How to interpret the dwarf planets.
There are many new planets that are being discovered and incorporated into the astrology chart for deeper refinement and interpretation. For centuries astrologers only used the 7 planets (wandering stars) that were seen before the telescope was invented. Then came Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto. Now other planets, some named dwarf planets other are asteroids, have been discovered past Neptune, (Trans Neptunian) Kuiper belt and Ort cloud, are added to the astrology chart.
This article will cover Sedna, Eris, Varuna, Makemake and Quaoar.
Now with the advancement in the capabilities of telescopes, astronomers are discovering many more objects in space. The new classification for these orbiting objects are called dwarf planets. The dwarf planets discovery reflect the expansion and growth of human consciousness.
For astrologers we recognize that as a reflection of the consciousness expanding in the human race. We are evolving and life and how we think and feel is more complex than even 80 years ago when Pluto was discovered, and certainly the evolutionary growth of consciousness has changed exponentially since the discover of Uranus in 1781.
Astrology is already a very rich and complex method of self-introspection so what do we do with the newly discovered planets and how do we interpret them in the natal chart? Basically you will interpret the dwarf planets, (sometimes called centaurs) as you would any other planet in the chart however you must take into consideration that the orbit for these planets is very large and the sign that they are in will be generational, or multi-generational. Therefore to discover if and when and how these new planets will be significant for you they must connect with another personal planet, such as your Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars or Mercury. Then the symbols that represent these planets will alter and change the perception and influence how your life will be.
Varuna, Makemake and Quaoar are from creation myth from different parts of the world. Each is from a different culture, Varuna; creator God from India culture and religion, having dominion over the sky, waters and sea, Makemake, from the peoples of the south pacific Easter Island, and Quaoar, is the name of a creation deity of the Native American Tongva people that lived in the southern California area.
When these dwarf planets are prominent or activated in your chart you will be able to use the power of your mind to manifest your desires in life. If you know someone who is into visualizations, creative visualization and the positive power of thoughts that create reality you are witnessing an active Makemake and Quaoar. If you have either of these dwarf planets crossing your Sun, Moon, Mercury or Venus by transit you will have more ability to use the power of your mind to create your reality.
If you were born with these creator planets with your personal natal planets or on your ascendant or mid heaven you have the natural ability to manifest into reality that which you put your mind to. In the monthly workshop I offer we work with the energies of the planets to channel the flow of what each planet is here to offer to help manifest the life you want. Having a strong Makemake or Quaoar helps, yet awareness of the planetary influences will allow you to develop the natural gifts of the creator dwarf planets.
Sedna and Eris are two dwarf planets that have a similar theme in common, feeling left out. The archetype trials and tribulations of the myths involving Sedna and Eris have been presenting themselves in the lives of people that I have consulted with in major and minor ways. Have you felt conned or betrayed by life? Sedna is activated when there is a situation in your life where you are dreaming of a better world, a better life, one that will fulfill your wishes and desires. Then something comes along that says, if you go here, do this or be with me, invest is such and such, you will have what you want. The heart of Sedna follows that path, whether it is going to school to obtain a degree that one is told will bring a job, or marry someone who promises a happy life together, or move to a new place where she has been told that opportunity and a better life exists there, only to find out none of the hopes dreams and wishes happened. Finding herself in a new place and circumstance many times worse off than before feeling betrayed by false promises.
Eris on the other hand is not so naïve, she is strong willed and her own person. Yet the Eris archetype is activated when a person feels or is left out. This can be minor, such as being left out of the office or school click or major, not being accepted into a university when one knows that others with the same qualifications got in. There is an indignation that goes along with Eris, an injustice that accompanies not being part of the crowd. Eris can get very frustrated, hurt and angry, even vindictive when she has been snubbed.
The gift of Eris is to learn how to create your circle where you are welcoming others and not leaving it up to others to invite you into their group. This can be difficult in some respects as there are professional organizations, whether for work or avocation, that can be very incestuous of who they allow to be part of their inner circle. Learning to create your own organization and inner circle can be part of your life path if you carry a strong Eris identity.
These symbols have been showing up a lot lately and I talk about them in the astrology monthly course I present. When they are transited with the faster moving planets you can see the myths in action in the news and in the lives or those around you.
Arguably it is difficult to keep up with all of the new planets that are being discovered, yet this too is a reflection of our lives. It is difficult to keep up with changing technology, the new knowledge needed in one’s career, medical and scientific advancements. There was a time only a few centuries ago that it was possible to learn all the knowledge that mankind knew, because there was not that much discovered. Now even knowing everything there is to know in one area is a challenge.
Yet still, all these new discoveries for astrology is the reflection of our fast ever expanding world. Learning and exploring the centaurs and dwarf planets expands and brings more depth and richness and understanding into your chart analysis. It helps when one can identify which archetype a person is resonating with, not only for acceptance and acknowledgement of the human experience, but also to learn to know how to release the pattern for healing and a happier life.