Dwarf Planet Data Dots

March 24, 2010

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.

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A Planet of a Planet?

January 5, 2010

When Mike Brown, co-discoverer of Eris, Haumea and Makemake spoke in Arizona a year ago last November, he displayed a graphic of the sky search completed by his team. He announced that they had now equaled the sky area searched by Clyde Tombaugh in his decades of diligent sky scanning. What was obvious were the “holes” in the search. Given the northern hemisphere location of the observing telescopes much of the southern skies could not be seen. Given the length of orbital periods of Kuiper Belt Objects, if an object holds a southern disposition by position, it could be decades before it would be detected. So, one of his original sky search partners, David Rabinowitz, headed for the mountain tops of Chile to fill in some of the celestial canopy not yet examined for Kuiper Belt bodies. Given the vastness of the remaining sky to be examined, there’s potentially a lot of yet unknown Kuiper Belt Objects – as well as stuff out near Sedna – to be found.

Mike Brown weighed in on 2009 YE7 last week. First, he noted the high inclination of the body and stated that even early in working to refine a body’s orbit, inclination is one of the more easily determined attributes (which is why the early nodal position typically remains reliable). The inclination of this body at 29 degrees is high as compared with the “norm” of bodies orbiting the Sun. And 29 degrees is very close to the 28.2 degree inclination of Haumea, once subject to a violent collision which scattered body parts in the Kuiper Belt. What’s more, the absolute magnitude of YE7 is close to that of Haumea.

Brown concluded that YE7 is likely a shrapnel remnant of the collision Haumea endured way back when. This means this body, like the ice chunks in Haumea’s orbit and her two moons, Hi’iaka and Namaka, is one of her offspring. As well, given a similar surface to Haumea, the object would not be as large as one might initially conclude from the measure of absolute magnitude. Brown issued a relatively simple test for astronomers down under with a view of the newly encountered body to confirm his speculation. To date, I have heard of no such confirmation and no doubt this will be confirmed soon.

Should Brown’s suspicion be confirmed, astrologers have an exciting new condition to consider: a planetary body that is not a satellite of another body born of another planet. It’s true that Triton was once a planet unto itself and ultimately the gravity of Uranus grabbed the planet, diminishing it to satellite status. But the YE7 issue is a whole new ball game.

Suggestively, the body would take the name of a Hawaiian deity or at least one of a Pacific Rim culture. I’m going to submit my vote for a Maori name. They were, in fact, blessed with superlative eyes (such that they could see moons of Jupiter with the naked eye) and developed a sophisticated understanding of the heavens. And the Maori departed Hawaii back in ancient days heading for new lands and settled in what we now call New Zealand.

I hope Mike Brown is right. And I hope that like astronomers, astrologers will grasp the amazing singularity of Haumea (and Eris) and expand astrology to remain inclusive of the facts of the heavens instead of persistence in ignoring what is known.

A planet of a planet! Imagine!


Ignore-ance

July 29, 2009

Last night I enjoyed Mike Brown’s blog about Pluto books including one on Planet X: The Hunt for Planet X: New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto by Govert Schillng. “I’ll have to get that,” I thought as I watched the Space Shuttle Endeavor lead the International Space Station across the sky, slipping under Arcturus and the moon in Scorpio last night. The two bodies tracking overhead disappeared just about the time they reached the western most stars in the constellation Scorpio. Of course, then I thought of the recent anniversary of the lunar landing and how, true to Scorpio’s reputation for secrecy, there exist two camps of conspiracy about facts that have not been told. One camp contends we never landed on the Moon and it was a Hollywood production with flaws a script supervisor should have caught. The other contends we found things on the Moon that have never been reported. And along that line there is the mysterious missing tape of an astronaut reporting, “they’re watching us.” Then I thought about the innate stubbornness of the sign of Scorpio, skeptics and conspiracy theorists. Hell, you can show a “birther” a valid birth certificate and copy of a newspaper notice announcing a birth but you can’t make them believe it’s real.

A few blogs ago I mentioned the free galactic insight available from the Galactic Center. It’s true. Insight is there and usable by those savvy enough to set down their Me-Phone (a phrase touted by former baseball player and sometimes broadcaster, Matt Williams, which of course refers to the I-Phone) long enough to capture and apply the information. Then there’s the polarity. Despite the presence of insight and information guaranteed to urge humankind along toward enlightenment, there’s always resistance in the face of truth. There are those that despite facts and evidence to the contrary believe that solar flares during the next solar max will knock Earth off its axis. There are those who persist in believing in the catastrophic effects of Planet X. There are those contending that Y2K did annihilate the functionality of computers and we are all living in a frail adjacent parallel reality in which collective consciousness barely holds operating systems functional. There are those who believe that Pluto is a planet (today Pluto is a dwarf planet). There are those who believe Pluto is no planet whatsoever – a scrapheap of a planet, according to a docent at the Lowell Observatory where Pluto first came to our attention. There are those who believe that despite growing evidence to the contrary, Eris, Sedna, Makemake, Haumea and the Galactic Center for that matter, hold no influence in astrology.

