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.

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Uranus acts as a factor for overcoming the individual constraint imposed by the septenary of the classical planets. More specifically, it is an alternative model for Saturn’s diurnal domicile in Aquarius. Saturn in its diurnal aspect represents the crystallisation of the mineral support expressed by the nocturnal domicile in Capricorn (the bones); it is the subtle model responsible for the elevation of individuality (symbolised by the opposite sign of Leo) once the formation of the person comes to an end (given by the Cancer-Capricorn axis). But with the discovery of Uranus and the trans-Saturnian planets, the symbolic landscape is destined to expand: now there is not only individual evolution at stake but also global evolution.

On a planetary 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 technological vision that breaks with traditional models. At the same time, scientific progress is preparing those tools to discover new symbols that can represent the change underway – in this case, the discovery of the trans-Saturnian planets – through the artificial extension of visual observation. Rudhyar defines it as a galactic orientation of astrology, an opening towards the cosmic dimension of existence.

Uranus and clairvoyance

Being the planet responsible for a multi-plane vision, Uranus tends to develop an inclusive observation of reality. Everything becomes a symbol, a gateway to a reality no longer limited by a narrow egoistic vision (Saturn). It is a consciousness that, like a crystal lattice, can resonate harmoniously on other planes. At the same time, the structure of Saturn in Capricorn is still shapeless, it is indeed an element of integration and social consolidation, but it is opaque to higher realities. It is not for nothing that astrology, as a factor of “translation” of terrestrial existence through the celestial vocabulary, is assigned by analogy to the sign of Aquarius.

Uranus and the social factor

In the field of human development, or rather of the individual who integrates into the social context, Jupiter and Saturn define the collective factor. At the same time, Venus and Mars are deputies to the individual element, with Venus serving as the formal edifice of individuation. At this point, a brief digression is required. When we speak of Saturn as a factor of social integration, we also mean that the planet is delegated to the final development of individuality. The ultimate meaning is that without a fully formed identity, one cannot speak of social integration. Ego and society, therefore, must be understood as a unitary path that, starting from individual self-recognition, leads to the relationship with the community within the social institution (i.e., the ego-society is the process through which self-awareness reveals itself to itself). With Uranus, we reach a higher level. The ego-community relationship merges into “We”, an entity that transcends the limits imposed by the Saturnian barrier. With Uranus, the social relationship becomes the integration of the individual into 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 inexperienced psyche can only grasp its revolutionary side, breaking with the social conventions that stand up in defence of the norm. In this scenario, either one joins a mass movement that aspires to radical change, or one rises to the role of a charismatic leader, capable of arousing irrational and coercive violence in the crowd.

Uranus and galactic evolution

For Rudhyar, we fully understand the evolutionary character of Uranus if we consider it not only as belonging to the array of planets of the solar system but also as a communicating agent with the immensely larger galactic whole, representing increasing degrees of universal integration. This interpretation has its raison d’etre, but I wonder if, wanting to provide a faithful symbolic representation in the field of modern astronomy, it is not the case to consider that the termination shock and the heliopause [1] go well beyond the orbit of Pluto. In this case, the trans-Saturnian planets would fall into the category of “solar” planets, assuming an evolutionary significance but always within a circumscribed cosmic consciousness. We could also say that Uranus, with its 84-year orbit, represents somewhat the average length of human life today. Therefore, it is well suited to define 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. On the social and individual level, a conservative phase is necessary to stabilise the contents and acquisitions that gradually add up throughout 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 “incoherence” as an element of discontinuity, which can take on negative values ​​when we link the change of direction to uncontrollable emotional content. But it can be a healthy break from the established habits of Jupiter and Saturn when it is possible to inscribe the change in a broader frame of reference. In this perspective, the initial inconsistency, a source of unexpected events 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 the access to modes of representation parallel to the conventional view while not deviating from the symbolic point of view. But the complete overlap occurs with Neptune, which contains all potential expressions of life.

Once the process is reversed, Uranus “extracts” and focuses from the mass of Neptune what may cause a discontinuity in the underlying time scenario, perhaps through an individual lens that acts as a transforming agent. It is a sort of ‘symbolic calculator’ that applies a higher order to the pre-existing mundane background still bound by the ramparts of Saturn. Transposed in a quantum sense, Uranus is the vector that allows the passage from the possible to the probable. On the other hand, Saturn is concerned with isolating a certainty from probability, implementing a definitive state of “fall” in earthly reality.


  • Rudhyar, Dane – The Galactic Dimension of Astrology – New York 1975