Yes, he is full of gas. Highly combustible gas, for sure.
As we are in the middle of the trine between Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, Uranus will begin his annual retrograde. Uranus spends about five months of a year in retrograde motion and this year turns retrograde on July 17th. And of course Uranus will be hitting up Pluto for the next square on November 1. As much as we all want to look at November 1 and say, “Four months away, I’ll deal with it then, la-dee-dah” it is actually in our face now. The Cancer New Moon on July 8th is making a square with Uranus and opposition with Pluto so the thunder and lightening that seems far away will be in front of us now. As I indicated to you earlier, we need to have our antenna up to enjoy the rewards of two grand trines in the middle of the month. And we need our antenna up to guide us during the rough part of the cycle at the end of July. But we also need our antenna up in general for the full 28 day cycle as we get information about the greater changes we need to make for a fuller life that is in synch with our real needs. Cancer rules needs. We are not looking for perfection but we are looking for real needs to be met in a real way but NONE of those needs can be met if the need is denied or ignored. Do you need love? Do you need affection? Do you need more close connections? Do you need more money? Do you need a new resource? Do you need a new community? Do you need to speak truth? How have you been denying yourself? How have you been staying small or safe because you are afraid to make the changes inside? How is your childhood overly influencing your life today? How can you decide what you want and take risks to get it? What is your antenna telling you?
Lynn Hayes has posted a thoughtful piece on Uranus Retrograde which you can find HERE.
It’s the role of Uranus to wake us up from the stupor of our day to day unconsciousness. In order to do that he sometimes brings about a shocking or surprising event that startles us awake and forces us to look at uncomfortable truths in our lives.
Some of us find it easier to express our inner radical than others. If Uranus is strong in your chart you may be a rebel at heart and resist authority without blinking an eye. For those with more conservative planetary structures, such as a preponderance of Virgo or Capricorn or a watery chart which seeks to preserve security rather than make waves, the risks required in standing up to authority and walking away from repression may seem to great. When Uranus retrogrades the impulse to rebel and stand alone becomes stronger and more intense. The things that you may have been able to ignore before will take up more of your consciousness and demand attention. This is especially true for those of you with planets between 5 and 15 degrees of the cardinal signs: Libra, Aries, Cancer and Capricorn.
Uranus will be retrograde until December 17th, and during this time he will make the fourth of seven total exact squares to Pluto (see the sidebar for more information on this cycle if you are new to this site). Because the apparent motion of planets (from our perspective on earth) slows as they prepare to change direction, Uranus has been relatively still for the last couple of weeks and will continue to be at a virtual standstill. Mars in Cancer will be within range of a challenging square to Uranus over the next two weeks and it is advisable to be somewhat cautious during this time. Mars can inflame the dormant radical behavior of Uranus to the point where actions explode in ways that we never intended.
The less we allow resentment and anger to build up during this next couple of weeks the better we will be. Exercise to release the physical energy of Mars is helpful, as is direct communication where necessary. While Uranus is retrograde it is advisable to see where your life needs changing. In what areas are you feeling stale and bored – where can you bring in a bit more excitement and new ways of thinking? These are the questions Uranus will be asking.