Spiritual Planet

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The planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. They are not visible with the naked eye owing to their distance from the Earth. The length of their orbital periods means that they can remain in one sign of the zodiac for several years.

It takes Uranus roughly 7 years to pass through one sign of the zodiac, Neptune around 14 and Pluto between 12 and 32.[1]

The spiritual planets were unknown at the time when the fundamental astrological principles were formulated. Uranus was discovered in 1781, Neptune in 1846 and Pluto in 1930. Nevertheless, astrology has been open enough to integrate these new planetary principles. It is also remarkable that the discovery of Uranus coincided with the greatest crisis in the history of astrological thought. But instead of leading to the total downfall of astrology - as many scientists had predicted - the discovery of the planets beyond Saturn and the breakup of the classical system turned out to be a way out of that very crisis.

Uranus, Neptune and Pluto stand for themes which go beyond those represented by the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) or the social planets (Jupiter and Saturn). They describe spiritual processes. The fact that they aren't visible to the naked eye symbolises their relationship to the spiritual realm which also remains invisible. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto embody principles which lie beyond the outer realm of the material world symbolised by Saturn.

They are also related to that which in Jungian terminology is called the "Collective Unconscious". It is generally difficult for the human mind to gain access to this realm. It is probably true that the majority of individuals have difficulty relating to the energies symbolised by the spiritual planets in a society which concentrates on the material and tangible.


In an individual horoscope, the house position of Uranus and any aspects it makes are more significant than the sign of the zodiac in which it is placed. These indicate where and how a person is likely to experience flashes of intuition which shake the foundations of structures or routinely held beliefs and open up new horizons and perspectives.

The placement of Neptune and any aspects it makes will indicate how and to what extent an individual will experience a dissolving of the boundary between the individual and the collective. Neptune connects us and increases our receptiveness to the immaterial world.

Pluto relates to all fundamental processes of transformation which an individual is forced to confront throughout the course of life - including the ultimate transformation at the time of death.

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Notes and References

  1. Pluto's very eccentric orbit means that it spends over thirty years in the signs of Aries and Taurus and about 12 years in Scorpio and Sagittarius, which means that several generations can have Pluto in the same sign