There were eight planets back then and I bet you can remember all their names, even if you can’t get them in the right order!
There’s been a massive expansion in planets since you and I were in school and I’d like to introduce you to some new kids on the block … or out in space.
Meet The Dwarf Planets
Since 2005, astrologers have discovered a whole lot of new planets. The so called Dwarf Planets are the biggest and most significant of them. So far there are five official new dwarf planets – Pluto, Ceres, Eris, Haumea and Makemake.
There’s a whole lot more ‘unofficial’ new planets who meet the criteria but haven’t gotten the rubber stamp yet from the International Astronomical Union. They are Sedna, Orcus, Quaoar, Varuna, Ixion, Vesta, Pallas, Hygeia, and four others that have impersonal numbers rather than names.
These new planets represent a powerful shift in consciousness, from a spiritual bliss based earth consciousness to a multidimensional galactic consciousness.
Main Belt and Kuiper Belt
The new planets are in two distinct areas. The Main Belt sits between Mars and Jupiter, nested well within what we’ve always recognised as our solar system. Most of the planets found in the Main Belt are based on female archetypes and mythology – Ceres, Pallas, Vesta and Hygiea. Juno is there as well, but she isn’t large enough to qualify as a planet, and continues to be classified as an asteroid.
The Kuiper Belt is out past Neptune. Pluto is now considered a Kuiper Belt planet rather than a ‘classical’ planet. The newly discovered planets of Haumea, Makemake and Eris are Kuiper Belt Objects, as are Quaoar, Orcus, Varuna and Ixion.
Sedna is in a class of her own. With an orbit of 12,000 years, she moves through the Kuiper Belt and far, far beyond into deep space. At the moment, Sedna is transiting in Gate 23 of the Human Design chart.
Let’s start with Ceres. She is different to the other dwarf planets because she is the only one not out past Pluto in the Kuiper Belt. Ceres is found in something called the Main Asteroid Belt, which sits between Mars and Jupiter.
Where Makemake might spend six years in a gate, Ceres passes through in a few weeks. This means that, unlike the slower moving dwarf planets, Ceres is a personal rather than a generational influence. Compare, for example, the effect of Mercury and Uranus in your design. Mercury moves around the entire chart in one year, spending only a few days in each gate, whereas Uranus takes 18 months to move between gates, creating a ‘generation’ of people with Uranus in each gate. The slower moving outer planets tend to be experienced from the outside – being affected by political or economic events for example.
Because Ceres has a smaller orbit, and faster speed around the chart, it makes her a personal influence in your design, something that you will experience personally in your life.
Ceres represents the themes of true nourishment, nurturing and mothering in your Human Design chart. Primarily it represents the development of self worth as a basis for forming relationships. And it does this by revealing what nourishment we absolutely needed and almost certainly didn’t get when we were children. She can show where we get a bit .. or a lot .. neurotic when our needs for nurturing are not being met.
Sedna shows the place in the design where we need to allow ourselves to be cut loose from our traditional roles, where we need to drop deeper into our own frozen ocean, where we need to become the natural inhabitant of that place.
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When things seem most shocking, it’s a time to chill out, relax and allow the resources we need for the initiation we are facing to reveal themselves. Makemake reveals where our civilized self meets our wild self, where we can arrogantly ignore our own need for connection with nature.
An original mother creatrix, Haumea represents the body as birthing vessel for the soul. She encourages purity and clarity. Haumea also has something to say about our sense of family – at all levels from birth to global.
Eris was blamed for the Trojan War. And herein lies a very important aspect of Eris in the design. It shows a place where we tend to blame or accept blame where it should be more equitably spread amongst the parties involved.
Although Quaoar hasn’t been designated as a dwarf planet yet, I include him here because on 11th February 2011 he moved into Gate 11 and is heading towards the Galactic Centre in Gate 11.3. I believe Quaoar is instrumental in affecting changes in our mental processes.