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posted August 24, 2009 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glaucus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I like this article on Makemake which is the 3rd largest dwarf planet after Eris and Pluto.

It is by Alison Chester-Lambert

The Meaning of the Dwarf Planet Named After Him

Easter Island`s history gives us some of the greatest mysteries known. Why did they carve over 800 giant statues and how did they feed thousand`s of people on a tiny island with no fresh water? Over the years `experts` have accused the beautiful and spirtual ancient Islanders of terrible acts of mindless ecocide. But they were all wrong. Makemake has come back to put this right, and help us understand the real truth.

Illustration by Robbi. Copyright. 07772 479380

Makemake the Dwarf Planet.

Possibly one of the biggest barriers to gaining public affection will be this planet`s name - people like to be able to pronounce a name confidently! But the name symbolises one of the biggest revolutions in astrology for centuries and those sort of shake-ups don`t come without a degree of hesitancy.

Early in the 21st century a big project to search for new planets began. It was headed by a maverick astronomer called Mike Brown and concentrated on the farthest known region of our solar system, the Kuiper Belt. Huge advancements in instrument technology had made this possible and the team were looking beyond Pluto in detail for the first time. The Kuiper belt is a donut shaped ring around the solar system and it contains thousands of objects from rocks to small planets.

One of the biggest events surrounding this project was the much publicised demotion of Pluto, as he was re-categorised a dwarf planet of the Kuiper Belt rather than the last member of the old solar system pantheon. The public responded to this announcement in the way that most people respond to Pluto; some celebrated the new potential, others felt real loss and went into mourning over it and others tried to cling to the old order and refused to acknowledge the change!

By the end of the project Mike Brown had re-written astronomy with the discovery of 4 new dwarf planets to add to the 2 or 3 we already had. But he also did something else; he broke centuries of strict tradition by naming the new planets after religions and mythology outside of the usual Greco-Roman choices. And in doing so he symbolised the biggest shift in religious and cultural dynasty since 3 astrologers rode into Jerusalem on camels and declared that a new star meant that a messiah had been born!

The names of two Polynesian deities were chosen and each introduces spiritual concepts that could not be accepted in the monotheism of the last 2,000 years, when a single god was worshipped. It is likely that this symbolises the close of a 2,000-year cycle and a return to spiritual understanding that reveres nature instead.

Creator God of Abundance, Competitivity and Fertility

Makemake was the chief creator god and Great Sea Spirit of Easter Island only; just 64 square miles of planet Earth. He was believed to be a deity of birth, sexuality and fertility so this choice was a natural one for Mike Brown who was filled with the joy and fecundity of his wife`s pregnancy at the time. It was also based on the planet`s discovery date which was Easter, exactly 283 years after the European discovery of this tiny, isolated island in the South Pacific Ocean.(1)

Easter Island is part of Polynesia, a race that lives on tiny islands of the vast Pacific Ocean. The Island is mid-way between the bulk of Polynesia and Chile, on the coast of South America. (You`d have to travel roughly 2,500 miles across the sea to reach either.) This mysterious little island, just 13 miles across is actually a huddle of 3 volcanoes that sit directly over a `hot spot` of a fault line in the earth`s crust and basically it could erupt or disappear at any moment.(2)

The indigenous people were wiped out by a European and Peruvian inspired holocaust in the 19th century. An entire population of tens of thousands died from European imported deadly diseases and the slave trade. Then missionaries arrived to `save` the remaining 150 Islanders, burning or destroying all the tablets inscribed with their ancient knowledge and condemning their pagan festivals and spiritual beliefs as wicked and evil.

There are contemporary writers who seek to use Easter Island as a metaphor for world ecological disaster by claiming that they savagely and mindlessly chopped down their last tree, but I think they are missing the point! Thankfully, since the discovery of Makemake the planet, this point of view is now being questioned by more recent evidence.(3)

These days, Easter Island is better known for what could NOT be destroyed and this has given us one of the biggest unsolved mysteries of our times. The island is covered in almost 800 giant stone statues (called mo`ai)The giant statues of Easter Island that were carved out of volcanic rock with little stone picks. They weighed from 20 to 270 tons and would have presented a greater challenge to the Islanders than the pyramids did to the Egyptians. After carving, the statues were moved to stand on top of equally giant stone platforms around the coastline. These were actually catacombs and built to hold the bones of the ancestors whose surviving clan members then honoured their departed elders with the carving and naming of a giant statue to go on top. But why go to all these lengths? Just as big a mystery is why they stopped producing them one day. Half of them were still being carved when one day the workers put down their picks and never went back!

And how or why did the standing ones all get knocked down again? Island myth talks of a ferocious storm(4) and the earliest reliable investigator, William Thompson, found evidence of earthquake.(5) Since an earthquake and tsunami destroyed coastal cities in Peru in 1746, this is entirely possible.(6) Any survivng statues may then have been toppled by revengeful or frightened rival clans who weren't going to allow another clan's ancestral images to remain standing.

