Go ahead and grin… you know what’s coming.
There will be some interesting aspects involving Uranus posted in the next few days. Every time I write about this planet with the awkward name, every reader’s inner 10-year-old claps hand over mouth and snickers. (Don’t deny it! You know you do too!)
Uranus is the quirky planet. Unpredictable, eccentric, rebellious. Uranus rolls around his orbit on his side like a cartwheel, with one of the poles as hub pointing toward the sun and his rings as the rim. He is the only planet in the solar system with a Greek name instead of Roman, which may be one reason we find it so difficult.
He’s also one of the most interesting as well as neglected archetypes, and I think the name is at least part of that neglect.
The Greek name for this particular god, the father of Saturn, is Ouronos, meaning “sky.” It is pronounced in English (approximately) as “OOR-ah-noose”, with the first syllable, OOR, like “your” without the Y. This is how I pronounce it.
I’ve also heard many skywatchers pronounce the name of the planet as “your-AH-ness” (which sounds almost like an aristocratic title. “Your Aweness!” I can totally live with that.).
Either is preferable, I think, to the way it’s normally pronounced in English. And you’re less likely to find the neighborhood 10-year-old laughing at you when you talk about him and his influences.
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