I asked you all last month which series you would like to see next and you were overwhelmingly in favor of a Uranus in the houses series. So, I’m going to be tackling Uranus in all of the houses in-depth. I’ve already done Uranus in its own house: the 11th House. Now, let’s take a look at the 1st House Uranus position. What exactly does Uranus do when it’s in a house? I think the best way to look at the house that you have Uranus is in that it’s where all expectations fly out of the window. You cannot control this house or subject it to preconceived notions. The only thing that you can do is let the activities of the house operate in whatever random way they will. This eventually leads to a mental state of freedom regarding this life area. Uranus’ house is where we find our freedom in a more intellectual manner, shaking off the constraints of expectation and convention.
I really believe that nobody is “normal.” Everyone has a bit of weirdness inside of them because everyone has Uranus in one of their houses. So, everyone has some part of their life that operates in a strange fashion. With Uranus in the 1st, however, it is your entire life. While most other people can hide their weirdness relatively well, usually by conforming to conventional standards or doing what is going to gain them approval, this is pretty much impossible for you. Whatever is in the 1st House is something that we just cannot hide. Uranus in the 1st House people, therefore, cannot hide their oddities. A person’s overall demeanor is characterized by the 1st House and with Uranus in the 1st, your demeanor is a decidedly eccentric. You might not be over-the-top about it but there is always this strange or unconventional twist to whatever it is that you do.
The 1st House is a symbol for what you learned about life in the first several years of your existence. It’s what was conditioned in you and how you adapted to that, inevitably becoming the role that you instinctively play throughout your life. Uranus in the 1st means that there was a ton of change in one’s life before the age of about seven. There is a general instability that is experienced in many different ways. You can see people who are born with this placement whose family situation gets turned upside down very early in life, sometimes soon after they are born. It can be through an abrupt divorce or separation of the parents while they’re still an infant. It could also be a huge change in financial status, possibly brought on by your birth.
I think that the 1st House does not just represent one’s birth but the effect that one’s birth has on the immediate family. Uranus in the 1st (as well as Uranus ruling the 1st, aka Aquarius Rising, to which this article can also apply) means that one’s birth had a jolting effect on the family. Things changed in an unmistakable way once you came into the picture and it could have all happened at a lightning-quick pace. Depending on the aspects to Uranus, this could have brought on sudden difficulties. But, it could have also just meant that the family situation became wackier and more unpredictable when you were born. You can find many 1st House Uranus people who spent these first several years constantly moving. And just when the family thought they were settled, they moved yet again, from house to house or from city to city (possibly even from country to country). So, you were conditioned to constantly adapt to unexpected change.
This makes you eventually see yourself as this agent of change. The thing is that all of these changes could have affected everyone less than positively but you. Uranus in the 1st House kids can roll with the punches remarkably well and actually enjoy the feeling of leaving the old behind and welcoming in the new. This is because you were still developing, unlike the adults or, if you had older siblings, the older children around you. So, to you, all of this change and unpredictability just felt normal. It became something that you sought out on a regular basis and a part of the way that you looked at it. Change is totally inevitable for you.
This is another way that we can define Uranus: it’s where things change most unexpectedly for us. And with Uranus in the 1st, this applies to your life, in general. By the time you are about eight or nine, you probably had many different houses, schools, cities, and friends under your belt. Jupiter in the 1st House people can be the same but this makes them feel like adventurers. It makes you, however, feel like someone who is always going forward into the future. The thing about children is that they are innately so self-absorbed that they interpret whatever happens in their lives as being a result of them and their own actions. This is an interesting way that the 1st House works. So, for you, you believed that things were always changing because you wanted them to, not necessarily because of your parents and their actions and the fact that you were just along for the ride.
Therefore, this becomes deeply ingrained in you and, throughout life, is the way that you deal with any given situation. Uranus in the 1st House people think that life should be about being free. You never felt “settled” anywhere early in life and this continues into adulthood. This can make it so you find it hard to truly commit to someone or something as an adult. 1st House Uranus individuals can experience this in different ways, whether it’s committing to a job, a hairstyle, an apartment, an appointment time, a dinner date, or a relationship. Remember that the 1st House is so generalized that it touches everything in your life. So, everything that you do has this touch of instability. You really just cannot help it! Your perspective (1st House) is so fixated on change (Uranus) that even when you make a move or a decision, you are thinking about an alternative.
