Major discoveries in our understanding of the universe have coincided with events and new developments on Earth. Uranus was discovered in 1781. Uranus symbolically represents freedom, revolutionary and radical ideas, inventiveness, change, the lightbulb or eureka moment, lightning and electricity. It was discovered during major advancements in scientific methods and in the same decade as the discovery of Uranium, a previously unknown element named after the new planet. The planet Neptune was discovered in 1846. In astrology, Neptune rules illusions, delusions, dreams, imagination, alcohol, drugs and the unconscious. It was discovered at a time in the mid 1800’s with major developments in the invention of photography and film, anaesthetic and hypnotism. Pluto was discovered in 1930 along with Plutonium and the start of atomic research in the 1930’s. Symbolically it destroys in order to renew and rules death, destruction, rebirth, power all fitting symbols for the nuclear age.
Yesterday, as the Moon was eclipsed in Aries, there was a ground breaking announcement from Nasa – confirmation that they have found evidence of flowing water on the surface of Mars. This is a significant development from the “red planet”, falling on the same day as a blood red eclipsed Moon at 4 Aries conjunct the North Node at 0 Aries. Aries is ruled by the planet Mars and its colour is red. For their to be a major development in mankind’s understanding of Mars on the day of an Aries eclipse could not be more fitting. The presence of water mean that life is possible, a shocking discovery to a planet thought of as dry and barren. Yet there has always been hope of finding life on mars. Nasa stated in their press release:
“It took multiple spacecraft over several years to solve this mystery, and now we know there is liquid water on the surface of this cold, desert planet,” said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “It seems that the more we study Mars, the more we learn how life could be supported and where there are resources to support life in the future.”