as a Transpersonal Evolutionary Sequence

1999, 2002  by L Blake Finley, M A

updated Mar.2002

The following information has been assimilated and polished over time from readings, research, and reflections first recorded in 1981, and earlier versions of this material were translated by Brigitte Klose and published in Germany in 1989.  As is appropriate, credit for sources is given.
The approach to dealing with outer planetary energies as a sequence of developmental steps is not new. It has been common among humanistic and transpersonal astrologers since the field of psychology first became widely integrated into astrology in the 1970s, bringing an end to the dictatorship of fatalistic, material-biased astrology over the entire field. Some of the earliest astrologers to popularize and truly develop this paradigm were Alan Oken, Dane Rudhyar, Alexander Ruperti, and Stephen Arroyo. The following model is a continuation of that paradigm, seeing each planet as symbolizing a sequential step of development as we proceed outward from the center of our solar system and the center of our egos toward the social and the transpersonal. This model was also inspired by Ruth Brummund's Astrological Mandala and the planetary descriptions by Roger Jacobson as recorded in his "Language of Uranian Astrology". As I further developed and refined my perspective over time, Martha Lang-Wescott published new works verifying substantial observations that were also considered and incorporated; later the writings by Brian Clark on mythology and astrological symbolism helped in particular to further consolidate understanding of core planetary principles.  These all further objectified my perceptions of the observations I have been making in actual chartwork with the Transneptunians since  1978. 

The following model starts with Saturn, the first planet of personal responsibility within a social reality outside one's own ego. It is divided into positive [+] and negative [-] categories for the purpose of comparing the constructive versus non-constructive potential of the planetary energies.

As we learn more about Transneptunian factors, our understanding of the intra-Plutonian planets is further fine-tuned and clarified; and as Ruth Brummund points out in her introduction to the Brummund Rulebook, the various aspects of  human concepts are often related to more than one planetary energy, and thus there is not necessarily a strict one-to-one correspondence between a planet and an object or concept as we perceive or interpret it in terms of human consciousness.







Understanding of basic principle of cause and effect; personal maturity.

Immaturity; not understanding the relationship between cause and effect.

Self-discipline & structuring.

Restriction; inhibition.

Self-restraint, stability, consistency.

Rigidity; inflexibility.

Dealing effectively with convention. Inertia; fear of change; excessive conventionality.
Mature pragmatism.

Crass materialism; insensitivity to the non-material.





Original perception & spontaneity.

Originality without consideration for others; Abrasiveness.

Innovation & original resourcefulness.

Rebellious energy wasted fighting or reacting to convention.

Updating of outmoded thinking.

Clashes with pre-existing structures or establishment.

New structures and techniques.

Destruction of the old without proposed replacements.





Awareness of the metaphysical components of reality.

Fear or misunderstanding of metaphysical realities.

Ability to "walk in others' shoes".

Escape from physical reality due to resignation & weakness of ego.

Empathy.  Compassion and insight into others' problems.

Surrender.  Loss of personal boundaries and defenses.  Vulnerability.

Seeing beyond one's own ego.

Denial, escape from reality, disillusionment.

Realization of one's spiritual unity with other people and things.

Resignation to outside forces; alcohol or drug abuse.

Metaphysical, spiritual, or artistic inspiration.

Confusion about how socially programmed interpretations of physical manifestation do not always match with reality that includes the metaphysical.





Awareness of the human capacity to create, grow, regenerate, and transform.

Fascination with one's power to change people and things; power plays and manipulation

Development and change.

Change enacted without consideration of consequences or impact.

Constructive building.

Demolition without rebuilding.

Self-restructuring. Also, furtherance of others' development, transitions, or changes.

Alterations made without adequate consideration of impact on self or on others.  Revenge from others whose personal interests are threatened by changes.

Collective resource management for the highest good of all.

Exploitation or abuse of shared resources for self-gratification.   Dealings with self-driven private interests who exploit public resources.





Implementation of harmony or community.

Dependency on family, organization, or society.


Clannishness; Nepotism.


Unhealthy levels of codependency.

Understanding of aesthetic complementation and wholeness.

Weakness or imbalance due to excessive accommodation.





Maintenance of daily details relating to social responsibilities.

Neglect, degeneration, decay. Social indifference or pathology.

Social bonding at a deeper level. Issues of interdependence and self-reliance within a communal context.

Lack of self-reliance or self-confidence. Social alienation. Dependency.  

Sacrifice for the upliftment of society. Socially-referenced instincts. Populism.

Crass egotism. Antipathy. Deficient social conscience or experience. Social predation.

Assistance in helping others solve problems. Remedial processes. Interest in psychology, chemistry, or medicine.

Abuse of others' weaknesses or deficiencies. 

Connection with natural, universal laws. Applied metaphysics. Alchemy.  

Abuse of metaphysical energies.

Understanding of and experience with basic, raw energies.

Vulgarity. Neglect. Refusal to deal personally with primal issues and situations.

Investigation of primal causes and processes; willingness to deal with primal problems. Understanding of history as a causal factor.

Resignation to primal elements or behavior; apathy; despair; resignation to the past, retrogression, or degeneration.






Creativity which serves larger social objectives.

Impersonal aggression.

Systematic organization of energies; directorship.

Attempts to threaten or coerce personally.

Disciplined action.


Self defense.

Combativeness; hostility.





Mastery of socially productive skills.

Arrogance; Snobbery.

Authority. Ascent.

Presumptuousness; Unfounded assumption of superiority. A "stuffed shirt".

High standards.

Pretentiousness; Unfounded portrayal of competence. 

Ability to distinguish quality. Elitism.





Drive for expansion.


Breadth of perspective, knowledge, and/or  experience.

Scattered energies; Excessive diffusion.

