Matching Jupiter and Makemake

April 29, 2010

Since I’m in a time conservation mode and it’s been a while since I posted here, I am copying the content from my Galactic Times of 30 April. These are available on my website (www.philipsedgwick.com) and you can subscribe to them there at no cost.

We’re done with the last of the Saturn to Uranus oppositions along the Virgo – Pisces corridor – the next such opposition to change signs and lie along the Libra-Aries axis. To avert the likely impending Mercury retrograde questions regarding why I referred to the above axes in what seems reverse zodiacal order, I stated the axes on the basis of the faster moving planet to slower moving planet, in the order of planets stated (as we like to write “respectively”) and in reverse zodiac placement to honor Uranus. Of course, if I had stated them in reverse of my chosen reverse criteria, e-mails would be headed my way about how I don’t know what sign the planets are in… see how it is with the combo of Mercury retrograde and planets in Virgo? It’s so hard to get the details in an order that allows the comprehension of others to align with the order and logic created in your brain.

Anyway, now everybody’s looking forward to/dreading the arrival of Jupiter conjunct Uranus for the first time along the axis of Aries – Libra (using the logic of above). But wait! There’s an important and subtly potent alignment about to occur even before this occurs, and most likely will be ignored. This alignment adds one more feather to the Pisces – Virgo axis as Jupiter comes into the first of three oppositions with the new planet, Makemake (on May 6th). A second opposition with Jupiter retrograde and Makemake direct forms on October 4th and the final stand off appears with Jupiter direct and Makemake retrograde on January 9th, 2011, all along the Pisces – Virgo plane. Given the curious and significant relationship of these planets, it makes sense to get ahead of these oppositions and make preparations for concise use of the pattern.

Curious and significant relationship, eh? What is that? Makemake is the mythic birdman, the most revered deity of the people of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). While this Pacific-based lore seemingly holds no connection to Jupiter (Zeus) of the Roman-Greco mythology, a distinctive orbital factor emerges to link these planets. Jupiter and Makemake both make their closest contact with the Sun (perihelion) in Aries and a single minute apart! Jupiter is nearest the Sun at 15 Aries 21; Makemake comes closest the center of the solar system at 15 Aries 22 – both positions measured per the heliocentric zodiac.

Perihelion is one of two “slingshot points” in a body’s orbit (the other being aphelion). At perihelion, a planet stands at its minimal distance from the Sun, thus receiving solar intensity in greatest measure. As a planet comes to perihelion, it moves faster than at any other part in its orbit. Once past perihelion, a body begins to slow. At the moment of perihelion, the planet is sling shotted back into the depths of space (at aphelion, the planet is sling shotted back toward the Sun). By orbital symbolism, a planet at perihelion absorbs qualities of urgency, time (as related to speed) pressure and enhanced intensity; qualities shared by Jupiter and Makemake at the same degree and amplified by the nature of Aries.

The 1994 movie, Rapa Nui, is one of the better ways to align with the birdman mythology of the Island Culture. This is fairly easy to get in VHS and more difficult in DVD, but worth the search and watching. Some historical assessments of the film claim that the famous Easter Island statues were long in place by the time the birdman propitiation of the egg hunt began. That noted, there are some interesting points made in the film that pertain to both Makemake and Jupiter.

Jupiter refers to religion in traditional terms and the method of sacrifice to honor religions icons. Jupiter personifies over doing, too much, excessive use and over the top. In the movie Rapa Nui, there is a scene where the last trees are cut down to use as rolling logs to put yet another religious stone carving in place. Rapa Nui is an isolated island about 3,500 km west of Santiago, Chile. The indigenous inhabitants before the arrival of European explorers believed they were the only people on Earth. They fished and collected bird eggs for food. The expanse of the island is slightly more than 63 square miles (163.6 square kilometers) and as such, an awareness of limitation must have existed. The physical reality of limited island space and the number of trees was clear. The ocean, however, seemed unlimited and an unfailing supply of food. Knotting all of the above into a Mercury retrograde thought ball, did it make sense to cut down the last of the trees to roll out one more religious rendering? At its latitude, the land is subtropical. How hard is it to find shade with no trees?

Now whether this Hollywood ceremonial image is historically factual, it offers up a Jupiter-Makemake consideration. Should you sacrifice the last of a critical physical resource in the interest of attracting favor from your god? Televangelists tell you the more you give, the more God and Jesus will smile upon you. The ever popular prosperity seminars also indicate that if you can salvage the money to take their expensive seminar, prosperity, though not guaranteed by the seminar’s founder, staff, legal assigns and representatives, is more likely. Even common business logic states that it takes money to make money.

