Transiting Uranus Retrograde 2016

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Uranus stations retrograde at 21:06 (UT time) on the 29th July 2016 at 24°Ar30′ and will remain retrograde until the 29th December 2016.

Uranus is the Awakener of the zodiac, a cosmic alarm clock who periodically jolts us out of our slumber. Unlike his solar system neighbour Saturn, he’s not interested in convention or keeping up with the Jones’s. His mission is to bring change when life has become a little too safe.

Change keeps us growing, developing and moving. Without change we become stuck in the same old routines, beliefs and habits. Life becomes stupefying, dull and monotonous. Under that kind of atmosphere, we humans tend to shut down, moving through the daily drill on robotic auto-pilot, disconnected and discontent yet falling under Saturn’s spell of ‘better the Devil you know‘.

And then Uranus leaps into the field dressed in a Mad Hatter’s costume and throws you a curve ball.

“CATCH!” he yells. His unfamiliar, devilish eyes glitter.

The ingress of Uranus into Aries was marked by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan that caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The chief element in nuclear power is Uranium which was named after Uranus. Uranus literally shook the ground to announce his intentions. Rebellion, uprisings and shocking change have been a reverberating theme of Uranus in Aries so far.

Aries is a fire sign ruled by Mars. It’s all about up-rushing energy and going after what you want. Uranus is an in your face energy that cannot be ignored and he’s saying I want (Aries) something different (Uranus)! He’s shaking us up in order to alter perspectives on how we handle our passion, anger, desire, competitiveness and motivation. Uranus in Aries wants to start something new. With Uranus being an electric energy, it’s like a spark…but it can be the spark that starts the forest fire as well as the spark the ignites a jaw-dropping firework show. Fire is unpredictable and so is Uranus so Uranus in Aries is a volatile mix. This unpredictability can be exciting but it can also spin out of control.

With Uranus retrograde we take all this energy inwards. If we’ve been sleep-walking through life under a safe spell of Saturn, Uranus has no reservations about waking us up with an abrupt bang. Uranus energy is often intensified by the retrograde period so sometimes it can correspond to a period of instability.

Often the effect of Uranus retrograde is felt as a growing discontent with the tried and tested, a desire to go off the beaten track and to stop following the rules. These may the rules created by others or the ‘rules’ you have created for yourself. There’s an impetus to be free to do as you want and go where you please. Sometimes, in the process of casting off the shackles, you may discover pieces of yourself that have long since been cast adrift.

Uranus retrograde helps us to reclaim what was once rejected as well as encouraging us to detach from what we no longer need. Depending upon the aspects Uranus makes to the natal or progressed chart, these stirrings may be felt inwardly or may occur due to experiences that seem to slam into your life as if from nowhere. Uranus doesn’t act out of spite however. If the world ‘out there’ is forcing you to change then there is a suggestion that Life has been asking you to shift your perspective for a while. Uranus often will leave us with no choice other than to pick up the pieces and create a new picture from the puzzle.

Uranus is high energy, communicative, inventive. In Aries he has a daring desire to get up and go. Both Uranus and the sign Aries are associated with independence, a willingness to go it alone. Work with Uranus and he’ll take you on an exciting and possibly life-changing journey. To take some of the heat out of this transit, it may be useful to start planning changes now whilst Uranus is retrograde, incorporating them little by little into your life. Whilst sweeping changes may be initially highly motivating, they can also be disruptive and simply result in chaos. Sometimes however, if things have been building up, the retrograde period is precisely the time when pure Uranus energy comes rushing forth.

Look to the house where Uranus is transiting to see which area of life requires an upgrade and where reform is needed and necessary. The Uranus retrograde period will most likely bring events or inner realisations that aid this process.

Be brave – be yourself.

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Uranus retrograde 2016 – Sabian Symbols

Uranus stations retrograde on the Sabian symbol :-

The Possibility For Man To Gain Experience At Two Levels Of Being

Changes, shocks and surprises occurring around this station urge you to explore the differences and similarities between your human experience and soul experience. It’s about seeing your life from a higher perspective, raising your frequency, rising above. Your higher mind may be aware of the wider context to your earthly experiences.

