Some planets are more dominant in your natal chart than others, and you feel them strong, deep in your personality and life. What does it mean when it's Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto?
How do you know if you have a prominent natal Uranus?
You qualify if your natal Uranus is:
Any of these can make your Uranus stand out and make the energy of Uranus more prominent for you. This is present all your life, but can feel especially obvious when the transit (moving) planets are aspecting your natal Uranus.
Prominent Natal Uranus
If you have a prominent natal Uranus in your natal chart, you may feel a lot like an Aquarius, and that can be the case even if you don’t have any Aquarius planets in your natal chart or any planets in your 11th house (the house naturally ruled by Uranus/Aquarius). You can be more original and inventive, independent and innovative, rebellious and aloof, charitable and idealistic.
With a prominent natal Uranus, you can be more intellectual and detached, even if you’re quite watery (lots of Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, 4th, 8th, or 12th house); you can be focus more on the future and what’s possible, even if you’re more earthy (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, 2nd, 6th, 10th houses); and you can be more methodical, even if you’re quite fiery (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, 1st, 5th, 9th houses).
The more prominent your natal Uranus is, the more you may feel like an Aquarius than your actual Sun or Moon sign (if not in Aquarius).
How do you know if you have a prominent natal Neptune?
This is present all your life, but can feel especially obvious when the transit (moving) planets are aspecting your natal Neptune.
Prominent Natal Neptune
Neptune is the foggy planet, ruler of deception, vulnerability, the victim. This often makes those of us with prominent Neptunes in the natal chart easily deceived, manipulated, controlled, and victimized. This is often the downside of Neptune.
The upside is greater compassion and empathy, stronger intuition and imagination, and an ability to tap into the subtle energies around us.
Those same upsides are the reason for the downsides - we can be so compassionate and empathetic that we’re easily taken advantage of; we can be so intuitive and imaginative that we aren’t as grounded to reality to keep us from floating away and someone else taking over our lives; and we can be so in touch with the subtle energies around us that we don’t see what’s right in our faces.
Having a prominent Neptune doesn’t mean you have to be the little lamb led to the slaughter. There is often great power in a strong Neptune, but it requires something that isn’t natural to Neptune - being grounded to reality. This would be Saturn’s domain, along with a little Pluto.
If you’ve got a strong Saturn and/or Pluto to go with your prominent Neptune, that makes it easier to find the ways to ground yourself and not get sucked into the Neptune vortex of fog and haze. But even if you don’t have a prominent Saturn or Pluto, you can still use their locations and aspects in your natal chart to find the best ways to ground yourself and be realistic.
When you have a challenging Neptune (like at a critical or anaretic degree, a singleton, the squared planet in a t-square, or at hard aspects to your personal planets), this can be trickiest to maneuver. There are extra layers involved that need to be pulled back and dissected, and you usually have to focus on those first before you can start to get a grip on Neptune. It may take longer, it may take more work, but it’s still possible.
A challenged Neptune likely means you have some more karma to work through as well (or spiritual or emotional baggage, whatever you want to view it as), so tapping into the subconscious part of yourself can be crucial.
How do you know if you have a prominent natal Pluto?
This is present all your life, but can feel especially obvious when the transit (moving) planets are aspecting your natal Pluto.
Prominent Natal Pluto
If you have a prominent Pluto in your natal chart, you may feel a lot like a Scorpio, even if you have little-to-no Scorpio or 8th house energy (the house that Scorpio naturally rules). You can be more passionate and intense, more mysterious and deep, extreme and envious, seductive and secretive.
With a prominent natal Pluto, you can be more powerful and strong, even if your very air or water sign; you can be more serious, even if you’re very fire sign; and you can be emotionally deeper, even if you’re very earth sign.
The more prominent your natal Pluto is, the more you may feel like a Scorpio, and if it’s super prominent (like meets at least three of the requirements), you may feel more like a Scorpio than your actual Sun or Moon sign (if not in Scorpio).
Special note if all 3 are prominent in your natal chart:
For some of us, all 3 of these planets are prominent in the natal chart. What does this mean? I find that people who have all 3 prominent tend to be in tune with the changing times. They usually don't fight it, they embrace it, even lead it. They see the generations come, and understand how one leads to another.
Since these 3 planets are the generational planets, you're someone who flows with each generation!
Suggested Reading: Prominent Natal Chiron, Prominent Natal Saturn, Prominent Natal Black Moon Lilith, and Prominent Natal Mercury, Venus, and Mars Retrograde