It has long been the opinion of astrologers that the discovery of any new planet coincides with the raising in consciousness of elements in society that reflect that planet’s archetype. For instance the discovery of Uranus coincided with American and French revolutions, Neptune with the use of anesthesia in medicine, and Pluto saw the splitting of the atom, rise of gangsterism, white supremacy and Nazi Germany. What then are we to make of the discovery of 70,000 TNO’s (trans Neptunian Objects), 130 of which meet the criteria for being classified as dwarf planets? As one might expect you run out of Greco-Roman male archetypes fairly quickly and indeed, many of the named objects have be drawn from the mythology of various indigenous cultures, male and female.
Pluto and Ceres are the leaders of the parade as far as notoriety is concerned but are closely followed by Eris, the Greek Goddess of Strife, Chaos and Discord. She in turn is followed by Makemake, Haumea, Sedna, Quaoar, Varuna, Gonggong, Orcus and Ixion. Then there are two, 2002 TX and 2002 AW, that are as yet unnamed, but astronomically numbered. Many of these entities have already been observed, researched and written up in published books, but we have only just begun to scratch the cosmic surface (or in Pluto’s case, subsurface).
By addressing the issue of how we name the planets Patricia Garner in her book A Cosmic Dialogue is encouraging astrologers to find some core principles that will help build a stronger, more cohesive and constructive community.