Uranus in Aries


Every 84 years Uranus spends just over seven years transiting (moving through) the sign of Aries. We are in that cycle now. In order to understand and predict how this influence might affect the world, we need to ask two things. First, what does astrology tell us about both the planet Uranus and the sign of Aries? Second, what has happened in the past when Uranus was in Aries? In this article, we will discuss the astrological qualities of Uranus and Aries, and then go back 252 years to look at the past three transits of Uranus in Aries.

Astrological Meanings of Uranus and Aries

The energies of Uranus bring the urge for change, freedom, liberation, rebellion, independence, revolution, the new and the unusual. Uranian energies are often manifested in sudden, unexpected and shocking ways that upset the status quo and “wake us up”. They also bring discoveries, innovations and new ideas that catch on quickly.

The sign Uranus is in tells us how the Uranian energies will be expressed. In this case the sign is Aries. Aries is the sign of the Ram and likes to run headfirst into life. Aries expresses itself by being: energetic, enthusiastic, independent, courageous, pioneering, first, initiating, action-oriented, eager, direct, headstrong, impulsive, impatient, hasty, assertive/aggressive, fiery and dynamic. Aries represents the warrior, the individual, the hero and the explorer. As you can tell, Uranus and Aries make quite a dynamic duo!

Uranus in Aries 2010- 2019

Uranus entered Aries on May 27, 2010, let the genie out of the bottle, and then retrograded back and has been hiding out in Pisces since August 13, 2010. Uranus is now making a beeline back to Aries and will re-enter that sign on March 11, 2011 for a nice long stay until March 19, 2019. We can already see things heating up in the world as I write this at the the end of January 2011.

This energy, as always, can be used in a positive and beneficial way – or – in an out of balance and negative way. Positively, Uranus in Aries can manifest as the use of action, initiative, drive, enthusiasm, courage and dynamic energy to bring about innovative and liberating changes in a rapid and unusual manner. However, if this energy gets out of balance, it can be very volatile, rebellious, violent, angry and aggressive. Impatience, impulsiveness, anger and hotheaded actions can take over and run amuck, overthrowing everything in sight. Obviously, that is the worst case scenario, but will probably manifest in some places. It is certainly possible to use this dynamic energy in very positive ways, and that will also happen. We may not be able to direct the energies in the outside world, but we can direct our own energies with the awareness that our thoughts and actions are contributing to the whole.  

Past Uranus in Aries Transits

Listed below are some events from the last three times Uranus was in Aries. By looking at past occurrences, we can get an idea of the type of energy we will be dealing with this time. As we will see, although there are many similarities, it plays out in new way each time. The world is a different place now and we also need to keep that in mind. For one thing, our ability to communicate information, ideas and news happens immediately and can affect mass consciousness on a huge scale that has never been possible before. This would suggest that changes can now take hold and spread much more rapidly than they ever could in the past. It also makes it extra important to resist jumping into something without knowing the real facts.

Something else to consider – Uranus in Aries will be squaring Pluto in Capricorn from 2011 through 2015. (See article, Radical Social Restructuring: 2011 – 2015) Uranus in Aries was also squaring Pluto during 1930-1935, so there are striking similarities between the two times. It does not mean that the same things will happen, but it is another indication that we need to take the initiative in transforming our economy. This influence greatly affects the USA chart and will be very strong over the next five years. The economy is going to be restructured, one way or the other.

Uranus in Aries 1927-1935:

Note:  The depression and the rise of Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini make this a very grim and difficult period in general. Part of that could be attributed to the fact that Pluto was discovered in 1930. It seems very possible that the Plutonian energies of death and rebirth, power, destruction/regeneration, intensity and transformation, which had previously been hidden below the surface, were very concentrated and quite possibly karmic when they flooded into mass consciousness – which is what happens when a planet is “discovered’. It’s like we are discovering that part of ourselves. We must uncover it in order to heal it and use it productively. In addition, Uranus in Aries was squaring Pluto from 1930 -1935 which exacerbated the effects.

Oct 29, 1929: Stock Market Crash and the beginning of worldwide “Great Depression”. 1929 – Taking advantage of the worldwide depression, Hitler sees his opportunity and begins to take power. He becomes Dictator of Germany in 1933. Mussolini and Stalin also were growing in power and brutality. We begin the prelude to World War II.

Franklin Roosevelt is elected in 1932 and becomes president in 1933. He seems to look Pluto directly in the eye in his Inaugural address when he says, “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” New programs are introduced to try to help the economy. The Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) puts many men to work on public work projects like reforestation, national park campgrounds, fire towers, drainage systems and other projects. Social Security was enacted in 1935.

