Post-mortal horoscopic synchronicities: Clyde Tombaugh

Post-mortal horoscopic synchronicities: Clyde Tombaugh
Clyde Tombaugh 1930's

Clyde Tombaugh 1930’s

Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto, had a pronounced Pluto in his chart. Being an Aquarius with Mars at 1° Aries, he was a natural innovator and discoverer. When he was born, Moon was in conjunction with the planet he was going to discover 24 years later. The decades following Pluto’s discovery the astrologers deduced its astrological properties that could help rationalize at least to some extent this mysterious coincidence. The Moon-Pluto blending implants a sense of potential danger and sharpens one’s intuition. It invokes the desire to see that which is hidden and invisible. A strong Pluto in one’s chart tends to direct one’s attention to the occult, extrasensory perceived, imperceptible to senses, has doubtful or potential existence or is imaginary. And should one’s chart be supportive of rational reasoning, the eminent Pluto tends to support scientific research, rather than occultism. In confirmation, Clyde Tombaugh discovered more than a dozen of asteroids, hundreds of variable stars, and had a rational interest in UFOs.


Traditionally, Jupiter brings good luck and increase. Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto on February 18th, 1930. At that time, Jupiter of his equatorial, zodiacal and solar arc directions was joining and maximally stimulating his natal Pluto-Moon conjunction. The periodicity of such horoscopic events is about 360 years so they can take place no more than once in a lifetime. At the time of discovery, the transit Jupiter was in the same sign as his natal Pluto and Moon. It was nearing them and had only about two months to go before joining them. Thus, about two months later, on May 1st, 1930 when the name Pluto was formally adopted the transit Moon and Jupiter turned out to be at an exact conjunction to his natal Moon-Pluto conjunction too! This doubled his Jovan Pluto-related luck. This also shows that Clyde Tombaugh had a decisive role in the acceptance of the name. What is more, on May 25th, 1930, when Pluto was officially named, the transit Sun joined his natal Jupiter thus tripling his Pluto-related luck and fame.

At the time of Pluto’s discovery, Tombaugh’s Point of life joined his directional Pluto, which is also a once-in-a-lifetime event. This symbolizes that Pluto gave life to Clyde Tombaugh or that Pluto came to life through him. This meeting is opposite to that which happens at the same time with Percival Lowell’s transit Pluto that joins Lowell’s Point of death. It appears that Pluto directs the lives of those who are involved in his discovery.

Venetia Burney is known for proposing the name Pluto for the newly-discovered Plant X. She has a 6° Jupiter-Pluto conjunction and a Uranus-Jupiter trine. Literally, this could mean achieving sudden and unexpected fame via Pluto. Her Jupiter is in the last degree of Gemini and her Pluto is in Cancer, which grants interest in history including mythology especially to hidden and invisible things or personages. Pluto, the God of the Underworld, is a good target to such an interest because he was able to make himself invisible.

Venetia Burney suggested the name Pluto on 14 May 1930. Then the transit Pluto was in conjunction to her Sun and transit Mars – to her Uranus. The former aspect made her interested in invisible things and the latter increased her inventiveness. Sun was unaspected in her chart and it was not her ego or drive but her intellectual interests ruled by Jupiter’s aspects combined with appropriate transit influences that made her famous.


NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has a flyby Pluto mission. It launched on January 18th, 2006 that was nine years after Clyde Tombaugh’s death and carried 30 grams of his ashes. At the time of the launch, the Sun and Venus of his zodiacal, zodiacal solar arc and equatorial directions and of his secondary progression were joining his natal Jupiter signifying times of greatest fame. Such horoscopic event also occurs once in 360 years therefore it may happen no more than once in one’s life. Meanwhile his tertiary progression’s Moon had been stimulating his natal Jupiter for the previous two weeks and his minor progression’s Mars had been energizing his Jupiter for a few months, too. Clyde Tombaugh’s stardom happened to come nine years after his death according to his horoscope’s program.

In the meantime, Pluto of his zodiacal and zodiacal solar arc directions had progressed to a cardinal and very active 1° Libra that signifies maximal stimulation of the concerned factor, in this case Clyde’s commitment to Pluto. This zodiacal degree is very intense and has Scorpio and Plutonian vibrations. Among other things, it is associated with transformation, self-sacrifice and death. This relates to the nature of Pluto’s mythological personage and to its astrological influence. Carrying Clyde Tombaugh’s ashes to Pluto, the God of the Underworld, symbolizes a self-sacrifice.


Clyde Tombaugh 1989 at NMSU

Clyde Tombaugh 1989 at NMSU

At the time of New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto on 14 July 2015, all planetary transit aspects to Clyde’s horoscope were favourable. Such a beneficial situation is rare and shows prosperous times. Then Tombaugh’s solar directions joined Saturn and his natal Pluto indicating maximal seriousness and highest social utilization of the Pluto connection. Since both planets co-rule death, their combination is a symbolic analogue to Tombaugh’s remains being brought to Pluto.

At the same time, the Sun and Venus of his equatorial solar arc direction were in an exact conjunction to his natal Jupiter. This is the last direction to do so, the others having been active at the time of launch and during the next few years, indicating the end of a nearly 10-years period of fame. Collectively Clyde Tombaugh’s equatorial direction, zodiacal direction, zodiacal solar arc direction and secondary progression signify a period of utmost fame having begun about a decade earlier.

Clyde’s secondary progression of that time is very impressive. Whilst the progressive Sun is was still in a wide conjunction to his Jupiter indicating the closing of about a decade-long period of distinction, four other planets had joined his natal Pluto-Moon blending.1)the progressive Pluto was also there, but we don’t count it, because in this
type of progression the higher planets are almost immovable.
These are Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Mars. Actually, these are all moving bodies in this type of progression besides Sun and Mercury. Collectively they positively accentuate, energize and give luck and fame to the Plutonian issue in Clyde Tombaugh’s natal chart. In addition, Tombaugh’s minor progression for the time of the closest approach situates Jupiter exactly on his Sun signifying times of fame and success, while his tertiary progression situates the Sun on his natal Sun and Jupiter in trine aspect to his Sun indicating the successful closure of a 28-years long cycle.

Clyde Tombaugh’s natal chart continues to show strong relations to the development of Pluto story after his death. His natal Pluto and its horoscopic progressions appear to play central role in this synchronization. This post-mortal synchronicities shows that a horoscopic feature may remain active after one’s physical death. Is it Clyde Tombaugh’s discovery or his horoscopic energy that continues to live a life of its own after he has departed?

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1. the progressive Pluto was also there, but we don’t count it, because in this
type of progression the higher planets are almost immovable.

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