I hear a lot about Mercury going Retrograde but almost nothing about Uranus going retrograde. Checking the charts, I used to be very concerned about Mercury Retrogrades and brace myself upon its’ arrival. I would blame any and all problems I had during that three-week period on Mercury Retrograde! After years of studying the Retrograde cycles of Mercury and the other planets, I’m here to tell you to pay more attention to Uranus Retrograde than Mercury Retrograde! Uranus Currently dancing between Taurus and Aries, Uranus represents Unconventional Experimentation. While Mercury Retrograde is getting more attention, I would recommend looking more deeply at Uranus Retrograde for 4 reasons:
1. Uranus Retrograde Lasts 5 Months!
Mercury Retrogrades occur 3 times per year but only last about 3 weeks each time. Mercury is only retrograde 9 weeks out of the year! Uranus Retrogrades occur once a year but last almost 5 months! This is huge! Uranus is Retrograde almost half of the year. This is impacting us and most of us don’t even know it.
Why does this take so long? The further away the planet is from the Sun, the slower it moves through the Zodiac.
To illustrate, on January 1st, 2017 Uranus was in Aries 21°. When Uranus went Retrograde in August 2017 it was at Aries 29°. That averages out to 1°a month! Due to backtracking of the Retrograde pattern, by December 31, 2017, Uranus was in Aries 25°. Uranus only traveled 5° the entire year! If each degree were a step, that would mean that Uranus travels 8 steps forward and three steps back every year.
2. Outer Planets Impact Generations!
Outer Planets affect us on a more fundamental level When two planets are engaged, the one furthest from the Sun will be most impactful. Mercury represents communication and intellect. We can change our minds, so the Mercury Retrograde cycle can bring fleeting change while the Uranus Retrograde cycle rocks us at our core. Part of this is due to the time Uranus spends in each sign. The outermost planets Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto move so slow that they will stay in the same sign for years, even generations
Uranus spends about 7-8 years in each sign. Uranus is making it’s final round in Aries when it goes Retrograde in 2018 until 2025.
3. Uranus Breeds Revolution.
Uranus represents freedom, independence, and experimentation. Some may assume that if this planet is retrograde it means the direct opposite will occur, thereby there is no expression of individuality or creativity. Retrograde is more like a “revisit.” While planets appear to go backwards during a retrograde it is an opportunity to reset the foundation of what each planet represents in our life. Uranus represents aspects of our personality that are too important to be ignored. I want to apologize on behalf of the universe for the chaos that will take place when Uranus transits Retrograde!
4. Uranus Transits Aries and Taurus!
Uranus in Aries is a fierce place for this planet to be. Fiery Aries rules the first house of identity and will not stand for compromise or uniformity. Aries is a Cardinal Sign and
Cardinal Signs bring in seasons and sweeping changes. Aries is the most forceful of all Cardinal Signs because it begins the Zodiac year and is ruled by the element of Fire. As if we needed more impetus for change!
When Uranus is in Aries, it is a time for transformative growth! Remember that Aries is about Identity and Uranus is about Individuality. Take this time to review what makes you- you! Don’t be afraid to reevaluate who you are and what you believe, because reexamining your life is not doubting yourself, but rather fortifying your journey!
Uranus in Taurus is not a pleasant place for this planet because it is in it’s Fall. Uranus is ruled by Aquarius and exalted in Scorpio. This means that Uranus is at it’s strongest in these signs. Uranus is in it’s detriment in Leo and in it’s fall in Taurus. Since Leo and Taurus are Opposite signs to Aquarius and Scorpio, Uranus in Taurus is adversely affected. This means that we can expect bumps along the road for the next 8 years!
Taurus rules the second house of money. The earth element rules Taurus. Taurus is a fixed sign that can struggle with change. The Last time that Uranus was in Taurus was during the Stock Market collapse of 1929. Many expect our established financial institutions to be completely transformed via the advent of crypto currency and an increase in earthquakes.
If planetary retrogrades is interesting to you but you want a simple way to organize this information, download our “Guide to the Stars.” This free, one-page printable offers insights on all the planets! Even through I have most of this memorized, I often refer to this guide to keep in the know!
Love, Light & Reverence,