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Why Pluto is Still Valid in Astrology Even Though It Isn’t a Planet Anymore

Why Pluto is Still Valid in Astrology Even Though It Isn't a Planet Anymore

Updated April 26, 2020
By Corrine Lane     5 Comments

Recently, I received this email from a reader:

I suggest you update the ruling planets zodiac sign chart because Pluto isn’t a planet anymore…

This reflects a somewhat popular idea that since Pluto is no longer classified as a planet, it is no longer valid in astrology.

I will explain why Pluto is just as valid as before, regardless of its classification.

As humans, we are part of a universal field consisting of an ebb and flow of energy.

This ebb and flow of energy is regulated by any bit of matter floating in space.

Or, at the very least, this energy current is affected (or mirrored?) by any bit of matter floating in space.

This ebb and flow of energy controls our oceans’ tides, seasonal harvests, and animal migrations, among many other things on Earth.

Any piece of matter floating in space causes a ripple in the energy flow. If it’s composed of matter, and even gas is a state of matter, then it matters.

To paraphrase Shakespeare’s Juliet, what’s in a name? That which we call Pluto, by any other word, would cause the same ripple in the energy flow.

Just because Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet, it doesn’t make us automatically immune to its effects on the ebb and flow of energy across the universe.

My reader suggests that since Pluto is not a “planet” anymore, that it cannot rule a zodiac sign.

However, as Steven Forrest has so brilliantly noted, the classification of “planet” itself is arbitrary. Mercury, Venus, and Mars are hard little rocks, while Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are gas giants. According to the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the term “planets” includes hard little rocks and gas giants, and everyone seems okay with this.

In addition, just about everyone understands that when astrologers include the Sun and Moon when we say, “planets,” we do so only for convenience. Of course, we know that the Sun and Moon are luminaries rather than planets. For convenience, when we say things like, “planets in the signs,” we are talking about the planets and the Sun and Moon.

And sometimes Chiron.

Even Chiron, the minor planet (sometimes called a comet) is allowed to be included in the term “planets” without anyone making a fuss about it.

Here’s the kicker:

In astrology, the term “planets” includes hard rocks, gas giants, luminaries, sometimes minor planets and nobody has a problem with that. Add to that Pluto, the demoted dwarf planet, and everybody loses their minds.

The email above is not the first email I’ve received requesting that I remove Pluto from the Planets page.

If we take a step back and look at the big picture, including Pluto when we say “planets” is not as outrageous as it might seem. As I explained above, astrologers are mostly using the word “planet” for convenience, similarly to how the IAU is using the word “planet” to group together little stony worlds and gas giants.

Pluto is valid because it’s composed of matter. All matter matters. The rocks and stones are matter. The gas giants are matter. Asteroids and comets are matter. And Pluto is matter.

And yet, it is not only matter that matters. It is said that we exist in space and time. While space may be filled with what we call matter, time is filled with something else. Whatever that “something else” is, numbers and mathematics have helped us organize it somewhat, even if we can’t see it. These things also matter, and they are also valid in astrology. That is why we have things such as the Vertex, Ascendant, Midheaven, Arabic Parts, midpoints, hours, minutes, seconds, etc.

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5 comments on “Why Pluto is Still Valid in Astrology Even Though It Isn’t a Planet Anymore”

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  1. Siobhan on said:

    HI I just read this article. Its such a great description of Astrology as a whole, or at least one or two very pertinent points .
    Thank you

  2. Amr-e-Rabi on said:

    I suggest that according to palmistry, your future is written in your hands, according to astrology your future is written in your stars, so by cutting hands your future doesn’t change similarly if a planet did exist earlier but does not exist now, it does not change our future

  3. Yes, thats right.. humans stopped calling pluto a planet – a word we created. As a result of this, pluto loses all energies that it had and all potential to effect anything. Because that’s the power of human words… I hope the sarcasm comes through…
    I mean its not like pluto disappeared just because we dont say ‘planet’ about it..
    Shouldve asked that person what would happen if pluto went from being labelled a planet, to being labelled a cabbage.. By the power of words, ive just turned an entire body into a cabbage, and now all texts must be amended since its not a planet anymore, its a cabbage. That’s how silly the notion is.

  4. Rickey wells on said:

    The name of something in the universe doesn’t change or make nothing it self, it’s the naturals of what each planet small or big , or the moon or sun… renaming doesn’t make what’s part of cosmos change or not do or work in it’s same ways.. renaming means nothing just to those that really don’t believe matter is real and one object out there can help or disrupt one another in same ways, universe is alive but does not know or care for a name change or scale change…

  5. Michiel on said:

    I think the argumentation here is flawed. Before Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet it was considering by astrology as a planet, like all the other planers and the sum and moon and thus had an effect on us all. Yet in the facinity of Pluto there are some 40 to 50 Pluto-like objects that astrology did not consider as planets and were thus not taken into evaluation on their effect to life on earth. So if the effect of pluto matters than astrology needs to explain why they are solely considering its effect and wholly neglecting the effect of all the 40 – 50 Pluto-like objects. How we classify those objects is then indeed irrelevant, but their effect must be in the same order of the effect of Pluto.

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