Astrology - Uranus
So let's talk about Uranus, but in terms of the primordial Greek God Ouranos. If we want to truly understand Uranus, we have to understand the Greek God it is associated with. Where Gaia represents and IS the EARTH, Ouranos represents and IS the SKY. It is a little debated on how Ouranos came to be. Some say he formed out of the "chaos" just as Gaia did, while others say he was sprung from Gaia herself. In either case, he's a PRIMORDIAL God (meaning he was there from the get-go).
Ouranos was the father (with Gaia as the mother) to the Titans. They had 12 sons and 6 daughters together. He locked away the two eldest inside Gaia's belly (the core of the Earth). He did this out of fear because Gaia predicted that he would one day be overthrown by his children. Gaia then convinced the children to do precisely that. In the end, it was Cronus (Kronos) that ended up castrating his father and taking his place. The irony here is that Cronus is represented by SATURN in Astrology. In modern day Astrology, Uranus takes Saturn's place as Aquarius' ruler. That sounds a little backwards if you ask me!
Ouranos then prophesied that the same thing would happen to Cronus/the Titans (which Zeus accomplished). But we aren't necessarily here to talk about the history of Ouranos, we are here to talk about his characteristics. Ouranos wasn't the God of the Sky, he WAS the Sky. He didn't rule over it, the Sky was his very existence. This makes him very powerful and almost enigmatic. He wasn't really worshiped by the Greeks as a God either, he was just considered to be the Sky and the Heavens itself. This is VERY important to understand because it kind of makes the planet Uranus a little larger than life, almost unstoppable. You can even see this in the prophecy he had of Cronus and the Titans. Even though Ouranos was taken down, he STILL had influence. His prophecy came true.
Ouranos becoming castrated is also a VERY important factor in how Uranus is as a planet. Ouranos' castration was symbolic for the division between the mother and the father, the feminine & masculine principles. In a sense, this kind of creates Yin & Yang, the separation between the Earth and the Heavens. Since Ouranos represents the Heavens (and the separation of the Heavens from the Earth), that means Uranus takes on that quality, too! Uranus represents the literal power of the Heavens, which means Uranus is given a guiding power/characteristic. Uranus is given the power to SHAPE & change the direction of things.
It's also interesting to note how similar Saturn and Uranus are. They both represent the cycles of time/life. Uranus is the Father, where Saturn is the Son. But this gets more interesting because Saturn is both the Father & the Son due to Cronus birthing Zeus (Jupiter). However, there's a difference between them. Saturn represents time itself and how there's a long, drawn out lesson as an act of purification. It represents change over TIME. Uranus is a little different. It represents the power of the Heavens and the inability to stop fate/destiny. The WILL of the Heavens will always shine true. Saturn LIMITS, as you can see from the castration of Ouranos. Uranus EXPANDS. It is eccentric and larger than life. It acts without restriction, hence why Saturn became a restrictor/limiter and did what no other being could to the Sky/Heavens.
Uranus, the planet, is known to be a disruptor, bringing in extreme changes out of the left field. You can kind of consider the planet to be a more extreme version of Mercury. The point is that Uranus is known to bring sudden change in a shocking manner because it is quite literally representing the WILL of the Heavens. Uranus is creative and all over the place (hence the Sky). The Sky is always changing and is never still. The Sky is always overlooking things and acting upon Earth. The Sky is a POWERFUL force and that's why Uranus is powerful, too. Uranus is the great disruptor because it represents a PRIMORDIAL energy, one that goes back to the beginning of time itself.
Uranus has become widely known to be a revolutionary type of planet. It is widely known to represent FREEDOM and CHANGE, and challenging the status quo. You can attribute that to the story of Ouranos and how even though he was overthrown, he STILL had influence. He still represented FATE. But there is also a slightly negative aspect to Uranus as well. Ouranos caged the Hekatonchires (the 100 hands creatures) in the belly of Gaia because it was UGLY to him. Ouranos didn't like imperfections and in a sense you can attribute that same quality to the planet as well. Uranus doesn't like imperfections, so it will do its best to "fix" and/or "get rid" of them. Uranus is all about the IDEA of things. Although it brings forth change, it will still at times NEGLECT change and abhor the idea of it if it finds the change to be too "ugly". Uranus can be quite a RESTRICTOR if left untamed.
Uranus at its core wants to be left to its own devices. It wants absolute freedom and to retain its eternal youth/life. It hates being tethered and wants to be unrestricted. This makes Uranus a very eccentric planet. Uranus can indicate where we lack (or refuse) responsibility. It's also the coldest planet of the Solar System, so it can be cool and detached in its energy/personality (much like Ouranos). With Uranus comes cycles of radical change. There can be many breakthroughs and many breakdowns happening in an endless cycle, and this can happen in many extremes as well. Uranus is LIMITLESS, that's why Saturn/Cronus had to LIMIT it with castration. All in all, Uranus represents the SKY and Ouranos quite well.
When looking at Uranus in a Astrology Birth Chart or in a Human Design body graph, you have to be asking what Uranus is trying to ACCOMPLISH here. Depending on the Sign/House will be dependent on how Uranus will tend to react. Uranus doesn't like being stifled, it likes being FREE. So it will become vindictive if it feels tethered or restricted. However, it will become limitless and maybe too eccentric if left unchecked as well. To understand Uranus, you must understand Ouranos and his story. Hopefully this blog post has helped you do exactly that!