Astrological Musings

Rambling thoughts on Eris

posted some interesting links on which is evidently a quasi-pagan pseudo religion or a quasi-pseudo pagan religion, I can’t tell which. It may in fact be little more than a . Although this religion evidently began in the late 1950s, its first bible was published, not surprisingly, during the conjunction of Uranus/Pluto in 1965 that brought about a radical change (Uranus) in cultural norms that destroyed the status quo (Pluto) and brought new ways of thinking into the public arena. Religion was in flux and this time period also coincided with the birth of Anton LaVey’s “Church of Satan” in 1966. However, the Eris that is discussed in Discordianism lacks the truly dark face that is one side of the goddess Eris of Greek mythology. It is she, I believe, who will give us clues to Eris in the birthchart.

Eris may embody the principle that a small gesture can instigate a big chaos (she is after all referred to as the goddess of discord AND chaos. One tiny golden apple thrown into a wedding party began the biggest war in Greek history. Another interesting aspect to Eris is that her children (also known as the Plagues of Mankind) were born without fathers. Carlos Parada writes:

And when Eris and her children have made themselves at home, Lawlessness [these are the names of the children of Eris] takes over, and simple Quarrel ends in Murders, and Disputes feed in Lies, and Oath comes to trouble the forsworn, and Battles and Fightings ensue, leading the whole community to Ruin and filling it with Sorrows, Toil and Famine.

Pretty grim stuff. Somewhere in here though is the light of transformation.

Zane Stein is a noted astrologer who […]

By | 2006-09-17T14:50:00+00:00 September 17th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rambling thoughts on Eris

The astrology of Eris, the newest planet

ErisAlong with the elevation to Planethood of 2003 UB313 (formerly known as Xena) now comes an official name: Eris, named after the Greek goddess that set off the Trojan war by throwing the golden apple into the circle of goddesses that would ultimately be for the fairest of them all. The goddesses (Athena, Aphrodite and Hera) competed for the apple, and the Trojan war was the famous result. Eris is a troublemaker: the goddess of strife and discord, and her Roman name was Discordia.

The tenth planet is aptly named, because her discovery led to a great deal of discord and turned the world of astronomy on its ears and led to the declassification of Pluto. Now Eris, Pluto and Ceres all rule jointly in their new classification as “dwarf planets.” has a great assortment of stories from the myths about the nature of Eris from which the stories below have been taken.

Eris is a sister of Ares, the god of war, and as a nurse to dying soldiers she has been known to fill their hearts with hate and the desire for revenge. Aeschylus says, “discord is the last of the gods to close an argument.” Eris is likely to rule over the domain of revenge which has previously fallen under Pluto’s realm. The role of Eris in the Trojan War did not begin from spite but from wounded feelings since Eris was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. So Eris is concerned with wounds to the ego that result in a disturbed psyche.

Hesiod saw a more positive side to Eris:

She pushes the shiftless man to work, for all his laziness. A man looks at his neighbour, who is […]

By | 2016-09-09T09:30:48+00:00 September 15th, 2006|Planets|Comments Off on The astrology of Eris, the newest planet

Greetings from Mount Olympus!!

(Washington, that is.) I can totally see why the Greek gods chose to live in the highest mountains – the stark majesty of these places are just incredible. We have seen things of such a tremendous scale over the past few days on our journeys through Olympic National Park. We went up to the top of Hurricane Ridge and viewed the panorama of the mountain range from the top of the ridge. These mountains are ONLY 55 million years old, much younger than, say, the Rockies at 500 million years. The scope of time that this landscape suggests is just mind boggling.

The Hoh rainforest was another incredible place – magical ferns cover virtually everything, including the ancient spruces and cedars that are over 200 feet tall and some over 500 years old. The principle of death and regeneration is so obvious here – old trees die and fall to the ground where they often provide sustenance for new trees which actually grow out of the old log. The trees to the right have grown out of this kind of “nurse log” as it’s called, and four huge spruce trees have sprung from one fallen log. It’s really amazing and gives you a glimpse into the wonder and magic of the process of life.

We couldn’t believe our luck when driving down the main road in the rainforest we saw a herd of the Roosevelt Elk that make the Olympic Penninsula their home. We have our own herd of deer that make a home near Rich’s garden so we aren’t easily impressed, but these majestic elk were so regal and unafraid of humans. Although they aren’t tame (you can’t pet them), they’re […]

By | 2006-09-15T00:57:00+00:00 September 15th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Greetings from Mount Olympus!!

Edgar Cayce on Planetary Reincarnation

I found about Edgar Cayce and astrology linked to the forum. I am particularly interested in the comments about the afterlife realms:

Reality is multi-dimensional. We are multi-dimensional beings who exist simultaneously in a multi-dimensional reality. Long ago, our bodies evolved from primates. Even longer ago, our minds evolved from the stars. But before the universe was even created, our spirits have always existed as part of the divine in even higher dimensions. At the conscious (physical) level, our bodies are like a miniature replica of the solar system. Our hearts perform the function of the sun – the center of the system. Other organs within our body are also used by our souls to find a means of expression. The planets exert astrological vibrations upon our bodies that influence our personalities and soul patterns. At the subconscious (soul) level, the solar system is our larger body. We are connected to the planets, the stars, spiritual realms and entities. On the superconscious (spirit) level, we are one with the Whole. At this level, we are on a conscious level with all there is – the divine.

… Cayce revealed that our life experience involves more than just the earth. It involves our entire solar system. Through the principles of astrology, each solar system in the universe is like a “university” – a place for higher learning. Our solar system has nine planets and each planet is a physical representation of a particular afterlife realm (or dimension). Our universe is only one realm out of many afterlife realms. Our universe (including the earth) is the third realm in the afterlife hierarchy and represents three-dimensional life.>Because […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:58:53+00:00 September 12th, 2006|Consciousness, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Edgar Cayce on Planetary Reincarnation

Mt. St. Helens: the Pluto/Ceres connection?


Rich and I are riding back from a visit to the Mt. St. Helens volcano, giving me a chance to catch up on my blogging. It was a powerful experience to witness firsthand the devastation imposed by nature, and still more powerful to see how nature has bounced back with the creation of new lakes and an even greater variety of flora and fauna. After the eruption of the volcano in 1980, every living thing around it was destroyed in ten minutes. Old growth forests of trees over 120 feet tall were decimated and the hillsides were barren as the result of the smoking lava ash. Today, 26 years later, there are new lakes, new species of birds and frogs that could not have surived in the old ecosystem. The entire area has been reborn.

As Rich peered endlessly into the smoking crater I found myself pondering the symbolism of Pluto’s destruction and regeneration and Ceres, the goddess of vegetation that fills the earth with the bounty of living organisms to nurture and nourish the planet. Since Pluto’s reclassification and the introduction of Ceres I have felt that there was some symbolism around the pairing of Pluto and Ceres. Pluto’s reign in Planethood marked the most violent century in human history. In mythology, Pluto ruthlessly ruled over the underworld, judging the dead and sending them to their post-life destiny. Pluto’s astrological influence over death and rebirth does not respond to our pleas for mercy; the cycle of life goes on uninterrupted by human desire. Perhaps it’s the influence of Ceres that instigates the regeneration that follows Pluto’s destruction and keeps the lifecycle flowing and fresh with hope.

By | 2006-09-11T00:51:00+00:00 September 11th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mt. St. Helens: the Pluto/Ceres connection?
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