Pluto: New Horizons for a Lost Horizon: Astronomy, Astrology and Mythology
Edited by Richard Grossinger, North Atlantic Books, US $21.95
• This anthology contains an essay by Stephan David Hewitt entitled “Pluto and the Restoration of Soul”
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Encompassing astronomy, mythology, psychology, and astrology, Pluto offers a wealth of knowledge about our most famous dwarf planet. First observed in 1930 and once defined as the ninth and final planet in our solar system, Pluto and its discovery and reclassification throw a unique light on how we generate meaning in science and culture. This anthology, timed to appear in concordance with NASA’s New Horizons's approach to Pluto in July 2015, shows that while the astronomical Pluto may be little more than an ordinary escaped moon or tiny Kuiper Belt object, it is a powerful hyperobject, for its mythological and cultural effigies on Earth incubate deep unconscious seeds of the human psyche. Certain astronomical features pertain to Pluto in terms of its distance from the Sun, coldness, and barrenness.
: A Council
by Deena Metzger
Hand to Hand Publishing, US $23.95
• This book contains an essay by Stephan David Hewitt entitled:
“Chernobyl: Prometheus Unbound” an essay on the effects of the Chernobyl disaster and its relationship to Pluto. Available in print only.
Never before in our history as a human race have we been confronted with such grave concerns: the devastation of the environment, global terrorism, vast abuse of political and religious powers, destruction of species and threats to every life form upon this planet. How do we sustain our hope, and our vision of a viable future?
Inevitably such disasters are opportunities to draw us together as a people to try to heal ourselves and the Earth.
Writes Deena, “It is a difficult and sorrowful story that we are in. It requires everything of each of us who have enough love, sorrow and courage in our hearts. We have to find the pieces of this story that may yet sustain creation.”
Deena’s journey, as chronicled in continues as she returns to Africa and is once again visited by the male elephant elder she calls The Ambassador. Inspired by this continued connection, she interweaves the threads of her community’s stories, dreams and visions to create a new form of council on the page, as an offering to us of the wisdom that the circle creates.
These also inform its mythology and astrology as befitting a planet named after the God of the Underworld. Among the issues central to this collection are the meanings of darkness, loss, grief, inner transformation, rebirth, reincarnation, and karmic revelation, all of which are associated with the astrology of Pluto. Pluto also embodies the meaning of true wealth as being nonmaterial essence instead of property, conventional accolades, ego identity, achievement. It is the marker of negative capability.