Just when I thought I had nothing left to say about Sunday’s eclipse (I’ve been writing about it since Cosmic Confidential), I found the chart for Friday’s weekly horoscope and noticed that I have not mentioned Varuna anywhere. And I haven’t mentioned Eris, either.
The eclipse Sunday is conjunct Varuna. It is a two-degree conjunction — pretty close. It’s all the more significant in that Varuna is currently square Eris; that’s to say Eris is square the eclipse. Said another way, the eclipse alignment is Juno, Moon, Sun, Varuna (in a conjunction in Cancer) — square Eris (in Aries).
Varuna is a planet worth knowing about. Here is the Small World Stories writeup. Just reading the lead of that article, methinks, hmmmmmm gee whiz. I forgot about that. Here is a sample:
My keywords for Varuna include the great equalizer. Though it may not seem reassuring, he is often depicted carrying a noose. He warns us that life and death are under the purview of God, and we need to respect that and act ethically while we are on Earth. One of Varuna’s themes, both astrological and mythological, is the punishment of liars and those who do not honor contracts.
This being said, Varuna does not seem to be patriarchal or even domineering, but rather something that works on our own level and responds in a direct way to real human needs. I think of Varuna as a force that we invoke personally; we ask for the help of this seemingly invisible energy, and it responds.
So this eclipse is conjunct Varuna. As for a moment of backstory, Varuna was discovered in 2000 and was considered so significant that it was given minor planet number 20,000. It is named after the pre-Vedic god of law, order and justice. Properly it is referred to as (20000) Varuna. In case you like to get wonky about planets, its original designation was 2000 WR 106 discovered by a R. McMillan of Spacewatch Team (the guys who try to protect the Earth from asteroid impacts, so they spend a lot of time gazing into space). It is a classical Kuiper Belt Object, with an orbit of just over 282 years. That’s to say, it’s just outside of Pluto’s orbit.
Given the extent to which the eclipse is about shakeups and rearrangements in relationships, this involvement of both Varuna and Eris is pretty interesting. I could say a lot about this — I’m a little too fatigued to get too deep here but I want to point it out. My theory here is that we can do two things, in harmony with this astrology. One is that we can suspend and go beyond the power drama that characterizes so many relationships. This is the Varuna factor. The power drama often includes jealousy, as I elaborated in today’s edition. And jealousy, beyond being a ‘natural enough’ response, is often abused as a cudgel to pound one another into submission in relationships. Reading the signs and symbols I am here to tell you that there is an alternative.
Next: the square to Eris is about reintegrating a cast-off part of ourselves. I will leave you with an archive pick, called Calling Home the Castaway Woman. Note, this is premium content from 2008. This will give you a hint about Eris. The relationship to Varuna and the eclipse is: I think that jealousy is based on casting off part of ourselves, that then finds a home in a projection into someone else; and when that is threatened, we tend to go bonkers from jealousy.
Here is a little something more about that: an article from earlier in the year called The One and The Many. At the bottom of this article are links to many other resources, if you catch the wind of this theme over our total solar eclipse weekend.
Catch you soon.
love and lovingly —