On this date in 1781, William Hershel discovered Uranus.
There is an expression about getting the rug pulled out from under you. We use this expression when our world is unexpectedly turned upside down. In astrology, Uranus plays the part of the rug puller.
According to astrologer Kevin Burk, at this stage of human evolution we are living in a Saturn-ruled world (Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart, p. 38). Saturn is a very structured, concrete, Earthbound sort of planet. It represents the physical world that we can see and touch and hear. Uranus, though, as the first of the so-called outer planets, symbolizes our first and often traumatic realization that there is more to the universe than we believed (39).
Uranus reminds us about our attachments. It sends us messages, usually in the form of an unpredictable upset or a bolt from the blue, that cause us to re-examine the foundations of our lives.
The orbital cycle of Uranus is 84 years, and so it spends about 7 years in each sign. Right now, Uranus is in the sign of Aries. It was last in Aries during the Great Depression (1927-1935). Aries is a fiery warrior who isn’t afraid to take chances and create new beginnings. During the Great Depression, it took a pioneering spirit and a self-motivation to survive.
What structures could you re-examine in your life? Where could you let loose your individual drive and release yourself from restrictions? Some herald the Age of Aquarius as a boon time for humanity where we will all coexist peacefully in a harmonious “oneness,” but I think that we also need to remember that we are still unique individuals within that group. Use the “eureka” energy of Uranus in Aries to find YOUR spark.