21 Oct 2009

Planetary Directions

No, I'm not writing a post about predictive astrology, where the future configurations of the planets are studied in order to glean some insight into what the future might hold for a person. The planetary directions I'm talking about here involve two places I know about which have a walk through the countryside along a marked path which has placed, at appropriate intervals, models and information about the planets in the solar system.

The first time I encountered this novel walk was in Zurich, when attending a seminar at the Astrological Psychology Institute where Bruno and Louise were teaching the Huber Method. They suggested taking a stroll along the Planetenweg, walking from the Sun to Pluto along the top of the ridge of hills which surround the city. Interesting, fun and right on for a group of astrologers!

Then earlier this year, whilst staying in York, I found another planet walk, which doubles as a cycling track, but this was was slightly more dilapidated than the smart Swiss one I walked years ago. However, it does have a certain charm, with signposts pointing to various planets along the way and a bit of graffiti to add to the overall picture. You can see some of the York planet way in the slide show below.

Astrology and astronomy were taught as twin sciences in the universities of the Middle Ages; it is only latterly that astrology has fallen from grace and astrologers can find themselves the butt of the scorn of astronomers...BUT...in the Foundation Course taught by API (UK) we teach some simple astronomy so that students, if by no means near expert on this subject, do have some understanding of it.

Most readers will be aware that Pluto has been demoted as a planet by a group of astronomers. This happened a few years ago, but I wonder how many astrologers have stopped using Pluto in natal charts? I haven't. And I'd be interested to hear if any readers have, or not. Comments please - let's hear it for Pluto!

Can you name the planets in the solar system in their correct order from Sun to Pluto? Now for the slide show, which is not very educational and is meant to be enjoyed in a light hearted way.


Laurel Kornfeld said...

Please do not blindly accept the controversial demotion of Pluto, which was done by only four percent of the IAU, most of whom are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately rejected in a formal petition by hundreds of professional astronomers who prefer a broader planet definition encompassing any non-self-luminous spheroidal body orbiting a star. Pluto fits this definition and is therefore a planet. This is very much an ongoing debate.

Joyce Hopewell said...

Hi Laurel - thanks very much for your comments. I did know that only a very small minority of astronomers had voted to demote Pluto and that the debate over this controversial action continues.

I guess that, like me, you're still using Pluto and will continue to do so. Good to hear it for Pluto - thanks!

BogdanKr said...

all astrologers in Poland still use Pluto as a planet.

Joyce Hopewell said...

Thank you! Good to hear that Polish astrologers use Pluto.