Sophistication. Cosmopolitan outlook.

Shallowness. Fragmented perspective.

Fame; renown

Unfavorable notoriety.





Clearing away of nonessentials. 

Self-absorption; isolation; disconnection.

Focus; simplification. Establishment of foundations within social context.

Preoccupation with trivia; bias due to myopia.

Ability to discern core issues and concepts. Depth. Basic understanding.

Narrowness of perspective.

Frugality; economization.

Shortage due to prior extravagance, or in other cases, damaging stinginess.

Consolidation; stabilization.

Drawing of premature conclusions.

Depth. Profundity.


Endurance. Persistence. Ability to recycle or repeat when needed. Dependability.

Stagnation. Inertia. Boredom. Monotony.





Consolidated efforts launched from a position of stability.

Coercion of the group or collective.

Coordination of collective resources toward a higher goal.

Assertion without full understanding of social or karmic consequences; Belief in "might makes right".

Administration of community resources. Power utilized for the good of the community.

Assumption of personal or national omnipotence; Administrative abuse. Hegemony.

Forces. Strength. Intensification. Ability to overcome obstacles. Ability to excel.

Overkill. Misguided power. Disequilibrium. Imbalances leading to high-impact backlash.





Insight; Wisdom; Intellect; True understanding.

Spiritual dogma or unsubstantiated theory.

Universality of outlook; Enlightenment (when combined with UR or ZE).

Ideas divorced from reality (either spiritual or physical).

Clarity of personal perception.

Propaganda; Social & ideological manipulation.

Full consciousness; Insight.

Mindless parroting of ideas or beliefs. Indoctrination. Programmed thinking.


In an ideal situation, in direct personal application, HA = componential analysis + ZE = organization of details and redirection + KR = completion, perfection, mastery + AP = duplication, distribution, information, education + AD = application of experiences or general knowledge to specific situations; focus + VU = coordination of transformative energies, intensification of purpose, potency as a result of concentrated understanding and concentrated purpose; administration of communal energies + PO = enlightenment, spiritualization; universality of outlook; telepathic understanding. 

MARS, ZEUS, and VULKANUS have symbols and energies that are similar in nature. MARS is an inner, personal planet, and is associated with personal energy, drive, passion, and productivity in meeting immediate day-to-day needs; its efforts are often more sporadic and less disciplined than those of Zeus or Vulkanus (unless combined by aspect or pictures with Saturn or Admetos). ZEUS, following Cupido and Hades, is a more socially conscious planet and represents restrained and disciplined energy that is at best asserted with consideration for both social impact and longterm personal impact.  Its most productive effects are often the result of preparatory training.  VULKANUS, following Apollon and Admetos, is both widely experienced and socially aware, and at the same time profound and reflective, so that is exerted with great caution and deliberation; it is somewhat like a higher permutation of Pluto, in that it can manifest as transformative energy or management of others' affairs and assets to coordinate and direct communal energies toward one goal, or to manage them within a set of guidelines or laws. Vulkanus is the planet of administration and politics, and is prominent in the charts of police, politicians, and organizational coordinators and administrators; it is also prominent in the chart of those who struggle with or abuse laws, and have not reaped appropriate understanding of cause-and-effect from their experiences and opportunities for reflection.

SATURN compared to HADES and ADMETOS: All three of these have to do with history (the past), but from different perspectives. Saturn has to do with past achievements in this lifetime and personal contributions and personal cause and effect, mostly on the material plane. Hades has to do with cause and effect in a social context; and Admetos has to do with root causes and origins, and foundations.  Saturn assesses situations from a pragmatic standpoint, often with a strong material bias.  Hades probes and investigates to identify specific problem areas and to understand their causes. Admetos penetrates to the roots of phenomena to see what they are at the core.  Hades and Admetos may yield information on causal factors from earlier lifetimes.

NEPTUNE compared to HADES: Whereas Neptune may manifest as deceit through evasion or pretense, Hades' deceit is a more deliberate product of conscious calculation and manipulation. Both are secretive. Neptune has not yet gone through the Cupido step of social integration, while Hades has. Neptune deceives by way of naive evasion; Hades deceives by way of deliberate subversion. Neptune's service is more out of compassion and ability to empathize personally. Hades' service is out of a sense of a deeper understanding of the social realities of long-range cause and effect.

PLUTO compared to HADES: Pluto transforms by spurring or growth and regeneration; Hades heals by altering details or malfunctions. Pluto builds, or else willfully destroys either in order to rebuild, or out of subconscious compulsion; Hades corrects imperfections, or else neglects or undermines out of primal jealousy (survival instinct), or pure apathy. Hades has already progressed past the processes of Pluto (personal transformative capacity) and Cupido (socialization) so that its behavior is based more on social awareness than is that of Pluto. (Refer to tables above.) Pluto is not necessarily aware of its social implications, while Hades probably is. Pluto may be inadvertently exploitive due to a lack of awareness of the full social repercussions of its actions, but Hades more likely knows what the consequences are and either acts constructively with a social consciousness, or neglects the laws of social cause and effect, and exploits knowingly or with simple indifference. Hades is concerned with the basic functions and necessities of life, and social survival.  In a crass and compassionless society, it manifests in a seemingly primitive manner, as the repressed shadow of crass materialism.  In more evolved settings, it is the perceptive and compassionate individual with a social conscience and a drive to serve others for the improvement of society.  It has high manifestations and low manifestations that are as remarkably different as those of Pluto.  Why?  Because so many of our social and cultural paradigms do not provide us clear understanding of what these energies are and how to use them; and thus who consciously seek understanding of the energies are able to make the higher potentials manifest, while those who do not are left in the dark to struggle with the energies semi-consciously or unconsciously.

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