Uranus is one of the Ice Giants, composed of ice, rock and various gasses.
Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and the coldest planet in the solar system, reaching as far below as -224 degrees celsius.
The wind speeds on Uranus are fierce, reaching as much as 900km/ph.
Uranus is the slowest orbiting planet, taking 84 earth years to complete a cycle around the sun, spending seven years in each zodiac sign.
A day on Uranus consists of twelve earthly hours.
Uranus stands alone from all other planets in the solar system, with its axis laying almost on its side, so Uranus virtually rotates sideways, like a rolling ball.
This creates some interesting phenomena, with the southern and northern poles being either toward or away from the sun’s light for half of a Uranian year.
Each pole gets around 42 years of continuous sunlight, followed by 42 years of total darkness.
Another interesting feature of Uranus is diamond rain.
The atmosphere of Uranus is concentrated methane, a hydrocarbon.
The pressure within this atmosphere is six million times that of earth.
This intense pressure turns the atmospheric methane into diamonds, which then fall from the sky.
Uranus literally rains diamond.
It has also been postulated that Uranus could consist of liquid diamond, with great burghs of solidified diamonds floating among this crystal sea.
It has been observed, during the last few decades, that Uranus is subject to extreme seasonal changes, particularly around the times of its solstices and equinoxes.
Dark spots have been observed, as well as changes in its cloud cover.
The poles have also been observed to lighten in color as they turn towards the sun.
Like Saturn, Uranus also has rings.
The rings are very dark and hard to see, so have only recently been discovered.
Uranus also has twenty-seven moons in its orbit, the largest of which, is roughly half the size of our earthly moon.
Uranus is the only planet to have been named after a Greek God, Ouranos.
The other planets all take the names of Roman Gods, though the pantheons are fairly interchangeable.
Ouranos is of the old Gods.
God of the heavens, he was literally seen as the sky.
Ouranos’ consort is Gaia, Mother Earth.
He is both her son and her lover, in the Divine tradition.
Ouranos and Gaia bore together many children, the first of which were twelve sons and six daughters.
These, the first children of Gaia, were all terrible monsters.
Ouranos was disgusted by his monstrous offspring, and wished to rid them from the earth.
He took them all and placed them deep under the soil, in the very belly of Gaia.
This caused Gaia terrible pain.
She was also furious that the father of her children would treat their offspring so badly.
She conspired with her five Titan sons to rid her of her burdens, both those in her stomach and of her husband.
Each night, Ouranos, being a predictable lad, would descend earthward to make love to his wife, Gaia.
The Titans each took up positions along the compass points at the ends of the earth, with one waiting in the centre.
As Ouranos came to his wife, the Titans sprang their trap, each brother helping to hold him down, as the one in the centre bearing a scythe, sliced at Ouranos, relieving him of his manhood.
He was castrated by his own sons, at the behest of his wife.
The Titan took the severed part and threw it, out over the land and into the ocean.
From the drops of blood sprang the Gigantes and the Erinyes.
In some myths, Aphrodite, born of the sea, sprang from the drops that landed upon the waves.
The Titans, having overthrown the rule of their Father, took ownership of all that was formerly his.
Yet, Ouranos prophesied the downfall of the ruling Titans, and in this he was correct.
In turn, Cronus was overthrown by his own children, who would then take their place as the Twelve Olympians.
The Titans, with the exception of some, where then thrown into the deepest bowels of Tartarus, where they perished in darkness.
Uranus is a bit of a mover and shaker when it come to planetary influence.
Uranus heralds sudden change, revolutionary and unconventional ideas, discoveries, inventions of the modern age and individuality.
This is the planet of the radical, the avant-garde, the eccentric and the genius.
Those that shake up the status quo, instigating radical new ideas and new ways of thought, come under the influence of Uranus.
The big and sudden changes that Uranus brings about can be shocking and even upsetting.
Change is always hard, but if we look to the bigger picture, we can see these new ways and new ideas are for the better.
In broader society, these changes are what we refer to as the ‘end of an era’, yet, on the heels of each ending, dawns a new beginning.
In the Tarot, Uranus corresponds to The Fool.
The Fool stands on the brink of big changes, ready to fling himself, head first, into experience and all that the world has to offer.
He is carefree and full of youthful exuberance, he believes he can change the world.
This is a card of the rebel, the individualist, the counter-culture.
Those who defer from social norms, who break the mold, who do thing their own way, come under the rule of The Fool.
The energetic and enthusiastic energy of the Page of Wands also encompasses Uranus energy.
She too, is ready to set out into the world.
Unable to contain her excitement, she shouts it out to the world, her journey of discovery about to begin.
Correspondences Of Uranus:
Stones: Aventurine, Diamond, Quartz, Blue Topaz. Rough and unpolished stones and crystals.
Colors: Cyan, Electric Blue, particularly in bright neon hues.