The Astronomy and Astrology of
Eris & Her Moon Dysnomia

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Eris - The Great Disrupter

Eris was discovered on Jan 5, 2005 by Mike Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David Rabinowitz (Caltech) from images taken on October 21, 2003. The discovery was announced on July 29, 2005. Eris was formally named on Sept 13, 2006 (it was informally called Xena for a while). Its previous desination was 2003 UB313.

The eccentric orbit of Eris, with Pluto and Neptune

The very eccentric orbit of Eris. Eris' orbit enter Pluto's orbit, much like Pluto's orbit swings inside Neptune's orbit.

The orbital inclination of Eris, with Pluto

Eris' Orbital Inclination ~44°
Pluto's Orbital Inclination 17.133°

Eris (pronounced "ee-ris") was discovered in Cetus, the Technobureaucratic Monster of Collective Human Consciousness (~25° sidereal Pisces / 15° south ecliptical latitude). Eris is a bit larger than Pluto. Eris is estimated at 2326 km (±12km) and Pluto is 2320 km. It also shows Methane on its surface as does Pluto. Eris however, has an extreme orbital inclination (44°) as well as a greater eccentric orbit (0.43749), almost twice as long as it is wide. Eris' extreme eccentric orbit swings inside the orbit of Pluto (as well as inside the orbits of the other newly discovered Kuiper Belt Objects) much like Pluto's orbit swings inside Neptune's. Eris is slower moving than Pluto. Eris's year is equivalent to ~558 Earth years, whereas Pluto's is about 248. All of this suggests that Eris may cut through our consciousness in an even sharper, more intense and dramatic way than Pluto, but in a longer process. Eris was responsible for the formation of the new "Dwarf Planet" classification and the reclassification, some say demotion, of Pluto—which caused quite an commotion in both the astronomical and astrological communities—upsetting the apple cart, to use a common phrase. See: Pluto Demoted. Eris's extreme eccentric orbit and its steep orbital inclination is our first clue to Eris' rather radical and intercedeing nature.

Planets with with extreme eccentric orbits tend to bring awareness (or knowledge) from distant realms of consciousness into more conscious realms. Planets with extreme orbital inclinations tend to cut through the comfort of our existing sense of reality.

Kuiper Belt Dwarf Planet & Asteroid oribts

Eris Mythology & her Moon Dysnomia

Eris is the Greek god of strife. Due to her exclusion from the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, a sea-goddess, spiteful Eris, aroused lust and conflict amongst the goddesses (Hera/power, Athena/wealth, and Aphrodite/love, beauty and rapture) which led to the Trojan war by offering a "golden apple" to the fairest of the three. In short, Zeus proclaimed Paris, the handsome prince of Troy, to act as judge. Paris choose Aphrodite with her promise that Helen, the wife of Menelaus, would become his wife. This ultimately led to the abduction of Helen by Paris and subsequently the 10-year long Trojan war (1194 to 1184 BC.) and its ramifications. (Ref: Iliad & Odyssey)

Also interesting is that at this time (circa 1190 BC), the vernal point (of the moving vernal axis of Earth's Precessional Cross, which reveals where we are in the "evolutionary cycle of the soul," conjoined Menkar, the jaws of Cetus, the techno bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. The anti-vernal point conjoined Zubenelgenubi, the southern chelae of the Scorpion, the karmic seat for incarnating souls.

Artist's impression of Eris and Dysnomia

NASA Artist's impression of Eris and Dysnomia: Eris is the main object, Dysnomia the smaller disk just above it. The object top-left is the Sun.

Eris' daughter, Dysnomia, is the name given to the moon of Eris. Dysnomia is said to be the "spirit of lawlessness"—disrupter of civil order. Eris, however, had two daughters, Dysnomia and the opposite and peaceable one, Eunomia, who ends strife, returns order and maintaines social stability.

