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Uranus, the planet known for its unexpected changes, rebelliousness, and erratic behavior as it moves slowly through the signs. Taking nearly seven years to transit, it spends a lot of time in one sign, making sure you understand and grow through the changes that it throws your way. As of August 15th, the world is experiencing a Uranus in Taurus Retrograde, giving us a brief pause.

Since 2019, it moved from 7+ years of Aries and moved in practical, steadfast Taurus. We have a long way to go with this transit, and on August 15th, Uranus in Taurus goes Retrograde, where it’ll keep going until January 14th, 2021. During this time, we can expect the unexpected.

Let’s go through what this means for you and the world at large.

Naturally electrifying, erratic, and unique, when this planet is in retrograde, it allows us to stumble upon innovation and brilliant sparks of discovery. These sparks resound through every part of us and our society. From individual to the collective, the upheavals that Uranus, “The Great Awakener,” brings, are sure to resonate through everything we do and believe. As a planet, Uranus is one of two that naturally moves in the opposite direction of Earth. This means that when it is in retrograde, it’s literally moving backward. This gives us the space to see the shifts and learn how to use them.

Going Against the Grain with Uranus

Depending on where Uranus is in your birth chart (Not sure of your placements? Get yours here!) can shed some light on how you manage this Uranian power. It also shows us how we manage authority or take on cultural and societal norms. Due to its 7+ year transits, it can really impact generational shifts and dictate an approach to rebellion. We are all feeling it: an itch for change.

Some have already been thrust upon us, from a pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests, and significant shifts to our economy. These changes have lain bare the shaky foundations that our modern society has been built upon. The Uranus in Taurus Retrograde period is heavy with the possibility of change.

When in Taurus, Uranus feels uncomfortable. The change-making planet is one of movement and innovation, while Taurus, is one that represents stability, building, and slow-growth.

Before the transit, there was much speculation on how it would impact our world. From financial reformation (as Taurus rules the second house of materials and wealth) to changing how we view housing (since Taurus brings up matters concerning property and stability), the future was bright and scary.

Despite small growths, the actual changes seem to impact how we operate within our society.

On a personal level, you may be building stronger foundations following a period of uncertainty or instability. When Uranus comes into town, it makes us change, whether we like it or not. When in Retrograde, the Uranian powers inspire us to seek out ways to innovate what isn’t working in our lives. From our inner worlds to more tangible external things such as housing come under review. This time will empower us to choose a new way of looking at things.

Retrogrades Abound: More than Just Uranus

If you’re one who shudders at the thought of retrogrades, October may be a doozy for you. In the depth of fall, both Mercury and Sun in Scorpio turn retrograde, creating an opposition against Uranus in Taurus. This is when we will really feel Uranus Retrogrades impacts. Uranus, the changemaker, squares these two giants just moments before the 2020 US presidential election. Who knows what it will inspire!

It won’t be until later in the year that we see what the Uranus retrograde truly has to offer. Other outer planets, such as Jupiter and Saturn, come and hit Uranus in a square, causing some tension-filled aspects. When both Jupiter, ruler of law, society and social justice, and Saturn, the keep of all structures and institutions meet chaotic Uranus, the results can shift history.

This retrograde can definitely come with its ups and downs.

Hot tip:

Despite the uncertainty that comes, keeping an open mind and working with the erratic energies can help you flow through it with ease. This retrograde will help you build a necessary foundation for not only yourself but the whole world.

Stay true to your core values. By doing this, you’ll be sure to emerge from the next few months better and healthier than ever. Interested in what the rest of Leo Season holds? Check out our post on Leo Season Transits in 2020.


Taurus Rising, Leo Sun and Cancer Moon, Toronto-based Astrologer. Let's read the stars together!

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