Another unsolved mystery is a strange hieroglyphic writing that has been found on this tiny island only and nowhere else in the world. The royalty and ancient priesthood who understood it were all killed and missionaries destroyed most of it, although a handful of pieces survived. The Polynesians never developed a writing system so where did it come from?

Other unusual features of the island are thousands of ancient rock carvings and a yearly “Festival of the Seabird`s Eggs”. This was described to William Thomson by the few surviving Islander`s in 1886.(7)

The Origins of the Early Islanders

The ancient Polynesian navigators held mental maps of the rising and setting positions of stars and used sensitivity to nature, wind, sea currents and the sky to cross oceans on journeys of up to 4,000 miles. Seabirds would indicate nearby land or they would follow their migratory paths.(8) They travelled in large ocean-going double-hulled canoes that would hold people, animals, seeds and saplings, water and enough supplies for weeks at sea.(9)

Whilst it is thought that the early Easter Islanders were mainly Polynesian, the early North American Indians and South Americans were also crossing the oceans in the first millennium and there are some obvious influences on Easter Island, although academics argue this. However, since the Island is in the middle of all these cultures and they were all sea travellers, it would be strange if there weren`t some cross fertilisation. A major piece of evidence is the sweet potato, which is indigenous to South America but made it`s way all over Polynesia, including Easter Island. Other irrefutable evidence is the D.N.A. from chicken bones found in Chile which dates to 1400AD and is the same as that found on other islands in the South Pacific.(10) Also common to both cultures was the habit of lengthening and stretching the ear lobes, and the building of a certain style of huge wall out of massive tightly fitting stone blocks. The Islanders own name for their home meant `Navel at the Centre of the World` and this may have come from the Inca capital city in South America, which was also called `Navel of the Earth`.(11)

An Island Chief. Taken from an 18th century illustrationBefore the European arrivals in the 17th or 18th century there were 6 or 7 main tribes or clans on the Island and it is quite obvious that these early settlers were a resourceful and clever people, deeply respectful of Mother Earth, the spirits and their ancestral inheritance. Their tribal way of life, competitive as it may have been, gave them something to be part of, they had a place, knew who they were and accepted both. Each clan had a class system of farmers, fishermen, priesthood, and royalty which supported their own statue carver`s work. Some early contact reports said the island was flourishing and well farmed with Islanders who were robust, gregarious, good natured and inoffensive. There was an east-west divide and tribal skirmishes occurred between the clans; mainly over women, honour and territory. Polynesians males in general regularly took part in war games and one-upmanship and on Easter Island in particular they enjoyed sporting competition such as javelin, netting and throwing.

The naturally naked and tattooed women of Easter Island were famous for their beauty, grace, seductive prowess and eroticism. Their attitude to sexuality was very different to ours - they understood it to be a pleasurable and truly creative act that celebrated fecundity and the abundance of life.

Makemake, The Winter Solstice and Working With Nature

Makemake is an aspect of nature that the Islander`s depended on for their survival. In that quadrant of the planet and on that small island, life was about rainfall, crops, seabirds and seafood. The Island had no fresh water supply, so they had to organize crop planting around the potential rainfall of the coming season. They were obviously very successful at this for the little Island supported a vast work force as evidenced by the amount of carved statues and rocks. William Thomson found many thousands of skeletons and numerous empty dwellings and he was mystified as to how so many could have been sustained without even a fresh water supply.

It was obvious from the Island rock art that Makemake`s patronage was most sort at a yearly major Island event called “The Festival of the Seabird`s Eggs”. (Called the `Birdman Competition` by subsequent authors.) This sporting event combined a test of courage, strength and stamina with a sacred knowledge that only the Island`s priesthood and royalty knew of. It centred on a knife-edge cliff between the sea and the crater of a volcano in a corner of the island called Orongo. On the winter solstice (June 21st in the southern hemisphere), the rising Sun just happens to line up exactly with Orongo and the volcano at the other end of the island, giving them a natural `Stonehenge`.(12) The winter solstice is a very important spiritual occasion which marks the shortest day in the winter and therefore the beginning of the Sun`s return to power and strength; this symbolises re-birth and regeneration.

On Easter Island the winter solstice also marked the beginning of the season in which the treasured Sooty Tern Rock art around Orongo. Called a seabird returned to breed. Islanders would go to Orongo and reside in special houses built for the festival, waiting for the arrival of the seabirds who came to lay their eggs on an off shore islet. As the race began, many of the island men would climb down a steep high cliff, swim the dangerous sea on a little raft made of reeds, climb up onto the rocky islet, collect an egg, and finally carry it back unbroken. Thomson wrote:

“According to the ancient custom, the fortunate individual who obtained possession of the first egg and returned with it unbroken to the expectant crowd, became entitled to certain privileges and rights during the following year…… it was supposed that he had won the approval of the great spirit Makemake.”

