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Uranus retrograde is here to make things weeeeeeird

Uranus: the awkwardly-named planet that makes things uncomfortable for everyone.

By Jake Register

On August 7, Uranus, the planet known as the "Great Disruptor," goes retrograde, and with Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto already in retrograde right now, another retrograde planet sounds like a contributing factor to the already-massive astrological headache you're experiencing.

But Uranus is a rebel—it doesn't follow the rules of the other planets. As the most eccentric planet of the zodiac, Uranus has dominion over disruptions, sudden changes, and revolutions, and the sign it occupies determines which area of your life will be shaken up the most. Uranus is an "outer planet" that takes seven years to move through one sign—that's 84 years in total to go around the entire zodiac, so this cycle is likely the only time you'll feel Uranus in Taurus's energy in your lifetime.

Uranus entered Taurus back in May, but this is its first retrograde cycle in this sign so far, and will last for 155 days this year. Financial and relationship troubles have been a theme of the astrological atmosphere all year. Doesn't it feel as though you've been close to moving past obstacles in these realms only to be halted by another challenge twice as tough? The good news is that these external disruptions slow down with Uranus retrograde. You're able to breathe and collect yourself, and this cycle could lead to finding sudden clarity in handling these restrictions you want to escape.

When Uranus stations retrograde, it faces tension with Mars and Venus, AKA the relationship planets. This signifies that some of the biggest adjustments you'll be making will be how you treat others and behave in your relationships. Passionate, energetic Mars and unpredictable Uranus are at a very tight 90º angle with each other, indicating anurge to rebel and break free. The energy is very reckless—make sure you're thinking twice about what you do and say over the next couple of weeks. Channel your restless energy into something productive, like your favorite hobby or interest. You'll learn new ways to appreciate or approach what you're passionate about, and might make some important discoveries!

At the same time, Venus, the planet of relationships and money, forms a difficult quincunx, or 150º angle to Uranus. The changes you envision for yourself don't seem to match up with your relationships or the things that bring you pleasure. Something–or somebody–has to go! Take some time to think about it, though. While the urge to "switch it up" in your love life is strong, you shouldn't break up with your partner or rush into a new relationship just because you're seeking more excitement.

Despite Uranus's tension with Mars and Venus at the start of this cycle, the two relationship planets are in perfect harmony, meaning that the blockages or disappointments in your love life can be mended in a healthy, calm way. This actually creates the perfect mood to go on a spontaneous date, have some passionate sex, or take the next step in a relationship if you're ready! If you're in a long-term relationship, this transit is also spectacular for being more kinky in bed and trying some new positions.

If the Uranian energy is really catching you off-guard, don't worry! Fellow slow-moving Saturn will form a harmonious angle with Uranus, and the naturally stable, serious planet will help you adopt a calm mindset that can work toward sustaining balance. Hardships that used to leave you completely stumped can be approached from a new angle with this energy, and you can transform obstacles into resources that can propel you forward.

Uranus symbolizes breakthroughs, brilliance, and freedom, all coming from temporary disruptions. This uncertainty sounds daunting at first—and Uranus transits can bring scary changes! But with this dramatic shakeup, anything that doesn't have substantial value in your life is left in the dust. It's like ripping off a band-aid—yes, it hurts for just a second, but it's better than the agony of slowly peeling it off. After this transit reaches its completion, the bad habits and unhealthy relationships you cling to now will feel silly or stupid when you remember them later, so embrace the changes that come your way. Good luck, and enjoy the ride!

Via: Cosmopolitan US