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Is Pluto the Ruler of Aries?

 
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Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2021 11:40 pm    Post subject: Is Pluto the Ruler of Aries? Reply with quote

Hi Skyscribes

When with the improvement of astronomical instruments and computational methods Uranus and Neptune were discovered, astrologers reached a consensus to attribute them to Aquarius and Pisces respectively - abandoning or extending the traditional domicile scheme.

In consequence of the modified scheme, it would have made sense to consider the next newly found planet the ruler of Aries. While some astrologers indeed reached that conclusion, Pluto was in fact assigned to a variety of signs over time.

Interestingly, much of that discussion occurred before the planet was actually discovered, and more than one astrologer even correctly foretold its name. This article by Skyscript member Philip Graves gives an excellent overview of the different views presented back then:

https://www.astrolearn.com/astrology-articles/astrologers-on-pluto-1897-1931/

As we all know, Pluto's nomination as the Lord of Scorpio predominated and is accepted by most (although by no means all) astrologers today. This is also the view adopted by yours truly during most of the time that I occupied myself with the art of stargazing, however, I currently reconsider the alternative of seeing this planet as having his domicile in Aries.

While Pluto's character as dark and gloomy seems well established, he is also a force that tends to bring things out in the open (sometimes violently so), not unlike the way shoots break through the soil and grow up into the sunlight with the arrival of spring.

Moreover, Pluto is an essentially solar force in the mind of some notable practitioners and occasionally said to be exalted in Leo, both of which seems quite in line with his potential rulership of Aries, where the Sun has his exaltation.

In the context of this thread, I would love to hear from those of you who are interpreting Pluto in that fashion (or who are at least open to the possibility) the arguments you may have in support of it - be they empirical, mythological, historical or whatever.

Thanks!

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