The Planets

beyond Saturn's orbit



page 6 of 12


A first general exploration

Saturn as hinge point between two realms

The general view is that the classical planets represent action and movement, whereas the planets beyond Saturn’s orbit generate the underlying tension that gives rise to that movement. In the hinge point between both fields we find Saturn. With his single-pointedness and concentration, this planetary quality will ultimately realize in us the point of passage from one state of consciousness to the other (13.8).
So the influence of the trans-Saturnian planets manifests itself as tension and potential, or in other words, as the drive behind our actions.


Greater intensity

So by switching off the confining Self, the greater intensity of the trans-Saturnian planets will reveal itself as the potential that can now enter in fully,

1. leading to massive or collective results

2. making way for a different aspect of reality to show itself. This wil also lead to a different kind of Self-awareness

In both cases we see an intensification of the influence of the earthbound twin brother, either as a very fierce expression, or as a relapse or elevation to a different dimension.


Planets that are still awaiting discovery

Since the field of the Self contains six classical planets, it is assumed that there must be six counterparts in the outer field as well. Three of these have been known for some time already: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. As magnified versions of their classical younger brothers, their influence can be easily recognized. Further research and gaining lots of experience will decide whether the recently discovered planet Eris can be considered to be the fourth mystery planet in that row.


The existing litterature

An extensive description of the core meanings of the planets beyond Saturn's orbit can be found in any good textbook, as well as in the many astrology courses that are available today. Usually these descriptions take the objective or collective realm as their reference point. Th.J.J. Ram (*) also describes the trans-Saturnian planets from a Theosophical perspective, C.J. Snijders (*) offers an explanation from a mythological perspective and A.E. Thierens (*), besides his Theosophical approach, connects them to the Great Arcana of the Tarot. Aside from all that has been written on the subject by Jan Bakker and Hans Cosman (*), I want to mention the books of Robert Hand, Steven Forest and Bil Tierney (*).

Here, on Inner Sky, I will limit myself to describing a few core concepts for each of these trans-Saturnian planets. 


This concludes the general exploration of this subject.



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