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Uranus Transits: Houses


Uranus Transits: Through the Natal chart houses

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UranusUranus Transiting the Houses of the Horoscope

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Uranus takes approximately 84 years to come full circle. This slow-moving planet's transits are long-lasting, and each transit through a particular house takes its time to unfold. Because many charts are drawn with unequal houses, and because Uranus is frequently retrograde, the length of Uranus' stay in a house varies. However, on average, Uranus transits a house for approximately 7 years. Uranus brings change, disruption, and erratic elements to the areas of life ruled by the house it transits.

How Uranus affects our lives depends very much on whether we resist its influences or try to work with this planet of independence, liberation, and enlightenment. While Saturn slows down our inner clock in order to persuade us to face reality, Uranus speeds up our tempo in order for us to consider taking risks and making changes.

Whichever part of our lives and of our psyches that Uranus touches is an area where we begin to feel restless and dissatisfied with any routine or "status quo" connected to it. Our consciousness regarding these parts of ourselves and our lives is accelerated to the point that others might consider our actions (and reactions) hasty or rebellious. If mishandled, we may act in inconsiderate and brusque ways. Transiting Uranus acts to disrupt, change, and re-do whatever it touches. Uranus frees us from thinking inside the box, and offers us opportunities for reaching out and trying something completely new. While Saturn slows us down, Uranus speeds up our lives, offering us chances to take some risks and to experiment with totally new ways of living and interacting with others and our environment. Uranus is forward-looking and does not have patience with lifestyles or attitudes that are attached to the past or the traditional. Transiting Uranus shakes us up and offers us a chance to become more aware of our individuality. Uranus doesn't accept stagnation nor does it accept restriction. Personal freedom is highlighted. Transiting Uranus acts to awaken and to make us aware of our feelings of being restricted and constricted. Uranus surprises, jolts, and stimulates.


Uranus Transits to the Houses

Uranus Transits the First House  

At the beginning of its transit through the first house, Uranus is conjunct your Ascendant, marking a time of monumental changes to your outlook on life and the manner in which you project yourself to others. Freedom of expression is deeply important to you now. You are making breaks from elements from your past that have limited your freedom or that have kept you from expressing your individuality. This is a time when you are more willing to take personal risks. Uranus is the Awakener, and "awakens" your consciousness to areas of your life that it touches in surprising ways. As such, there may be unexpected events that free you from confining situations or past conditioning patterns. You are more inspired throughout this transit, and your personality fairly bubbles with bursts of enthusiasm. Impulsiveness is something to watch out for, however. Your need for freedom can be so strong that you leave cherished things (or people!) behind. Alienating those close to you may occur now if you're not careful. At the very least, people around you are surprised by your more rebellious and risk-taking nature. While you shouldn't resist change now, you should avoid completely impulsive behavior. Changes in the image you project to others, and perhaps your personal style and appearance, take place during this cycle. You might go through a series of personal makeovers. You are breaking free from the expectations of other. Your behavior tends to be more spontaneous, and perhaps a little rebellious. Freedom of personal expression is immensely important to you now, and if you turn a few heads or raise some eyebrows in the pursuit thereof, you don't particularly worry about it!

Uranus Transits the Second House

The second house rules your value system, personal finances, and possessions. On another level, it rules your comfort levels. Uranus is the Awakener, and often "awakens" your consciousness to areas of your life that it touches in surprising ways. Over the next few years, your value system will shift and change. Outdated attitudes are discarded in favor of those that are conducive to growth. Some of you are moving towards a less materialistic value system, and others may be encountering unexpected circumstances that bring about a fluctuating or uncertain income. There may be a trend towards Uranus-ruled areas as the major source of income in your life, such as through new technologies, science, computers, the Internet, or metaphysics. You are also inclined to take a few more risks with your finances, or unusual ways of making money could be in place during this cycle. The best advice for increasing your earning power now is to nurture your latent inventive, progressive, or future-oriented talents.

Uranus Transits the Third House

You may be easily bored or distracted when it comes to traditional mental pursuits during this cycle. You may pick up a brand new study, for example. You are more attracted to unusual ideas, fields, and concepts. Exposure to new ideas open up new worlds to you. New opportunities to express yourself, particularly through speaking and writing, can suddenly enter your life. You may be communicating more about your past or finding people to relate with more readily. You are likely to make changes in your life that break you out of your usual routines. These changes are unlikely to be jarring or dramatic--quite the contrary! It feels good to break out of your shell a little and to take a few healthy risks. Acquaintances, siblings, or casual friends and communications may be catalysts for this new self-expression. You may make little changes to your personal appearance or to your mannerisms that reflect the changes going on inside, particularly if Uranus is also transiting sextile to your Ascendant.

Uranus Transits the Fourth House

Your home life may be in a state of flux during this cycle. It's possible that you move house, but even if you don't, there could be some disruptions to your domestic routine or erratic elements on the home front that you need to deal with now. Your life speeds up, and decision-making can be very hasty now. You definitely feel the need for action, but if you don't know where you’re headed, you might take the wrong turn. Unexpected changes in plans or events can test your patience, and you could feel a bit out of control at times, particularly if Uranus is also transiting square to your Ascendant. However, events could stimulate you to try new approaches and they certainly act to cut boredom. Letting go of old family conditioning is a theme.

