The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope


uranus.jpgThe Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope is a book published first time in 1996, based on the CPA (Centre for Psychological Astrology) seminars held by Liz Greene in the same year. The book’s topics are centered around the planets Uranus and Saturn.

Part One: Uranus in the natal chart  

The author presents the mythology of Uranus and his association with Prometheus and Ouranos. Also is presented the influence of Uranus in houses:


"In the area of life ruled by the house in which Uranus is placed, we all long, consciously or unconsciously, to be Prometheus and offer the world the gift of fire."


Then, the author writes about the aspects of Uranus with the personal planets: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Sun. For example, about the Moon – Uranus aspect:


"Because the Moon’s nature is fundamentally alien to Uranian vision, such aspects – whether "hard" or "soft" – are liable to be very difficult, especially in the early part of life. The Moon keeps saying, "What’s going on? Why can’t I have any stability? I don’t want to be separate. I don’t want to be yanked out of my nice home and torn away from my family. I don’t want to know about any of this ‘cosmos’ nonsense. I’m terrified."


or about the Mars – Uranus aspect:


"Uranus tends to make Mars more intellectual, and less instinctual in its expression; and while that may make a person more civilised and socialised, it can also create difficulties on the sexual level, and in the sphere of expressing anger and aggression. […] There is a strenuousness, a rigorousness about Mars – Uranus which can result in enormous feats of courage and stamina, but which can equally generate a kind of blind stupidity about danger and risk." 


Part 2. The Transits of Saturn and Uranus

In part 2, the author writes about the transits of Saturn and Uranus, from the perspective of planetary cycles:


"All transits are part of a cycle, and all planetary cycles connect with other planetary cycles and create repeating patterns in the birth chart. Nothing in a chart is isolated and nothing is really a "one – off".


In The meaning of the Saturn cycle is presented the cycle of Saturn from a very modern and, in the same time, profound perspective:


"The Saturn cycle makes us separate people. That is its meaning – its teleology, if you like. The cycle of Saturn builds, stone by stone and brick by brick, a defined, incarnate being."


After this passage, are presented the planetary aspects between Saturn – Neptune, Saturn – Sun and Saturn – Venus, also like cycles.


In The meaning of the Uranus cycle the author presents the cycle of Uranus, starting with a nice analogy between Saturn and Uranus:

"While Saturn is busily putting bits of cement into the cracks and underpinning the foundations of the ego’s walls, Uranus comes along and says, "There is no window in the wall. You can’t see out. How are you going to know there is a whole cosmos out there? That wall interferes with the progress of the group, and stands as a barrier to collective evolution. Sorry, but it has to come down. I might let you have a wall, but you will have to make it more flexible. Put in a couple of extra doors. Put in some windows. Use wood instead of bricks. Better yet, use lightweight prefabricated panels, and then it can be dismantled and moved when necessary."


Then, it is written a lot about the blended influences of the cycles of Uranus and Saturn at the 20-22 years, 38-42 years and 56-60 years. In the final part of the book are presented some case studies. 





Conclusion. The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope is a modern book of astrology in which we can find issues of psychology, mythology and planetary cycles in an exceptional blending.

The author explains very well what Uranus, Saturn and their cycles symbolize. The interpretation of Saturn, in my opinion, it’s better than in Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil, a book of the same author, and the interpretation of Uranus is one of the best available. 

The reader will be impressed by the smooth and clear discussions from the book, which emerges from such a profound understanding o
f the astrological symbolism. The author capacity to explain in such a clear text some very difficult issues like Uranus, Saturn, their psychological influence on the individual, the relation between present events and their childhood roots, the interrelated cycles of the two planets, proves such a masterful skill in understanding and explaining astrology, psychology, people and their life. M
y evaluation is 9,4

Neptune in mundane astrology


The meaning of Neptune in mundane astrology:

– ideal society, socialism;

– religion; a mystical vision;

– feelings, union, to blend, to dissolve, denial of the ego, confusion, deception;

– it manifest through fashion, glamour, art;

– Uranus means ideas, ideology, Neptune means feelings.


Institutions and people which represent the process symbolised by Neptune:

– people who promote new visions, dreams, ideals, mystics;

– people who cheat and bring confusion, deception.


