Planet Abstraction: What Uranus Tells Us about Aquarius

The 12 zodiac signs all have a planetary ruler that was assigned to them based on the observations of astrologers over the years. Rulers that are not coincidental.

The more you delve into the characteristics of the planets, and assess their physical nature, the more insight you gain into the zodiac sign and it becomes clear that the planets and signs are parallel.

Because I am now attempting to blow your mind with intuitive insight and symbolism, I felt it was both necessary and unconventional to start with the planet Uranus, and its darling sign, Aquarius. We are going to dissect the planet’s components as if we are performing an autopsy on the Aquarian personality to exhume the clues nestled in the Ice Giant.

Uranus the Ice Giant

First we have to get some scientific factoids out of the way, as they are crucial to understanding both Uranus and Aquarius.

The bulleted basics:

  • Uranus is an ice giant, and contrary to what you may have heard, the coldest planet in our solar system.
  • It rotates opposite to the way Earth and other planets turn, completing 1 trip around the Sun every 84 years.
  • During parts of its orbit, one side of Uranus points directly at the Sun.
  • Hydrogen and helium makeup its upper layer, below that lurks an icy mantle that surrounds a rocky core inundated with more ice, with an upper atmosphere of water, ammonia, and methane.

This science mug shot of Uranus is illuminating if we look at the characteristics abstractly, and with a dash of poetic license.

First let’s consider the title of Uranus: Ice Giant. Essentially, the planet is big and cold.

In astrology, “big” is an adjective that can be used to describe the magnitude of one’s personality, and mentality, as well as their physical size.

In personal relationships, when someone is described as being cold, it suggests a lack of feeling or sensitivity. When translated into astrology speak and applied to Aquarius, an air sign that lives for the intellect, this paints the picture of a person involved in large-scale pursuits, completely isolated from the emotions.

The “Giant” in Aquarius is actually this vastness of vision, an ability to see into the future and dream up grand ideas and bring them down to earth. But it also refers to the humanitarian hobbies of the sign. They want to use their talents to do “big” things for the larger group to help society evolve.

Uranus has an orbital rotation completely different from the other planets, and this is an accurate example of the way Aquarians’ giant ideas can be misunderstood. It’s also a description of how the air sign natives live. Uranians must be different. They abide by their own system of rules, even if that means going in the opposite direction as the rest of the world.

Aquarians think so differently from the rest of the signs, and are so far ahead into the beyond, that it is difficult for other signs to figure them out.

Now for the “Ice” portion of the planet.

Uranus is considered to be the coldest planet in our solar system, with a core of rock and ice, surrounded by more ice. “Cold” and “ice” are words used to describe the dispassionate half of a person. In planetary personality terms, this high amount of frostiness mirrors the emotional response of Water Bearers.

The Water Bearer spreading the love while keeping his hands free from emotional muck.

Aquarians are infamously lacking in the emotions department, and Uranus’ heavy amount of ice is a representation of Aquarian’s inability to emotionally connect and respond to a situation with passionate bias. The abundance of ice on the planet is indicative of the paralyzed feelings and sub-zero emotions usually associated with the air sign. It’s not to imply that they don’t feel; rather feelings, sentiments, and emotions aren’t easily accessed.

There has to be a lot of mental heat and logical understanding for Aquarius’s heart to melt.

Uranus’ core is both rock and ice, a composition that symbolizes the level-headedness usually associated with earth signs (rock) surrounded by systematic, unfeeling logic, which has been cooled by the intellect (ice).

This explains and highlights the contradicting Aquarian trait of being obstinately open-minded.

Aquarius is a fixed sign, and in astrology fixed signs are known for their inflexibility. They do not relinquish control, nor do they relent once they have gained momentum. So with a sign like Aquarius, inflexibility can spiral into radicalism – making them fanatical about an idea or manically fixed on the future.

Uranus exposes Aquarians to the high altitude of the air element, where abstract ideas thrive, and emotions freeze. They live on a planet where feelings are obsolete. Uranians are an intriguing mix of earth stubbornness, emotional unconsciousness, and forced eccentricity that oscillates in detached airiness making them out of reach.

I am continuously fascinated by the correlation between the signs and the planets, and will cover all 10 of the planets, so stay tuned.

If you are interested in discovering whether or not you are Uranus dominant, or other planet-dominant, mosey on over to my Birth Chart Interpretations for information on how to get your hands on a chart analysis of your very own.

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