Those of us who have an interest in astronomy and astrology are aware of an accurate, though complex formula which predicts the presence and positions of planets in our solar system. It is based on the observed movements of bodies in space which we are already aware of. Pluto was discovered in 1930 based on this formula, and the movement of Neptune and Uranus outside the established parameters for a nine planet solar system have long suggested the presence of a tenth planet.
Most students of the occult and fans of science fiction have an at least rudimentary awareness of this tenth planet theory, or Planet X. In some myths, it is suggested to be a doom planet, a body with an extreme elliptical orbit which takes millions of years to complete and may have contributed to the destruction of the dinosaurs the last time it passed our orbit. Other myths suggest that there may be life on Planet X, far more advanced than ourselves. The potential planet is given great occult significance, said to hail a shift in psychic awareness in our species.
The Dogon Tribe of Mali, Africa (note the probably coincidental similarity to the word “Dagon” from the Cthulu Mythos) was once among the most advanced astrologers and astronomers on earth. Their history relates that before visitors from the Sirius star-system arrived and taught mankind about science and civilization (related, obviously, to the Atlantis myths and myths of other cultures), beings came from the tenth planet, Nibiru, home of a reptilian race as well as the Gods; Anunnaki, the Nephilim, the Elohim, etc. (Jehovah in pre-Biblical myth is a reptilian God). They created a slave race from the local animals through genetic manipulation and set up a space-port in the Iran-Iraq area (Sumer) before Sumerian Gods Enlil and Enki had enough and sent the Great Flood to wipe them out. Their remaining slave race formed the beginnings of the human species.
Now we have more than myth. In the past five years, two bodies have been found beyond Pluto. The first, discovered several years ago, is Sedna, a planetoid about half the size of Pluto. Its discovery helped re-ignite a debate as to what should qualify as a planet (in the debate, one side suggests that Pluto is itself too small and should be considered space-debris). Recently, a body larger than Pluto (large enough to be seen with a strong field telescope as a point of light) was discovered in the Kuiper Belt, which may have enough mass to account for the oddities in Neptune’s and Uranus’s orbits. In either case, this is a cause for both concern and celebration amongst occultists in favor of the Planet X myth. On one hand, according to the majority of the myths, the discovery of a tenth planet, while not Planet X, will herald the rise in psychic potential in man and the true beginning of the next age where this potential will result in a burst in creative activity and unity among mankind. It will also herald the coming return of Planet X, potentially a doom-planet, which the newly aware race of man will somehow have to deal with.
I am not what one would call an astrologer, but I do see some merit to the art and practice of astrology. After all, at one time there was no separation between astrology and astronomy, and we are all aware of the seeming accuracy in astrology in predicting personality types and the overall tone of history. Astrology is not something with which one should base their lives on, as some astrologers would suggest. Meteorology is itself a science which predicts the future, providing a glimpse of the potential environment, but leaves free-will in play when an individual makes a decision about how to live their day. Astrology should be seen in the same vein, a means to access the potential environment, not a definitive account of future events.
Given this, will astrologers now have to account for this new body in space? I would suggest that this would merely allow for an ever-more detailed and “accurate” reading, once the particular influence of these new bodies can be ascertained, but I might be wrong. Consider this; an astrologer in Moscow is suing NASA for the recent experiment which crashed a probe into passing comet. The astrologer claims that this collision resulted in a shift in the comet’s orbit which has thrown off all her charts, causing hours of recalculating and accessing. What then, would she make of this new object in the sky?
For me, the real excitement about this new object is in the over-all happenings in space exploration. It seems for years we went without any real progress in our reach for the stars. In the last several years, we have seen what could be called a flurry of activity; new rovers on Mars, comet probes, deep-space probes, orbiters sent to Venus, the International Space Station, and a renewed interest in putting men on the moon. It has been a long time coming, despite shuttle disasters and problems. The technology now exists for private citizens to travel to space. Space exploration offers a solution for numerous social woes: industrial, economic, medical, ecological, and others. A renewed focus on space could very well achieve the predictions of the Planet X myth, a higher awareness and the unification of mankind.
Allow me to leave you with another thought related to the tenth planet discovery. Lovecraft wrote of a dark planet on the edges of our solar system, in conjunction with the discovery of Pluto. He called the planet “Yuggoth” and suggested that it was an outpost of a star-fairing race which was interested in reviving the Old Ones, themselves interstellar travelers of immense power. Students of the Cthulu Mythos have seen parallels in the works of Lovecraft and others for years, and no doubt will see this is yet another verification of the truth hinted at by Lovecraft and the fabricators of the Necronomicon.
Perhaps “Yuggoth” would be an interesting, if ironic name for the new planet.