Uranus Turns Retrograde: Breakdowns On The Way To Breakthroughs
“Wake up!” says Uranus. “Are you facing chaos? Lately I’ve turned your life upside down. This year I’m making you an amazing offer: to not only restore the order you used to experience, but to shift your life in a global way so that the problems you used to experience—the ones that led to this chaos—are not even relevant anymore.”
Today Is A Pivotal Day
When a planet turns retrograde it makes a pivot in the sky and also creates a metaphorically “pivotal” experience for human beings. Today, that planet is Uranus. It’s as if Uranus is telling us, “You can’t go on avoiding this change forever. Today I’m delivering a wake-up call.” If Uranus is touching a planet in your chart this year, this message is for you and it will have very specific meaning, depending on what planet that is. That planet, and the part of you it represents, is in a massive uproar. It’s time for a shift to a whole new level. Today is the peak of Uranus’s wake-up call, but it could happen anytime within 5 days surrounding today.
Initiation Leading To An Inner Journey
Sometime between April and now (July 9, 2011) , Uranus showed us an area of life in which we are due for a change. What he delivered was an initiation and it was our first chance to catch a clue about paradigm shift to come. That clue may have been obvious or it may have been subtle, but we’ve been shown an area of life in which something new and startling is possible.
The clue was delivered, but did we notice? It’s human to go into denial. As spring proceeded, we may have said to ourselves, “Maybe I don’t have to do anything about this. Maybe it was just a one-time thing. Maybe I can just move on. Maybe I can get away without paying attention to this.”
Or maybe not. Today Uranus turns up the volume and gives us a reminder. “That big change you’re due for?” he says, “It’s crucial. And I’m putting it right in your face until you do something about it.” Today, Uranus’ retrograde journey begins and with it begins a period of soul-searching during which we must reflect upon and seek to understand the massive shift we feel coming. Uranus will continue moving retrograde (i.e. backwards) until the day it turns direct, which is December 9, 2011.
Every Breakthrough Begins With A Breakdown
Uranus teaches us a fundamental truth: a fresh, more inclusive order only comes after a chaotic mess. A transit of Uranus is accompanied by a restlessness that causes you to want to dash it all to pieces. You don’t actually have to destroy everything you’ve built in order to shift to the next level, but you may have to tolerate some uncomfortable mess as you search for the new frame to put it all into.
Uranus brings the “Eureka!” or the “Aha!” From Uranus comes that moment of insight, that lightning-bolt-from-the-blue that disrupts your normal everyday assumptions and introduces an idea so new, so startling, so crazy that it just might work. The best response to a Uranian insight is to open your mind up and engage in a search for a new frame, a new context, a new order in which all the old pieces make sense, and the new ones also fit. Uranus turns your head around—that’s what he’s for.
Is This Story Your Story?
If this feels true for you, it may be that you are personally touched by this transit. Uranus may be triggering a planet in your own chart, thus bringing these themes up for you. This year Uranus is covering the space between 0 and 4 degrees of Aries. If there is anything in your chart in 0 to 4 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you will feel this. And knowing it can help a lot if you’ve been feeling surrounded by chaos and you don’t know why. If Uranus has touched you this year, this could be the year when you finally liberate yourself from old, self-entrapping ways and instead bust out into a whole new way of being.
What Area Of Your Life Is Being Affected?
Good question. It will have to do with the planet in your chart that’s being triggered by Uranus. If Uranus is affecting your Venus, you may find yourself feeling restless and wanting more in your relationships. You don’t have to destroy all your relationships to satisfy that restlessness, but you do need to shift them to a whole new level now. If Uranus is affecting your Mercury, you’re getting more crazy, paradigm-shifting new ideas these days than you usually do—use this time of genius for your long-term benefit. And if you are between 39 and 42 right now, this could be a year that calls forth your genius and the tremendous restlessness that goes with that, calling you to reclaim your lost youth and demanding that you live into your potential once and for all.
The promise of Uranian chaos is that it leads to a new order. Uranus doesn’t really want to leave you in a chaotic mess for the rest of your life—and if he ever has, you’ve not responded to the situation with your true power. The mess Uranus causes is only a temporary state—although a necessary one—on the way to something much bigger and better. Sure the ride is messy, but what does that matter? Isn’t being the most amazing you possible worth a little chaos?
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