Okay, this all sounds like great fun, but something else happened on the winter solstice in that quadrant of the planet and the Island`s priesthood would have taken part in this sacred event also. And for this they needed a specific deity.

The Pleiades and the Possible Origins of

Both the Easter Islanders and their neighbours the Peruvians, recognised the importance of a cluster of stars called the Pleiades, which used to rise before the Sun in the morning during winter solstice and was used in a rain forecasting system that would have been passed on to Easter Island`s priesthood by seafaring explorers. The brightness of the Pleiades on the winter solstice told them when to plant to take best advantage of NEXT season`s rainfall and this was vital, since their all-important potato crops depended on a planting strategy that made best use of coming rainfall.

The priesthood knew that if the Pleiades looked dim around the winter solstice they needed to plant at a different time from the usual, to adjust for the coming season of reduced rainfall. Scientific research carried out in 1999 proved this to be true. The poor visibility is caused by a different pattern in very high clouds, which changes the weather pattern for the growing season 7 months hence.(13) All this is associated with a yearly weather event in the Pacific area called the El Nino, which drastically affects rainfall.

But although the Pleiades and the winter solstice were of crucial importance for timing purposes, the real spiritual support and power for growth and re-generation came from Makemake. Another clue linking Makemake to the Pleiades comes from Polynesian mythology, which contains a lesser-known deity called Makalii or Makarika. The Pleiades (along with another group of stars called Hyades) were known as Makalii or Makalii`s nets.(14) It is easy to see how Makarika became Makemake and the most important god for Islanders who had no fresh water and a sexually indulgent population who enjoyed procreating. The Peruvians had informed them of how the Pleiades could help them and the Polynesians had supplied a god associated with them. So Makemake emerged as the chief god of Easter Island only, a fusion of 2 dynasties and local need.

Turtles were regarded as sacred, as many rock carvings testify and they also have ancient symbolism with the Pleiades. They bridged the two worlds of deep sea and land and as such could be messengers of the Great Sea Spirit, Makemake or assist souls to the next dimension.(15) They, like seabirds, crossed thousands of miles to lay eggs on Easter Island and they were also protected by the taboo of the priesthood, which meant the number killed was strictly controlled. These seasonal bans were imposed to allow seafood stocks to breed.

Makemake As a Bawdy Sexual Deity

World myths often tell us how a population or hero/ine recovers the strength to go on because of the arrival of a bawdy joker who brings humour when the lowest ebb is reached.(16) Such a story can be found on the Marquesas Islands, which are the nearest Polynesian islands to Easter Island. This story can also be found in the mythology of Greece, Japan and Egypt, which is an example of how myths seem to be hard wired into our DNA and emerge when triggered by a certain event.

A Makemake mask carved into rock.Makemake morphed into a Billy Connolly of sexual innuendo and lascivious comment, which provided a distraction from the horror and carnage of the European arrivals and perhaps also a useful impetus to support procreation to replace the lost population. The Island rock art became obsessed with symbols of the female vulva and Makemake`s early ethereal image morphed into a mask that had a phallus for a nose.

The Spiritual Beliefs of the Islanders

In Eastern shamanic beliefs all things on Earth - rocks, plants, water and animals are imbued with magical power, force and energy. This concept has been alien to the West during the reign of Christianity, which worships a single god and not nature. But now quantum science confirms that the sub atomic particles that make up the molecules in rocks, plants, water and animals are indeed made of a magical force or energy. They are not just inert, lifeless, solid bits. The Easter Islanders knew this from the inside of their souls. Translations of the Rongorongo hieroglyphs given to William Thomson described how everything in existence has an associated spirit or deity, from rocks to yams, grass, pain, bad smells, sea gulls, stars luck and life! Each of the earliest Island residences had special inglenooks built into the walls to hold statues of the household gods who would be useful support for day to day living.

The people in this quadrant also understood the presence of different planes or dimensions, where souls and spirit exist as pure energy and the god/desses abide. Spirit could be communicated with through the deceased ancestors who were nearer to the god/desses or deity because they had passed on. The earliest contacts reported how an Island shaman talked constantly to invisible guides. To the islanders, the other realm was an ever present, strong reality and they were always in dialogue with it.

