Yesterday we briefly mentioned that there’s a conjunction happening, between the mighty planet Mercury and a new little world called 1992 QB1, orbiting in the Kuiper Belt just beyond Pluto. Over the years I’ve been developing the theme of the Thresholder associated with this planet: one who helps others move into a new phase of their lives, or cross a boundary of some kind.
I include among these people midwives, those who assist others in the dying process, certain highly conscious sexworkers, sex therapists, ‘tantric’ teachers and orgasm coaches. There are therapists, astrologers and others who work with people in talk process I know who would qualify for this distinction — of holding space and providing some form of guidance or example to facilitate actual transition in the lives of those whom they serve.
QB1 remains an unnamed planet; despite having a minor planet catalog number (15760), it still has its provisional name. Every new discovery gets one of those tags with the year and phase of the year when the discovery happened (Chiron’s was 1977 UB), though once their orbit is confirmed and they are given catalog numbers, many of these discoveries are named sooner rather than later. It’s unusual that QB1 has no mythological baggage.
This is particularly true given that it holds such a truly special place in astronomy — it was the first orbiting body discovered beyond Pluto, and as such, it was scientific evidence of the existence of a vast field of space where many such planets exist. There are now hundreds known; you’ve heard of many here: Varuna, Quaoar, Eris, Salacia, Logos.
QB1 helped us cross the threshold of seeming death (as defined by Pluto), and moreover, the thought form of death, opening a new dimension of what is possible when we go beyond this tired old idea that whoever kills the most people wins the game and gets the biggest appropriation from Congress. This is an idea that has driven modern society for many decades, and which still has countless millions of people wrapped around its ugly finger.
That finger gestures in more than death threats. It stalks sexual pleasure with obliteration by guilt. It is a constant menace to the eminently natural experience of childbirth, terrorizing midwives and doulas, cutting off their funds (by using the insurance system as a weapon against them many different ways) and forcing people to be born into cold, hostile places, ushered by scalpels and forceps rather than by loving hands.
And in our era, even natural death comes under assault by legislators who are rented by the funerary industry, who then make laws banning home funerals and legislating that people must be buried in metal vaults rather than simple, biodegradable containers.
Those who dare to do things differently are Thresholders. It is their ability to help others make transition the way that works best for them, that gives them this distinction. Yet it’s also the willingness to transgress the prevailing conventions and the rules of society that makes them what they are. Any Thresholder takes a risk in helping with the transitions that they do, so that willingness to dare to cross a known boundary is essential to the concept. Often there is a personal risk in doing so. What they do may not be illegal but it often exists on a legal margin, and a margin of social acceptability. Yet deep beneath any seeming controversy there is a deep need, and a craving.
Today Mercury is conjunct 1992 QB1. The implication is that the qualities of this QB1 are available as ideas, speech or communication that has the effect of helping others move past a boundary or a block, or through a transformation process. Ideas can be powerful, especially if they violate a taboo and in the process, help set someone free. They have the power to propagate at no cost to anyone, seemingly with lives of their own.
Ideas are often considered dangerous; we are well into the era of (alleged) thought crime and speech crime. All of this money and energy that’s being spent policing the Internet is being used to scour for concepts, and many that are considered the most violative involve sexual taboos. Yet there is a reason for this — the healing power of words spoken and ideas shared, while often minimized by those who would advocate only for ‘real’ things, is potentially profound.
The message I am getting from the Mercury-1992 QB1 conjunction is a reminder to be open to the conversation that has to happen but which so rarely does. Those who help hold that space open are indeed Thresholders. Those who are willing to violate the taboo of lies, secrets and silence, and allow honest speech and exchange of information, particularly about anything related to birth, orgasm, death and our relationship to the cosmos, are honored as Thresholders here in this fleeting moment of astrology.
While we’re here, listen for the message or idea that might set you or someone else free. Hold open the space for people around you to share by your willingness to listen and your nonjudgmental attitude.