A New Planet(s)?

December 28, 2009

This past week a new entry appeared on the Minor Planet Center’s (MPC) public posting of Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNO): 2009 YE7. It’s not the only new discovery revealed from the batch of 2009 discoveries. To date in 2009, astronomers have released information of the discovery of eight Scattered Disk Objects (SDO) of which four fit the centaur criteria, making them cousins of Chiron. Five “standard” Trans-Neptunian Objects, including the aforementioned 2009 YE7 top the TNO discovery list. Notable about 2009 YE7 is the body’s absolute magnitude. This brightness factor is part of what astronomers use to reckon an object’s size. According to the rules of thumb – around which there are possible special circumstances – this new body weighs in somewhat smaller than Orcus and minimally smaller than Quaoar – both of which are assumed to be dwarf planets by many in astronomical circles according to the ultra-ill definition of planet criteria. A few astrologers now apply Orcus with gusto and consideration of the “other Pluto” as a planet. As well, 2009 YE7 appears to be larger than Varuna and Ixion – both of which appear to be likely dwarf planets.

It gets worse. Two bodies recently received orbital refinement: 2003 AZ84, now minor solar system body 208996 and 2005 UQ513, now 202421. Both these Trans-Neptunian Objects seemingly fall into the same size category of Varuna and Ixion and are likely smaller than 2009 YE7.

This means astrologers not only have existing delineations challenged by that thing that’s not really named, Snow White, as a most definite dwarf planet in the category of Pluto, Charon, Eris, Makemake, Haumea and Sedna, but 2009 YE7 in the realm of Orcus and Quaoar, who are most definitely probably planets. How’s an astrologer going to keep up if the Kuiper Belt continues to introduce significant bodies that a properly delineating astrologer cannot afford to ignore? I’m working on a model for this… it’s not quite there yet, but it’s close (and you’ll have to tune into to my Galactic Times, published through my official website – visit about me on this blog and you can get there from here).

Meanwhile, most astrologers do not include the full package of “no doubters” in the dwarf planet smorgasbord: Pluto, Charon, Eris, Makemake, Haumea and Sedna, let alone the most likely ones – Orcus and Quaoar. They certainly fail to include the “probably planets” 2009 YE7 – which just came to collective attention – or Varuna or Ixion.

Back to this new body. The orbital data is rough as of yet and it is risky to form definitive conclusions about it until the body receives a minor solar system body number, indicating astronomers believe they have the orbital elements pegged. What we do know is that it now travels through 25 Taurus 35 (as of January 1, 2010) and its north node crosses the ecliptic at 18 Leo 48. Significantly, another Kuiper Belt Object appears with one of its two ecliptically measured orbital factors in a sign that promotes self discovery, confidence, certainty in the soul, creative aspiration and all the benefits and merits of a conscious existence. Evidently, the Kuiper Belt seeks to reaffirm previously diminished personality traits in the interest of shoring up souls and spirits weakened by participation in the relatively rough existence of life on Earth. If the current orbital data is more or less spot on, 2009 YE9 will be determined to come closest to the Sun while in the sign of Scorpio as does Pluto.

No doubt the Pluto in Leo generation folks will come to embrace this body more than other recent Pluto generations. Accused of being the most solipsism rich of all Pluto signs, those of the Leo generation of this underworld body love to ponder the meaning of one’s existence and the splash one can make on the planet. The multitude of new found dwarf planets with orbital elements in Aries and Leo seem to agree. Figure out who you are, what you’ve got and get on with giving to the world in a good way. Of course the Pluto in Cancer generation wonders what went wrong with the idea of devotion to family, culture, heritage and country. The Pluto in Virgo generation stands amazed at the lack of modesty – false or otherwise – displayed by those full of themselves sporting Pluto in Leo. Pluto in Libra folks travel in packs and create cooperative ventures as to not stand out too much or draw attention to personal individuality. Pluto in Scorpio wants to give everyone what they’ve got whether others want it or agree with it or not. Pluto in Sag folks, the earliest ones of this generation now reaching into adulthood seeking their place, have it figured out or so it seems to them. Yes, each Pluto generation carries its ego-healing bear to cross.

All of these generations (except the very early portion of Pluto in Cancer) share Eris in Aries. This commonality inspires each and every person to find their optimal, personal niche and remain true to it. No matter what sign they traveled in a person’s nativity, Haumea, Makemake and Sedna sport agendas of personal development, the awakening of the soul and the fulfillment of one’s dharma.

