EYE ON THE SKY: URANUS RETROGRADE: AUGUST 3, 2017-JANUARY 2, 2018.
Uranus goes stationary/retrograde in Aries starting on Thursday, August 4th and stays there until early January and goes into the more troubled gandanta area (meaning drowning) from late September into early January where it is vulnerable to major karmic upheaval. This is more of an outer world event but it can trigger unexpected fired -related disasters like volcanoes, forest fires as it is happening in the sign of Aries.
When Uranus is retrograde in someone’s chart (and it is 5 months of the year) the rebellious urges tend to explode and burst forth seemingly out of nowhere. Uranus retrograde in transit is a regular cycle lasting 155 days every year in which the planet moves four degrees backwards through the zodiac. This is a time of inner change in response to external changes in your life. Given potential for liberal/conservative warring and upheaval like we saw last fall after the Trump election, we have to think that this could easily manifest if he does something controversial around the Solar Eclipse. The Uranus retrograde may stir up a lot of inner upheaval and anger toward the status quo in Aries and at some point it may explode and this is more likely during the Mars/Uranus opposition into Dec. 1-5th. During the bubbling phase, the person is not realizing how much rebellion is brewing until it explodes.
On a personal level, Uranus can incite rebellion in any ruts in our personal life that need transformation. If you have planets 0-4 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, you may more intensely get triggered to make sudden changes to break out of these ruts. In this life you may feel the shock on the inside as stress, restlessness and impulsiveness. Internal instability can lead to anxiety disorders, spasms, neurotic behavior or rapid personality changes.
On the external mundane level, sudden explosions or out bursts in collective rioting are possible. Watch hot-spot like Venezuela and South Africa and the US for surprises.
Neo-Vedic astrologer like Dennis Harness notes that Uranus is connected to Vedic mythology:
” Prajapati is the lord of progeny and creativity. He “exerts his heat and duplicates himself” and his “divine voice sounds like thunder”. One of the translations of Prajapati is Indra, the lord of thunder and lightening. A similarity to the planet Uranus can easily be seen. Uranus represents the Prometheus myth of bringing fire to earth, the bringer of change and innovation. Uranus is often associated with heat, lightening and thunder. He was also the father of Venus, the goddess of creativity. Narendra Desai felt that Uranus was a higher octave of Mercury, the god of creative intellect. He said that a prominent Uranus was often seen in the chart of a good astrologer.”
Uranus retrograde can be a great time for invention and technological research so use this transit to start that discoveries and explore science. Great creativity is possible around the station on August 3rd-5th.
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