Uranus Transits the Fifth House

During this cycle, you tend towards unconventional ways of expressing yourself and your creativity. Your hobbies can be out of the ordinary, and so can your relationships with children and lovers, depending on how this cycle is affecting you. Sudden developments or surprises in your romantic life are par for the course with Uranus here. This is a time when you free yourself of personal inhibitions that may have been part of your life in the past. It's a time of more spontaneous expression. This is a playful, somewhat eccentric, position for Uranus. Casual love affairs that have grown stale may be left behind now. You may also attract unusual romances or romantic partners into your life during this cycle.

Uranus Transits the Sixth House  

The sixth house is your sector of work, daily routines, and health. Uranus' presence here may throw you a few curve balls, shaking up your daily routine and perhaps your attitude towards your work and your health. At the root of this is an urge to break free from the confines of routine and some distaste for fitting into a mould. This year and in the years ahead, you are  moving towards a fresh approach to how you approach your work and the daily details of your life. Irregular schedules and perhaps some disruptions and tensions are possible as you adjust to this influence, particularly if Uranus is also inconjunct your Ascendant. Your working hours may become non-traditional, or you might be moving towards a more unconventional job. You are restless with routines, and tend to answer to your own internal rhythm rather than paying attention to society's (and nature's!) rhythms. Work that is limiting or lifeless really drags you down, and you tend to approach tasks with erratic or haphazard energy--you work tirelessly at certain times, and procrastinate at other times, for example. It would be wise to find work that offers you not only variety and stimulation, but also the chance to invent. Progressive, part-time, or unconventional tasks hold the most appeal to you these days. You may also take an interest in alternative health methods. You would benefit greatly from yoga or other mind-body therapies now.

Uranus Transits the Seventh House  

Close relationships may become erratic or surprising in some manner, and you may feel that it's hard to truly rely on a partner. Lifeless or outworn relationships may be especially hard for you to bear during this cycle. Some trial and error in relationships is par for the course with Uranus in this sector of your chart. Changes in your view of partnerships are in store. You don't care for taking orders, and any attempts to limit you are likely to be met with great resistance or downright rebelliousness on your part. Some of you may find your current partnership limiting and you could either end it or experience tension as you explore ways to break free from restriction. Some of you could experience erratic or rebellious behavior in a close partner, and this could have you on your toes, wondering what's next.

Uranus Transits the Eighth House

Uranus moves into your eighth house and shakes things up a little. There could be some ambiguities or unexpected happenings surrounding money that is part of your life but that doesn't come from your own earnings or income. This includes such things as shared resources with a close partner, alimony, taxes, loans, and so forth. At times, this could throw you off balance. It could also interfere with your own pursuit of pleasure, if the pleasure you seek or the hobbies you involve yourself in require extra money to spend. As well, you may not be able to depend on support or backing from others. This position could also indicate a period of uncertainty surrounding your intimate relationships, and/or some experimentation with your sexuality.

Uranus Transits the Ninth House  

If you do get a chance to travel, which could come up quite unexpectedly, unusual, eye-opening experiences may be in store for you. The people that you meet during this cycle tend to stir you into new ways of thinking. You are less inclined towards a personal philosophy that is traditional now. You may also adopt unconventional approaches to religion or politics. Some may abruptly stop or start higher education during this cycle.

Uranus Transits the Tenth House  

During this cycle, your career direction begins to change and your relationships with authority figures could sometimes be tense. You certainly don't like to follow orders these days! Do your best to avoid impulsive decision-making that is built upon your desire to be a free spirit. You may recognize talents that you never knew you had, and this can be a sudden, exciting discovery. You may also find that unexpected twists in your life story impact your career and reputation. You could become known for an unusual or unconventional approach to your profession.

Uranus Transits the Eleventh House

Uranus affects your friendships and enlivens your social circle. Changes in your social circle occur now, and you are meeting new and unusual people. You may join a group that is devoted to metaphysics or some non-mainstream topic. You are drawn to people who are free-spirited at this point in your life. Friendships that are stodgy or limiting may very well be left behind. You have a strong ability to see each person for who they are as unique individuals, and this helps endear you to others.

Uranus Transits the Twelfth House

Uranus here helps release you from unconscious habit patterns, perhaps stirring up your private life, and interjecting some unusual coincidences into your life. You might adopt unusual approaches to helping others, or find anonymous expression behind the scenes (perhaps through technology, the internet) rewarding. Events occur that cut you from past habits and attachments. Some will find, for example, that their "secrets" or private life become exposed in some way, and thus need to deal with letting go of certain elements of their lives that are no longer private territory. This whole process acts to slowly but surely detach you from the past in preparation for Uranus' entrance into your first house.


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Interpretations are written by Cafe Astrology's Annie Heese, unless otherwise noted.

References & suggested further reading:

How to Predict Your Future: Secrets of Eastern and Western Astrology by James Braha. This is an excellent resource for outer planet transits: Jupiter through Pluto.