For years I have contended that an undesirable effect of the Galactic Center is ignorance, or more precisely: ignore-ance. Unlike ignorance, which is the lack of knowledge, ignore-ance is the act of ignoring available insight, information and consciousness building concepts because they are inconvenient, require discipline, upset the status quo, or make a person feel wrong. According to pure Sagittarius precepts, ignoring valid information constitutes missing the mark (sin). Sagittarius, of course, is the zodiacal home of the Galactic Center, whether measured tropically or sidereally.

The sins against the Galactic Center by humankind spread with contagious and rabid abandon. Despite no evidence to support it, proponents of Planet X and its intended catastrophes continue to fan the fires of fear. The same goes for the Lazarus-like Photo-Belt resurrected from its grave every time someone chooses to pile on possible reasons for the end of the world. Worse, ignore-ance is used to reject perfectly valid concepts that have the ability to shift consciousness and alter the course of the planet to a more favorable and ever-evolving fate.

In my mind perhaps the worst ignorant trend is the blatant rejection of Eris by modern astrologers. She is larger than Pluto, if that matters to one’s planetary selection criteria. She continually amazes astrologers using her with her applications to manifestations in society at large and the horoscopes of individuals. In fact, she is the goddess of snub. She cannot stand being excluded and will wreak havoc on those who disavow her presence. Sounds like a goddess demanding that astrologers reckon with her.

In her day, Eris was not invited to the wedding of the millennium. She appeared anyway and showed those who failed to recognize her presence a thing or three. Given her feelings about wedding ceremonies, consider the horoscopes of people with a vivid disregard for marriage vows. Check out the charts of Governor John Sanford and Senator John Ensign (and there are many others) for instance. Those using Eris will find that she makes potent contacts to personal planets of these politicians who blatantly engage in chaos-inducing activities outside their vows of marriage, invoking the double standard doctrine.

The dwarf planet Haumea symbolizes travel with an entourage; one must have a clan with whom one can clamor. Eris desires inclusion. Given that these bodies were discovered at the time that social networking sites, online friends and foes, and all the “I matter,” “please include me” phenomena appeared in society, how easy would it be to understand the recent explosion of narcissism in the past few years?

Recently I compiled a pdf ephemeris for the outer planets: Jupiter through Sedna, including Chiron, Eris, Makemake, Haumea and Sedna with the gaseous giants from 1700 – 2050. Here an astrologer can observe previously unknown generational influences and fill in missing clues as to what caused humankind to move in the direction it did. I must say, I am shocked by the lack of response from astrologers. Could it possibly be true that today’s astrologers simply do not give a damn about what’s newly discovered in our solar system and beyond?

Nah, I’m sure it’s just the fact that I’ve not signed up (and won’t and will delete any invite) on social networking sites. Certainly, it’s not about ignore-ance at all. Every astrologer is tracking the new, weird and innovative courtesy of the potent Uranus to Galactic Center square. Right?

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Dwarf Planets vs Gaseous Giants

March 12, 2009

When presented with the influence of multiple dwarf planets, astrologers often take on the demeanor of astronomers by asking, “How can that tiny distant thing influence us so greatly?” Despite the dismissive willingness of many astrologers to disregard the new dwarf planets, any astrologer who has endured a Pluto transit knows that it was real, potent and life-altering. The same stands true of Eris, Sedna, Haumea and Makemake. And let us not ignore the influence of the dwarf planet Ceres.

When assessing planetary potency, astronomers tend to go into a discrimination mode regarding physical attributes. It becomes all about the diameter of a body and its mass, ignoring the important qualities of relative gravitational influence and density. This is similar to enjoying a meal based only upon plate presentation and smell, ignoring taste and texture. How silly.

Without dwelling upon the technicalities of such assessments and without factoring the commonly used gravitational rejection factor of distance (which is discussed in detail on my website in the “Does Size Matter?” article), let me just present a couple of images to ponder. Sit with them and take some time to consider the magnitude of what we might be missing. As well, consider what might be missed in developing consciousness without the influence of these bodies.

The following diagrams do not include the data for Makemake, Haumea and Sedna. The data for these bodies is quite new and subject to change. It is likely a reasonable assumption that Makemake and Haumea will track closely with Eris. Note also, that while not widely discussed, Charon – the thing that used to be Pluto’s moon, is actually a dwarf planet.

The following graphs indicate the relationship of a body’s density to its mass (D/m) and density to gravity (D/g). Note the influences of the “dwarfs” to the “giants.” Of course, taking an inverse effect g/D or m/D, these plots would be reversed.

