Copyright © 2008-2009 Nick Anthony Fiorenza, All Rights Reserved
Like all planetary bodies, when discussing the asteroids, centaurs and dwarf planets in astrology, we are exploring the synthesized mental, emotional, and physical facets of self—our "astrology." Although it requires astrological research over a lengthy period to truly validate and hone in on the astrological nature of a newly discovered planet or asteroid, there are several things to explore that can give us significant insight into the astrological nature of new astronomical bodies. These are outlined below.
There are four points of primary significance in a planet's orbit: the planet's perihelion (the location in a planet's orbit when it is closest to the Sun); its aphelion (the location in a planet's orbit when it is furthest from the Sun); a planet's ascending node (also called the north node - the location in a planet's orbit when it crosses from south to north of Earth's ecliptic plane); and a planet's descending node (also called the south node - the location in a planet's orbit when it crosses from north to south of Earth's ecliptic plane). These four points compose a planet's "orbital cross."
I stress the importance at looking at true astronomical star alignments to the four primary points of a planet's orbital cross, not tropical signs, as tropical signs are "relative" to Earth's seasons and the moving vernal point in Earth's precessional cycle. Here we are interested the "absolute" ecliptical positions and star alignments. Looking at the four points of a planet's orbital cross is viewed from the Sun's perspective.
The perihelion and aphelion star alignments reveal more about the general nature and role of planet. A planet's perihelion stars reveal the nature of a planet's greatest influence, and the life area in which its influence is occurring. It generally is also when the planet is moving its fastest, whipping around the sun. It is when it is most imbued with solar fire—charged.
Its aphelion star alignments, when furthest from sun, provides additional perspective to the nature of a planet's influence. Although the planet is at its most withdrawn point, its aphelion is still quite significant, here regrouping, in a sense, before its begins its journey back toward its perihelion. The aphelion star alignments provide clarity and perspective about a planet's influence—sort of the intent behind or motivating its presence.
A planet may be north or south of the ecliptic at its perihelion (and aphelion). When a planet's perihelion occurs north of the ecliptic, this may suggest that the area of its primary influence is working more in a conscious, externalized or overt way in our lives. When the perihelion occurs south of the ecliptic, this suggests that the area of its primary influence is working more at a transcendent, subconscious or internalize way in our lives, or within the underlying energetics of our lives.
A planet's nodal axis is created by the intersection of the planet's orbital plane and Earth's ecliptic plane. The nodal axis is much like a magnetic pointer inspiring us to move from the south node theme to north node theme, it reveals a "path of action." The Descending (south) Node stars reveal the nature of that which we must bring forth and express through the theme revealed by the Ascending (north) Node stars—to apply the south node theme through the north node theme. Alignments with a north node tend to stimulate externalized action, whereas a south (descending) node tends to stimulate a need for change, to apply the south node theme in a new way revealed by the north node.
Exploring the stellar alignments of a planet's orbital parameters (the four points of a planet's orbital cross) can lend tremendous insight into the astrological nature of a planet—how a planet is working within our consciousness and interacting in our lives.
Much like Earth's orbit around the Sun creates our ecliptic, each planet has its own unique ecliptic. When a planet's orbit is tilted significantly to Earth's ecliptic (call a planet's orbital inclination), the planet's ecliptical constellations are much different than our ecliptical constellations. Exploring a planet's unique zodiak (the constellations and stars along the planet's ecliptic) can also bring additional insight into the nature of a planet's astrological influence. This is the unique path of a planet through the heavens—which can tell a story.
The angular inclination of a planet's orbit with respect to Earth's ecliptic is also of significance. A planet with an extreme orbital inclination (drastically tilted to Earth's ecliptic) will tend to cut through Earth's plane consciousness in a more extreme of sharper way—interceding in Earthian affairs.
The eccentricity of a planet's orbit is how elliptical or circular a planet's orbit is. The Centaurs, for example, generally have very eccentric orbits, thus reaching or bridging between the orbits of other planets. As an example, the Centaur Chiron's orbit extends from the orbit of Saturn to that of Uranus. The Centaur Pholus' orbit extends from the orbit of Saturn to that of Orcus. The Centaur Asbolus links the orbits of Jupiter and Uranus. The orbit of Quaoar for example is rather circular and is inclined only slightly—thus having a more balanced and gentle character.
The orbital plane crossings of two planets are also of significance. The is the (nodal) axis created by the intersection of two planets' orbital planes (their ecliptics). Thus there are nodes that lie at unique points in the heavens. Unlike a planet's nodes in the ecliptic, which occur where a planet's orbital plane intersects Earth's orbital plane, the node between two planets can lie north or south of the ecliptic, thus lying in non-zodikal constellations and conjoining unique stars. Exploring the relationship of orbital planes can lend insight in to the relationship between two planets. A good example of this presented in the article about Pluto and Orcus.
The physical properties of a planet including the geological make-up of a planet, its diameter, rotational velocity, atmosphere, etc.; as well as that of a planet's moons, if any.
The mythology associated with the formal name given to the planet is generally the first thing astrologers grab a hold of. The mythology is very significant when we realize the naming or a new planet is not mere happenstance no more than the name given to a child at birth.
The location in the heavens at the time of discovery, the star alignments as well as aspects with other planets; as well as those at the time of the formal naming of the planet.
The world events surrounding a planet's discovery and those occurring in the lives of their discoverers; and during the sometimes lengthy naming process of a newly discovered planet. Eris is a good example of this. Eris overturned the apple cart in the astronomical and astrological world causing quite a commotion. It was responsible for the creation of the new "Dwarf Planet" category to which Pluto and Eris now belong.
The nature of the Lunar Cycle in which the discovery occurred, and when in the lunar cycle the discovery occurred; as well as other active planetary cycles—especially those in primary aspect to the any of the orbital parameters, or discovery location.
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