Illustrated planet Uranus is a light blue circle with a darkened black shadow on the left side.

Uranus Astrology Facts:

Glyph: uranus-glyph
Ruler of: Change, Originality
Named for: Uranus, Greek God of the Sky
Sign of Dignity: Aquarius
Sign of Detriment: Leo
Sign of Exaltation: Scorpio
Sign of Fall: Taurus
Physical Body: Parathyroid gland, neural activity, aura
Changes Sign: Every 7 years

What Does Uranus Mean in Astrology?

Uranus—the planet that rules over surprise and the unexpected—was a surprise himself as this planet was not discovered until 1871 with the help of a telescope. Uranus has revealed multiple surprises since we’ve been studying him, including his clockwise rotation and 13 barely visible rings.

Because of his hypervisible eccentricities, Uranus is the perfect candidate to represent the outsiders and misfits of the world, those whose lives beckon change and revolution. 

Uranus (along with Neptune and Pluto) is considered a generational planet. These three planets are often referred to as the modern planets or Trans-Saturnians

Since all three of these planets move slower and are much further from the Sun (Uranus takes seven years to move through a sign), the influence of generational planets impacts individuals and generations. If you’ve ever wondered why certain civil rights issues, rebellions, and revolutions come to a head in the world at particular times, take a look at what zodiac sign Uranus is hanging out in for some insight.

In short, this planet is forward-looking and associated with the future, change, innovation, and discovery.

Your Uranus Sign & Uranus Opposition

Astrologer Joanna Martine Woolfolk explains that, in the individual’s natal chart, “Uranus is a deep-seated energy within the personality, an unconscious purpose that is revealed over a lifetime.” Uranus will surprise you constantly, unveiling sides of you that you didn’t know you had.

In addition, how comfortably you fit into society—how “normal” or “unconventional” you are as a person—can be determined by the placement of Uranus in your birth chart.

  • Fire signs are original, unpredictable, independent, charismatic, creative, revolutionary, and rebellious.
  • Air signs are intuitive, inventive, unpredictable, original, logical, individualistic, and revolutionary.
  • Earth signs are practically inventive, resistant to force, predictable, eccentric, and transformative.
  • Water signs are flexible, unstable, erratic, emotionally unpredictable, and intuitive.

It is also helpful to consider the quality (or modality) Uranus is in:

  • In Cardinal signs: initiators of change & values motion and action.
  • In Fixed signs: resistant to change & values consistency and reliability.
  • In Mutable signs: adaptable/responsive to change & values flexibility and versatility.

We’ve all heard of mid-life crises, and astrologically, this is the time when Uranus is 180 degrees from where it was at the time of your birth, about forty years later. This is a period known as the Uranus opposition.

This time can be experienced in different ways by different people, including shock and something unexpected, but also exhilarating.

The planet of the future, Uranus is always looking forwards and shaking up the order of things where he sees fit in order to allow a balance of stability and growth on Earth and within you as an individual. Any new person or experience that gets introduced into your life is thanks to Uranus, whose influence teaches us flexibility, adaptability, and the importance of change for growth and progress.

Uranus Retrograde

During a planet’s retrograde period, it appears, from Earth, that it’s moving backward.

During Uranus retrograde, we become even more rebellious. Uranus shakes up old ways of thinking that no longer serve us; we often change our core beliefs and deepest motivations when Uranus is in retrograde.

You may find yourself restless and impatient during this period, but try to slow down and make thoughtful decisions. 

You’ll find yourself wanting to push back against anything you feel is trying to restrain you, and you will crave independence. It is key to finding the room you need to be yourself without pushing everyone away.


The symbol for Uranus consists of a cross over a circle with a semi-circle on either side. It symbolizes the link between matter and spirit and the past and the future.

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