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



saturn.jpgThe physical Saturn is a slow moving planet, the last one of the seven traditional planets, at the limit of our visible solar system.

It is the ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius.


In the horoscope Saturn symbolizes:

– represents a process opposed to Jupiter; if Jupiter symbolize expansion and new experiences, Saturn sets limits, borders, restrain activity and symbolize a solidification process;

– the formation of individuality, a separating, crystallizing process;

– issues around father, authority, self – expression, standing in the world, faith in oneself;

– the limits, the rules, the process of restrain; 

– it deals with social issues, it is about a reality accepted by the society in a defined moment;

– it represents the structures, the tradition, those activities established in time in a society, validated by people, and which resist to change;


Strengths for people with a dominant Saturn in their horoscope

– objectivity, realism, a person who understands the rules, the order of the society and plays according to those rules;

– order, modesty, discipline;

– persistence, tenacity, the power to obtain a social position;

– responsibility;

– strategic thinking, to organize, people who think before acting;


Weaknesses for people with a dominant Saturn in their horoscope

– rigidity, fear of change, routine, lacks the ability to anticipate the unprecedented;

– materialism, arrogance;

– lack of morality, people who will do anything for a better social position or other material advantages;

– loneliness, melancholy;

– to become exhausted by the work provided.


Weaknesses for people with a weak Saturn in their horoscope

– subjectivity, lack of order, lack of rules;

– irresponsibility, people who act without to think at the consequences;

– people who can’t control their lives, people who depend on others.


More about Saturn:

Saturn in mundane astrology


Famous people with a dominant Saturn in their horoscope

Jose Mourinho (January 26, 1963 – Saturn in conjunction with Sun and Moon in Aquarius, the Ascendant in Capricorn), Sean Connery (August 25, 1930 – Saturn with the Ascendant in Capricorn), Queen Elizabeth II (April 21, 1926 – Ascendant in Capricorn, Saturn on the Midheaven in Scorpio). 

Mythological lore

Kronos – Saturn was the son of Ouranos and Gaia. Kronos castrated Ouranos, separating it from Gaia, act which symbolizes the separation between spirit and matter and the end of the creative act of Ouranos. 



Saturn by Liz Greene

The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope by Liz Greene

Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand

The Moon


moon.jpgThe physical Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth and the brightest object in the shy, after the Sun.

It is the ruler of Cancer.


In the horoscope the Moon symbolizes:

the processes of nurturing, the way we act with our family, with the close ones, how we act in solitude, emotional and instinctive needs;

– our unconscious, instincts, childhood;

– feelings, emotions, irrational actions.


Strenghts for people with a dominant Moon in their horoscope

– strong connection with the family, homeland, mother, roots;

– popularity, kind people, success in politics, sales or other domains where one have to deal with people;

– patience, the ability to create a warm and safe environment from which people can take the power to manifest.


Weaknesses for people with a dominant Moon in their horoscope

– passivity, people who can’t take initiative, people dominated by others;

– hesitation, problems in taking decisions.


Weaknesses for people with a weak Moon in their horoscope

– a family which can’t offer proper nurturing, a difficult or absent mother; 

– people who feel alone, alienated from their home or roots;

– problems to express feelings, difficult relationships, people who express very hard their feelings and who will attach very hard to a partner.


Famous people with a dominant Moon in their horoscope

Penelope Cruz (April 28, 1974 – Moon in Cancer in conjunction with the Ascendant, Mars and Saturn).




Characteristics and behaviour

– Aries is the beginning of the Sun’s cycle through the zodiac, so symbolizes beginnings, the need to manifest, to show what a person can be;

– represents also a new energy, not very well processed which can lead to a simple view of the life, naive ideas, subjective positions, but also courage (sometimes unconscious courage), innocence;

– a person full of energy, always on the move and ready for challenge.


More about Aries:

Aries profession and their behaviour at work

Aries Sabian Symbols

Fixed Stars placed in tropical Aries


Quote: “I want to become what I am

Keywords: crude energy, beginning, individuality, isolation, leadership, enthusiasm, impatience, ambitious, headstrong, naive, outgoing.

Season: Spring, 21 March – 19 April

Zodiac Element: Fire

Ruler: Mars

Metal: Iron

Stone: Amethyst, Diamond

Color: Red

Anatomy part ruled by Aries: Head


Famous people with Sun in Aries

Lady Gaga (March 28, 1986), Russell Crowe (April 7, 1964), Elton John (March 27, 1947), Mariah Carey (March 27, 1970), Marlon Brando (April 3, 1924), Hugh Hefner (April 9, 1926), Steven Seagal (April 10, 1952).

Horoscope Symbols


The horoscope is an image of a part of the universe in the moment we choose to cast.

The horoscope we use to cast has several important elements: signs, planets, aspects and houses. These are called horoscope symbols because each category symbolizes something from our life, as we will see below.

How can something from the sky symbolize or explain something from our life? That is the big question astrology meets from centuries and there are some answers like Synchronicity in C. G. Jung book, which means that events on Earth and aspects on the sky that symbolize the same thing just happen in the same time with no causal relationship between them. This means just that this kind of events exists and we should be aware of that. In fact, the reality is that in any moment what happens on Earth is an image of the Universe, as the human being in the moment of his birth is an image of the Universe, an image presented in his birth chart.

To understand the horoscope we must understand his important components and what every component symbolize. Let’s see which are the corresponding principles between the sky (world) and the human being, what every component of the horoscope represents in our lives.




Planets are the most important elements of the horoscope and symbolize processes attributed to a human being or a group of people. When astrologers say planets, generally they will refer also to the Moon and the Sun, so it is not so strictly as in astronomy. 

The Sun symbolizes the processes by which we present ourselves to the exterior (world), our courage, energy, our power to impose on others.

The Moonsymbolizes the processes of nurturing, the way we act with our family, with the close ones, how we act in solitude, our unconscious. 

Mercury shows how we think, Venus shows how we love, Mars shows how we fight and so on, every planet symbolize some processes of us.

One can find a description for every planet here: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.


Signs are the most popular symbols in astrology and represent areas on the sky. Commonly people know their sign, which is the sign where the Sun was positioned at the birth.

Signs give a specific kind of behaviour, attitude. Signs signification is based on their correspondence with seasons,as Aries is the beginning of Spring, Cancer the beginning of Summer, the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are fixed because they are in the middle of seasons and the whether don’t change, Cancer and Gemini are near the Summer solstice (when the heat is maximum) and this symbolize sociable, friendly, lovely people etc.

One can find a description for every sign here: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.


Aspects represents the angles which are measured between two points in the chart. We are interested especially by the aspects between planets, and by the aspects of 0, 180, 120, 90, 60, 45 degrees. The degrees of the aspects tell us about the way the two energies of the planets combine. So, aspects show what relation is established between different points of the chart.

How we can find the type of relation symbolized by every aspect? Well, aspects signification is based on their correspondence with numbers, more exactly by the number with which we must divide the circle (360 degrees) to get the aspect. Following this principle we can see that the opposition (180 degree aspect) is signified by number 2, because 180 is 360 divided by 2. So, the square (90 degree aspect) is signified by number 4, because 90 is 360 divided by 4.

One can find more details about aspects here: Aspects in astrology


Houses show which planets are above or below the horizon, which are culminating or setting depending of our position on the Earth. The most important position are the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven and Imum Coeli.

One can find more details about houses here: Houses in astrology