Haumea: The Goddess of Ecology is Rising


The first new moon on January 6th places dwarf planet ‘Haumea’ at 26-degree Libra, exactly conjunct the ascendant.

Haumea is rising… and as the Goddess of ecology, fertility and sacred birth, we need her more than ever.

January 6th is also ‘Epiphany’ in the Christian Calendar. The word Epiphany means “to bring light” or “to make manifest”. On the first new moon of the year, on the day of the manifest light on earth, it is Haumea who is ascending, illuminating her teaching and highlighting the themes for the coming year.

Working with the vibration of Haumea may enable us to more deeply understand the inter-connection of life and show us that the missing link does not reside in thinking our way out of the problem but exists inside of us, as part of us, the part that connects us to the web of life- not as stewards and agents but as integral and non- divisible from the earth and her processes.

While we consider that the earth is a separate being that needs to be managed by political policy or agenda driven legislation, we can never fully experience union with her, or ourselves.

We are the earth… and while three and half hundred years of enlightenment thought may have conditioned us into believing that we are separate from the earth, and that our bodies are nothing more than material biological processes- machines, and that the earth is a resource to be managed and exploited, it is time let that story die and rebirth a new story.

Haumea teaches us that the earth is not a problem to be solved, and when we recognize that we are involved in the same biological/ecological process, we awaken to our place in the web of life and recognize that true change begins within. Connecting with the processes of life within ourselves and understanding our relationship with the earth and cosmos beyond, we can no longer be victims in a dying system, waiting for the end. We are agents every step of the way.

In astronomy, Haumea resides in the Kuiper belt and is roughly the same size as Pluto. As one of the fastest rotating large objects in our solar system, Haumea is a fast spinning dwarf planet with moons and rings- the rings only being discovered in 2007. Haumea herself was discovered in 2003.

What was birthed in human consciousness with the discovery of Haumea in 2003? To understand this the mythology of the Goddess after whom the dwarf planet was named can shed some light.

Haumea is sacred birth- She is the Hawaiian ‘Goddess of Childbirth’, an epithet given due to her profound knowledge of the birthing process, not only of the physical body and the soul but with the biological/ecological relationship with life and life processes. Haumea is said to have earned her title of Goddess of fertility and childbirth when she saved a laboring woman from a C- Section applying the correct healing herbs instead. She is also ‘The Goddess of Ecology’ with a natural wisdom of the healing powers of plants and herbs, the sacred waters of life, and of the natural processes.

Haumea constantly changes herself from old to young through a process of death and rebirth; in this way, she is connected to the deepest secrets of regeneration and renewal. She births children from other parts of her body, not just the womb- she births from the head, thighs and other limbs suggesting that she hold the key of shamanic wisdom of cell regeneration.

Working consciously with Haumea promotes the acceleration of energy for the purposes of healing, purification and regeneration. She is dynamic in cutting through old stagnant patterns of a lower vibration, infusing the system with energy and movement to release the old and outmoded and make way for the new.

Haumea facilitates a rebirth of consciousness. Our essence can become distorted and blocked by psychic emotional and astral forces that keep us tied to negative ways of being and believing in the illusions of the world. These blocks cause congestion in the energy body and build up toxicity that is expressed physically or emotionally and is reflected in our relationships and state of our environment.

Haumea is integral and not separate from the land of all living beings in one great holistic eco- system and reminds us of the web of life and the sacredness of all life. We are sacred. The Earth is sacred… neither human beings nor the Earth are problems to be managed- it is all part of the same flowing process of life and regeneration that is to be experienced and participated in.

 Haumea helps us to recreate from our primal and original attributes, she helps us to reactivate our essential energy and raw vitality and teaches how to plug into this well spring. Haumea says that we can redefine ourselves repeatedly, a constant process of cellular rejuvenation and sculpting of our ‘Prima Materia’, with balance and poise.

Perhaps we can begin to move through these changes faster… whereas before people would be in therapy for years, sometimes, decades, this only showed that trying to fix things from cerebral processes alone was a very long way home. The power resides within- in our cells and in our ability to creatively imagine new ways of being. Handing responsibility for our health over to a system that still views the human body as a machine to be fixed rather than a vehicle of spirit is outmoded.