The Demise of the Islander`s and Their Worship of Makemake

Guided by the priesthood, who understood nature`s way and how to read the El Nino strength and rainfall; how to work with sea conditions and project breeding patterns and then use festivals and taboo restrictions to control planting or fishing, the Islander`s were able to enjoy abundance whilst living with nature. This was Makemake`s great gift to the Islander`s

Problems came with the breakdown of the social order that occurred upon the arrival of Europeans. Their guns, which could kill so quickly, gave them immediate authority and this de-stabilised the island hierarchy. Over the next two hundred years murder, slavery and Island holocaust reduced the population to 111 survivors and Makemake`s ways, the islands spiritual beliefs and the way of farming and harvesting in harmony with nature were lost.

What We Can Expect From the Rebirth of Makemake

Western religious dynasties of the last two thousand years took us away from the belief in a sacred, divine force that unites all in a universal web with nature. We believed that as humans we were somehow above and separate to the animals, the wind, the sea and the earth. That WE could go and sit at the right hand of god; that we did not need to observe and honour the ways of the ancients and their affinity with nature. We lost our relationship with the environment. The Islanders lived in harmony and accord with nature, in mysterious dialogue with earth, animals and sea creatures. We would probably regard how they grew crops and fed themselves as miraculous.

The rebirth of Makemake has already brought the awakenings of the long haul back to this awareness of nature and the oceans.

In 2008 two articles appeared in NewScientist. The first described how marine scientists were working to understand how to conserve fish in the East Pacific and recommended bans and restrictions. The second reported that the area north of Easter Island had been found to be one of the richest and best places on the Earth for large ocean predatory fish such as marlin, tuna and shark.(17) This has surprised the scientists who put it down to a perfect sea temperature. How synchronous that this was discovered since Makemake`s return.

Another amazing report came out in 2009, when scientists found that storms or changes to the usual annual weather events of the Eastern Pacific had a dramatic impact on the quantity of important fish YEARS after the event. This is due to the amount of nutrients that swirl up from deep water and boost stocks and breeding potential. It says “The effect of El Nino events on fish has probably been observed for millennia…..” and “After discovering these relationships between decades long fluctuations in fish and climate all over the world, scientists are now probing back in time to see if similar relationships exist on the order of centuries and millennia.”(18)

A Polynesian society now builds re-constructions of the ancient twin hulled ocean-going canoes and sails all over the Pacific Ocean using only sails, stars and the sea. One of them made a 1,450-mile journey to Easter Island in just 19 days! A crewmember said this: “Surrounded by an immense sea and forced to turn inward, we had discovered a harmony within ourselves and with the natural world. For all of us, this voyage had been a rare gift….” (19)

These are touching words. We must voyage with Makemake again.

By Alison Chester-Lambert, Astrologer. © 2009

The above is an excerpt from a fifteen thousand word chapter on Makemake, taken from a forthcoming book on the Dwarf Planets called `Starry Messengers`. The book is written for spiritually minded people in general so it does not contain astrology jargon. Astrology students read below!

Astrology starts here.

I researched and wrote a large volume of work on Makemake, Easter Island and Polynesia without using astrology. I didn't open a single chart. This was a good excercise for me becaue I had to do it as if I were a psychology student again. (Once we read astrology fluently, we almost understand things too quickly.) I know from my own natal chart that I will be with the Dwarf planets for the rest of my life, so I wanted to take my time and understand every tiny thing about them. I wrote most of the work over a 6 month period whilst my progressed Sun was passing over my natal Makemake. If I couldn`t hear him then, I was never going to! When I had finished, I had done the best I could to produce material that would be accessible to all, not just astrology students. This important axiom is at the heart of all my work. I want everyone to be able to read it if they want to. However! There comes a time when we need astrology...

Easter Island Discovery Chart

Using sketchy reports we can establish that Easter Island was discovered on Sunday 5th April 1722 as the Sun was sinking towards the horizon. This puts the Sun in Aries in the 7th house accompanied by Ceres, Venus, Pallas Athena and Mercury. Makemake was conjunct Haumea and opposite at 9 degrees of Libra, obviously in the first house heading for the Asc. (Chart used 5/4/1722 17.10 LMT Easter Island, Chile. 27 degrees 07minutes South, 109 degrees and 22 minutes West)

The Asc (The WAY in which they reacted and did things) was either in cautious Virgo or concillitory Libra, and the MC (how the Islanders are seen by others, their achievements in the outside world) is in Gemini or Cancer.

List of chart points if you can't find a web site that will draw it up for you:

Sun 16 degrees Aries 7th House
Mercury 6 degrees Aries 7th House
Venus 15 degrees Aries 7th House
Moon 8 degrees Sag 3rd House
Mars 24 degrees Gemini 9th House, conjunct MC
Ceres 27 degrees Aries 7th House
Juno 11 degrees Taurus 8th House
Pallas Athena 10 degrees Aries 7th House
Vesta 8 degrees Taurus 8th House
Jupiter 6 degrees Sag 3rd House
Saturn 18 degrees Sag 3rd House
Uranus 23 degrees Libra 1st House
Neptune 23 degrees Taurus 8th House
Pluto 22 degrees Virgo 12th House? conjunct Asc
SN 6 cap

Nice chart!

