Normally you won’t hear a peep out of me about Eris – the “Pluto twin” discovered in 2005 – and there have been a few reasons for this.
She moves so slowly – in Aries since the 1920s – that has not seemed worth tracking. When she was first discovered, she was called Xena as a nickname (very Mars) and then the astronomer who discovered this dwarf planet actually wanted to call her PERSEPHONE.
Aka Mrs Pluto/the Queen of the Underworld and one of my favorite archetypes – this would have been a brilliant fit. Totally apt. But as there is already an asteroid Persephone (number 399) the name Eris – the Goddess of Discord – was given to her instead. But in my mind, this is Persephone and I have always gotten scrambled even thinking about Eris-Persephone.
But with Uranus charging up to travel alongside Eris/Persephone for basically two years, it is clearly time for a closer look. She is at 22/23 Aries until May 2019. Uranus makes it to 20 Aries mid-2015 and then to 22/23 Aries in May/June 2016, Sept-Oct 2016 and then again in March 2017.
But you can essentially count Uranus and Eris within orb from mid-2015 until mid-2017.
Persephone is in many ways the ultimate transformation vibe – she goes from innocent maiden (Kore) to the more empowered Lady of the Shadows, the Aphrodite of the Underworld. She goes (literally) through hell and comes out as the reigning Queen. Her journey echoes that of the great Babylon Goddess Ishtar.
Eris is another story – the perpetual bitchy witch at every wedding, jealous and spiteful.
My friend Rachel Stuart Haas sees her as being very Mars-Uranus, not so much jealous of anyone’s nuptials as just bored by the whole bourgeois theater and yes, with terrible P.R. advice. She does not come off well in any fairy tale.
And my friend Kim Falconer sees Eris as like the guest you don’t want to invite to your party/dinner table/wedding but actually you have to. A la embracing your shadow. From her amazing synchronities page.
“I am the Fairy Uglyane! Pray where are your King’s manners, that I have not been invited?”
Thanks to Walt Disney, almost everyone is familiar with the story of Sleeping Beauty. Although the highlights may be on Prince Charming, love’s first kiss, and happy ever after, the action of the tale, the event that really gets things started, comes from the curse of the uninvited guest–the 13th fairy. It is this neglected enchantress, disgruntled by being ignored, that causes the entire kingdom to fall into unconsciousness. What an interesting metaphor!
There is another tale that comes to us from Homer’s Iliad. Here it is the tempestuous goddess of strife, Eris, who has also been overlooked. When she fails to receive an invitation for the event that all the gods and goddesses are attending, she crashes the party. Eris then stirs things up by tossing a golden apple down the banquet table. Bouncing and crashing through the crystal and fine china, it ultimately falls to rest midway between Hera, Queen of the gods, Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. Around the golden apple is inscribed “for the fairest” and of course, each of the three deities reach for it.
Zeus, sensing trouble, quickly calls upon the young mortal Paris to decide which of the three goddesses deserves the apple–which is most fair. Paris may or may not have realized the dubious nature of this honor. In any case, it seems he had no choice. Each goddess paraded in front of him, as seen in the Rubens above, offering reward after her own fashion—Hera offered power, Athena offered strategy and Aphrodite offered the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen. Paris chose Helen and thus began the Trojan war.
The result of this event was the destruction of Troy (a synchronicity foretold by his mother’s dream) and enormous loss of lives all round. Helen and Paris had a very hard time, as did her Greek husband, Menelaus, and all because nobody thought to include the goddess Eris to dinner. In the words of Richard Idemon, ‘There is a message here.’ (Idemon, 1996)
The message has to do with the results of neglect and the kinds of synchronicities that may be evoked by the ‘Trickster’. This is not a reference to neglecting health, diet or exercise and then suffering the physical consequences. This is about neglecting the needs of our own innate energy, our inner world, and the results that oversight may bring.
If inner needs are ignored, we only have to look to fairy tales and myths to find out what can happen. In human nature, the worst punishment is ostracism and the outcome of such an exclusion, even self inflicted, is often self-destructive. The inner life of the psyche has its way of being felt, for better or for worse. One way an uninvited element of the unconscious may manifest in life is through dis-ease (strife) of a physical or emotional nature.
This can be experienced as a synchronicity, especially if the illness prevents forward movement, changing a job, relationship or location and forces one into self-reflection. Synchronicities may come at times when inner reflection is most needed.
Whether you think a la Persephone as i do or prefer to examine the myth of Eris for more insight, it’s clear that this planet meeting up with radical Uranus – the Trickster God and stirrer incarnate – is going to be interesting, especially for females role in society/culture, general emancipation from crap for every gender or identity and intensified pioneer activity.
So check YOUR Eris/Persephone – you can throw her into your chart on Astrodienst. Hint; She will be in Aries. We all have her in Aries BUT she could be considered more relevant if exact conjunct your Moon, Sun, Venus or similar.
AND then find where you have 22/23 Aries in your chart – that’s your liberation zone for the next few years.
OR just discuss Jungian-Underworldly-Bitch-Goddess themes – it’s a Full Moon Eclipse in Libra square Pluto and Easter – Resurrection is very much chic at the moment.
Finally: If all this sounds tres Lilith to you, you’re right – she was a Hebrew Goddess though. But also not invited anywhere – only she didn’t care.
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