We get to define ourselves and take autonomy for the sacred act of becoming by unplugging our energy and power from external definition from artificial matrices.

Haumea, pronounced How-May-Ah, sounds a bit like “How May I”?

How may I serve? How may I play my part in evolving consciousness and real change that cuts through the limitations of the old paradigm?

For an astrological consultation on how Haumea spins in your life, I am available for Zoom sessions or in person.

Return of the Light: the Indwelling Presence

Shekinah, the Christed Female by Mary Angelico

‘Shekinah, the Christed Female’ by Mary Angelico

The return of the light is the return of the light in us through renewal, regeneration, letting go of the old ways of being, understanding the darkness, recognizing with compassion the places we have obscured our innate light, permitting ourselves to begin again… forgiving ourselves and others. Making choices about how we move in the world. Opening to receive the light and surrendering the ways that make us sick.

In the Jewish trajectory that developed after the close of the biblical canon, the Spirit of the Divine came to be spoken of in the feminine symbol of the ‘Shekinah’.

Shekinah, The Holy Spirit, is not a far removed abstract ideal of light, she is the indwelling light… light manifest in the material world, our bodies, our cells- she is the connection with Spirit and she dwells within.

The name Shekinah derives from the Hebrew verb ‘shakhan’, “to dwell” or ‘indwelling” a synonym for divine presence among the people (in contrast to male gods who ruled from the mountaintops or the high heavens).

Manifestations of the Shekinah as the source of vitality is often described by expressions of movement: “covering the earth like a mist or fire, radiant light that descends, radiance that flashes out in unexpected ways in the midst of a broken world. She was before the beginning, she moved throughout creation” (From Iris Stewart, Sacred Woman Sacred Dance).

Like the priestesses of Vesta (whose name also mean ‘to dwell’), whose feminine nature was dedicated to the purpose of bringing the fertilizing power of the goddess into effective contact with the lives of human beings, Shekinah sent her priestesses out to invite the people to come to her. (Nancy Qualls-Corbett).

In ancient Sumer, the first recorded writer, Enheduanna, a woman born over two thousand years before Christ, speaks of a deity who infuses the earth with her light:

“Lady of all essences, full of light,
God woman clothed in radiance
whom heaven and earth love,
you wear great ornaments”.



Chariklo: The Gift of Love.

Water Fae and Merfolk by AvantFae

‘Water Fae and Merfolk’ by AvantFae

At the last new moon, and for a while to come, Chariklo is at 17 degrees Capricorn, closely conjunct Pluto at 19 degrees Capricorn. This is no brief liaison, no hit and run… these two are in it for the long haul, each a powerful agent for change in human consciousness.

Chariklo stays close to Pluto right up to and through the much-anticipated Saturn/Pluto conjunction beginning in January 2020.

A female centaur and the wife of Chiron in Greek mythology, Chariklo exists as a dwarf planet somewhere between Saturn and Uranus. Discovered in 1997, she is a relatively newcomer on the cosmic stage- at least as far as human consciousness is concerned. Whenever a celestial body is discovered, it coincides with a previously unrealized aspect of human consciousness that is now ready to be integrated. Accordingly, the appropriate conditions are presented in the world psyche, and on the world stage so that can happen.

This process is often not without disruption and when heavy weights like Pluto and Saturn are involved the stakes are high.

Chariklo is a divine goddess archetype; her name is from the Greek word, ‘chari’ which means grace, and ‘klo’ which means spinning. It is said that Chariklo weaves grace into creation.

As the wife of the great wounded healer himself, Chiron, working with Chariklo can connect us with how we heal the masculine in our life, either the outer masculine through our relationships with men, or our inner masculine- which of course reflect each other (see Marion Woodman’s ‘The Ravaged Bridegroom’ for an in-depth exploration of how this works).

In a culture that neither acknowledges the gifts of the feminine or appreciates the alchemical nature of the masculine/feminine union, these subtleties are often lost.

