“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
– Arundhati Roy
Known as the planet of rebellion, Uranus commands vibrant, electric energies of change. It governs discovery, innovation, invention, novelty, and all things progressive – both in terms of the political and in the sense of actual forward motion.
So, what does it mean for us when the planet of rebellion moves from one sign to another?
Uranus takes about 84 years to circle the sun, which means it stays in each sign for approximately seven years. This number holds another clue to the power of Uranus: seven is an important number in numerology and beyond. In the Tarot, seven is associated with the Chariot, which is all about overcoming conflicts and moving in a positive direction. Additionally, all of the corresponding minor arcana sevens are cards of movement, upheaval, and dynamic transformation.
For the past seven years, Uranus has been in Aries, a sign is frequently associated with concepts of masculinity, thanks to the reputation of its ruling planet, Mars. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that we have recently been experiencing a major renaissance in terms of how men, masculinity, and specifically male violence, are viewed. For instance, the phrase “toxic masculinity” entered the mainstream and we have seen a significant cultural shift around issues of sexual harassment and assault, as evidenced in the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
So, if we think about how much Uranus affected all things Aries-ruled, we can begin to get an impression of how Uranus in Taurus might inform society.
In some cases, the astrological predictions for this transit have gone full-doomsday, most often predicting a period of economic downturn worse than the Great Depression mixed with extreme cases of environmental degradation and chaotic weather.
One could make the argument that we have reason to be afraid. The last time that Uranus was in Taurus was from 1934 to 1941. We were in the middle of the Great Depression (which, it’s worth mentioning, was triggered by the Wall Street crash of 1929, an event that happened while Uranus was in Aries). We were also on the brink of World War II, a time of great upheaval wherein, among other things, the dominant culture’s relationship to money changed drastically, when rationing became the norm for most.
At the same time, it was during Uranus in Taurus that Roosevelt implemented the Social Security Act, which mandated that we as a society take care of those in need – people who exist outside of the capitalist worker system: the elderly, the very young, the differently abled. Uranus in Taurus also saw the creation of some the most radical programs of Roosevelt’s New Deal initiative, like the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which provided jobs for unemployed people.
It was a revolutionary time then, and it can be now.
Rejecting fear is a big part of how we can collectively manage Uranus moving into Taurus. We can turn it into a triumph rather than a tragedy. In other words, now is a good time to start preparing for some challenging times as we adjust to a very necessary change.
As Uranus enters the second sign of the zodiac, we find the rebel planet dressed now as a warrior princess, a Valkyrie, embodying every archetype of revolutionary femininity that comes to mind. Uranus and Taurus are not the most compatible energies, so we’re in for a bit of a bumpy ride as these two negotiate their approach.
Because Taurus is ruled by Venus, we will be spending this entire transit re-evaluating the issues Venus herself governs: finances, abundance, beauty, and earthliness, all through a feminine lens.
Uranus in a feminine sign has always been an interesting time for advancing women’s rights. And, this time around, we can add queer, trans, and non-binary folks to the list of people who will be demanding equal access to resources like land and money.
Speaking of land, our relationship with the earth is due to shift in a big way, too. Taurus is among the earth sign fam and is intimately tied in with the agrarian rhythms of human life. Uranus being housed there is going to demand that we pay more attention to our relationship with the green world that surrounds us. On a small scale, Uranus in Taurus might look like finally starting a garden (even if it is just a planter box!) and participating in a litter cleanup initiative – but on a collective scale, this ingress could move mountains!
While we will almost inevitably be experiencing restriction (Saturn and Pluto are both retrograde in Capricorn, after all), this very restriction may be what saves the natural world. Look for things like plastic bans, water allotments, fuel economy requirements on vehicles, higher taxes on items that are dangerous to the environment.
For more on Saturn and Pluto retrograde, see our recent articles Karma Chameleon: Everything You Need to Know About Saturn Retrograde and A Brutal Master: Everything You Need to Know About Pluto Retrograde
Uranus in Taurus represents huge changes to how we comprehend wealth, love, and abundance. It is all about reminding us that everyone who is here has a right to be here, and an inherent claim to beauty, comfort, and joy. It is time to seriously question systems that suggests that worldly gain is correlated with moral goodness.
Let us move forward into the next seven years fully expecting the creation of a truly equitable world, one that includes, but is not limited to, concrete changes such as earning caps for CEOs, a universal living wage, and health care for everyone.
Uranus in Taurus cannot do it all on its own – it can provide the fuel but not the fire. We will all have to work toward this goal of abundance and financial security for all.
Here are some tips to get you on the right track.
Reevaluate your possessions. All of them. Give away or destroy items that are holding you back spiritually, especially expensive items that you do not use. Consider what it would look like if you got rid of things that other people might think you’d be crazy to get rid of – like your car or your computer or your house. You might be surprised at what you learn.
Stop throwing good things away. Now that you have reevaluated your possessions, take deep and attentive care of the things you own. Patch items creatively and lovingly. When something breaks, turn it into something new. Learn to work with your own hands. Move away from a disposable culture
Celebrate beauty. Revere the rise of new beauty standards and relationships with gender. Let Uranus in Taurus liberate you from oppressive, rigid modes of viewing physical beauty and presentation. Practice beholding, displaying, and appreciating a diversity of physical beauty.
Transform the way you eat. This can be something that is both luxurious and deliberate. We’ll likely be seeing a worldwide shift in diet and food culture, perhaps even the long-awaited downfall of the agro-industrial complex as we focus on local, bioregional, sustainable, and indigenous food sources
Start a garden. Even if it is just a planter box of herbs in your apartment window, take this opportunity to connect with the process of growing your own food.
Invest in alternative economies. Prepare for the rise of cryptocurrencies and the potential of upheaval in the global financial markets. Begin to participate in barter and gift economies in your communities.
Separate your worth from your wealth. It is hard for us in a late capitalist society to do this. We were raised with the adage “time is money,” but time is not money. Time is not anything except an arbitrary way of measuring our experience in a constantly changing universe. And, while we’re on the subject, money is not anything either! It is merely an outmoded symbolic system that technology can replace, as soon as we are ready to let go of attachment to hierarchy. You are not your bank account.