Simply looking at the Sun conjunct Venus, Mercury and Pallas Athena in Aries tells that the Islanders engaged in war games and one-upmanship as a way of life. They took part in cleverly planned (Pallas, Mercury) skirmishes and raids for posession of women and food (Venus). The games were a flexing of individual strength (Aries) and tribal prowess with gangland style repercussions.

This Arien stellium in the 7th tells us of the inclination to relationship with the significant others (7th house - the Europeans) who are then seen as the war-like and aggressive enemies. The Islander's possible Libra Asc can come over as concillitory (but at the end of the day Libra is a masc. sign and will engage to balance those scales) and this would be softened by the furtive secrecy of MC in (possibly) Cancer. Even if light-fingered, trickster Gemini is on the MC, Cancer would still be in the 10th.

Moon conjunct Jupiter in the 3rd in Sag trine Mercury nicely describes the Islanders confidence in talking to the spirits in the other realms (Jupiter is a portal to the other side) and the restless roving spirit of the ancestors. (Moon in Sag conjunct Jupiter - could even be on the I.C.) There is a fiery confidence and trust in spiritual support about this chart. However, the stellium in the 7th in Aries is ominous in that too much power can be awarded to the significant others. The Islanders Sun conjunct Venus in Aries should be pretty self sufficient, but put it in the 7th and it is too easily played out by others.

Anyway to get to the important bit.....Makemake is in the 1st, tightly opposed by Sun, Venus, Athena and Mercury. But...conjunct his mate the Polynesian goddess of Hawaii, Haumea. What does that mean?

Well, first of all, the tight conjunction means that Haumea and Makemake act as one. He is masculine principle and feminine principle. Creator, creative idea and Mother Earth. And in the First house, conjunct the Asc. they easily express as the energy and persona of the Island.

But! That is going to be opposed. Now you can go either way to explain the opposition. Just look at the Sun, Venus, Pallas, Venus in Aries bit only, and it could be the Islander`s themselves feeling that the Polynesian faith system does not centre on their needs (Aries) sufficiently and they are poked into an uneasy (opposition) aggressive relationship (Libra or First/Seventh) with it that requires a lot of competitive or sporting activity (Aries) to prove worth to or utilise Makemake (Deity). All true! OR, you can see the 7th house influence as becoming `them-over-there`....the Europeans. Or it could explain both. Which, of course, it does.

I must just mention the colour red. It was sacred and sort after. They linked it with deity, ritual, chiefly power and virility. Mars is red and the Sun could be red - and the Sun was important. When a chart has that much fire, I`m not surprised!

Then of course, there is Mars in Gemini, conjunct the MC and opposed by Saturn. Mars on the MC has proven links with sport and the Islanders were very big on macho type sports. Mars is also how defences work, and the Islanders would have defended themselves in the way of Gemini, which can be a cowardly sign when threatened! However the rest of the chart is so fiery, there was no chance of being as cowardly as Gemini and Saturn would have liked. Instead, the Gemini chameleon qualities of duality and subterfuge were employed and the Island became two. The caves became an elusive twilight world and their second homes. Amazing to see how, when the chips were down, the Islanders weren`t nearly as aggressive as one might think.

I love this chart and I could go on for hours, but it would bore you silly. Just remember this one thing about it, if you decide to have a look for yourself. What you are looking at is a snapshot in time that then became the impression the world had of the Islander's. It also pretty much wrote the immediate future. This is because the nanosecond snapshot is the observers take. In the quantum world the speed and direction of a particle is not decided until the observer looks at it. Then the particle becomes the observers unconscious intention, impression and determination. Similarly, when the Europeans arrived and observed, it determined the quality and course of the Island, it's people and it's future. You will then understand just what this chart is describing.

Of course, there will be more recent charts, perhaps the one where the Island becomes part of Chile would be the best one to use now, but I like this chart because it tells us of the olden days, when Makemake was still conjunct the Ascendant!

Copyright Alison Chester-Lambert 2009


“It is absolutely the perfect name,” Dr. Brown said, given the continuing discord among astronomers and the public over whether Pluto should have retained its planetary status.

In mythology, Eris ignited discord that led to the Trojan War.

“She causes strife by causing arguments among men, by making them think their opinions are right and everyone else’s is wrong,” Dr. Brown said. “It really is just perfect.”

