The Astronomy and Astrology of
Quaoar

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Quaoar - The Sacredness of Life

Quaoar (pronounced kwah-whar) was the name given to the "creation force" by the Native American Tongva tribe who were the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles basin in Southern California. According to legend, Quaoar, "came down from heaven; and, after reducing chaos to order, laid out the world on the back of seven giants. He then created the lower animals, and then (or from them) humankind."

Quaoar was discovered by Mike Brown, a professor of planetary science at the California Institute of Technology and colleague Chad Trujillo in a digital image taken June 4, 2002, 05:41:40 UT from the Palomar Observatory 48-inch Oschin telescope in California. Quaoar was identified in the image on June 5. 10:48:08 PDT.

Upon examining archival photographs, they found Quaoar in images taken as early as 1982. Quaoar's discovery was announced Monday Oct 7, 2002, at a meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Birmingham, Alabama. The Hubble Space Telescope was then used to measure Quaoar.

The near circular orbit of Quaoar

Quaoar is 1,200 ±200 kilometers across—about one-tenth the diameter of Earth, about half the size of Pluto, and larger than the four primary asteroids combined. Quaoar has an orbital period of 288 years. (Pluto orbits the sun in 248 years at an average distance of 6 billion kilometers). Quaoar lies at a distance of 4 billion miles, 1 billion miles farther out than Pluto. Quaoar's orbit is remarkably circular compared to Pluto and the other new planets, which are highly elliptical. Quaoar's orbit is tilted only slightly as well, 7.9 degrees to the ecliptic plane. This indcates Quaoar has a far more gentler and well balanced astrological influence.

The following is of course presented acknowledging we are just beginning to apprehend Quaoar's astrological theme (being a very new discovery-2002). Considering its name, Quaoar may have relation to what are equated with native people's perceptual abilities, those who live attuned to Earth and nature's cycles (i.e., with natural world, animal kingdom, and shaman type perceptions).

Quaoar's Discovery in Ophiuchus conjoined Antares of Scorpio.

Discovered in Ophiuchus, Quaoar's first visible expression was thus through the Ophiuchus theme—responsible self mastery within the creative forces govering life and death. Quaoar's was conjoined Antares, and was lying between Ixion (which was conjoined Sco X-1 and Herc X-1, over the head of the Scorpion, a theme about taking responsiblity for our perpetual entrapments) and Pluto (which was conjoined Ras Algethi, the head (wisdom) of our Godman Hercules who inspires people to claim their own self empowerment rather than deferring their power to dogmatic beliefs based from a helpless-victim consciousness).

Antares, Alpha Scorpio is the Heart of the Scorpion and marks the center of sidereal Scorpio. Antares is one of the "Four Royal Architects" along with Aldebaran, Regulus, and Fomalhaut, each in their respective quadrants of the sky. Antares lies south of the ecliptic under Ophiuchus.

In classical astrology, Antares is the star of war and weaponry, and with expounded meaning, to challenge the established opposing politics (an arena common to the Antares / Aldebaran axis) with tenacious adamancy. This is especially in regard to taking a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions or that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment.

However, It is only the less aware whom mistake this power point in the ecliptic to mean fight or destroy what one still perceives as forces outside of self required to combat. Antares marks a point of empowerment in sidereal Scorpio, a point of immanation. Those who have embraced their initiations and claimed their self-empowerment, who have graduated from playing victim in the entrapments common to the claws of the Scorpion, and who have learned to take responsibility for their reality, which occurs at the head of the Scorpion, this is place of self-empowerment. Here at the Heart of the Scorpion, one claims their immanace, the inseparable nature of life, having reconciled the forces within and without, who knows of their oneness and of the inseparable permeability of the Creation Force—as is exemplified by Ophiuchus, who demonstrably stands over the Scorpion, the exemplar of this wisdom.

Either way, Antares motivates us to take responsibility for our reality, for the lives we create, and to "take a stand" for our truth and live it.

Adding to the Antares theme is that of Zeta Ophiuchus and Pulsar 1642-03 in the body of Ophiuchus. And let us note, Quaoar is north of the ecliptic in Ophiuchus, not south in the Scorpion. This stellar positioning suggests its appearance may be motivating the willingness to challenge existing political structural systems to re-align with the laws of the natural world—but not to fall into battle from mere malevolence, hatred, vengeance, or undermining spite but to take a stand for a greater attainment of evolutionary freedom—the message of conjoining Zeta Ophiuchus and the pulsar.) from a the wisdom and mastery articulated by Ophiuchus. Quaoar's near circular orbit and mild orbital inclination of ~7° indicates a more gentle and harmonious in this approach, perhaps one inspiring the need to bring harmony and balance into that which is chaotically scattered and in conflict. As a Kuiper Belt planet, Quaoar must resonate with the more transcendent workings of our lives, demanding we surrender egoic consciousness and align to that which is inhearat and natural forces governing life, rather than man's attempted dictorial reign over them.

In this light, Quaoar would seem to have character supporting a "harmonious revolution"— to help us release and surrender to the natural order of the creative forces governing life and death. in addition, Quaoar would inspire our return to the "sacredness of life"; to realize all things in life are sacred and that it is our responsibility to have respect for natural order and to live in harmony with nature; without this we do not have respect for our selves.

Quaoar's Orbital Cross

(JPL DATA) (Galactic Ayanamsa)

Pherihelion: 41.72644457 AU
Sidereal Aquarius: (21° 09', 03N00)
Stars: Achernar of Eridanus; Ankaa Phoenix; Homan of Pegasus; Phi Aquarius; Delta Sculptoris; Beta Horologium
Feb 14, 2075

Aphelion: 44.93358455 AU
Sidereal Leo: (24° 22', 03S03 )
Stars: Delta Velorum; Asterion of Canes Venatici. Also infulencing is Mizar of Ursa Major
(Mizar was the location of the Uranus-Pluto Synod of the mid-sixties).
Dec 20, 1932

North Node
Mid-sidereal Virgo: (14°)
Stars: Diadem, Coma Berenicies; Porima & Vindemiatrix of Virgo;
Sep 01, 1951

South Node
Mid-sidereal Pisces: (14°)
Stars: Algenib of Pegasus; The Garnet Star of Cepheus; Beta Lacerta
Sep 01, 1806

** I will update this section when time permits.


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