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Eris; What does she mean for astrology? November 20, 2006

Posted by Kerry in Astrology.
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The latest issue to stir the world of astrology is the discovery of Eris which caused Pluto to be demoted to a dwarf planet. Throughout history, whenever a new object was discovered in our solar system it has an impact on our entire world. A new celestial body heralds changes, and the further that body is from the Sun the more the changes are global, not just personal. So now we have Eris and we look to the ancient myth of Eris to see what changes are likely. And the story of

Eris is very interesting.   Gift apple

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, lived a glorious goddess called Eris. But for one reason or another she was not invited to a society wedding. Oh, she was really annoyed and wanted revenge. So she crashed the party, completely ruined the wedding and threw down a golden apple (just as you do in that sort of situation), labelled “for the fairest”. Of course the lovely ladies of the day all presumed that they were the fairest in the land, and a real bitch fight ensured. To resolve the dispute a handsome hero named Paris judged a beauty quest, and fell in love with the most beautiful one – a lady named Helen. But she was a married woman, so he kidnapped her from her husband, and so began the famous Trojan War.  

You may remember gorgeous Brad Pitt and Eric Bana in the movie “Troy”. The Trojan War was a long and traumatic experience for the entire known world at the time. So from seemingly small beginnings of simply throwing down an apple Eris became the goddess of war, strife and discord. And joy oh joy, we now have Eris as the newest member of our Solar system – this is not what we need! Yes, our little solar system needs peace, not war.  She certainly caused discord amongst the astronomers, which lead both Eris and Pluto to be described as dwarf planets. But what does this mean for us all. Should we be worried? To look at this we can use the astrology chart for when she was named on 14th September 2006.  What symbolism was happening in the sky at this time?

A dynamic aspect was on place with the policeman energy of Saturn opposite the dreamy Neptune, both activated by expansive Jupiter. Also our emotional Moon was opposite Pluto the God of the underworld, and the feminine Goddess Venus was opposite Uranus of new world order.  So Eris was named at a time that we can activate our dreams and really work towards starting something we have always wanted to happen. But sometimes those dreams can come from a place similar to Eris’s desires for revenge. We can strive to manifest our idealism for the future; we can make our dreams become a reality. But this will not be an easy process, it involves work and to keep the balance we must pay attention to the small things that could upset the status-quo. It is a time where emotional feelings can erupt and our idealism can become our delusions, just like angry Eris, who has shown us that her small act of revenge can have huge consequences for all. 

For each and every one of us, let us look inside and feel our soul and give voice to our dreams and we can work towards making them a reality, but we must be careful that our intentions are pure and not motivated by pain. We can find that Eris shows us that it is the small things that matter. If small things can start a war; then small things can stop one. And we are all capable of small acts of kindness and gentleness and thinking with soul. She was a minor goddess that caused turmoil, but together we are all minor humans that can create peace. Yours in the stars