Happy 239th discovery Birthday March 13 to the RADICAL planet URANUS. Truly the home of the weird, it orbits at a 90-degree angle, the only known planet to do so.
Discovered March 13, 1781, by William Herschel who discovered Uranus while surveying stars in the night sky using a telescope that he constructed himself. Herschel noticed that one of the “stars” seemed different, and after observing it many more times, noticed that it orbited the Sun. Hershel originally wanted to name it George’s Star after King George, or the “Georgian Planet” which wasn’t popular outside of Britain.
The name Uranus comes from the ancient Greek deity of the skies Uranus, OURANOUS, the father of Cronus (Saturn) and grandfather of Zeus (Jupiter), which in Latin became Uranus. It is the only planet whose name is derived directly from a figure of Greek mythology.
In 1789, Bode’s Royal Academy colleague Martin Klaproth named his newly discovered element uranium in support of the name Uranus for the planet. The new name Uranus wasn’t official until 1850. Uranus symbols ♅ was suggested by Lalande in 1784. Uranus in Thai is Dao Maritayu (ดาวมฤตยู, Star of Mṛtyu), after the Sanskrit word for “death.”
As URANUS is the first planet outside of the traditional 7 planets it broke all the rules. The first planet to be discovered past Saturn Uranus was most appropriate because just as Saturn was the father of Jupiter, the new planet should be named after the father of Saturn.
Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun. It has the third-largest planetary radius and fourth-largest planetary mass in the Solar System. Uranus is similar in composition to Neptune, and both have bulk chemical compositions different to larger gas giants Jupiter and Saturn.
In ASTROLOGY URANUS is considered to govern the sign of AQUARIUS, a FIXED AIR SIGN The 11th sign is considered as the “higher octave” of Mercury the communicator by modern astrologers. As the first planet to be discovered with technology, beyond the ancient boundaries of SATURN, Uranus represents the unknown and an extension of the human.
Uranus breaks up all old traditions. Known as the planet of revolutions, chaos, freedom, inventions, pioneers, airborne things, hi-tech, Uranus rules the Internet, social media etc, cryptocurrency, robots, A1, Higher consciousness, Virtual reality, collaboration, detachment, science, space, organizations, networking, managers, independence, originality, gay or trans or asexual people and anyone who is an outsider.
The famed Age of AQUARIUS sung about in the musical Hair in the ’60s is a popular archetype. The exact start date of the real Age of Aquarius, which is much bandied about for when it actually begins, is predicted to start on December 21, 2020 when it enters Aquarius with Jupiter starting off the next 20-year GRAND CONJUNCTION cycle.
SATURN traditionally rules both Capricorn and Aquarius and Saturn will enter Aquarius for the first time in 84 years on March 21, 2020. Then for two and a half years with Jupiter on December 21, 2020. Followed by Pluto entering Aquarius in 2023/2024.
URANUS governs the mid-life crisis at 41/42 halfway in its orbital period when a 2nd teenage rebellion rears its head.
It is a HUMAN SIGN, its ancient glyph of a God or Goddess pouring waters from the cosmos. It is an air sign, not water and the glyph can also symbolize electric currents. It’s discovery synched with the French revolution, and the American one.
Uranus orbits the Sun once every 84 years, taking an average of seven years to pass through each constellation of the zodiac. In 2033, the planet will have made its third complete orbit around the Sun since being discovered in 1781. The planet returned to its discovery point northeast of Zeta Tauri twice since, in 1862 and 1943, one day later each time as the precession of the equinoxes has shifted it 1° west every 72 years. Uranus will return to this location again in 2030-31.
URANUS is a generational planet and a personal one to modern astrologers. Everyone has Uranus somewhere in their charts which shows your radical nature, your higher consciousness, where you stand out, where you work with the collective “hive mind.”
URANUS is currently in TAURUS a FIXED Earth sign, 2019-2026 radically changing women’s freedom, Taurus is ruled by Venus, breaking the old molds, bringing hi-tech and personal robotic, cryptocurrency revolutions, independence, rocking the earth and the bull markets, finance and pretty much everything else.
Let’s honour The radical planet today and honour where we need to march to our own drummers and radically alter the old historical Satunine structures. Just like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking away from the stuffy Royal Institution to do their own thing and live life on their own terms. Their choice for themselves and their family is the perfect synchronistic example of Uranian energy at work in practical ways.
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