Transpluto revisited

It is seen as an asymmetry by many a modern astrologer that four signs in the zodiac are ruled by only two planets. Even though personally I welcome the concept of double domiciles, I agree that it would be most pleasing to have a single planet ascribed to each signs as its primary ruler.

As of late, there is in fact some some strong astronomical evidence provided by the discoverer of the dwarf planet Eris Mike Brown for the existence of one or more still undiscovered major planets in the solar system, which I talked about in my last post.

I found this proposal by a leading astronomer rather encouraging.

There has been some substantial research into this topic before. For those of you who wish to know more about it, this video series summarizes it well:

But despite all the evidence, astronomers got quite negative regarding unknown major objects in the outer solar system when, in 2014, the analysis of the extensive data gathered by the WISE spacecraft data yielded no results. At the time, I sent Mike Brown an email, asking him if, in his opinion, this completely rules out the possibility of there being such bodies. I didn’t receive any reply though.

It was good to hear then that not all astronomers had given up the hope, when in January 2015 a professor of Madrid university stated to have evidence for the existence of two trans-Plutonian planets – which obviously suggested a perfect match with astrology’s extended domicile scheme.

As many astrologers seem to lack the patience to wait for astronomy to make its further discoveries, there have been a number of alternative suggestions for the missing sign rulers, especially Chiron and certain asteroids. But in order to truly be in accordance with the principles of the domicile scheme, the additional sign rulers should be further out and moving slower than Pluto.

One of the more interesting suggestions for an actual additional planet is Transpluto as calculated by the French astronomer F. M. E. Sevin in 1946. Even though Sevin’s planet could never be  observationally confirmed, an ephemeris became available in the mid 60s, and a number of astrologers started exploring this elusive celestial body. They seemingly gathered evidence for its astrological significance, and some books and articles were published. Today, Transpluto has a following especially among craftsmen in Germany and Switzerland.

However, various authors differ in the way they look at and call this “planet”. Depending on their particular outlook, it goes by the name of Persephone, Bacchus, Isis, or Chaos-Apeiron. Its domicile is said to be either Taurus, Libra, Virgo, or even (commonly Neptune-ruled) Pisces.

Now since I have always been a rather curious bunny regarding any information that  potentially helps me round out my universal scheme, I started experimenting with Transpluto in the 1990s. First I was exploring the Isis-Virgo conception suggested by Lynn Koiner, later the Bacchus-Taurus theory represented by John Hawkins. I found the latter much more convincing.

In the anthology Astrology’s Special Measurements, Lynn Koiner presents observations on Transpluto’s role in the charts of lottery winners. I actually find this supportive of  Transpluto’s connection to Taurus with its well known “wealth consciousness” rather than to thrifty Virgo, even though Koiner doesn’t reach this conclusion.

Another intriguing observation is to be found in John Hawkin’s book Transpluto or Should We Call Him Bacchus the Ruler of Taurus? According to the author, Bacchus plays a significant role in the charts calculated for the times and places of earthquakes, definitely reflecting the mythology around his name-giving deity. This trait supposedly becomes particularly evident in the combination of Bacchus with Mars. With this in mind, I studied Bacchus’s position in a number of earthquake charts. The ones I looked at are mentioned here; they all show Bacchus in a significant place, and my results are quite in accordance with Hawkin’s conclusions.

Kobe Jan 17 1995: Transpluto (23°47′ Leo) in wide conjunction to Mars, quincunx to the Sun, semi-sextile to the Moon, quincunx to Uranus, exact quincunx to Neptune, and exact sextile/trine to the MC-IC axis.

Haiti January 12 2010: Transpluto (29°14′ Leo) is in exact opposition to Jupiter and in opposition to Neptune. He forms a platic conjunction with Mars – which again is noteworthy regarding Hawkins’ postulate. He is furthermore trine the Moon and trine Pluto.

(Now, the next two charts are for occurrences not much later, so some of these same aspects are still active. They can be regarded an ongoing influence that triggered a series of earthquakes.)

Chile Feb 27 2010: Transpluto (28°50′ Leo) still in platic conjunction (or partile semi-sextile) to Mars, and also to the Moon. Moreover, there is still the opposition to Neptune, plus an opposition to Mercury.

Yushu April 14 2010: Here we have Transpluto (28°28′ Leo) in an angular house (4th), still in platic conjunction to Mars and exact opposition to Neptune, moreover in exact quincunx to Uranus. Also, we see him exactly trine the Sun, plus semi-sextile Saturn.

Fukushima March 11 2011 – Transpluto (29°4′ Leo) in the 1st house (actually reaching the ASC a little later at the time of the ensuing tsunami impact on the nuclear power plant), in exact quincunx to Uranus, and exact opposition to Neptune.

Alaska June 23 2014: Transpluto (29°55′ Leo) is in close conjunction (2°) to the ASC. Besides, he is semi-sextile the Sun, sextile Mercury, square Venus.

San Francisco Aug 24 2014: The outstanding aspect here is Transpluto (0°30′ Virgo) being in exact conjunction to the Sun.

However, it should be noted that the recent proposal of a still unknown major planet in the outer solar systems does NOT suggest something like Sevin’s Transpluto which is supposed to be on an orbit much closer to the Sun and moving much faster, accordingly. Maybe it  eventually possible to correlate it to one of the TNOs that astronomers keep finding in the area in the last couple of decades. Or maybe what Sevin unwittingly found is an “energy body” which he thought of as a physical planet.

It’s actually not unusual for us astrologers to work with factors that don’t tangibly exist, such as house cusps, midpoints, planetary nodes etc. Already in the first half of the last century, the Hamburg school of astrology around Alfred Witte proposed eight “Trans-Neptunians” based on chart analysis of historical events. They do not seem to have any astronomical foundation either, yet my limited experimentation with them seems to confirm the effects they are said to have in so-called Uranian astrology.

While worthy of our attention, none of these influences in any way lessen the immense significance that the localization of further huge planetary bodies in the solar system will have for astrology.

Best wishes,


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