The Astronomy and Astrology of Varuna

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Varuna - It's Nature's Way

Varuna is the all-knowing creator god in the mythology of India: "He knows the pathway of the wind" (Rig Veda, the oldest of the Vedas and the oldest book in Sanskrit). Varuna is the merciful, supportive, and heavenly king of both the gods and humans who controls the physical order of the universe. He expresses physical power in battle and pro-creative vigor as he upholds cosmic law (not man's law) and a path of order. Varuna is considered to be the protector of people, keeping them from evil.

From a mythological viewpoint, Varuna has traits similar to Quaoar, who supports our return to natural law and the sacredness of life; and also of our more familiar Jupiter, who is also of higher (not man's) law. Vaurna perhaps has more to do with nature's way taking its course, where as Quaroar may have more to do with our relationship with natural law.

The orbit of Varuna

Varuna was detected on November 28, 2000 by Arizona-based astronomers in the Spacewatch Project. The discovery team was led by David Jewitt of the Institute of Astronomy in Honolulu. Varuna has an estimated diameter of 900 (+125/-145) kilometers, which makes it slightly smaller than Charon (Pluto's companion). Its orbtial period is 282.04 years and its orbital plane is inclined to the ecliptic by 17.181°.

Star Chart of Varuna's Discovery in Gemini

Varuna's Discovery Location

Varuna was discovered when it was making passage in sidereal Gemini, near the foot of Castor but conjoining the principal star Alhena, the foot of Pollux, (and Mebsuta). This was just after Varuns crossed its North Node, moving from south to north of the ecliptic. The North node of a planet's orbit indicates the direction to move toward in action.

"The Twins" are marked by the two principal stars: Pollux, the immortal extraterrestrial one, and Castor the mortal terrestrial one, the extraterrestrial incarnate. These two stars mark the last few degrees of sidereal Gemini. The Twins stand upon the galactic equator at a 60° angle to the ecliptic plane, with the "Feet of the Twins" lying in earlier Gemini, upon the "galactic node" of Earth's Precessional Cross—the "Gate of Man." Thus, Gemini is a galactic constellation, one common to our solar plane (ecliptic), and so with sol / soul purpose expressing in the daily activity of humankind. (Our feet are associated with our longer term / sole / sole / soul purpose.)

The Twins are ambassadors. The role of the Twins is one of linking and uniting the mission of the soul (galactic plane) into and through our incarnate daily affairs and mode of participating in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind. And of course, Gemini is of communication, commerce, and activity.

Alhena is the mark or brand—here indicating Varuna's arrival to be marking the time to re-establish order out of the chaos on Earth. Alhena is of commencement and indicates a turning point has been reached, a separating of the ways is at hand, that it is time to get off the fence of indecision and take action.

It would be worth exploring Varuna's astrological role in charts related to ecological-related events, natural disasters, and in the charts of those active in ecological-related affairs. Varuna's arrival into humanity's awareness in 2000 may have been a part of our motivation to take serious action regarding ecological conditions in the world—making blatantly clear that we must change our ways—to nature's way. Varuna imparts a desire to support and protect the rights of others and all life in general.