Desire to Separate: Introduction to Uranus in the Houses of Birth Chart

“Circumcision of Christ” by Friedrich Herlin (1466)


 As discussed in a previous post, in its purely-archetypal form, Uranus symbolizes the soul’s “separating desire”, an urge to “cut” oneself away from the “cosmic womb” and differentiate oneself as an “individuated” being. Precisely because of this “cutting” and “separating” nature of Uranian energy, it has been suggested that Uranus may very well stand for “trauma” in the birth chart, as the soul, by its very nature, is more readily inclined towards unity and oneness (Neptune), rather than differentiation and separation (Uranus).

In popular astrology, Uranus has mostly been associated with predominantly positive, exciting characteristics, and it usually represents Aquarian ideals such as emancipation, revolution, leadership and genius. However, in the individual natal charts, all these underlying archetypal implications may manifest in much subtler (and less exciting) forms. Other than understanding the evolutionary meaning of Uranus in a birth chart, a good astrologer should also be able to detect how this particular archetype may actually manifest in the mundane life of the individual. Here are some preliminary, non-exclusive guidelines regarding possible connotations of Uranus in the Houses of birth chart:

If Uranus is not on an angle:

It would usually manifest less radically, and mostly as a strong desire for “independence” or “isolation” in the area of the chart it occupies. In this case, if Uranus is comfortable, there is usually a good amount of “healthy detachment” and “objectivity” present in the area of life correlating to the House of Uranus. For example, a comfortable Uranus in the 9th House in a chart which is not bound by too much Saturn or Pluto may simply show an “open-mindedness” with regards to the concept of “faith” or “religion”. However, if Uranus is challenged in non-angular houses (2nd/8th, 3rd/9th, 5th/11th and 6th/12th Axes), it may indicate psychological “stress” stemming from unconscious past life trauma. In case you cannot relate to the concept of “past lives”, it can be said that a challenged Uranus in non-angular Houses may indicate a prevalent sore point in the psyche with regards to the issues pertaining to such Houses, which has been passed down to the individual as part of his or her karmic / psychological heritage.

If Uranus is on an angle [Ascendant (AC), Descendant (DC), Imum Coeli (IC) or Midheaven (MC)]:

Then there would be a higher chance for the individual to experience the energy of Uranus in a more pronounced manner. In this case, the actual living experience of the individual may be affected by typical Uranian qualities, such as disruptive, disturbing, traumatizing or isolating events or encounters pertaining to the area of the chart represented by the angle. If Uranus happens to be comfortable on these angles, though, the individual will be more resilient in the face of possible adversities associated with such Uranian incidents, or alternatively, the individual may develop an inner understanding and psychological “openness” with regards to the nature of such events, and therefore, he or she may be largely immune to a possible mental breakdown which Uranian events may inflict upon other individuals who lack such a high degree of psychological agility.

If Uranus is in an angular House but away from the angle:

Then the Uranian themes may initially be experienced internally rather than externally. If Uranus is not comfortable in such a case, the individual may feel “unsure” with regards to “starting” or “taking initiative” in the area of life correlating to the House occupied by Uranus. Nonetheless, the placement of Uranus in an Angular House shows that a large part of psyche is preoccupied with the fundamental issues represented by angular Houses: Self-Image (1st House), Inner Security (4th House), Relationship with the other (7th House), and one’s place in the World (10th House).

As a general rule, if the individual doesn’t pay attention to the area of life a challenged Uranus or any other challenged planet symbolizes in the birth chart, there is a high chance for the planetary energy to manifest in the external world in the form of a concrete incident or encounter which may not be pleasant or easy to deal with.

This is why it is crucial to understand the nature of planetary energies symbolized by the birth chart, and to work with those showing some form of block or challenge, in order to moderate and modify these energies before they manifest disruptively and disturbingly in one’s life.

In the upcoming posts:

I will present some oversimplified, preliminary connotations of Uranus in the Houses of birth chart. Please keep in mind that the aspects to Uranus, the condition of Uranus’ dispositor, and the general planetary distribution indicated in the chart may change such basic interpretations which would be solely derived from the House placement of Uranus.

21 thoughts on “Desire to Separate: Introduction to Uranus in the Houses of Birth Chart”

  1. Hi can you tell me how this article relates to my chart please. Excuse my ignorance as a interested newbie. Thanks
    Sun 18°02′ Taurus
    Moon 0°12′ Aquarius
    Mercury 5°41′ Я Taurus
    Venus 10°35′ Aries
    Mars 8°33′ Aries
    Jupiter 7°30′ Gemini
    Saturn 10°38′ Leo
    Uranus 9°24′ Я Scorpio
    Neptune 15°29′ Я Sagittarius
    Pluto 11°54′ Я Libra
    Chiron 2°29′ Taurus
    Ceres 27°27′ Я Virgo
    Pallas 20°10′ Leo
    Juno 23°17′ Я Scorpio
    Vesta 25°14′ Cancer
    Node 24°07′ Я Libra
    Lilith 13°30′ Я Taurus
    Fortune 17°51′ Cancer
    AS 5°41′ Scorpio
    MC 17°56′ Leo
    Planets in Houses*
    Sun House 7
    Moon House 3
    Mercury House 7
    Venus House 5
    Mars House 5
    Jupiter House 8
    Saturn House 9
    Uranus House 1
    Neptune House 2
    Pluto House 11
    Chiron House 6
    Ceres House 11
    Pallas House 10
    Juno House 1
    Vesta House 9
    Node House 12
    Lilith House 7
    Fortune House 9

