Recently, I read a paper written by Sue Ward titled Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto: An Investigation into the Sources of their Symbolism. This paper definitely lives up to its name as an investigative paper as Ward tracks down the sometimes obscure origins of the three newer planets.
As any astrologer of the traditional persuasion will tell you, the outer planets haven’t been around long enough to assimilate the depth of symbolism that they have in modern astrological practices. Ward points this out in her paper, but also goes farther into the discussion by pointing out just what exactly went wrong. She attributes much of the confusion and the seemingly random associations with a lack of understanding the astrological philosophy, theosophical dogma, and random harebrained ideas.
Ward does an exceptional job at breaking down the symbolism of the outer planets and offering questions to think about at the end. At the end of the day, though traditional astrologers will see it as reaffirming what they’ve thought while modern astrologers will mostly see it as an attack on their system. No matter what side of the fence you sit on in this Great Debate, you’ll learn something about astrological history, and knowledge is a good thing.
The paper can be purchased at Sue Ward’s website for 5 British Pounds, which translates into about 8 USD. It’s an amazing deal as the paper is 82 pages long and is full of information about this difficult and confusing time in astrology’s past where everyone was trying to figure out how to deal with the three curve balls Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
So go get it!
For those of you who have read this paper, please comment on what you thought of it, or for those who don’t wish to read, comment about what you think about the Outers.