With the huge advances in technology, astronomical knowledge of our Solar system and beyond is growing exponentially, presenting a multitude of new discoveries to challenge and enrich astrology. As passionately involved astrologers we keep track, incorporating our understanding and use of the new celestial discoveries in our Moon Calendars and Moon Diaries. The 'centaur' Chiron was our first. Recognized as an important indicator of healing potentialities by many astrologers it was included in our calendar and diary from early days. Chariklo, the first and for a long time only centaur named after a female deity, came next. Although astronomically interesting and the largest body in the centaur group, now numbering over two hundred, she has rather typically not been given much attention by astrologers.
In recent years more newly discovered objects are being given female names and named after goddesses and gods of indigenous people, rather than from the exclusively Greek/Roman pantheon as previously. This broadening of perspective has allowed for more detailed and in depth interpretations and has helped to shift our focus away from a narrow and oppressive patriarchal reality.
Our theme in 2014 was "Into the Unknown ~ Our expanding Solar System and Evolving Consciousness", where we looked at a number of 'dwarf' planets discovered orbiting in the Kuiper belt region around Pluto and even much further out in the region of the Oort Cloud. In the 2016 Moon Diary we include some of these as well as a couple of new centaurs and an extraordinary vortex in space known as the Great Attractor. Here is some information on their discovery, mythology and astrological meaning.