During the Jupiter to Makemake oppositions, the first is the only one in which Saturn watches his next door zodiac neighbor from the same sign. As he observes the resource sacrifices in the interest of securing the birdman’s favor and Jupiter’s abundance blessing, the ringed disciplinarian replies from slightly more than three degrees displacement from Makemake, “Don’t be an idiot! Weren’t you paying attention when I was conjunct him? I tried to tell you that resources are limited. Stay within those means. There might be a rainy day in the future, yes? If you want to be green, stop overpopulating the planet. And what the hell are you doing still buying investment products from Goldman Sachs, diving back into the stock market and real estate flipping investment properties?”

However, both Jupiter and Makemake sharing perihelia in Aries, believe in doing it quickly (could apply to their perceived best method of getting rich), exercising personal rights and executing a pioneering spirit. All the while, they serve as poster children for Intensity Junkies Worldwide, Inc., as they savor their physical dousing by solar energy and accompanying eternal, symbolic spring fever. If you watch the Rapa Nui movie and observe the accurately described propitiation ritual for the birdman, it’s easy to conclude that the eager volunteers for the birdman ceremony likely were adrenalin junkies and working off excesses of testosterone, since they were aware they couldn’t overpopulate their island. The birdman ceremony was basically an iron man triathlon geared to bring back a fragile sooty tern egg from another nearby island for inspection by the elders. In the effort to secure a year-long fate as the tribal “birdman,” a participant risked death by falling from a cliff, drowning and the possibility of becoming human sushi for sharks. Makes sense, right?

Saturn’s view of the opposition between Jupiter and Makemake suggests getting in there and doing the real, hard work necessary to create opportunity. In Saturn’s thinking, using available resources to build a prototype of something upon which one intends to build an economic empire makes sense. Saturn certainly understands sacrifice and appreciates religious tradition, but not so much as to compromise physical well-being and survival.

Two recent examples of the Jupiter-Makemake combo appeared. Going back to Earth Day, a tragic oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico followed the approval of legislation allowing offshore oil drilling on the East Coast of the United States. If death of workers and destruction of the environment is the result of securing energy – something that also applies to recent mining tragedies in China and West Virginia – are these means viable or becoming more of a hardship and/or problem than a solution? If a law to uphold immigration enforcement violates civil rights, establishes racial profiling and brings economic sanction upon the people living within the confines of the governmental community invoking such legislation, is it a solution or causing more disruption? If fish farms create toxicity in the waterways that compromises the ecosystem, is this a solution or more of a different problem? Please e-mail your opinions to relevant politicians instead of me; I intended these to be rhetorical for purposes of Jupiter, Saturn and Makemake.

Saturn wants to render grounding to the powerful opposition triptych of Jupiter – Makemake. Says he:

“Instead of waving misspelled and misguided protest signs, come up with viable solutions. If you’re yelling and screaming and bitching and offering no good, you’re part of the problem.”

“Delete the concept that one must sacrifice something evidently irreplaceable in the interest of securing humankind’s existence or the lifestyle chosen by the rich and famous. Think in terms of regeneration, what can be replenished and what cannot.”

“Plant trees. Collect rain water. Preserve resources.”

“Sit with developing solutions long enough to come up with consequence free solutions.”

“Think critically.” This means think in a logical manner that develops thinking and evolves concepts, instead of coming to critical inane judgments. My favorite example, and one I am sure I am repeating: If the outermost planet in the solar system represents real world physical limits, why wasn’t that effect transferred from Saturn to Uranus upon his discovery? Before you claim that it’s a visibility issue and Uranus cannot be seen and Saturn can, recheck the data. Uranus is like Mercury. Both can be seen at select times to a properly directed and observing eye.

Okay, so what if there are no good solutions out there now that are side effect free? Well, we just finished an aspect of change for progress courtesy of Saturn opp Uranus. Anything come out of that? In the last days of June coming up, Jupiter aligns with the most-distant point of the Uranian orbit. If one pulls back from the maddening crowd and contemplates, cannot a hearty, progressive solution be found? Cannot the prodigal native son/daughter return with the culture saving insight? Such ideas are not obscure per Uranus and certainly not when visited with Jupiter calling upon Uranus during the cranky old bastard’s retreat for reflection.

The Jupiter to Makemake opposition cycle persists through January. Shortly thereafter, Jupiter forges ahead into Aries (Jupiter enters Aries on October 9 from the heliocentric view) and comes to his own perihelion and simultaneously the perihelion of Makemake on March 17th of next year. Suggestively, the issue of people inhabiting this planet and what they require (or think they require to live the good life) is up for grabs in a big way between May 6th and next March with surges in insight and awareness available no less than five times in that window. Because of the egg lore, Makemake is symbolically fecund. Jupiter is symbolically wise and abundant. The combination of Jupiter and Makemake offers hope if wisdom and sensibility can be applied and if, to continue the novel theme of this GT, once avoids stepping into the snares of the Catch 22’s created by society.

