Generational Astrology: Uranus

Millennials, Boomers, Gen-Xers, which one are you? It seems like the so-called ‘experts’ tend to move the dates around so it can be difficult to know where you stand. Especially if you are like me and you don’t like being categorized and stereotyped. 

So instead of relying on some expert, and really, who are these experts anyway? There’s a better way to define where you fit as a generation: astrology. 

Now before we begin, I’d like to point out that I’m not an astrology expert by any means. I haven’t spent years and years exploring star charts and interpreting people’s houses or anything like that. Astrology plays a role in my path, but not a huge one, and I tend to focus on the planets and their meanings more than anything else.

I’m a beginner, but for my own interpretations, for defining your true generational identity, I want to focus on the three outer planets: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. And yes, I still consider Pluto a planet, I don’t care that it got demoted.

Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are important because they are the outermost of our solar system so while they may seem not to have a significant influence on our astrology, they do have some. They all have retrogrades, and they all move through the zodiac like all the other planets. The difference is that they take so long to orbit the sun that they tend to spend a long time in each zodiac. This is why they can be useful to define generations because they don’t represent the exact date you were born so much as they can determine the whole year, and a couple of years out.

So I’m going to do a little interpretation based on my own research. Like, I said, I’m no expert, I’m just relaying to you the information I found in my research. I used several websites, as well as my handy book The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk. All of these sources will be sited at the end so you can look them up yourself.

This is going to be one of three blog entries on this subject, and for this blog, we are going to be talking about the planet Uranus. Uranus is interesting because it’s the first planet that is not a naked eye planet. Meaning, you can’t see it from Earth without using a telescope. Sir William Herschel discovered it in 1781.

Uranus orbits the sun every 84 years. It’s tilted on its axis to a point where it’s almost horizontal, in other words, it’s poles are where its equator should be. For this reason, half the planet is in darkness for half the year while the other half faces the sun for half the year. It’s strange, and unique orbit is what characterizes it in astrology. It’s seen as the planet that describes your sense of independence, freedom, and uniqueness. It symbolizes your sudden spark of creativity, your insights, and your moments of clarity.

From the year 1919 up to the year 2003 was one full rotation of Uranus. This is the bulk of most of the people alive today, minus the very young and the very old. So within this 84 span period, Uranus put a sense of individuality and freedom into each generation. 

I’m not going to go through the entire 84 years; I’ll just talk about my own Uranus sign and provide you with the means to look up your own. 

When I was born, Uranus was in the sign of Sagittarius. If you were born between November 16th, 1981, and February 14th, 1988, you would share my Uranus sign. This makes sense because when I started high school as a freshman back in the school year of 98/99, the students that were seniors at the time were born around 1981. When I became a senior, the students who were freshmen were born around 1988. This is a generalization, of course, but on average, this is the case. So most of the students who were in my age and grade bracket shared my Uranus sign. My brother and sister share my Uranus sign, but my youngest sister does not.

So if you are a fellow Uranus in Sagittarius sign, we may share some similarities. We are a generation of double freedom because since Uranus dominates that aspect of our personalities, the zodiac Sagittarius is often defined as a sign which also values free-thinking and individuality. We Uranus in Sagittarius people don’t like to be put into categories. We march to the beat of our own drum. We strive to be original and unique. We tend to be adventurous, have a good sense of humor, and are known for our brains, as well as our humanitarian spirit. 

So Uranus is the first of your generational sign. Embrace your inner Uranus! I’ll tell you all about Neptune and Pluto in another blog. If you want to find out your own Uranus sign, I found mine here:


Woolfolk, Joanna Martine. The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need. Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2006. Print.


Written by My Little Corner of Everything

I am a writer and a graphic designer who has a lot to say about life! I am a woman in her 30's who lives in California with her husband. Most of all, I am an explorer. I express myself through the written word and the visual world. I have Aspergers but I don't see it as a 'disability' but rather, an identity. It is who I am.

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