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Quaoar (pronounced kwah-whar) was the name given to the “creation force” by the Native American Tongva tribe who were the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles basin in Southern California—several thousand years ago when the LA basin was a vast and lush willow forest. According to legend, Quaoar, “came down from heaven; and, after reducing chaos to order, laid out the world on the back of seven giants. He then created the lower animals, and then (or from them) humankind.”
Quaoar was discovered by Mike Brown, a professor of planetary science at the California Institute of Technology and colleague Chad Trujillo in a digital image taken June 4, 2002, 05:41:40 UT from the Palomar Observatory 48-inch Oschin telescope in California. Quaoar was identified in the image on June 5, 2002, 10:48:08 PDT (the best discovery time to use for astrological purposes).
Upon examining archival photographs, they found Quaoar in images taken as early as 1982. Quaoar’s discovery was announced Monday, Oct 7, 2002, at a meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Birmingham, Alabama. The Hubble Space Telescope was then used to measure Quaoar’s approximate size, which has since been refined with other techniques.
Quaoar is estimated to be 1,138 +24/-17 kilometers in diameter—about half the size of Pluto. Quaoar has an orbital period of 287.53 years. Pluto orbits the Sun in 248 years at an average distance of 43.6 AU (about 3.6 billion miles). Quaoar’s orbit is remarkably circular compared to Pluto and the other new planets, which are highly elliptical. Quaoar’s mean orbital distance is about 43.6 AU (~4 billion miles). Quaoar’s orbit is tilted only slightly as well, 7.98 degrees to the ecliptic plane. This indicates Quaoar has a far gentler and well balanced astrological influence. Quaoar’s rotational period is 17.6788 hours.
The name Quaoar and the Tongva suggest traits associated with those who live attuned to Earth and nature’s cycles; i.e., with respect for the land and in harmony with the natural world and the animal kingdom. The Tongva of the Los Angeles basin predate the modern day world of massive skyscraper cities, and all that goes along with them.
Quaoar was discovered in Ophiuchus about 7° north or the ecliptic. Quaoar’s was conjoined Antares and was lying between Ixion (discovered a year earlier) and Pluto (which was conjoined Ras Algethi, the head (wisdom) of our Godman Hercules, which inspires us to claim our own self-empowerment rather than deferring our power to dogmatic beliefs.
Antares, Alpha Scorpio is the Heart of the Scorpion and marks the center of sidereal Scorpio. Antares is one of the “Four Royal Architects” along with Aldebaran, Regulus, and Fomalhaut, each in their respective quadrants of the sky. Antares lies south of the ecliptic under Ophiuchus.
In classical astrology, Antares is the star of war and weaponry, and with expounded meaning, to challenge the established opposing politics (an arena common to the Antares / Aldebaran axis) with tenacious adamancy. This is especially in regard to taking a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions or that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment.
However, It is only the less aware whom mistake this power point in the ecliptic to mean fight or destroy what one still perceives as forces outside of self-required to combat. Antares marks a point of empowerment in sidereal Scorpio, a point of immanation. Those who have embraced their initiations and claimed their self-empowerment, who have graduated from playing the victim in the entrapments common to the claws of the Scorpion, and who have learned to take responsibility for their reality, which occurs at the head of the Scorpion, this is a place of self-empowerment. Here at the Heart of the Scorpion, one claims their immanence, the inseparable nature of life, having reconciled the forces within and without, who knows of their oneness and of the inseparable permeability of the Creation Force—as is exemplified by Ophiuchus, who demonstrably stands over the Scorpion, the exemplar of this wisdom.
Click on the chart for a larger image. All zodiacal degrees are sidereal (Galactic Eq. Ayanamsa, GEN = 5°). Add 0° 16′ for Fagan/Bradley.
Either way, Antares motivates us to take responsibility for our reality, for the lives we create, and to “take a stand” for our truth and live it. Prominent alignments with the Antares-Aldebaran axis often indicate involvement in areas of politics and business.
