Since our Jupiter in the houses series is coming to an end (Jupiter in the 7th is coming next, I promise), I’m thinking about what I want the next series or two to be. I have feared running out of ideas before but then I realized that there is so much to astrology that I’ll still be doing this blog for a while. I like the feeling of always having a series going because it maintains my motivation for writing. And I was thinking of either doing a Uranus in the houses series or a series on planets in the 11th House. Feel free to comment and weigh in on which one you’d like to see more. I personally don’t care either way and like turning it into a vote, like I did with the Jupiter series.
Anyway, we’re going to talk about Uranus in the 11th House here. So, either way, my bases are covered. This happens to be my placement; one of the altered placements of my new chart. Like with my other new placements, it makes much more sense in terms of me and my life. The 11th House is a topsy-turvy house where anything goes. Our personal will is represented by this house’s opposite house, the 5th. Meanwhile, the 11th House represents a force of will that is much bigger than us. Whether it’s the will of the people or the will of the Universe itself, there is a collective, big-picture sensibility to the 11th House that demands that we relinquish our preconceived notions and align ourselves with “movements” that are quite beyond our control.
Having Uranus in the 11th House is a real trip because this is the natural ruling planet of the 11th House. Because of this, the person with this placement eventually has to realize that there is no such thing as preconceived notions in their life. Any and every time this person has a pre-set agenda, strives to be “in control” of things, tries too hard to make things happen, things will backfire. With this placement, you end up creating nothing but chaos in your life when you try to avoid the chaos and the randomness. It’s something that I’ve had to really learn: whenever I make plans, the Universe laughs. This is a common phrase and it’s an experience that is not exclusive to the 11th House Uranus individual. But, when you have this Uranus, you experience it on a much more powerful level than others, to a degree that may make you feel like you’re going nuts.
No one is immune to their ego getting in the way and many of us can have this perfect picture of how we think that things should be. It’s essentially a part of human nature. Because of this, with Uranus in the 11th, you may fall into the trap of thinking that you can be like everyone else, in this extent. You might make extensive plans regarding the future, you may put a lot of energy into hustling, getting recognition, or making a name for yourself. But, routinely, you will feel yourself hitting a wall. The thing is that it really doesn’t have anything to do with you. In fact, if you could have it your way, well, you would have things your way. There is a rebelliousness to the expression of the 11th House. The energy here can rebel against us and we may also rebel against it, thinking we know better. So, with unpredictable Uranus in the 11th, you may easily become defiant in the face of chaos and think, “No, I’m going to get this under control.” But, then, you just can’t. There is always something that happens that turns things upside down.
Uranus tells us where we can be free on a mental level, engaging in unexpected or unusual patterns or events that keep us on our toes. And if the 11th House is where you’re supposed to expect the unexpected, then having Uranus here means that there is absolutely no limit to the weird stuff you can get into. You find your freedom by being detached from ideas of what’s “normal”: a normal life, occupation, personality, etc. You just have to accept that you can’t live that straight, narrow, or predictable path that other people find such safety in. Therefore, all expectations are thrown out the window and all bets are off, which can be kind of unnerving but also completely exciting.
Something is always going to happen to you that throws you off-kilter. I’ve learned to stop myself from thinking, “Ah, yes, now everything is stable.” Having that attitude is the exact moment when everything destabilizes and that security you thought you had is gone. But, at the same time, just when you think that everything is insane and you don’t know how you’ll get out of this mess, something incredible can happen, at the 11th hour (pun intended), that turns things around. It’s to a level that can be quite radical. You might regularly feel like the Universe has a twisted sense of humor and just enjoys fucking with your head. There are situations that happen to you that make you think that you just couldn’t write this or make this up.
It’s an interesting contrast from the 5th House, which is where our creative talents lie, the kind that can fuel you toward writing a story or doing a scene. In the 11th House, truth is stranger than fiction. The 11th House Uranus person has an existence that is full of all sorts of odd twists and turns. But, at the same time, this is really liberating. You will eventually realize that all you can do is fasten your seatbelt (or maybe not) and appreciate the ride. Yet, being frustrated, dramatic, self-pitying, or controlling about what’s happening to you won’t make it better. It just makes it worse and worse, escalating the insanity in your life.
