Wake Up Call…

storm rolling in over Patong Beach
storm rolling in over Patong Beach

My neighbor is soon to go to Taiwan- for work. She’s asked me to go with her. Given that I won’t have to pay for accommodation and food is really cheap, and I can get some good travel articles out of it, I’m seriously considering it.

The thing is, I can’t confirm it or book it until she has confirmation, dates etc. That’s ok- Mercury is Rx, so I’ll only cause myself stress by worrying about it or trying to second guess it. It will be what it will be.

The next planet to pop on the reverse gear is Uranus.

The outer planets spend a fair whack of each year in retrograde motion. During these retrograde periods, the energy which is usually pushed outward, is directed internally. During the retrograde phase planets become an exaggerated version of themselves. Uranus will become more Uranian…for many (especially those in the midst of a transit by Uranus) that is a pretty scary concept, or a seriously exciting one- it depends on your natal relationship to Uranus.

It’s a little like watching a storm roll in, sometimes the colours are so clear in those few moments before it hits, and as potentially destructive as it can be, it’s also exciting.

In the case of Uranus, who really gets off on giving totally unexpected and utterly unavoidable shocks to get you moving out of your rut and into something more individual, all of that bubbling, electrical energy in happening within you instead of to you. Eventually it has to explode.

All those Uranian rebellion impulses will burst out at seemingly incongruent times, leaving those around you shaking their heads muttering “What the F&*#?” Which brings me to the other really important thing about Uranus and transits of this planet to natal planets…. resistance is futile. The more you struggle against the Freedom Fighter, the tighter the chains that bind.

If Uranus passes back across a natal planet or chart point for you during this transit, take it as a time to stick to what you know…for now. You will be able to objectively look at the results of the bid you made for freedom when Uranus first touched that planet and maybe analyse what went wrong. This is not the time to make a fresh break or a complete change- if indeed a separation or complete change is what is required.

Instead, try mindfully to alter your routine, maybe take a trip, do something that will distract you from making an irreversible, life changing change right this minute. House painting has got me through a succession of Uranus conjunctions- it was a change that I could make, that wasn’t going to impact my life…although there’s so much paint on these walls that I’ve probably reduced the size of my house over the years. I could whack some red paint on a wall knowing full well that when I felt less crazy I could re-paint it.

The questions you ask yourself here will be put to use when Uranus retraces his path once he becomes direct and has moved out of orb from the planets he is aspecting.

The motivation, the impetus may come now- probably from an unexpected direction- but the time to make the change real is later. Doing it now can often be a case of making change for the sake of making change.

As the saying goes- don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

The technical details:

Uranus will turn retrograde at 12 Aries 31′ on 17/7/13 and will station direct at 8 Aries 35′ on 16/12/13. If you have planets (especially personal planets) at the degree of either of the stationing points ie 12 or 8 Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn pay extra attention to the hints you’re being sent.


  1. Oh thank you Jo. I was all excited about this Uranian Rx, until I saw the 8 degree cardinal signs. I have a T-square involving Mars, Venus, and Moon all on 8 degree Cap, Aries, and Libra. But, woohoo, says the rebel in me.

  2. hey jo, uranus will trine my ascendant and my natal nars during this transit. i have natally uranus conjunct ascendant so considering i’m familair with this uranian energy i guess this transit won’t be too bad for me, will it?

  3. hi jo! uranus will trine my ascendant and my natal uranus during this transit.
    natally i have uranus conjunct ascendant so considering i’m familiar with this uranian energy i guess this transit won’t be too bad for me, will it? what do you think?

    1. It will be more of a reminder, an opportunity to be yourself- like the volume’s been turned up. As long as you’re being true to yourself, it shouldn’t bring any nasty shocks 🙂

      1. thanks for the reply, jo! and sorry for the double post, you can delete the other if you want x

  4. today is unfortunately the day i must decide to either leave the city i’ve been building a life in and go back to my hometown, or infuriate my mother and my old friends back home by choosing to stay here and live in glorious poverty and spiritual desolation. the airline ticket has already been bought, and was without my knowing. i have to make the choice today because i have to tell my landlord and my job TONIGHT if i choose to leave… ugh.

    uranus is the ruler of my 7th, and the ONLY hinge in this decision is the fella i fell for down here. we have had SEVERELY rough spots, and i’ve had several traumatic events occur within the past 6mo of my living here and nothing to show for it but a hospital bill and significantly destroyed self-esteem.. but all of a sudden, he “gets” what he’s been doing wrong (ie BAD pluto) and is pleading for me to stay because he’ll finally have a job and we can get a house, etc. i don’t know what to do at ALL, and i’m not sure which would be a more drastic decision: staying or going.

  5. Someone I know is 9°36’26 Capricorn, I am wondering if they will feel the effects as you have suggested and if it is omen for marital dissatisfaction ( as that has been repressed) ???

    1. They probably will feel it, as to where? Well that depends on where that position falls in their chart. Uranus transits absolutely can be shown in marital dissatisfaction, but it doesn’t necessarily lead to break ups. In Caps case, if that is the issue, the question will be how much of myself am I losing, have sold, for security, respect & even, a keeping up with kardashians lifestyle? Naturally I exaggerate, but…Having said that, if 9 Cap falls, say, in the 3rd house, the issue might be something to do with learning, siblings or whether she is being heard or ignored. Look also at the house ruled by the Sun.

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