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


uranus_1.jpgThe physical Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, having a similar composition with Neptune, both called “ice giants”. Uranus is placed at the limit of naked eye visibility.

In modern astrology it is the ruler of Aquarius.


In the horoscope Uranus symbolizes:

– a process of creativity, innovation, change that is directed especially towards transpersonal, social issues, not individual ones;

– a process that expose the individual to greater, impersonal laws;

– to foresee, a vision of the future, revelation;

– little awareness about personal values or day to day activities; it is not about individuality, it is about unconventional acts, as Liz Greene notes;

– the area where the person acts free, without restrictions, limits, rules and even disobeying the social order created by the energy of Saturn; idealism;

– a process which tests the order created by Saturn by creating outbreaks of abnormal events, disruption.


Strengths for people with a dominant Uranus in their horoscope

– the courage to be different and to propose alternatives to the traditional way to act;

– innovation, creativity (not a Sun creativity, more a received revelation), to become aware;

– a vision of the latent potential in all forms;

– people who bring progress, reforms, the ability to always doubt the current system, the current procedures; a revolutionary perspective of life;

– intuitive flashes that lead to new discoveries;

– detachment from the material world;

– good, quick mind;

– enthusiasm, excitement in front of new ideas.

Weaknesses for people with a dominant Uranus in their horoscope

– difficulties to integrate in a group, generally those people are seen as eccentric and even as a threat to the established order of the organization;

– isolation, alienation, loneliness (at least emotionally);

– instability, oscillation in attitude, restlessness;

– stubbornness, problems to accept others ideas; rigidity of thinking;

– anxiety in front of the instable environment created;

– to propose ideas for progress that may cause unexpected problems, an unstable system;

– rebellious attitude, especially against those who have the power;

– the feeling of doing something illicit, the feeling of being “suspected”;

– insensitive, ruthless attitude; feelings doesn’t matter;

– to lose contact with the personal life, in favor of the collective life.



Weaknesses for people with a weak Uranus in their horoscope

– inability to accept change, innovation, new experiences;

– to remain stuck in a comfortable situation, people who don’t have the desire to look in the future for alternatives.

More about Uranus:

Uranus in mundane astrology


Famous people with a dominant Uranus in their horoscope

Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 – Uranus on the Ascendant in Libra), Karl Marx (May 5, 1818 – Uranus and Neptune on the MC in Sagittarius), Madonna (August 16, 1958 – Uranus with Sun and Venus in Leo, 7th House), Fabio Capello (June 18, 1946 – Uranus in conjunction with Sun and Ascendant in Gemini). 


Mythological lore

Uranus is more often associated with Prometheus the Titan, descendent of the god Ouranos and Gaia, the Earth, his sister- wife. Prometheus means “foresight” and he is credited with the creation of human beings from clay and with artistic and cultural skills. He teaches people astrology, navigation, architecture, everything that involves knowledge of the cosmic world, he is “a king of inspirational daimon”.

The most important action of Prometheus, was when he stole fire and gave it to humans against the whishes of Zeus. Fire is associated with creativity, enlightenment, intellectual and spiritual awakening, cultural and technological breakthrough, awareness of self, imagination, vision, consciousness. After this act, Prometheus was punished by Zeus, who chained him to a mountain and left him to an eagle which came every day to eat his liver, which is always regenerating to keep him in a constant agony. Also humans were punished when Pandora was sent on Earth with her box of woes.

The punishment of Prometheus symbolise the effect of the Uranian activity: isolation, the impossibility to deal with all the results of the creation, the use of creation in bad ways, the price to be paid.

As a symbol of Ouranos, father of Prometheus, the planet Uranus may symbolise the ideas that precedes physical creation (Ouranos emerged from chaos) like Plato’s Ideal Forms.



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

Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand


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)


Uranus – Pluto cycle

Uranus – Pluto is a cycle of 113-141 years characterised by:

– rebellion against authoritarianism; freedom against oppression; to fight for the individual rights against the system; to fight for weak or discriminated groups like women, minorities, slaves etc.

– new ways to have power, new groups who want power, new ideas about who/how should have power;

– rise and fall of empires and their cultural, political and religious views;

– change through violence, sudden eruptions of collective movements in society, upheavals;

– dramatic, catastrophic events; nuclear weapons/war;

– social control, fear;

– subversive, obsessive actions;

– resistance, conservatism;

– destructive and reconstructive phase.

Uranus – Pluto current cycle

1.    1965 – 2104, 17 Virgo – first conjunction  on 9 October 1965

General delineation

As one can see from the chart of the cycle, in the picture below, the current Uranus – Plutocycle has the following characteristics:

– it is in Virgo and in the third house which means that it will change things symbolised by Virgo: obedience to the system, materialism, order, conventional morality and the third house: the way we learn, how we get information, how we move, travel or how we think;

– it is in opposition with Saturn which show that the process symbolised by this cycle will meet quite a resistance from the current, old structures which are in use and accepted by the society; also shows that the effects will be very visible in the material world, especially when Saturn will be involved, it won’t be a change only in the mental plane or in our unconscious world.




a)    First conjunction (1962 – 1969) – Uranus conjunct Pluto in Virgo

– emergence of electronics, computer;

– hippie movement, birth of drugs;

– decolonisation of Africa (32 African countries gained independence in the 1960’s);

– The 6 Days War of 1967, The Vietnam War and American citizens protests against the atrocities (1968);

– the Feminist movements (1960’s) and the Civil Rights Movements (1965);

– The Cuban Missile Crisis from Cuba, 1962, was the moment when the Cold War came closest to a nuclear war.

b) First square (2009 – 2018) – Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn

– protests against the current system, capitalism; people want a new order, a new political system (Capricorn), a new way (more equitable) to govern; 

– the Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave that began on December 18, 2010 with protests and demonstrations in the Arab world. “People want to bring down the regime” is the slogan of the movements, which very often ended in violence. Rulers have been forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Other civil uprisings have erupted in Bahrain and Syria; major protests have broken out in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Sudan. People believe that dictatorship or absolute monarchy, human rights violations, government corruption generates extreme poverty and can not be supported any more.

– the period December 2013 – July 2014 marked a climax for this square as Mars in Libra was in opposition with Uranus and square Pluto, Jupiter was in Cancer for several months completing the grand cross, and other planets also put pressure from time to time.

Numerous crimes, accidents, wars, battles took place. One of the most characteristic catastrophic events that happened:

    – 29.12.2013, 12:45 (08:45 GMT), the suicide bomber from Russia’s Volgograd train station

– the second blast from Volvograd, 30.12.2013;

Michael Schumacher accident from 29 December 2013, 11:07 local time (10:07 GMT);

      – the bombing campaign started from 15 December, 2013 by the Syrian government on the city Aleppo;

      – the protests from Ukraine which began in 21 November 2013 and demanded European integration;


c) Opposition (2043– 2049)

Jupiter – Uranus cycle


Jupiter – Uranus is a cycle of 14 years characterised by:

– ideas, opportunities for human evolution, progress, social development, often in a rather unconventional way; innovation;

– it is about what people believe, about how they think the society should be, because Uranus brings new ideas, changes, a different perspective; people believe that a reform is needed;

– development of technology, transport, aviation, science in general; people may discover new laws of the Universe, or become aware that things are not in the way they thought (the heliocentric view, law of gravitation etc.);

– conjunctions are periods of initiatives for capitalism, liberalisation of markets, free market economy, colonials conquests while the oppositions are periods of economic saturation, patriotism, imperialism;

– people and organisations start to ask questions and propose solutions to improve the current situation;