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posted August 24, 2009 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glaucus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Philip Sedgwick pointed out the following:

"An amazing dwarf planet event happened the other night. In 1994 Kevin Costner directed a movie entitled Rapa Nui, which portrayed with reasonable accuracy the bird man lore of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and the birdman’s namesake and dwarf planet, Makemake. Since the naming of Makemake I scoured online for a DVD copy. The only ones I found came from Thailand and had to be played on a computer. Just as the movie reached the second act climax, the DVD went bonkers. Dang! So the other night with Mercury at 23 Virgo 02, just short of Makemake at 24 Virgo 36, one of the Encore cable channels broadcast Rapa Nui! If you can have someone who can Tevo this for you, it’s worth watching. Plus, this movie addresses the themes of Saturn to Makemake; we find issues of population vs. available resources, interpretation of omens and global warming effects. Meanwhile, we also learn that transits to dwarf planets work and on the applying side at an orb of at least a degree and a half. "


his keywords for Makemake

Positive: Articulate and ultra-communicative. Self-assuredness, especially by verbal means. Clever, quick-witted and interested in invoking insight and inspiration with speech. Quick to report findings, regardless of impact. Courageous, possessing the willfulness to confront the peril required for discovery or spiritual evolution. Conscious of family security and safety. Protection of the brood.

Negative: Cunning and verbally manipulative. Double talk. Diversion of facts. Declaring false findings (laying an egg, so to speak). Taking flight to avoid consequence. Hiding as a coping skill. Reckless. Disregard for safety of the home. Self-serving.

Mundane: Data collection to support a doctrine or cause. Books, especially those of multi-cultural interest. Translation especially with a cross-cultural theme. Cultural synthesis. Integration of tasks. Computer iterations and/or algorithms. Dissemination of information whether true or false. Split second decisions. Lightning fast assessment. Fertility and fertility procedures. Birds. Fans. Eggs. Creeds. Documents of self declaration - affirmation statements, bios or autobiographies, a feather in one’s cap, selecting a safe location for nesting.

Ceremonial: Incantations. Oral remedies for healing. Meditations to unify the minds of several. Isolation for ceremonial purposes. Shamanic retreat. Cave ceremonies. Ceremonies involving hair cutting. Personal acceptance of one’s cause and karma. Ceremonies involving the use of feathers or eggs (feather fans, Eagle feather cleansing, the egg diagnostics of curanderos and curanderas - common in Ecuador, one of Rapa Nui’s neighbors).

Currently Makemake is in 24'43 Virgo

Transiting Saturn in 22'02 Virgo is conjuncting Makemake

the heliocentric Makemake Nodes are currently in 19'39 Gemini/Sagittarius


you can find the film, Rapa Nui here

other stuff on Rapa Nui here

In my own chart:

Makemake in 16'20 Leo in 12th
conjunct Ceres in 13'57 Leo in 11th/12th
oppose/conjunct Vertex/Antivertex in 14'58 Aquarius/Leo in 5th/6th and 11th/12th
square Mercury in 18'21 Scorpio in 3rd
sextile Uranus in 15'17 Libra in 2nd

in Right Ascension (Equatorial Longitude) that are used by astronomers instead of ecliptic longitude which astrologers use
Right Ascension degrees converted into zodiac equivalents

Makemake in 28'02 Leo
oppose Mars in 29'01 Aquarius

In Heliocentric System - Sun-centered:

Makemake in 15'03 Leo
trine Venus in 15'06 Sagittarius
trine Jupiter in 14'08 Sagittarius
trine Mercury in 17'55 Sagittarius
trine Eris in 12'29 Aries
(Grand Trine)

where is your Makemake?
also any major aspects to the heliocentric Makemake Nodes within 2 degrees?


“It is absolutely the perfect name,” Dr. Brown said, given the continuing discord among astronomers and the public over whether Pluto should have retained its planetary status.

In mythology, Eris ignited discord that led to the Trojan War.

“She causes strife by causing arguments among men, by making them think their opinions are right and everyone else’s is wrong,” Dr. Brown said. “It really is just perfect.”

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I have Makemake in Leo in the 7th house

sextile Moon
sextile Mars
trine POF
trine Ceres
conj. Vertex (wide)
conj. Lilith (wide)
opp. Pallas
square MC

Thank you for the new asteroid to add to the collection Raymond!

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"Thank you for the new asteroid to add to the collection Raymond!"

You're welcome


I have to point out that Makemake is not an asteroid. It's a transneptunian. It's a kuiper belt object. It is also a dwarf planet like Eris,Pluto,Haumea,and Ceres.
Makemake is the 3rd largest dwarf planet. Eris is the largest,Pluto is the 2nd largest.
Makemake is classed as a plutoid along with Pluto,Eris,and Haumea. Plutoids are classifications for dwarf planets that orbit beyond Neptune. That's why Ceres isn't classed as a plutoid.

asteroids have orbits that are faster than Jupiter.

transneptunians,kuiper belt objects have orbits that are slower than Neptune......even Pluto.

In Makemake's case, its orbit is slower than Pluto. It orbits beyond Pluto.