    * In keeping with the common practice, we consider that a planet posited within 1 degré of the next house belongs to that house. We allow an orb of 2 degrés for the ASC and the MC.
    Positions of Houses
    House 1 5°41′ Scorpio
    House 2 3°46′ Sagittarius
    House 3 9°03′ Capricorn
    House 4 17°56′ Aquarius
    House 5 21°06′ Pisces
    House 6 16°22′ Aries
    House 7 5°41′ Taurus
    House 8 3°46′ Gemini
    House 9 9°03′ Cancer
    House 10 17°56′ Leo
    House 11 21°06′ Virgo
    House 12 16°22′ Libra
    List of Aspects
    Venus Conjunction Mars Orb 2°01′
    Uranus Conjunction AS Orb 3°43′
    Saturn Conjunction MC Orb 7°18′
    Mercury Opposite AS Orb 0°00′
    Venus Opposite Pluto Orb 1°18′
    Mars Opposite Pluto Orb 3°20′
    Mercury Opposite Uranus Orb 3°43′
    Jupiter Opposite Neptune Orb 7°59′
    Sun Opposite Uranus Orb 8°37′
    Sun Square MC Orb 0°05′
    Saturn Square Uranus Orb 1°13′
    Mercury Square Saturn Orb 4°56′
    Saturn Square AS Orb 4°57′
    Moon Square AS Orb 5°28′
    Moon Square Mercury Orb 5°29′
    Sun Square Saturn Orb 7°23′
    Venus Trine Saturn Orb 0°02′
    Mars Trine Saturn Orb 2°04′
    Neptune Trine MC Orb 2°26′
    Jupiter Trine Pluto Orb 4°23′
    Saturn Trine Neptune Orb 4°51′
    Venus Trine Neptune Orb 4°54′
    Mars Trine Neptune Orb 6°56′
    Moon Trine Jupiter Orb 7°18′
    Venus Trine MC Orb 7°21′
    Mars Sextile Jupiter Orb 1°02′
    Saturn Sextile Pluto Orb 1°16′
    Venus Sextile Jupiter Orb 3°04′
    Jupiter Sextile Saturn Orb 3°07′
    Neptune Sextile Pluto Orb 3°35′
    Pluto Sextile MC Orb 6°02′
    Mars Inconjunction Uranus Orb 0°51′
    Venus Inconjunction Uranus Orb 1°10′
    Jupiter Inconjunction AS Orb 1°49′
    Jupiter Inconjunction Uranus Orb 1°54′
    Sun Inconjunction Neptune Orb 2°32′
    Moon SemiSquare Neptune Orb 0°17′
    Sun BiQuintile Pluto Orb 0°07′


    1. Hi Craig, here is the information you requested: Uranus is in your First House (House 1), and also “Conjunct Ascendant” ( which means on the Ascendant), so, please stay tuned for my next post, as I will address this position in detail 🙂 Also, for explanation on your Neptune and Pluto, you can refer to my previous posts… I have covered all the Houses; just find the number that relates to you: Your Neptune is in House 2, and your Pluto is in House 11.


  2. So far on my Beyond the stars Facebook page it says that your article has “reached” (I never know for certain what that means) 105 people. That’s actually quite a bit for such a short period of the post about your blog being up. I think there are plenty of takers. We’ll see whether or not that converts to readers for you. 🙂

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  3. Very good! I have Uranus r 23° in seventh house Libra and Venus at 29th degree Taurus in 2nd house .
    Uranus it’s almost unaspected unless for Chiron exact opposite in First house Aries. Do you have insight about retrograde Uranus? Im always felt claustrophobic in relationships.

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  4. I shared this on my website, and also via Twitter. I do think your approach is excellent. You sound like you’re approaching the psychology of the chart from a very careful place, but you’re also giving specifics. Astrology practice needs more of this, because old-think astrology can be far too ethereal and vague.

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    1. Thank you so much, Alison, for your heart-warming feedback. I write based on my studies, but more than that, from direct experience working with people’s charts and hearing their stories. Honestly, I have received lots of criticism for my approach, specially this post, and some of my astrologer friends stopped associating with me and others don’t want me to share my writing with their followers. Please feel free to share what you like from my page, as I would like to interact more with people who may find my approach helpful.

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      1. What?? That’s absurd. You’re going to have to eventually let me know how all of that transpired. That on its own is actually a great story. Probably shows what’s wrong with astrology today. Lots of bias. Well, I will certainly not do that to you!!

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      2. Thank you for your support, Alison… I really appreciate it, and well, I will try to focus on writing rather than thinking of the negative experiences.I think astrology, like most other human-based activity, is not immune to bias… I just hope we can help this field to be more tolerant and open someday.

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      3. Hello Astrohealer,

        I too found your post about Uranus excellent. I agree with your synopsis on archetypal Uranus and I too have experienced this first hand, from my clients and from the astrological diplomas that I have graduated in. As an ex-university teacher in human-welfare and as a counseller I find your approach down to earth and practical. I suspect the people who have been challenged by your wisdom just do not match your truthful, ethical and highly experienced vibration.

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      4. Thank you so much! Feedback like this means a lot to me… there are many styles of astrology, and I will be happy if people interested in the field just read what I write and then decide if they can use it for themselves or for their clients. That is my goal, and again, many thanks for your kind words 🙂

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