Do You Have a Guiding or Lucky Star?
Most of us have heard of the concept of a Guiding Star! I strongly suspect that this "saying" referred to the Scout Planet, or Guiding Planet, after all ancient Hellenistic (Greek) tradition saw the plants as "moving stars". When you examine your scout planet, you will find it give important clues on how you can find and navigate towards your destiny! My investigation and experience has shown that they are an important indicator of the direction of self expression.
The guiding planet is easy to find! It's the planet in your chart immediately clockwise of the sun! Once determining what planet plays this role in your chart you will find that the house placement shows! In medieval astrology, it was called the "Planet of Oriental Appearance" because it appears in the eastern sky immediately before the Sun.
As such it shows a particular skill set and abilities that we can best use to express ourselves and fulfil our "purpose". Many older writers also looked to this planet as a indicator of vocation, secondary only to the Mid-heaven.
"The oriental planet represents the spiritual foundation of this particular life. It is what you must graduate from and go beyond. Areas associated with your Oriental planet have to be completed. There are certain minimal requirements that your Oriental planet demands of you." - Mohan Koparkar, Ph.D
"From ancient times, the planet crossing the eastern horizon — the astrological Ascendant — immediately before the Sun has symbolized the practical channel through which solar will and vitality is expressed... because it represents both your inner guiding principle and your innate skills and special faculties, and how both may be best realized, enhanced and applied. Your Skill Symbol shows you how to best handle and cope with the demands and opportunities of daily life in a skillful, productive and fulfilling manner, and where your inherent skills and practical abilities lie... it symbolizes the faculties and inner senses scouting your path ahead, or your ability to navigate the best course to self-realization and fulfillment." - Michael Meyer
Moon as your Scout Planet
With the Moon as the Scout Planet, we can often see two distinct possibilities. If other factors support, such as the Moon positioned above the horizon, or in aspect to the Midheaven, there may be some form of involvement with the public either public service or public office depending on what other factors in the chart support. It also may show the individual expresses themselves almost in an instinctual way, or be involved with a service which was taught by family or tradition. Service, caring for others in some way or another is often part of what they do. (updating)
Mercury as your Scout Planet
With Mercury in this position we see the Mind, Communication, Planning and ideas as the skill set used in the expression of their purpose and who they are.
In my research files, research astrologer and author Dane Rudhyar both had Mercury Scott Planet. In the case of Rudhyar, his Mercury is also conjunct Chiron (same degree), which shows a blending of these two archetypes.
This seems to fit his biography perfectly, as at the age of 12, a severe illness and surgery disabled him, and he turned to music and intellectual development to compensate for his lack of physical agility.
He studied at the Sorbonne, University of Paris (graduating at the age of 16), and at the Paris Conservatoire. His early ventures into philosophy and his association with the artistic community in Paris led to his conviction that all existence is cyclical in character.
Influenced by Nietzsche as a youth, Rudhyar envisioned himself as a "seed man" of new age cultural evolution. He later went on to write many books that revolutionized astrology, and is considered the father of humanistic astrology. He also wrote novels, music. (updating)
Venus as your Scout Planet
With Venus as the Scout Planet, the importance of how others see you, and value what you do is of primary importance. Your skill set in self expression is you diplomacy, and ability to bring balance and harmony into the world. You are a people person, and have a highly refined sense of culture, beauty. Other factors in the chart will determine how you will express this, which can range from artistically or diplomatically. Research shows a highly significant number of artists have this position in their chart, including Van Gogh and Salvador Dali to name a few. (updating)
Mars as your Scout Planet
Ambition, leadership and and the ability to come up with instantaneous plans of action is seeing a lot of charts where Mars is the Scout Planet.
You can see these qualities in the chat of mob boss John Gotti
(Born on October 27, 1940) with Mars in Libra, inconjunct Saturn, Semi Square Mercury, Sun in Scorpio square Pluto in Leo.
Jupiter as your Scout Planet Freedom, seeing the big picture, social involvement, enthusiasm and inspiration are often seen in those with Jupiter as their Scout Planet. Many are seen as people that “larger than life”, and often their can be a theme of excess and indulgence with those with this placement. My “textbook” example for this position is Henry the Eight. Although most known for his eight wives, there are many other ways in which his life shows the expression of this energy.
Saturn as your Scout Planet
Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my favorite example of this position. While Mars shows is often more of the activist, dedicated champion, and tireless in any work or cause the take up, Saturn shows an even greater capacity for work, self-discipline and for overcoming hardship and obstacles.
It's interesting that you often see the Mars Scout person working with the Saturn Scout person, like in the case of Martin Luther King Jr. and Andrew Young Jr. Agenda Job Fair Event who was a close friend of King, as well as an activist for the Civil Rights Movement. He became a member of Congress, mayor of Atlanta and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. In his biography, Young credited King with giving ‘‘purpose and sustenance’’ to his life. ‘‘He left his mark on me, both in indelible memories and in the spiritual and practical lessons of our trials and triumphs,’ Young recalled. ‘It is by the quality of those days that I have come to measure my own continuing journey’.