Women heal men, and men heal women, and each possess magical ways to do this.

On a socio-political level, it has been much noted and lamented that women’s work has gone relatively unnoticed and has not been fairly factored into the cheques and balances of the material world. Women’s work may never indeed be done but neither is it fairly acknowledged and in some countries the contribution of women is nothing more than slave labour.

With the pay gap still in existence in the West, this disparity is acutely felt by many as is the unacknowledged domestic output of women.

But what of the emotional and sexual healing that women administer for their husbands, partners, and friends on a regular basis? In psychology and psychoanalysis, it has been realised that women are often the emotional caretakers for their partners and family- this pattern often begins very early in a girl’s life- ‘mummy’s little helper’, ‘daddy’s little princess’ (I love you because you are sweet and pleasant).

Chariklo raises the question of how we take care of the masculine without harming ourselves. The ways in which we have been taught to serve men is greatly out of balance. As we have lost touch with our feminine power as women we have been forced to compensate by trying to fulfill an impossible social ideal that drains us and can leave us feeling bitter and resentful.

Chariklo knows of a different way. A way that can truly heal and honour the masculine, touching his heart, body and soul and elevating his spirit beyond the restrictive confines of an equally oppressive masculine cultural condition.

Chariklo’s gift teaches us that we are free to receive and surrender to the wisdom of the masculine and his ability to heal us, and at the same time serve the masculine- a symbiosis that facilitates a profound healing for both.

Chariklo is the feminine principle that can heal the wounded masculine not through judgement, criticism, rejection, and emasculation but through love, receptivity, compassion and a feminine wisdom that transcends duality.

She helps us to heal the core wounds of disconnection and separation transmuting them into a feminine Christ consciousness. She is one of the light bearer goddess archetypes and can deprogram our over-loaded, fragile minds returning us to a state of embodied mysticism- the mystery of spirit and matter. The body dies without spirit and the spirit is homeless without a body.

In her original form Chariklo is a water nymph who shapeshifts into a Centaur- a chimera of half woman, half horse. This blend tells us that she is still fully in touch with her primal instincts as well as her spiritual feminine essence. Her ability to shift from one state to another also reveals her shamanic abilities.

She is the receptive feminine principle, fluid and life giving in accordance with natural cycles, the moon, and the higher spiritual laws beyond man-made laws and desires. She does not judge. She is not Kali whose purpose, like Pluto, is to transform at all cost, rather her power is the power of love and a deep wisdom of the cosmic principles.

As the companion of both Athena and Vesta, Chariklo sits somewhere between the virgin solar goddess of wisdom and the sacred sexual priestess.

Perhaps in this time when we witness so much uncertainty and confusion about what it means to be man, what it means to be woman, and how we can harmonise our differences, the archetype of Chariklo may impart some precious wisdom.

If you would like an intuitive astrology consultation to discuss how Chariklo and other asteroid goddesses move in your life, please contact me to arrange a time on Zoom, or in person.

Chariklo’s Awakening

Nymph by Malissa

‘Water Nymph’ by Malissa

From the primordial waters, an answer
to a call from the great above
a vibration
a holy note
rippling through oneness
a clear pure intention
a cry to be whole.
She shaped herself woman and rose.
The King defeated in his land
limp and tired from sorrow’s arrow
needed Her-
Her ocean heart, Her fertile rain
to pour upon him the nectar of life
embalm his decaying flesh
and the wound that does not heal.
To moisten the seeds in his soul
the ones that forgot to grow
and the ones shrivelled by the burning Sun.
She spoke of the Moon
and Her mysteries
of constant change in eternal cycles
of life and death and life again.
There is nothing to doubt she whispered
surrender to my many faces
even though I may be terrifying
even though I may seem harsh
for in that terror and harshness
is the wonder of surrender
and the wonder of becoming.

And you, my king, are becoming
what the world needs.


Words inspired by the myth of Chariklo, the female centaur and wife of Chiron. Originally a water nymph she became, for a while, a centaur-half horse half human-to love the great wounded healer.