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Transcendental Uranus

It is the opposite that is good for us.

In your uniqueness you are all the time a crime against convention.
–Carl Jung, “Lectures at Swanage.”

The poems of individualism will remake the social world.
–Elie Faure, History of Art: Modern Art.

Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.
–William Blake, Proverbs of Hell.

Core meaning:

Although certain astrologers believe that Uranus corresponds to the yang energy, our point of view is that it transcends the dualistic expression of yin and yang: that while Mercury is hermaphroditic (embodying each principle), Uranus is neither male nor female. Instead, Uranus symbolizes a cos­mic function that reverses yin or yang energy into its opposite form when either achieves an extreme state of expression. This principle of dynamic reversal is represented in the I Ching by unfolding energy patterns (or “hexagrams”) that switch into alternate forms (i.e., the “moving lines”). In the West, this notion is best exemplified by the ancient Greek notion of enantiodromia, a “running opposite or counter to,” promulgated by the philosopher Heraclitus (575?-641?): “Fate is the logical product of enantiodromia, creator of all things.”
        In modern psychological literature, Jung notes that enantiodromia is synonymous with an “emergence of the unconscious opposite in the course of time. This characteristic phenomenon practically always occurs when an extreme, one-sided tendency dominates conscious life; in time an equally powerful counterposition is built up, which first inhibits the conscious performance and subsequently breaks through the conscious control.” He adds, “Sooner or later everything runs into its opposite.” Such reversals include the shift from one extreme form of behavior, perception, or ideation into a seem­ingly opposite form or way of being. Through the enantiodromian “dynamic reversal” of Uranus, the form of Mercury’s ideation is transformed by Uranus’s reformation (Mercury poses the question “Why,” while Uranus asks, “Why not?”). Ultimately, beyond this seesawlike energetic reversal, the final Uranian goal is to alternate currents of energy until a nondualistic or transcendent “third” form is discovered: ideally, one not as extreme as either opposite but one that incorporates the best elements of each, in order to create a more manageable (i.e., more con­sciously operating) reformation. The union of such opposing tendencies results in a new wholeness and in the newfound freedoms and liberties that are symbolized by Uranus.
        While the astrological glyph for Mercury resembles a human figure endowed with a crescent-shaped antenna (symbolizing cognition and communication, i.e., the capacity to absorb and transmit information), the glyph for Uranus is composed solely of a large antenna shape, symbolizing its function of transpersonal or Divine communi­cation. The centrally placed cross in this glyph, symbolizing the “two opposites crossing one another,”2 emphasizes a transcendence of dualism and the function of “receiving” transpersonal insights. Like Mercury’s crescent­like glyph, the outer, horizontal sides of the Uranian cross are linked to two crescent-shaped forms that resemble satellite dishes: again, signifying the “receptive” (yin) potential of Uranus, while the up-ended, pointed top of the central axis signifies the “transmitting” (yang) potential of Uranus. Human communication, cognitive awareness, and the ability of all members of a species to comprehend each other are ruled by Mercury, but the transpersonal communi­cation processes (visionary insight, inspiration, Divine intuition) reflect the suprahuman or transper­sonal capacity of Uranus.
        On the mundane level, Uranus is associated with the revolutions (dynamic reversals) and reformations of social organisms. Such reformations are often conceived of as a means of gaining newfound freedom (at least, for some members of the revolutionary order). Having “smashed open” (Uranus) the “stultifying struc­ture” (Saturn) of the previous regime, the revolutionaries are in a position to effect “ultimate freedom” (Uranus) for themselves. Yet, this sometimes occurs at the expense of the common peo­ple.
        In such a case, we can speak of becoming overidentified with the Ura­nian principle of freedom. In our example, the revolutionaries have experienced a dynamic reversal: at first identified with the common people, they now assume the role of a new aristocracy. A true revolutionary ideal, however, is a complete reversal of (yin or yang) energy: a collective reorganization whenever it reaches an extreme form. For example, when a government reaches its extreme form of expression, its reversal into a new system of energetic organization is inevitable, especially after a period of rigidity or stagnation (Saturn). A swing in public opinion, from supporting one political party over another, is a typical example of Uranian enantiodromia. Invention, a phe­nomenon traditionally ruled by Uranus, is also related to gaining freedom through the acquisition of a new energetic structure, as a new method or device will unite traditional technologies with recent innovations and advances and, therefore, provide greater freedom and flexibility in accomplishing tasks.
        Uranus rules electricity (including the electrical dimension of the body) and computers. These phenomena are strangely “in between” the physical and imma­terial states of being. Electricity provides mechanical devices with their motive force, yet it is invisible and, ultimately, inexplicable. Computers and the so-called cyber reality present us with an immaterial or “virtual” reality, created, in part, by the electrical stimulation of com­puter chips, yet they possess a quality that seems to extend beyond the merely physical. Like other Uranian phenomena, computers have the potential to provide mankind with a greater sense of freedom and a means of reinventing the self and of advancing its methods of organization and communication in a manner that appears so innovative and unusual that our normal cognitive limits are pushed beyond their traditional boundaries, i.e., they are reformed. This spark of “futuristic” insight, often experienced as a shocking, exciting, or “peak experience” (a Uranian term used by astrologer Bil Tierney), is a keynote of the Uranus symbolism. Other Uranian keynotes include originality, inspiration, brilliance, and even genius.