Uranus stations direct on the Sabian symbol :-

A Pugilist Enters The Ring

The ‘pugilist’ is another term for a boxer – one who fights with his fists! Certainly this is a strong Aries symbol. It suggests that what is awakened within during this retrograde cycle will ultimately give you the power to ‘come out fighting’. If you can roll with the punches during this period, courage and motivation are likely to be clarified and enhanced.

Uranus retrograde 2016 – Dates

29th July 2016 stations retrograde 24°Ar30′ R
25th December Saturn trine Uranus
26th December Jupiter opposite Uranus
29th December 2016 Stations Direct 20°Ar33′ D

Painting – ‘Punch and Judy Our Demons’ by Miriam Shapiro
Note this post has been updated from an article posted in 2011.
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11 comments for “Transiting Uranus Retrograde 2016

  1. July 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Wonderful writing as always Leah. 🙂

  2. Leah Whitehorse
    July 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks Susannah – glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  3. Luke
    July 26, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for the post.

    That guy in the photo looks like Johny Depp ! (twin brother?)

  4. Sofia
    November 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Hi i have a question:1 what time is uranus stop retrograding on 12/10/11? we also have a full moon lunar eclipse on the same day is the 2 event related? I think some parts of the world is related because of the timezone not to mention planet mercury is slowing down around the same time,thanks

  5. Leah Whitehorse
    November 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Sofia, thanks for your question. Uranus will station direct at 7:04am (Universal Time) on the 10th December. The lunar eclipse occurs on the same day at 2.46pm.
    I haven’t looked yet at the lunar eclipse chart (I will be posting about it nearer the time). However, just thinking about it, it feels like a change of frequency. Uranus is the higher vibration of Mercury. As Mercury slows towards stationing direct, it’s as if we have done the work on a personal level but next we have to do the work as a collective.
    The lunar eclipse chart will hold the energy of Uranus as Uranus will still be on exactly the same degree where it turned direct.

  6. Syd
    July 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you for the excellent report. I’m open to embracing a new path, especially where it may help animals and the environment. I may re-post after the aspect occurs here, this afternoon. Doesn’t Uranus display sudden and unexpected energy? Uranus will conjunct my Moon in 25 Aries, 5th House.

  7. Javari Nama
    July 29, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    It’s more likely the elite planned the Fukushima disaster to occur at that time because they are master Kabbalists schooled in astrology so they know how to use the planetary energies to forward their sick agenda. Most of the shootings have been faked but they waited until the Moon was conjunct Mars in Aries direct. We can’t just pretend this isn’t going on.

  8. July 29, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Syd
    Thanks for your comment. Yes, Uranus can be unpredictable. Generally where Uranus is involved it’s ‘expect the unexpected’ 🙂

  9. Deborah
    July 30, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Leah what would your interpretation of Uranus stationing Rx in the eighth house be?

  10. Zoë
    September 18, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Hello Leah!
    I read your posts avidly, I so appreciate the wisdom and perspective you provide. You absolutely have a gift, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing it with all of us <3

    May I ask a question? I've been following this Uranus in Aries cycle very carefully, learning all that I can, my life has changed drastically over it's course, predictably in the most unpredictable ways.

    My question is this, Uranus stations direct on December 29th on the sabian symbol, A pugilists enters the ring. That is the sabian symbol of my sun sign. Can you tell me anything about the significance of this?

    Thank you so much for all that you do!
    Blessed be
    Zoë

  11. September 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Zoe, if Uranus is stationing on the same Sabian symbol as your Sun that means that Uranus is conjunct your Sun by transit. This would make sense given that you say your life has been changed in unpredictable ways as Uranus conjunct the Sun is a very potent and life changing. Uranus stationing on your Sun intensifies its energies. At a station, the planet seems to come to a dead stop, almost seeming like it’s hanging in the air. Stationary planets tend then to work quite strongly. In short, you’re being given an extra special dose of Uranus energy which is charging up your Sun. I don’t know whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of this transit but I imagine that it would be accompanied by a sense of breakthrough, awakening and/or a change of perspective. Uranus is freeing you to shine more brightly. I will write more about this transit soon as I have it coming up myself in a couple of years 🙂

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