Uranus: the Custodian of our Development 4
Transiting Uranus: 9th - 12th House
As with the previous series on Saturn, it is recommended that anyone intending to read this series also read the articles on the Areas of Consciousness, which is to be found on this web site under Astrological Technique.
Uranus by sign
The sign in which Uranus is found in a natal chart describes the way in which that planetary energy expresses itself in the life:
- In the masculine or positive signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius & Aquarius) its mode is initiating.
- In the feminine or negative signs (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn & Pisces) its mode is reactive.
These differences will condition the nature of the urge for freedom.
- In the positive signs that urge is incentive, prompted by an awareness of possibility and of the pull from the plane of the soul. Those with Uranus in a masculine sign are full of enthusiasm and aware of the potential of the individual.
- In the negative signs that urge is an impulse, prompted by an awareness of restriction and of the need to leave behind the limitations of the planes of the personality. Those with Uranus in a feminine sign are critical and aware of the social and cultural context.
Uranus by House
In this article we are examining Uranus in the houses of personal consciousness but, regardless of its placement, when considering the role of Uranus in the natal chart, always take into account:
- The house or houses of which Uranus is the significator, because this will indicate the area of life that will be instrumental in the process of bringing the soul and personality into alignment.
- Uranus is the natural ruler of the eleventh house.
Uranus in the houses of Universal Consciousness ( 9-12)
When reading this article it should be remembered that esoterically, the organised group made up of conscious participants is the lower correspondent of the soul.
In the houses of universal consciousness, Uranus is working to free a person from a way of interacting with the group that can no longer serve his development.
This may be because that way of interacting is:
- a constraint upon the development and expression of individuality self-serving or too focused upon personality goals.
The position of the Sun will be a guide here:
- If the Sun is also in the house of universal consciousness then there is a need for a person to reorient so that through his conscious choices and willing commitment he is serving a cause which inspires him, rather than being dependent upon the group for a sense of security or identity.
The placement of Uranus in the houses of universal consciousness should remind us that developing individuality is a developmental imperative, and it is something that we have to emerge from the group to do. When at a higher turn in the spiral of developing consciousness we turn back to the group, it is with the means to make an intentional and creative contribution that will benefit the group and those whose cause it serves.
This, in effect, is the purpose behind incarnation itself,
Uranus in the ninth house
With Uranus in the ninth house, a person is ready to make the distinction between the spiritual and the religious and to free himself from form. A person with this placement is usually very resistant to being confined within one religious form. Frequently, especially in the younger years, there will be a lot of experimentation with different religious traditions, especially those which are significant different from those contained within the culture of birth, and from this experimentation will come an awareness of what, for that person, represents Truth. Later in the life a person with this placement will usually be following his or her own path, and removed from all kinds of religious organisation.
Uranus in the tenth house
With Uranus in the tenth house a person is being freed from a reliance upon external authority and is likely to be fiercely resistant to authority figures, starting with the father. The attitude to authority may be anywhere in the spectrum between overt rebellion and quiet noncompliance but people with this placement will be resistant to hierarchy and bureaucracy which they perceive as erosive of individuality. Many people with this placement will move away from the country of birth (the fatherland) and most will change jobs and lifestyles frequently during the course of their lives until they feel that the outer structure of their lives is a true reflection of their values. Some will never find any structure within which they can live for long, so compelling is the need for freedom from any kind of social constraint.
The placement of Saturn and the Moon should provide insight in the nature of the past life constraints against which there is such a pronounced reaction in this lifetime.
Uranus in the eleventh house
In the eleventh house, Uranus is in its own house and the job that it has to do is to encourage discernment by making a person aware of what he does not want or like about group activity so that he is better able to recognise what is positive. People with this placement are usually very aware of and resistant to brainwashing and collective hysteria, and fear for their individuality in a group setting. But Uranus in its own house is aware that death and isolation are synonyms and will encourage a person to reconnect with organised activity on terms that are more acceptable to him.
The eleventh house is also the house of children after birth. (The eleventh house is the fifth from the seventh i.e., is concerned with the creative product of relationship). Parents with Uranus in the eleventh may have to go through a period of separation, sometimes enforced, from their children in order to regain their own sense of identity and to reinvest in their own lives.
Uranus in the twelfth house
The effects of Uranus in the twelfth house are subtle but the theme is still that of the need to separate out from the anonymity of the group. When the twelfth house is involved the restriction upon the individual in past life has been contained within the nature of the spirituality, which has discouraged a focus upon the separated self. The sign and position of Saturn and the Moon should provide further detail about the nature of the inhibition.
Owing to its subtly, a person with this placement may fail to bring the challenge to consciousness or cooperate intentionally with the developmental imperative, in which case they may go through life with a sense of sadness that their individuality is not strong enough to earn them recognition and attention but too strong to enable them to lose themselves and their pain in union, the knowledge of which they have. Because the twelfth house is involved the sadness remains a secret, as do other existential crises arising in the House of Pisces.
In next month’s article we will focus upon the twelfth house and look again at this much-misunderstood place in the chart.
The Custodian of our Development