|When we think of the sun as the centre of the solar system, then we do
not think of the sun as a planet. However, when we view the universe from the Earth, we do
consider the sun and the moon as planets.
The forces, which can be symbolised as
planets, can be considered from their psychological aspects. For example, the sun can be
thought of as representing our tendency to integrate the other aspects of our personality.
This is really the same as saying that the sun brings wholeness to our lives.
On this page:
The planetary actions are verbs. However, I have not always shown them as verbs. For
instance, for Mars:
These should be interpreted, in general as "to act or to be acted upon",
"to initiate or to be caused to initiate", and "to energise or to receive
energy". Writing half the verb form might imply that the action is always positive
(or negative). In the case of Mars, the verb form may be more often an imperative:
"Act!", "Start it now!" and "Power up!" The planetary forces
are always positive, although the person whose chart is being considered may be actively
using the force or the effect of it.
The planets always act positively, they act in terms of what is,
rather than what isn't, whether good or bad. They are also active, as
opposed to passive. So sometimes Mars is "I do it now!", and Mercury is "I
think". However, when they act through a person, they may also act indirectly or
compulsively. So instead of:
- "You charge into things without thinking or feeling."
We may have:
- "You feel compelled to charge into things."
- "Other people charge into your life."
- "Unknown feelings cause you to charge into things without thinking of the
The planetary force is always positive and active, but it can manifest in many ways, passively,
Sometimes the planetary forces are better stated without using a verb at all. For
- "Action is a keynote of your life"
Obviously, there is no action without an actor or mechanism that acts. So the verb
(act) is hidden within action as are the actors or mechanisms ("You act, it acts,
In conclusion, the planets are always active and direct, but they may not manifest like
this in a person's life and the language used to represent the planets may not be verbs,
but contain hidden or implied verbs.
Before we continue, I will give a suggested list of keywords for the
||Positive/ Negative Keyphrase
||To make whole. Manage or control.
|I am ... (basic nature)
I am known..
I am important
||Positive: nobly and generously
|Planet of Self (Central Planet)
||To act because of...
||I respond (to emotions)
I regulate rhythmically.
|I change rhythmically
||Positive: sympathetically (in synch)
(out of synch)
|Planet of Needs and Feelings
|I bring the new
|Planet of Mind
||Mark as different, to value
I create (beauty, art)
|I maintain harmony
|Planet of Pleasure and Luxury
||Express positively, to fight for (beliefs)
||I make (something happen)
|I destroy the enemy and fight for justice
|Planet of physical energy, Planet of Action
||I mature (develop people fully: bodily, intellectually, spiritually,
culturally, materially - wealth, power, and status. ).
I go to discover and understand.
|I develop the old into the new
|Planet of Expansion
||To activate, change and stop things
|I maintain stability
|Planet of Time, Discipline, Responsibilities and Hard Work
||To be out of line with. freedom and responsibility.
I convert from within (without destroying)
|I create the new (alongside the old)
|The Planet of Revolution. Bring about something new, often drastically
||Extract the essence
Detect what is behind things.
|I create, reveal, new worlds (non-physical)
|The Planet of Illusion
||To change into a different form, substance, or state. Thoroughly change.