Eunomia was the goddess of law and legislation and one of the Second Generation of the Horae along with her sisters Dikē and Eirene. The Horae were ,

Dysnomia is also the name given to a nominal recall (dys) disorder—a memory problem associated with naming (nouns); the inability to retrieve names when needed—"its on the tip of my tongue." It is interesting that finding Eris to be an appropriate name for UB313 also took a long time, curiously fitting to the Dysnomia memory disorder, and its formal naming occurred after witnessing its disrupting effects in the astronomical community. This also elucidates that the disrupting effects Eris creates can linger while we get over the shock from it and that it requires some time for its more positive results, the end of strife, to manifest.

Although the discovery of Eris created disorder at first, a new order followed with the new classification of Dwarf Planets (fitting to the theme of daughter Eunomia). This is significant when considering Eris' astrological character. Eris dismantled limiting conceptual boundaries to open us to a more embrace cosmology. Thus, Eris opens or expands consciousness by upsetting existing, limiting and antiquated structures of consciousness.

Eris’ discovery in Cetus, the Technobureaucratic Monster of Collective Human Consciousness, indicates Eris is disrupting the fear-driven bureaucratic world of mass consensus to help our emergence from the belly of the ole’ whale into a new world paradigm. Being a very slow mover, Eris is still making its passage through the gut of Cetus—continuing to disrupt fear-based collective human consciousness by revealing the uglies of the technobureaucratic monster driving it. Eris’ influence has been working, for the most part, at sub-conscious emotional level—perhaps continuing to increase the unrest with the status quo in the human populous, but very much serving to awaken the human populous from their acquiescent unconscious slumber in fear

Eris demonstrated, right from the start, her no-nonsense astrological role as the great disruptor. Although discordant Eris creates quite a commotion, it clearly is not without purpose. Eris opens us to see beyond the finite bounds of our current perception, beyond the bounds we place upon ourselves, sort of shaking up what is stagnant in consciousness. In doing so, we are left to redefine and reorganize our world view to embrace a far vaster reality—a view more fitting to our rapidly expanding awareness.

Eris in Summary

Eris is a feminine warrior archetype that has no fear or hesitation to intercede and expose a greater hidden truth. Eris abhors, will provoke and will challenge the assumption of the reality of a situation when based on false pretense. Eris provokes change by upsetting the status quo, by upsetting the apple cart. She opens our eyes to what is covered by lies, often revealing something shameful, ugly, or simply what is unacceptable behavior, often driven from inflated pride. Although Eris can create a disrupting commotion, upsetting our existing, limiting and antiquated structures of consciousness, she opens us to see beyond the finite bounds of our current perception, beyond the bounds we place upon ourselves by arousing and challenging our egoic defenses. In doing so, we are left to redefine and reorganize our world view to embrace a far vaster reality—a view more fitting to our rapidly expanding awareness. The discord and disruption Eris creates often results in a positive outcome in the longer term, as such how disrupting events can catalyze significant shifts in our lives that we would not otherwise initiate on our own, or by impelling us to take new paths that we would not otherwise embark upon that lead to more appropriate outcomes.

The Orbit of Eris

The Orbital Parameters of Eris: Perihelion, North & South Nodes

Eris Orbital Elements

Orbital Period: 558.00774 years
Orbital Inclination: 44.12595986799703°

Perihelion ecliptical location: 19° 38' sidereal Virgo; 19N17 Latitude
Last Periapse: Approximately July 13, 1699 A.D. (JPL)
Perihelion Distance: 38.01229760397955 AU

Aphelion ecliptical location: 19° 38' sidereal Pisces; 19S47 Latitude (Cetus)
Last Aphelion: March 13, 1977 A.D. (JPL)
Aphelion Distance: 97.6603435837316 AU

Eris' South and North Nodes

South Node: 10° 54' sidereal Libra (Virgo) (May 25, 1715) (JPL)
North Node: 10° 54' sidereal Aries (Feb 27, 2075) (JPL)

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