The Outer Planets


Jupiter has always symbolised success and achievement, good luck and benefits in general. It represents expansion, growth and an incorporation of the external world in order to grow, so wherever Jupiter touches one’s chart, inflation occurs, but with difficult aspects, exaggeration and greed are often noted. It is the planet that governs beliefs of all kinds and therefore our vision and faith; also ruling exploration, travelling, learning and increasing the scope of action and experience. Overall, Jupiter can be relied on for providing long-range objectives, vision, encouragement and confidence, and as life goes on it bestows wisdom.



Saturn above all represents the principle of fear, which leads to self imposed restrictions and limitations, control and denial. When Saturn’s involved there is an area of life in which we can feel frightened and unable to express ourselves without awkwardness and clumsiness. It represents the father (in family and as “old father time”) and also authority figures, teachers, guides and bosses. Saturn is much about growing into a social role and learning the rules by which society has its structure; so that it also covers responsibilities, duties, discipline and learning things the hard way. It is the limits of what can be perceived with the ordinary mind.



Uranus is the revolutionary and radical planet. It has always been associated with sudden disruptions and “lightning-flash” changes that tend to undermine previously reliable structures. It’s influence can also be recognised in innovative technologies, new inventions, the sciences and natural disasters. It represents the urge to break free, be independent, rebel and shock by deviating from the norm and becoming unusual or eccentric.



With Neptune, nothing is quite as it seems; it is the planet associated with the blending of boundaries and diffusion of whatever it contacts in the chart. It is a planet prominently featured in charts of creative people, such as music, drama or art, because Neptune heightens perceptions of form, colour and sound. Neptune also represents idealism, dreams, fantasies, enchantment and the mystical perception of divinity; but can also manifest as deception, illusion, mystery, confusion and transcendence or escape.



Pluto is the planet of transformation, rebirth and slow, irreversible change. It is the planet most associated with power struggles, obsessions and compulsions; deepening and intensifying whatever it touches. Traditionally it is linked to Hades and the Underworld, and today its effect can be noted with agents of breakdown and decay, such as terrorists, social malcontents and organised crime. However, when well placed, it is a powerhouse to assist in radical restructuring of consciousness, and is found in charts of healers and therapists as well as gurus and religious leaders who emphasize life after death.