What Does it Mean When Planets are Out of Bounds?

What Does it Mean When Planets are Out of Bounds | California Psychics

When Planets Go Out of Bounds

When most of us hear the words “out of bounds” we immediately think of sports like golf, baseball, basketball, hockey, or cricket, not astrology. However, planets can also be out of bounds and impact us in either positive or negative ways.

The Influence of Out of Bounds Planets

The term ‘out of bounds’ was developed by the late KT Boehrer, an astrologer who focused on the latitude of planets in relation to the equator and the sun’s movement.

An Out of Bounds (OOB) planet’s declination exceeds 23 degrees 27 minutes either North or South of the equator. The more OOB planets a person has in their birth chart and the further the declination each planet is, the more creative thinking they show, and the more their interests and preferences differ from the society that they live in.

The differences can be either positive or negative in nature. On the positive side of the coin, OOB planets tend to lead people to be visionary, inspirational, original, and they cling to freedom of thought and action. On the flip side, Out of Bounds planets can contribute to abnormal thoughts and feelings, insanity, and a disregard for law and order.

Individuals with Out of Bounds planets often feel misunderstood and are considered outcasts, though it can also end in great innovation and bring new ideas to the collective.

Some Fun Facts About Out of Bounds Planets

  • Not all planets go out of bounds: The sun, Saturn, and Neptune will never be Out of Bounds and Jupiter only very rarely goes OOB.
  • The moon leads the pack: The moon will go Out of Bounds most frequently and reaches a maximum of nearly 29 degrees roughly every 18.6 years.
  • Some Out of Bounds planets affect a generation: Uranus and Pluto do not go much beyond 23 degrees 27 minutes, but when they do, they have a generational effect.
  • Extraordinary people abound: Whether for positive or negative reasons, people who have Out of Bounds planets leave their marks on the world around them.
  • When the sun isn’t watching: When the planet goes out of bounds, it means that it is no longer under the dominion of the sun. When out of sight and out of pull, the planet can behave how it wants.

How to Tell if You have any Out of Bound Planets?

The easiest way to determine this is by using an online ephemeris to help you to determine if any planets were Out of Bounds when you were born, many of which are free to find online. You can also consult your birth chart, which, if you haven’t had yours done yet, you can have done for free when you join our Karma Rewards program.

The Positive and the Negative

As mentioned earlier, people with Out of Bounds Planets tend to push the envelope in either positive or negative ways. Of course, there is more to the making of a person than the placement.

In his article, The Out-Of-Bounds Moon, Steven Forrest defines nine typical manifestations and gives many examples. Here are four of the most typical categories, and some examples:

  • Choosing to Leave, Breaking Out, Outlaws: These people have a tendency “to walk away from situations which more conventional individuals might consider prestigious or desirable,” or they might decide to escape from the rules and norms of the society they were born into. They can also ignore society’s expectations in relation to their gender, age, or something else. One example is Cat Stevens, a musician from the 1960s who left his stardom behind to follow his Muslim faith.
  • Geniuses: Those who “think outside the box.” A great example is Albert Einstein.
  • Zany Characters: The former Russian president, Boris Yeltsin, is a good example.
  • Sociopaths and Criminals: One example here is Carlos the Jackal, the international assassin.

The Famous and the Infamous

As you can see in the following list, some individuals have multiple OOB planets and therefore truly push the limits in their personalities and what they achieve. It is interesting just how many people who have left their marks on our world share this commonality.


Famous: Jackie Chan, Cher, Farah Fawcett, Kylie Minogue, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John, Dan Rather, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields, Stephen Sondheim, Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Lucille Ball, Brigitte Bardot, John Belushi, Shirley Temple Black, Warren Buffett, John Rockefeller, Rupert Murdoch, Sigmund Freud, Victor Hugo, Stephen King, Albert Einstein, Francis Galton, Louis Pasteur, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Infamous: James Degorski, Thomas Walt Hamilton, Richard Ludwig Strack, Ronald Kray, Erik Menendez, Dennis Nilsen, Peter Sutcliffe, William Heirens


Famous: Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Kylie Minogue, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Liv Tyler, Denzel Washington, Gene Wilder, Ted Turner, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, Louis Braille, Johannes Kepler, Louis Pasteur

Infamous: Mark David Chapman, Charles Starkweather, John Hinckley, Erik Menendez, Dennis Nilsen, Peter Sutcliffe


Famous: Charles Chaplin, Cher, Clint Eastwood, Judy Garland, Larry King, Liberace, Dean Martin, Susan Sarandon, Robert Schumann, Brooke Shields, Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, Rudolph Valentino, Gene Wilder, Josephine Baker, Johnny Carson, William Blake, Louisa May Alcott, Louis Pasteur

Infamous: Ian Brady, Ronald Kray, Peter Sutcliffe, William Heirens, James Eagan Holmes


Famous: Jackie Chan, Aretha Franklin, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Katherine Hepburn, Larry King, Wolfgang Mozart, Laurence Olivier, Dolly Parton, Luciano Pavarotti, Christopher Reeve, Robert Schumann, Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand, Rudolph Valentino, Jean Claude Van Damme, Robin Williams, Josephine Baker, Sandra Bernhard, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Warren Buffett, Walt Disney, Rupert Murdoch, Lord Byron, Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, T.S Eliot, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Toni Morrison, Nostradamus, Thomas Edison

Infamous: Mark David Chapman, Charley Whitman, John Hinckley, Richard Ludwig Strack, Patrick Kearney, William Heirens


Famous: Greta Garbo, Jay Leno, Olivia Newton-John, Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Springsteen, Meryl Streep, Josephine Baker, John Belushi, Salvador Dali, Richard Branson, Charles Baudelaire, Sir Richard Burton, Stephen King, William Butler Yeats, Francis Galton, Johannes Kepler, Louis Pasteur
Infamous: Edward Gein, James Eagan Holmes


Famous: Cher, Farah Fawcett, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Jay Leno, Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Cybill Shepherd, Sylvester Stallone, Meryl Streep, Barbara Streisand, John Belushi, Leonardo da Vinci, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Infamous: Thomas Walt Hamilton, Myra Hindley, Charley Whitman, Ray Larsen, Peter Sutcliffe, John Wayne Gacy, John Bunyard, John Errol Ferguson

Chart Your Course

Learning if you have any OOB planets can definitely enhance your understanding of yourself and in what ways you might be pushing the boundaries and charting a new course through the world. It is another interesting facet about your life that an Astrology reading can help you understand.

Astrology plays an important role in your day-to-day life. The planets are responsible for your moods, experiences and more, which is why you should get a psychic astrology reading. Our astrology psychics can calculate your natal chart and tell you about the important dates in your life (past, present, and future) that will massively impact you.
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