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Planets for Beginners: Uranus

Welcome to Planets for Beginners! This post is all about the 7th planet from the sun – Uranus! As I mentioned in the post for Saturn, Uranus was not included in a lot of original Astrology and myths as it is not as bright as the closer planets and is hard to see with the naked eye. This means that it was not charted officially in the sky until after the invention of the telescope, in 1690 and not discovered as a planet until 1781.

Uranus the Planet

Uranus is unique in the fact that the poles instead of facing vertical in reference to the sun, face horizontal. This planet is another gas giant, and has 27 known moons – due to its distance from the sun, it gets cold enough there to freeze the elements such as hydrogen. The excess in methane in the atmosphere gives this planet its blue/green color. For this gas giant, it takes about 84 earth years to rotate around the sun and about 17 hours for it to complete a rotation on its tilted access.  

Uranus and the Gods

Since this planet was not discovered until long after Greek and Roman myths where being written/spoken for the first time – the planet isn’t embedded into a myth specifically but it is named after the Greek God Ouranos who was the ruler of the sky and was the father to the 12 titans.

Astrological Meaning

This planet is the co-ruler of Aquarius (with Saturn). The modern astrological meaning for Uranus has a lot to do with the fact that it was a major scientific breakthrough and expanded our idea of space. Uranus highly connects to change, rule-breaking, innovation, and intellect. Because this planet is slow to move houses, it is a generational planet and can rule how generations and groups of people overall see the world.

In Retrograde

With retrograde, Uranus can highlight the rebel and rule breaking that comes with innovation and can cause some reactiveness.

Upcoming Uranus Retrograde:

  • August 24, 2022 – January 22, 2023
  • August 28, 2023 – January 24, 2024

Uranus and Tarot

Uranus often associates with the Fool (card 0) due to the fact that this is a card that is ready to learn and open to a lot of possibilities.

Other Cards that are associated with Uranus are:

  • 5 of Swords
  • 6 of Swords
  • 7 of Swords

If you would like to learn more about Astrology and Tarot click here!


Planets for Pagans by Renna Shesso

The Astrology Dictionary by Donna Woodwell

Understanding Astronomy by Carolyn Collins Peterson

The Complete Book of Tarotby Anthony Louis

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