Planetary Element Distribution
in Our Solar System and Sign Rulership

There is a basic division in astrology dividing the primary or basic signs and planets from the secondary or refined ones. The primary planets/signs form the raw elements of astrology and are associated with the fire and earth elements. They denote simplicity, crudeness, and primal origin. The secondary or refined planets/signs are the offspring and development or evoluton of the primary group and are represented by the air and water elements. They denote sensitivity, intelligence, sophistication, refinement, transcendance, and evolution.

The following table clarifies this...

Primary planets/signs(fire and earth)
Secondary planets/signs(air and earth)

You wlll note that with the exception of the Moon, all of the visible traditional planets are the true rulers of the fire or earth signs, wheareas all of the modern planets thus far rule only air or water signs.

If the pattern continues, any more new planets discovered, especially those beyond Pluto, will have to rule air or water signs. Since all three water signs are already spoken for(Moon, Neptune, and Pluto), and one air sign(Uranus), only two more bodies(ruling Gemini and Libra) need to be acknowledged. Since both Gemini and Virgo belong to the first or subjective side of the zodiac, it is more than likely that both their true rulers will be located in the inner or visible(to the naked eye) solar system. Taurus, also in the 1st half of the zodiac, belongs to the inner solar system, so I give it Venus. Libra, on the other hand, belongs the second or objective side of the zodiac, so its true ruler may well be in the outer solar system(beyond Saturn). Recently discovered Eris may just be the body for Libra.

If according to this scheme, Venus rules Taurus and Eris rules Libra, then what of Mercury which currently still rules both Gemini and Virgo? If the primary scheme is anything to go by, then Mercury should rule Virgo. If so, the only planet left for Gemini is Earth itself. Lately, I've entertained the idea that Gemini rather than Libra could rule Earth via the Ascendant or Rising sign influence. Both are air signs so it wouldn't change that much from one to the other. Earth's sub-rulership would then be Virgo rather than Taurus(both rule the physical body or appearance). This is just speculation of course, but I've never heard it discussed and it merits consideration.

Below is a diagram outlining planets and their associated elements based on the primary/secondary and subjective/objective divisions of the zodiac...

Planet-element distribution in our solar system according to sign rulership

The first thing one notices is that ALL the true fire sign rulers(Sun, Mars, and Jupiter) are included within the traditional planets' list(Sun to Saturn). This could not be realized until Neptune and Pluto were discovered and assigned their water-sign rulerships leaving the fire-sign rulers clear, and now this same process is completing with the earth-air combo.

Since fire and earth are basic or primary elements in astrology, their planetary rulers should be the most obvious or visible -and they are -beginning with the fire trio. If we take out Sun/Leo, Mars/Aries, and Jupiter/Sagittarius from the traditional list we are left with Moon(Cancer), Mercury(Gemini/Virgo), Venus(Taurus/Libra), and Saturn(liberated by Uranus hence now true or primary ruler of Capricorn). The Moon(Cancer) is already accounted for so this leaves us with Mercury and Venus. Since earth is the primary element, then the earth signs rather than air should be assigned to Mercury and Venus -or Mercury/Virgo and Venus/Taurus. This leaves Gemini and Libra without true planetary rulers. Gemini is in the first half of the zodiac so its ruler should be in the inner solar system(pre-Jupiter). Earth for Gemini? Libra, on the other hand is in the second half of the zodiac inferring a collective influence, therefore it must be located in the outer solar system where the collective planets/signs dominate. Recently discovered Eris may be an ideal candidate for Libra.

Why are most of the inner or visible planets in our solar system associated with the primary elements of fire and earth and the outer invisible ones with air or fire? Obviously, fire and earth represent the basic or crude impulses in man and these become more sensitized or refined with time and distance(air and water). Growth is seen as expanding outwards or away from the Sun beginning with the growth planet itself -Jupiter. The later planets represent further growths or evolutions.

Also, why are the inner planets(Sun to Mars) associated with the first half of the zodiac and the outer ones(Jupiter and beyond) associated with the second half of the zodiac? Obviously the inner planets and early signs are associated with primary impulses and functions and the outer planets and later signs with collective or transcendant impulses and influences. This truth is evident for us to see in the arrangement of the cosmic bodies of our solar system and their sign assignations.

Subjective signs/planets
(primal, individual, self-absorbed))
Objective signs/planets
(social, reflective, collective)

Why is not Neptune(ruler of the twelfth sign Pisces) the last planet in our solar system? Pluto is obviously not in his proper place, nor is anything beyond Pluto, yet these bodies have been slung out here through some great interplanetary catastrophe and need to be repositioned. Ideally, Pluto(and perhaps Eris as well) should be between Mars and Jupiter, yet something happened there long ago to change this. Even the small inner planets seem to be in disarray. Only the giant four(Jupiter to Neptune) seem to make any real sense as far as location and sequence are concerned.

A lot of important or fundamental informaton about our solar system and its true history and development is missing or being witheld from us. I believe this will change. Part of humanity is now awakening and will reunite the rest with our brilliant and sometimes painful past. The rich symbolism of the planets and signs are the keys to remembering this past as well as establishing our future. The solar system speaks volumes to us through both its order and chaos and the concepts of primary and secondary as well as subjective and objective signs and planets are but two means though which to decipher this information.

The conclusions presented in this article are not set in stone, but they are based on sound astrological principles which try to account for some kind of order or harmony in our part of the heavens. Our solar system may currently be in some kind of chaos or disorder, but it is popularly known that the chaos of the gods is the order of men. Obviously more work and study needs to be done here. I firmly believe that we are close to learning some or all of the final mysteries of astrology and that when that happens it will coincide with our own completion as universal beings.

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