The Uranian system of astrology is really our most advanced and evolved system of astrology to date. It was developed in the early 20th century by a group of astrologers and led by Alfred Witte who was really instrumental in cleaning up astrology and shifting it into this new paradigm that is the Uranian system.
Now on first inspection the Uranian system seems to be this really high tech system of precision, which it is, but perhaps the more profound enhancement to astrology is in its ability to reveal patterns, to really illuminate the storyline of an individual in terms of their operation systems, in terms of their consciousness, in terms of their souls journey. Let's take a look at some of the history as well as this three dimensional picture that is the Uranian system.
Alfred Witte was a renowned German astrologer and a member of the Kepler Circle. The Kepler Circle was a group of avante guarde astrologic minds whose main purpose was to clean up and evolve astrology base on the groundwork layed by Johan Kepler. Now up until that time the methods for charting the sky had been fairly crude, going from the advent of the telescope to the pendulum clock, we were still in the early 20th century dealing with a two-dimensional system trying to understand a three dimensional picture.
So Witte and his colleague Friedrich Seigrunn were trying to use the traditional system to calculate and predict Russian artillery barrages during World War I based on precise astrological records that they kept, but they couldn't do it. So Witte creates this whole new system that is geometrically based as well as based on symmetry between planets. So gone is the two dimensional static chart which most astrologers still use today, and in was the moveable dial, and with the moveable dial he can now reference any plane or point he would like
and then when he references a point or plane he can see symmetrical arrangements, that is, things that are equidistant to that point that gives us even more information about the point in question. So all these tools and techniques were really a major breakthrough for the time.
Lets go back to the battle front. So with the dial Witte and Seigrunn were now beginning to accurately time the bombardments with amazing precision, but perhaps the equally important discovery Witte had made was that he started to notice unoccupied points on the dial that were repeatedly being activated when things would happen in the environment. And so after years of proofing he aptly named these spots Hades and Cupido. These points are referred to a Transneptunian planets in the Uranian system.
The Transneptunian planets are actually hypotheticals. The physical bodies have never been discovered but they are "points of energy" that have been proofed over years. There are eight Transneptunian planets in all, the first two (Cupido and Hades) being discoved by Alfred Witte and the remaining six (Zeus, Kronos, Apollon, Admetos, Vulcanus and Poseidon), discovered by his students as they carried on Witte's work with the dial. The Transneptunian planets add a tremendous amount of clarity and depth to a chart. I often see it as "putting a magnifying glass to the astrological chart," illuminating already present patterns even more.
So why is the Uranian system so important and what can it offer up in terms of taking a deeper look into our natal birth chart? I think in order to get a perspective here we really need to take another look at both systems, the traditional (Western) system of astrology and the Uranian system of astrology. Again, in the traditional system you have the house systems which are the areas of life experience, you have the planets that tenant the houses and the dynamic energetic interchanges between the planets and the angles. So in essence you have maybe 40 to 50 pieces of information from which to get a cohesive picture as to how a person is built on a deep level.
The Uranian system of astrology is an energetic picture which gives an infinite amount of information. With the Uranian chart we have a movable dial, which gives us access to an infinite number of points from which to see midpoint structures. Midpoint structures (shown within the highlighted pink square to the left), are points that are equidistant between two planets, and from these midpoint structures we begin to see patterns. Soon we begin to see these patterns repeating, and when patterns repeat what we are getting is a glimpse into the person's consciousness, how an individual is built on a profound level.
So one of the most important points in the Uranian system is the Meridian. In the traditional chart the Midheaven is the tenth house cusp and it's the area of career, social aspirations, the mother or the father, and it's kind of as simple as that. In the Uranian system it's the first point that we go to because it's a snapshot of the soul, it's a picture of our consciousness, it's our soul's essence, what we really want to do regardless of whether it brings attention and recognition from the outside.
The Meridian as Alfred Witter puts it....it's the "I," the "me," the "my." So when we combine the Meridian with other planets, say Mercury, and Mercury is how we communicate, it's our thoughts....it would be Meridian/Mercury...."my thoughts." Or lets combine it with the Moon which is our emotions, our emtional unconscious. It would be "my emotions." So we can go to those midpoints and take a look at what planetary pictures are descriptive of the person around that. So we can make any combination of any planet or plane that we would like in the Uranian system. So as you can see the Uranian system is brilliant at illuminating patterns and really gives a very deep perspective in terms of the person's consciousness, in terms of the person's potential and their soul journey.
The Uranian system is an amazing tool for a rich interpretive experience, and I don't know about you but I'm much more interested in the story of the human or soul journey and not as interested in the pieces, the parts and the traits, although the chart definitely encompasses those. Because once we have a story, it always sparks a dialogue and we can begin to talk about what keeps us from our abundance, perhaps the patterns that we get into, so we can begin to make some really great choices in our lives. I encourage you to watch my other videos on specifics of the Uranian system, which are the Transneptunians, where we'll take a deeper look at those planets, their cultural archetypes and how they might operate in your personal birth chart.