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Does Size Matter?

Post by Jim Eshelman » Tue Jan 24, 2023 9:55 am

I'm not the first to pose this question, but there isn't a thread on it here, so...

What role does SIZE of a planet play in that planet's importance in astrology? It seems there must be some significance, but it would be useful to know what it is and how much. For example, we know it doesn't follow the rules of gravity, where an exponentially greater impact is comes from increasing mass and decreasing distance.

Pluto, of course, is our poster child: Every time Pluto gets measured, it turned out to be smaller than we thought before. Yet, nearly every astrologer will say that Pluto has more powerful effect than most other planets in an equal situation. (Or, in the worst case, more or less nobody thinks it is LESS important or impactful than the other planets.)

Possibly there is a threshold - a cut off - but, if so, I don't know where it is. I can find viable results (more or less consistently) for the four largest asteroids and Chiron, but not at the level of planets: They "work," but not the same. Even when they deal with the same general themes as full planets, they don't seem to reduce to a fundamental, compelling need (root psychological pressure) like the full planets, e.g., Ceres vs. Moon for nurturing, or Vesta vs. Saturn for workaholism, or Chiron vs. Uranus for breakout freedom.
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Re: Does Size Matter?

Post by Jim Eshelman » Tue Jan 24, 2023 9:55 am

Let's scale these a bit: The smallest thing astronomers currently call a planet is Mercury, which is 4,880 km in diameter. But at half that size, we know that astrologically Pluto is unequivocally effective: Pluto's diameter is 2,377 km.

The next most-sure thing IMO is Eris, and Eris is almost the same size as Pluto. Its diameter is 2,326 km.

To put this size in perspective: Our Moon (3,475 km) is larger!

The next leap, though, cuts this by more than half. Two solar system bodies are about the same size, and less than half the size of Pluto and Eris. These are Sedna (995 km) and Ceres (964 km). Interestingly, these are the next most confirmable bodies, though (so far) not nearly as much as Pluto and Eris. So far, I think it's that Sedna refers to psychological needs and states grounded in pre-verbal cognition, but it's also possible that it just doesn't show with the full force of a planet. (Or both could be true.) It's also intriguing to me how similar Pluto and Eris feel, and also how similar themes are for Sedna and Ceres. (Not the same, but closer than most planets.) That raises an entirely other theoretical deep hole to mine: Do the actual planetary characteristics come along some qualitative scale of size?

We might (for example), be looking at a drop off between the size of somewhat larger than 2,000 km and somewhat smaller than 1,000 km, in round numbers.

Other factors that seem to have an effect in the scale of "I can see it, I can usually interpret it, but I can sure do without it" have the following sizes. Other than Chiron's proportionately outsized presence (farther way means more impactful?), these more or less follow the scale of how vividly they seem to perform (not that vivid exactly applies to any of them):

Vesta - 573 km
Pallas - 568 km
Juno - 320 km
Chiron - 216 km
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Re: Does Size Matter?

Post by Jim Eshelman » Tue Jan 24, 2023 10:49 am

Some of the observations above got me curious if there is a qualitative relationship between a body's size and its meaning or temperament; i.e., are bodies of about the same size more likely to have similarities of meaning? To get eyes on it differently, here are the major and minor most likely astrologically valid bodies in our solar system ranked by relative diameter. Diameter in kilometers. - I've then added number of Earth diameters.

Sun 1,391,400 - 109.20
Jupiter 139,822 - 10.97
Saturn 116,464 - 9.14
Uranus 50.724 - 3.98
Neptune 49,244 - 3.86
[Earth 12,742 - 1.00]
Venus 12,104 - 0.95
Mars 6,779 - 0.53
Mercury 4,880 - 0.38
Moon 3,475 - 0.27
Pluto 2,377 - 0.19
Eris 2,326 - 0.18
Sedna 995-1,060 disagreement - 0.08
Ceres 964 - 0.08
Vesta 573 - 0.04
Pallas 568 - 0.04
Juno 320 - 0.03
Chiron 216-271 disagreement - 0.02
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Re: Does Size Matter?

Post by mikestar13 » Wed Jan 25, 2023 4:31 pm

Reminiscent of my Astrology of Dwarf Planets thread. We've well established that Pluto is a full first rate planet, and therefor so is Eris. Perhaps there are classes of astrological planets? The break point between class 1 and class 2 would be somewhere between 1000 and 2000 km, or perhaps the dividing line is based on mass. Likewise, the very small (but still somewhat significant) stuff would be class 3, not sure where that dividing line should be. So class 1 would take in the standard ten planets plus Eris, class 2 would encompass Sedna, Ceres, Vesta, Juno, Pallas, Chiron and others in that size range. I'd expect when we read a nativity we will use class 1 planets, but when these seem to provide a dearth of information, we might look for prominent class 2 planets (immediate foreground, partile aspecta, etc.), very seldom would we look at class 3, but I can imagine cases where this might ha;pen. Might be worth experimenting with.
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Re: Does Size Matter?

Post by Jim Eshelman » Wed Jan 25, 2023 4:47 pm

Yes (just thinking aloud, of course, posing more questions than answers). The cutoffs might be in exponents of 10, e.g., below 2,000 km and below 200 km (and only occasionally worrying about a Temporary visitor below 20 km).

On an unrelated topic, I've been thinking of designating people who appear on the site briefly and then head out never (or rarely) returning Comets.
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Re: Does Size Matter?

Post by mikestar13 » Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:09 pm

The 2,000km and 200km limits seem reasonable at this point. If there should prove to be situations where the class 2 planets have more say than usual, the numbers could be adjusted if experience dictates they should be. Perhaps study with the 11 class 1 bodies will refine formulas for the overall significance of a planet in a horoscope an a 0-100 scale based on angularity, aspects, rulership, stations, etc. then class 2 would have a lower maximum (67?, 50?) and a more frequent minimum.
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