The outer planets in Vedic Astrology – Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are not mentioned in the Rig Vedas and are scarcely taken to be of prime importance in a person’s birth chart in Vedic astrology. Unlike Western astrology which uses these planets for making predictions, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are not the driving forces in a birth chart in Vedic astrology. But that does not negate the importance of these 3 distant planets, whose influence is seen on a wider scale, even though it is not extremely pronounced in a native’s birth chart.

Not much can be found about Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in Vedic astrology, but these planets are highly influential in making major shifts in one’s life and are behind the major events affecting the world at large. Many scholars even believe that these 3 planets in Vedic astrology are representatives of the forces of the Tri Dev in Hinduism. Though they do not directly exert their influence, they have a major impact on everything, however indirectly. 

It is often regarded that the 3 planets, though not much talked about in Vedic astrology, have their manifestations through the 2 Chhayagrahas of Rahu and Ketu. They have always worked their way through Rahu and Ketu, and we witness the effect of these 3 planets in Rahu’s materialistic search and Ketu’s quest for spirituality and moksha. These 2 form a part of the Nava Grahas that are considered for reading the birth chart of any individual and are thus used for making predictions.

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Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in Vedic astrology are very different from the other planets that are used for making astrological predictions. Unlike the major planets, these 3 outer planets are neither the karaka nor any house, nor do they rule any Rashi or sign. They are not rulers, but are the extremely potent background forces that set the ground for everything, and thus have a key bearing on any major event on a large scale, or even worldwide. Though these are not the rulers of any house, they exercise considerable influence when they are in conjunction with other planets or when they aspect some other planet. While the major planets in astrology are understood to have certain flaws, these 3 outer planets are without flaws, as these are the manifestation of the supreme Tri Dev of Hinduism. They are considered to be perfect in themselves.  

Despite all our wishes, we cannot bring about any major change in our lives, or any change that will reshape our individuality, without the transit of at least any of these 3 planets. Being the planets that are capable of bringing about major changes, their importance cannot be underestimated even in Vedic astrology. 

Planet URANUS in Vedic Astrology

Uranus is the planet that drives the creative energies in a person that ultimately leads to major changes in the individual. It is the planet that represents invention and innovation. This is also the planet of self-discovery, the one that takes us closer to the true nature of our destiny. 

Invention and innovation may be at the personal, or even at the global level. Through a personal invention, one might find his hidden but inherent nature. He is likely to come closer to what he had been destined for. It is improving, as well as liberating. Such a change is largely epiphanic- we might not have known about it earlier, and it might hit us all of a sudden, and even at times when we are least prepared for a change. But the change does take us to a higher level of understanding of the self. Even when there is a change at the individual level, it is a major change, one that changes the course of a person’s life, and is not limited to a change that has its effect for merely a few days. 

A sudden major change at the personal level may also be indicative of a sudden event like a major accident or a major injury that will alter how a person is and what he feels. 

At the larger and global level, Uranus in Vedic astrology is also the cause for revolution and change. A political rebellion or a change in the form of government at many different places has been witnessed on several occasions, particularly when Uranus has a hard aspect with Pluto. Such an event may also give rise to extreme events like earthquakes and volcanoes, and it may also be catastrophic.

Uranus is turmoil is something that is unpredictable. As such, if Uranus has an aspect with Sun or Moon, a person’s relationship with his father or mother will be marked by unusual turmoil and is mostly unpredictable. It can get very harsh sometimes, and the relationship might also get damaged to the core. 

Uranus, when placed with Venus, can be very damaging for relationships as well. There might be sudden issues and disturbances with the partner, and it might also cause the end of the relationship. But it has a positive side to it. Since Uranus takes us closer to our destiny, a relationship will break off only when we are with the wrong partner. If the person is not meant to be the real partner till the end, the relationship will cease to exist. 

Uranus transit, though filled with multiple disturbances, is considered to be the finest transit. It reveals to us our hidden nature and brings about major changes in our personalities. On a personal level, it is a healthy development. However, those people who are not comfortable with our real selves may leave our side during such a transit. 

