Uranus plays an important role as the provocateur, the bringer of the cosmic wake-up call for both individuals and the collective as a whole. Just when we relax into our comfortable, stable lives, Uranus disrupts the scene. It can be through an event that happens to us, or self-initiated acts spurned on by a desire for change.

The influence of Uranus on a generation is revealed through innovations, break-throughs, shifts in perception, etc. When Pluto and Uranus were conjunct in Scorpio during the sixties, there were surprise events that shocked the world, along with social upheaval due to changing perceptions. I’m thinking of the sudden loss of leaders through assassination, but also a desire of the so-called hippie generation to break free and live in a more liberated way.

On a personal level, Uranus can factor in when there are intense aspects to natal planets. If you’ve got Sun square Uranus in the birth chart, for example, constant upheaval as you pursue your goals leads you to be flexible and go with the flow. Many insights come from looking at the house in which your Uranus falls. A 7th House (Relationships, Partnerships) Uranus can mean sudden changes that involve other people.

The gift of Uranus is to set us free when we’ve become too rigid or structured. While it’s influence is disruptive, and accidents are associated with this planet, a crisis tends to sharpen the focus, make you feel more alive. Uranus can remind you of what you really want, not what you’ve been conditioned to think you want.

Uranus rules Aquarius and those with a heavy influence in their chart are born to shake things up, be the revolutionaries. John Lennon with his Moon in Aquarius and Yoko Ono, Aquarius Sun, put their desire for social change into action with the many songs, bed-ins and marches for peace. Some say Aquarians, and by association, Uranus, is 50 years ahead of its time. As the “Divine Awakener,” perhaps Uranus’ surprises are part of the cosmic orchestration designed with a future vision in mind.

Uranus in the Houses

The position of Uranus in a particular house adds an interesting flavor to the areas and stages of life associated with that house. Uranus is a liberator–it wants us to break free from structure and limitation.By house, the position of Uranus shows where individuals look to stir things up, put a new spin on situations, and go against established thought or order.