Lightening bolts of intuition light up the minds of those who house Uranus in the 3rd. Original thinkers, those not afraid of being on the cutting edge of intellectual thought, are naturals with this placement. Whereas others may rely more on rationality and reasoning, a Uranian mind trusts their intuition. Einstein, who has long been touted as a visionary, had Uranus in his 3rd house and here’s what he says about his own thought process: “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of imagination has meant more to me than any talent for absorbing absolute knowledge.” Elaborating, he added, “All great achievements of science must start from intuitive knowledge. I believe in intuition and inspiration…. At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason.” Thus, his famous statement that, for creative work in science, “Imagination is more important than knowledge” (Calaprice, 2000, 22, 287, 10).

What could be more Uranian than that? No wonder they call it “bolts from the blue.”

Learning to trust those intuitive flashes is thus very important. Thinking outside of the box is another Uranian trait. You won’t be hemmed in by what has been known as “true” in the past but will be willing to explore the edge of the unknown to discover the truth for yourself. Mystical subjects may prove quite interesting while this planet transits the 3rd. Gemini rules this house, so there is a tendency to gather information. The Sagittarean polarity point of the 9th likes synthesis, to see the whole picture including what lies behind the “apparent” face value of things. Add Uranus into the mix and there will be a creative drive to arrive at a truth that is bigger than the sum of its parts.

Brilliant, eclectic minds are often the by-product. A bit of quirkiness and eccentricity may also tag along for the ride. Traditional schooling may not serve this person well because their minds often work differently than the mainstream. Sudden insights and revelations may prove to be more useful to this person than memorizing oodles of formulas by rote. Revolutionary ideas are the norm.

Besides having a strong impact on thinking processes, Uranus in the 3rd house also affects communication patterns as well. Einstein, for example, learned how to speak very slowly as a child. At one point, he was asked by a school teacher to drop out of his elementary class because he was such a day dreamer. Visualizing and diving into the unknown is normal for the unconventional Uranian brain. Rebellious thoughts surface and there is a strong need to speak the truth. Future oriented thinking is the trend and this person often can visualize things well ahead of their time. This would thus be a good placement for an inventor, an astrologer, a scientist or mathematician.

Disruptions to the thought patterns or speech are also possible as Uranus does tend to be unpredictable. Stuttering could be a problem or the mind may jump around quite a bit and lack focus. Standing for something that you strongly believe in such as emancipation may agitate those you oppose such as the case of Joan of Arc who saved France but was burned to death for marching to the tune of her own revolutionary drum. In a very Uranian fashion, Joan of Arc heard angels speak to her. Their message was to liberate France from the harsh realities of English rule. Visions and voices drove her to believe that she was on a mission from God. Family and friends tried to dissuade her but she was determined to see the king of France crowned. Her courage and faith inspired many and she captured one fortress after the other with her entourage. Eventually she was captured and imprisoned in Rouen and was charged with sorcery. Fixed to a cross, she was burned to death for following what she felt was her God given mission.

Uranus inspires rebellion no matter where it hits in the chart…and its voice is that of a higher truth. Rosa Parks was experiencing her Uranus opposition when she forthrightly declared she would not move to the back of the bus to appease a prejudiced bus driver.

This single act of defiance was one of the primary actions that spurred the Civil Rights movement into action. As Rosa said, “Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.” “At the time I was arrested, I had no idea that it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that masses of people joined in.” Now you could ask yourself if this was an accident, or a natural outflowing of a Uranian opposition? Perhaps it was a higher thought stream that channeled itself through Rosa’s spirit at a time in our history when the truth of her words really needed to be heard. As with any cataclysmic change, periods of social unrest followed this event but the eventual outcome was a better, more dignified world for us all. By casting off her own chains, Rosa paved the way for many others to taste freedom.

Uranus ushers in truth, but disharmony can follow in its wake especially if the truth has been hidden in a dark crevasse. Since the 3rd house also affects siblings, neighbors, communities and lower education, upheaval can affect these parts of our lives as well. What we choose to do with these disruptions is up to us. We can allow ourselves to get mired in the chaos or we can let the truth of the matter shine through and change our lives in meaningful ways.

Nelson Mandela summed up this Uranian energy well by saying, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he that does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” After 27 years in the Robben Island prison, he proved that freedom is something we create within ourselves. While incarcerated and doing hard time in a lime quarry, he earned a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of London. He also drafted his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” which was published 5 years after he was released from prison.

There is truth in the air everywhere. If Uranian energy is hitting you sideways during the Grand Cardinal Cross, all you need to do is to tune into a higher frequency and listen with your heart, mind and soul. Uranus in the 3rd, beseeches us to hear the calling of that inspired voice.

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