Eris – A Planet Beyond Pluto-
Astrological Introduction From Deep Space
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer
“What in the name of Halloween is happening?”
This question has been coming up over and over again, verbalized in different ways during astrological consultations recently. We all are striving to make sense of the chaos afoot in the world. This second decade of the 21st Century continues to bring such chaos. The established order and sense of security seems to be melting everywhere we look.
Considering current events, this calls to mind the axiom “as above, so below”. The quest is to seek answers through astrology to restore some rhyme and reason to our lives. When humanity develops the technology and science to observe and become aware of new celestial bodies and patterns in the universe, only then are we able to understand and respond to them.
Until just a few hundred years ago the solar system as we knew it stopped at Saturn, the furthest visible planet. Then, from the 1700’s on with the development of telescopes and sophisticated observation techniques technology, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and a variety of other celestial bodies became familiar. With each discovery life on Earth entered a new phase. Currently our perception of the universe is widening daily.
An area called the Kuiper Belt has been perceived swarming around the perimeter of our solar system, arranged in a doughnut like formation. It is filled with strange ice like objects, debris which seems to be left over from creation. At the edge of this area orbits an object larger and heavier than Pluto. Discovered in 2005, it has been dubbed Eris and is now classified as a dwarf planet, along with Pluto and the asteroid Ceres.
The planets all reflect the mythological archetypes they are named for. The ancient tales of the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses really do illustrate the actual ways the celestial bodies operate.
Eris was the Greek Goddess of mischief, chaos and strife who would run amok in battle. An entity of primeval anger who wanders in the infinite darkness, Eris expresses the forces of envy and resentment. When the energy of Eris reaches a higher level, it can eventually become determination and will generate the extra effort needed to motivate and assure triumph. Eris takes over 500 years to orbit the Sun and remains in each of the 12 zodiac signs over 40 years. This planet’s influence is generational and will describe whole cycles of time and groups of people.
In 2016-2017 this intense little lady stays at about 23 degrees Aries, in orb of a conjunction with Uranus in Aries. Technology, humanity, the erratic and unpredictable are Uranus’ keynotes.
With Eris in aspect the accelerated crime rate, government upsets, weird weather and the role electronics play in our lives can be attributed to this capricious new acquaintance; Eris.
At this degree of the zodiac the fixed star Baten Kaitos is close enough to exert an influence. Baten Kaitos is a pale yellow star in the constellation of the Whale and is related to immigration, transportation, rescues and anger. It is Saturnian in nature.
The Sabian Symbol for 23 -24 Aries reads “An open window and a net curtain blowing into a cornucopia.” The message is that there is a yearning for greater riches, to drawn upon comforts and attaining luxury items. There is a desire to make the most of opportunities and a tendency to become more acquisitive.
Here are some thoughts about how this Eris transit of 2016 -2017 can impact each of us. Consider first your familiar birth sign, then read the entry for your ascendant (rising sign) for deeper insight.
Cardinal Sign People
Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
This Eris-Uranus conjunction impacts houses 1, 4, 7 and 10; the angles in your solar chart. Personal appearance, home, partnerships and career aspirations are keynotes. These houses address the present, there is a sense of immediacy.
Fixed Sign People
Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius
The Eris-Uranus conjunction activates houses 12,9,6 and 3; the cadent houses in your solar chart. Reverie, education, health and travel can play a role in how it manifests for you. These houses bring reminders of the past. Memories and history come into play.
Mutable Sign People
Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces
For you the Eris-Uranus conjunction highlights houses 11,8,5 and 2; the succeedent houses. Group affiliations, reincarnation and the spirit world, creative expression and financial values are significant factors. These houses relate to latent potentials and the future.
Since Eris has been discovered so recently studying it offers astrologers intriguing opportunities to conduct new research. You can begin to do this by placing Eris in your own natal chart, where it was at birth. Next consider Eris in the charts of significant current events. Distant as it is Eris, this newly introduced member of our solar system family, seems quite powerful.