|I destroy the existing
|Planet of Transformation
||Self, will, energy and power, basic self-belief , stamina
||affection, ambition, authority, burning, children, citrus fruits, coins,
constitution, courage, creativity, dignity, domineering, ego, emperors, energy,
extravagance, fame, father, fiery, fire, gambling, generosity, gold, haughty, health,
honour, hot, husband, identity, individuality, jewellery, joy, laughter, life, light,
lions, magnanimity, nobility, ostentation, orange, passion, peacocks, pomp, popularity,
positive, power, pride, prosperity, purpose, royalty, simplicity, spine, spirit,
spotlights, stardom, strength, Sunday, superiors, vitality, warmth, will, yellow
||change, dreaming, emotions, fretfulness, frivolity, habits and emotions
personality, imagination, incorrect impressions., indecision, instinctual mind, personal
magnetism.negativity, procrastination, psychic qualities, unconscious mind, vacillation,
||agriculture, changes, childbirth, community, dairies, emotions, families,
fecundity, feelings, fermentation, fluctuation, fluids, general public opinions, health,
insanity, instinct, intuition, mariners, maternity, Monday, moods, mother, nursing, oats,
plumbers, public, reproduction, response, silver, tears, the common people, the people,
water, women, women
||hands, ideas, information, intellect,communication mental outlook,
intellectual endeavours, manual dexterity, mechanical skills, methods, mind, mode of
thinking and communication
||air travel, authors, bargaining, books, clerks, clothing, commerce,
computers, dealing, documents, editors, history, hygiene, intellect, language, lectures,
logic, mercury (metal), messages, mind advertising, nerves, post, respiration, signals,
talking, telephones, trade, transport, transportation, typewriters, Wednesday, wind, wit,
||aesthetic tastes, feelings, female values, higher emotions and artistic
sensibility social attitudes and behaviour, love
||amusement, art, beauty, boudoirs, brass, confectionery, dance, desire,
dimples, doves, emeralds, entertainment, fashion, femininity, flowers, grapes, humour,
immorality, intimacy, justice, lingerie, love, marriage, marriage, money, music,
partnership, partnerships, pleasure Adornment, relationships,social interactions ,romance,
relaxation, sexual intercourse, social centres, societies, style, women
||energy, passion, drive, determination action and the expression of will
||armour, armies, blood, butchers, cars, controversy, disease, drive,
energy, engineering, executives, garlic, guns, heat, heroes, incense, inflammations, iron,
knives, locks, murder, passion, penetration, pipes, pirates, radiators, razors, sarcasm,
stamina, sport, surgery, tobacco, virility, war, wrestlers
||The abstract mind, higher learning
exploring ideas, both intellectually and spiritually. Ideology expansion, growth
amplification, big, capitalism, celebrations, college,
courts of law, doctors, expansion, feet, foreign countries furry animals, glory, gluttony,
grand, humour, joviality, large, law, legality, luck, ceremonial magic, merchandise,
merit, millionaires, monasteries, optimism, orthodoxy, over-indulgence, philanthropy,
philosophy, preachers, prestige, professors, profit, pulpits, religion, science, ships,
splendour, success, thighs, tin, Thursday, travel, truth, wisdom, religion, priests, The
Law, courts and justice, aristocracy, publishing, overseas travel
||structure, limitation, experience and discipline
Agriculture, archaeology, architecture, bones, cattle,
civil service, death, domination, fatigue, history, land, leather, minerals, monogamy,
monotony, obstacles, old age, perseverance, restriction, Saturday, self control, time,
twilight, underground, widows, yesterdays. Old Father Time, Traditions, history,
stability, authority, order, mines, death
||innovation, nonconformity, higher intuition and inspiration perverse,
Attraction, break-ups, chaos, disruption, divorce,
earthquakes, eccentric, exciting, fanatical, freedom, major change, outrageous, quirky,
rebellious, revolutionary, shocks, sudden, surprises, unconventional, unprecedented,
unpredictable, unusual, changes, revolutions, anarchy, innovations, technology,
||transcendence, higher faculties, psychic abilities, sensitivity
Alcohol, art, confusion, cynicism, deception, deep,
disguise, disillusionment, dissolving, dreams, drink, drugs, escapism, fraud, ideas,
imagination, instability, music, mystery, mysticism, oceans, poisoning, sea, smoke-screen,
socialism, softness, transcendence, veil, water, yearnings, reform, ideals, trends, art
||deep, impersonal energies and transforming forces, intense, obstinate,
obsession, penetrating, persistent, power, secretive
Communism, compulsive, crime, darkness, death, deep,
hidden, magic, mystery, nuclear energy, occult, orgasm, paranoid, profundity, psychology,
rebirth, recycle, reform, renewal, reproduction, revolutionary, self-transforming
therapies, healing, sex, subconscious, taboo, transformation, unconscious, underneath,
undermining, underworld, volcanoes, the underworld, detectives, disruption, decline,
|If you are following my scheme, then I suggest that you very carefully
check the meanings in a dictionary of these and other keywords. You should be able to
define all the words used. The plan is that you understand the keywords and you use your
knowledge of them to, at first, understand what others have written in astrology about the
planets, signs, houses, etc and understand what is written in terms of the keywords. That
is, when reading what others have written, you know why they have written what they have
written. Later, you will develop the skills of making sense of the keywords in
interpreting astrological information.
