Back in March 2004, NASA announced it might have discovered a new planet in our solar system. The last time astronomers and astrologers got so excited was when Pluto was discovered in 1930. Sedna was actually discovered back in November 2003 but was officially confirmed in the press on March 15, 2004.
Since then, I have had numerous people ask me if, each time a new planet is discovered, astrological books have to be rewritten. A perception exists that the discovery of a new planet throws everything out of whack and is more of an aggravation than a cause for celebration. As at the scientific community is still debating whether or not Sedna is a genuine planet or an icy body. Certainly from an astrological point of view, it would be advantageous if it was decided that Sedna is a planet as icy bodies and asteroids are not nearly as influential in a chart. There has been some controversy surrounding the recent announcement that Pluto has been discovered to be an icy body and not a planet as originally thought. There is, however, much to reinforce Pluto's position astrologically through its discovery in 1930 coinciding with a global recession in 1929, the rise of fascism and World War Two and the discovery of nuclear power.
But back to my point earlier about perceived confusion. In short, having another planet to add to a chart is like having another piece of a jigsaw puzzle. The information provided by the presence of another planet can only add to or enhance the overall picture. But how do astrologers know what qualities to assign to a new planet or decide what it should represent? The answer is to look at what has coincided with the planet's discovery. When the pupil is ready, the master appears as the saying goes. When we discover a new planet, it is because we are ready to understand and utilise the learnings surrounding its discovery. Global events occurring at the same time often give us some clues to what the planet should represent.
If Sedna is officially deemed a planet, it will be the responsibility of astrological scholars worldwide to come to an agreement about precisely what Sedna should represent. However, such a decision is going to take a long time, possibly decades.
Soon I will explain more about the scientific community's thoughts about Sedna and the fascinating history surrounding its name!
Sedna is approximately 10 billion kilometers from Earth and has a temperature that does not rise above 400 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.
It resides in the Kuiper Belt, a distant ring of icy planetoid bodies that orbit beyond Neptune.
It has an erratic orbit approximately 10,500 years long.
Sedna will become brighter over the next 72 years before her orbit brings her back the outer reaches of space.