Associated signs: Aquarius

Mythology: Uranus celebrates innovation and hates conformity. It’s no surprise, then, that Uranus stands out as the only planet named after a Greek deity (all other planets have Roman namesakes). Both birthed by and married to Gaia (Mother Earth), Uranus was the first Greek god to govern the skies and heaven. Uranus fathered twelve Titans, including Cronus (Saturn), but ultimately grew to resent his children. Fearing his authoritarianism, Gaia and Cronus made a plan to castrate Uranus to prevent him from producing future children. Cronus thrust Uranus’ testicles into the ocean (creating Venus from the grisly scene of blood, semen and sea foam). As Uranus could no longer procreate, he assumed a platonic role, representing the people from the the depths of the sky.

Transit: Uranus is an outer planet, and takes approximately seven years to transit each sign. Uranus goes retrograde each year for 150 days.

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What it means in your chart: In your natal chart, Uranus’ placement reveals your relationship with innovation. Uranus’ energy encourages us to release tradition and embrace the unusual. Though Uranian energy can be a bit destructive at times, its sole motivation is to spark spontaneity and progress. Forget the past—Uranus is committed to realizing the future.

Retrograde lowdown: Uranus loves shock value, so you should always expect the unexpected. When in retrograde, however, Uranus’ surprises will not always be transparent: The dramatic shifts that occur during Uranus retrograde are often psychological. During Uranus’ backwards spin, prepare to experience massive philosophical or emotional transformations. Uranus retrograde is an excellent time to release old, toxic patterns and adopt new, progressive ideologies.

Herbs and offerings: Chamomile, eucalyptus, fennel, lime, neroli, Clover, valerian, clove, rosemary, morning glory, sage, orchids.

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