Uranus in Capricorn
Uranus was last in this sign between late 1988 and 1995. Uranus represents sudden breakthroughs, change and enlightenment, but the lord of this sign, Saturn has to do with anangke (agnoia - ignorance), traditions and oppression. Sometimes traditions are practiced so long that no one remembers why they started and what they are for. They have the effect of limiting questioning and thought of how things can be changed for the better. Because this place has to do with government, it shows unrest and change in the balance of power world wide. Uranus entered this sign under an eclipse in early Capricorn in late 1988. At the same time the PanAm 103 disaster struck. A few months later the Tienamen Square massacre took place (June 4, 1989), and by November the Berlin wall fell effectively signifying the end of communism in eastern Europe. The old order continued to fall and questions about the integrity of government institutions was wide spread which led to the Waco disaster and the OK City bombing. Interest in technology also reached a pinnacle during this period when the Windows operating system became viable because of advances in micro-chip technology. Those born with Uranus in this sign will have to reconcile the need for stability and security and the need for change. This issue becomes all the more pointed when you have inner planets in close aspect or conjunction to Uranus here, in which case you should not be surprised if you become involved with, or become the focus of some movement for social change at some point in your life. It is likely that most of this generation will have an acute distrust of government institutions and a latent fear of big brother. They are also likely to be talented technicians and problem solvers.
In a diurnal chart, the heat and dryness of the day amplify these same qualities in Uranus. The need for change and a break from traditions and establised thought patterns will over power the need for stability and continuity. Depending upon which house this is in, it will tend to create havoc and instability in those areas, particularly if Uranus is closely aspected. When change happens it is likely to be a conscious decision and unlikely to be a surprise.
In a nocturnal chart, the cool and moist of night counteract the excessively hot and dry nature of Uranus. Change becomes more difficult and often the native feels that something is not quite right (often related to the house Uranus is in), but they just can't seem to put their finger on it. If something changes abruptly, it is likely to be more surprising.
© 2001 Curtis Manwaring