Freedom- There’s Someone I Forgot to Be…Uranus Transits of the 1st House

The koru in nature. Pic by me.

The koru in nature. Pic by me.

You have this plan right, maybe it’s a series of plans. Five year plans, ten year plans. By the time you’re 30 you will have travelled the world, bought a house, got married, had kids, have earned your first million or just been appointed Director or Partner or something else with a Title. By the time you’re 40 you will have bought the sports car, upgraded the house, maybe added a holiday home, made more money and gathered more titles.

But who are you? Did, somewhere along the way, you forget who you are? Did you stop to think about what you need as a person? What makes you happy? Or, have all the things you’ve done (or not done) been products of what you think you should be? Did you forget to be you?

When Saturn transits a house, you have lessons to learn about the concerns of that part of life. You gain maturity, wisdom and make decisions to re-commit or to leave whatever (or whoever) it is behind. Time slows.

Uranus transits are like accidentally pressing that little part of the screen on your ipod which sends the song into 2x speed and turns Robbie Williams into a singing chipmunk. Uranus doesn’t want you to show maturity and responsibility. He wants you to make changes…now….if not earlier.

I remember having a tarot reading at Spellbox in Melbourne during the Spring of 2006. Uranus at that point was in my 12th house, not that I knew anything about that. I had been reading a lot of astrology books (something pretty typical of a 12th house transit, as I was to learn), but knew nothing about why all of a sudden I was restless…in everything. It was as if there was a little ball of energy that was bubbling and stewing around in my chest.

The Reader looked at the card spread on the table, up at me, and back down again at the table. Then she spoke.

‘Don’t fight the change. It is coming at you from every direction. Within 8 months your work life, relationships, home life and even your appearance will look completely different to what it does today. This will happen even if you fight it. It will hurt more if you fight it, but if you accept it, in a few years you will look back without regret.’

She told me a lot about what would happen (which I laughed off at the time). She also explained the principles of Uranus transits to me. What she told me that day prompted me to study astrology properly. What she told me that day is the reason this site exists.

More importantly, she was right. Things blew up that Xmas which had been stewing behind closed doors for a while. What occurred woke me up. It made me realise that status quo was no longer satisfying me- not that I had any idea about what would fulfil me. The fallout reverberated through my life. By April 2007, as Uranus crossed my Ascendant very little was as it had been on that Spring day in Melbourne.

I looked different for a start.

For the first time in my life I grew my hair out properly and found curls which I refused to straighten. I added so many foils that I was as far away from my natural colour (nearly black) as it was possible to be. I lost 15kgs quickly through nervous energy and obsessive exercise. I was afraid that if I stopped training I would start feeling and the hurt in my chest would come back (as it turns out, a couple of years later when I stopped moving and started feeling, the weight came back- with friends!). I acquired a tattoo on my hip in a sleazy parlour run by bikies- a koru (a Maori word for the new unfurling fern frond), it is the symbol for renewal, regeneration, hope, new life.

koru-design

Basically I became the angry, rebellious teenage that I missed being when I was the right age to be an angry, rebellious teenager but was too busy studying and doing the right thing and getting the right marks.

The change was not welcomed by my nearest and dearest. My mother still wishes I had never grown my hair “it was so much easier to handle and looked so much more conservative and professional when it was short.” In a way, my hair had become a symbol of my conformity and the way in which I complied with the wishes of others. In growing it and living with the knots and the curls and the maintenance I was changing direction. My husband accepts but has never liked the ink, but understands why I did it.

Uranus wants change and renovation wherever it touches. Disruption is the most efficient tool to encourage this result. He puts your life on fast forward, blowing up the status quo and throwing temptation in your way until you have no choice but to look outside your little square existence and beyond the walls of those attitudes and habits which may be traditional but not authentic to you.

I think there’s something you should know
I think it’s time I told you so
There’s something deep inside of me
There’s someone else I’ve got to be
Take back your picture in a frame
Take back your singing in the rain
I just hope you understand
Sometimes the clothes do not make the man

When Uranus transits the Ascendant and then the first house, the mask you present to the world becomes too tight for you to wear. You need freedom to express yourself, the freedom to change the way you look, the clothes you wear, and the courage to break away from any influences which restrict this. The first house (and Aries) is where you find your independence and courage and Uranus is the great individuator. How you dress, how you act, how you wear your hair may not reflect who you are. This is the first thing that will change.

