How Your Astrological Chart Creates Change: Uranus in 2021 and 2022

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May 2, 2021
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Have you ever tasted sour and spicy at the same time? If you haven’t, take my word for it that some flavors don’t mix. The astrology of 2021 and 2022 can be a bit like this, with the square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. 

In this piece you’ll learn where this key transit is falling in your own chart based on your rising sign, as well as tips on how to navigate the energy yourself and with other people in your life.


Uranus: From Instability to Freedom


Wherever Uranus is transiting your chart, the only thing to expect is the unexpected. Uranus is the planet of upheaval, disruption, and revolution, bringing instability to whatever it touches. Along with this instability, there is also a sense of excitement and possibility. When this free-wheeling, rambling, gambling dude hits your chart, it influences you to take risks, push past limits, and find greater independence. 

Uranus can be like the itch you can’t scratch. So it’s common for people experiencing big Uranus moments to act out in some way. For example, moving across the country on a whim, or leaving a relationship suddenly or without explanation. This happens because Uranus makes us seek experiences that are extraordinary. If it’s boring, it’s got to go.

You may be feeling these Uranian drives with special intensity right now if your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Taurus, or in any of the fixed signs -- Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius. Also check if you have other personal planets in any of those signs (personal planets like Mercury, Venus, and Mars). If you need help interpreting how Uranus is impacting these planets in your chart, ask a question on Hey Hero! 

Check for your rising sign to see what area of life Uranus is impacting. This shows the topics in your life that are under the innovative influence of Uranus, where you are encouraged to experiment, try new approaches, and ultimately find freedom:

Aries: finances, values, resources, self-love

Taurus: your identity and direction in life

Gemini: your unconscious, limits imposed on you by others

Cancer: your social sphere, connections, audience

Leo: your career, public life and work in the world

Virgo: your beliefs and ideologies, your pursuit of knowledge

Libra: how you invest your time, money, and emotions 

Scorpio: your one-on-one relationships

Sagittarius: your health, your sense of responsibility to others, including pets

Capricorn: your urges, your pleasures, your fun

Aquarius: your emotional patterns, your “home”

Pisces: your local world, your schedule, your rituals


Making Lasting Change with Uranus and Saturn


What happens when Uranus, the planet of upheaval, disruption, and revolution, is challenged by Saturn, the planet of the structure, consolidation, and foundations? 

So different in their qualities, these planets can be like oil and water -- they don’t mix. There is friction between the old and the new, between convention and tradition. So how do you accept all the possibilities Uranus has to offer when Saturn is in the fold? 

The combination of Saturn and Uranus raises a question about the proper pace of change. As much as Uranus wants you to gallop forward into a future that is totally different, Saturn has a firm grip on the reins. Saturn says slow down. But don’t worry, it’s for good reason. 

Sometimes when we play out Uranus in our lives, it’s a band-aid. The “new” situations we bring into our lives are covering up more foundational issues that we don’t want to address. And if that is the case, are those situations really new at all, or are they doomed to play out the same script? 

This is where Saturn can really help: making changes that are foundational, and changes that will therefore last. Saturn is not about easy fixes. It’s about hard fixes, solutions that take personal work, self-discipline, and patience. As challenging as Saturn is in its current combination with Uranus, it offers the opportunity to find freedom that is deep and enduring, not just cosmetic. 

Moving into changes slowly in 2021 and 2022 is not about being regressive or stale or unimaginative. It’s about giving yourself time to take it all in. It’s about not pressuring yourself where and when you are not ready. It’s about being grateful for all the parts of yourself, not just the parts that are new and shiny. 

So embrace Uranus. Embrace experimentation. But experiment slowly. Collect the data. Have multiple trials. Adapt your expectations. Observe. Let it come.

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