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Planet Uranus: Lore & Modern Astrology

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

For some modern Western astrologers, the planet Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius. In Greek mythology Uranus (Ouranos) was the personification of the heavens and the night sky.

The planet Uranus is very unusual among the planets in that it rotates on its side, so that it presents each of its poles to the sun in turn during its orbit, so that one hemisphere is bathed in light, while the other lies in total darkness.

These strange traits reflect its astrological significance as the breaker of the convention.


Uranus, the ruling planet of Aquarius in modern astrology, is known for its unique rotation on its side, causing one hemisphere to be in constant light while the other remains in total darkness, symbolizing its role as the breaker of convention.

Astrologically, Uranus governs societies, clubs, and groups dedicated to progressive ideals, symbolizing sudden and unexpected changes, freedom, and originality.

Uranus is associated with the sympathetic nervous system, mental disorders, breakdowns, hysteria, spasms, and cramps in the medical field. In society, it rules radical ideas, revolutionary events, and is considered the planet that governs genius.

Uranus and Astrology

Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the sun, spending about seven years in each zodiac sign. Uranus was discovered only in 1781 by Sir William Herschel.

Astrologically modern interpretations associate Uranus with the principles of genius, individuality, new and unconventional ideas, discoveries, electricity, inventions, and the beginnings of the industrial revolution.

Uranus governs societies, clubs, and any group dedicated to humanitarian or progressive ideals. Uranus, the planet of sudden and unexpected changes, rules freedom and originality. In society, it rules radical ideas and people, as well as revolutionary events that upset established structures.

Uranus among all planets governs genius. Historically it was associated with the principles of the enlightenment and radical political ideas of equality and freedom, among other things.

Around the period of its discovery in 1781, the idea of democracy and human rights was prevalent, with the breakaway of the American colonies from England and the French revolution a few years later in 1789.

In art and literature, the discovery of Uranus coincided with the Romantic movement, which emphasized individuality and freedom of expression. In medicine, Uranus is believed to be particularly associated with the sympathetic nervous system, mental disorders, breakdowns and hysteria, spasms and cramps.

Modern astrologers consider Uranus to be the co-ruler of the 11th house with Saturn.

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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

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