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The dialectic of powers in the R.E.T. system
by Richard Pellard
English translation by Julien Rouger

The interpretation examples that we are suggesting are very far from being exhaustive: they only show and outline a general frame describing the issues of the planetary family. They should therefore not be taken literally. Each being brings indeed its own responses, more or less original, to the questions raised by a planetary family. There is no magic formula. Through using the R.E.T. and the Theory of Ages and combining logic, observation and imagination, you will be able to develop a thousand other possible meanings, a thousand other variations on the same theme.


With the exception of the Moon, Earth’s satellite, each Planet has at least one point in common with two others, depending on whether it shares the same source level (‘R’, ‘E’, ‘T’) or the same target level (‘r’, ‘e’, ‘t’).

The cybernetic organization

Cybernetics (whose Greek etymology means “science of government”) studies “control and communication processes in living beings, machines and sociological and economic systems” according to the dictionary… and also the solar system according to astrology.

Cybernetics postulates that any living or non-living system is organized and hierarchical, that the different levels that make up this system have two essential properties: on the one hand, they maintain themselves as what they are (maintenance, self-preservation), and on the other hand, they communicate and act on the other levels (communication, interaction).

The main cybernetic process is the feedback (Anglo-Saxon word which means “feed back”), which can be translated as feedback. We call positive feedback communication interaction between two or more levels, and negative feedback the maintenance and self-preservation of a level.

At the highest level microscopic of our physical organization, we are made of intangibles “wave-particles” (or quanta = minimum quantities of energy) which, by associating, give rise to atoms, which regroup in molecules, then in cells. Among the latter are the neurons, whose organization creates the nervous system, which controls our behavior, etc. Each of these levels of reality has its own laws and tends to be self-preserving (negative feedback: the atom remains an atom, the cell remains a cell) and yet none is independent of the others, since all these levels of reality of which we are made interact and communicate with each other and thus form a global reality.

Planetary functions and cybernetics

The R.E.T. system which allows, in astrology, to understand the meanings of the planetary functions, is nothing other than a model of cybernetic organization, each star of the solar system sensitizing us to a level of reality, the influence of each Planet depending of its particular position within the whole.


“Big P”: the “extensive Power” trio
‘P’ family — Sun-Mars-Pluto: retention of power — extensive Power ‘P’ family — Sun-Mars-Pluto: retention of power — extensive Power ‘P’ family — Sun-Mars-Pluto: retention of power — extensive Power

The Extensive Power Trio at the Collective-Universal Level

Sun, Mars and Pluto are the three planetary functions in negative feedback: each of them ensures the maintenance, the self-preservation of the level of reality that it represents.

▶ With the solar function (‘rR’), we do not leave the Representation: the images refer to the images, the words to the words, the appearances to the appearances, the unique is maintained.

▶ With the marsian function, we do not leave Existence (‘eE’): the facts, the phenomena, the lived experiences, the tested, the felt refer only to themselves and do not lead to anything other than them themselves.

▶ With the plutonian function (‘tT’), we are witnessing the maintenance and self-preservation of Transcendence: plurality, complexity, the invisible, the unspeakable, the mystery are repeated indefinitely, without anything transpiring or not. escapes.

‘P’ family — Sun-Mars-Pluto: retention of power — extensive PowerThe main function of power, whatever it is, is to stay in place and to preserve itself at all costs and whatever the circumstances. It is therefore a process of negative feedback: power commands, and wants to perpetuate its function of command. This is in its very nature, and this is why the planetary trio Sun-Mars-Pluto is called, in the R.E.T. system, the trio of the Extensive power (‘P’).

Many thinkers have noticed that human societies are organized according to three distinct levels of power. The historian Georges Dumézil (1898–1986), for example, highlighted the respective roles played, in traditional societies, by the King (visible, representative and unifying power), the Warrior (tangible, concrete power governing associations-confrontations) and the Wizard (invisible, insidious and subtle power of the priest-magician who holds the secrets of the universe).