One way you may do this is to read what
astrologers have written about the planets and read what they say with the keywords in
mind. Ask yourself, "Why did he/she write that?", as you read.
When you have studied the keywords for the ten planets, and the keywords for the 12
signs, by checking the meaning of each word in a dictionary and being able to clearly
define the word. And you have similarly checked synonyms and developed the concept for
each planet, each house and each sign, you will find that you can intuitively,
instinctively, logically or through common sense understand the elements in a chart.
Depending on your own chart, you may find you are in some way energised by the items
and seem to produce an interpretation immediately without thinking. Otherwise, you might
find you rise above the mundane of the chart to intuitively understand what it means; you
may feel the meaning of the chart. Or you might go through a thought process in which you
reason out what the chart means. Or, again, you might use a practical understanding of how
items in the chart lead in a common sense way to the interpretation. The way each of use
learn about astrology depends on our natural way of learning.
Although the keywords give a good understanding of astrology in general, they are not
the be and end all of astrology. Some positions, combinations (aspects) have a special
meaning derived from research and experience. These may have some relationship to the
generalities of the keywords, but they are often more specific. The keywords are a good
start in learning astrology, but they are, only a start. (Lecture over:-)
This section is about the meaning of the keywords for the planets, and this is
different from dealing with the meaning of the planets. Here we expand on the meanings of
the keywords. If you are using different keywords, then you might choose to follow these
pages in principle.
Whatever you do, ensure that you really know the meanings of the keywords and use a
dictionary often to get the definitions in your mind.
The Sun (to integrate)
The Central Planet
The keyword for the sun is "integrate".
Integrate means to make whole, or to bring together. When we rule, we
bring together the people under one authority (us). When we create, we
bring together different things into a new whole. This implies that we express
ourselves in some way (reveal to the world). And when we vitalise, we
make strong and healthy (whole). These all add up to making an impression.
The sun is closely related to the heart or centre of things. This
leads us to the "royal" aspect of the sun. The sun represents,
therefore, power. The sun is also related to vitality, and therefore health.
All of these meanings can be traced back to the keyword "integrate". The
position of the sun in a chart shows how the person integrates themselves and consequently
The Sun indicates what we ought to do to attain our life-purpose.
The sun rules Leo.
The sun is also associated with the "Will". When we have integrated the
supportive and disruptive elements of our personality, then we have a strong
The Planet Of Needs And Feelings
- change (rhythmical), fluctuation
- take in
The keyword for the Moon is "react to".
The sun is the source of light and energy in our solar system, and the moon reflects
this light (as do the other planets, but less so than the Moon). Reflecting implies emotions,
sympathy and feelings, and showing others we understand.
Understand here refers sympathy rather than understanding the universe (Jupiter), or
understanding a mathematical formula (Mercury). The feelings associated with the moon are
mainly those of sympathy, or even feelings about the past. Venus, too relates to feelings,
which are those of pleasure and they are personally based. The moon "takes in"
or receives the light of the sun.
Reflecting also symbolises the idea of acting in response to something
else, rather than by being the cause ourselves. This gives us the clue that the moon is
concerned with our inbuilt responses to things, and suggests the importance of our past
experience and habits and learning in how we do things.
How we react depends on our past learning and on our past experiences. We react without
thinking, and we do what we have been trained to do, either through education or through
traumatic experiences. The type of learning associated with the moon is unconscious
and refers to early learning and upbringing over which we had little choice or awareness.
Basic and instinctive responses are related to survival and thus to our needs.
The Moon is concerned with memory, imagination and dreams.
The Moon tends to give a good memory, and imaginative ability. It also brings regular
dreams, and dreams such as longings and sentimental desires. While Uranus may be concerned
with intellectual dreams of a better more humanitarian future, the Moon's dreams are more
The Moon rules Cancer.
