Eris, the new planet...

By Arlan Wise - October 5, 2006

Astronomers gave the name Eris to the newly discovered planet previously known as UB313. Planets seem to be discovered when the collective unconscious is ready for them. Neptune heralded exploration by sea, Uranus coincided with the industrial revolution, and Pluto was discovered in the 1930s, along with depth psychology and atomic energy. What should we make of the fact that in Greek mythology Eris is the goddess of strife and discord? Her moon is named Dysnomia, the demon of lawlessness.

Eris is the one who started the Trojan War. She stirs up jealousy and envy to cause fighting and anger among men. In the astronomical world, Eris stirred up a great deal of trouble among the international astronomical community when the question of its proper designation led to a raucous meeting of the IAU in Prague. The best spin on Eris is that she fosters healthy competition.

She is on a 557-year orbit around the sun and is presently at 21 degrees of Aries. Where she sits in your chart may be a place of strife and discord. Take a look.

Remember, Mercury will be retrograde from Oct. 28 until Nov. 17.

Thursday, Oct. 5 Moon in Pisces, VC 4:33 pm. It's a planting day with a very fertile moon. Your mind is fertile too. Ideas come in images. Be careful with your words, you can hurt someone by using the wrong ones. Give to others today; write a check to support needy children. Take a walk by water, listen to the music it makes. Take a walk in the moonlight.

Friday, Oct. 6 Moon in Aries. Mars energizes this full moon in his sign by hovering nearby. Use the metaphor of the harvest moon to show the world what you've been working on. Use Mars' courage and directness to take that big step. Today is a day for action. Attack your inner demons with the same approach.

Saturday, Oct. 7 Moon in Aries, VC 4:05 pm. This is the weekend day when you will feel like being active. Do what must be done today since you won't be able to sit still. You'll do best when you work on your own, or when you enter into competition that challenges you. Watch your temper: it's ready to flare.

Sunday, Oct. 8 Moon in Taurus. This is the lazy, laid-back day of the weekend. You'll want to loaf around and stay close to home and be comfortable. It's a good day to putter in the garden, planning more bulbs for a spring surprise. It's a day to honor Venus. Make pleasure and beauty your priorities. Forget the diet today.

Monday, Oct. 9 Moon in Taurus, VC 1:07 pm. Make sure to get all your important work done in the morning. It's a good day to make aesthetic decisions both for home and the office/business. Use the afternoon hours for long business lunches and tea parties that promote your business.

Tuesday, Oct. 10 Moon in Gemini. Take advantage of the next few days' emphasis on air. Your communications will go well and you will find the right words you need to say what you need to say, Today is excellent for gathering ideas. You'll be able to think outside the box and find new solutions, Let the ideas come to you, but be sure to write them down.

Wednesday, Oct. 11 Moon in Gemini, VC 8:22 pm. Take yesterday's ideas and put them into words. See which ones you can use. Today is a good day for meetings, brainstorming, and all kinds of discussions. There will be a lot of talk today. Get it in writing if you want to make a deal. Get together with friends and talk tonight.

Thursday, Oct. 12 Moon in Cancer. Have a few patriotic thoughts on Columbus's real birthday. You'll have good, steady energy to accomplish a lot and to finish up old projects. Work on the undertakings that have the most personal meaning for you. Chiron turns into direct motion today, releasing the unconscious knowledge you need for healing. Pay attention to last night's and tonight's dreams.

Friday, Oct. 13 Moon in Cancer. Continue with yesterday's work, you can get good results. Look around your workplace and see what you can do to make it homier. Give some thoughts to what you want to buy to freeze and preserve for the winter. Make a list of errands to do tomorrow. There is very romantic energy tonight; take advantage of it.

Saturday, Oct. 14 Moon VC Cancer, enters Leo 2:38 pm. Do all the household errands and chores in the morning, Relax with family over a nice lunch. Once the moon enters Leo the energy picks up and you'll want to party. Go out and celebrate life. It's a party night!

Sunday, Oct. 15 Moon in Leo. Don't sit still, get involved in something creative. You need to express yourself today. Produce something or start a new artistic project. You'll be restless if you have to do what someone else tells you to do; you need to do your own thing.

Monday, Oct. 16 Moon in Leo, VC 5:01 pm. This is one of those exceptionally great workdays when what you do goes on to benefit you. It's also a great day if you need to be studying. You are now ready to present that idea, project, or piece of art that you've been working on for so long. Today is the day to sell it to the public.

Tuesday, Oct. 17 Moon in Virgo. There is a good workflow this week that will help you to launch your work. You can focus and use your energy well. Detail oriented Virgo moon does a spell check for you and you can fine-tune any little things. You'll have the confidence to say it's good enough.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 Moon in Virgo. The energies are still good for approval and acceptance of something you've worked on. You can't make it perfect and you need to let it go with love. It's a day to do your booking and catch up with the bills. Take a look at your finances and see what needs to be fixed.

Thursday, Oct. 19 Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 3:19 pm. You could fret the day away over things you could have done better. Use the time to clean up, do some filing, and go through the piles of printed matter to recycle. This will be a passionate evening for those in love.