Notice the amazingly strong influence of Ceres. No wonder the other gods and goddesses deferred to her as they did.

More data is to come. While arguments can be posed against these suppositions, equally valid points can be made about these observations.

It’s not just how “big” it is. It’s also about how densely packed (intentional) a body is and how much attractive influence it exerts in its own relative realm.density2dg1dm1


Going Planetarily Multi-Cultural – Finally!

January 17, 2009

It started with the naming of the Kuiper Belt Object bearing the minor planet number 20000. When this body received the name Varuna from the Vedic the traditional protocol of assigning names to significant – and not to minimize asteroids – astronomical bodies for solely Greco-Roman deities was broken. Since then, a good bit of headway has been made in including previously overlooked cultural archetypes.

Of course the body that has really shaken up the solar system, much as Uranus previously believed he cornered the “shake up the solar system” market, Eris, received one of the remaining Greco-Roman names, and presumably an unwanted one at that. Mike Brown, co-discoverer of Eris, said in a lecture at the University of Arizona that the fact this notable name of an infamous and feared goddess withstood the rage of asteroid naming and remained unassigned, nearly made him a believer in astrology. He also said by all rights, Eris should be Persephone, but damn those asteroids! They used up all approximations of Persephone. Given that estimation, it is coincidentally funny how pomegranate juice became the hot health trend as the unnamed body to become Eris came to our attention.

Well before the naming of Eris, the object known as minor planet 50000 received a non-traditional name – Quaoar, a name derived from Tongva Native Americans whose roots appear in the Los Angeles region. Also arguably Native American, the Inuits of the Arctic region provided us with the name of their potent deity – the shaman goddess, Sedna, for the “fit no category,” “possible dwarf planet” numbered as 90377.

Tradition still prevails to some degree. In the Kuiper Belt we’ll also find Ixion, Chaos, Rhadamanthus, Huya – who can be of several different origins depending upon your Google source, and also traditional Deucalion, Orcus, Logos, Ceto and Typhon. We also have another Native American entry, Teharonhiawako, and just to mess with things entirely, an astronomer hell bent on shaking loose all tradition assigned Borasisi to minor solar system body 66652. Borasisi refers to the Sun in the fictional religion, Bokonism, created by Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Cat’s Cradle. Bokonism admittedly is based entirely upon lies, but if one follows the precepts one can live a contended life. How odd/ironic/curious for a body who is closest to the Sun in Capricorn and who sports an ascending node (heliocentric) in Gemini.

Recent naming efforts have focused upon the Pacific Rim. While waiting for assignment of the names of the dwarf planets Makemake, which comes from Rapa Nui, and Haumea, straight out of Hawaii, the Aborigines received a cosmic imprint of their lore as the body 148740 became Altjira.

There are some interesting correspondences. It is unofficially/officially accepted in astronomical naming circles that a body in a 3:2 orbital resonance with Neptune – as Pluto is – receives the name of an underworld deity. Those with orbits greater in length of time (actually it’s sort of based upon semi-major axis and a rounder orbit, though Eris is not one of those), the cubewanos shall take on names of resurrection/creation deity.

Altjira, Makemake and Sedna all contain bird men as part of their mythology. Makemake, from Easter Island, bore the colloquial interim name Easter Bunny. Previously Haumea was Santa Claus, Sedna was Flying Dutchman and Eris was Xena – which dang near started a false mythology culture to spread roots.

Jupiter is a huge player mythologically with the dwarf planets Ceres, Pluto and Eris. As well, Jupiter branches beyond mythological proportions with unifying astronomical facts. The perihelion degree of the dwarf planet Makemake is 15 Aries 22, that of Jupiter 15 Aries 21! Jupiter’s north node of 10 Cancer 31 is within reasonable orb to the 5 Cancer 54 perihelion of Sedna. Even the opinionated Jupiter gets it, orbitally reaching across cultures.

The names of Eris and Haumea were assigned because of their mundane/physical realities. Eris, the goddess of discord, because she was a small apple-like planet thrown in to create a Trojan War for astronomers and astrologers. The dwarf planet Haumea was once stuck by an object that sent her spinning and knocked seven significant pieces of ice from her body that follow her path (and she has two moons). Haumea, a Hawaiian fertility goddess sacrificed parts of her body for offspring to be born. In true mythic transformational form, Haumea’s rendered body parts were restored.

Now we embrace the possible dwarf planet 2007 OR10. Given its current run in southern declinations, I hoping the naming goes Maori. The Maori star lore is quite sophisticated and vastly knowledgeable of astronomy. Not only did their incredible vision permit viewing the moons of Jupiter, their “sight” understood galactic phenomena.

Finally, we observe the conclusion of Northern Hemisphere nomenclature domination and the lore of the sky allows humankind to reach out and act inclusively – at least in theory. Also in theory, Eris, the goddess who despised snubs and elitist attitudes, is pleased.