This Year’s Stations of Uranus [Stations are pivotal days when Uranus goes retrograde or direct]
Uranus is currently retrograde, not direct
What is a “station?”
You may have heard of Mercury retrograde and wondered what that means astronomically. “Retrograde” means “moving backwards,” so when Mercury is retrograde, it is moving backwards in apparent motion from our viewpoint here on Earth. This means that instead of progressing forward through the zodiac, from one sign to another, Mercury is actually backing up. It’s a visual illusion, but a meaningful and measurable one.
Uranus goes retrograde too. Uranus spends more than half of every year moving forwards (astrologers call that “direct” motion), but when Uranus slows, stops, and turns backwards or forwards, we call that a “station.” An astrologer might say, “Uranus is stationary and turning retrograde today,” or “Uranus is stationary retrograde” when Uranus is in the process of turning backwards. When Uranus is in the process of turning forwards, we say “Uranus is stationary and turning direct today,” or “Uranus is stationary direct.”
I call these stations “pivotal days,” because the planet we’re talking about is literally pivoting—and also because stations tend to lead to pivotal events for those of us Earthlings who are being affected by them. Those pivotal events will trigger changes in us, and that will happen according to the nature of the transiting planet, in this case, Uranus.
How does Uranus change us? Breakthrough comes only after breakdown.
Uranus brings the “Eureka!” or the “Aha!” 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. This sudden insight is followed by a cascade of change that challenges the very framework your life has fitted into in the past. Uranus brings progressive, revolutionary, dimensional shift, after which nothing looks the same, nothing holds the same meaning, and some things are rendered irrelevant. Flat earth becomes round world after Uranus whips through your life.
Uranus teaches us a fundamental truth: a fresh, greater and 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.
This will affect the area of life ruled by whatever planet of yours that Uranus is transiting. For example, Uranus transiting your Sun might make you question your core identity and want to throw it out and start afresh. Uranus transiting your Venus might make you question your relationships—and make you feel trapped by them also. Uranus transiting your Saturn might bring massive changes to your career, which you can turn into derailment or progress by how you respond.
Movement of Uranus this year:
In 2013, Uranus travels forward to 12 degrees of Aries, then turns retrograde and travels backwards to 8 degrees of Aries, turns direct and travels forward through 12 degrees of Aries again and beyond. Then it moves into the next patch of degrees, where it will do the same thing in 2014.
This means that if you have any planet in 8 to 12 degrees of Aries, you are having a Uranus transit to that planet this year. Because Uranus in Aries forms a challenging aspect to Cancer, Capricorn and Libra, if you have any planet in 8 to 12 degrees of any of those signs, that planet is also having a Uranus transit.
Peaks in the intensity of this transit:
You’ll feel a transit the most strongly when it’s exact and also during its stations, or pivotal days. So if you have Venus at 9 degrees of Cancer, you’ll feel Uranus’ influence the most strongly when Uranus is passing through 9 degrees of Aries, and also on the days it turns retrograde and direct. In a reading you can get a diagram of this that’s personalized for you and shows the exact dates to watch for. It shows you which of your own planets is being triggered by Uranus and we talk about what it means for you and where in your life to look for its effects. This gives you a chance to see what’s coming and plan how to respond to it. Getting this kind of personally timed information is the main reason people consult astrologers.
How to handle your Uranus transit:
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. Embrace progressive, future-oriented ways of being and behaving. You may feel trapped, stuck and itchy, but think carefully before you react, rebel or make a change you might regret. Look for the way through the chaos and you’ll find that a whole new life is just around the corner—yours for the claiming.
Read about Uranus’ square to Pluto this year: Uranus and Pluto Topple the Great Edifice
Read about Uranus in Aries and other transiting planets in signs this year.
Read my Frequently Asked Questions about astrology.