This Year’s Uranus Retrograde
Is Uranus Retrograde?
Uranus is currently retrograde (i.e. moving backwards)
If you know anything about astrology, you may have heard of Mercury Retrograde. But Mercury isn’t the only planet that goes retrograde– most planets actually do. We’re here to discuss the stations of Uranus in 2023, and what happens during a Uranus Retrograde.
Uranus Retrograde: When Uranus Changes Direction
“Retrograde” means “moving backwards.” So when we say Mercury is retrograde, we mean that it’s moving backwards in apparent motion from our viewpoint here on Earth. In other words, instead of progressing forward through the zodiac, from one sign to another, Mercury is reversing. Yes, 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, in what we call “direct” motion. When Uranus slows to a halt in the process of changing direction, we call that a “station.” An astrologer might say, “Uranus is stationing retrograde” when Uranus is in the process of turning backwards. When Uranus is in the process of turning forwards, we say “Uranus is stationing direct today.”
The days that planets station are “pivotal” days. That’s because the planet we’re talking about is literally pivoting. Also, planetary stations tend to lead to pivotal events for those of us who are directly affected by them. Those pivotal events trigger changes in us according to the nature of the transiting planet. In this case, we are discussing Uranus. If you have a planet close to the degree of where Uranus stations, you will feel greatly affected by the shift in pace.
What is the Significance of Uranus?
Uranus is the planet of genius, revolution, innovation, and electricity. It is the breaker of rules, the unpredictable, the visionary, the futuristic. Uranus rules science, music, astrology, and the internet. Uranus brings the “Eureka!” or the “Aha!” moment of insight. It is that lightning-bolt-from-the-blue that disrupts your normal everyday assumptions, introducing an idea so new, so startling, so crazy that it just might work.
Sudden Uranian insight is followed by a cascade of change that challenges the very framework your life has fitted into in the past. Uranus cares nothing for stability. It brings progressive, revolutionary, dimensional shift. After a Uranus transit, nothing looks the same, nothing holds the same meaning. 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 lot of chaos. Uranus transits are 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. You may, however, have to tolerate some discomfort as you search for the new frame to put it all into.
Uranus in Taurus, 2018-2026
Uranus moved into Taurus on March 6, 2019. This is a shift we all felt, with a very specific meaning and purpose. Uranus in Taurus will spend about 8 years spurring revolutions in agriculture and money. It will create liberating upheaval in our sense of security.
If you are a Taurus or have significant Taurus placements, you will undergo extreme change, realization, a revolution in your life. You will find yourself doing things you never thought you’d do, thinking things you never thought you’d think.
Read more about Uranus in Taurus here.
What happens during Uranus Retrograde?
When Uranus goes retrograde, the influence of its revolutionary need to break down and break free is turned inwards. The introverted function of Uranus is to invisibly question certainty. We are readjusting our relationship to our genius. We are preparing to instigate change once Uranus stations direct again.
Breakdown and Breakthrough during Stations of Uranus and Uranus Retrograde
Uranus brings breakthrough to the area of life ruled by the natal planet Uranus is transiting. For example, Uranus transiting your Sun might make you question your core identity. You may even want to throw it out and start afresh.
Uranus transiting your Venus, on the other hand, might make you question your relationships. They could be feeling outworn or limiting. Uranus transiting your Saturn might bring massive changes to your career. You can alchemize this energy of change into either derailment or progress, depending on how you respond.
Understanding the Uranus cycle can help you
smoothly navigate periods of positive change,
find your genius contribution to the world,
and discover your authentic self.
To learn how Uranus functions in your chart
and how to use the retrograde cycle to your advantage,
Contact Pandora Astrology
for a Natal and Transits Reading.
The Span of Uranus Retrograde 2023:
In 2023 and early 2024, Uranus travels forward to 23 degrees of Taurus, then turns retrograde and travels backward to 19 degrees of Taurus, turns direct and travels forward through 23 degrees of Taurus again and beyond. Then it moves into the next patch of degrees, where it makes a similar journey next year.
How will Uranus Retrograde 2023 affect you?
This means that if you have any planet between 19 and 23 degrees of Taurus, you are having a Uranus transit to that planet this year. Because Uranus in Taurus forms a challenging aspect to Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, if you have any planet in 19 to 23 degrees of any of those signs, that planet is also having a Uranus transit.
Generally, if you were born with your Sun in these dates of any year, you will feel this transit very personally:
February 7 to 12
May 9 to 14
August 11 to 16
November 11 to 16
Find out more here: Are You Currently In Transition?
Peaks in the intensity of this transit:
You will feel a transit the most strongly when it’s exact, as well as during its stations (or “pivotal days”). So if you have Venus at 21° Leo, you’ll feel Uranus the most intensely when Uranus passes through 21° Taurus. You’ll also feel it the most strongly 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, 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. When Uranus is paying you a personal visit, it’s time to engage in a search for a new frame. We’re looking for a new context in which all the old pieces make sense, and the new ones also fit.
Uranus turns your head around—that’s his mission. Embrace progressive, future-oriented ways of being and behaving. Expect to feel trapped, stuck and itchy. Think carefully before you react, rebel or make an impulsive change you might regret. Instead, let go of your old way of thinking. 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.