The planet's energy inspires people to be unified into a whole and to be tolerant of each other.
Facts about the Planet Uranus
Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun. It's not visible with the naked eye. It was first discovered by using a telescope. It is tipped over to its side with an axial tilt of 98 degrees.
- No planet has more jokes about it than Uranus.
- It has 27 moons. The biggest ones include: Miranda, Titania, Ariel, Umbriel, and Oberon. (Great names for children or pets.)
- It has 13 rings.
- It takes about 84 years for Uranus to orbit around the Sun.
- Discovery date: March 13th, 1781. Discovered by William Hershel.
- Hershel wanted to name the planet Georgium Sidus after King George III.
- Uranus turns on its axis once every 17 hours, 14 minutes.
- The upper atmosphere of Uranus is covered by a methane haze which hides storms.
- The ring particles range from dust-sized particles to small boulders.
- Uranus' moons are named after characters created by Shakespeare and Alexander Pope.
- Only one spacecraft has flown by the planet: Voyager 2 in 1986. It returned the first close-up images of the planet, its moons, and rings.
- The blue-green color results from the absorption of red light by methane gas. The atmosphere is mostly hydrogen-helium.
Uranus in Greek Mythology
The god's name is sometimes written as Ouranos. He was the father of the gods. He represented the sky. The Romans called him Caelus.
In Ancient Greek literature, Uranus was the son and husband of Gaia. Some theories suggest he was conceived alone. Other scholars say he was born from Nyx, Aether, or Hemera.
Uranus and Gaia were the parents of the Titans. They were the ancestors of most of the Greek gods. No cult for Uranus survived into Classical Times.
Important Notes about Uranus
- His symbol is the Zodiac Wheel. The Zodiac predates ancient Greece. It first came into fruition in Babylon.
- His children: the Titans, the Cyclopes, the Meliae, the Erinyes, the Giants, the Hekatonkheires, and Aphrodite.
- Mesopotamian equivalent: Anu.
- Uranus' etymology traces back to Indo-European roots. His name meant "to rain, moisten." He was considered the rain-maker or the lord of the rains.
In the Olympian creation myth, Uranus came every night to cover the planet and be with Gaia. He hated his children. He imprisoned his youngest children in Tartarus, deep within the Earth.
Gaia was upset with Uranus for doing this. She crafted a tool so the youngest and most ambitious titan, Cronus, could attack his father. This resulted in Uranus losing something he held very dear. . .
Uranus called his sons, Titanes Theoi, or "Straining Gods." From his spilled blood, came forth the Giants, Erinyes, the Meliae, and Telchines. From the blood in the ocean, Aphrodite was created.
- The Alexandrian poet Callimachus reported the bloodied sickle was buried at Zancle in Sicily.
- The Romanized Greek traveler Pausanias stated the sickle was thrown into the sea from a spot near Bolina.
- The historian (yes, historian) Timaeus said he located the sickle at Corcyra. The Corcyrans claimed to be descendants of Phaeacia.
After Uranus was dethroned, Cronus took his place. He imprisoned Hekatonkheires and Cyclopes in Tartarus. Cronus lived in fear that his children would overthrow him. So he ate them. Rhea hid her son Zeus to protect him.
Fun note: Uranus was generally referred to as the sky. He rarely was mentioned in a anthropomorphic way.
The ancient Greeks only knew of five planets, or what they called wandering stars. Uranus, after it was discovered, was given its name for continuity. Jupiter is the son of Saturn, and Saturn is the son of Caelus. . . the planet probably should have been named Caelus, but 18th century astronomers didn't think things through and mixed Greek and Roman myths. (Also, we wouldn't have as many jokes if it was named Caelus.)
Let's Chat about Caelus
Caelus was considered the personification of the heavens. He lived in the sky. He was connected to the cult of Mithras during the Imperial era. Not all scholars consider him a Greek import given his Latin name.
Temple buildings to celestial gods were built open to the sky. Caelum is a synonym for Olympus. Both places were identified as the mountain ancient Greeks named as the home of the gods. Caelum was a representation of space; it was composed of the mundus, the world or cosmos, along wit terra (earth), mare (sea), and aer (air). Caelus is both a god and a place that the other gods inhabit.
Some Roman writers used Caelus or Caelum as a way to express the monotheistic god of Judaism. The Jewish God is associated with Caelus as the highest heaven.
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