In this example you can see how King's Saturn Scott Planet functions to give structure to Young's Mars Scout Planet. Of course the profound effect could not have been one position alone, such as the closest synergy aspect (to the exact degree) is King's Sun sexitle Young's north node, which shows a highly fated association that changes the course of Young's life. We also see Young's Vesta conjunct his North Node, showing a "Sacred Purpose" being ignited by King's Sun when we look at the chart as a whole.
King's father, Martin Luther King Sr. (Dec, 29, 1899) also was born with Saturn as his scout planet, with Saturn and Mars both conjunct his Sun. I'm tempted to write further on both "planetary heredity" as well as "planetary containment as these charts are textbook examples of each, however, I'll have to save this for another article (or chapter should this become a book).
Now, just when you thing you could'nt take this further, or stack up more coincidences, consider the following. In 1934, Martin Luther King Sr. then known as Micheal King) visited German, where he was inspired by the great reformer of the Protestant Church Martin Luther. It was after this that he changed his name, and his son's name to Martin Luther King. Now for the interesting part! Martin Luther (November 10, 1483) also had Saturn as his scout planet. What are the chances? (updating)
Uranus as your Scout Planet
Ada Lovelace (December 10, 1915) daughter of Lord Byron is my favorite example of Uranus conjuct Mercury as her Scott Planet. A mathematical genius she is often referred to as the inventor and first computer programmer.
In my work I've been finding that if two planets are in close conjunction and Rising before the sun concert to create a unique expression. Ada is a perfect example with her Uranus and Mercury how can together to create a unique expression that shows both as part of her solar expression.
Neptune as your Scout Planet
Neptune in this position is seen in the charts of Mystics, Musicians, Poets, as well as drug addicts, con-artists, and dreamers.
Kirk Cobain (February 20, 1967) is probably one of the classic example of this placement, with his Neptune not only his scout planet, but also part of a very complex chart pattern, just as complex as he was. I've found that those with Neptune as a scout planet often have a certain "mystique" about them that intriges people. If other chart factors support it, like in the case of Cobain.
Pluto as your Scout Planet
Pluto gives an intensity, and a penetrating will in many of the individuals with this planet as their scout planet. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky epitomizes this placement.
Chiron as your Scout Planet
Those with Chiron in this position these individuals often are the mavericks that set out to discover new paths in their life. As such, they are often pioneers by necessity in their field, motivated by an internal urge to discover their uniqueness, and why they are different. This quest end of being the very thing that they become an expert in, and their contribution to the world!
One of my favorite original astrology writers wrote... "As I see it, with Chiron as the Scout planet, a person is drawn to the untrod path, led by the urge to find passageways, doorways, bridges. There is an acute awareness of the woundedness around them, which leads to the urge to heal, or teach, or guide, or lead the way towards self-sufficiency.
There is a maverick quality to the way the person handles day to day efforts. Not rebellious...that's Uranian. Rather, a person goes his own way, at his own speed, never concerned that others may be moving faster or slower, or going in a different direction. To quote Thoreau, 'If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.' " - Zane Stein
As a career indicator, Chiron's "wounded healer" archetype is often seen as an important component of what the individual with Chiron as a Scout planet offers. Many of my clients with this are healers, teachers and their work is often based on their own path of healing and self-discovery.
The bottom line with this position, is self discovering and the inner journey is a crucial part of the expression of self. The greater the "wound" that acts as the catalyst for the quest for healing and self-realization, the deeper the search and thee more profound the conquest expression of the wisdom gained as part of their life purpose.
Ceres as your Scout Planet
Pallas as your Scout Planet
Pallas as a scout planet often indicates a person who's life calls them to be strong-willed and act on her own knowledge and wisdom. Their skill set shows a talent for using artful diplomacy rather than conflict, but was ready to fight if need be. Their talents often in the ability to lead, unify and bring together plannings as well as talent in public relations.
My favorite text book example of Pallas in this position is Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930), who was the first opening gay male to be elected to a political office in a large urban centre. He became a major force in the gay equality movement, and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city of San Fransico. He was awarded the Presidental Medial of Freedom in 1990, twelve years after his assinsination on November 27, 1978. At the time of his assassination, transiting Saturn was exactly conjunct his natal Neptune, and square his Pallas, Sun and Mercury.
Vesta as your Scout Planet
Vesta as a Scott Planet shows a dedication and purposefulness as part of how you express your solar energies to the greatest effect. In many of my clients charts there is a connection with that "sacred" in expressing who they are! (updating)
Juno as your Scout Planet
There are a lot of more "cookbook" interpretations that have already been written, I've included some online resources below!
Zane Stein, Chiron As Your Scout Planet - http://www.zanestein.com/scout.htm
Your Guiding Planet: Discover your Innate Skills and Inner Faculties by Michael R. Meyer http://www.khaldea.com/planets/oriental_intro.shtml
Note: With my challenging schedule, most of my articles are written "on the fly", and often published before proofreading! I also often return to update and re-write - so if you see any errors, typos or something doesn't make sense, I welcome your constructive feedback! This blog is a work in progress, so check back often in case there have been important revisions!