The Astrology Page Blog: Charon, Ceres, Plutons - Where Do We Go Now?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Charon, Ceres, Plutons - Where Do We Go Now?

I had several topics all lined up for my blogs for the next week. How quickly things change.

Our Universe is going topsy turvey, and I don't mean a tilt, or a pole shift. Our world may be redefined by three new planets. We haven't had this big a shift in astrology and astronomy since Pluto was discovered in 1930.

Within the next few days, we may bring the planets up to a total of twelve. Twelve is a great number, (the number thirteen is going to be out of this world). We had an idea that UB313 (Xena) may be designated a planet, but Ceres, and especially Charon, is a surprise for many.

This will also bring the International Astronomical Union into the minds of the public, a good thing.

What Should Astrologers Do?

Since the IAU is doing some long needed classification, astrologers need to come together and make some agreements. This is not just for astrologers, but for those watching us, and for those we teach. However we're such a maverick group, often making our own rules, why ruin a good thing? With all the conspiracy theories, spying, and threats to free speech, do we need more regulation? By the way, a Federal Judge in Detroit, Michigan has ruled NSA warantless, wiretapping in the US unconstitutional.

As taught in classical astrology, there are seven planets. They are the basis for all delineations, while the other planets are supposed to give information only. If you think about it, this makes sense. The outer planets are beyond the realm of daily physical life. We cannot see them. However, we know they're there, so they should be included on some level.

In classical astrology, the seventh planet, Saturn, is the bridge. Saturn is the planet at the edge of the known Universe, the bridge from the seen to the unseen. At times, Uranus is also seen by the naked eye; even some of the ancient astrologers were aware of Uranus. It is the first step into the unseen, unknown, extraordinary, world.


At the beginning of the 20th Century after the discovery of Pluto, astrologers started assigning sign rulership to the outer planets. Uranus a rebellious, independent, sign was assigned the rulership of the fixed, air sign, Aquarius. Neptune was assigned to the mutable, water sign, Pisces, and Pluto was assigned to the fixed, water sign, Scorpio. You will find that some astrologers concede to what is called co-rulership, some astrologers ignore outer planets as rulers in any form, and a few insist on outer planet rulership only. What a tangle.

What shall we do with twelve planets, and possible twenty or more? Shall we assign three or more planets to a sign? This gets a little confusing. If astronomers are willing to change the definition of a planet, astrologers need to understand classical rulership, and observe how all the planets fit together.

I have found that the outer planets are very important in readings. They create powerful events and changes. Where I see the obvious difference is in a branch of astrology called Horary. A chart is drawn up at a certain time to answer a specific question; the natal chart is only a secondary focus. If the classical planets are not used as rulers, the reading is sketchy and often wrong. The answer is based on luck and personal insight more than anything else.

The reasoning of the turn-of-the-century astrologers was good, and everything seemed to fit together perfectly, so we thought. Uranus forced us to break out, and astrology was no longer a moldy, static, science, or relegated to a hidden, back room, behind the curtain, reading. We do need to move forward, but we also need to combine the old rules (Saturn) with new ideas (Uranus).

How do we define the new planets?

When a new object is discovered, astrologers ponder the events that coincide with the discovery of that body. This is one way that we discover the meanings and symbols. We also look at the current events related to the planet, the charts of our clients, and the charts of people in the news.. Notice what’s going on in the world, read the news. I mentioned Ceres and Charon in a previous post on JonBenet Ramsey.

I have read many insightful blogs on the web by astrologers that will help fit together all the pieces, and here's a list of a few good sites.

Philip Brown at Astrofuturetrends
Lynn Hayes at Astrological Musings
Kathryn at Collaborating with Fate
Philip Sedgwick at Galactic Times


Blogger Debbi Kempton-Smith said...

Enjoying your thoughtful comments here enormously. Astrology desperately needs more astrologers who follow your discoveries are coming in every day: planets, plutons, asteroids, KBOs,comets, and exoplanets. And we've got to be open to looking at them, not retreating into old myths! You are wonderful! Nice blog! Many many thanks!
Debbi Kempton-Smith

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