Uranus in Taurus: The Roots of Change
*Adapted from an article originally published May 2018; revised, reviewed and improved for Taurus ‘final’ entry into Taurus March 6, 2019*
On March 6, 2019 change–maker Uranus shifted into the sign of stability-oriented Taurus (although we had a preview last May – November). The lord of lightning bolts is now acting in the style of the bull. That which is solid, stubborn and potentially furious staring down that which is unpredictable and unexpected. Well hello, tension.
We cannot know what exactly will happen at the material level during this seven-year transit. We can anticipate changes to the Taurean realms of existence, sure — money, values, bodies, the earth herself and the ways we relate to her — but we cannot predict the concrete forms those changes will take. They might come on suddenly, from out of nowhere. Or so it will seem.
This is why context is important. Few things come from out of nowhere. So in the paragraphs that follow, we’ll take a look at where Uranus has been, the filters it is working through now, and ways we can potentially work with the energy in the years to come.
Astrology can help us to understand social and collective movements throughout history in terms of themes and trends. We can understand at least one layer of our current world situation by thinking about where Uranus has been for the past seven years during its transit through Aries.
On March 11, 2011, Uranus shifted from Pisces into Aries kicking off the era of the Uranus-Pluto square. The earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdowns that hit Japan that day are the perfect metaphors for the energies of this dynamic alignment which was technically in direct effect through 2015. We are still trying to integrate all of the changes of that period now. The sudden disruptions and changes affected us at deep psychological levels that are just bubbling up now.
You can reflect on the changes that have occurred in your own life since 2011 to get a feel for the shifts I’m talking about. You are, after all, the microcosm existing in the macrocosm. As above, so below.
On the collective level, Uranus in Aries sparked revolution, collective movements, attempts at breaking down the powers and structures that be. The Occupy movement and Arab Spring were the kickstarters. Black Lives Matter, Me Too… Revolt and uprising in order to push change — even if at times it only seemed like these uprisings were maintaining the status quo, making it so that detrimental laws and institutions could not do any further harm.
We also had technological innovations that have been hard to track because they’ve moved so quickly. I didn’t even have an inkling of wanting to own a smartphone in 2011. Now, I can’t imagine living my life without one (although I oftentimes want to).
In short, the lord of lightning bolts had an extended period of facing off with the lord of the underworld, and the scorch marks and crevasses that resulted felt like traumatic shock to many. Opportunities to move forward with innovations in our society — particularly those that have attempted to stop and reverse the incredible destruction the industrial and technological revolutions have wrought — have been largely foiled by the Pluto in Capricorn powers that be. They have not only clung to and gained power, but they’ve stepped out into the light as if to say, “yes the evil empire has arrived, and there is no longer any need to hide that fact.”
Tensions have been building, not unlike the friction that builds between tectonic plates over time. Until there is a slip. And then we have an earthquake.
So now we’re working on solid foundations that can help us through sudden eruptions and shake-ups. Some of those will be material world foundations that get built and then shaken up again. Some of those will be values-based foundations. That’s where Taurus comes in.
More About Taurus
As the second sign of the Zodiac, Taurus represents self-worth, values and resources. Through Taurus we internalize a sense of being held after flailing out of the womb as a young spark of life (that’s Aries), all impulsive and fiery.
Through our senses, we begin to perceive our surroundings and create a basic imprint of the world around us: is it safe? Am I held? Am I getting what I need to survive? How does it feel to be here? How can I use what I have to get what I need?
Ideally speaking, the Taurean function is where we internalize a sense of safety and of having our survival needs met. Through this process, as we mature, this translates into self-worth. Values. An understanding of resources, both internal and external. When we know what we have, love what we are and align the two through a sense of values, creative self actualization is a natural part of our evolution.
Taurus is the sign of self-reliance, but never in a vacuum. And always backed up by values, which help us to connect with others.
Uranus: Liberation, Individuation & Trauma
The archetype of Uranus (which goes hand in hand with Aquarius and therefore has similar qualities) is associated with tribe and community, yes. But also the archetypes of the exile, the outsider, the humanitarian, the [mad] scientist. Uranus is what pushes, or sometimes even forces, us into processes of deconditioning. It strives to help us strip away ‘truths’ that no longer match our experience, and old structures and forms that are not serving our paths.
Uranus is the force of individuation and the liberation that comes from it. It is the process where we hear the call of our own individual genius — that which would bring us into creative self actualization in order to serve the betterment of humanity.
Hearing the call of one’s own soul is a potent and powerful thing, for sure. In fact, we romanticize the heck out of it in our culture. And for good reason — this planet needs more folks who are listening to and actualizing what it is they’re here to do on the earth.
But individuation also gets confused with individualism, which is not the same. Individualism inflates narcissistic bubbles and robs us each of our opportunity to step out of our wounds. Instead we, and all others around us, become distorted objects of another person’s obsessive self-reflection.
