Its name and symbol give a fairly good idea of this planet's innate expression. Vulcanus is like a volcano. It is a planet of great energy. In medical terms it usually represents an addition to an already existing problem or illness: Vulcanus usually makes the ailment worse or more obvious. If there is a festering condition, Vulcanus is the energy that will make it surface.

Vulcanus is also like a chameleon in that it tends to take on the personality of the planet or planets it aspects. For instance, Vulcanus conjunct Neptune would mean more of Neptune's tendencies and expressions; Vulcanus conjunct Mars would indicate more Marslike functions, etc.

On the positive side, if Vulcanus is well-placed in a chart, it may indicate a person who has a tremendous reserve of energy and strength, one who will fight back against illness. Excellent recuperative powers are associated with this planet.


In many ways this planet has little to do with medical astrology. Poseidon has more to do with spiritualization and mental activities than any physical problems. I've encountered it very seldom in health axis problems. But, still, Poseidon may have some influence on illness.

To me Poseidon is the higher octave of Neptune, but without most of the negative traits of Neptune. More than aything else a well-placed Poseidon seems like "guardian angel." It may provide spiritual protection during a time of surgery or perhaps a hope that health can be maintained or an illness overcome with the proper attitude.

At its worst, I suppose, it can point to the possibility of a person having to fill out a lot of governmental and hospital forms—a very minor consideration to a medical astrologer in the overall analysis of a person's health. I also believe it may be somewhat active in the charts of people with mental illnesses, although this conjecture needs to be borne out in research.


Charles Emerson, a prominent medical and Ura-nian astrologer, brought Transpluto to national attention several years ago. It was felt by many to be the planet beyond Pluto, hence the name. Other astrologers have redubbed it Bacchus and even assigned it rulership of the sign Taurus.

According to Emerson, Transpluto is a planet of uprooting trauma: anything that Transpluto touches is further changed and transformed. It is a kind of higher octave of Pluto. Emerson believes it influences the psyhological ramifications of birth.

Michael Munkasey, another highly respected astrologer, reports that Transpluto is associated with hypoglycemia. I've checked out the transits of Transpluto in several charts and have found that Munkasey is 100 per cent accurate.

From personal experience, using this planet only in progressions and with solar arc, I've sometimes seen it quite active in relation to medical ailments; at other times, when I felt it should have been active, there was no indication of its power. I don't have an explanation for such on-again, off-again manifestation. My only observation is that when it is active in a 90-degree wheel via progression, it is very active—literally a pulverizer or equalizer in any situation.

Indeed, I believe this planet is a formidable enemy to health conditions; however, its influence may be more on the psychological level than the physical. I have noted that mental breakdowns tend to occur when Transpluto is badly placed. It could be that this planet's vibrations are so high that most of us can't respond to them as yet or that when we do respond it is on a mental plane. At any rate, Transpluto should be thoroughly studied and researched by medical astrologers.

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