Improper manifestation of the energy:

Because one person’s idea of freedom may portray (or depend upon) another’s sense of nightmarish confinement, Uranus is associated with “negative utopias.” In modern literature, this genre (also called the dystopia) describes a “perfectly” organized society that, with its mania for creating an ideal social-collective, perfectly excludes all that is idiosyncratic and individual in mankind. For example, in its negative manifestation, political leaders who are improperly identified with Uranus will “free” the individual of his true responsibility by turning him into an “innovative” cog in a newly invented “machine.” This is especially the case when such leaders lack the ultimate freedom: the ability to reinvent the self through conscious personal insight and psychological growth, i.e., the individuation process actualized in a particular life.
        In its hyperactive expression, one becomes “over-Uranian”: overrebellious; overidentified with the freedom principle; overly innova­tive (eccentric); overly intuitive (a crank). Other keynotes include amo­rality, anarchism, fanaticism, iconoclastic nihilism, or behavior characterized by restlessness, wanderlust, irritability, anxiety, or irrational, impulsive, and explosive behavior. One may be a physical nomad, wandering from place to place, or a cultural or psychological nomad, jumping from one lifestyle, ideation, or intuition to the next. The iconoclastic shattering of something of value before a new form is ready to replace it is another negative manifestation of Uranus.3 Then the native is identified with and glorifying in the “peak experience” of Uranus as it surges haphazardly through body and mind, rather than creating an authentically innovative form with which to replace the old, outmoded structure.
        In such cases, Uranus behaves like an overloaded circuit, with ideas leaping about yet making the “wrong connections,” resulting in eccentric notions and cranky moods. In mundane astrology, a difficult Uranus transit (i.e., when Uranus transits a degree in the sky that corresponds, in a discordant manner, to a planetary degree in the birth chart) may symbolize electrical problems or shortages in the home. Psychologically, it rules the classic “nervous breakdown.”

Transcendental potential:

Relocation to the Transcendental Uranus region will result in a positive liberation of the personality and to reformations of emotional patterning that are no longer productive. Under this location, the forward-moving or telic urge of psychic energy to manifest the future personality will be enhanced. This “realignment” of psychic energy manifests as a “higher frequency” of thought and intuition. Uranus rules the “immediate vision” of the here­tofore-missing elements that will now provide “freedom,” so much so that the former condition, which was previously viewed as “livable,” now seems untenable. Uranus proposes a change and realignment of personality that takes us far beyond the dimensions of the previous self, transporting the native to completely new outlooks, ideas, and situations. The word that comes closest to such a state of Divine inspiration is intuition. Unexpectedly presenting us with an aspect of reality that transcends our personal history, Uranus pushes us to the unrealized, future self.
        Uranus symbolizes a “Divine communication” that results in “unheard of” intuitions and inventions. The “ingenious” aspect of the Uranus complex was exemplified by inventors such as Nikola Tesla (with Secondary Uranus) and by innovative artists, such as Hans Christian Andersen, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and Henry Miller (writers who were each born with Pri­mary Uranus). The Uranian principle inspires one to redefine and reorganize physical matter, resulting in supramaterial organiza­tions of energy (e.g., the invention of the computer chip).
        Uranus works through “erratic,” “leaping,” and “bounding” intuitive paths.5 It exemplies a unique ability to “tune in” to nonrational dimensions of thought. (“Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement are roads of Genius”–Blake.) This is symbolized by the “antenna” of Uranus (one that is “stepped-down” through the humanizing receptors of Mercury). Such visionary intuition instructs us to follow new expressions of self and soul, liberating us from the collective bonds of identity (Saturn). In shattering the collective mold, Uranus permits whatever is unique in us to emerge. It is the freedom to create anew.
        Uranus promotes a final refor­mation / reinvention of spirit and soul while they are still connected to the social-collec­tive sphere. In shattering our rigidity and sparking our genius, Uranus prepares us for the final shock: dissolution, death, and rebirth, symbolized by the transpersonal complexes of Neptune and Pluto (i.e., beyond the social collective). Before we reach such ultimate developmental stages, however, Uranus will reshape our profoundly experimental life, working as it does through the shockingly unique incarnation of human consciousness.

Personalities with Primary Transcendental Uranus:

Hans Christian Andersen (“intuitive” writer of “unique, original” fairy tales); Queen Anne (whose reign was marked by numerous attempts to “maintain her freedom and inde­pendence” from the dominating political parties and for her “abruptly shift­ing allegiances” during a time rife with “instability”); Louise Brown (the first “test-tube” baby whose birth (the result of an ovum “experimentally” impregnated in a laboratory) epitomized the “innovative, experimental conditions” of Uranus); Cathe­rine the Great ([with Mercury] empress of Russia who eagerly absorbed the “innovative / thinking” [Uranus / Mercury] of the French “Enlightenment”; who authored Catherine’s Instruction, a draft constitution considered so “shockingly” liberal that the “scandalous / document” [Uranus / Mercury] was prohibited from publication in France; and whose “reversal” and “reformation” of her own liberal position led to worsening conditions for most Russians, resulting in “greater freedoms” only for herself and for the Russian aristoc­racy; especially remembered for “novel, innovative reforms” of administrative meth­ods throughout Russia); Louis-Ferdinand Céline (“eccentric inventor” of a “new” literary style); Indira Gandhi (Indian prime minister whose Uranus sets directly over India; remembered for “extreme reversals of fortune”; “dystopian systems of reform”; “surprise tac­tics”; and “innovative” authoritarianism [with Secondary Saturn]; Adolf Hitler (dictator obsessed with “negative utopias” and “eccentric notions of social reorganization”); Grace Kelly [with Primary Mercury-Jupiter] whose “forward-looking vision” of guarantee­ing success in the “future” led her to the Elitch Gardens stock company in Den­ver, directly under her Primary Uranus line); Richard Nixon (“innovator” of historic “China opening”: a country directly under his Primary Uranus; obsessed with “cranky notions” of “dystopian” domestic reorganization); Dante Gabriel Rossetti (“intuitive” painter-poet born near Primary Uranus in London; remembered for a “rebellious” childhood and an “unusual lifestyle” as an adult; exhumed his wife’s body to retrieve a poetry manuscript that was entwined in her hair); Edith Sitwell (noted English “eccentric” renowned for a “quirky” dress code and for an “original” writing style); Algernon Swinburne (poet whose work was considered “provocative and shocking”; wrote of “revolt” against the divine will).

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Keynote phrases for Uranus:

•Inspired intuition; brilliance; genius. “Divine” communication.
•Sudden leaps in individual and collective consciousness.
•The inspiration for innovation.
•A sudden “unveiling” of “future states of consciousness,” i.e., the “future personality.”
•The principles of freedom and rebellion.
•Freedom gained through an innovative rearrangement and recombination of disparate elements, e.g., invention.
•Unusual methods or approaches.
•The higher octave of Mercury. While Mercury rules cognition and communica­tion, Uranus rules Divine communication, which is experienced as reve­latory flashes of insight, intuition, and brilliance.
•The “alternating current” of yang / yin energy experienced as a revolution and liberation of spirit and soul.

