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Haumea, believed to be compose of pure rock with an pure ice shell, has ellipsoidal shape, is about the size of Pluto in length,and has an orbital period of ~285 Earth years and spins extremely rapid end-over-end at a rate of 3.9 Earth hours. Haumea has two orbiting satellites (moons), Hi'iaka and Namaka. Haumea is the third-largest known dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt.
Illustration: Ann Feild/STScI/ESA/NASA
I originally wrote this article in 2008, and it is now 2017, so I thought I would give it an update with newer insights I have gained over the last few years, including how Haumea expresses in a natal chart, and new realizations about the Haumea-Pluto synthesis and its meaning in our lives today.
The Dwarf Planet Haumea (pronounced how-MAY-ah), discovered on Dec 28, 2004, is named after the Hawaiian Goddess of Childbirth and Fertility. Haumea's propensity is to intercede with strength and dynamic motion from a state of equilibrium and poise impelling us to create a new and wholistic birth in consciousness, one with autonomy to act in accord with the forces of the natural world, and to express a new level of awareness about what is truly life supportive and transmutational. Haumea motivates action to reorient or redefine what are antiquated forms of expression and patterns of behavior into those that are nurturing, life supportive and that aid our emergence into an awakened fresh state of being. Haumea will not be dominated, subjugated or owned. She is a naturalist, of the wild, and impels the formation and evolution of new life.
At a personal level and in the natal chart, Haumea impels directed application of our raw personal attributes and resources to recreate a new expression from an older or outmoded one, to recreate or define ourselves or our expression of self. She indicates where we need to update and equilibrate out of balance automatic patterns of behavior. If conjoined another planet, then consider that planetary energetic, as you perceive, experience and express it, needs a new expression in your life. Haumea's chart placement will delineate in what area of life this needs to occur. Haumea's placement can also delineate where and how we may act to support this process for others.
Haumea had been making passage through sidereal Leo from about 1953-1956, when the Haumea-Pluto conjunction occurred and the new Haumea-Pluto cycle engaged. During this time, through 1987, Haumea disposes her energetic to the Sun, the ruler of Leo. So we can also look at the natal placement of the Sun, as the redefining or recreating of self defined by natal Haumea's natal placement expresses to the Sun, thus influencing our concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, how we articulate ourselves in life, our persona, and how the Sun expresses for us personally based on its chart placement.
Haumea makes her passage through sidereal Virgo from 1987 through 2018, which completes when Haumea conjoins Archturus and Spica at the Virgo-Libra cusp, and during the Eris-Haumea opposition, which is also catalyzed by the Jupiter-Haumea conjunction occuring throughout 2017. This alone brings Haumea far more into the forefront of our experience. As she makes her passage through Virgo, she applies her disposition to Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, thus, working for and supporting Mercury's expression and role in our lives. This brings emphasis to re-formation of how we think, speak and communicate, and with all the daily logistical aspects of our lives, and also effecting our neurological processes.
Haumea then moves into sidereal Libra starting in 2018, then expressing her disposition to Venus, the ruler of Libra. Thus working for and supporting Venus' expression in our lives. This brings emphasis to the re-formation of our values, our heart's passion, a new level of receptivity, unconditional compassion, magnetic attraction, intuitive capacity, and all that Venus' exemplifies. It shifts emphasis from intellectualizing a rebirth in consciousness to expressing it from the heart.(About Planetary Dispositions.)
Haumea tends to accelerate energy, she gets it moving faster to birth into a new form of expression, and in this sense we can see where and how this occurs in our charts. This imeptus to redefine ourselves is mobilized even more so with Jupiter's conjunction occuring in 2017 conjoining Spica, Archturus, etc., which also fully engages the new 13.5-year Jupiter-Haumea synodic cycle, bringing emphasis to create a proper and harmonious environmental resonance to ensure the opportunity for the evolutionary fulfillment of souls incarnating on Earth. The Jupiter-Haumea conjunction and synod is presented in Disclosure & Discovery 2016-2017 Uranus-Eris opposite Haumea with Ceres and Jupiter. The Discovery of Haumea and its astrological considerations are presented in the article "Haumea & Makemake."
The faster moving planets create many cycles with Haumea and Pluto as they propagate through the zodiak creating an evolutionary progression of the original Haumea-Pluto synodic theme. Exploring your Sun's placement, if you were born when Haumea was transiting sidereal Leo (or Mercury's placement if you were born when Haumea was transiting sidereal Virgo) with respect to your Haumea's placement, can bring additional insight into how you articulate Haumea's impetus as well as Haumea-Pluto cycle's theme.
