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Out of Bounds Planets

The Ecliptic is a 360° sinus wave that tracks the celestial path of the Sun. The Celestial Zodiac, a 47° wide belt of the constellations that fall within that pathway, serves as a background where the planets make their cyclical movements. Any form of western astrology, traditional or modern, is based on the astrological signs derived from those constellations and on the planets ‒ visible or invisible ‒ traveling through them. The twelve 30° segments of the Zodiac, which we call “signs”, are not in correlation with the constellations. They actually never truly were, if we take into consideration that practically none of the constellations are exactly 30° wide. Some are a lot wider ‒ for example Pisces and Virgo, which are as big as 45°, and a few are less ‒ like Aries, which is only 18° ‒. Traditional western astrological interpretation is based on the interaction of the particular modality, element, and polarity of a sign, and not so much on the myths that surround the constellations. In transcendental karmic astrology, we look at the prominent stars and their myths whenever they crop up because they modify certain placements, but elements and modalities are essential in all types of delineations.

The planets weave their sinus waves while completing their orbits, and occasionally they move above or below the Zodiacal belt. When this happens, the planet reaches extreme declination and becomes out of bounds. The natural border of the Zodiac is 23.5° south and north of the Celestial Equator. I generally accept it as “normal” when a planet gets to 24° in declinations, but above that I treat it as out of bounds and thus a karmic trigger. There are a number of karmic triggers in transcendental delineation, and each serves different purposes. In order to understand out of bounds planets, we need to consider how the Zodiacal Belt became into existence. The Vela Cataclysm in 9600 BC created such devastation that whole cultures disappeared and the old ways no longer functioned. The axis of the Earth got tilted, which the very few survivors interpreted as some sort of grave punishment. Before the Cataclysm, there were no seasons; there was continuous spring with mild temperatures, fruits could be harvested year long, and we didn’t have to break our backs to produce enough food, it was just there for us to pick. But then a celestial dragon swallowed the Sun and burned our whole world to cinders. We were ruthlessly tossed out of paradise ‒ the process was literally very similar to what happens to people who become homeless, as were the consequences. When, after ages of darkness, the skies cleared up and we finally saw the stars again, the heavens had a very alien look. Everything was out of place, somehow tilted. The constellations seemed to have moved away from their normal positions, and the Sun, the Moon and the planets adopted completely different courses. The seasons came into being, with cold unfertile months when nothing grew, so we had to learn to produce crops and to store food. This was the moment when the astrology we know as “traditional” was born. It was constructed by the Chaldean astronomer priests, who had been observing the skies for thousands of years because they wanted to understand the new order of the heavens. They also wanted to learn how to escape such devastating cataclysms in the future, that’s why they became obsessed with omens.

A lot of myths have recorded this process, and they invariably speak of fire, floods, the complete destruction of the old world, and the loss of paradise. They also describe desperation, shame, and an intrinsic knowledge that the change came about as god’s punishment of mankind for its sins. Before the cataclysm, creation was considered to be feminine, time was cyclical, processes were chaotic and incalculable. A Goddess brought the manifested world into existence, while her sons were only co-creators of the later ages. After the tilt of the axis, the paradigm shift necessitated masculine gods, left-brain activities, lineal time concepts, and hierarchic order. Those were the tools of survival, and astrology served as a frame of reference to identify and explain it all. The seamlessly elegant and symmetrical system of twelve signs and seven planets, of triplicities and quadruplicities, of aspects, omens, and considerations grew out of the observations of the Chaldean and Egyptian astronomer priests, which was originally 3D, visual, and took into consideration the whole sky. Hellenistic astrology, however, crushed it into 2D and relegated its bases to the thin belt of the Zodiac, which became the overall pattern for the next 2500 years. Ever since the invention of the telescope in the 18th century and the discovery of invisible celestial objects, the framework and reference of astrology has drastically changed by the third millennium. We need new methods, new concepts, and new delineation techniques in order to incorporate it all, and this is what the transcendental karmic approach is attempting to do.

Understanding the role of out of bounds planets, the karmic purpose of the Zodiacal signs needs to be taken into account. The Zodiac describes the karmic journey of the incarnating soul, its descent into matter, its acceptance of the boundaries of 3D, and its evolutionary path through the physical realms. From this viewpoint, the Zodiac Belt provides a sort of stage though which the planetary energies manifest. The astrological signs represent the background where the celestial objects play out their archetypal roles, and within its boundaries, the Belt clearly represents the Earth plane. However, when a planet moves beyond it, all of a sudden it leaves the “natural plane” and is transported into a universal (higher dimensional) plane. It becomes infused with higher wisdom, which will clearly manifest in a native’s everyday life, especially if it is a personal planet.

An out of bounds Moon signifies a profound understanding of instinctive or subconscious issues. It may denote genuine psychic abilities as well as hunches, premonitions, or lucid dreams. Since the Moon is our spiritual essence, the deepest recess of the psyche, the understanding may not always convert to actual conscious knowledge. On the other hand, an out of bonds Mercury is easier to manifest on deliberate rational levels or verbalizations. Channels, psychics, clairvoyants, psychologists, master teachers, writers, lecturers, or therapists often have this placement. As their Mercury is “out there”, not bound by the Earth plane, their understanding of universal matters is much more profound than average, and what is more, they are able to put it into words for others to comprehend as well. When the Moon is in an air sign and out of bounds, it may behave similarly, but with other elements it will usually stay on the subconscious level. An out of bounds Venus can be linked to either money making abilities or artistic endeavours, and denotes exceptional monetary talent or the capacity to “bring down visions into matter”. Mars in the same position describes a natural understanding of the energy flow that surrounds us in 3D matter. These natives are often masters of martial arts, great crystal workers or energy healers. In any case, when a personal planet is out of bounds, it will manifest as unique knowledge or an unusual talent. When the outer planets reach extreme declination, they may stay there for years, so the phenomenon becomes generational and will only become apparent on the personal level when they are the chart ruler, the Sun or the Moon ruler. In those cases, a careful case study is needed in order to delineate the placement properly.