I feel that if you call a transneptunian, "asteroid", you miss out on its significance as an outerplanet-like object whose effects can be just as profound as outerplanets and even more profound like in the case of transneptunian, Pluto.

it's really important to understand the astronomical features of an object to understand the astrological features of it.
Orbit is a big factor in understanding the object.


“It is absolutely the perfect name,” Dr. Brown said, given the continuing discord among astronomers and the public over whether Pluto should have retained its planetary status.

In mythology, Eris ignited discord that led to the Trojan War.

“She causes strife by causing arguments among men, by making them think their opinions are right and everyone else’s is wrong,” Dr. Brown said. “It really is just perfect.”

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Makemake, formally designated (136472) Makemake, is the third-largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System and one of the two largest Kuiper belt objects (KBO) in the classical KBO population.[b] Its diameter is roughly three-quarters that of Pluto.[8] Makemake has no known satellites, which makes it unique among the largest KBOs. Its extremely low average temperature (about 30 K (−243.2 °C)) means its surface is covered with methane, ethane, and possibly nitrogen ices.[9]

Initially known as 2005 FY9 and later given the minor planet number 136472, it was discovered on March 31, 2005, by a team led by Michael Brown, and announced on July 29, 2005. Its name derives from the Rapanui god Makemake. On June 11, 2008, the IAU included Makemake in its list of potential candidates to be given "plutoid" status, a term for dwarf planets beyond the orbit of Neptune that would place the object alongside Pluto, Haumea and Eris. Makemake was formally classified as a plutoid in July 2008.[10][11][12][13]


Makemake was discovered on March 31, 2005, by a team at the Palomar Observatory, led by Michael Brown,[3] and was announced to the public on July 29, 2005. The discovery of Eris was made public the same day, following the announcement of Haumea two days earlier.[14]

Despite its relative brightness (it is about a fifth as bright as Pluto),[c] Makemake was not discovered until well after many much fainter Kuiper belt objects. Most searches for minor planets are conducted relatively close to the ecliptic (the region of the sky that the Sun, Moon and planets appear to lie in, as seen from Earth), due to the greater likelihood of finding objects there. It probably escaped detection during the earlier surveys due to its relatively high orbital inclination, and the fact that it was at its farthest distance from the ecliptic at the time of its discovery, in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices.[7]

Besides Pluto, Makemake is the only other dwarf planet that was bright enough for Clyde Tombaugh to have possibly detected during his search for trans-Neptunian planets around 1930.[15] At the time of Tombaugh's survey, Makemake was only a few degrees from the ecliptic, near the border of Taurus and Auriga,[e] at an apparent magnitude of 16.0.[7] This position, however, was also very near the Milky Way, and Makemake would have been almost impossible to find against the dense background of stars. Tombaugh continued searching for some years after the discovery of Pluto,[16] but he failed to find Makemake or any other trans-Neptunian objects.


The provisional designation 2005 FY9 was given to Makemake when the discovery was made public. Before that, the discovery team used the codename "Easterbunny" for the object, because of its discovery shortly after Easter.[17]

In July 2008, in accordance with IAU rules for classical Kuiper belt objects, 2005 FY9 was given the name of a creator deity. The name of Makemake, the creator of humanity and god of fertility in the mythos of the Rapanui, the native people of Easter Island,[11] was chosen in part to preserve the object's connection with Easter.[17]

As of 2009, Makemake is at a distance of 52 astronomical units (7.78×109 km) from the Sun;[6][7] almost as far from the Sun as it ever reaches on its orbit.[9] Makemake follows an orbit very similar to that of Haumea: highly inclined at 29° and a moderate eccentricity of about 0.16.[18] Nevertheless, Makemake's orbit is slightly farther from the Sun in terms of both the semi-major axis and perihelion. Its orbital period is nearly 310 years,[2] more than Pluto's 248 years and Haumea's 283 years. Both Makemake and Haumea are currently far from the ecliptic—the angular distance is almost 29°. Makemake is approaching its 2033 aphelion,[7] while Haumea passed its aphelion in early 1992.[19]

Makemake is classified a classical Kuiper belt object,[1][b] which means its orbit lies far enough from Neptune to remain stable over the age of the Solar System.[20][21] Unlike plutinos, which can cross Neptune's orbit due to their 2:3 resonance with the planet, the classical objects have perihelia further from the Sun, free from Neptune's perturbation.[20] Such objects have relatively low eccentricities (e below 0.2) and orbit the Sun in much the same way the planets do. Makemake, however, is a member of the "dynamically hot" class of classical KBOs, meaning that it has a high inclination compared to others in its population.[22] Makemake is near (likely coincidental) the 11:6 resonance with Neptune.[23]

