When astronomer Mike Brown discovered Haumea she was the brightest thing in the Kuiper Belt.   She was also the strangest.  Shaped like a cigar, composed of a rock core and thin ice surface, she is spinning fast enough to complete a rotation every four hours.  She has eight moons, probably spin offs from a collision with another planet.   Pronounced How-May-Ah, she takes 283 years to orbit around the Sun, around 35 years longer than Pluto’s orbit of 248 years.  But Haumea’s orbit is more elliptical so she travels much further from Earth than Pluto does.

Named after the Hawaiian Creator Goddess, Haumea was discovered on 28 December 2004, at 12 Libra,  in Human Design Gate 48 line 4.


Haumea in Gate 48 – Replenishing, The Well, Depth

There is a convention in Astrology that says a planet’s position at discovery can tell us something about it’s purpose and archetypal meaning.

Gate 48 in Human Design is based on Hexagram 48 in the I Ching.  Many I Ching’s refer to this hexagram as The Well.  Master Huang refers to it as Replenishing, because the well is a symbol of replenishment when we are exhausted, when we feel we have no resources left.  Dwarf Planet Makemake was discovered in Gate 47, the gate of exhaustion from trying to reach out rather than inwards.  Gate 48, the Well, shows what we find when we turn inwards and look for our own inner inexhaustible nourishment.

Hexagram 48

The Gua (in red above the hexagram) is a symbol representing an ancient Chinese land system, where eight families would build their homes around a well situated on a central portion of land that was for the benefit of the overlord.  Each day the families communed with each other by working on the central portion of land first, before returning to work on their own plot.

Notice the number eight inherent in the hexagram.  It also corresponds to Haumea’s eight moons and the eight islands of Hawaii.   We’ll come back to that.

The well nourished all the people who worked on the lord’s land, constantly being drawn from and constantly replenishing itself.  It was an inexhaustible resource.  It was said that the village may change over the years, but the well always remains.

However, a well requires maintenance and care in order to provide pure clean water.  And this is what line 4 is telling us.  Sometimes we need to focus on maintenance and renovation in order to continue to be well nourished, and while it may look like we’re not doing anything worthwhile, the results of our efforts will become obvious over the longer term.  If we become neglectful, we end up with nothing but mud in our bucket, or our rope won’t reach far enough and we are left thirsty.

The hexagram is made up of an upper trigram of Wind and lower trigram of Water.  Wind has the energy of deep yin, which gives a natural impetus that moves us from a solid base, like a plant growing through the soil, drawing it’s nourishment from the water it finds along the way.  Water has the energy of middle yang, a natural energy pushing forth, a great inner strength and boundless source of power.  Middle yang can also represent water in the form of ice.  Remember that the planet Haumea has a thin coating of ice?  Also her Moons are icy, probably split off from her surface during a collision with another planet or comet.   Ice is a form of water that meets with obstruction or entrapment.  The only way to get free is to melt.  If we are frozen and hard we are like death.  If we are soft and yielding we are like life.  When we look at the hexagram through the two trigrams – Wind and Water – we can see that we develop a strong foundation from allowing the natural energy of water to nourish us.  In astrology, water is generally associated with emotions.


Haumea in the Spleen Centre

Gate 48 is in the Spleen Centre, so we can expect that Haumea has something to do with our body awareness and how we use it to create harmony, beauty and balance.  It’s a deep awareness of the patterns of life and how they can support the common good.  It plays out in our lymphatic system, affecting our health and wellbeing, and our enthusiasm to share what we know without fear of feeling inadequate.  When we allow ourselves time to connect deeply with what nourishes us, we lose our fear that we will ever have to do without or that nourishment will not be there when we need it.  This gate also represents tuning into a body knowing that supports us to have mental clarity.  The wind and wood trigrams suggest a connection between the mind and emotions and how they impact on our health at the physical level.

Gate 48 has a lot to do with managing resources, which is interesting, given that the opposite gate – 21 in the Heart Centre – is about how we manage our resources.  The gate that forms a channel with Gate 21 – Gate 45 – represents the overlord, who is also a character in the story of Gate 48.


The Astrology Of Haumea

Keep in mind what you’ve just read about Haumea in the Human Design chart and have a look at what Nick Anthony Fiorenza says about Haumea based on her orbital cross:

” ….. brings attention to the waters of life and to the purity of our body fluids, especially our “lymph,” which means Flowing Spirit of the Living Waters of Life …..   also to body fluids, especially water’s relationship to the purification of the physical vehicle and the body’s requirement for refined life force energies to express through the fluids molecular matrix …..  to our blood, sacred sexual fluids (semen and clitoral ejaculate), and saliva, as well as to the types of fluids that we bring into our bodies.

The purity and movement of the lymph and blood is not only essential for the elimination of toxins, but is also required for the transference of subtle light energies of cosmic intelligence (our soul’s essence) to express through our genetic coding. The more light we express the truer we express the vibrancy of our souls, and the more life giving spirit substance we embody. This is why peoples throughout history have sought Living Water–healing springs flowing endlessly from the ground of their own accord, water said to bring immortality–the word immortality here meaning “not being subject to premature degeneration and death.”

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Philip Sedgwick suggests that Haumea gives a soulful confidence and unshakeable personal inner knowing, restoring a rock solid integrity.  Her negative expression may include being insecure, dramatic and attention seeking, and using the energy of others to her own benefit (non-paid volunteers, devotees, etc).

Kirsti Melto has suggested there may be a connection to tsunami’s.  Haumea was discovered 2 days after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed over 200,000 people.  In the discovery chart of Haumea she forms a tight conjunction with asteroid 8543 Tsunemi, and although the asteroid was named after a scientist, it is said that the sound of names can carry the meaning of a word they closely resemble.

Mark Edmonds Jones writes in his book of the Sabian Symbols, for Haumea’s discovery position:

“This is a symbol of man’s reassurance through the presence of the beautiful and the good in every least promising form of human relationship.  People are disposed kindly toward their fellows, but there is no growth in the mere rhythm of everyday routine, and human individuality knows it must be up and at the the business of selfhood whether constructively or otherwise.  Implicit in the the symbolism is the challenge to rise above childish things while yet clinging to childlike ways.  The keyword is enchantment.  When positive, the degree is a consistent simplicity of character which enables anyone to maintain his touch with a transcendental magic of being, and when negative a constant and idle daydreaming.