Vulcan

Vulcan (related to the word volcano) is a "hypothetical planet" (sometimes referred to as the trans-Neptunian points or planets, or TNPs for short) that astronomers formerly speculated would be—and that a few astrologers still anticipate will be—found orbiting the Sun inside the orbit of Mercury. The nineteenth-century French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier was the first person to hypothesize its existence and, shortly after he made his theories known, people began to claim that they had observed Vulcan. It was named after the ancient Roman god of fire, who was also blacksmith to the gods. Alice Bailey's system of esoteric astrology makes extensive use of Vulcan, and some esoteric astrologers still utilize it. Many astrologers anticipated that Vulcan, when discovered, would be assigned the rulership of Virgo. As astronomers gradually abandoned the notion of an intermercurial planet, Vulcan slowly faded from astrological discourse. There is, for example, no entry for Vulcan in such standard references as the Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology or Eleanor Bach's Astrology from A to Z. Thanks to the Star Trek television series, the name is still alive, although Mr. Spock's home planet bears little resemblance to the hypothetical planet of astronomical history.

Sources:

Bach, Eleanor. Astrology from A to Z: An Illustrated Source Book. New York: Philosophical Library, 1990.

The Gallic Vulcan as it appeared on a Celtic monument found under a section of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 1711. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library.

Brau, Jean-Louis, Helen Weaver, and Allan Edmands. Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology. New York: New American Library, 1980. Corliss, William R. The Sun and Solar System Debris: A Catalog of Astronomical Anomalies. Glen Arm, MD: The Sourcebook Project, 1986. DeVore, Nicholas. Encyclopedia of Astrology. New

York: Philosophical Library, 1947. Gettings, Fred. Dictionary of Astrology. London: Rout-ledge & Kegan Paul, 1985.

VULCANUS

Vulcanus is one of the eight hypothetical planets (sometimes referred to as the trans-Neptunian points or planets, or TNPs for short) utilized in Uranian astrology. The Uranian system, sometimes referred to as the Hamburg School of Astrology, was established by Friedrich Sieggrun (1877-1951) and Alfred Witte (1878-1943). It relies heavily on hard aspects and midpoints. In decline for many decades, it has experienced a revival in recent years.

Vulcanus represents powerful and even explosive energy and force, especially the urge that one cannot quite control, or the experience of charismatic coercion. It can also symbolize a person's reservoir of energy and the depletion of that energy.

Sources:

Lang-Wescott, Martha. Mechanics of the Future: Asteroids. Rev. ed. Conway, MA: Treehouse Mountain, 1991. Simms, Maria Kay. Dial Detective: Investigation with the puting Services, 1989.

The Gallic Vulcan as it appeared on a Celtic monument found under a section of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 1711. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library.

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