“Remember,” reminds Saturn. “It’s time to create solutions without problems.” As a final send off, Saturn slowly saunters back close to the degree squaring the Galactic Center, indicating that while not exact this first go round, the Jupiter – Makemake patterns also align with the Galactic Center, and the next two iterations will be even more so. Progressiveness in pensiveness with profound and prudent propitiation.


Virgo: Critiques, Critics and Criticism

February 25, 2010

With the Sun, Venus, Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces, polarizing the sign of Virgo through an opposition, recently I had an opportunity to view a first hand, live action presentation of this polarity in real life. There were no classical planets in Virgo, though we all anticipate Saturn’s impending return for his last hurrah between the corn rows of Virgin fields during this orbital sweep. However, within a reasonable orb, Logos, Makemake and Typhon – two trans-Neptunian bodies and one Kuiper Belt stationed dwarf planet, stood conjunct for all intents and purposes. Let us not forget the other underworld maybe dwarf planet, Orcus, also in Virgo. What a time to honor the creative spirit! Or pick it apart.

While attending the Independent Short Film, Music and Arts Festival in Long Beach, California, it was all there. The planets described above as artists, musicians, directors, actors and screenwriters (of which I was one – an award winning one) displayed the fruits of their fecundity. Also attending were members of the press, critics and those presuming their station was to offer less than hospitable commentary on the artistry presented.

In the world of film, a critic is one who assesses a movie for character development, a beginning, a middle and an end to the story, dramatic elements, amazing turns in the story and such. They do this objectively based upon movie “rules.” Things like: there are three acts, characters should face a conflict and overcome it (comedy) or fail in surmounting it (tragedy) and characters must generate support – empathy or sympathy from the audience. A writer knows that when submitting a script, these rules of perfection – rather like Virgo standards – will be considered in assessing the quality of one’s writing. Fair enough.

However, things heard at the festival included: I didn’t like the main character’s hair, the main character was not sympathetic, the movie sucked, it had no ending and what the hell was that about? Some of those comments agree with critical review standards. Some of those comments simply express criticism thrown at those daring to explore and express their creative spirit. Years ago I had a screenplay that placed as a quarter finalist in the esteemed, Academy-sponsored Nicholl Fellowship. This script later went to a cable network where a reviewer wrote “coverage” for the project. Coverage is a review that recommends or rejects a project for production. Many studio coverage writers are aspiring screenwriters, working a job at a studio for an industry foothold. Anyway, this script, which placed well in a major competition received coverage as the work of a hack. So which was it? A good, solid script or something that offended someone who read it or a true work of crap?

There are other Virgo-like details and rules. It is true that if you write your script in a fancy, fluffy font, it will not get read. Use Courier font only please. Like it or lump it; that’s the rule. According to one school of thought, the script name should be penned on the side of the script so it can be picked from a stack. Or is it true, as I was told this past weekend, “never do that; that means you don’t expect the script to be read”? Scripts are printed on three-hole punched paper. Brass brads are used to hold the script together. Three brads hold a script together better, which is good if there are rough readers in the world. Though, perhaps it is true that the current trend is to use only two brads, as was so emphatically touted by a self-proclaimed authority (with three planets, including Saturn in Virgo).

Effectively, the terms presented in the above paragraph mean nothing to the quality of the script. That’s just it with the Virgo-Pisces axis. Fretting over nonsense can get in the way of appreciating art and the creative spirit in general. Creative folks realize that Saturn underscores all creativity. Without dedicated work, persistence and determination, no creative effort comes to fruition. Creative folks also learn very quickly those unfamiliar with applying creative spirit tend to rip it apart. Everyone’s a critic. Everyone thinks they can write because they use sentences in everyday life. According to Craigslist, there are a heap of folks out there who think their life is the most amazing story ever and should be turned into a block buster novel or script. A ton of people think they understand what makes a story interesting. Woe be unto you if you land next to one of these folks at your employer’s birthday party. You have to listen, smile and nod your head in agreement; you never know the story teller’s relationship to the boss.

Good writers know structure (and they also can be overheard whispering, “If critics had talent, they’d write too – their version of a critical response when feeling rejected and downtrodden). They track an inspiration into tried and true formulas of story success which pleases Pisces, Virgo and Saturn. Fair criticism of any art form is fine. But criticism for the sake of criticism or nonsensical nit picking does not make one an afficionado; it makes one an annoying pain in the ass. Is this why there have been recent accusations that some judges on American Idol are not qualified? Perhaps. Is it fair for an Idol contestant to have endured the wrath of Simon Cowell? Is such negativity really good television? Or are people simply identifying with their inner critic, relieved that it has some place to go other than hammering on one’s own personal lifelong issues?

The Pisces energy runs thick for a spell. If you are a creative sort, dive into it, oblivious to the bellows of those protesting that it’s unfair for you to do what you do. Use the Virgo planets as your templates. Use them to support your drive and determination. Let them guide you in turning a deaf ear to nay sayers much like one would do with a dive under water.


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.