TNO Watch: Haumea

YES! I have been WAITING for the right opportunity to do Haumea, and this is now it!

The Astronomy– Haumea, minor-planet designation 136108 Haumea, is a dwarf planet located beyond Neptune’s orbit. It was discovered in 2004 by a team headed by Mike Brown of Caltech at the Palomar Observatory in the United States and independently in 2005, by a team headed by José Luis Ortiz Moreno at the Sierra Nevada Observatory in Spain, though the latter claim has been contested. On September 17, 2008, it was recognized as a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and named after Haumea, the Hawaiian goddess of childbirth. Haumea’s mass is about one-third that of Pluto, and 1/1400 that of Earth. Although its shape has not been directly observed, calculations from its light curve indicate that it is a triaxial ellipsoid, with its major axis twice as long as its minor. Its gravity is thought to be sufficient for it to have relaxed into hydrostatic equilibrium, making it a dwarf planet. Haumea’s elongated shape together with its rapid rotation, high density, and high albedo (from a surface of crystalline water ice), are thought to be the consequences of a giant collision, which left Haumea the largest member of a collisional family that includes several large trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) and Haumea’s two known moons, Hiʻiaka and Namaka. For more on this, see here. Haumea is an extremely interesting saga, and I’d love to talk about her ad infinitum, but I do loathe these crazy long posts as much as you guys do.

The Myth– Haumea is the goddess of fertility and childbirth in Hawaiian mythology. She is the mother of Pele, Kāne Milohai, Kā-moho-aliʻi, Nāmaka, Kapo, and Hiʻiaka, among many others. Except for Pele, who was born the normal way, her children were born from various parts of her body. From her head, for example, were born Laumiha, Kaha’ula, Kahakauakoko, and Kauakahi. She was a powerful being, and gave birth to many creatures, some after turning herself into a young woman to marry her children and grandchildren. She was finally killed by Kaulu. The Hawaiian goddess is not to be confused with a Māori god named Haumia or Haumia-tiketike, the god of wild plants and berries; he is the god of wild food, as opposed to (his brother) Rongo, the god of cultivated food. Honestly, go look into polynesian mythology, it is goddamn fascinating.

The Astrology– Okay, so here’s the thing. Haumea is mostly exclusively described as a creation goddess, one who births reality into form. I love her. She is amazing. She is a true and shameless expression of the sacred feminine, and is currently in sync with Huya. She has a lot of connection to her daughter Pele, goddess of volcanoes and destruction. Haumea is the other side of the equation, balancing the destruction of lava with the creation of new land and rich, fertile soil to grow and nourish life. She represents the dichotomy of Healer and Destroyer, but she is firmly on the side of Healer while accepting the truth and necessity of both. Both Healer and Destroyer are necessary for progess, the old must be destroyed so that there is room for new to be created, but the sacrifice of what is lost with destroyer must be honored. The building blocks of the new creation come from the ashes of what is destroyed. Conservation of matter and energy is the truth of Haumea. Nothing is ever truly lost with her, it carries over in the new creation. And that is the truest magic there is.

Currently Haumea is rolling through Libra (ugh), and is about2/3 of the way through. How does she play out in your life? To find out where she shows up in your chart, go to astro.com, put in your birth details and in the extended options, all the way at the bottom, there will be a menu of additional objects.  Under that is a blank space where you can enter the number 136108, for Haumea.  Once you have it entered, generate the chart!  Where does Haumea affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!

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