The Outer Planets: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

Most people who know their natal chart remember their “big” planet placements, that is, the planets that affect them directly. These are the personal planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon and of course, the Sun. The sign placement of these planets is nearly as important as the house they are in because they move throughout the zodiac constantly. In this article I am going to talk about three other planets that get overlooked in the personal chart, and usually overlooked by the collective too. These planets are Uranus (yours, not mine), Neptune and Pluto.

First, a little backstory on the outer planets. During the time astrology had the most development these planets were not even known. Uranus is barely visible from earth even with perfect conditions. It is likely they considered it to be a random star in the night sky as the other planets are much brighter. Neptune and Pluto are not visible without the use of a telescope. It wasn’t until 1781 that Uranus was discovered. Neptune was discovered in 1846 and Pluto was discovered as recently as 1930. Around 1650 societal changes within the church and scientific discoveries heavily stigmatized astrologers and their craft, so you can understand why there isn’t as much credit paid to these planets. Lastly, these planets are so far from Earth, they may only change their zodiac sign once in a decade. Uranus is the fastest of the three, changing roughly every eight years, but Neptune takes roughly 16 years and Pluto averages 21 years!

Despite the cards being stacked against them, these are some of the most powerful celestial bodies in our solar system. In your individual natal chart, you will want to look at their house placement to know how they affect you more than the sign they are in, however I liken these planets to an earthquake. They may be slow to change but once they do, it is going to alter an entire generation of people.

So what do these planets do anyway? In a nutshell, they influence the planetary consciousness. These three planets will impact the psyche of a whole generation and because of that, we have to look at history to gain an idea of how these planets work. As we stretch back hundreds of years, we can find patterns for how society will act during certain sign placements for these planets.

Let’s focus on the first of three, Uranus.

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Not too long ago in 2018, Uranus entered the sign of Taurus and it will remain in Taurus until 2025. Taurus is the sign of security and money. It values material possessions and comforts. It is a sign that is slow to change, but when it does, it is usually a drastic shift. Knowing this, we can predict there will be some significant changes to promote security and financial abundance between 2018 and 2025.

If we look back through time at when Uranus was in Taurus before, we can see the accuracy of this pattern. The last time Uranus was in Taurus was from 1935 to 1942. Only a short while before this, The Great Depression happened in America. Unemployment and poverty were higher than ever. One could say it was the result of the two previous Uranus placements, Pisces and Aries, which tend to be frivolous and impulsive with their money. This short sighted spending led to The Great Depression. However near the end of Uranus’ transit through Aries, Roosevelt was elected and started to implement massive social reform to increase the financial security of the nation and its citizens. Interestingly enough, these social reforms coincided with Uranus entering Taurus. 

Being an American, I know US history the best, however worldwide, many nations were struggling at some point after WWI. Germany had been thrown into a depression due to the war, but here comes Uranus in Taurus and their depression subsided by a national increase in production and trade.

Again we can see the same pattern happening roughly 70 years earlier. Uranus entered Taurus in 1850 and just two years earlier in 1848 the official start of the California Gold Rush took place. The majority of the gold rush took place while Uranus was in the financially abundant sign of The Bull. Similarly, Communism began to gain popularity around this same time; an ideology based on meetings everyone’s needs for comfort and material security. 

For a greater in depth look at Uranus in Taurus click here.

Next up Neptune

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The planet of the sea god, Neptune, is currently in the sign Pisces. This planet rules over mysticism, illusions, deception, the subconscious, dreams and most everything else related to spirit. Pisces is a sign of duality. There is the ability for great creation and also a likeness for escapism and self destructive behaviors. The strength of Neptune to influence the subconscious promotes both the creative aspects and the self inflicting harms of Pisces. I will take a similar look as I did with the last planet.

When Neptune was last in Pisces, it was interestingly enough 1847 through 1862, so a lot of the stuff I recently mentioned was happening. You’ll find the outer planets work together a lot of times when big historical events are taking place. However, I’m going to add some Neptune/Pisces notes to this.

All throughout Europe, countries were having their own revolutions and civil wars. From one view this would be Uranus enacting change, although a civil war can also be seen as very self destructive. The nation has so much inner turmoil the only answer is for brothers to take up arms against each other and fight for their ideology. 

From the creative side of Pisces. In 1849, Armand Fizeau first measured the speed of light. Herman Melville published the famous literature Moby Dick (1851) and Darwin published his Origin of Species (1859). Obviously Pisces isn’t all bad. 

Before that Neptune traveled through Pisces from 1684 to 1698. We will see how much of the period used religion, which is associated with Pisces, to exert control over people. There was a banning of every religion except Roman Catholicism in France (1685) and the Salem witch trials took place in 1692. Yet again, there is a creative side to Pisces as Bach was born during this period along with other famous Musicians, and Newton published Principia (1687), a basic text for science at the time.

Some of these patterns can feel repetitive but I believe this provides us with accuracy for predictions. This is a good source for a broad history of Neptune in Pisces. 

Lastly, Pluto

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This planet rules over power structures, control, death and rebirth. It currently resides in Capricorn, a sign which strives for power, status and dominion. With this combination, the influence of Pluto will strongly affect political structures, large corporate entities with wide reach, and the general essence of patriarchal systems. So it’s no surprise the last time Pluto was in Capricorn, Russia saw a political assassination of their Czar, Peter the Third; Britain and France had their Seven Year War; and the United States sought Independence through the writing of the Constitution and American Revolution.

Given the context of what happened last time these three planets were in the respective signs, I think it’s safe to say things will be changing. The whole planet has been suffering from the Corona pandemic, there is civil unrest throughout America (we approach our first pluto return in 2025) and many more changes are taking place throughout the world. 

You may feel like the world is going crazy at times. However, if history tells us one thing, it’s that WE WILL get through this. All of these events took place decades to centuries ago and humans are still around to tell the stories. I hope this article didn’t rile up too much angst in you and you learned something valuable from it. Make sure to check out my other content and link up with me on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

To my fellow seekers, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!