Uranus Goes Retrograde August 20: What You Need to Know


Uranus, known as the “Awakener” and the ruler of Aquarius, goes retrograde on August 20. Here’s what you need to know about the influence of Uranus in general and what effect it produces when in retrograde.

The influence of Uranus

Uranus is one of the outer planets. These all have generational effects due to their longer orbits around the sun and may produce an effect for several years. Uranus stays in a sign for approximately 7 years.

Known as the “divine awakener,” Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius and, like that sign, it is associated with innovation. Likewise, it influences breakthroughs, liberation, and independence.

If Uranus is in your natal sign, it is associated with an opposition that occurs somewhere around the age of 40, as transiting Uranus will oppose your own natal Uranus. This creates the well-known midlife crisis effect, a time when people tend to cast off things that prevent them from becoming their true selves or fulfilling their destinies.

Negatively, Uranus can also influence rebellions, disruptions, or sudden shocks to one’s life. The end result can be liberation, chaos, or both.

The influence of Uranus retrograde

In 2021, Uranus will go retrograde on August 20 in the sign of Taurus and will continue until January 18, 2022.

Step one: The awakening

When Uranus goes retrograde it almost certainly brings an awakening. Expect a preponderance of thoughts, activities, and events best described by words beginning with RE-: Reflection, reevaluating, re-examining, reassessment, revisiting, recalculating, rethinking, replanning, revising, reestablishing, revamping, replanting, reconstructing…The list goes on. You get the idea.

This awakening goes through a bunch of things with re- words that help you gain clarity.

Step 2: A shakeup

A shakeup is coming to the world either through outside forces or your own. And once you see the full picture, gained through the awakening as best you can, this game-changing knowledge will either prepare you for changes that are happening around you or will drive you toward proactively making changes in your world.

Step three: The final outcome

Following your awakening and the shakeup that happens to you or created by you, at the end of it all, you’ll emerge with an enlightened perspective, eyes wide open, more empowered, and quite possibly at a new stage in life.

If you want to know even more, consider getting a natal chart reading to see which House Uranus retrograde is happening in for you. You can also generate your own natal chart reading from websites such as Café Astrology.