Historical events symbolised by Neptune:


Saturn in mundane astrology


The meaning of Saturn in mundane astrology:

– how the society is organised, the current structure;

authority, the State and his institutions, the legal system, order;

– conservative forces, forces which resist change, tradition;

– repressive and control forces;

– the collective ideas, actions symbolised by Uranus, Pluto or Neptune get a real form when they meet Saturn.  


Institutions and people which represent the process symbolised by Saturn:

– all institutions which create rules, restrictions, laws;


– agriculture, mining, real – estate.

Pluto in mundane astrology


The meaning of Pluto in mundane astrology:


– the power to change through transformation as any system comes to the period of decay, death and rebirth;

– psychotic outbreaks in the collective unconscious;

– autocracy, control; power, how to be in power, how to retain power;

– manipulation of the masses, politics;

– corruption, terrorism, organised crime, mass murder, kidnapping;

– violent, dramatic experience in order to fundamentally transform the society; Pluto was discovered when the Third Reich was rising, the Nazi Germany was related with Pluto by many astrologers;

– Hermetism and depth psychology, lost knowledge which is rediscovered, secrets which are revealed.



Institutions and people which represent the process symbolised by Pluto:

– hidden, secret organisations;

– archeologists;

– criminals, terrorists;

– politicians, actors, propagandists.


Historical events symbolised by Pluto:

– the period when Pluto was discovered (1930): the rise of the Third Reich (1933);


Uranus in mundane astrology


The meaning of Uranus in mundane astrology:


– spirit, thought, mental, new ideas that erupt in the collective;

– ideas, creativity, innovation, ideas a little too advanced for the world at that time;

– a different philosophy, social order, atitude, idea which is not yet accepted in the society, it is rejected or it’s seen with reticence;  ocult or hidden activity; this is very well described by the cycle Saturn – Uranus, between what is accepted in the society (Saturn) and what changes the system (Uranus);

– an ideology, vision of social organisation that will create a perfect society and eliminate the old, inferior elements;

– radical changes, intolerance, it accepts very hard different ideas;

– revolutions, upheavals, reforms;

– courage, strong will, desire to be in front, to receive public attention;

– strikes and other similar activities which create pressure (even with violence) in order to meet the goals;

– freedom, democracy, independence;

– politically represents the right wing, but can also represent autocratic regimes.


Institutions and people which represent the process symbolised by Uranus:

– political and social organisations which militates agains the system, which propose moderate or radical reforms;

– reformers, inventors, rebels, activists;

– prophets, visionaries.


Historical events symbolised by Uranus:

– the period when Uranus was discovered (1781): the dawn of the technological age, The French Revolution, The American Revolution;

– The Bolshevik Revolution. 

Uranus – Neptune cycle


Uranus – Neptune is a cycle of 140-170 years characterised by:

– profound philosophical, political and religious changes;

– brings new elements (discoveries) in our life that will change the way we perceive the reality, the world;

– new ideas that change the way we perceive religion, God, the transcendental reality.


Uranus – Neptune current cycle


1.    1993 – 2165, 20 Capricorn – first conjunction on 2 February 1993


General delineation


The current Uranus – Neptune cycle (chart of the cycle is the picture below) has the following characteristics:

Internet , computer revolution







a)    First conjunction (1989 – 1997) – Uranus conjunct Neptune in Capricorn

– in 1991 the USSR was dissolved, the end of Marxism in Europe
b)    First square (2036 – 2044) – Uranus in Cancer (Leo) square Neptune in Aries (Taurus)


c)    Opposition (2074 – 2086) – Uranus in Capricorn (Aquarius) opposes Neptune in Cancer (Leo)


Saturn – Neptune cycle

Saturn – Neptune  is a cycle of 35 years characterised by:

– idealist or unrealistic movements; vision of a utopic society; esoteric groups;

– oil exploatation;

– epidemics;

– independence movements;

– communism is represented by Neptune, as a political ideology where all are equal; in many ways it proved to be an unrealistic plan; the cycle is linked with the evolution of communism;

– represents the protests of the people which don’t obey any more, a vision for the future, hope;

Saturn – Neptune current cycle:


1.    1989 – 2026, 12 Capricorn – first conjunction on 3 Mars 1989

General delineation

The current Saturn – Neptune cycle (chart of the cycle is the picture below) has the following characteristics:

– Fall of USSR:  the Revolutions of 1989 overthrew the communist regimes in Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania. The Soviet Union was dissolved by the end of 1991;





a)    First conjunction (1989 – 1990) – Saturn conjunct Neptune in Capricorn

– Fall of USSR:  the Revolutions of 1989 overthrew the communist regimes in Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania. The Soviet Union was dissolved by the end of 1991.
b)    First square (1998 – 1999) – Saturn in Taurus square Neptune in Aquarius


c)    Opposition (2005 – 2008) – Saturn in Leo (Virgo) opposes Neptune in Aquarius

d)    Second square (2014 – 2016) – Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces


Harmonics in Astrology


harmonics.jpgJohn Addey (1920-1982) was an English astrologer who wrote Harmonics in Astrology (first edition in 1976), a book which represented his vision in astrology: "All astrological effects can be understood in terms of the harmonics of cosmic periods". Charles Harvey see the book as "the single most important contribution to astrological theory and practice since the emergence of astrology in the ancient world".


 Part One – The General Theory

The idea with which the book starts is that we don’t have a strong basis in astrology, an obvious fact if we think why we are dealing with problems like: which is the best system (Eastern or Western) in astrology, what is the correct house system, where is the cusp of a house, the delineations in "good" and "bad" aspects or "good" and "bad" signs. The fact that we can’t solve those questions shows that we don’t have good, reliable principles at the foundation of the astrology we use. The author propose a solution:


"What is needed is a vision of the underlying realities of our science in the light of which astrological concepts can be co-ordinated, simplified and unified. […] The picture that has so emerged is one of the harmonics, that is, the rhythms and sub-rhytms of cosmic periods, which can be demonstrated to provide the basis of all astrological doctrine both ancient and modern."


Then, in chapters 2 and 3, the author presents the basic elements of the theory of harmonics: a wave is a determined by length, amplitude and phase, which shows where the peak is. In astrology, the period where waves are measured is the Zodiac circle (ecliptic) which has 360 degrees, so this is the maximum length of a wave, or the fundamental wave. The length of other waves is given by the number of the harmonic which divides the basic period, for example a wave of 180 degrees (half of the circle) corresponds to harmonic 2, a wave of 90 degrees to harmonic 4 and so on.  


After the theory, the author presents a first application of harmonics 3 and 4 using Michel Gauquelin study about the planet Saturn on the charts of scientists and physicians – see Cosmic Influences in Human Behaviour.

Chapter 5 is about the astrological symbolism which can be better understood with harmonics, as the author explains:


"the limits of the conventional houses do not correspond to the realities of situation"houses in the traditional system don’t fit well on harmonics for many reasons (for example phase positions in harmonics can be at every 45 degrees);


"we are always dealing with a circle of potential relationships; the symbolic significance of the relationship is based on the number by which the circle must by divided to yield a relationship."


"the traditional emphasis on number twelve (twelve signs of the Zodiac, twelve houses of the horoscope, twelve main aspect points) is shown to be one of extreme poverty. Once the harmonic principle is grasped it can be seen that all numbers play their part in the symbolism of astrological relationships"


Why don’t divide the Zodiac in 36 or 4 parts, for example? Why 12? Indeed, this observation should be like a red flag for astrologers, because if those divisions of houses or signs in 12 are not the most important, not only that don’t help us, but more they put obstacles to a better understanding. It gives to the chart reader additional distorting information which will distract attention from the important points of the chart.


In Chapter 6 the author shows how to calculate a harmonic (4th in his example) and her sub-harmonics (12th in his example). Another very good observation can be found:


"If we divide any circle into a number of sectors of equal length (say four sectors of 90 degrees or nine of 40 degrees) and set down our totals for each sector in order then this will have the effect of revealing more clearly the harmonics which will fit in that sector length, because it also has the effect of eliminating, in the result, all harmonics of the whole circle which will not fit into that sector length." 


In Chapters 7 and 8 – "Harmonics in the Ecliptic Circle", the author shows another time that the division of the Zodiac in the well known 12 signs is limited because the signs distinct boundaries from which the influence should change radically and between which the influence should be equally the same don’t reflect the reality because every small group of degrees has a different symbolism, a fact emphasized with harmonics.