The moon is also associated with security, because our automatic
reactions are often related to survival and hence security.
The House and Sign where the Moon is found is where we feel most comfortable, and
indicates what we do to feel good, or what we do habitually ... what we need to do. Contrasted with the sun, which indicates what
we should do to attain our life purpose, and
with Saturn which indicates what we must do.
The Moon is feminine and governs growth and decay, as it governs the ebbing and flowing
of the tides. And as it shows in its waxing and waning and in its periodic action. The
moons natural sign is Cancer, and its natural house is the fourth. Its keyword "react
to" implies change, and change in relation to other events.
Mercury (to communicate)
The Planet Of Mind
- short journeys
The symbol for Mercury represents the caduceus, the staff with the two serpents,
indicating the solution to the riddle of life. Another meaning is the crescent of
receptivity (the moon) is above the circle of spirit, which is above the cross of matter.
Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo.
The keyword for Mercury is "communicate".
We often communicate using language, and we use words to communicate. Language implies
reason and reasoning, because to be rational we need to reason.
Mercury is concerned with transport and journeys (types of communication), particularly
short journeys. It is also associated with mentality and intellect. Mercury seeks to
understand (know) by inquiry: questioning
and analysing (It is, after all, the ruler of Virgo!)
Mercury is also related to the nervous system, because the nerves are the communication
system of the body. It is therefore associated with co-ordination, both physically and
Venus (to harmonise)
The Planet Of Pleasure And Luxury
- liking (enjoy, link)
- joining together
The symbol for Venus is often taken as a hand-mirror, which seems appropriate here. The
circle can represent the sun or spirit above the cross of matter, indicating the spirit
(or even self) is above the material. Differing from the symbol for Mercury by lacking the
crescent (or mind), indicates that Venus uses taste and feelings to evaluate.
Venus rules Taurus and Libra.
The keyword for Venus is "harmonise".
Venus is concerned with attraction and repulsion, beauty,
pleasure, comfort and luxury. Beauty is
often synonymous with harmony, while ugliness is associated with disharmony. When we are
in harmony with someone, we are attracted to them, we like them (or love
them). Harmony also suggests balance.
Venus indicates where we get our pleasures. The keyword "to like" is worthy
of closer examination. When "we like" someone or something, it
means we have good feelings about them, and we are attracted by them.
When we are like someone or something, it
means we similar in some respects. The keyword to like is meant to imply both pleasure and
relating; that is liking things (pleasure) and noticing how one thing is like another
(similarity). This includes the idea of joining together or uniting with
someone or something.
Venus is creative in the sense that it brings forth beauty. It also,
like the Sun, expresses itself (seeking admiration) or impresses.
Venus is the goddess of love, and people under Venus are often
magnetic and extremely attractive, sometimes in the physical sense and sometimes in the
mental sense. Wealth, love, comfort and pleasure - are associated with Venus.
What we are attracted to, or what we consider beautiful is usually what we value.
If Mars is the God of War then Venus is the Goddess of Peace, or at least of Non-War.
Venus will tend to harmonise people and fight against injustice. Whilst Uranus might seek
to make all people brothers and sisters, Venus is more limited in her peace making. When
Venus seeks to unite, she seeks to unite interpersonally; she doesn't seek to unite the
Mars (to assert)
The Planet Of Physical Energy. The Planet Of Action
The symbol is Mars' shield and spear. It can be considered to be the circle of spirit
directing its force outwards. The arrow can be thought of as a distorted cross of matter,
indicating that the material is important to Mars.
Mars rules Aries and, traditionally, Scorpio.
Mars is the god of war. He is the assertive military man who acts rather than thinks.
The keyword for Mars is "assert",
which means to act boldly or forcefully. Mars is the
planet of energy and it is sometimes referred to as aggressive. In some
cases, Mars can be aggressive in the physical sense, but the force is
also related to active and assertive thinking, feeling
and acting. Acting before thinking or feeling or considering what is
expedient. While Venus seeks to unite, Mars seeks to divide or separate.
