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Is Pluto a “Planet” in Astrology?

Is pluto a planet in astrology

Short Answer

Yes. Even though Pluto was demoted to a "dwarf planet" by astronomers, astrologers still consider it a vital part of astrological forecasting. The semantics of "planet" or "dwarf planet" do not matter to astrology.

How Pluto stopped being a planet in astronomy

Back in the 1990’s, the status of Pluto as the “ninth planet” in the Solar System came into question. Why? Because as it turns out there are quite a few similar-sized objects in the Kuiper Belt region of the outer Solar System.

In 2005, the dwarf planet Eris was discovered, which is 127% the size of Pluto. This discovery among others, reinforced the decision of astronomers worldwide to downgrade poor Pluto.

Today, Pluto is considered a “dwarf planet” or a “Kuiper belt object” and has lost its place in the club of full fledged “planets”.

Is Pluto still a planet for astrologers?

So what does that mean for astrologers?

Not much, really. Pluto hasn’t actually changed. Whether or not we call it a planet makes zero difference. Pluto hasn’t gone anywhere, and it’s not going anywhere any time soon.

From an astrology perspective, Pluto is still very much a part of the equation — and it’s still a part of daily planetary positions charts.

Also, keep in mind that the term “planet” in astrology never actually meant the same thing that they did in astronomy anyway. In astrology, we use the term “planet” to mean any celestial body in the solar system.

For example: The Moon is obviously not a “planet”, but we apply that term in astrology charts because it’s faster than saying “a big round celestial body“.

So for all astrological intents and purposes: Pluto is still a planet, and it’s still part of astrological forecasting, birth charts and horoscopes.

Want to understand how Pluto affects your astrological birth chart? Try our instant astrology birth chart page

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