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Pluto’s Demotion to Dwarf Planet
Pluto’s Demotion to ‘Dwarf Planet’
On August 24, 2006, 424 Astronomers met at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Prague and voted to reclassify the planet Pluto to the new status of ‘dwarf planet.’ Lately, friends and clients have been asking what this apparent ‘demotion’ of Pluto by the IAU means from an astrological point of view. The short answer is, not much!
Often when I do public presentations or work with a new client, I explain that astrology is both a science and an art. The science part has to do with the mathematical chart calculation. This process creates the ‘map’ of the positions of the planets that astrologers call a horoscope. The origin of the word horoscope is Latin and literally means ‘study of the hour.’ Studying a chart involves interpretation of the meaning of the positions of the planets. Interpretation is the art of astrology.
Astronomy concerns itself only with the study of the physical characteristics of celestial bodies like the origin, location, size, and speed of a planet as well as what it’s made of like carbon or silica or gaseous elements. Astronomy does not recognize any meaning associated with heavenly bodies.