Uranus in Aquarius

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Uranus in Aquarius

Uranus is all about innovating and challenging and updating the status quo.  It overhauls or even breaks systems, processes, traditions, and laws (the things of Saturn).  Uranus is associated with electricity and electronic communication, inventions, shocking changes in paradigms, but most of all, it’s about rebuking the old systems and renovating for the new.

People with strong Uranus energy in their chart are particularly forward-thinking and innovative (or unstable) in their thought processes and communication.  The Sign and House in which Uranus resides point to how one wants to rebel against and “update” whichever themes the Sign and House represent.

Uranus in Aquarius Meaning

Uranus rules Aquarius, so this placement is especially strong for those of you in this generation.  Even if your Uranus is harmonious and powerful, you still want to tear down and improve everything dealing with the status quo, the old guard, and the old ways of doing things. 

You have the ability to bring radical change in the areas of technology, science and the fundamental day to day operating of society. You want to be known for your love of knowledge and intellectual curiosity. You enjoy learning new things and are often seen as independent thinkers who are open to new ideas.

Aquarius is the Sign associated with humanity and progress as well as the urge to maintain individuality and independence.  Your generation is primarily geared towards increasing people’s rights to live the way they want.  You pride yourself as being caring and compassionate and are willing to help others and work towards social justice. 


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Uranus was last in Aquarius:

Apr.  1, 1995, to Jun  8, 1995

Jan. 12, 1996, to Mar 10, 2003

Sep. 14, 2003, to Dec 30, 2003

Advances achieved when Uranus was last in Aquarius:

With Uranus ruling electronics and electronic communication, and Aquarius ruling humanity, it is no coincidence that the Internet first gained traction when Uranus entered the Sign it rules.

Online dating:  Match.com first debuted in 1995.

Search Engines: Though the first search engines were created in the early 90’s (Archie, Gopher, AskJeeves, Webcrawler, Lycos, Alta Vista, Excite), the one that we still use today was launched squarely in the middle of Uranus' trip through Aquarius.  Google's superior algorithm did something that all other search engines failed to do - measure the interconnectedness (the number of incoming links that a xyzwebsite has coming from other websites) to determine how reputable xyzwebsite is.  In a sense, Google humanized the web, showing people the search results for sites that are more trustworthy based on the number of times that other websites chose to add outgoing links to the particular site being measured.

The development of affordable, portable water filters: Portable water filters that use UV light or ceramic filters to remove contaminants from drinking water became widely available in the late 1990s and early 2000s. These devices made it possible for people in developing countries to access clean drinking water in areas where it was scarce or contaminated.

The introduction of low-cost, portable solar power systems: Portable solar power systems that could be used to charge batteries or power small devices became available in the late 1990s and early 2000s. These systems made it possible for people in remote or off-grid areas to access electricity and improve their quality of life.


Uranus takes approximately seven years to transit through a sign; 84 years to go around the Sun.  Unless your Uranus is near a sign cusp, anyone within 2-5 years of your age is likely to have Uranus in the same Sign. 

The noticeable differences in how Uranus is expressed by someone are due to the house placement and the number of aspects that Uranus makes with the other planets in one’s chart, especially the faster-moving personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus).  The more aspects (angles) made with other planets in your makeup, the more strength it has, and the more prominently your Uranian energy is expressed. 

In Astrology, the outer planets are often seen as having a “hierarchy” or spiritual evolution over the inner planets, and are considered as the higher octave of certain inner “personal” planets.  Uranus is considered to be the higher octave of Mercury because it expands on the themes and energies associated with Mercury.  Mercury is associated with communication, thinking, and the exchange of information, while Uranus takes these things to the next level and integrates the thought processes and communicative action of Mercury into a cause that tends to benefit all of humanity.

So, in a sense, Uranus takes the qualities of Mercury and expands on them, adding a broader, more universal perspective and points to where the desire for progress and evolution are met with the least resistance according to the associations of the Sign in which Uranus resides. 

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