There is a lively discussion going on at Dharma’s place (Astrotabletalk) over the question of planetary rulership and especially Uranus as ruler of Aquarius. Dharma’s had a series of articles about Saturn and Uranus, the co-rulers of Aquarius and. The question of whether Uranus has been misnamed is a thorny one although it does seem appropriate to the penchant of Uranus for throwing aside convention and trying something new.
Since I have Saturn (established rules) in square to Uranus (radical change) in my own chart, I have a tendency to throw out the old rules I don’t like (such as the application of words like “afflicted” and “planets in detriment” for the sake of a more transformative view, but I am very attached to others, such as the established mythological connections to the planets.
Dharma, being an Aquarius himself, suggests that the question of rulership is, as he puts it, “a bit of a dog’s dinner” and brings up the question of Ceres as ruler of Virgo. I joined in the discussion and my ideas kept going so I thought I’d reproduce my comments here.
Someone loved Uranus and wrote this hymn for him:
“To Ouranos (Heaven), Fumigation from Frankincense.
Great Ouranos, whose mighty frame no respite knows,
father of all, from whom the world arose;
hear, bounteous parent, source and end of all,
for ever whirling round this earthly ball;
abode of gods, whose guardian power
surrounds the eternal world with ever during bounds;
whose ample bosom, and encircling folds
the dire necessity of nature holds.
Ethereal, earthly, whose all-various frame, azure
and full of forms, no power can tame.
All-seeing source of Kronos (Time), for ever blessed,
deity sublime, propitious on a novel mystic shine,
and crown his wishes with a life divine.” –
Orphic Hymn 4 to Uranus