Individuation is, again, tuning into an inner process of uncovering who we are supposed to be in the world, and following that path because we understand the importance of fulfilling that goal for the sake of bettering the community.
But here’s the thing: stepping into one’s own process of individuation also involves embracing difference. And in the past 10,000 years or so, difference has not been such a great thing. It’s what gets you killed. Burned at the stake, chased out of your home, ridiculed, exiled. Tortured. Cut off from resources and money.
We need connection. We do not like being cast out. And so, we strive to belong, oftentimes to the detriment of our soul path. Trading in one discomfort for another.
Therefore Uranus is also associated with trauma.
What is Trauma?
A basic definition of trauma tells us that it refers to an overwhelming experience that the psyche can’t integrate fully. It’s a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual experience that makes it difficult to carry on as we were before.
Symptoms or indications of trauma usually include some combination of dissociation (often chronic), anxiety, phobias, paranoia, avoidance, enhanced or suppressed emotional responses, or numbness. The most common expression of traumatic response in the moment is what we refer to as fight, flight or freeze.
Uranus is considered a marker of a trauma signature in an individual’s chart. This doesn’t mean that a Uranian passage will bring great trauma. The symbolism is to vast for that kind of narrow interpretation. It does usually, however, indicate at least the potential for moving through and healing traumatic imprints with an eye towards liberation from what holds us back. Traumatic imprints quite literally point towards parts of us that are stuck. They are our unfinished business.
And that’s not just trauma from this lifetime. Uranus is also related to deep memory and the subtle energies that travel with us from many lifetimes. Unresolved traumas from our soul’s journey. Uranus represents long-term memory and as such oftentimes points the way towards unconscious contents — things we’ve been repressing or have forgotten.
Blending Taurus and Uranus
So how do we bring this all together to help us understand not only which themes to potentially expect from Uranus’ transit through Taurus, but also how we can grab onto this edge for growth and do the required work with more awareness? Let’s take a look at what Taurus represents in its more shadowy manifestations. Then we’ll bring the positive back in, cuz Taurean medicine is good, good stuff and can help us keep perspective here.
We’ve talked a bit about stubbornness, and really all of the fixed signs have that quality. But Taurus…well, Taurus can be the epitome of stubbornness. It can be stuck and it doesn’t like change and oftentimes with Taurus everything is black and white. Taurus exists in polarity with Scorpio. It is the polarity of life-or-death.
Taurus represents how we do (or do not) feel safe in our bodies, or on this earth. Taurean karmic complexes involve survival fears, isolation, self-worth and value, the ways we collapse in on ourselves and suppress our emotions in order to survive, the ways we shut down (again, in order to survive), possessiveness, stuckness…
…and body memory.
As I’ve leaned into what Uranus in Taurus might represent, body memory is what has come to the forefront a lot. The body’s memories of trauma. The ways it holds those imprints in the first, thin layer of energy directly around our physical beings. This, the etheric body, is where imprints from past life and early current life traumas live.
Trauma of the body. There’s one selection of keywords for Uranus in Taurus for ya.
Uranus in Taurus and Earth Changes
Earthquakes are a great metaphor for Uranus in Taurus. And in fact, in the days preceeding the initial shift in May 2018 I saw an article entitled: Volcanoes. Geysers. Earthquakes. Mother Earth is doing all kinds of scary stuff in the US right now.
I think that it’s easy to think in terms of traumas and harms caused by human force throughout the centuries. Uranus in Taurus also correlates with the sudden shocks brought by earth cataclysms. Those we have absolutely no control over, and which then force us into survival mode. Those very primal survival needs might be awakened during this time, whether by large events or small ones.
I don’t know whether it’s helpful to view the earth as a being or entity that is out to get us, just as I don’t know whether it’s helpful to view the earth as a benevolent or nurturing energy. One thing is objectively true, however, and that is that earth events can be destructive to life on this planet, not as a matter of malice, but as a matter of fact.
Totally subjectively speaking, the fact of the matter is that in my personal worldview, it’s all connected and earth is indeed a mama to me. In my bones, I feel a deep resonance with the idea that the wisdom of the earth — and the universe that houses her — just might in fact respond when human values exclude the protection of the ultimate human home — which IS the earth. In a vast and connected universe. And within both of those, our bodies.
If I take the personification out of it, I can just put it in different terms: When we disregard the fact that humans require abundant clean, fresh water, food that does not contain chemicals, shelter from the elements, touch and connection… well, our systems will collapse. Or they might evolve into something that reflects values of rape, aggression, domination, and arbitrarily defined progress. We are, afterall, astonishingly good at adaptation.
When we poison our bodies — any of them — we will get sick. Our minds, bodies and emotions will suffer. Because even if a mechanistic worldview touts a ‘truth’ that nothing is connected… well, everything is still connected. Poison poisons. This is simple cause and effect, even if the effects occur too slowly for anyone living day-to-day and not tracking cycles to observe.
