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William Herschel

William Herschel – Discovered Uranus in 1781

Uranus was discovered by William Herschel on March 13, 1781. Originally,  he suggested naming the it, Georgian Star, in honor of King George III of England and Hanover. The king was fluttered and offered herself honors by raising his status to King’s Astronomer and giving Herschel enough financial support for him to be free to continue his work with astronomy.. However, the name was unpopular in the scientific community who called the planet, Herschel. That too was not widely accepted. Most of the other planets were named after Roman gods so this planet was given the name of Uranus.

In mythology Uranus was one of the original Titans. He was the God of the heavens and sky, also the god of Chaos. Greek and Roman mythology is complex and convoluted. This is probably because the pantheon represent ideologies, cosmology, and human psyche. Uranus represents air. He married his mother, Gaia, Earth. The Uranus was castrated by his son, Saturn/Chronos, the god time, boundaries, and order. This represents the principle of chaos being restricted by the

order of the universal laws.

In astrology, the planet Uranus is the first transpersonal planet to be scientifically


The Titan Uranus

discovered, Perhaps because it is the closest one to earth. Later Neptune and Pluto where discovered and the transcendent Trinity was completed. Transpersonal planets are those that affect us in a collective-mind way. They are transformative across generations and societies. They have a collective effect that’s speaks to the unified unconscious mind of humanity.

Uranus speaks to the psyche of artists, progressive thinkers, spiritual seekers, inventors, and creative minds. Uranus connects with anyone seeking to create—architects, scientists, explorers, and more. Uranus reaches for what is new and unexplored. From religion to politics; from volcanoes creating new land mass, to space exploration. Uranus strains against limitation, boundaries, rules, and confinement. Uranus, associated with the Tarot card, Fool, asks you to take the leap into the unknown and reinvent yourself.

Uranus (chaos and creation), Neptune (subtle energies, inspiration, and unseen potential), and Pluto (destruction, power, tearing down, and explosive energy that leads to renewal) work together to move us forward, as a collective species, living on a planet, hurtling through space in a mind-blowing orderly way. The dynamics of these planets are seen in every natural law, every social/political cycle, every aspect of biology, every facet of us. Chaos, order, destruction, creating anew and rebuilding. Birth, death, rebirth. A tomato seed ferments and disintegrates to allow cells to multiply and build in the orderly way that creates a tomato plant. The plant grows according to a pattern that has is set but still holds the potential for chaos. The end game is the creation of new fruit.

I could go on forever, discussing the amazing ways of transpersonal planets and how they affect us on a collective and a personal way, but this story is about Uranus and its influence on us.

Uranus planet

For about half the year, Uranus travels in what astrologers call, retrograde. This means than in the orbits of Uranus around the Sun, the Earth passes Uranus and it seems, to our eyes, to be traveling backward. This is like when a car on the freeway passes another car. To the driver of the faster vehicle, the one that she passed looks like it has started to drive backward. Both are still moving forward, but the illusion is that one has backed up—gone retrograde.

In 2016, Uranus will be retrograde from July 31-December 29, travelling under the influence of the Zodiac sign, Leo. How is this going to affect us personally, and how is it going to leave its mark in the world?

That all depends on our personal planetary imprints at birth and the imprints of nations, cities, organizations, businesses, and such—any collective has a beginning, and that beginning has astrological imprints that give it/them a signature stamp that is impacted by the movements of the planets, stars, and other heavenly bodies.

Generally, retrogrades give us a second chance to redo what we might have missed or tripped up on the first time around. Sometimes, especially with Uranus, there will be new surprises added to the game. Often emotions run higher in retrograde Uranus than when he is moving forward (direct).

Look to your personal horoscope to see where the transiting Uranus in Leo lands and how it relates to the planets, points, asteroids, houses, and stars in your personal chart. It isn’t so much the signature of influences you were born with that make you a multi-faceted being that grows and lives a full life, it is the relationships of the map of your birth chart to the heavenly bodies that continue to move and interact with your natal astrology.

For example, if you were born with Uranus in your 5th house, this retrograde of Uranus in Leo (natural ruler of the 5th house) with impact your relationship with your children, your risk-taking, gambling, creativity, and such will most certainly be deeply affected. How? It depends on the relationship that the transiting Uranus has with planets in your 5th house and with those in other houses that form a web of interactivity.


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