Pluto Demoted
Officially no longer a planet
August 24, 2006

The Astrological Ramifications
- in my opinion

Nick Anthony Fiorenza


At the closing ceremony of the 2006 International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly in Prague, with over 2500 astronomers participating in the discussions of many astronomical issues, the announcement was made on the final voting regarding the status of Pluto.

Due to the discovery over the last few years of several astronomical bodies in our solar system similar to Pluto in characteristics, including size, the question arose about including these new bodies (with obviously more yet to be discovered) as planets, or to classify them differently and re-classify Pluto in the process.

As a result, the vote was to reclassify Pluto as a "dwarf planet," now recognized as the prototype of this new category of trans-Neptunian objects.

The IAU press release can be found here:

IAU 2006 General Assembly: Result of the IAU Resolution votes
24. August 2006, Prague

Illustration Credit: The International Astronomical Union/Martin Kornmesser

Ceres (the largest of the four primary asteroids), Pluto, and Eris (UB313) are the only formal members of the "Dwarf Planet" category (as of Aug 2006), although there are several more expected.

The Astrological Ramifications

Obviously, this does not change the astrophysical nature of Pluto, nor its astrological influence (psychophysiological resonance) in the evolution of life in our solar system and on Earth--or does it?

In my opinion, creating this new classification and demoting Pluto was not only the most logical solution but also the most appropriate from a philosophical and astrological perspective.

As is recognized in the art-science of astrology, the recent and extremely accelerated recognition of other astronomical objects and phenomena in our universe, whether they are members of our solar system or deep space objects beyond our entire galaxy, directly reveals the conscious expansion of human awareness coming to embrace previously unconscious aspects of self and aspects of the greater Cosmic Intelligence to which we belong. Generally speaking, the discovery of new bodies within our solar system reveal our recognition of deeper aspects of our own psychophysiological makeup, while new discoveries further from our solar system and galaxy reveal new aspects of Creative Intelligence expressing though our psychophysiological makeup. All revealing the expansion of our awareness about ourselves, our evolutionary process, and about the greater environment (Cosmic Intelligence) in which we evolve. Conscious recognition also implies a need to take deeper responsibility for who we are and what we are doing here on Earth as sentient souls.

The decision to create this new category and to re-classify Pluto is astrologically significant because it now serves as a formal invitation to astrologers to consider these newly discovered bodies (aspects of self) just as we consider Pluto and its psychophysiological resonance in our lives. Thus, Pluto's demotion is not shrinking the importance of Pluto, it is placing Pluto's role in our lives into a more embracing context. It demands we expand our perception and our astrological explorations to include these multi-plutonian-facets of our very makeup. It also invites astrologers to consider the influence that was attributed solely to Pluto can now be seen in more clarity by examining the newly discovered dwarf planets that may have been conjoining Pluto at any given time.

The Coincidence of Pluto's New Status

Pluto's reclassification as a dwarf planet synchronistically occurred at the start of the first Pluto-Earth synodic cycle occurring in sidereal Sagittarius:

"2006, marks a primary turning in the role of Pluto in our lives. The 367-day cycles created by the orbits of Earth and Pluto around the Sun (called Pluto's Synodic Cycles) had been occurring in sidereal Scorpio for many years (1995 through 2006), but now start to occur in sidereal Sagittarius over many years to come (2006 through 2020). This year, centering around June 16, marks the time where Pluto demands we step forth from the trials (the Scorpion's sting) of past events in our lives, claim the wisdom from our past experiences, and shift octaves into living a greater truth and awareness about who we truly are, and to undauntedly pursue our greater dreams and passions individually held and collectively destined as a species. Pluto is an opener, and will now clear the way for this transition by dismantling that which is not supportive of this higher truth to reign in our lives. This marks the ending of dramatic wars that defend limiting false beliefs, a period that served to open the way for a greater truth to emerge. The time leading up to June 16 is the crescendo of Pluto's last cycle in sidereal Scorpio, a time that may result in abrupt endings of scenarios that had been long standing in our lives. In the time ahead, Pluto will continue to open the way, but now in a different way, by clearing away attitudes of ignorance so a greater truth and intelligence can begin to shine in our lives and on Earth....

The next few Pluto synodic cycles are revelatory...."

Quote taken from the June 26, 2006 Lunar Planner snippet:
Pluto's First Synod in Sidereal Sagittarius

Not only did Pluto's reclassification coincide with this new set of Sagittarian synods, but also just as Pluto is about to return direct (Sept 4) from its retrograde (the period when a planet ends one synodic cycle and starts its next). Pluto's direct station marks the full commence of this first new Pluto synodic cycle in sidereal Sag--all occurring in this August 23, 2006 Lunar Cycle.

Larger than Pluto;

Visit the asteroids web page to learn a bit about Pluto's new "family" - including the new UB-313 (Eris) discovery, which is larger than Pluto, as well as Quaoar, Ixion, Varuna, and Orcus.

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