At one time, Pluto was thought to be the planet that ended the limits of our solar system. It was also consider the planet that marked the end of life, with astrologers associating it death and destruction, and something malefic to abhor. We now know this is not the case, both astronomically and astrologically. With the discovery of Eris and subsequently many more planets in orbits beyond Pluto, we are invited to explore and embody realms of consciousness far more transcendent to that of Pluto—while we are alive. So although Pluto was reclassified, some say demoted, to the Dwarf Planet category, in reality Pluto was elevated in stature, to be recognized not as a planet merely delineating endings and death, but as a gatekeeper and escort into deeper levels of self-empowerment. Pluto maintains its eminence associated with nuclear power, but he implores us to realize this nucleus of power is within self, rather than it being something to acquire through dominance and control over others or resources, or worse yet by judging and condemning others. Until realized, Pluto will continue to deconstruct immature and self-destructive behavioral patterns and attitudes that limit us from awakening to the power within. Pluto teaches us to look within self, rather than outside of self, to find our nuclear core of creative force. Pluto then teaches us to demonstrate the use of that force in ways that empower others and that awaken ourselves to new vistas of human potential, conscious awareness and experience waiting to be realized.
Pluto's process is one of "productive deconstruction," which, when consciously worked with, can lead us to our true individuality, to become more authentic. Seemingly destructive events occurring in our lives catalyzed by Pluto (esp. Pluto transits) are often seen as something negative because they can cause tremendous psychological anxiety, emotional tension, or even physical pain, such as in debilitating accidents or the loss of those we love. Yet, when surrendered to, such events tear away sheaths of personalty that cover the soul, much like peeling the layers of an onion to get to the core. That core is our true inner power, our authentic selves.
Before we embrace, with unconditional acceptance, what appears to be negative, something to have remorse over, a process to avoid, and see it as positive, a process of productive deconstruction, and work with the process like ripping the wrapping off of a box to find the gift inside, we remain in recurring turmoil, struggling to find peace while being unwilling to grow. Like the present we unwrap, the outer layers are meant to be disposed of, as Pluto is "Gatekeeper to the Soul," to our true authenticity—no wrapping allowed.
"Enter in all ye who seek to find within
As the plaque said on the last door"
— John Lodge, Moody Blues
Heliocentric Star Chart
The Pluto Haumea synod (looking from the Sun) 1951-1958 occurred just into sidereal Leo. Regulus and Algieba reside close to 5° sidereal Leo.
Haumea and Pluto aligned around Feb 4, 1955 in early sidereal Leo, on the Head of the Lion. Pluto arrived to within 1° of Haumea in Dec of 1953 and left a 1° orb in April of 1956, so those born within this period will carry a strong Haumea-Pluto energetic.
Pluto and Haumea were within a ±3° orb from 1951 through May of 1958, so those born within this extended period will still be influenced by the Haumea-Pluto energetic.
If you were born during this period, also consider that other planets you may have conjoining or aspecting your natal Pluto are also conjoining or aspecting Haumea as well.
This star chart shows a close-up of the head area of Leo the Lion; the paths of Pluto and Haumea during the 1950s, their locations at the ±3°and ±1° orbs, and the location of the synod (Sun-Pluto Haumea alignment) of Feb 4, 1955. The Leo stars influencing the Haumea-Pluto conjunction include Subra, Adhafera, Al Jabhah, Algieba, and Regulus.
The Lion faces west, with its head looking over into sidereal Cancer with Algieba (the mane), Adhafera (on the crest of the mane), Rasalas (the crown), and Algenubi (the eye) all composing the Lion's head. The star Subra, just south of the ecliptic and on the Cancer-Leo cusp, is the Lion's paw buried in the desert sand. Regulus (at 5° Leo) embodies the essence of the Lion.
The stars forming the Head of the Lion embody the wisdom of the Lion. They express in eloquence, beauty and nobleness. Adhafera and Al Jabhah articulate the wisdom and mind of the Lion, the Lion's persona and how the Lion thinks—perhaps with a sense of aloneness yet with audacious and undaunted confidence, and with genuine pride.
Here we find adventures, explorers and trailblazers, those willing to leave the comfort of mass-consensus, who are self-reliant to step forth into unexplored territory, those who seek new land, new experience and a better way to live, those who are able to envision new horizons and who seek to discover new possibilities waiting to be realized.
Often time the work of adventures and trailblazers is rarely seen until others later follow or make popular that which they have found, or until time itself brings the future into the present awareness of the masses. These way-showers may or may not be recognized for their tremendous, relentless and lonely pursuits, and they may or may not become famous. The paths we choose now pave the way for others to come and make possible future generations' fulfillment.