So, if Uranus is where you find your freedom, Uranus in the 11th shows that you find your freedom through true detachment. It’s a level of detachment that few can pull off because they may be much more used to their self-serving, self-willed efforts making a major impact. But, you can often push and push toward results and see nothing bear fruit. This is when you need to trust the Universe and know that it wants you to succeed. By aligning your personal will with the Universe’s will, things will manifest for you much more easily. The 11th House has a connection to the Universe that is different than the 12th House’s. In the 12th House, it’s spiritual and existential. In the 11th, it’s a higher New Age wavelength. But, there is more of a rationale to it and it’s more carefree, with a take-things-as-they-come attitude that prevents you from feeling weighed down.
Because of this, Uranus in the 11th House produces the utmost of free spirits. This placement is like the ultimate freedom, giving you the license to just not care about much – at least, on a personal level – and live with the wind in your hair. I have always felt like such a free spirit because this placement is my co-chart ruler. In the end, I do just want to go where the wind blows and not have to worry about much. This is also what makes 11th House Uranus people so inventive. We are used to life throwing every curveball it can at us and finding unique ways to deal with our circumstances. Because of this, we have a knack for seeing things differently than other people, who don’t have to deal with the level of randomness and unpredictability that we do. Whatever situation is in front of us, we can see multiple possibilities as far as how it could turn out. We can also easily grasp unorthodox ways of understanding ourselves or our lives, like astrology, numerology, or the Tarot. When all else fails, the birth chart or the deck of cards may have the answers you or others need.
It's this advanced perspective that makes those with Uranus in the 11th strange and offbeat. While everyone else is on this track, we are all the way on the other side on a very different track. This is just something we have to get used to. We cannot try to rob ourselves of our quirkiness or uniqueness. Whenever we do, it’s just going to come back to us, like a boomerang. The more you try to resist your eccentricities, your wild ideas, or your rebellious nature, the more you will stick out like a sore thumb. Even if you think are pulling off the normal act, you will inevitably say something or do something that surprises people, shocks people, or makes them give you the side-eye. So, it’s better for you to just give up any pretense of fitting in with everyone else. You can’t! You’re too original and individualistic for that. Just accept it.
This certainly makes you an interesting social presence. The 11th House tells us how we engage with our peer group and our social network. Since we have a dignified placement here, Uranus in the 11th can regularly be described as a social butterfly of the first order. Sometimes, this is very true and sometimes, it’s not as true. While this placement can produce some of the friendliest and most socially adept people, that same person prefers to keep these social ties at a distance. And the thing is that the friends that you make can also keep you at a distance. This isn’t because they don’t like you or aren’t your real friends. It’s just because your peers and acquaintances can generally sense how utterly independent you are and somehow feel that they can’t intrude on all of that personal space you create without your permission.
This is the contrary element of the 11th House at play. Uranus in the 11th House makes you really love socializing and really love being left to your own devices, alternately or sometimes simultaneously. You might complain about your friends not texting you or not inviting you to go out. But, the minute someone does text you, you think, “Ugh, what do you want?” You want to be very social but on your own terms. I love being involved in my social scene but I also love just flying solo and running into people while I’m out. Then, we can hang out for a while and go our separate ways. But, when we have to text each other and plan the outing and then stick by each other all night, it becomes such a thing. It weighs me down and Uranus in the 11th can’t be socially weighed down (and even if I try to do that, Uranus rebels and it never really works out anyway).