Adding to the Antares theme is that of Zeta Ophiuchus and Pulsar 1642-03 in the body of Ophiuchus. And let us note, Quaoar is north of the ecliptic in Ophiuchus, not south in the Scorpion. This stellar positioning suggests its appearance may be motivating the willingness to challenge existing political structural systems to re-align with the laws of the natural world—but not to fall into battle from mere malevolence, hatred, vengeance, or undermining spite but to take a stand for a greater attainment of evolutionary freedom—the message of conjoining Zeta Ophiuchus and the pulsar.) from a the wisdom and mastery articulated by Ophiuchus. Quaoar’s near-circular orbit and mild orbital inclination of ~7° indicates a more gentle and harmonious nature, perhaps one inspiring the need to bring harmony and balance into that which is chaotically scattered and in conflict. As a Kuiper Belt planet, Quaoar resonates with the more transcendent workings of our lives, demanding we surrender egoic consciousness and align to the natural forces and their subtle rhythms governing life, rather than man’s insensitive dictatorial reign over nature which is common to our modern-day world.
Quaoar perihelion reveals the nature of its greatest influence. It resides in mid-sidereal Aquarius just north of the ecliptic and conjoins the stars forming the Urn of the Humanitarian Waterbearer, and Skat of Aquarius.
Aquarius, the Humanitarian Waterbearer, nourishes the body of humanity. Aquarius embodies a future-oriented vision for an evolved humanitarian-based society and the essence of philanthropy. Aquarius is altruistic and inspires new ideas, technologies, and pursuits in the art-sciences and in social issues of the world. It is the flow of resources within that populous that creates a wholesome human condition.
Seat (Pi), Zeta and Eta are part of the Urn of the water-bearer, along with Sadachbia, from where the nourishing humanitarian waters flow. These stars produce both an expressive and receptive quality and are especially beneficent. The stars of Urn bring emphasis to altruism and humanitarian efforts to heal and evolve the human condition spiritually and physically. They impel the dispensation of resources for humanitarian efforts and efforts to educate, evolve and elevate humanity. These stars are favorable for pursuits in philosophy and the art-sciences, and that has an amorphous and watery character that support progressive movement, flow, and change, and that tend to equalize and dissolve boundaries.
Skat, Delta Aquarius, is the “star of the foundation,” marking the shinbone of the water-bearer. Skat is of philanthropic foundations, organizations, and business vessels through which material and financial support can flow for future-oriented humanitarian focused projects and for the nourishment of an evolved human society flourishing in the arts and sciences. Skat inspires action in support of this pursuit and brings hope for wishes fulfilled.
Quaoar in Summary
Quaoar impels us to release destructive tendencies and to surrender to the natural order of life, to return to the “sacredness of life”; to realize all things in life are sacred and that it is our responsibility to have respect for natural order, to live in harmony with the rhythms of that order. Quaoar imparts a strong humanitarian influence and may impel a “harmonious revolution” to defend the natural world, or activism regarding issues of ecology, human rights, the animal kingdom, or life in general.
Quaoar’s chart placement may also indicate where and how we have a particular sensitivity to chaotic conditions imparting a drive to establish order or create greater harmony and balance.
Quaoar’s Orbital Cross
(JPL DATA) (Galactic Eq. Ayanamsa)
Perihelion: 41.8 AU
Sidereal Aquarius: (~14°, 04N00)
Stars: Urn of Aquarius (Zeta, Seat), Skat Aqu.
Aphelion: 45.27 AU
Sidereal Leo: (~14°, 04S00)
Stars: Alioth of Ursa Major, Beta Sextans
Mid-sidereal Virgo: (13° 46′)
Stars: Diadem of Coma Berenices; Porima & Vindemiatrix of Virgo, Corvus
Sep 01, 1951
Mid-sidereal Pisces: (13° 46′)
Stars: Algenib of Pegasus; The Garnet Star of Cepheus; Alpha Lacerta, Alpha Reticuli
Sep 01, 1806