When we apply values of love, sharing, giving, inclusion and reverence for life, we ultimately create new systems and laws and structures and ways of being that reflect those values. We create methods of exchange that work within those values as law.
But that shift might be difficult. Because of tension — massive plates of solid rock rubbing up against solid rock. Because of grief and anger that have been locked away, suppressed or stuck due to survival fears or fears of overwhelm. Taurean shut down makes it so that energy gets stuck within.
Uranus in Taurus provides the opportunity for that energy to move again and be freed up for use in innovating new ideas based in tribal values.
It’s also just a huge, fucking stretch to imagine how we’re going to get ourselves out of the mess we’re in. But what better challenge to confront.
That’s where the positive potentials for this transit come in.
Here’s a whole gaggle of key words for you to use for your imagining-the-best (and then bringing it down to earth) purposes:
Stable Revolution. Genius made practical. Stable shifting. Rooted Revolution. Liberating Self-reliance. Agrarian Tribes. Body Freedom. Inventive Earth-Systems. Being/Embodying the Change. Earth Technology. Abundant Currency. Innovative Agriculture. Values-Based Currency. Embodying the Change. Vision of a Sustainable Life. Grounding the Vision. Deconditioning from Outdated Values. Breaking through Avoidance & Discomfort. Freedom through Inner Resources. Progressive Self-Worth. Embodied Individuation. Patient Individuation. Wise embodiment. Innovations in Food & agriculture.
OH the possibilities! What if, through community-based values of giving, sharing and inclusion we created systems where all basic needs were just covered? Where the simple fact that you were born guaranteed you unlimited access to everything you need to live, just by the very virtue of your existing? Food, water, shelter… What if we lived in a world where touch was seen as vital to life, and where consent was taught from an early age and boundaries were gleefully respected?
Because, you know, touch is a vital part of human development. Taurus teaches us that.
What if we took the shake ups and awakenings of the past several years and used the insights provoked to create earth systems that respected rather than raped the earth and individual human bodies, as well as our place in a larger cosmological framework?
What if the heart was a safe space to dwell?
So how do we work with all of this? Well, the specifics will vary from person to person. But generally speaking, I recommend a daily grounding practice. Daily gratitude. Grounding and gratitude for the abundances we have (that’s Taurus) create containers for transformation (that’s the Taurean polarity — Scorpio). When we cultivate these practices while out of crisis, they hold even better. As opposed to, say, waiting for the crisis and then grounding.
But there are other more tangible, practical preparations as well. As fears related to survival surface, it can be nice to know we have savings. Or a three month plan. Or an emergency backpack.
Or a network of friends. Or that we’ve been actively working towards concrete strategies for paradigm shift. You know. Small stuff.
Perhaps it’s also helpful to get in touch with spiritual systems that remind us that life does not end at death. The compost metaphor is great here: we can use the destroyed and decaying material of the society we’ve built to build a new one. One that values regeneration and creativity.
It might also be helpful, in the coming years, to spend some time getting to know your own triggers. To be able to name what they are, but also to be able to recognize what they feel like, how they ripple, and what we need when they’re occurring. The emphasis here is self-reliance, which does not mean you have to go through it alone, but that you are responsible for knowing what you need and advocating for yourself while having the maturity to accept other people’s limits and wishes.
Having humans around you who know your worth and who value you is a vital step in having a reliable support system. But you have to uncover and recognize it first.
The goal is internalizing power, not externalizing it. Because solid foundations arise amidst inner work supported by the outer world. And if there is some cataclysmic change upon us (it seems it’s been happening for a while, friends), best to face it with strength AND agility AND a commitment to returning to the heart.
Oh, and you know what’ll be real helpful? Astrology. Astrology is a Uranian discipline when used in it’s best ways (which, in my humble opinion, is in the pursuit of self-actualizing while relating to the greater picture) — and its “best ways” are through embodied, experiential practice.
There’s so much more to be said about these archetypes. The times we’re living in as framed by these energies and shifts. I’m sure it’ll come as the transit unfolds. For now, I leave you with some key dates and key questions to ponder. And even a few more suggestions.
Key Dates (a few!):
Uranus Moves into Taurus May 15, 2018
Uranus stations retrograde August 7, 2018
Uranus moves back into Aries for a final tour through the 27-30th degrees of the sign November 6, 2018
Uranus moves back into Taurus on March 6, 2019 and stays there until July 7, 2025
Uranus final (for 84 years) tour through Taurus is November 8, 2025 – April 26, 2026
*~*~Additionall offerings: For anyone looking for a more in depth look, I do have a 55 minute recorded webinar available for purchase online. Additionally, you can book a session with me to take a look at your chart and how you can work with this transit in the coming years.~*~~