Planets & Astrology: Uranus

Eureka! Uranus governs the zodiac sign Aquarius, under which Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, was born. According to astrology, radical and metaphysical Uranus is the planet that rules our higher minds.

Uranus can’t be seen without a telescope, and so we didn’t know of its existence until 1781. Thus, Uranus is part of the modern astrological system. Fittingly, this planet (as well Neptune and Pluto) are associated with the unseen aspects of life. Uranus’ domain is akin to that of future-forward Aquarius, the star sign that rules scientific inventions, electricity, innovation and technology. These are all things that require us to stretch beyond our vision and lean in to belief. For example, we might not be able to prove the Uranian, but we feel a certainty about its existence. Even the Internet—which is Uranus’ domain—is a form of virtual reality, if you think about it.

In mythology, Uranus is known as Father Sky who bore children with Gaia, aka. Mother Earth. This is the planet that rules outer space and aeronautics and shows where we want to fly free—without restriction! (Gravity…what’s that?!)  Given these liberated vibes, it’s no surprise that parenting did not come naturally to the Uranus of lore. Legend has it that Father Sky was cruel to his children, burying some in the earth and banishing others. Saturn, one of his sons, even castrated Uranus out of revenge.

Uranus shows where we’ll fly our freak flags and insist on doing things in our own unique ways.

Similarly, Uranus in your natal chart can indicate where you want to abdicate responsibility and remain eternally youthful and untethered. Uranus spends approximately seven years in each sign, and has a hand in shaping generational thought. Someone born with Uranus in marriage-minded Libra may struggle with matrimonial duties. Interestingly enough, divorce rates began to rise when Uranus visited Libra from 1969-75. People born with Uranus in mysterious Scorpio tend to be sexually liberated, rebelling against puritanical values and perhaps having a “no strings attached” relationship to the erotic act.

To find out your Uranus sign, run a free chart here:

As an icy gas giant, Uranus is the coldest planet in the solar system. Astrologically, its effect can be equally chilly and dispassionate, preferring rational thought over raw emotion—yes, even when grappling with all the metaphysical subject matter it rules: astrology, yoga and kundalini energy (the “body electric”).

Science may reign over spirit where Uranus is concerned; or at least be incorporated into its systems. Think about astrology—a topic that is mystical but also trackable with data and math! Anyone can learn this star-powered divination tool, even if no one can clearly explain WHY it works. Kundalini yoga and tantra are examples of Uranus’ high-minded sexiness, teaching us how to use the electricity (or life force energy) in our bodies to have more soulful sensual exchanges.

The placement of this “mad scientist” planet in the natal chart shows where we are prone to eccentricity and groundbreaking thought. A weirdo among its solar system cohort, Uranus rotates on its axis in a retrograde motion. It shows where we’ll fly our freak flags and insist on doing things in our own unique ways.

Radical developments happen when Uranus is in town, for better or for worse. While Uranus was in Aries, the sign of the dominating warrior, Hitler and ISIS came to power. Scary stuff! While in its home sign of tech-savvy Aquarius, smartphones became the ubiquitous device and Internet speeds became exponentially faster, allowing us to connect to our fellow humans across physical barriers, but in real time. The collective consciousness is also ruled by this communal planet, so its transits can affect the global mindset.

There’s a bohemian aspect to Uranus, the planet of platonic love. At best, Uranus can help us feel that sense of universal connection. It can awaken the humanitarian spirit, reminding us that sharing resources is the way to thrive collectively. Festivals like Burning Man, that abide by a “gift economy” and the modern-day collective systems like ride-shares, crowdfunding apps. communal living, co-working spaces and companies like ZipCar and TaskRabbit have “Uranus” written all over them.

Utopia is possible, as far as Uranus is concerned. But we all have to simmer down a little, think clearly and realize that in the end, it’s just all peace and love.


Planetary Stats: Uranus

  • Changes Zodiac Signs: Every 7 years
  • Zodiac Sign It Rules: Aquarius
  • Day of the Week: Monday

Uranus governs:

  • Science and invention
  • The future
  • Liberation, rebellion
  • Eccentricity
  • Electricity
  • Life force energy


Special positions of Uranus: 

Domicile:  Aquarius
The planet’s home base, an easy flow if placed here in the chart.

Detriment: Leo
Opposite sign of home base, may need to work harder to integrate the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart.

Exalted: Scorpio
The planet’s most powerful position, indicates ease and added fortune with using the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart.

Fall: Taurus
Opposite sign to the exalted position, can indicate struggles with utilizing the planet’s energy if placed here in the chart.