It's something that keeps you free in the sense that you are relatively unfettered by all of the things that keeps others’ lives boring and stagnant. There is really no such thing as routine for Uranus in the 1st House individuals. You can possibly stick to some semblance of a routine. But, again, something will always happen to turn that upside down. Whether it’s through your own volition or just through the will of the Universe, you can guarantee that your sense of order will become all discombobulated. This is a quality you share with Uranus in the 11th, although this can drive them crazy because it makes it harder for them to exert their will. Sometimes, Uranus in the 1st House people can also be driven mad by all of the twists and turns that their life story takes. But, this is usually when there is a square or opposition to Uranus, which can indicate a resistance to or frustration with surprises, even when you are resigned to them because that’s just your life.
However, there is a perverse element to Uranus in the 1st that makes you create these M. Night Shyamalan twists in your life. It’s like you just can’t accept there being too much stability and consistency. It either makes you feel uncomfortable or it makes you suspicious that everything is going to get turned upside down, sooner or later. So, if fate doesn’t intervene, you can often turn over the apple cart yourself. Yet, there can be a rather unconscious element to how the 1st House works because it’s so instinctive. Therefore, you just do it and then assess the damage later. It could mean abruptly quitting your job, before you even begin looking for a new one, or ending a relationship because you just woke up one day and you were over it. And it doesn’t matter much to you that these decisions can drive others up the wall or make them think that you’re crazy. You pretty much strive to be quite crazy because it’s better than so-called normality.
This is how Uranus sets you free, with this placement. Uranus in the 1st House gives you a lack of caring about being normal. Sometimes, it’s not that you don’t care or that you’re trying to be weird or different. It’s just that you think differently than everyone else and do things differently than others. And when they point out how odd your behavior is, you realize how strange you are. But, then, you make a display of either shrugging it off nonchalantly or upping the ante to show them that their approval doesn’t matter to you. The 1st House is how we find our place in life, in general. Uranus in the 1st means that this role you will play will be the one who insists on their personal freedom and who cannot be controlled by the expectations of others. The minute someone tries directing your behavior, even in the slightest way, you will strike back quite defiantly.
This all goes back to your childhood conditioning because, in some way, you always felt like one of the things that was not like the other. Uranus in the 1st House children stand out among their family. There is something quite exceptional and different about you, to a degree that could alienate you from those in your immediate family, on some level. Some people with this placement are conditioned to think for themselves because their early environment was dictatorial or narrow-minded. So, on some level, they had to rebel or resist conformity, often standing out at some point in life as the one in the family who breaks the rules or turns the system upside down. Others with Uranus in the 1st have an early environment that encourages nonconformity and independence of thought. But, even with them, there is this sense of holding the family at a distance; loving them but not getting too close. It’s an approach that eventually translates to the way they treat people overall, especially since that feeling of being different applies just about everywhere they go.
Uranus in the 1st makes you highly individualistic and this is something that is very apparent right off the bat. You could be the type to go to social events alone on a regular basis, unfazed by this being apparently weird to many people. It just means that you have the opportunity to meet people and make new friends, both of which you will relish. You will also be a combination of very laidback and very independent. 1st House Uranus people are not followers. Though you are very tuned into the social atmosphere you’re a part of, you do not just blindly go where other people go. This is another reason why you can be ambivalent about “groups.” You love being a part of something bigger than yourself but you are not a group-thinker. So, you are actually more selfish than some may give you credit for. You’re only really down to go somewhere with someone if it doesn’t infringe on the personal space and the freedom that you need so much.
The 1st House is, after all, where we only worry about ourselves. This is the innate paradox that people don’t exactly get when they describe 1st House Uranus people or Aquarius Ascendant people as not being selfish whatsoever. Uranus is a transpersonal planet. So, on one level, you actually are unselfish. You know how to assume a detached (Uranus) point of view (1st House), inevitably letting go of your desires. But, on a personal level, you can be. Sometimes, Uranus in or ruling the 1st makes you detached about what you want and, other times, it doesn’t at all. But, these times are just when you want freedom, which is like oxygen to you. You’re insistent on it and will never give it up. At times, this does manifest in a me-first way, making you more concerned with doing your own thing than someone else’s needs or feelings about it. Also, you can sometimes put more personal relationships on the backburner in order to serve a greater cause, ideal, or movement.
