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Mythology of the Outer Planets

Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia, as passed through into Ancient Greece and Egypt, and to us now, is the study of patterns said to be designed by the Gods. Though astrology has been developed and augmented from this origin, it still gives us an interesting and wonder-filled base to work with when contemplating the divinity of astrology.

With the traditional planets, we still tend to see the planets and luminaries in a very similar way to the Gods associated with them. The Moon is the emotions, and lunar deities tend to rule over both the Moon and emotions. Venus, a love Goddess, is also the planet of love, talents, and sensuality. Mars shows us strength, anger, and passion, like the deity, Mars, of these very themes. However, when we get to the outer planets, this divine reflection can sometimes be lost.

Generally speaking, the conclusion that people draw for the three outer planets are:

Uranus is society, weirdness, and change
Neptune is dreams, illusions, and idealisation
Pluto is chaos, transition, and forced change

While these conclusions are all well and good, if we are to divinely interpret the outer planets, they are actually a watered down version of much more detailed and incredible stories! These each planets are reflections of Gods who embrace much more complex, powerful rulings, and these can make all the difference in how we understand these planets in astrology also.

To me, Uranus does not represent society because it is the ruler of Aquarius, thus making it ‘weird’ or ‘new age,’ but actually because the God, Uranus, was born of some of the most powerful connections in the divine world, and was a catalyst for the continuation of the Greek divinities. He was a forefather of the Titans and Olympians, if you will. Uranus was a primal God, which is in alignment with Uranus as a generational, slow-moving planet. Our instincts, our primal understanding, are ultimately rooted in much bigger, societal concepts and situations.

He is the original ‘father sky’ and was, at a time, ruler of the known universe. This is where I produce the signification of the ‘forefather’ of the later divine rulers, and how Uranus can actually represent past society, and past judicial concerns, rather than present and future. Uranus is not the current father of the sky, the current ruler of the heavens, suggesting that where Uranus tracks through the sky is a reflective throwback: the current visible product of an era gone before.

This works on a person-based astrological level because, if we take Uranus as being society, our natal Uranus generations are, in fact, a reality which was produced by the reality of our parents. Their stories, their situations, their morals and education produce our own, for better or worse, in alignment or in retaliation, thus highlighting the “time lag” which divinely-minded Uranus seems to represent.

Hesiod claims that Gaea made Uranus to be equal to her and cover her on all sides. Thus, a generation’s Uranus placements can also be seen not just as their relationship to the human earth, but even to the global earth in and of itself. This is only further highlighted, in my view, by the story of Uranus as husband to Gaea. As husband, Uranus was not the most loving of divine fathers, preventing children from being born from her, until his eventual demise.

Despite being an ancestor to all the Greek deities (as mentioned), he also carries with him this selfish wrongful history, whereby new generations struggled against the power of Uranus. This mythological story reminds me so much of how we see Uranus generations actually communicating in life, as many times we can misunderstand each other, or be fighting for separate ideas and beliefs. We often note that older generations that are in power are reluctant to give it to the new ones.

It is in all of these ways that Uranus is not simply society or generational change, but the brutal struggle which it takes to bring those things into action. Uranus is our relationship to our planetary home, from how we fight for it, and also how we destroy it, restrict it, and fight against it. It is our reluctance to pass the baton, and how we fight for that baton also. Uranus, as a planet, is societal strife as we create the next reflection of the past, imprinted onto those who come after us.

Neptune is the God of the Sea. He rules over storms, fresh waters, winds, and also horses! He is the God of horse racing, which was a popular form of entertainment in Roman culture. This, first of all, could be a major piece of astrological information when trying to understand why Neptune aspects appear in the charts of artists and entertainers, as the planet Neptune has links to that which is entertaining.

When we talk about Neptune being illusive and delusional, this is not just random, but a product of the way that the sea, storms, and winds behave. The ocean may look calm on the shore, but just a few miles out, and you may find yourself in hot trouble, being pulled down into the depths of the dark water. Storms may wage war against your boat, leaving you shipwrecked, and yet the next week, lull you to sleep. The unpredictability of the ocean is why Neptune can be seen as a planet of delusion, because it is never a strictly comfortable planet to pursue. It can turn on you in a hot second, or be dangerous under the surface.

Interestingly enough, remaining in the Roman pantheon, Neptune did not carry the same political weight as his Greek counterpart, Poseidon. In Greek mythology, Poseidon is king of the ocean, and a brother to King God Zeus, but Neptune – in the Roman pantheon – was a later addition to the Gods, and did not carry such power. From a historical polytheism standpoint, looking into the astrology sphere, I find this to be a funny yet accurate representation of Neptune, because it is often hyped up as being a dream-like planet, mysterious and luxuriously deep, but being a slow-moving, impersonal planet, is usually not quite up to that hype.

But, hey, that’s no reason to entirely discount Neptune, in fact, I’d just choose to be wary. He did once drown the whole world in his myths, so…

Finally of the three outer planets, we have Pluto, God of the Dead. Pluto is known for being a planet of chaos and transitions, but when we consider the divine interpretation, Pluto also gains a profound and meaningful reasoning for these concepts.

As God of the Dead, king of the underworld, and ruler of riches within the earth, many ancient Romans lived in dread of the day they would meet Pluto. After all, desiring meeting the God of the Dead isn’t exactly common, especially in the ancient realm, right? Seeing The Man Downstairs could only mean one thing… it’s time to find out where you’re going, and you’re not coming back from there.

However, in my view, the actual interpretation of Pluto in astrology comes from the point just before this: death itself. Moving from the tangible world to the afterlife is no easy thing. It is the release of energy, the movement from being body to being soul, and then traversing an unknown underworld to the mysterious darkness where your fate shall meet you. This very transition of life to death holds in it the key to Pluto’s astrological theme of transition, but also to the chaos that we see within it. What is more energetically chaotic than transforming your being!?

We speak of Pluto, the planet, as ripping us from one form of comfort into a new one, and forcing upon us changes and truths that we may have even be trying to avoid. When you’re summoned from the world above to the darkness below, this is what is happening on that divine level, as you go from this form of being into the next.

And so we see, with each of the outer planets, there is so much to be learnt from actually conceptualising their divine namesake within our interpretations. By doing so, we can access even more understanding and depth when looking at these slow-moving astrological bodies.

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