Due to popular demand, (i.e.- the one person reading this site, the AWESOME Karen from http://www.ravenesquetarot.com/. Go check her out, ill wait.) Minor Planet 20000 Varuna!
Alright, never let it be said that I backed down from a challenge. Heres what we know.
The Astronomy: Varuna is a Kuiper Belt object that completes its journey around the sun every 284 years. No one really knows how big it is, as it is not spherical, but instead Varuna is an ellipsoid, like Haumea.
The Myth: Varuna is an ancient Vedic god of India. He has authority over the waters, and is one of the oldest gods in Vedic myth, which is one of the oldest civilizations on earth. So this guy is waaaaay out there. Very deep stuff. He is also in charge of little things like immortality and fame.
Yeah, thought that would grab your attention.
Now, hes very similar to Neptune. Almost like the Romans stole him for their own. Oh wait that's Poseidon, my bad. And he was stolen from the Greeks. Okay, so Romans stole him from the Greeks, who stole him from India, and if I try to go back any further than that, it goes into woowoo territory. Not today, thank you very much.
After a war with the Demons, and to avoid squabbles, Indra (Sky God) and Varuna decided to divide the universe up (also stolen by the Greeks) Varuna gets screwed by Indra, who takes the Sky and sticks Varuna in the ocean, as far away as possible.
Why He Matters: Well, in our world right now, we are trying to quench the thirst of almost 7 billion people, and our planets water supply is 97.5% salt water (i.e.- undrinkable). Plus dont forget livestock, agriculture, etc. So its looking like a global crisis on the horizon for sure. And if it gets contaminated, by lets just say an oil spill, like what is happening in yellowstone, what happened in the gulf, etc. then we have that much less water for the GLOBAL supply.
And in case no ones told you, we humans kind of need water to survive.
Tied in with this is the minor issue of Climate Change. In the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Varuna is in a stelium with the Moon (pain) and the Vertex (fated events) trining Jupiter (drama), and squaring Eris (chaos).
Also, most people like the idea of fame and fortune. This guy metes it out at his whim. Also, in case you skim, he is in control of IMMORTALITY.
Astrologically, he represents Fame and immortality; anything immeasurable, behind the scenes or secretive. Huge 12th House influence, very deep. He also represents water, and the current water crisis, as well as crises in general.
Definitely one to watch
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