The astrology of 2021 brings us more Aquarian energy, thanks to the signs ruling planet Uranus. The Jupiter and Saturn conjunction last month gently woke us up to a new energy, as they met at the final degree of Capricorn and moved into Aquarius together. When Uranus gets involved in January 2021, it’s going to be more like a blasting alarm clock, as you spring up out of bed and realize you’re 20 minutes late. That’s a Uranian wake-up.
On January 14, 2021, Uranus stations direct, bringing an end to the retrograde that started in August. On the same day, this planet will be at a 90-degree angle to Jupiter. In astrology, this is referred to as a square and brings conflict between the planets involved. Mars joins in with a conjunction to Uranus, adding some more fire to an already unstable environment. For most of February, Uranus will find himself in the same aspect, square to Saturn. With the upcoming 2021 retrogrades, these challenging aspects between Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn will occur thrice.
Since we are about to be hit with a tidal wave of Uranian energy, let’s take a look at the planet’s characteristics, origins, current placement and retrograde cycles.
Uranus Energy – The Great Awakener
Expect the unexpected when it comes to Uranus. It’s the planet of weird, unpredictable energies, rapid change, surprises, bursts of inspiration and creativity alongside darker characteristics like destruction and chaos.
Uranus is here to teach us to detach in certain ways, for it’s the uprooting and altering moments of life that push us to do better and put us on the right path. Uranus is commonly referred to as “The Great Awakener.” This planet ultimately wants us to change our perceptions. As life progresses, we must adapt to changing circumstances, thus altering our attitudes, beliefs and actions. It favors out-of-the-box thinking and approaching things from a new angle because in these moments, there is growth.
Uranus is a future-oriented planet. It pushes along the advancement of society and is associated with discoveries, science, technology and even astrology. Uranus is not so much focused on the individual, but what the individual can do to impact society. This influence is tied to the planet’s ruling sign of Aqaurius and the Eleventh House of groups, hopes and dreams, and humanity or “the collective” as some call it.
The Discovery of Uranus and Its Ties to Greek Mythology
Thanks to the telescope, Uranus was discovered by an astronomer named William Herrsal in 1781. After so many civilizations studied the sky for thousands of years before, it makes sense that Uranus is synonymous with the unknown, discovery, technology and progression.
According to NASA, there was some debate over the planet’s original name. It was astronomer Johann Elert Bode who named the planet after the Greek sky god, Uranus, and it stuck. In Greek mythology, Uranus was the Father of the Sky and had 18 children with Gaia (The Earth). However, he would not let his children leave the womb, which eventually led to a rebellion. His youngest son, Cronus (Saturn), killed him and took over the throne. Ultimately, it was his own cruelty that led to his demise. This background further speaks to the planet’s archetype of rebellion, chaos and unexpected events (that are usually of our own doing).
Uranus in the Birth Chart
Uranus is considered a generational planet, like Neptune and Pluto. All three have lengthy stays in each sign, but Uranus moves twice as fast, and changes signs every seven years. Everyone born within these seven-year periods shares the same Uranus sign, and often have similar qualities, views of society and methods of rebellion. Uranus connects us with our peers and makes a specific portion of a larger generation unique.
To further understand how Uranus impacts you personally, look to the house placement of the planet. While everyone in a seven-year period shares the sign placements, it’s the house placement that will differ among those individuals. Finding out what area of your life Uranus influences can help you understand how your unique talents and personality mend with the collective. This specific area of your life may often feel turbulent and bring about many twists and turns in the name of progress. Our personal Uranus placements can also help us understand where we need to detach or where our uncertainty may cause our greatest stagnation.
Uranus in Taurus
Uranus officially entered Taurus for the long hall in March 2019, and will remain in the fixed earth sign until April 2026. This could bring about reform in economics and agriculture. Downfalls are often a part of this process because what is needs to fall apart, before what can be comes to fruition. According to Astrolgy.com the last time Uranus was in this sign was from 1934 to 1941, smack dab in the middle of the Great Depression. While the stock market crashed in 1929, with Uranus in Aries at time, the aftermath of this event was felt in the years following.
As Uranus ventured through Taurus, the greater population changed its relationship to their possessions, food consumption (due to rations) and earned income. During this time, we also began to see a rise in women joining the workforce—Taurus is a feminine sign ruled by Venus afterall. Near the end of this transit, World War II broke out and America’s involvement brought some much-needed stimulation to the economy as Uranus entered Gemini.
This time around, we’ll likely see tangible changes in the way we handle money. With the rise of cryptocurrency, this may very well be the beginning of the end of printed currency. Not to mention the effects COVID-19 is already having on our economy. Uranus will bring about some drastic changes to our current economic system.
The general population is also becoming a bit more conscious about their food consumption, and this trend will likely continue—moving away from the agro-industry, and towards-locally sourced food. More and more people see the value in organic food that’s free of harmful chemicals and preservatives. Uranus in Taurus might be the kick our society needs to approach agriculture on a more sustainable level.
When the outer planets are in retrograde, the effects are usually felt on a subtle level. Uranus retrogrades once a year, and spends about five months in this backwards motion. While in retrograde, this planet’s erratic energy is a bit more subdued compared to its direct motion. During Uranus retrograde, it’s much easier to face the changes we need to make.
As Uranus moves through Taurus over the next several years, it will spend 42 percent of that time in retrograde. On a collective level, we’ll be examining how we measure self-worth and how we relate to our possessions and wealth. Again, it helps to know what house Taurus rules in your birth chart. These retrograde periods are a great time to proactively implement change in this area of our life. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. This type of insanity doesn’t fly with Uranus, and it will forcefully remove anything that impedes our progress.
Uranus Direct in 2021
Whenever Uranus moves direct, our world can quickly look and feel chaotic. But much like the nature of this planet, all is not as it seems. Given the events of 2020, this transit and the harsh aspects to come. It’s no wonder why we’ve all been feeling a sense of impending doom. Right now we must approach the world from a place of faith, and not fear. While we’ll never truly understand the Uranus energy, we can understand ourselves and what we bring to the table. Doing so gives us the courage and strength to move forward, deal with disruptions and embrace the unknown.
For more on how Uranus direct might affect your sign, check out your January 2021 Horoscope.