Helios on Albion (1992 QB1)– Here we are at last, y’all: The final named Transneptunian. I saved the best for last, and aside from being the last… she’s also the very first who was ever discovered! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I give you our beloved Space Mom, Queen of the Outer Rim of our Solar System… Albion!
The Astronomy– 15760 Albion, provisional designation 1992 QB1, was the first trans-Neptunian object to be discovered after Pluto and Charon. It was discovered in 1992 by David C. Jewitt and Jane X. Luu at the Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii. After their discovery, they dubbed the object ‘Smiley’. It is a “cold” classical Kuiper belt object and gave rise to the name cubewano for this kind of object, after the QB1 portion of its designation. Decoding its provisional designation, “QB1” reveals that it was the 27th object found in the second half of August of that year. As of January 2018, over 2,400 further objects have been found beyond Neptune, a good number of which are classical Kuiper belt objects.
The Myth– This minor planet was named after Albion from the complex mythology of English poet and painter William Blake (1757–1827). Albion is the island-dwelling primeval man whose division resulted into The Four Zoas: Urizen, Tharmas, Luvah/Orc, and Urthona/Los. The name Albion itself derives from the ancient and mythological name of Britain. The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on January 31st, 2018 – it was normally referred to simply as “QB1”, even though this was technically ambiguous without the year of discovery.
In the mythical story of the founding of Britain, Albion was a Giant son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. He was a contemporary of Heracles, who killed him. Albion founded a country on the island and ruled there. Britain, then called Albion after its founder, was inhabited by his Giant descendants until about 1100 years before Julius Cæsar’s invasion of Britain, when Brutus of Troy came and defeated the small number of Giants that remained (as a group of the Giants had killed all the others). The long, unfinished poem properly called Vala, or The Four Zoas expands the significance of the Zoas, but they are integral to all of Blake’s prophetic books.
Blake also uses the name Albion in its traditional meaning, as an ancient synonym for Britain, in his poem “A Little Boy Lost” in Songs of Experience. The poem tells about a young boy who, using reason, realizes that humans are selfish, and that “naught loves another as itself”. He asks the priest: “Father, how can I love you / or any of my brothers more? / I love you like the bird that picks up crumbs around the door”. The priest accuses the boy of blasphemy, and burns him “in a holy place / where many had been burned before”. Blake concludes the poem by asking: “Are such things done on Albion’s shore?”.
The division of the primordial man is found in many mythic and mystic systems throughout the world, including Adam Kadmon in cabalism and Prajapati in the Rig-Veda
Why She Matters– SHE’S THE GODDAMN MOTHER OF THE ENTIRE TRANSNEPTUNIAN FAMILY THAT’S WHY SHE GODDAMN MATTERS! I love Albion. I loved her all those years she was 1992 QB1. She waited for her turn at a name for 26 years, while all her children were named before her. All that time, she was shunted and pushed aside. I covered her before, back in the Shameless Astro days, and connected her to figures like Malala Yousafzai. Think of her as Uranus in drag, only not an emotionless maniac- Uranus led by a heart instead of cold and callous intellect. She is awakening, she is kindness, acceptance, and she is the pursuit of what is right- no matter what.
Albion represents the absolute best of us, the ideal we should all strive to embody within our reality. She is the force of awakening that was once linked to the “Indigo/Crystal/Golden Children” phenomenon of the 1990s. And let me go on a tangent here- I find it incredibly assholish of the previous generations (notably Pluto in Leo) to shove a rhetoric down the throats of the Pluto in Scorp generation that we were special, would grow up to create a kinder world of acceptance and understanding, AND THEN WHEN WE ACTUALLY GO AROUND DOING IT THE VAST MAJORITY OF YALL LOSE YOUR DAMN MINDS AND GO FULL ON RACIST ASSHOLES CALLING US INCOMPETENT SNOWFLAKES OR LIBTARDS LEADING TO FUCKING TRUMPISM AND BECOMING CONCENTRATION CAMP APOLOGISTS. Fuck. Did you think that we weren’t listening to y’all and absorbing all of that when we were growing up? We are literally out here fulfilling the destiny you wrote for us and the vast majority of y’all need to shut up and let us bring it home. You have become the very forces you once warned us against AND THAT IS WHAT BREAKS OUR HEART. You taught us to be kind, accept and respect others, and welcome others, and now that all flies out the window because they’re not fucking white or come from a different country than you? Make no mistake, the force that holds back the counter-revolution of MAGA bullshit isn’t fear or weakness, it is the love that we still have for the people who we saw descend and turn into monsters before our very eyes.
Speaking of monstrous ideals, this is not the first time Albion has been linked to this sort of mentality. Students of history will note the connections to Nazi Germany and Hitler’s pursuit of an Aryan ideal, Aryan being a mythical race of white Supermen from a mythologized lost homeland. They represented the best of what they believed they could be, and used that story to justify the slaughter of millions who didn’t fit that ideal. It was a corruption of Albion. Again, we see the rise of a belief in white supremacy and Nazism resurgent in the modern era. Again we see the demonization of the “other”. We see women oppressed, people of color killed for the crime of existing, the LBGT community hunted and erased from history…. It makes me sick.
Pluto in Scorpio kids, our space mom cries for us to stand up and do something about it. This is not the future we wanted nor the one we were promised, but it is our responsibility to take action to right the wrongs we are subjected to- even more so if we are not the ones in the crosshairs. This is our fight now, and its more than hearts and minds we need to change. Our battlefield is both within and without, and its time we take up the mantle. She is a force to be reckoned with, and so are we.
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 of the next page, there will be a menu of additional objects. Under that is a blank space where you can enter the number 15760, for Albion. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Albion affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!
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