Lord of the Shake-Up: Uranus in the Birth Chart
For the last little while, DMM has been keeping you up to date on what the stars (and your inner life) are up to with our astrology playlist series. Last October marked one full year of DMM giving you the knowledge and music you need to cope with a year of planetary influence! Happy anniversary, congratulations to both of us! Now that we’ve given you the rundown of sign archetypes and the artists that power each season, we’d like to change things up by giving you some more hands-on-help surviving the seasons. This will include updates on planetary goings on, more in-depth information on the Planets and the Houses, as well as Planetary Rulers, Nativity, and all the other astro-facets you have always been too intimidated to ask your hot friend who’s into that sort of thing about. Have no fear, DMM is here!
A quick recap: the eight planets of the solar system are important, the planets individual energy features in your internal makeup, the planets can help you and teach you things, the planets are powerful! Welcome to episode seven of our series on the planets! Don’t you wish you could binge-watch the whole freakin’ thing like you did with Russian Doll this last weekend? We do too!
We’ve weaved our way through Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, and are fast approaching the hairy edge of our solar system, into the outer reaches. The nature of these planets varies slightly, as the Gas giants differ from the rocky planets near the Earth. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (and beyond) all deal with a deepening of internality. The farther away a planet is from the Sun the longer it’s orbit cycle, the slower it moves around the sun, and the larger its window of influence. These next planets affect people in the same age range, up to Plutos’ seven years in each sign. The themes of these planets deal with the collective inner self, the deepest parts of us that are shared generationally. Uranus, and their well of potential advancement, magic, and farsightedness is today's topic of astral scrutiny. YAY!
If you pronounce it your-uhn-US, you just said urine. If you pronounce it your-AYN-us, I mean come on. The arch nemesis of grade-school science teachers keeping order in class, Uranus is a significant player in astrology, and the topic of today's’ bit of astro know-how. Uranus is the ruler of the unseen world, the things beneath the surface of perceivable reality. Symbols, hidden meaning, mysteries, things of the mind, games, scientific discovery and advancement, genius, electricity, the internet, first inspiration, magic, and even the study of Astrology itself are all sheltered beneath the wings of Uranus. Uranus stands as the symbol of the anti, pushing forward revolutionary, anti-establishment thought, and all other manner of against the grain-ism. Uranus is a futurist, pushing toward what the world will be like the more we correlate and create. Uranus is the anarchy logo spray painted on a bedsheet and stuck into everything it touches.
Uranus is also home to the flip side of the coin of the unseen: blind spots. The opposite of seeing things that no one else can see is when the roles reverse, and something is oblivious to everyone except you. The desire to be against the norm can make one lose sight of things happening in the here and now, that there can be times when the Uranians sense of rebellion makes them discredit anything presented to them that is not adequately spun as anti enough. A non-profit worker / volunteer who totally ignores their ailing mother type shit. Oftentimes, Uranus is so busy in the head with ideas and progress that the practical application of their notions escape them. The unquietable sense of need to be different will often present itself, regardless of a real-world need. This can create a contrarian, a rebel without a cause.
The sign and house where Uranus settles in your birth chart can indicate areas where you and people in your age range are actively queering. It can indicate freeform freedom and cleverness in those areas, but it can just as easily mean that you are not settled and need to rebel in those areas. Sometimes these things can go hand in hand. Uranus rotates in the opposite direction as all the other planets in the Solar system, and given that its axis is tilted more aggressively than the other planets, each one of Uranus’ poles are exposed to direct sunlight, while the opposite side of the planet is in a blackout winter for twenty-one years. Talk about polarizing! All of this energy gives us this big hunk of discouragement to following the beaten path. Uranus in your chart needs a lot of attention, it is a powerful motivator, but needs guidance, and something to fight for, not just push against.
In mythology, Uranus is the given name of the Greek deity, not the name of his Roman iteration as it has been with the last whole Solar system worth of planets (ha HA, see that Rebelion there? Very cool.) Uranus was the super OG god of the Sky. In direct lineage, he is the grandfather of Zeus and the other Olympian gods. Uranus, was a god of the sky, who every night would mate with and “cover” Gaia, Mother Earth, as the sky covered the earth in darkness. Their nightly unions brought forth the twelve titans, giants, and other monsters. Eventually Gaia grows sick of Uranus, and caries about a course of events which ends in an untimely divine castration. In one iteration of the story, the spray caused by Uranus’ god-dick hitting the ocean produces the much lauded goddess of sex, love, and beauty Aphrodite. After the dick incident, it is assumed that Uranus fucked right off, as he no longers features into any recorded stories afterward. There’s also no record of Uranus having a steadfast group of worshippers. Given the energy signature, they might have existed, but with nontraditional ways of worshipping.
Uranus child in Astrology is the cold, the brilliant and avante-everything, the cult classic sign Aquarius. Uranus rules Aquarius and all their self-consciously against the grain mentalities. They’re weirdos to the falling off point, and have a partiality for revolutionary rhetoric. Aquarians live for connections, patterns, social justice, alternative spirituality and the categorization of the self. They are prone to information dumps, and are the go-to people if you need info on aliens, conspiracy theories, science fiction, anime, anything that takes a lot of time with an open brain and couch-lock to understand. Aquarians have a reputation to the point of cliche for being emotionless, and it’s true that the Aquarian emotionality can be difficult to access. You might assume whose name starts with “aqua” would be an emotionally driven water sign, but the name and the image of the water-bearer is a bit of a misnomer. A better mascot for the sign would be a Snow Leopard. Patient, isolated, a bit stand-offish, confident, self-insistent, occasionally aggressive, but most of all rangy, and far-reaching in its travels and territory. Also, capable of starting way more shit and capable of bigger bouts of wildness than even a Scorpio or Gemini could muster. Never think that Aquarians don’t have emotions, either. They don’t work like the emotions of a water sign, or even the other air signs. The water bearer in the image of Aquarius is seen with one foot in the water, carrying another amphora of water over their shoulder. They have a relationship with emotional water, but it’s more protracted.. They handle water, they don’t swim. Aquarius mentality is gnostic. As Uranus is far from the Earth, so too are Aquarius’ true emotions just as deeply hidden within themselves. Aquas are creatures of thought and correlation, and feelings can be hard things to conceptualize and understand.The large convex shapes of thoughts aren’t at all like the sharp, quick flits of emotions. At the end of the day, the diversity of their interests, tastes and opinions (usually) make Aquarius a worthwhile addition to the girl gang.
We’ve established that every rapper worth their shit is a Gemini (mostly) but it remains true that Aquarians in rap are a force to be reckoned with. Bob Marley’s weed-smoke revolution anthems, possible G.O.A.T. Rakim, Big Boi, Xxxtentacion, Daveed Diggs of clipping and Hamilton notoriety, indie hero and Blowdian Busdriver, Midwest rap knight Milo, J. Cole, Big Freedia, Riff Raff, Mike Shinoda, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, Kevin Gates, Anderson Paak, and the king of Atlanta, trap god Gucci Mane are all Aquarians. With their own stylism, all of these artists have taken rap and changed it inexorably into something made in their own image. Sometimes successful, sometimes whatever the fuck Riff Raff was talking about on Rap Game James Franco.
Uranus is a force, as all the planets, titans, gods, and rappers we’ve studied thus far have been. When it comes to looking at Uranus in your own birth chart, it’s important to see it both ways: as something to put you on game, and something you need to see beyond.