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The Significations of Uranus by Philip Graves

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General Principle:
Seen sometimes as a 'higher octave' of Mercury, Uranus enables communication without the conventional mechanism of speech and physical conduction methods. It is therefore associated with radio waves, electromagnetic radiation and electricity, and nuclear radiation. It evokes originality, which when positively expressed manifests as inventiveness; when negatively expressed, as deviance.

Uranus confers contempt for conventional conceptions of morality; distaste at being controlled and at arbitrary forms of outside authority; executive ability; flashes of intuition; perspicacious and reliable insight into others' personal motivations; interest in the principles of religion and science, and in scientific investigation of material phenomena; an inclination to part with customs; and mechanical ability that favours engineering. It is aloof; altruistic; cool; critical; crushingly assertive; conscious of personal authority and power; directed by inner impulses; eccentric; erratic; firm-opinioned; frequently fatalistic regarding personal destiny; heroic; iconoclastic; illuminating; imaginative; impersonal; impulsive; ingenious; insistent upon independence; innovative; inventive of new ideas, methods, moral codes and occupations; liberating; moved by new circumstances; off-hand; organising; peculiar; positive; persevering when faced with obstacles to surmount; power-conscious; promoting; prone to sudden changes of mind and view; prophetic; revolutionary; romantic; self-centred; self-reliant; spasmodic; spontaneous; unbendingly wilful; unsentimental; variable; and violently reactive against potential privations of freedom of thought and action; but when restricted, potentially anarchistic; bohemian; eccentric; fanatical; and invective and sarcastic without provocation.

Uranus signifies everything anomalous or unconventional; and the sudden smashing and transformation of outdated established Saturnian structures and restrictions. It also signifies bereavements, blind impulses, catastrophes, changes (especially sudden changes), constructive and mechanical ability, enemies, estrangements, exiles, people in power or authority, public affairs, romances, sudden events, sorrows, suicides, tragedies, and uncertain fortunes.

People signified by Uranus include antiquarians, astrologers, aviators, electrical and scientific goods traders, electricians, discoverers, engineers, government or civic officials, inventors, lecturers, mesmerists, metaphysicians, original thinkers, patentees, phrenologists, pioneers, psychologists, public functionaries, radio technicians, spirit mediums, travellers, and all pursuing uncommon forms of work.

Physically, Uranus governs the appendix; aura; brain and stomach membranes; breathing; electromagnetic forces; eyes; heart valves; motor nerves; nerve fluids; and the growth of long bones. When prominent, it confers a pleasing though ascetic or effeminate appearance; slim body; large, light, brilliant, keen eyes; and irregular features.

Illnesses include fractures; inflammations caused by mineral deposits; lesions; ruptures; and spasmodic disorders.

Meaning of Glyph:
The glyph for Uranus, according to Moore and Douglas's model of the symbolism of the cross and crescent as components of all planetary glyphs, evokes a circle of Spirit beneath a cross of the Soul, with two vertical crescents of the Moon connected one to either side of the cross, veering outwards from it towards their tops and bottoms and closest to it at their centres. It resembles the original glyph for Mars but with the attachment of two crescents of Matter. It is Mars-like in its assertiveness, but much more intensely powerful. However, the glyph originally represented the first letter of the surname of the discoverer of Uranus, William Herschel.

Schulman interprets the glyph as two Crescents of Soul interconnected via a Cross of Matter. He likens the crescents facing in opposite directions from each other to different phases of the waxing and waning Moon, presenting two different perspectives on life, but both of them necessary parts of the whole, and both exposed by Uranus, highlighting its unusual insights. The conventional Cross of Matter is tugged at by the two Crescents of Soul in new, hitherto unmapped directions, as the Soul wishes to discover and experience what is not yet known, risking stability in the quest for possibility and for liberation from Matter.


The following sources were consulted:

  1] 'Astrology: The Divine Science' by Marcia Moore and Mark Douglas
  2] 'Karmic Astrology Volume II: Retrogrades and Reincarnation' by Martin Schulman
  3] 'The Manual of Astrology' by Sepharial (1960s revised edition).
  4] 'Encylopaedia of Astrology' by Nicholas DeVore
  5] 'Encylopaedia of Medical Astrology' by Howard Cornell, M.D.

Phillip GravesPhilip Graves has studied astrology and its history since 1995, was manager and astrological writer for the now-discontinued online MSN astrology community 'Horoscopeschat' from 2002-2006, has personally collected thousands of astrological books and journal issues, and is presently developing a new website focused primarily on an extensive astrological bibliography, which is to be launched at

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