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The Outer Planets

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

The 3 outer or transpersonal planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are ‘recent’ discoveries by way of entering collective consciousness in the last few centuries. Not visible to the naked eye in the darkness of night these universal residents are slow moving and can stay in a single zodiac sign between 7 (Uranus) and 30 (Pluto) years, thus influencing the consciousness of an entire generation in the same way. The personalities of the outer planets are very distinct and it’s interesting to note their impact upon us and our subsequent urges and experiences.

Uranus – individuality, awakening and freedom

On the dark eve of March 13, 1781, the astronomer Sri William Herschel discovered Uranus – which is situated 19 times further than earth from the Sun. Being composed of hydrogen and helium, Uranus displays a nature unique to its neighbours by rotating on its axis like a rolling ball, thus earning Uranus the title of the universal rebel.

The Uranian energy is lightning fast and geared toward differentiation, group consciousness, unconventionality and rebellion. Uranus cannot bear limitations of the past nor stuffy old traditions, as it's highly future focussed, ready to shock and always seeking freedom.

Uranus’ electric current has a unique ability to break up old patterns and rigid thinking. By transit Uranus can ‘liberate’ us from entrenched beliefs that have kept us trapped, dull and inspire us to do something that is radical, change worthy, weird and exciting. At the ages of 21, 42 and 63 the Uranian impulse is very strong and typically marks a time where we feel the urgent need to jump off the train and rebel.

Uranus governs; the nervous system, electricity and eccentricity, invention, original thinking, sci-fi and technology, independence (especially from tradition), quirks & oddities, impulsiveness, sudden change, psychedelic drugs, genius, earthquakes, lightning bolts and excitable future focussed energy.

Within the horoscope Uranus can suggest areas of life that are creative, most changeable and unstable in nature. It’s also the place we pursue evolutionary progress, detachment and the pronounced space we exercise personal freedom.

Neptune – illusion, inspiration, imagination

Nebulous Neptune was spotted in 1846 and is 3 times farther out from the Sun than Saturn. Beyond earthly logic and boundaries, Neptune represents undifferentiated, disordered energy without shape and is resigned to the psychic or emotional plane. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus and super sweet in nature, linked to devotion, universal compassion, self-sacrifice and charity. Neptune relates to martyrs and saints who selflessly bear their lives for a higher cause in uplifting humanity out of egoistic based paradigms.

As Neptune is of the subtlest nature, it doesn’t exist purely within a structured world of matter. So when filtered through forms Neptune casts a spell of fog, disillusionment and confusion, especially to those less spiritually evolved. In the horoscope the influence of Neptune (and every other chart factor in fact) depends on the individual’s consciousness to its vibration. One can go up or down the slippery slope of Neptune which results in the path of forgiveness, compassion and detachment or denial, unfulfilled responsibilities, drug abuse, escapism and self-sabotage that leads to personal experiences of undoing.

Neptune’s force is hard to grasp being so refined. In our chart it can weaken whatever it touches by casting a fog that obscures practical vision, yet be the energy that inspires great works of creativity and artistic expression from a seemingly different realm.

Neptune is thus associated with psychic mediums, poets, artists, dreams, fantasies, sweet sweet love, celestial beings, maya – illusion, the unconscious, dissolution, deception, imagination, talents, hyper-sensitivity, fame, refined music, water, empathy, spiritual energy and intuition.

Pluto – transformation and power

Icy Pluto is astronomically classified as a dwarf planet and situated in the Kuiper belt at a vast distance from the inner planets that swiftly orbit the Sun. Being invisible to the naked eye on earth, Pluto can only be seen via quality photography and telescope and this universal remoteness merely adds to the shrouds of Plutonian mystery.

Pluto was discovered by astronomer Percival Lowell in 1930, yet its existence was predicated long before that within ancient Vedic texts that describe Pluto as the underworld of hell and abode of Yamaraj, superintendent (demigod) of death.

Pluto has a magnanimous force that represents power and destruction. It can tear down incredibly strong structures right to the bone for ultimate metamorphosis. Coupled with an iron clad will to support its needs for profound change, Pluto is the force to be reckoned with otherwise it can be totally overwhelming.

The Pluto overwhelm can be experienced on a global and local front, as a mishandling of Pluto’s resources to serve base urges for control and dominance. The effects can be seen visibly through tragic events, that wreck the world and destroy its inhabitants.

Psychologically, Pluto’s urge to probe and expel can enable a great release – of the junk lodged within the collective and individual consciousness that’s been festering away and blocking the channels to higher grade living. Being the solar systems detective, Pluto is unafraid to get right into the core and uncover the muck through a powerful process of fearless examination, confrontation and elimination - supporting Pluto’s evolutionary need to go from lower to higher and heal existing wounds.

The heavy weight of Pluto in the natal chart suggests our relationship to power and the use of it as well as areas of life we’re apt to undergo significant trials via Pluto’s signature birth/death experience. By transit Pluto can signal a crisis time – bringing forth hardship in order to facilitate the process of transformation and restore balance to a discordant system. During this period if it all becomes too much, seeking help from friends, family and support networks can be necessary as Pluto’s pressure can be intensive.


Additional associates of Pluto’s dark side; obsessions, fixations, addictions, envy, corruption, manipulation, surreptitious behaviour, lust, revenge, trauma, possession, criminal behaviour, seedy sexuality, domination, deep attachments, drama, grief, death, stalking, disease and creepiness.

At a higher level; empowerment through confronting fears, deep healing, committed to countering lower attachments, incredible bravery, compassionate, laser focus, acute self-awareness, powerful protector, magnetic, strong, honest, raw and inspiring.


The Astrology Book - James R. Lewis

The Round Art – A.T. Mann

Understanding the Birth Chart - K.Burk

Healing Pluto Problems - D.Cunningham

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