Planetary Moons

Planetary Moons

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The planetary moons are the focus of a branch of astrology devoted to the satellites of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. In the past, the principal objection to planetary moon astrology was that, even if these satellites had distinct astrological meanings, such meanings were so blended with their primaries (an astronomical term for the planets around which moons orbit) that their separate influences could not be distinguished. The implication was that the meanings of the moons had already been integrated into existing interpretations of the planets. This objection made logical sense and prevented the emergence of planetary moon studies until relatively recently; however, recent studies have demostrated that this traditional objection is empirically untrue.

Planetary moon studies was significantly influenced by asteroid studies: For several decades, astrologers have been exploring the astrological meaning of the asteroids, and at this stage the idea that asteroids have astrological significance is accepted by the majority of mainstream astrologers. The notion advanced by astronomers that some of the planetary moons may be “captured asteroids” prompted astrologers with asteroid interests to begin investigating the possible independent influence of the planetary satellites. Such research was further prompted by consideration of the mass of some of the moons. Four of the 16 satellites of Jupiter, for example, are larger than the planet Pluto (which is 1,457 miles in diameter, at latest estimate). The Big Four Jovian moons are Ganymede (3,270 miles in diameter), Callisto (2,980 miles), Io (2,260 miles), and Europa (1,950 miles). Europa, the smallest of these four, has a diameter more than three times the diameter of Ceres, the largest asteroid. Thus, four significant celestial bodies larger than Pluto are in conjunction with Jupiter. Jupiter, in other words, constitutes a sort of de facto stellium (multiple conjunction) wherever it is placed in a horoscope.

The importance of the planetary moons has already been convincingly demonstrated. At this stage in the development of the field, planetary moon studies has shown how consideration of the satellites provides insight into the complementary principles of the planet involved (e.g., Mars, the planet of courage, is orbited by Phobos and Deimos, moons whose names mean, respectively, fear and panic). Other lines of research could be explored, such as the constantly alternating direction of the moons (which are retrograde with respect to Earth half the time), as well as use of planet-centered positions of the moons in a geocentric chart.

Sources:

Davis, T. Patrick. Revolutionizing Astrology with Heliocentric. Windermere, FL: David Research Reports, 1980.
Lewis, James R. Martian Astrology. Goleta, CA: Jupiter’s Ink, 1992.