Uranus smells bad.

Look, I had to get that out of the way. It probably will not be the last but, if you have ever known an Aquarius, wordplay involving this mispronunciation is absolutely appropriate. Uranus rules Aquarius, by the way (if Aquarius would ever admit to anything ruling it). This is another one of those outer planets we can’t really see without some help. Discovered in 1781 by William Herschel, it again denotes things nobody really wants to admit but everyone knows are there. Like that odd smell in the open office. Is someone cooking fish in the microwave again or did you just indulge in a milkshake at lunch when you knew you probably shouldn’t? Who knows?

Similarly to the sign it rules, Uranus’s wheelhouse is invention, innovation, technology, and electricity but also, the unique. Sit down, Stirner fans, you should probably look into the irony of said fandom. But anyway, Uranus also happens to be the coldest planet, so truths and what not uncovered by it might come across as a bit robotic and cold. More or less the mad scientist of the universe, you might think this means that more esoteric topics are out of bounds but they’re not.

Uranus doesn’t particularly care what you think. In fact, this is the planet of pure rebellion, enlightenment, ingenuity, and pretty much putting a finger in the eyeball of tradition.

Unpredictable, but also infinitely resourceful and imaginative, where you might think of Mercury as the more or less nerdy intellectual of the planets, Uranus is his highly idealistic big brother: wanting results, now. Wanting to liberate the truth, now. Breaking the rules, throwing aside established structures or patterns and sudden change are all things Uranus is good for.

The Retrograde

Uranus retrogrades about once a year, for around six months. Now, it’s common enough to see it in your chart, but when it happens in transit: it’s a little more significant.

Spazzing out is a pretty common thing during a Uranus retrograde because self expression seems much more important. The thing is, while standard pat advice is to “be yourself”, nobody actually wants that. Sometimes, this is because you’re just a jerk but other times, it’s because they’re not comfortable. Is that really your problem? Well, that’s a question you need to answer, not someone else.

At other times, it may be that you’ve been more or less stuck in a role because you thought you had to be. During Uranus retrograde, you may find yourself being alerted to this in the most jarring of ways. Unfortunately while that sounds like a good thing, other times it may just be that a part of the way you’re doing things isn’t working for you and under this influence: everything feels stifling which can lead to an abrupt and more explosive change than you really had to make.

The basic gist to dealing with these retrogrades then is impulse control and whether or not its actually needed, but, as with the others, reflecting on why you feel the way that you do and what you can do about it is a safer and smarter bet. You might have felt the rumblings of Uranus for a while and you might think you can just eek it out without anyone noticing. That’s probably not the case.

PlanetStationary (retrograde)OppositionStationary (direct)Notes
Mercury1 November, 201911 November, 201921 November, 2019In water-sign Scorpio
Mercury18 February, 202026 February, 20209 March, 2020Begins in water-sign Pisces, Concludes in air-sign Aquarius
Mercury17 June, 202030 June, 202012 July, 2020In water-sign Cancer
Mercury13 October, 202024 October, 20203 November, 2020Begins in water-sign Scorpio, Concludes in air-sign Libra
Venus13 May, 20203 June, 202025 June, 2020
Mars9 September, 202013 October, 202014 November, 2020
Jupiter14 May, 202013 July, 202013 September, 2020
Saturn11 May, 202021 July, 202029 September, 2020
Uranus11 August, 201928 October, 201911 January, 2020
Uranus15 August, 202031 October, 202014 January, 2021
Neptune21 June, 201910 September, 201927 November, 2019
Neptune23 June, 202011 September, 202029 November, 2020
Pluto24 April, 20193 October, 2019
Pluto25 April, 20204 October, 2020
Uranus
  Uranus
  Retrograde
 

Five Things as Uranus Enters Retrograde

As Uranus enters retrograde in Taurus, here are five things to take into consideration through next January when it will return to its normal path. In a nutshell, Uranus is pushing you to break with the comfortable, so take these points with an eye towards making some progress on things you've just let slide until now. Let Uranus do its job and ride the wave (and be prepared for any upheavals).

​Retrograde 11 August, 2019
​Opposition
28 October, 2019
​Direct
11 January, 2020

Five Things to Consider...

Sudden Changes Can Lead to Long Term Goals 

Complacency is the enemy of progress, and with Uranus retrograde, things can get a little wobbly. Take advantage of this and be prepared to pivot. Be nimble and take advantage of the opportunities as they're presented. Don't let rapid changes take you by surprise.

Higher Self-Awareness Means even the Clueless might have a Clue! 

Hey, sometimes even the idiots get something right, especially when a consistent flow of random events give them plenty of options from which to chose - all creatively interesting. While you can take advantage of this (and we recommend you don't tell anyone), perhaps it's more appropriate to simply be aware that the office doofus might get some kudos for a while when they get lucky. Just smile, give a Nancy Pelosi clap, and say, "well played."

Having Fun in New and Interesting Ways is a Thing!

Between the Moon and Venus's influences, this retrograde should remind you that finding fun in new and interesting things should be something to keep in mind. Try that new bistro. Accept that invitation. Listen to the new band. Go to Burning Man!

Upheaval is in the Air. Are you Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?

Want an insight into someone's thought process? Ask them what they'd do if they had a 24 hour heads-up on the zombie apocalypse. Me? I'm headed for Costco! A large building made out of cinderblocks and big metal doors filled with enough supplies to last years. What's your plan?

Technology Might Fritz - Even More than a Mercury Retrograde!

Mercury is known for the havoc it causes to technology, but don't forget that Uranus rules when it comes to electricity, and that's always something that can ruin your day. Especially now, with solar activity at a minimum, Uranus's influences can be significant. When the solar wind is light, cosmic rays are able to penetrate much further into the solar system, affecting life and systems at a much higher level than during active solar periods.

Indeed, this is one of the main focus areas here at ChipWitch, and we'll have a lot more to say about this as time goes on - and be sure to check Retrograde Today every day, as we monitor solar metrics in real time!

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