Uranus retrograde: August 2 – January 2
Oddball of the Solar System
Uranus turns retrograde. Uranus is the oddball of the solar system, in more ways than one. For starters, it rolls along its equator instead of spinning upright in its orbit, the way a proper planet does. For another, the discovery of this almost-invisible planet rocked the astronomical world — Saturn, previously the outermost clearly visible planet, was no longer the edge of our planetary panoply. Truly revolutionary!
Like all the other planets except the Sun and Moon, which are not truly planets, Uranus periodically turns retrograde in its orbit, seeming to stop in its tracks for about two weeks and then appearing to move backward along its path through the Zodiac. After five months, it slows down again and seems to turn around once more, resuming travel in its original direction.
These points at which the planet seems to turn around — and remember, retrogradation is only an optical illusion — are called ‘stationary points,’ and are the times when the planet’s energies or qualities are most noticeable in the entire cycle of the planet. When Uranus is stationary, watch both the news and your personal life for unbelievable headlines. It’s times like these that produced the saying, ‘Truth is stranger than fiction.’
Allow a Freer Self to Emerge
During the retrograde period, our more outrageous inclinations may be less evident, though occasionally, for someone who’s normally rather repressed, this period will provide the opportunity to throw off the shackles of inhibition and allow a freer self to emerge. This is the ultimate triumph of Uranus Retrograde.