Why not embrace these new planets? They impact your horoscope and support transformational effects that appear along the path of life. They ask the questions: What does one do after “seeing the light,” transforming about the restrictions of the mundane and diving deep into the underworld returning to the surface for the first breath of air as an awakened being?

Simple. Awaken to the skill sets now available upline in the heavens above courtesy of the new planets.


Bad Planets = Bad Astrology

June 2, 2009

Recently a colleague, who is an avid fan of the dwarf planets, forwarded a link to a widely circulating “article” addressing Sedna. I use the word article loosely as it seems to be an all-out assault on the enigmatic object Sedna. Sedna, of course, is a notable body of the dwarf kind without an appropriate home. It is like a dwarf planet, but not a dwarf planet. It is too far out to be considered part of the Kuiper Belt; it doesn’t really align with the Oort Cloud. However, this lack of a fit, does not justify Sedna bashing.

Nor does the difficult to process, arduous mythology of Sedna. Like Ceres, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, Nessus, Ixion and others, the myth tells a tale of convoluted relationships, violent reactions of other players in the myths and more and typically ending up with powerful spiritual insights and appointments. When confronted with one of these tough to integrate myths, astrologers can step back and offer constructive interpretations by examining the zodiacal degrees of the node and perihelion. This way, something can be made of the body until such time as our personal and collective psyches wrap around the complex and shadow-filled mythologies of the new discovery.

Not so with this posted article on Sedna. I’ll not mention the website as it’s really not worth pursuing to see the depths of the blistering raging anti-Sedna rant. The writer, and those of the style of astrology with which the writer aligns, refers to Sedna as Thor’s Hammer – a correlation I was not able to follow. The article states that categorically and without a doubt, everything about Sedna is evil, bad and wrong. The tirade even stated that Sedna is anti-Christ and anti-Christian. Now I recently had a conversation with both the Mormon and Jehovah’s Witness missionaries that often visit my Arizona household. After relating Sedna’s Inuit background and mythic tale and leaving out no sorted detail, none of the missionaries or myself can figure out how Sedan is anti-anything Christian. Unaware of those things, yes. But no where can one locate a discouraging word on the Arctic range about the master Jesus, his followers or resultant religion.

The only word that makes sense for this piece on Sedna is toxic. The arguments make no slack clarity, have no logical references to the myth or derivations there of and no cases or examples to explain the horrid claims exist other than Sedna tanked the economy. They go on to tell you that they have used Sedna and other dwarf planets as economic predictors. But they caution, those who grab money during “favoring” transits from the bad Sedna succumb to its avarice and evils. After all that, they indicate their system can show you how to predict the market and figure the troubled economy and tout their own economic prowess?? In a troubled economy, more than ever, we need consumer alerts. Consider this a consumer alert: Bad Planet consciousness equals Bad Astrology. When your astrologer goes into “bad planet” mode, cover your head with an ephemeris and get the hell out of there. Keep your money in your bank account and make sure the space ship you’re stepping aboard actually has an anti-gravity engine.

Back in the late 1970’s courtesy of Michael Meyer, Dane Rudhyar and a host of other “humanistic” astrologer types, we learned that even Saturn was not a “bad” planet. Perhaps the messages of Saturn are not the most pleasant to integrate into consciousness and difficult to apply to life activity. But if integrated, the favor of the planet shines upon you. Hell, we’ve managed to make something out of Pluto. How did we get from abduction to transformation? Bad boy Ixion reminds us not to blow our second chances. Nessus and Eris work with the collective to overcome addiction to material success and teach us how to shed vanity. Vedic astrologers, though condemned within the past decade by unthinking western astrologers for doing so, understand the principle of propitiation and prayer (yagyas). Render to the planets and the planets react with you in an organic symbiosis. How cool is that?

Sedna despite her difficult tale promises two agendas of consciousness. First, learn to address life’s most basic necessities with clarity and care. Take care of matters of physical survival. She does have a perihelion in Cancer. After the basics get handled, the Leo node kicks in. Appeal to the richness of the heart, the fullness of the spirit and seek companionship that inspires your spirit. What’s so bad about that?

I can’t wait to see what the bad planet sort decide to do with Eris (actually I can wait). The goddess of discord with her moon, Dysnomia, goddess of lawlessness, appear in the horoscopes of events and the occupants of a troubled world to turn about trends gone wrong.

Those scared off by the bad planet associations certainly will not be playing with a full solar system. As well they’ll miss out on some of the goodies of awareness these great new planetary influences can contribute. And of course, all planets figure into the collective economy and offer insight as to how difficult economic times can turn back around; not just the “bad” planets.

Bad planets = bad astrology. Boo to bad planet consciousness. Boo!

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.