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As an ardent student and follower of astrology, I have always felt if something important, whether good or bad is happening in one’s life, it should show up in a chart. With the financial downturn, some businesses are having more difficulties in making a turn around, or just keeping afloat, then others. A week ago, the General Manager of the company I work for, suddenly announced he was retiring. This caught everyone by surprise and the rumors began to fly. What made it worst was the fact, that he left the company one week after the announcement. I assumed the decision came from the main office and I began to wonder if he suspected and anticipated it, or was it a personal health problem he was dealing with? Fortunately he took action while he had the advantage to get the most out of the situation at hand, instead of waiting for the foreseeable future. Luckily I had his birth data, and I wanted to assure myself, the facts would show up. My emotions were racing as I watched the chart unfold on to the computer screen, and as I studied the chart, I began to understand the situation and the decision he made. The obvious indication was Uranus in the Solar Return tenth house hinting at unexpected changes in his job situation.
The interesting thing, he was about three weeks away from his birthday when he gave his resignation, indicating how quickly his chart was fulfilling the scenario of the possibilities of the coming year, and the paths he might take. The solar return ascendant was in the natal second house of finance with the solar return tenth house in the natal eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. With Uranus in the house of careers, the unexpected is to be expected, not necessarily as malefic as one might assume, but more beneficial when considering future outcomes. With Mars and the Moon in the first on the edge of the second house, trine Uranus and sextile the natal Sun in the fourth house of home and final outcomes, and with the Sun in opposition to Uranus, the circumstances and the decision he would make would appear to be beneficial in the long run. It seems from the surface of the aspects that the decision from management did not come as a surprise to him. With Mercury sextile his Moon, he needed to get in touch with his feelings and emotions, in deciding what was important to him and his future and to deal with the inevitable that was approaching sooner or later. The key and the aspect I feel that made him to decide on the path he decided on was Mars and the Moon on the cusp of the second trine to the Sun pointing to a financial settlement to his satisfaction. This I found out later through a reliable source was the turning point.
My thoughts on Uranus, having seen it in many Return charts, is the unexpected and unusual things that occur with one’s career and professional life, is not necessarily an unpleasant situation or occurrence for the individual involved. Sometimes there is a career change instigated by the individual or the surrounding conditions, which are more often at this point in time the repercussions of the collective events happening globally. With this aspect one must grasp opportunities and solutions almost impromptu without long reflection, or perhaps independently of such thoughts. As our impulsive action on our first intuition, may bring more fruition, happiness and satisfaction then we realize at the moment. Uranus is like going through Mercury Retrograde, one never knows what to expect. Uranus needs to be handled with caution, sensitivity, and carefulness to avoid misguided decisions. We need to react to circumstances and situations spontaneously to achieve and to maintain the career success we are aiming and hoping for. I do believe much of the frustrations and stress we experience with this planet in the tenth house is sometimes caused by our own carelessness in paying attention, or not paying attention to the particulars. My final thought is that we will experience Uranus in a better light if we treat the unexpected as the norm during this period of time, and not fear it.