The Moon is: Third Quarter Moon
The discovery of the tenth planet, Sedna, by astronomers from the California Institute of Technology, Yale Observatory and the Gemini Observatory in 2003, provided research astrologers with a new subject.
Sedna is similar in size to Pluto, probably with its own moon. Its orbit is yet to be confirmed but it is far further from the sun at 10 bn km than Pluto at 5.9 bn km. Sedna is named after the Inuit sea goddess
Recently astronomers have decided that Pluto is not going to be counted as a planet. Whatever they choose to call it, it remains in its orbit of our sun and certainly there is a a corresponding effect, albeit weak, that should be taken into account when drawing up a chart.
The constellations of the zodiac (the sun signs) form a backdrop to the action of the planets.
It is the position of the planets within the constellations, as seen from the Earth, that governs astrological interpretation. This is why we count The Sun and Moon as 'Planets', giving ten planets excluding the Earth in astrological calculation.
In ancient times each moving planet was noted to have a relationship with a fixed zodiacal sign. These relationships were neat and straightforward in that the Sun and Moon ruled one sign each and the five known planets two signs each.
The 'modern' planets - Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were discovered relatively recently. Uranus in 1781, Neptune in 1846 and Pluto in 1930. The trans-Saturnian planets are felt by some to be irrelevant whilst other astrologers are aware of the influence of the modern planets and some feel that others are yet to be discovered.
Controversy raged over Charon and if it should be counted as a planet or moon of Pluto, of which it is actually a moon.
Follow the links below for information on each of the planets - to simplify the relationship between the planets and the zodiac
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