This traditional triad is easily transposable to our modern world: the King then becomes the State, guarantor of the maintenance of the unity of the community by his authoritarian and arbitrary power of persuasion-deterrence; the Warrior becomes the economic actor, guarantor of the maintenance of the management-distribution of material resources; finally, the Sorcerer becomes the scientist, guarantor of the maintenance of the plurality of hypotheses which makes it possible to perpetuate fundamental research and the incessant questioning on the still unknown structures of the universe.

Each of the three has the specific attributes of his power: the Sun-King punishes (censures, prohibitions) or reward (medals, honours), Mars-Warrior shares or fights, Pluto-Sorcerer blesses (invisible and intangible rewards) or curses (punishments just as visible and impalpable).

These three powers do not always agree with each other, far from it: the State-King often takes a dim view of the freedom of action granted to the Warriors-economic actors and the insidious freedom of in question of its standards inherent in the activities of the Sorcerer-priest-scientist; Warriors-economic actors often find the authoritarian tutelage imposed by the State-King burdensome, and the problems posed by the Sorcerer-priest-scientist unnecessarily metaphysical; the latter often has a very critical position vis-à-vis the normative immobility of the King-State and the imperatives of short-sighted material management of the Warrior-economic actor. And yet, these three complementary powers, which each jealously preserve their elective domain, coexist, and their complementarity-conflictuality is essential to the dynamic functioning of any community.

The Extensive Power trio at the individual-particular level

This trio of Power also exists in each of us. Each individual is both a “King” convinced that he is the center of the world, and who intends to maintain and preserve his status as a unique and inalienable individuality, a “Warrior” which struggles for its concrete survival through its exchanges with the outside world, and a “Wizard” sensitive to the unfathomable mystery of the soul of being-in-the-world.

An individuality strongly marked by Sun-Mars-Pluto has at the highest point the need and the taste of Power for Power. Solar-representative, it wants to maintain itself as an authoritarian and attractive center, affirms and dictates its law, imposes its point of view and intends to be a reference, a unique, recognized and admirable model; marsian-existing, his combative realism also requires him to be concretely effective, to get his hands dirty, to build something solid, something tangible; plutonian-transcendent finally, he is far from being indifferent to the mysteries of the invisible, to what happens behind the scenes, to the power that comes from knowing what others ignore or pretend to ignore.

The unity of behavior of such an individual is far from being simple, obvious, easy: how not to be sometimes obliged to derogate from his sacrosanct guiding principles (Sun) when he wants to exercise the fullness of his means of action (Mars)? Too much Sun, and the desired end systematically justifies the means used (Mars), even if they are in flagrant contradiction with the stated principles (Sun). Too much Mars, and concrete efficiency forgets the principles that inspired it: credibility (Sun) then inevitably suffers. Too many strong and simple certainties (Sun) and we arbitrarily evacuate the complex, deep and disturbing questions likely to overshadow (Pluto) our ideals (Sun), and vice versa: too many deep questionings (Pluto) risk losing all points of reference (Sun) and the taste for direct action (Mars), etc. This is frequently the case when Sun, Mars and Pluto are linked by dissonant mutual aspects… and these dissonances are poorly experienced and integrated by the individual.

If Sun-Mars and Pluto are mutually linked by consonant Aspects, the collaboration between the three Powers is made easier: solar, marsian and plutonian, the individual knows in turn and in principle when it is necessary, to punish and to reward in depending on the attachment of others to the authority of his person, to share or to fight according to whether he is dealing with companions or adversaries, to bless or to curse (that is to say, to manifest an invisible power by using of subliminal suggestion, by insidiously manipulating the consciences and unconsciousnesses of others). He will then be criticized for playing on all fronts, for wanting the butter, the money for the butter and the creamer with it. This kind of criticism will leave him generally indifferent: in his eyes, the only thing that counts is the skill and efficiency that must be demonstrated to establish and extend (extensive power) his power at all levels of reality. Thus he will be in turn affirmative and authoritarian, active and combative, critical and questioning, without fearing these contradictions which form the astral framework of his personality.