1. Stobaeus, Eclogae physicae, cited by Jung in Psychological Types, p. 425. Jung adds: “I use the term enantiodromia for the emergence of the unconscious opposite in the course of time. This characteristic phenomenon practically always occurs when an extreme, one-sided tendency dominates conscious life; in time an equally powerful counterposition is built up, which first inhibits the conscious performance and subsequently breaks through the conscious control.” In Psychology and Alchemy, while discussing the “transformative princi­ple at work in nature and the harmony of opposing forces,” he notes: “Chinese philosophy formulated this process as the enantiodromian interplay of yin and yang” (p. 245), adding (in a footnote): “The classical example being The I Ching or Book of Changes.” Elsewhere, he writes: “Old Heraclitus, who was indeed a very great sage, discovered the most marvel­ous of all psychological laws: the regulative function of opposites. He called it enantiodromia, a running contrariwise, by which he meant that sooner or later everything runs into its opposite.” “The only person who escapes the grim law of enantiodromia is the man who knows how to separate himself from the unconscious, not by repressing it–for then it simply attacks him from the rear–but by putting it clearly before him as that which he is not.” Jung, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology, pp. 72-73.)
        One of the earliest references to enantiodromia in Jung’s work occurs in a series of lectures he gave in Swanage, England: “When something has been accomplished, an opposition must be established before anything else can occur. You may hold a Christian ideal, but this is also impossible, for though a mind may be spirit, you cannot go endlessly into spirit, as you constellate the materialism of the uncon­scious. A living system is a self-regulating system and must be balanced. Neither spirit not matter is good in themselves, for, in excess, both destroy life.” “Lectures at Swanage,” unpublished typescript, August 1, 1925, Lecture VII, pp. 51-52. He also discusses this concept in his Analytical Psychology seminar: “In the I Ching, they [the pairs of opposites] appear as an ever-recurring enantiodromia, through the action of which one state of mind leads inevitably to its opposite. This is the essential idea of Taoism …” Lecture X, May 25, 1925, Analytical Psychology, p. 73.
2. “Often the polarity [of the coniunctio] is arranged as a quaternio (quaternity), with the two opposites crossing one another ... thus producing the cross as an emblem of the four elements and symbol of the sublunary physical world. This fourfold Physis, the cross, also appears in the signs for earth, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter.” Jung, Mysterium Coniunctionis, pp. 3-4.
3. The eccentric behavior traditionally associated with Uranus is reflected in the quirky and unique astronomical qualities of this planet (and of some its satellites):
         “Uranus is considered unique because its equatorial plane is inclined about 98 degrees with respect to its orbital plane. This extreme inclination gives the planet a retro­grade motion, i.e., rotation opposite to the direction of its revolution.” The New Columbia Encyclopedia, 1975, p. 2846.
         “Uranus is distinguished by the fact that it is tipped on its side. Its unusual position is thought to be the result of a collision with a planet-sized body early in the solar system’s history. Given its odd orientation, with its polar regions exposed to sunlight or darkness for long periods, scientists were not sure what to expect at Uranus.
         Voyager 2 found that one of the most striking influences of this sideways position is its effect on the tail of the magnetic field, which is itself tilted 60 degrees from the planet’s axis of rotation. The magnetotail was shown to be twisted by the planet's rotation into a long corkscrew shape behind the planet. […] The peculiar orientation of the magnetic field suggests that the field is generated at an intermediate depth in the interior where the pressure is high enough for water to become electrically conducting.” NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (online), ”Voyager 2,” www.jpl.nasa.gov / calendar / voyager2.html. Uranus was accidentally discovered by Sir William Herschel, in 1781.

Additional Uranus quotes:

Whoever cannot seek / the unforeseen sees nothing, / for the known way / is an impasse.

I am convinced of the validity of contradiction. There are many worlds. Each is true, at its time, in its own fashion.
(Errol Flynn.)

Perhaps the immobility of the things around us is imposed on them by our certainty that they are themselves and not anything else, by the immobility of our mind confronting them.
(Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way, trans. Lydia Davis.)


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