You know those relationships that start suddenly and end faster? How about the ones you knew would never last, because the two of you were just so different? These partnerships can leave you feeling blasted, burnt out and blown away. If you look at the composite chart for any of these, you would likely see Uranus as a major player.
If you’re wondering what a composite chart is, think of it as an entity that you and your partner create. It takes on a life of its own, and becomes stronger (the energies become more pronounced) the longer the relationship lasts. Technically, it is created from the mathematical midpoints of the planets between you. For example, if your Sun is located at 10 degrees Virgo and your partner’s Sun is located at 28 degrees Aquarius, your composite Sun would be 4 degrees Sagittarius. The composite planets will make their own, unique set of aspects with each other that define how the energy of the relationship is directed (the same way your natal aspects define how your energy is directed). For more background, check out this introduction to the composite chart (PDF).
Fortunately you don’t have to fuss with manual calculations; Sasstrology can whip up a composite report for you. Order your customized composite report for insight into how the planets play out in your relationship, or you can get a free copy of your chart at astro.com (choose the Composite Chart, Midpoint Method).
Uranus, in the composite chart, represents liberation, excitement and breaking free from the past. It can add sizzle to a relationship. But strong Uranus aspects can also create instability and abrupt separations. The good news is that an emphasized composite Uranus does not have to spell the end of a partnership. While there’s never a guarantee that a union will last (and some are not meant to), this energy can be given a positive outlet. And you don’t have to walk away feeling like you’ve been hit by a nuclear bomb.
[ad]What constitutes an emphasized Uranus? Hard aspects (conjunction, square, opposition) to the composite Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars. These are personal planets, and tough Uranus contacts to them can dominate a relationship. Uranus in a hard aspect to one of the angles or ruler of the angles (cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th Houses), will also be felt strongly, because these points are extremely sensitive.
If the composite chart between you and your partner has one or more of these Uranus contacts, what do you do? Start by identifying the house where this planet sits. This will tell you what area of the relationship Uranus’ energy is based in. Birth times for both partners are essential in order to have accurate composite house positions.
Example 1: Uranus in the Composite 5th House Conjunct Composite Moon
For example, Uranus in the composite 5th House will influence the area of children, romance, ego and creativity. And let’s say it’s conjunct the composite Moon. When these partners first got together it probably felt (Moon) exciting (Uranus), and over-the-top romantic (5th House). But this level of sparkle can only be sustained for so long. Trying to maintain that initial childlike discovery and fascination (5th House) can be difficult under the onslaught of day-to-day responsibilities. The shadow side of a frustrated 5th House Uranus would be one or both partners looking outside the relationship to revive that brand-new romance feeling (the 5th House is also the house of love affairs). But it doesn’t have to unfold this way.
This energy can find a healthier expression by bringing something new (Uranus) and emotionally fulfilling (Moon) into the relationship. Having children is one option, but so is creative expression for both partners. Uranus likes to stand out, so both partners will need to feel (Moon) that they have something special (5th House) of their own—something that lets each express themselves in a unique way (Uranus). I’m talking artistic projects, creative hobbies, writing, a garage band … whatever. They can work on something together, but ego clashes are a risk. So it’s best to find separate ways to shine. This is not the kind of relationship where one partner stands back and lets the other one take the spotlight.
Example 2: Composite Uranus Conjunct the Descendent
For another example, let’s put composite Uranus on top of (conjunct) the Descendent (cusp of the 7th House). The planet of disruption is hitting the spot that governs this couple’s partnership with others and their own relationship projections. With this placing, it is so important that each person has room to move. It will not be a conventional pairing; this could be a long-distance relationship, or there may something about it that flies in the face of what other people expect. Trying to force it into the confines of a traditional union will trigger Uranus’ destructive energies, and make it vulnerable to outside disruptions.
The highest expression of Uranus is ideals for, and about, the collective. If Uranus conjunct the composite Descendent can be expressed outwards on a joint mission (such as improving conditions for other people), there will be an external goal to keep this couple occupied and together. This can be the couple that unites (7th House) to rebel (Uranus) against something (in a constructive way, of course).
Example 3: Uranus Square the Composite Sun
My final example is Uranus square the composite Sun. This is a direct challenge to the relationship’s purpose. It could indicate a relationship that developed suddenly, or one whose purpose is unusual. If we put the Sun in the 1st House (the identity of the relationship), it looks like the purpose drives the relationship. It stands out and feels important to the partners. This is the couple who is going to accomplish something. But throw in a square from Uranus in the 4th House (the relationship’s foundation), and there’s a conflict. Uranus in the composite 4th makes it very difficult to build a stable home. Family conflicts or the disruptive childhood of one or both partners can cause enough insecurity to rattle their mutual purpose (Sun).
The danger with this placement is that instability based in the past can make it an on/off relationship. The key is that both partners need to be okay with the unusual home life this partnership will demand. This could be the couple that marries, but maintains their own dwellings. It’s not a relationship that favors the needy. Also, breaking away from the past and forging new habits based on this relationship (rather than past relationships) is critical. It’s not easy to start fresh, but this is the kind of partnership that demands it.
Composite Uranus is energy, and it can be directed. It can propel a couple forward, or it can tear them apart. With enough creativity and self-awareness, two people can experience its benefits together.
Recommended Reading: Planets in Composite: Analyzing Human Relationships (The Planet Series) by Robert Hand
Does Uranus in your composite chart bring excitement or instability to your relationship? Let us know in comments below.