Monday, April 2, 2012

Astronomy Declared Pluto a Dwarf Planet - Is it Or is it Not a Planet Astrologically

"Astronomy Declared Pluto a Dwarf Planet - Is it Or is it Not a Planet Astrologically?"," I lived with that concept for most of my life not even realizing there was any controversy to the count. However, the International Astronomical Union (the voting body) members are still in disagreement with each other because only a small percentage of their total numbers were involved in the actual vote. "Pluto Is No Longer A Planet!"," The new (and only so far) official definition of planet is: ""a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a . Pluto is automatically disqualified because its oblong orbit overlaps with Neptune's. The definition also lays out a third class of lesser objects that orbit the sun - 'small solar system bodies'. Pluto's status change is very interesting on a few levels. Clyde Tomgaugh continued the search and found it in 1930, the same year that Walt Disney's Pluto came out. Robert Hand in his book ""Planets in Transit"" says: ""The nature of Pluto is similar to that of the Hindu god Shiva, the creator and destroyer. This entire cycle of death, destruction and renovation is accompanied by tremendous powers, for Pluto is not a mild or even very subtle planetary influence. Decay at one level or another, followed by new life from the old is the typical Plutonian process. What's interesting to me is that the debates among astrologers easily transverse into an ""us vs. Pluto's strength is undeniable, and it's importance in the human psyche established. I have often reflected on the wonder and magic involved in the discoveries of science and astronomers related to astrology. They work because the astrologers are tuned in deeply to the vast and deep mind of man. The synchronicity with the naming of all the solar system satellites by scientists relative to underlying archetypes held in the collective unconscious is uncanny. ""By dissolving Newton's absolute space and time into a network of relationships, general relativity takes a first step away from the notion that the coherence of the world lies outside of it"" (Smolin 1997:240). For some, Pluto represents our soul or higher self, the part of us that is connected to the Divine. From a mystical point of view, our soul is eternal and goes beyond space and time. The sun is what we identify with. Mercury is how we think. We are not what we think or feel. Even the transpersonal planets of Uranus and Neptune, which are tied into collective consciousness, are still operating at a human level. But the deep ""death / rebirth"" metaphor Pluto represents can also be symbolic of the power we have to transcend our limitations into understanding that we are also a soul that transcends this body, this time and space, already perfect, already Divine. A step in that direction is the challenge that Pluto gives us by being downgraded from planet to dwarf planet. It also opens a doorway to a much vaster understanding of our connection to all that is by allowing for a group of minor planets to be equally considered in the archetypal understands of our growth and psyches, giving more emphasis to the influences of Chiron, Ceres, Xena and many more. . WHAT'S UP  

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