I hope you are enjoying today's Mercury sextile Jupiter. Our ideas are flowing with our luck today, so we can expand our lives in new ways by reaching out in our communications.
And Jupiter is also square his higher octave, Quaoar, challenging us to find a practise to facilitate this expansion. We need to be present and active in this expansion process, to infuse it with spirit, and then we will be able to raise this lucky break into a golden opportunity.
The Impossible Ring
This Jupiter square has brought a surprising new discovery about Quaoar into our consciousness. At a distance of about seven times the planet's radius sits a ring. And while a number of planets have rings, as you can see in the above image (from Nature.com), Quaoar's ring is unique because a ring circling at this distance should still be stuck together as a moon.
This discovery throws scientists existing theories about the formation of moons and rings up in the air. The theory was that there was a distance, called the Roche Limit, within which tidal gravitational forces will pull a moon apart into a messy pile of debris as the gravity of the planet exceeds the gravity required to hold the smaller moon together.
Outside this limit, the theory went, any debris should, in just a few decades, start clumping together and become a moon. Quaoar's ring is about three times the Roche limit, which has left scientists scratching their heads.
One possible explanation is that the rubble that makes up the ring is, for some reason, more likely to bounce off each other than stick together. Another is that Quaoar's moon, Weywot, who sits outside the ring, is providing gravitational perturbations that keep the collision speed in the ring high enough to prevent clumping.
Whatever the scientists decide, we know that the physicality of a planet gives us one way of understanding the astrological meaning. Rings talk of limits, so Quaoar pushes the limit out further than any other planet, which is very appropriate for the higher octave of Jupiter. It tells us that much more is possible with this astrological energy, but that this greater opportunity is still practically bounded. And it has a form which is dynamic and energetically shaped by the interaction of its parts.
Which brings us full circle to the myth, in which Quaoar sings and dances the world into existence. And it is worth remembering that in this myth - which comes from the Tongva people, who are indigenous to the Los Angeles area - Quaoar is a primal non-gendered energy, who works together in a playful way with its creations to shape our reality.
If you want to study this seemingly impossible dynamic energy in your own life, join our Quaoar 101 course which starts in two weeks. Jump in to understand how you can push the limit further with Quaoar than with any other planetary energy.
And our first Community Program Zoom is today, so if you haven't enrolled already, it is too late to participate live. But you can still join and catch the recording and all the introductory videos for the dwarf planets. These are posted just before the start of each course throughout the year.
And for those who have completed eight or more courses at the Uni, our first Graduate Gathering for the year is at the end of next week! As well as sharing our discoveries over the break, we have a couple of awesome transits to look at: Haumea will be closely bi-quintile her lower octave Neptune, while Makemake is closely bi-quintile his lower octave Uranus. These evolutionary flows are opportunities to integrate both the mental and the psychic octaves so we can access them, and we'll discuss what this means in our personal lives.
Join us on the Quaoar course or the Community Program if you are able, and thanks for your work on-boarding these new consciousness energies.
Love and laughter
Alan Clay’s sensitive, cutting edge wisdom and the community sharing make the classes on the Dwarf Planets compelling and profound. They are as much an exploration as a revelation. Not only mentally stimulating, they are a deep dive into each of our psyche and growth experience. I love them and am looking forward to more. - Karen La Puma, Astrologer, Counselor, Speaker.