The Extensive Power trio, when it is dominant and consonant, makes individualities stiff, rough, whole, hard, square, enemies of concessions (which quickly pass for betrayals in their eyes) and procrastination. For them, everyone and everything must be in its exact place, the one assigned to it by its specific gifts and skills: such is the price to pay for a peaceful and dynamic coexistence to be established. At the slightest breach of this imperious requirement, they then become policemen, vigilantes, rectifiers of wrongs, rippers of balloons; they do not communicate (positive feedback, this is, in a broad sense, the role of the other planetary functions (with the exception of the Moon), they command (negative feedback) and maintain themselves in a state of command on all levels: social (Sun), vital (Mars) and metaphysical (Pluto).


“Small p”: the “intensive power”
Moon ‘p’: homogeneous wholeness Moon ‘p’: homogeneous wholeness ‘p’ family — Moon: homogeneous wholeness — intensive power

Lunar function and intensive power at the collective-universal level

Symmetry obliges, to the extensive Power (initial ‘P’ capital letter) of Sun-Mars-Pluto corresponds a intensive power (lowercase ‘p’ initial), represented by the lunar function. Where the ‘P’ of Sun-Mars-Pluto divides, compartmentalizes and hierarchizes, the Moon ‘p’ gathers, homogenizes and globalizes. The trio ‘P’ ensures the proper functioning of the cogs of power by clearly differentiating them, the Moon ‘p’ puts oil in it so that the cogs do not creak and the transmissions are more fluid. The shape of the Extensive Power is pyramidal, angular, exclusive, from the plutonian base to the solar summit passing through the marsian intermediate zone; the form of intensive power is spherical, round, smooth, inclusive.

Moon ‘p’: homogeneous wholenessFrom a lunar point of view, the real naturally forms an inseparable whole where everything holds together: the apparent realities (‘R’ level), the concrete realities (‘E’ level) and the invisible realities (‘T’ level) merge into a homogeneous and undifferentiated whole. The important thing is not the precise function (“Sun King”, “Warrior-Mars” or “Sorcerer-Pluto”) occupied by the members of a family or a group, but the fact that while being differentiated, they belong intimately to the same family, to the same group. Between members of the same clan, we support each other, we support each other, we instinctively unite.

Symbolically, the lunar function corresponds to the “universal mother”, the one that broods, nourishes, protects. Concretely, it is related to what sociologists call the primitive groupality: we are together by vital necessity more than by negotiated social pact, because we are an integral part of the same tribe, the one whose members are naturally familiar to us. Without looking so apparently “severe” than extensive Power, intensive power can be extremely coercive: the herd instinct also has its laws of inclusion (natural obligation, and not contractual, to “stick together inside”, individualistic behaviors being very badly accepted) and exclusion (“break up you stink, you’re not from my gang”). The primary groupality of lunar intensive power prohibits the mixing of tribes. To live in harmony, let’s stay among ourselves, let’s merge with the group.

Lunar function and intensive power at the individual-particular level

At the individual level, the lunar intensive power allows the individual to integrate easily and naturally into a group, avoiding getting caught up in the game of too formal, too codified relationships (‘R’), of rivalry (‘E’) and unconscious but tacit innuendos (‘T’).

As long as the Moon forms predominantly consonant aspects, he instinctively knows how to pass smoothly between the meshes of the regulations with which he allows himself all kinds of privacies, to follow the lines of least resistance rather than inserting himself into the balance of power, imbibe the atmosphere of his group rather than trying to dissect the secret workings of it. The fact that he is rather nice, good-natured, available, submissive, disarmingly naive and good-willed, means that we can’t refuse him much: we accept him with his incompetence, his shortcomings, his weaknesses because he keeps a low profile and deep down he is not and does not want to be in competition with anyone. His spontaneous way of transforming hierarchical relationships into intimate, human, familiar relationships can be extremely effective: casually, he gently imposes, without seeming to, his personal rhythms, his habits, his needs. For him everything is the same and all are the same: the victors and the vanquished, the strong and the weak, the known and the unknown — even if he has, deep down, a more marked receptivity and indulgence for the latter than for the first.

