Uranus is one of the outer planets in the solar system, just like Neptune and Pluto. Because of the great distance, Uranus moves very slowly. It takes 84 years for the planet to complete a cycle around the sun. This means that Uranus spends about 7 years in each zodiac sign.
In the Uranus retrograde period for 2022, the planet is going to move through the fixed earth sign Taurus. This will start on August 24 and end on January 22 of next year.
What Do Uranus Retrogrades Mean in Astrology?
There are times when it would seem that Uranus is moving backward. This is what we call a Uranus retrograde. The planet is actually just following its orbit as usual but during these Uranus retrogrades, it looks like there is indeed a backward motion.
Uranus retrogrades happen once a year and last for about five months at a time. As we already said, this year, the retrograde of Uranus will occur from August 24 to January 22. During this time, Uranus nudges us out of our comfort zone and encourages a burst of creativity. Without this, there is a very strong temptation for laxity and eventual stagnation.
Uranus is known as the ruler of Aquarius. As such, it is representative of a lot of the things in our lives that are wild, unique, impulsive and bizarre. However, as its movement slows down when it goes into retrograde, these characteristics are also subdued. Thus, there are not as many surprises or rebellions to be expected from Uranus at this time.
The retrograde period is not exactly the same each year. Last year’s retrograde happened from August 19, 2021, to January 18, 2022. After the upcoming cycle, the next one will start on August 29, 2023, and end on January 27, 2024.
Effects of Uranus Retrogrades
Uranus retrogrades can have a remarkable effect on our lives, both the positive and negative aspects. On one hand, it can destroy concepts and principles that we have lived by for a long time. On the other hand, it can spark a sudden surge of enlightenment that can lead to significant innovation. As it can go either way, with extreme results on both ends, Uranus can definitely take us by surprise.
Looking at it with a positive outlook, Uranus is a very effective awakener planet. It can force us to confront issues in our life that we perhaps already know but don’t want to dwell on. These confrontations can be harsh or painful but in the long run, the resulting shift in our reality can be for the better.
In other words, Uranus compels us to break through boundaries that restrict us from bringing our complete selves. So many times, we choose to take the easy route, missing out on valuable opportunities in the process. Uranus keeps this from happening, forcing us instead to think and act creatively and take the road less traveled, if you will.
During the time of Uranus retrogrades, our objectivity is at its highest point. The typically unstable energy exuded by Uranus is tamer and more easily controlled. Instead of being a victim of its unpredictable outcomes, we can actually take hold of its virtuosity and use it for good.
Significance of Uranus Retrograde in the Natal Chart
For over 40% of every year, Uranus will be in retrograde. Therefore, it is not really unusual for Uranus to retrograde in the natal chart. When this happens though, one might seem to be incapable of articulate expression or strong influence. It’s not just Uranus either because other retrograde planets in the birth chart are also late bloomers, usually succeeding only after thorough adjustment and reflection.
In conventional astrology, Uranus retrograde has not been clearly defined. Back in the early years, only the inner planets were discovered. However, the same principle applies in that planets in retrograde are perceived to be very weak. They do not have the speed or discernibility that ancient astrologers used as criteria for qualifying the planets.
With that being said, the significance of Uranus retrograde is not as forceful as that of a personal planet. Mercury retrograde, for instance, has the most disruptive effects out of all the planets, being the closest to the sun. During this period, so many negative things can happen across different areas of your life. Relationships can break off, flights can get delayed, emails can get lost, and employees can get fired, and so on.
How the Retrograde of Uranus in 2022 Affects Some Zodiac Signs
Although Uranus retrograde will have an effect on everyone, it won’t be as intense as for those born under the signs of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio.
As the ruling planet of Aquarius, Uranus will have a significant effect on you during this period. The last time the retrograde of Uranus took place in the zone of Aquarius was in 2018. Since then, you might have gone through a turmoil of events at home and in your family life. Things will start to calm down soon, so take the opportunity to do some contemplation.
We have already mentioned that the 2022 Uranus retrograde falls in the Taurus zodiac. This means that you will feel obliged to break loose from old patterns. It is the time to innovate if you want to pursue your personal goals and build long-term relationships. It might take a while though, because of the slow movement at this time, so you need to exercise patience.
The retrograde of Uranus mostly affects your professional image and career path. In the next 5 months, it would be wise to slow down and reevaluate your strategies. Check whether they are in line with your long-term goals, and make the necessary changes while there is time.
The seventh house of the partnership will be the most affected by the Uranus retrograde. If you have been lingering over a detrimental relationship, now is the perfect time to finally let go. There are brighter things ahead of you if you just set yourself free to experience them.