The Astronomy and Astrology of
2009 YE7
December 17, 2009

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

2009 YE7

2009 YE7 was discovered by David Rabinowitz on December 17, 2009 at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. 2009 YE7 is the first bright Trans-Neptunian / Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) found from the southern hemisphere. David Rabinowitz was part of the team of astronomers that discovered Haumea and Eris (with Mike Brown and Chad Trujillo). David Rabinowitz had since moved to Chile to try to make newer discoveries from the southern hemisphere.

2009 YE7 & Haumea Orbits

As of the discovery date, there are currently five Dwarf Planets: Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris. 2009 YE7 indicates is may become a member of the Dwarf Planets due to its brightness, which can indicate a considerable size. However, the size 2009 YE7 and its orbital parameters are not yet fully known since its discovery is so recent and it requires time to observe and track this new Kuiper Belt Object. Mike Brown estimates it to be around 440 km in diameter. Based on this preliminary information, it may be the 9th or 10th largest Kuiper Belt Object found.

Mike Brown also suspects that 2009 YE7 may be a fragment of Haumea because it has the same orbital inclination and orbital plane orientation as Haumea; and because it has an extremely bright reflective icy surface like all of the fragments of Haumea, which is unique compared to the more common darker Kuiper belt objects. Synchronistically, 2009 YE7 was discovered near the anniversary of Haumea's discovery (Dec 28, 2004).

The Discovery Star Chart of 2009 YE7

2009 YE7 Orbital Parameters (2017)

Note: These parameters may change as data is refined over time.

Perihelion Dist. (q): 37.63739 AU
Aphelion (Q): 50.69257 AU
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.1478
Orbital Period: 293.51 yr
Orbital Inclination (i): 29.089°
Longitude of ascending node: 141.607°

The Location of 2009 YE7 at the Time of Discovery

In the constellation of Eridanus, between the triangle of stars--Beid, Zaurak, and Rana.
00° 45' sidereal Taurus (GA); Ecliptical latitude: 29° S 29'

A discovery star chart, by itself does not reveal the astrological nature of a planet, however exploring when and where a planet was discovered helps to provide context into the planet's role in our lives. It is where the planet made its first visible expression and thus reveals the area of human consciousness in which its energetic awakens.

2009 YE7 was discovered a day after the New Moon of December 16, 2009, thus during the emergence of this lunar cycles new theme. (See the Lunar Planer Archive).

2009 YE7's location at the time of discovery was south of the ecliptic in the constellation Eridanus (and of course south of the celestial equator as well). 2009 YE7 nests between Beid, Zaurak and Rana of Eridanus. It enter into the first degree of sidereal Taurus and conjoins Alpha Caelum; Algol of Perseus and the Gorgonias (two small stars near Algol). Also of influence are Segin of Cassiopeia and Theta Perseus, which mark the cusp of sidereal Taurus.

The first degree of the following sidereal sign embodies the totality of that sign yet to unfold. Sidereal Taurus is of Earthy matters: of building, business, construction, the home and family, property, stability and balance, is fixed in its ways, is industrious, persistence, determined, laborious and of the bourgeois. Earlier Taurus is of initiative, it is creative and supports the seeding of ideas.

In the story of the Royal Family, this is where Perseus slays Medusa (his inner fears), lest he would have turned to stone (have become frozen in his fear). Crossing this cusp is where Perseus completes his initiatory journey (Aries) and claims his self-mastery, the prerequisite of being able to step into his intended and greater life destiny. Zaurak of Eridanus is a point along the river of life where we must claim and trust our own inner light because our path in the world may not be entirely visible.

Here we are motivated to trust the inner light we have cultivated through our past initiatory trials (Aries) and step forth into the Earthy world of Taurus regardless of any residual fears we may hold.

The Discovery Star Chart of 2009 YE7

Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.
Bronze, 18 feet high 1545-54.
Image Credit: © 1999 Mary Ann Sullivan (photographed on site)

Algol, Beta Persei, marking the cusp of sidereal Taurus, is the head of slain Medusa held in the hand of Perseus, also the Arabic Demon Star. Of the Gorgons, Medusa, who is crowned with seven snakes for hair, represents the chaotic and aberated self-defeating forces within self, driven by fear. It is fear that freezes us in our tracks, the force that turns us to stone. Perseus can not look at Medusa directly lest he turn to stone. He instead uses his shield to see her reflection. This mythically articulates our need to look at that which we hide behind to see the demon apparently outside of self, created by our own fear.

Algol indicates an initiatory and experiential process is required or is at hand. This process begins by slaying our deepest fears to claim our true personal power, or be forever frozen in our tracks unable to claim our fulfillment and complete our greater purpose on Earth. Alignments with Algol can draw a relentless assault of experience that can block or divert us from our purpose until we realize the monster is within--the fear based reflection of self. Algol forces us to look at self rather than at the apparent monsters in the outer world--to recognize they are of our own projection, to own and embrace the demon within. Slaying our fear establishes an inner neurological order that in turn allows us to take empowered action in the physical world. Perseus, the hero, embodies the essence of establishing order.

Zaurak of Eridanus is a point along the river of life where we must claim and trust our own inner light because our path in the world may not be entirely visible. Here we are motivated to trust the inner light we have cultivated through our past initiatory trials (Aries) and step forth into the Earthy world of Taurus (physical action) regardless of any residual fears we may hold.

Conjoining Algol from the south and also contributing to the cusp of sidereal Taurus is Caelum, the sculptor's chisel. Caelum articulates our need to forge through matter, the laborious methodical experiential process required in the physical world to overcome our trials and manifest our visions. Caelum articulates our need to sculpt our lives, chiseled away at a bit at a time just as the sculptor chisels rock to reveal the sculpture waiting to emerge. Cuspal Taurus is of will power, strength, and stamina, of trusting our inner knowing, our inner heart's light.

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