Back in 2005, a weird planet was discovered out past Pluto. It became known as Eris. Within a few years Haumea, Makemake and Sedna had also been discovered in an area known as the Kuiper Belt.
It was becoming clear that Pluto was not a lone outcast at the edge of our solar system. He had friends, and lots of them.
New measuring techniques revealed that Pluto was only about one twentieth the size of the smallest inner planet, Mercury. Furthermore, Pluto’s unusual orbital shape ( large orbital eccentricity and a high orbital inclination) shows that Pluto isn’t really in the same family as our other planets.
Did you know that Pluto is a binary planet? He has a twin planet called Charon and they orbit around a central point of gravity. As yet, little has been done to explore the astrological significance of this.
What happened to Pluto?
Pluto sort of returned to his true family in 2006 when he was reclassified as a minor planet and became part of the group of planets known variously as Plutinos – because they are like Pluto, and also as Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO’s) – because they live in the Kuiper Belt way out at the edge of our Solar System. It is possible that there are as many as 200 dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt alone!
So, although Pluto’s reclassification to Dwarf Planet may be seen in some ways as a ‘demotion’, his return to his true Kuiper Belt family means exactly the opposite. He’s returned to his true galactic position. He has more in common with Sedna and her 12,000 year orbit that he does with Neptune. Pluto has been recast as a gateway to our galactic selves.
Pluto has increased in significance in our charts, rather than becoming less important as some might imagine.
Kuiper Belt Objects
The Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO’s) are creating a shift beyond the spiritual concepts of Neptune (bliss) and Pluto (transformation) towards a truly galactic consciousness. We are becoming agents of co-creativity with universal forces, where time and space are relative and our consciousness spans many dimensions simultaneously.
You can see in this image how much more elliptical Pluto’s orbit is than the other planets. Pluto is the only ‘classical’ planet that passes through the Kuiper Belt.
In working with the Kuiper Belt objects I find they hold a joy of life and a sense of celebration of humanity as a spiritual force on this planet.