Last night I was blown away watching HBO’s currently running movie, Einstein and Eddington. This movie details the controversial support Einstein’s theory of relativity gained from English astronomer and physicist, Arthur Eddington, underscored by the political volatility of World War I. While I knew the story of how the Theory of Relativity was proved, I had never set up the horoscope for the event, or seen the details of this relationship dramatically embellished.
First, the story. Eddington proposed that if Einstein was correct and that space is warped by gravitationally significant bodies such as our Sun, during a total eclipse, the apparent positions of the stars near the Sun would appear different from a photograph of those same stars taken when the Sun was not in proximity. Eddington pressed the reluctant astronomers of Britain to provide funding for an expedition to a path under the next total solar eclipse.
Fortunately, World War I ended prior to the eclipse and the expedition headed to Pretoria, West (South) Africa to take photographs during the totality of the solar eclipse. It was a rainy morning on May 29, 1919, casting doubt on the success of the objective of the day. Moments prior to the actual eclipse, the clouds parted! Photos were taken and examined in a public venue back in England. Einstein was correct!! His Theory of Relativity was right, meaning Newton was wrong, or at least limited in his understanding of far-reaching gravitational concepts.
The chart is an interesting one. In the search for meaning of dwarf planets, especially in these early days of understanding them, any such historical event might offer an insight. At the time of this eclipse’s totality (15:11:34 local time) the midheaven stood at 20 Cancer 24. Adjacent to the MC was the undiscovered Hawaiian creation goddess, Haumea at 20 Cancer 52! Further, in that year, the heliocentric position of Haumea traveled over the North Node of another yet undiscovered dwarf planet, Pluto.
How this is to be interpreted, I really don’t know. But relativity reshaped our view of the Universe and shattered “laws” of physics as previously understood. Indeed a new reality had been created and all the while under the watchful eye of this creatively inspired planet.
Shifting gears, last Sunday at 9:45 P.M. EST, Washington, DC, Health Care became law in the United States (based upon the moment the 216th or majority vote was cast). Regardless of one’s political position on the issue, two dwarf planets appeared to be major players.
The night before I attending a lovely dinner party here in Tucson where prominent financial astrologers and a notable Vedic astrologer and three “standard” astrologers compared notes on the impending vote. We all observed that it would be close, no matter what, and with both sides rendering blistering final arguments with the Sun in Aries opposing Saturn in Libra, both those positions exalted. What really seemed to do the trick, though, was the conjunction of Ceres and Pluto in Capricorn, both squaring Sun and Saturn. Both Pluto and Ceres maintain an underworld, undercurrent, subterranean agenda thing based upon mythology. Pluto as associated with Scorpio carries the theme of other people’s money and refers to insurance. Ceres, as I see her, speaks for those who have no voice or cannot or do not know how to speak for themselves… such as children and their place within the health care system, the economically disadvantaged and those in the forsaken category of pre-existing condition. Ceres and Pluto took a stand against the “sensibilities” and cost factors of Saturn and blazed a new trail for health care in the United States. Again, you don’t have to like the outcome of the vote and the law to appreciate the astrology… and within the astrology, the importance of dwarf planets.