1932 – Mahatma Gandhi begins a “fast unto death” to protest the British government’s treatment of India’s lowest caste, whom Gandhi calls “God’s children”. He also campaigned for civil disobedience and used passive resistance to bring about social reform.

1933 – Prohibition is repealed. It had not worked and had produced speakeasies and a wave of crime. Many gangsters are killed or captured in the next year or so – Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, Ma Barker. Al Capone was jailed in 1931.  G-man Eliot Ness his group of “Untouchables” become heroes.

1927 – Charles A. Lindbergh makes the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight. Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run. First World population Conference is held.

1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Independent, unusual, risqué women flourish in the entertainment business: Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, and Josephine Baker, to name a few.

Inventions/ discoveries: 1927 – the iron lung is introduced, transatlantic telephone service begins, first successful full length “talking” motion picture, The Jazz Singer is released (first words in the movie: “You ain’t heard Nothin’ yet!”), first U.S. television transmission, the Nazca Lines in Peru are discovered. 1928 – Penicillin is discovered, which launches a “revolution” in medicine.

1930 – Birds Eye frozen foods, sliced bread, Twinkies and Snickers are introduced, first automatic toaster, first true supermarket opens in Long Island.

1930 – Human egg cell is seen for the first time through a microscope.

1930 – Pluto is discovered. 1930 – Adler Planetarium in Chicago is the first planetarium in western hemisphere. 1932 – The atom is successfully split for the first time.


Uranus in Aries 1843-1851

1843 – Sojourner Truth, a freed slave, speaks against slavery at camp meetings around the country. She is 46 years old has been a slave for most of life. 1845 – Revolutionary book, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, by Margaret Fuller urges women to be independent. 1848 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott hold the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. It is reported that Mrs. Stanton’s husband, who strongly opposed the concept of women voting, has suddenly left town. 1849 – Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery. Later she is dubbed “Moses” because of her efforts to help slaves escape through the Underground Railroad. 1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman M.D. in the U.S. 1850 – First National Women’s Rights convention is held in Worcester, Massachusetts.

1849 – Illinois Representative, Abraham Lincoln, proposes anti-slavery legislation. We begin the prelude to the Civil War. 1849 – Henry David Thoreau Spends a day in jail for refusing to pay a poll tax because he feels paying it would constitute complicity in the crimes of government – slavery, persecution of the Indians and the war with Mexico. In his essay, Civil Disobedience, he writes “I quietly declare war with the state”.

1845 – The term “Manifest Destiny”, the belief that it is God’s will that the United States expands and control the entire North American continent is promoted. Westward expansion grows. Over 5,000 pioneers travel the Oregon Trail in 1845. 1845-1847: The US acquires Texas and California from Mexico and Oregon from the British. (1846-47 War with Mexico)

1848 – Gold discovered in California. The Gold Rush is on. More and more people join wagon trains to become American pioneers. The phrase, “Go West, young man, go West!” quickly catches on.

Revolutionary inventions/discoveries: 1843 – the sewing machine, 1844 – the telegraph, 1846- the use of ether for painless surgery.

1851- First world’s fair is held in London, England.

Uranus in Aries 1759-1768

After the end of the French and Indian War in 1760, the British turn their attention to the American colonies. They attempt to halt all westward migration and prohibit settlements in the entire region west of the Appalachian Mountains.  They start to clamp down on the colonists and enact various taxes on the colonies, ban them from printing paper money and order colonists to provide barracks and supplies for British soldiers. Outraged American colonists retaliate with protests, demonstrations and boycotts. The prelude to the American Revolution begins.

1762: In France, a book is published by Jean Jacque Rousseau, The Social Contract (Le Contract Social), even though it did not cause any big changes at the time, it was widely read in France by the end of the century. The book opens with, “All men are born free, but everywhere they are in chains.”

Leaders, Heroes, Explorers: Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Patrick Henry and Paul Revere. (George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were not quite yet in the political arena, but would be soon.) Daniel Boone explores new territory beyond the Appalachian Mountains in 1767, and in 1769, will lead a group through the Cumberland Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The western expansion will not be stopped by the British.

Judy Joyce

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  • By Lou Siron, January 31, 2011 @ 4:36 am

    Wow, you can see the protest energy really rising in Egypt as evidenced in the news today. Makes me wonder how much of the Middle East will agitate with all of the Uranian energies.

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