Uranus is the symbol of evolution that reaches the universal starting from the individual. It is an extraordinary event that crosses the boundaries of social conditioning.
Uranus acts as a factor for overcoming the individual constraint imposed by the septenary, or more specifically, it is an alternative model to the Sun-Saturn dyad. Saturn in its diurnal domicile in Aquarius already represents a Uranian symbolism, that is, the crystallisation of the mineral support represented by Saturn in Capricorn (the bones). Let’s say that Saturn in Aquarius presents itself more as a subtle model for the future development of individuality (Sun-Leo) once the formation of the person is completed (Moon Cancer-Saturn Capricorn). On a worldly level, the meanings of Uranus – as the bearer of the universalism of thought and action beyond the usual limits of representation – become particularly evident when the collective evolution of humanity creates a sudden technical vision that breaks with traditional models. At the same time, Uranus forges those tools to identify new symbols that can represent the current change – the discovery of the trans-Saturnian planets through the technological extension of visual observation. It is what Rudhyar describes as a galactic orientation.
Uranus and clairvoyance
Being the planet in charge of a multi-plane vision, Uranus develops an inclusive observation of reality. As a result, everything becomes a symbol, an entrance threshold no longer limited by a restricted egotistical imagination: Saturn’s exact role in Aquarius, a consciousness which, as a crystalline lattice, can resonate harmoniously on other planes. The structure of Saturn in Capricorn is still amorphous; it is indeed an element of social integration and consolidation but opaque to higher realities. It is not for nothing that astrology, as a factor of ‘translation’ of terrestrial existence through the heavenly vocabulary, is assigned by analogy to the sign of Aquarius.
Uranus and the social factor
In human development, Jupiter and Saturn define the social and collective factor. At the same time, Venus and Mars are deputies to the personal element, with Venus, in particular, serving as the formal framework of individuation. At this point, a brief digression is necessary. When we speak of Saturn as a factor of social integration, we also mean that the planet deals with the final development of individuality. The ultimate meaning is that without a fully formed identity, we cannot speak of social integration. Therefore, self and society must be understood as a unitary path leading to the relationship with the community within the social institution from a basis of individual self-recognition. With Uranus, we reach a higher level, where the relationship between self and collectivity merges into “We”, an entity that transcends the limitations imposed by the Saturn barrier: the social relationship becomes the individual’s integration in humanity and the cosmos.
Uranus and individualism
Because of its “eccentricity”, the Uranian type is sometimes interpreted as a hyper-individualist because their behaviour often deviates significantly from social conventions. However, in the presence of a low level of evolution, the unconventional attitude becomes a factor of isolation, of exclusion, as it does not fall within the rules of a traditionally consolidated social model. But by accepting the liberating experience offered by Uranus, one shares a sense of transcendence which, once stabilised, can lead to a new understanding of the Neptunian collective organisation: the feeling of self merges into cosmic awareness, becoming the unity of all things.
Returning to the eccentric character aroused by Uranus, an untrained psyche will only be able to grasp its ‘revolutionary’ side, breaking with the social conventions that stand as a defence to the norm. In this scenario, either you become part of a mass movement that aspires to radical change or rise to the charismatic leader’s role, capable of arousing irrational and coercive violence in the crowd.
Uranus and galactic evolution
To Rudhyar, we fully understand the evolutionary character of Uranus if we look at it not only as belonging to the array of planets of the solar system but as an agent of communication with the immensely larger galactic whole, representing increasing degrees of universal integration. This interpretation has its raison d’être, but I wonder if, wanting to provide a faithful symbolic representation in the framework of modern astronomy, it is not the case to consider that the termination shock and heliopause  go far beyond the orbit of Pluto. In this case, the trans-Saturnian planets would fall within the category of ‘solar’ planets, assuming an evolutionary meaning but still within the scope of limited cosmic consciousness. We could also say that Uranus, with its 84-year orbit, represents a bit the average duration of the current human life. Therefore, it lends itself well to depicting the starting point of an experience that transcends psychophysical individuality.
Uranus and the conservative view
We now come to the relationship between Uranus and the static view of conservatism. A conservative phase – on the social and individual level – becomes necessary for stabilising the contents and acquisitions that gradually add up in the course of existence. But the need to periodically renew the stage through which the creative energy manifests itself constitutes an irrepressible evolutionary impulse, whether or not it is consciously perceived. Rudhyar, in this regard, speaks of “inconsistency” as a solution of discontinuity, which can have negative values when the change of direction is bound to uncontrollable emotional content. But it can constitute a healthy break from the consolidated habits of Jupiter and Saturn when it is possible to inscribe change in a broader framework of reference. From this perspective, the initial inconsistency, source of discontinuity and fear, is reoriented until it acquires a new form of coherence at a higher level of representation. Thus, Uranus leads to a superposition of states or access to modes of representation parallel to the conventional vision while not deviating from it of a symbolic point of view. But the complete superposition occurs with Neptune, which contains all the potential life expressions. Once the process reverses, Uranus ‘extracts’ and focuses from the Neptunian mass what can cause a discontinuity in the underlying temporal scenario, perhaps through an individual lens that acts as an agent of transformation. It is a sort of ‘symbolic calculator’ applying a higher order to the pre-existing worldly background still bound by the bastions of Saturn. Transposed in a quantum sense, Uranus is the vector that allows the transition from possible to probable. On the other hand, Saturn is concerned with isolating a certainty from probability, implementing a definitive state of ‘fall’ in immanent reality.
- Rudhyar, Dane – The Galactic Dimension of Astrology – New York 1975