Uranus Retrograde Meaning & More

As an outer planet, Uranus moves slowly, taking 84 years to complete the zodiac and spending roughly seven years in each sign. Due to this slow motion, Uranus is a generational planet along with Neptune and Pluto.

In astrology, Uranus is linked to surprises, innovation, revolution, and liberation. As the modern ruler of Aquarius, Uranus is demonstrative of all that's unique, wild, unpredictable, and unusual in our lives.

2021 Uranus Retrograde Dates

  • August 19 - January 18

Uranus Retrograde Meaning

Sometimes, however, Uranus appears to move backward in the sky; this visual backward motion is known as Uranus retrograde. Uranus stations retrograde once every year, spending just under half of the year retrograde; these retrogrades normally last five months. During these transits, Uranus appears to move backward in the sky, recovering approximately four degrees each retrograde. Overall, Uranus spends about forty percent of its time in retrograde.

With Uranus transits, we are given a choice: change or die....

Uranus Retrograde Effects

Uranus shows up in our lives as both the crackle of lightning which burns down our most prized structures as well as the enlightening bolt of intuitive knowing that evokes innovation. Vacillating powerfully—and unexpectedly—between breakdown and breakthrough, Uranus' transits are notoriously difficult to predict in astrological interpretations and singular in their ability to produce out-of-the-blue, shocking outcomes.

More positively, Uranus acts as an awakener, prodding us to face those things which we may intuitively know already but struggle to confront. These wake-up calls, which are often brutally timed, may force us to let go of parts of our ego-identities which are in danger of suffocating the entire system....

Uranus Retrograde in the Natal Chart

Uranus is retrograde nearly forty-one percent of the year, and thus, it is relatively normal to have Uranus retrograde in the natal chart.

Retrograde planets in the birth chart are sometimes described as being unable to fully express themselves or having oddball, round-about ways of manifesting their influence. Just as common is the idea that retrograde planets in the natal chart only begin to emerge successfully later in life after much introspection and adjustment....

Uranus retrograde calendar dates

Dates based on Pacific Standard Time (PST)

  • Stations retrograde August 7, 2018, at 2°33' Taurus
  • Stations direct January 6, 2019, at 28°36' Aries
  • Stations retrograde August 12, 2019, at 6°36' Taurus
  • Stations direct January 11, 2020, at 2°38' Taurus
  • Stations retrograde August 15, 2020, at 10°41' Taurus
  • Stations direct January 14, 2021, at 6°43' Taurus
  • Stations retrograde August 20, 2021, at 14°47' Taurus
  • Stations direct January 18, 2022, at 10°49' Taurus
  • Stations retrograde August 24, 2022, at 18°55' Taurus
  • Stations direct January 22, 2023, at 14°56' Taurus
  • Stations retrograde August 29, 2023, at 23°04' Taurus
  • Stations direct January 27, 2024, at 19°05' Taurus
  • Stations retrograde September 1, 2024, at 27°15' Taurus
  • Stations direct January 30, 2025, at 23°15' Taurus
  • Stations retrograde September 6, 2025, at 1°27' Gemini
  • Stations direct February 4, 2026, at 27°27' Taurus