The sign Mars is in shows us how we are active.
The Planet Of Expansion
- generalisation and abstraction
- truth seeking
The crescent of the Moon, receptivity is above the cross of matter. Our nature is
raised above the material to higher levels. Jupiter represents higher education while
Mercury is concerned with lower-level education). The crescent of the receptive is
directly above the material, without the intervention of the self or the spirit.
Jupiter rules Sagittarius and, traditionally, Pisces.
The Jupiter force has the keyword "expand",
and this force expands the mind, body and the environment. Jupiter was king of the gods,
and all the others had to obey him. Another name is Jove, which suggests jovial,
a quality produced by the planetary force Jupiter. When we wish to expand our minds, we
seek higher education and may travel to distant places,
to learn more, to expand our experiences and seek the truth. We would
study philosophy. Jupiter is therefore concerned with the big picture, or
with generalisation and abstraction. We tend to think we
can expand when we feel safe and secure, and we are optimistic
about the future. If we are optimistic, we might tend to invest in stocks and shares and
even gamble, because we feel lucky.
Saturn (to control)
Planet of Time, Discipline, Responsibilities and Hard Work
- must do
The symbol for Saturn is the inverted Jupiter sign. With Saturn the crescent of the
moon is below, or subjugated to matter. This also means practical.
The keyword for Saturn is control. It
means the tendency to limit, discipline and give responsibility. The
young person, as he or she grows older has to take on responsibilities and give up his or
her youthful ways. Saturn can reject and expel. Saturn
is referred to by old astrologers as a malefic, a planet that brings ill fortune. This is
neither right nor wrong.
Saturn does indicate areas where we have been deprived, and where our deepest fears
lie. It is a sad fact that what we most want or need, is what we cannot accept or what we
fearfully reject. It therefore indicates what we must
do in order to avoid problems.
Saturn's Greek name is Cronos (Kronos), Old Father Time. Saturn ruled the world until
he was overthrown by his son, Zeus, (Jupiter). His time had come and he had run out of
time. Saturn particularly rules our subjective time.
Saturn rules Capricorn.
Because Saturn expresses control, it can also mean holding back or delay. It can
produce a shortage of time, or too much time.
Jupiter, the Greek god, expanded out of the control of Saturn and became the ruler of
Chiron (to bring out the fullest potential)
The Wounded Healer (The Great Teacher)
- to teach
- to unlock
- to find what is essential
- to reconcile opposites (shaman)
- to heal holistically
The expert on Chiron astrologically is Zane Stein.
Chiron is not a planet, but an asteroid or a comet. It was discovered on 1 November,
1977 by Charles Kowel.
In the symbol, we see the circle of spirit is below the cross of matter, indicating
that the spirit can transform ideas, etc into practical workable form (like Saturn). The
symbol is asymmetrical: the right hand can be thought of as half of an "X", with
the left hand bit missing. The cross of matter isn't whole, and it lacks the other half,
or opposite part. The circle of spirit is a bit squashed so it is somewhat unconventional.
Chiron orbits between Saturn and Uranus, crossing the orbit of Saturn regularly, and that
of Uranus occasionally, and its symbol seems to contain part of the essence of each of
these. Saturn brings about an awareness of problems and Uranus brings insight for their
Chiron was an immortal centaur, half man, half horse. Unlike the other centaurs, who
were unintelligent and brutish, Chiron was intelligent and kind. He taught many Greek
heroes the arts of music, war, poetry, surgery, astrology, healing, etc. He had the gift
of guiding his pupils to uncover their highest potential and to discover
their destiny. Chiron's pupils were the heros, who gained famed, yet Chiron was always a
support-character, and never great himself. He epitomised the saying, "It is
a poor teacher who is not excelled by their students".
Essentially, Chiron was a great teacher who brought out the the fullest potential in his
students, so they greatly excelled him in ability.
One day he suffered a poisonous wound. Because he was immortal, he could not die and
lived in terrible pain and suffering. He did a deal with the gods, offering his life (and
freedom from pain) for the release of Prometheus, who was imprisoned by the gods for
giving man the gift of fire, and therefore betraying their secrets. Chiron was
immortalised by the gods in the constellation Sagittarius. .