If the Moon receives a maximum of dissonances and they are badly experienced and integrated, the individual is very likely to fall into the traps of “intensive power”: unlike the hierarchical “P” of Sun-Mars-Pluto, the lunar “p” can make the individual completely anarchic, disorderly, unorganized. He abandons himself, lets himself go within his group of belonging which he engulfs and parasitizes without even realizing it. Incapable of self-discipline, partisan of the policy of least effort, insensitive to the long-term implications of such an attitude, he lets himself be carried along comfortably by others. He has no ego (he is not individualized enough for that), and yet his egocentrism is immense: nothing else matters to him but his immediate well-being, and he finds it quite natural that others do it without him having to lift a finger.

If they balk at this duty of one-way solidarity, he does not hesitate, like a small child stubbornly refusing to become an adult, to play blackmail on weakness, to pity others by showing off their failings. Incapable of voluntarily dissociating himself from his group, he is also powerless to assert himself in it, to find his usefulness there, his deep reason for being. By dint of blending into the atmosphere, he becomes anonymous, transparent, inconsistent, prisoner of his gregarious and herding instincts, refusing to take responsibility. He dreams of his life rather than living his dreams, prefers the reassuring torpor and the comfortable dependence of the family bosom to the hard adventure of an assumed existence and a claimed independence.

The Extensive Power-Intensive Power Dialectic

‘P’ family — Sun-Mars-Pluto: retention of power — extensive PowerThe Extensive power of Sun-Mars-Pluto and the intensive power of the Moon are opposite and complementary, that is to say dialectical. If Sun-Mars-Pluto dominate in the chart of an individual and the Moon is very little valued there, he is very likely to be rigid, brittle, disharmonious in his relations with the outside world and the beings who populate it. His way of commanding, of ordering will lack flexibility, binding, fluidity; it will be extremely difficult for him to abandon himself, to let go gently, to let himself be carried away by circumstances.

Conversely, if the Moon dominates and Sun-Mars-Pluto are undervalued (not taking into account other planetary configurations or dominants which can invalidate or relativize this tendency), it will be difficult to emerge from anonymity (Sun), to take things and beings head-on (Mars) as well as insidiously influencing the course of events (Pluto). Neither representative, nor existing, nor transcendent, it risks being doomed to wandering, tossed around by circumstances and subject to its primary needs for security and tranquillity.

Of course, the best thing is Extensive power and intensive are both highly valued and in consonant mutual Aspects: the individual will then know how to grease the wheels at the right time before they start to creak, combine receptivity and willpower, rest and activity, and find a good balance between social life and private life. Solidarious but demanding, he will give the best of himself to his group… to which he will be strongly tempted to ask him, in return, to grant him full powers.

In case of Aspects dissonant mutuals between Extensive power and intensive power, the individual risks often acting at the wrong time or against employment: waiting for the last moment to put oil in the cogs at the risk of having great difficulty in unblocking them, or drown in such a quantity of lubricant that they end up spinning. Brittle and hard in his ‘P’ periods, he will suddenly have bouts of weakness and renunciation during the ‘p’ feedback shocks, and vice versa…

This article was brought to you by Richard Pellard
English translation by Julien Rouger

See also:

▶ Moon: intensive power
▶ Powers of Sun-Moon: the Moon
▶ Powers of Sun-Moon: the Sun
▶ Sun-Mars-Pluto: extensive Power
▶ Sun-Pluto, a special couple
▶ Apollon et son ombre : quand le Soleil se fait violence

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