This part of the heavens is about leadership, participating on the global stage, being seen, pride, standing forth, personal integrity, wisdom, and breaking new trail.
The Sun-Pluto-Haumea alignment also marked the start of the Pluto-Haumea synodic cycle—a cycle that takes about 1547 years due to the very long orbital periods of Pluto and Haumea. Pluto's year is 248.02 Earth-years and Haumea's year is about 284 years. Pluto must orbit the Sun about 6.4 times before catching up to Haumea for their next synod (not to occur until about 3502 AD). We are thus looking at a very long evolutionary cycle. Everyone born at the time of this synod and thereafter are somewhere in the very beginning of this new cycle's expression.
Because Pluto and Haumea are relatively far from Earth's orbit, the Sun-Pluto-Haumea (heliocentric) alignment and the Earth-Pluto-Haumea (geocentric) alignments appear almost exactly at the same place in the heavens; although the Pluto-Haumea conjunction looking from the Earth occurred on Feb 14-15 1955, slightly after the synod of Feb 4. The Feb 14-15 conjunction is also when the new 366-day Earth-Pluto-Haumea synodic cycle began, which was the first annual cycle to ground the new Pluto-Haumea cycle's theme on Earth.
Synodic cycles are created when two (or more) planets align in their orbits around the Sun. The synodic cycle theme, defined by the planets involved and the star alignments at the time, will unfold until the two planets align again, marking the completion of the synodic cycle and the beginning of the next one.
There are many synodic cycles with unique astrological themes occurring simultaneously creating a harmonic symphony of creative unfoldment in consciousness. Synodic cycles can be thought of as longer-term underlying currents, much like the backdrop chorus of a symphony, providing the underlying astrological context guiding our evolution.
Learn the basics about Synodic Cycles & Synodic Astrology.
There are two primary ways to consider new planetary cycles: Not only do they establish a principle energetic for those souls being born at the time (as explored in a natal chart), but they also engage a new evolutionary current in consciousness for everyone on Earth. As Pluto deconstructs behavioral patterns based in the quest for power as something outside of self through dominion and control, teaching us to realize power is something within self, Haumea impels us to redefine the remaining core essence Pluto leaves behind, which expresses as a cultural movement to recreate our comprehension of very meaning of power, to become self-empowered.
The Haumea-Pluto synthesis nesting under the auspices of the Head of the Lion is extremely significant for humanity and for the generation when it occurred, as well as for those following. It arouses those with a leadership capacity, the adventures and explorers, those who desire to find new vistas of human experience, those who are willing and desire to leave the established belief structures and familiar ways of living, those culturally dogmatic and those personal, which are common to earlier sidereal Cancer.
The Haumea-Pluto synthesis not only influences what is occurring within ourselves, but it also provides impetus to redefine the old Plutonian expression in the world, which is one of dominance and control over others and over resources, and in the very oligarchies functioning in such a capacity. Pluto also relates to behavioral patterns about how we use resources to generate power. This is why Pluto is associated with nuclear, atomic, and petroleum based power. Thus, Haumea-Pluto synthesis also provides impetus to redefine how we generate power and what we do with it, thus impelling us to redefine how we destructively use the power we generate from resources to dominate and control. It as well would influence the transition from the use of petroleum and nuclear power (which require the destruction of resources to generate those forms of power) to forms that are life-supportive, regenerative, and renewable. This externalized transition is a by-product of and proceeds the transition occuring within human consciousness regarding the Haumea-Pluto theme.
Do you experience a continuous death and rebirth, a tearing down process and at the same time continually birth a new level of awareness as a result, what seems to be a relentless continual inner makeover?
Do you find yourself playing such a role in the world or in the lives of others, helping people to rebirth or re-create their lives after they have been torn down?
When young, did you feel the impulse to break away from the beliefs or cultural dogmas in which you were raised, especially regarding concepts of what it means to be empowered in the world, and especially desiring a transition away from domination and destruction of others as a means to achieve self-empowerment?
Did you feel your were giving your power away to something outside of self controlling you, people or circumstances, you needed to fight or rebel against while struggling to claim your own inner power?
Do you feel the need to no longer acquiesce to the long-established societal power structures, with a strong underlying desire to see the old paradigm fall while at the same time wanting an entirely new consciousness to birth on Earth?
Do you feel the need to break new trail regarding the use of power in the world, or perhaps to step forth into the global arena or onto the global stage as a pioneer to dismantle the old and herald in a new consciousness on Earth?
Heliocentric Star Chart showing the additional synods created by Jupiter Saturn and Uranus.