The suggested keyphrases are "to bring out the fullest potential",
and "to heal holistically". Heal is used generally here to
refer not only to healing bodies, or even healing minds, but also to such things as
healing lives, groups, societies, environments, etc. The kind of healing which Chiron does
is shamanistic. That is, the shaman goes to the depths of the underworld to reclaim the
lost soul, or healing is done through re-experiencing the pain and bringing the whole
together in holistic healing. Another way of saying this is to heal through bringing into
conscious awareness (that is uniting the unconscious problem with the conscious mind). The
glyph for Chiron has half of its cross of matter missing, symbolising the broken state
which is healed through finding and re-uniting the missing part. The
keyphrase, "to bring out the fullest potential " is similar to
healing holistically, in that we seek our fullest potential through finding that which is
lost and uniting it with its other half.
Another way of saying this is that Chiron could help his students find what was needed,
or what was missing in order to attain greatness.
Chiron is essential concerned with problems. Problems are largely
dilemmas. In other words, a problem is one thing opposing another. For instance, you want
to care for your family. You could do with more money. It seems the only way to get more
money is to work all hours. If you work all hours, then you won't be with your family very
much, which means less caring by being with them. therefore the problem: wanting to care
for the family by providing more things, but by doing so you are with them less.
Chiron sometimes does this through exposing, or revealing
something hidden so it can be dealt with (sometimes bringing about some generally small
pain and suffering on the way to resolution). What is revealed is sometimes an evil in
society which is shown so it can be inspected and handled.
Chiron differs from Uranus in that Chiron isn't a rebel as such, but a maverick.
That is, someone who goes his own way independently, not rebelling
against something because it is conventional, as Uranus does, nor being slavishly
conventional, like Saturn.
Chiron. like Saturn, is said to control subjective time.
Uranus (to deviate)
The Planet Of Revolution
The symbol for Uranus, , appears to be two crescents pointing in opposite
directions. The cross of matter is equal with the higher spirit. The cross and the lower
circle are the symbol for Venus inverted. The two semicircle-circles could be a split
circle, or spirit. Originally, it was just an "H", for Sir William Herschel,
who discovered it on 13 March, 1781.
Uranus rules, or is the co-ruler of Aquarius (with Saturn). It is the first of the
modern planets to be discovered. It is considered a higher octave of Mercury.
The keyword for Uranus is "deviate".
This can sometimes mean drastic change from one thing to another. In another way, it can
mean originality and invention.
Uranus is called the Planet Of Revolution, and its purpose is to bring about freedom,
independence and remove restraints. Uranus can awaken
us from our mental slumbers and liberate us.
Uranus governs electricity and astrology,
Uranus was the sky-god whose wife was Gaea, the Earth. He was eventually killed by his
son, Cronos (or Saturn).
The Planet Of Transcendence
Traditionally, the glyph is Neptune's trident, . The crescent of spirit is above
the cross of matter.
Neptune was discovered in 1846 as a result of the computations of the French
astronomer, Urbain Leverrier.
It is considered a higher octave of Venus.
Neptune has the keyword "refine".
By refining, we raise something to a higher degree and this can mean idealism or illusion.
Neptune is a force that transcends the physical world, and is associated
with religion and belief. In Greek mythology, Neptune was the god of the sea. When our
minds turn to the refined and unworldly, we can sometimes be deceived. We
move into the unreal and the unprovable. Neptune rules film, where flickering lights
create the illusion of reality. It also rules conjuring and similar arts of deception and mystery.
Neptune is also concerned with the glorious sacrifice: giving up the self
for the sake of religion or ideology (capitulation). This can mean the same as
non-resistance, as in judo and similar martial arts from the East.
The Greek God, Neputune, was god of the oceans. He was also a shape-shifter: he could
change his own form and that of others.