Planet NEPTUNE in Vedic Astrology

Neptune, the 2nd of the outer planets in Vedic astrology is the preserving force behind everything. It keeps changing forms and is thus a manifestation of Maya or illusion. Neptune is what drives a person to rise above the illusion and see the reality of things. 

Neptune might often be too difficult to understand. It is ever so confusing and elusive, that most people fail to see its real nature. Those who take a myopic view of things and do not try to see beyond the apparent form of everything, get trapped in this Maya and might even become depressed. 

Neptune is thus deception, but also spirituality. It affects different people in different ways, and the placement of other planets is important to see how Neptune in Vedic astrology will affect a given person. 

Being the preserving force, Neptune is often believed to be the manifestation of Vishnu among the Tri Dev. It is the life-giving energy, which is not destroyed and is rather transferred from one object to another. This is what makes Neptune so illusory- it keeps changing forms. Often, what we associate with hope and happiness does not remain stagnant in one person or object, and the same shifts to another. Those who are able to move ahead with this shift of form, attain greater happiness and satisfaction in life. They are preserved. The others who remain fixed only on the form and ignore the energy, perish, as they are unable to rise above the shallow form and understand the greater reality that change is essential to preservation. 

Like in western astrology, Neptune in Vedic astrology is also understood as the unconditional one or having a love for the formless. Many thus also regard it as the highest form of Venus. It transgresses forms and manifests itself in different entities at different times. During a Neptunian transit, there is, thus, often a shift in something that was a source of happiness or love, or it might also be a change in career to a newer one with better prospects. When a person keeps pace with such a change, he gains on the spiritual level.

Neptune, though illusory, is also the driver of deeper understanding. It is under Neptune’s influence that we seek to understand the profound meaning of everything. It is the planet that makes one spiritual. When in adverse conjunction with Jupiter, it might also lead to an inclination towards occult practices, or religious fanaticism. It is the 2 extremes- both spiritual and fanatic. 

Neptune is difficult to understand as it produces conflicting results in different people, even when it is in conjunction with the same planet. Some are benefitted, while others get depressed. As such, when it is in conjunction with Venus, some may have love and care for everyone while others may feel lust for many people at the same time. Neptune is the preserver and the forever elusive one. 

Planet PLUTO in Vedic Astrology

Pluto, the 3rd of the outer planets in Vedic astrology, is also regarded as the manifestation of Shiva. It is the destroyer and the planet that shows us reality. It breaks all illusions and all egos and makes one see the harsh reality. Pluto is, thus, the one that destroys and ultimately paves the way for the creation and the ultimate transformation. Pluto is thus the planet of transformations as well. 

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Pluto destroys everything that is the creation of the ego. Even if a person attains some spiritual upliftment, he has a lot of egos left, which gives him the right over anything and everything that he might possess. Pluto rids a person of this very feeling of possession. It strikes at those things that satisfy a person’s ego. He shakes a person and breaks his ego completely. He forces a person into seeing the crude reality, where one is left without any belongings at all. When the transformation starts under Pluto’s influence, a person loses everything.

It is essential during Pluto’s transit that a person lets go of their ego in order to prosper. The more they hold on to their ego, the more will they perish. 

Owing to all the challenges brought on by Pluto, with a person losing everything, some may want to give up on themselves and turn suicidal. But the path to a better life lies, instead, in giving up on false pride and ego, and feeling oneness with the greater reality. When a person is able to let go of their attachment to the material objects or other beings, the motion of creation is set again. 

Pluto is an extremely destructive force, and soon after Pluto’s discovery, the era of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arsenals started. Pluto in Vedic astrology is also the planet that signifies control and dominance. In the birth chart, if Pluto is placed along with the Sun or the Moon, the native is said to have a troubled relationship with the father or mother. It might be a very controlling one. 

If Pluto is in conjunction with Mars, the native has a very tumultuous relationship with their brothers and sisters. They are often at loggerheads, even on very trivial matters. The 3 planets, though at a very great distance from the Earth, have considerable influence, particularly on major earth events. The 3 planets, much like the Tri Dev, work together to have a bearing on the life on earth. 

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