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New Horizons Probe  ~ Trip Chart  

New Horizons probe was launched on January 19th 2006 at 2 P.M. EST from Cape Canaveral. This is the first space probe to Pluto and beyond. The rocket carrying New Horizons is very fast, it got to the moon's orbit in just 9 hours and was nearly 1 million miles away from Earth just 24 hours after its launch.

An article at www.usatoday.com by the Associated Press states that information will be sent back to us by about July 14 2015 when New Horizons is to arrive at Pluto.  It will continue on to explore the Kuiper comet belt (until 2025) where a larger object than Pluto has been discovered nicknamed “Xena”, stated Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology. The astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930.  He passed away in 1997 and some of his ashes are on the probe. His 94 year old widow, Patricia was said to have had tears in her eyes as she watched the lift off.


House Delineation: New Horizons Probe – Launch Chart


1. Gemini, ruler Mercury in Capricorn in the 8th house of discoveries. An ambitious undertaking.

2. Cancer, ruler Moon in Virgo in the 5th house of creativity and taking chances. The security of this trip is ever changing requiring many adjustments along the way.

3. Cancer, ruler Moon in Virgo, Saturn in Leo (Mutual Reception the Sun) in the 3rd house of communication. Saturn restricts and limits parameters, a very strong indication that there will be some problems contacting the probe during the course of the trip.

4. Leo, ruler Sun in Capricorn at 29° in the 9th house of long distance travel. The 4th house is the end result of the trip. In this chart, with the Sun at 29° (void of course) in Mutual Reception with Saturn, it will be difficult to keep track of the probe, and we will probably never know the final destination of where the probe ends up.

5. Virgo, ruler Mercury in Capricorn. A lot of meticulous planning went into this trip. The Moon in Virgo in the 5th house trines the Sun, indicating success.

6. Libra, ruler Venus Retrograde in the 8th house. Scorpio intercepted, ruler Pluto in the 7th house (Mutual Reception with Jupiter). Venus protects the health of the mission, but, it is retrograde, so, there are some reversals. Dilemmas and frustrating minor annoyances plague the trip. Jupiter in Scorpio (Mutual Reception with Pluto) in the 6th brings “Lady Luck” into the equation, thus ensuring a measure of success.

7. Sagittarius, ruler Jupiter in the 6th house. Pluto in Sagittarius at 25 Sagittarius (the Galactic Centre) in the 7th house. This is an exclusive ‘Once in a Lifetime’ experience. The people working on this project will have long lasting, powerful memories.

8. Capricorn, ruler Saturn in the 3rd house. Venus and Mercury in Capricorn in the 8th house. The 8th house represents the resources of the trip. With Saturn ruling, big business and government stand behind this endeavour. This project is of great consequence to their reputation. Achievement is imperative and failure is not an option. There is a lot to be learned and many mysteries of the universe are uncovered.

9. Capricorn, ruler Saturn in the 3rd house. Sun in Capricorn, Fortuna and Neptune in Aquarius in the 9th house. This is the house of long distance travel, quite appropriate that Sun should occupy this house. At 29°, we have a strong indication that there were problems launching the probe, and the window of opportunity was closing fast, when the final decision to launch was made. Kind of like “It’s now or never”.

10. Aquarius, ruler Uranus in Pisces in the 10th house. Uranus is in Mutual Reception with Neptune. This house represents the fate of the trip. With Uranus ruling and in the 10th, there a few surprises on the horizon. Uranus inconjunct Saturn, adjustments are problematic, with unexpected results. The probe deviates from its’ projected flight path and sends back pictures of some unusual objects.

11. Pisces, ruler Neptune in Aquarius, North Node in Aries in the 11th sextile Fortuna in the 9th. The eleventh house represents large scale events, unusual and unconventional situations, and the purpose of the trip. Pisces says a strong and unwavering belief that the trip will achieve its’ objectives, is a necessity for this endeavour. Strong hopes and wishes for the fulfilment of the goals set for the trip. The North Node in Aries, here says this is a ‘first’ into unknown territory. A pioneering event, which has long term effects.

12. Aries, ruler Mars in Taurus in the 12th house, Taurus, intercepted, ruler Venus in the 8th house. Inner strength required to ensure this mission’s success is fortified by courageous Mars, even when things go wrong.   

The Journey

July 14, 2015, is the day that the probe is to reach Pluto, and send information back to earth.

The transits, particularly, the outer planets, during the summer of 2015, do not make very many aspects back to the launch chart. Pluto is the focal planet, and makes no contact at all back to the launch chart. Neptune conjuncts Uranus briefly in August and Uranus squares Venus in July. Jupiter is inconjunct Mercury, so we know that long distance communication has broken down.

Looking ahead a little further, transits really zero in on the launch chart on Jan. 19, 2016.

    The transit chart activates the launch chart as follows:

Final Destination

In 2025 the New Horizons Probe is to complete its’ exploration of the Kuiper Comet Belt, where a larger object than Pluto has been discovered, nicknamed “Xena”. But, already by September 8, 2024, the transits back to the launch chart bring us some interesting reports:

Article written by Inge Lohse   Reference book: "Astrology for the Traveller ~ Trip Charts" written by Inge Lohse & Liz Swoboda