You do view life with a concern for the freedom of all people, not just yourself. But, you have to feel liberated yourself before you can liberate anyone else. Therefore, Uranus in the 1st House people do go through distinct periods of switching on and off, dealing with people a lot and then not wanting to deal with people at all. This is to free yourself, to keep you in touch with the mental states needed to offer something original, insightful, and progressive to other people. So, you shouldn’t over-identify with being humanitarian. Leave that to Neptune people. You do have that side to you and it can come out whether regarding being involved with a charitable or political organization or just making sure no one feels left out socially. But, the 1st House is how you are an individual and, thanks to this placement, your individuality keeps you far up in the clouds, feeling free of a heavy attachment to anyone.
Your basic self-awareness will give you this sense of being different, a free spirit, an individualist, etc. Uranus in the 1st House individuals describe themselves as unique yet not in a cocky way. After all, such a self-image comes from living your life as such a misunderstood entity. At the same time, this does allow you to put yourself out there without the compulsive attachment to whether or not people will like what you do. In terms of your style, you wear clothes very much for you. You aren’t interested in dressing like everyone else. Even without trying, you find yourself shunning the typical trends. 1st House Uranus people have a natural way of avoiding the basic look, even when the outfit is seemingly basic. You are a true one-of-a-kind and enjoy taking on this persona. The element of the unexpected translates to your experimental style. You could be the type to wear formal clothes to a casual event or vice versa. You could also take something casual and dress it up or dress something formal down or mix the two together. In any case, there is a nonchalant effortlessness to how you wear your clothes, often making you well-dressed without even trying.
That air of nonchalance is always surrounding you. The 1st House is how you appear and with Uranus here, you appear very cool and unaffected. At the same time, there is something very intellectual about Uranus. So, you will also come off as bright and intelligent, filing away everything around you like a computer. You are highly observant of your environment but can deceive others by seeming distracted, indifferent, or oblivious at times to what’s going on. People will often remark that you appear lost in your thoughts, which only adds to that detached aura around you. At times, you can be chilly enough to put someone off from talking to you. But, usually, Uranus in the 1st, if there are no hard aspects, results in a combined coolness and friendliness that makes you seem really chill in a good way. People could immediately feel as if they can talk to you about anything and, thanks to your lack of pretense and insatiable curiosity about people, this is true. You don’t discourage them, even when the conversation gets kind of awkward or inappropriate.
There will be something highly distinct about your look that you probably don’t understand. Again, the detachment of Uranus means that some of the best-looking people with a 1st House Uranus regularly forget the effect their appearance has on others. This influence is said to produce strikingly attractive people; not necessarily because of the literal physical appearance but just because there is something so unique and electric about you. Yet, you may often find yourself wondering why people are staring, which they can do a lot, and even feel a bit uncomfortable about it. Uranus in the 1st does bring a strange, unintentional kind of magnetism. It’s the backwards quality of this planet at play. As long as you don’t want special attention, you’ll get it. The more detached you are from being seen as attractive, the more attractive you’ll be to other people.
This usually only heightens your sense of being some kind of freak. But, you also find it easy to go on about your life and ignore the attention, which only makes it come your way even more. Uranus in the 1st also gives you a way of carrying yourself that can be wild and uncontrollable. Being highly accident prone is a common pattern of this placement, since the body will seem to have a mind of its own, at times. You can often tell a person who has Uranus in or ruling the 1st by how often they knock things over or drop things (Uranus rules my 1st and I do all of the time). You may also trip a lot, even over your own two feet. This only accentuates the air of chaos around you. When you speak, there can be just as much chaos. You probably talk so fast that others have a hard time keeping up. Your perspective as an individual is so quick-thinking and out-of-the-box that you want to jump on and express these ideas as speedily as possible. You can often be asked to slow down either your speech or your random thought patterns. But, at the end of the day, your self-awareness does depend on being an intellectual with a rapid-fire brain. If others can’t keep up, well, that’s just their problem!