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"And the stars are projectors, yeah, projecting our lives down to this planet Earth." - Modest Mouse


3.15.2004

NASA Announces Sedna 

Astronomers have detected another body orbiting the Sun beyond Pluto. Named for an Inuit Sea Goddess, Sedna is a large chunk of rock and ice with a diameter of 1700km. The finding raises the ongoing debate of just what constitutes a planet.

I'm curious to see how astrologists will regard this finding. It wasn't long before Chiron was inducted after its discovery and, of course, astrology only began with 5 planets, a moon, and the Sun, before Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto were detected. But it seems that any extraterrestrial stellar body will exert an appropriate influence on the human psyche once it is acknowledged, especially those in our local neighborhood. The value of astrology as a psychospiritual tool, IMHO, is as a reflected surface with which to gaze back into our subconscious. The planets, as originally intended by astrology and the myths preceeding its formulation, were seen as different aspect of the emerging human psyche. Thus most planets had ruling gods or goddesses associated with them who were also reflections of psychological constructs. How long before Sedna intercalates into our imagination?

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