It is late October 2016 and I have just read about “Planet Nine” in the news. Planet Nine is a hypothetical planet that orbits the outer reaches of our solar system, well beyond Neptune and Pluto; in fact about 20 times further out than Neptune does, from the Sun.
Planet Nine is rumoured to be a massive planet – from 5 to 20 times bigger than the Earth, and it may even be responsible for tipping the Sun slightly on its axis (a 6 degree tilt). Because Planet Nine is such a massive planet, it pulls on the orbits of several asteroids and elongates those orbits. That is one of the reasons why astronomers feel fairly confident that Planet Nine is actually out there, without having physically seen it through a telescope at this stage. (For a long time I have wondered why Pluto has such an elliptical orbit compared to the rest of the planets – could Planet Nine have something to do with this?)
Planet Nine is a (hypothetical at this stage) world that orbits our Sun in a giant ellipse, at a distance of 40 to over 100 billion miles away. It is estimated that it will take Planet Nine between 10 to 20,000 years to complete a full orbit of the Sun.
Because Planet Nine is at least 5,000 times the mass of Pluto, there will be no debate amongst astronomers about whether it is a “true” planet or not (sorry Pluto, size DOES count when it comes to astronomers and their personal opinions🙂
Wikipedia tells me that if Planet Nine is physically discovered (by being spotted with a telescope), it will likely be given a name chosen from Roman or Greek mythology. A new planet’s mythological identity can be a very helpful clue for astrologers trying to determine its astrological nature – as has been evidenced in the case of Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron, amongst others. So what is it with that? How come the mythology for Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron fits so well? How can something from the past tell us about the future? Why was/is this knowledge already present – even before we “discover” the planet? Does it not cross your mind that we may perhaps be rediscovering these planets?
The Old System Of Planetary Rulerships
In the old traditional planetary rulership system, the twelve astrological signs were ruled by seven planets. Because there weren’t enough planets to go round to make it possible for each sign to have its own ruling planet, some of the planets ruled two signs.
As the planets move outward from the centre of our solar system (in terms of astrological planetary rulership order), they go: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
And in terms of the astrology chart wheel and the signs they rule, they also move outward, in both directions, from the starting sign of Leo.
A test For Your Visualizing Skills
If you are not an especially visual person, in order to help you visualize this concept, it might be easier if you have an actual astrology chart form in front of you. Put the sign of Leo right at the bottom of the wheel. The Sun rules Leo. The Moon rules Cancer (one sign to the left of Leo heading in a clockwise direction). Mercury rules two signs: Gemini (one more sign to the left in a clockwise direction) and Virgo (one sign to the right of Leo in an anticlockwise direction). Venus rules Taurus (three signs to the left of Leo in a clockwise direction) and Libra (two signs to the right of Leo in an anticlockwise direction). The trend continues with Mars, which rules Aries (four signs to the left of Leo in a clockwise direction) and Scorpio (three signs to the right of Leo in an anticlockwise direction). Jupiter rules Pisces (five signs to the left of Leo in a clockwise direction) and Sagittarius (four signs to the right of Leo in an anticlockwise direction).
That leaves only Aquarius and Capricorn, which sit next to each other at the top of the wheel. These two signs, such a long way from Leo on the wheel, are both ruled by Saturn (which was the last planet out from the Sun in those days). The circle is complete.
So you can see that as we have moved around the astrology chart wheel away from Leo in both directions, we have also followed the astrological planetary order outward from the Sun (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, ending with Saturn). This distinct pattern is important in terms of what comes next.
So, with the old system of rulerships, we had a nice, tidy package. But then Uranus came along and upset the apple cart.
The New Rulership System
Uranus, discovered in 1781, took over the rulership of Aquarius from Saturn. So poor old Saturn was reduced to ruling only one sign (Capricorn). What a shocking loss of status for Saturn. So notice that on the astrology chart wheel, we are now moving to the left, back toward Leo, in an anticlockwise direction. And then in 1846, Neptune was discovered. More confusion. Neptune took over the rulership of Pisces, and Jupiter was left ruling only one sign (Sagittarius). Notice that we have moved one more sign to the left on the wheel in an anticlockwise direction, on a continuing journey back in toward the sign of Leo at the bottom of the wheel. In terms of the planetary order, we are also moving back inward toward the Sun (Saturn to Jupiter to Mars to Venus and so on)
So, following this trend, Pluto (discovered in 1930) should have taken over Aries, which is the next sign moving to the left in an anticlockwise direction. It sort of did in a way, but it took over the other sign that Mars rules – Scorpio. So here we have a new pattern starting up. The newly discovered planet now has a choice about which of the two signs, that Mars rules, to take over.
A Hypothetical Theory For A Hypothetical Planet
So, following this new pattern, bearing in mind that we are still moving in toward Leo on the wheel, and inward toward the Sun via the planetary order, the next planet to be discovered will take over one of the two signs that Venus rules, which happen to be Taurus and Libra.
Here is an interesting clue (from Wikipedia) concerning Planet Nine’s orbit: “The aphelion or farthest point from the Sun would be in the general direction of the constellations of Orion and Taurus, and the perihelion (the nearest point to the Sun) would be in the general direction of the southerly areas of Serpens, Ophiuchus, and Libra.” (My italics)
I find that to be an interesting astronomical clue in terms of the astrological theory I am putting forth.
So if planet Nine does exist and it does end up taking over one of the two Venus-ruled signs of Taurus and Libra, which sign do you think it would take over?
I would put my bet on Taurus. Because, to me, Venus feels more natural as the ruler of Libra.
Certain astronomers speculate that there may well be more planets hiding in the outer fringe of our solar system.
If so, the next planet to be discovered (following the pattern) would take over one of the two signs that Mercury rules (Gemini and Virgo). Personally, I would favour Virgo myself.
And then the zodiac wheel would be complete, with twelve planets ruling twelve signs!