Keep in mind that every year (about 366 days), Earth roles through this part of the heavens making synods with each of these planets—a given—as do the other faster moving planets—all creating mini-cycles that provide opportunity to integrate the longer-term cycles into various facets of our daily lives and personal consciousness.
Notice Saturn's arrival through this part of the heavens in the star chart. Saturn makes its synod with Pluto in August 1947 (creating the infamous Saturn-Pluto generation) and then with Haumea a just few months later in January 1948—little did anyone know at the time. This began not only the new 35-year Saturn-Pluto cycle but also a new 31-year Saturn-Haumea cycle. It would seem that Saturn's additional synod with Haumea, conjoining Algenubi, the Eye of the Lion—which is about leaving the comfort of mass-consensus and breaking new trail—brought a sense of responsibility to seek to discover new ways to support a new birth in consciousness, along with impetus to redefine existing societal power structures, as well as impelling individuals to claim their own inner power rather than giving it away to power structures established in scociety. It seems this generation was setting the groundwork for the Haumea-Pluto generation to emerge just a decade later.
Saturn-Haumea cycle: Jan 1948-1979
Saturn-Pluto cycle: Aug 1947-1982
Just after the Haumea-Pluto synod of Feb 4, 1955 and the Earth-Haumea-Pluto synod of Feb 15, 1955, Jupiter makes its synod a year later with Earth, Haumea and Pluto in Feb 1956. Plito as moved only slightly past Haumea, both still at the head of the Lion (conjoining Adhafera of Leo, the crest of the Lion's mane). This is a very significant compounded synod, with Jupiter adding its mobilizing and expanding influence, in providing imipetus to live from a greater truth and personal wisdom. This began a ~12 year cycle with Jupiter, Haumea and Pluto. Consider the first 12 years as a child growing up from this time. A mobilizing, expansive and spiritual influence of the Haumea-Pluto theme was quietly working in the subconsciousness of these children.
Haumea-Pluto cycle: Feb 1955...
Jupiter-Haumea cycle: Feb 1956-1968
Jupiter-Pluto cycle: Feb 1956-1968
Jupiter and Uranus first make their synod in 1955, in the first few degrees of sidereal Cancer, and at the same time as the Haumea-Pluto synod. Uranus, being a slower mover, meets up with Haumea in 1962, in the middle of sidereal Leo. Uranus and Haumea conjoin Alpha Sextans and Al Kaphra of the Great Bear. The stellar theme here about stance, position, and gaining one's bearings so as to be able to take a new tack in achieving one's goals, as well as setting and altering our evolutionary direction.
Uranus, of course, the awakener, is radical, of the unexpected, unconventional and unbounded. Uranus challenges us to break away from the conformity of the structured past and linear thinking, and to enter into unexplored territory. Here again we find another significant progression along Haumea's emergence into our conscious awareness. This Uranus-Haumea generation and this energetic on Earth then took the lead in this pursuit to herald a new birth in consciousness.
Uranus continues on its way to its synod with Pluto in 1965-1966. Uranus and Pluto lie under the auspices of fiery and creative Mizar of the Great Bear. Expression is a must here, and with Uranus and Pluto, things will no longer be the same as a radical and rebellious new consciousness emerges on Earth.
Uranus reaches its heliocentric opposition, which marks the midpoint of vision and realization in the 1962 Uranus-Haumea cycle, on September 3, 2016. This expresses through five geocentric oppositions occurring from mid 2016 through early 2018. This occurs during the Haumea-Eris opposition which is the midpoint in the current Haumea-Eris synodic cycle, which started in ~November 1831 at cuspal sidereal Aquarius (conjoining Sadr of Cygnus and Sadalsuud of Aquarius). The synodic opposition occurs on September 3, 2016, expressing through several Haumea-Eris oppositions occurring from late 2014 through late 2018. Uranus conjoins Eris (in opposition to Haumea) in mid 2016 through early 2018—no doubt to produce another transition for humanity, and for those born into the Uranus-Haumea cycle.
1947-1948: The birth of the Saturn-Pluto / Saturn-Haumea Generation and this energetic on Earth.
1953-1957: The birth of the Haumea-Pluto, Earth and Jupiter Generation and this energetic on Earth.
1962: The birth of the Uranus-Haumea Generation and this energetic on Earth.
1965-66: The birth of the Uranus-Pluto Generation and this energetic on Earth.
We may also find a resonance, via Haumea, between those born in 1946-47 with those born in 1953-57, and with those born in 1962. Do you have friends in these different age groups or relate to those different age groups?
2014-2018: Midpoint in the Uranus-Haumea cycle that began in 1962.
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