But as with all growth processes, this one can hurt. A lot. The more you resist the change, the harder it will be- people with strong Saturn, Earth and Fixed charts, I am looking at you!

But today the way I play the game has got to change
Now I’m gonna get myself happy

Relationships suffer under a first house Uranus transit. Your impulsive push to break free pushes against the expectations of those you love who see you the way you always have been. Your appearance may change, your risk profile may change, you will almost definitely become more rebellious in areas where you have always been compliant. This takes some getting used to. I know I became more wilful, more selfish, more defiant, less pliable, more argumentative and far too often more angry- especially in the early stages of the transit. I was (and probably still am) hell to live with. More than anything I couldn’t tolerate anyone being in my head or attempting to influence me.

No matter what role you played in the past, a Uranian/Aquarian attitude will creep into your relationships- you don’t belong to anyone, nor do you own anyone.

All we have to do now
Is take these lies and make them true somehow
All we have to see
Is that I don’t belong to you
And you don’t belong to me

Uranus brings things which may have been bubbling under the surface kicking and screaming into the light. The person experiencing the Uranus transit may have some other excitement (or distraction) come into her life which kicks up waves in her existing relationships. The old represents stability and the new represents life in all its’ amazing possibilities. Sometimes unpalatable decisions have to be made, sometimes they are made for you. Sometimes it is like the Universe is sticking knife after knife into the wound until you are forced into the decision- whatever it needs to be.

Some relationships may not last the distance. Some relationships shouldn’t last the distance. Just be careful that you know the difference and don’t throw away those which you will later regret. Embrace the change, but temper the impulse a little and don’t make snap decisions. Stay or go- there is no right or wrong or easy answer- just the answer that feels more authentic. Sometimes the excitement can be too much and the value of stability is recognised. Sometimes the security of the old may be holding you back from spreading your wings. Uranus doesn’t present easy decisions, he just opens the doors to new possibilities.

May not be what you want from me
Just the way it’s got to be
Lose the face now
I’ve got to live I’ve got to live

As changes in your outlook and relationships occur, so too does upheaval at the very root and top of your life. The aftershocks ripple through the home and into the workplace as dissatisfaction and restlessness bubble to the surface. What was comfortable and stable can now feel like chains and unbearable restriction.

Well it looks like the road to heaven
But it feels like the road to hell
When I knew which side my bread was buttered
I took the knife as well
Posing for another picture
Everybody’s got to sell
But when you shake your ass
They notice fast
And some mistakes were built to last

No physical body can absorb the amount of restless energy provided by a Uranus transit indefinitely.  Be extra careful of nervous and adrenal overload during the peak of any Uranus first house transit. Another hint from one who has been there- even if you have slept like a well behaved baby all your life, expect some insomnia.  I never been a great sleeper, but from the day Uranus met up with Mercury in my 12th house, my sleeping patterns have been appalling, but my dreams so much richer.

Another warning- take time out- if possible, before you absolutely need it, and take advantage of the retrograde periods to absorb the changes. This is particularly important if Uranus makes contact with any personal planets during the transit- but that is a whole separate post!

No matter how hard, how exciting, how distracted, how restless, how dissatisfied, how amazing the ride is that is Uranus’ transit of the 1st house, remember, his absolute aim is to make sure that the one person you don’t forget to be is you.

I think there’s something you should know
I think it’s time I stopped the show
There’s something deep inside of me
There’s someone I forgot to be
Take back your picture in a frame
Don’t think that I’ll be back again
I just hope you understand
Sometimes the clothes do not make the man

Lyrics from Freedom ’90 by George Michael and reprinted here for illustrative purposes only. Check out the video clip on YouTube– an absolute classic.

5 comments for “Freedom- There’s Someone I Forgot to Be…Uranus Transits of the 1st House

  1. Mark
    March 20, 2011 at 4:58 am

    thank you!

    • Jo Tracey
      March 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

      you are very welcome 🙂

  2. Somers
    July 5, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Hi Jo Tracey

    I have this going on at the moment and it’s a nightmare. My Ascendant is at 24 Pisces. I have been sooo rebellious and angry and not been able to handle it very well at all. Because of thr cardinal square too, what Uranus is opposing in my 7th house, Pluto is squaring it from the 10th house.

  3. Jo Tracey
    July 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Ouch. I have to admit I had Pluto square Moon (from late Sg in the 10th) for much of mine & Saturn opposing everything. It is like one big Universal cosmic kick up the bum! Good luck with it & thanks for reading!

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