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voted last week to demote
Pluto from the solar system's ninth planet to a mere
"dwarf." The implications for astronomy are numerous but not
insurmountable. But what about the world's Scorpios, ruled in the
zodiac by Pluto and now left rudderless? Surely it's a black outlook
"The decision means zilch," says British
astrologer Paul Wade. After all, the moon is a satellite and the sun
is a star, and both nonplanets
staples, he says. In short, celestial class distinctions are moot:
"As long as it's an astrological body, we'll use it."
predicts even less concern among more traditionally minded
astrologers, who use only the five planets visible to the naked eye.
To them, Pluto, which was only discovered in 1930, has never been an
, no matter what its designation.
Right about now, "they'll be saying, 'I told you so,'" says Wade.
Further proof that the universe is a cold and brutal place.