Why Neptune and Pluto Are Special

Poky Neptune and Pluto are such slow planets that they're called "generational" planets. A whole generation may have these planets in the same sign. Right now Pluto is on the "fast" part of its cycle—it's "only" taking about eleven years to get through a sign! When it's slow, it takes about 30 years (speed is relative, after all)!

This helps explain why time seems speeded up now, doesn't it? Now, Neptune takes fourteen years to go through one sign, so it's a generational planet, too.

Both of these planets are "late" discoveries. In fact, three planets were discovered relatively recently: Uranus was first noted in 1781, Neptune in 1846, and Pluto in 1930. Naturally, modern astrologers have had to study these new discoveries to find how they fit into the larger scheme and how they correspond to other developments in our evolution. In so doing, they've learned that Uranus is associated with scientific invention and innovative ideas, as well as revolutions; Neptune is connected to film, psychic abilities, and psychology; and Pluto is aligned with both atomic energy and the collective unconscious.


When planets are retrograde, their motion, seen from an Earthy perspective, appears to be in reverse (but this is not actually so; planets can only move in one direction along their orbits).

Because Neptune and Pluto move so slowly, we're only going to look at each of them in the signs for people who are (or soon will be) alive now—approximately a 100-year span. If you don't fit into this time span, call us right away—you belong in the Guinness Book of World Records!

Interestingly, there's a correlation between a planet's discovery and concurrent scientific discoveries connected with that planet's energies. For example, there was no psychology at all until Neptune was discovered in 1846—and then Freud unlocked the subconscious. And we had to wait for Pluto's "discovery" in 1930 to unlock the secrets of nuclear power. Who knows what's next.

^ The 12 houses are the areas of human experience.

^ Houses are described by quality and in a way that's similar to the elements.

^ All houses have a "landlord," which is the planet that's in charge of the sign on its cusp.

^ The landlord planet has final say about what's happening in that area of life. ^ Every planet rules at least one sign. ^ Retrograde planets seem to reverse their energies.

^ Neptune and Pluto are "generational" planets—a whole generation may have these planets in the same sign, and they apply to the collective.

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