Neptune is also associated with dodging and weaving,
escaping from traps and being hard to catch. It is hard to pin a Neptune
person down because barriers dissolve or do not exist, and non-resistance causes strong
force to dissipate
Neptune can dissolve anything, and the self can be dissolved into the
infinite. Also Neptune can dissolve barriers, so far more can be achieved in an area than
any rational person might expect to be possible. Neptune dissolves problems, barriers,
conventions, impossibilities, etc..
Neptune is associated with alcohol and drugs.
Neptune rules, or is the co-ruler (with Jupiter) of Pisces.
Neptune is also associated with nebulousness, illumination and
Pluto (to transform)
The Planet Of Transformation
Other glyphs: ,
The normal symbol for Pluto is . This one,. is the
initials of Pluto's discover, Percival Lowell, who discovered it in 1930.
The glyph for Pluto, , shows the circle of the spirit
(the sun) within and above the crescent of receptivity, which is above the cross of
It is considered a higher octave of Mars.
The keyword for Pluto is "transformation".
Pluto was the god of the underworld, ruling over the dead. While the god, Pluto, was not a
god of death, which was determined by the Fates, he was concerned with the transition from
life to death. The planet Pluto, however is associated with death, mainly as a
transformation from life, in one form, to death, or rebirth, in another form. Life and
death can be considered a transformation from one state to the other. "Life and
death" should be taken as an allusion to a process whereby something is completely
destroyed and is transformed into something new and usually better.
This is made clearer by another keyword for Pluto, to regenerate,
that is, create anew, in a better way. This can mean changing from being an unethical
person to an ethical person, as in spiritual regeneration.
Pluto the planet is associated with hidden and secret things, often deeply buried,
perhaps in the mind. It is associated with psychoanalysis and similar deep therapies. It
is also associated with atomic energy, which often involves the transformation of one
element to another, with the release of vast amounts of energy. Pluto, like the atom,
tightly holds onto its secret energy, but when it is released, it occurs suddenly,
unexpectedly and powerfully. Not surprisingly, Pluto is associated with sex
and the orgasm. The sudden explosion of
energy naturally associates Pluto with aggression, passion and
To understand the secret matters which Pluto is concerned with, we need to remember
that, for instance, much of science deals with uncovering secrets of nature.
As Pluto is associated with life and death, some of these secrets refer to understanding
how to create life and transmute events in the biological cell. It is also concerned with
life prolongation (death).
Of course, Pluto's secrets are also secrets of the mind. Areas where we might have
hidden shame or guilt, the skeleton in the cupboard. But really these are areas
that we cannot own or have
because they are considered bad or they are considered too good. We hide both the saint
and the sinner within us. When Pluto digs up any of these, it causes serious conscious
conflict, and the good may horrify us more than the bad! The personal secrets also include
areas of possibility and potential that we dare not even dream about
(except symbolically). Normally, such areas are only made manifest when we are ready to
receive them and to transform. Pluto also gives us this ability.
In a natal chart Pluto indicates how a person will cut through the veneer and get down
to life or death, sex and survival matters. The expression, "cut the crap" is
Plutonic because Pluto is concerned with elimination and cutting through to the cause or
Pluto is considered by astrologers to be neither good nor bad. For instance, where the
keyword "annihilation" is used, it is probably only half the truth. Pluto does
destroy the old, but it does so to create the new, and the better new (regenerate).
Some more keywords related to Pluto are: elimination, purification, exposure,
intensity and extremes.
Pluto rules over the basic conflict between spiritual development and worldly living.
While Uranus will change the old into the new, Pluto will destroy the old to make room for
Pluto is the ruler, or co-ruler (with Mars), of Scorpio.
The Moon's North Node indicates the direction, area and manner in which the being seeks
his or her destiny.
Indicates the resources and gifts the being brought into this world, which could be
used to achieve his or her destiny.
Indicates those areas where things will come very easily; where the Being is lucky.
Jupiter and the more distant planets spend so much time in one sign, that the meaning
of the planet in the sign for the individual becomes less a distinctive
mark of their existence than a distinctive mark of those born during that period. While
these planets do have a personal meaning in terms of the Houses, Pluto in Scorpio, for
instance does not have a unique personal meaning for those with this placement in their
||Time in one sign
||21 years (12-31)