Uranus is the one outer planet that no one seems to want to talk much about in synastry. Of the three “troublemakers,” he’s the weird one. Neptune has his glamour, Pluto has his intensity, and Uranus has … um … where was he, he was here just a minute ago…
The Mystery of Uranus in Synastry
Uranus has a strange reputation when it comes to relationships. Given a choice between the three, most people would choose Neptune or Pluto. We know where we are with them (or, in Neptune’s case, where we aren’t…) With Uranus heavily influencing a synastry, there is always something that can’t quite be pinned down, because the thing you’re trying to pin it down to is old-fashioned, old-hat, yesterday’s news. It needs something brand new in order to stabilize it. Uranus makes us reach for what has been heretofore undefined.
Uranus seems to portray the antithesis of what we want in a relationship. Relationships are supposed to be all about joining, melding. They’re about togetherness. And Uranus, well, he’s about separateness all the way.
When Uranus influences a relationship planet either within or between charts, there is a need to go beyond the traditional boundaries of that planet. Moon/Uranus will never settle for ordinary anything, and gets uncomfortable when life becomes bound by the mundane. Venus-Uranus is attracted to the unusual, and will have a style of loving where love and freedom/space go hand in hand. Mars-Uranus is always seeking the new, always pushing the envelope. Its energy is erratic, and blows fiery hot and icy cold. Saturn-Uranus may destroy what it’s built just to see a new landscape.
But what is behind all this “breaking through?” Is it for the sake of breaking alone?
The Uranus-Mercury Connection
Uranus can’t be fully understood without understanding its role as the higher octave of Mercury. This is difficult for us, sometimes, because Mercury is a slippery creature in and of himself. We know him in astrology in his role as a communicator and a message-bearer whose job it is to connect things—thoughts, people, ideas. In general, he has a Gemini bent. However, Uranus is associated with Aquarius, with fixed air. He is not so flexible. (See The Dank Underbelly of the Aquarian Age for a look at the way Uranus operates.)
Mercury was the messenger of the gods. He carried communications between the immortals and mere mortals. He moved easily between both worlds. Uranus does much the same, only without the rational give-and-take that Mercury provides. Uranus is about zapping us to a higher vibrational pattern. Uranus knows that there is a world beyond the one mere mortals understand, with different rules, and insists that man plays according to these rules. He can be ruthless in his pursuit of a higher order.
Uranian knowledge can bring us sudden enlightenment, or it can leave us in a kind of shock, not knowing what to do with what we’ve learned (and so we must turn to Saturn again). When Uranus strikes, we can stumble around for years, burdened with our new knowledge and yet not knowing what direction to take. Uranus tends to deliver the package but leave out the instructions.
What influence does Uranus have on your relationships? Let us know in comments below.
This post is republished by permission of the author and originally appeared at The Inner Wheel.