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Astrology at Work: The Uranus CyclesanderBImage

I write quite often on these pages about the Saturn Cycles, the aspects that Saturn makes to the place it occupies in the natal horoscope and to the angles of the chart. Of course, there are other cycles that concern astrologers. One of the more interesting of these is the Uranus Cycle.


The Uranus Cycle works like this. At about age 20, transiting Uranus will square its position in your natal horoscope. At about age 40, it will oppose that position. At age 60, Uranus will move into a closing square aspect to your natal Uranus. And, if you’re lucky enough to be around in your 80s, you will experience the return of Uranus to its natal spot.


What Uranus represents in our horoscopes is the need to be free, to rebel, to defy authority and to attach ourselves to some transcendent idea. Obviously, that function is stronger in some people than it is in others. For that reason, the Uranus Cycle is not always predictable or consistent. Much depends on what Uranus is doing in your natal horoscope.


When you are 20, regardless of how much strength Uranus has in your chart, rebellion and being radical can seem rather appealing. You may not act on it, but the attraction is there. When you’re 40, however, that attraction is probably going to be muted by years of responsibility and living within the “system.” You may feel frustrated with that system. You might exhibit some superfluous demonstration of rebellion, like buying a sports car, but otherwise this Uranus transit is likely to pass without anything remarkable happening.


By the time you’re in your 60’s and getting ready for the next leg of this Uranus Cycle, you’re likely to be even more cautious. You’re looking to that “system” to support you in your old age. It’s hard to be a radical when you’re dependent on Social Security or an IRA that’s tied to the ups and downs of the stock market to pay your bills.  In your 80s, you might feel more liberated. People tend to forgive radicalism in the aged. But by this time you’re so out of practice at “sticking it to the man” that your acts of rebellion will likely go no farther than stealing an extra ice cream at the “home.”


However, people who have a Uranus strongly placed in their charts, or in a close aspect to the Sun, Moon or personal planets, are likely going to experience this Uranus Cycle in an entirely different way. They may actually be more radical at 40 than they were at 20, and by 60 they could be leading a revolution, or at least a march against the powers-that-be.


We don’t have a reliable horoscope for Bernie Sanders, but in a partial chart (click on Bernie Sanders to see a chart done for noon on his birthday) Uranus forms a close trine to his Mercury. My guess is that, if we knew his time of birth, we would find Uranus strongly placed in that chart. Sanders will experience his Uranus return in 2025, when he 84 years-old. I don't know about you, but when I look at this I have to think that this Uranian warrior may not be anywhere near finished with his Uranus Cycle. Won't it be fun to see what happens when he does.

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