So, yes, with this placement, you do have the potential to be a real social butterfly. The 11th House is so famously said to represent “groups” and with its association with friendship, many interpret it as your “friend group”, which I feel is off. Uranus in the 11th defies that anyway because having this position means that you don’t want to be stuck in a friend group. You want to bounce around from one buddy to the next, forming new connections along the way. Hanging out with the same two or three people all the time cuts off your oxygen. You can, therefore, exhibit a social freedom that few display, being that person who can rub elbows with virtually anyone. While others can be predictably spotted with the same people, no one knows just who you’re going to be seen with. You possess zero pretense or hesitation in this way. I love the feeling of mingling with a lot of different people and making new friends. Plus, it keeps me independent and gives me my space to do whatever.
The reason for this social freedom is that Uranus in the 11th House people truly understand levels of friendship, more than the next person. I always say that the 7th House is where you find your close friends and your best friends. The 11th House is just your casual friends you socialize with; your acquaintances and the people who run in the same circles as you. Since there are no heavy ties here, Uranus in the 11th makes you feel free enough to just hang out with whoever. You have a few drinks, dance, network, chill, whatever else, and then you move on to someone else. Because of this, there are very few people who you are attached to. Whatever is in your 7th would tell you how you deal with your best friends. But, even with them, they have to be willing to let you go off and spend enough time with other people, too. Still, given how socially scattered you are, you could cause some disappointment when one of your buddies realizes that he or she is kind of just a number to you. Worse yet, they may find themselves replaced if they become boring and someone else is more interesting. So, don’t be so detached that you drop people like hot potatoes.
Yet, you need to maintain that detachment because it gives you a big picture sense of what’s going on socially. Being involved in a “scene” is very important to you because you’re engaging with something bigger than yourself. Hopping from bar to bar can very much be an 11th House activity, even though people often like to associate the 5th House with partying. The 5th House is totally selfish fun that just involves and serves yourself. In the 11th House, we reach out to other people and become one of the crowd. It’s a group activity. This is why being at home a lot and rarely, if ever, going out will get very unfulfilling and stale to 11th House Uranus people, especially ones in their 20’s and 30’s. I realized a couple years ago, after a lifestyle like that, that I’m much happier going out on the weekends. It’s not really about the drinking, the dancing, the feeling of wildness. It’s just about branching out toward and being involved with other people, instead of being very self-involved and disengaged from other people, which is what staying in makes you.
It’s also about expressing that combination of individuality and group-consciousness by being an active member in a social circle; that person who stands out and knows everyone. This is not an ego-driven desire because this will actually be your way of making a difference on a large scale. When we speak about making a difference through the 11th, it’s not just by spreading awareness about climate change or fundraising for someone’s political campaign. It can be as simple as being really friendly, even when other people aren’t, and bringing an inclusive positive energy that makes sure everyone has a good time and feels welcome. Uranus in the 11th gives you the power to be that person in a social scene that can unify everyone, often introducing people who’d never speak otherwise, reaching your common goal (an 11th House term) of having fun together.
This powerful yearning for social involvement is what can keep you a free bird even when you’re expected to settle down. It can be hard for those with Uranus in the 11th to be married or have families because they feel such a greater obligation to larger, less personal interests. There can be a time where you stop hitting the bars or clubs as much. But, you can still be just as highly involved in Open Mic Nights, volunteer activities and organizations, neighborhood meetings, music festivals, online communities, and anything else that keeps you connected to groups of people with the same interests and who are looking for the same things. You will only truly feel free when you can stretch beyond the personal and the one-on-one, in this way, and invest a lot of energy in the transpersonal. In the end, these groups will need your talents, your ideas, and your unique attributes in a significant way.
Of course, this can also manifest in terms of politics and social activism. It seems, though, that 11th House Uranus people can either go to two extremes before they are really any use to these higher causes. They may either be obsessed with what’s going on in the world but in a self-righteous, armchair-politician way that makes them shove their opinions down others’ throats or they may try and avoid being politically aware altogether because they feel like it may bring them or other people down. In the end, a middle ground needs to be established. You need to be invested in current and world events without being too insistent on it, either. After all, this will cause your 11th House to rebel and you will inevitably not help anyone. Instead, you must adopt an intelligent, well-informed view of what’s happening in the world while also getting involved with groups of people, in a constructive way, that will make a difference.