On August 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced a formal definition of planet that established a tripartite classification for objects in orbit around the Sun: "small Solar System bodies" were those objects too small for their gravity to have collapsed their surfaces into a rounded shape; "dwarf planets" were those objects large enough to be rounded, but who had yet to clear their orbits of similar-sized objects; "planets" were those objects that were both large enough to be rounded by self-gravity and which had cleared their orbits of similar-sized objects.[24] Under this classification, Pluto, Eris and Ceres were reclassified as dwarf planets.[24]

On June 11, 2008, the IAU further elaborated on this classification scheme by creating a subclass of dwarf planet, plutoid, specifically for those dwarf planets found beyond the orbit of Neptune. Eris and Pluto are thus plutoids, while Ceres is not. To be considered a plutoid for naming by the IAU, without knowing whether it has achieved hydrostatic equilibrium, an object must be exceptionally bright, with an absolute magnitude of +1 or less,[25] which meant that only Makemake and Haumea were likely to be included.[26] On July 11, 2008, the IAU/USGS Working Group on Planetary Nomenclature included Makemake in the plutoid class, making it officially both a dwarf planet and a plutoid, alongside Pluto and Eris.[11][13]

Physical characteristics

[edit] Brightness, size, and rotation

Makemake is currently visually the second brightest Kuiper belt object after Pluto,[15] having a March opposition apparent magnitude of 16.7[6] in the constellation Coma Berenices.[7] This is bright enough to be visible using a high-end amateur telescope. Makemake's high albedo of roughly 80 percent suggests an average surface temperature of about 30 K.[d][4] The size of Makemake is not precisely known, but the detection in infrared by the Spitzer space telescope, combined with the similarities of spectrum with Pluto yielded an estimate of a 1,500+400−200 km diameter.[4] This is slightly larger than the size of Haumea, making Makemake possibly the third largest known Trans-Neptunian object after Eris and Pluto.[18] Makemake is now designated the fourth dwarf planet in the Solar System because it has a bright V-band absolute magnitude of −0.48.[3] This practically guarantees that it is large enough to achieve hydrostatic equilibrium and become an oblate spheroid.[11]


In a letter written to the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2006, Licandro et al. reported the measurements of the visible and near infrared spectrum of Makemake. They used the William Herschel Telescope and Telescopio Nazionale Galileo and showed that the surface of Makemake resembles that of Pluto.[27] Like Pluto, Makemake appears red in the visible spectrum, but significantly less red than the surface of Eris (see colour comparison of TNOs).[27] The near-infrared spectrum is marked by the presence of the broad methane (CH4) absorption bands. The methane is observed also on Pluto and Eris, but its spectral signature is much weaker.[27]

Spectral analysis of Makemake's surface revealed that methane must be present in the form of large grains at least one centimetre in size.[9] In addition large amounts of ethane and tholins may be present as well, most likely created by photolysis of methane by solar radiation.[9] The tholins are probably responsible for the red color of the visible spectrum. Although evidence exists for the presence of nitrogen ice on its surface, at least mixed with other ices, there is nowhere near the same level of nitrogen as on Pluto and Triton, where it composes more than 98 percent of the crust. The relative lack of nitrogen ice suggests that its supply of nitrogen has somehow been depleted over the age of the Solar System.[9][28][29]

[edit] Atmosphere

The presence of methane and possibly nitrogen suggests that Makemake could have a transient atmosphere similar to that of Pluto near its perihelion.[27] Nitrogen, if present, will be the dominant component of it.[9] The existence of an atmosphere also provides a natural explanation for the nitrogen depletion: since the gravity of Makemake is weaker than that of Pluto, Eris and Triton, a large amount of nitrogen was probably lost via atmospheric escape; methane is lighter than nitrogen, but has significantly lower vapor pressure at temperatures prevalent at the surface of Makemake (30–35 K),[d] which hinders its escape; the result of this process is a higher relative abundance of methane.[30]

[edit] Satellites

No satellites have been detected around Makemake so far. A satellite having a brightness 1% of that of the primary would have been detected if it had been at the distance 0.4 arcseconds or further from Makemake.[15] This contrasts with the other largest trans-Neptunian objects, which all possess at least one satellite: Eris has one, Haumea has two and Pluto has three. From 10% to 20% of all trans-Neptunian objects are expected to have one or more satellites.[15] Since satellites offer a simple method to measure an object's mass, lack of a satellite makes obtaining an accurate figure for Makemake's mass more difficult.[15]


“It is absolutely the perfect name,” Dr. Brown said, given the continuing discord among astronomers and the public over whether Pluto should have retained its planetary status.

In mythology, Eris ignited discord that led to the Trojan War.

“She causes strife by causing arguments among men, by making them think their opinions are right and everyone else’s is wrong,” Dr. Brown said. “It really is just perfect.”

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