Pluto: New Horizons for a Lost Horizon: Astronomy, Astrology, and Mythology

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Encompassing astronomy, mythology, psychology, and astrology, this anthology offers a wealth of knowledge about our most famous dwarf planet. Pluto, once defined as the ninth and final planet, is now the first dwarf planet in the second Kuiper Belt region of our solar system. Discovered as a new planet in 1930 and "demoted" in 2006, Pluto and its discovery and reclassification throw a unique light on how we generate meaning in science and culture.

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Pluto: New Horizons for a Lost Horizon: Astronomy, Astrology, and Mythology

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Overview

Encompassing astronomy, mythology, psychology, and astrology, this anthology offers a wealth of knowledge about our most famous dwarf planet. Pluto, once defined as the ninth and final planet, is now the first dwarf planet in the second Kuiper Belt region of our solar system. Discovered as a new planet in 1930 and "demoted" in 2006, Pluto and its discovery and reclassification throw a unique light on how we generate meaning in science and culture.

Pluto is the target of a July 2015 assignation with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft and will be the last of the original nine planets of the solar system to be imaged. This anthology is timed to appear in concordance with New Horizons's approach to Pluto. The astronomical aspect of the anthology also explores Pluto's moons (including Charon, a moon rivaling Pluto's own size); the orbital resonances of the Plutonian moons; the characterization of Pluto as a swarm with a barycenter as opposed to a single world orbited by individual satellites; the plutinos (small planets sharing Pluto's orbit at different trajectories and positions as a result of Neptunian resonance); other Kuiper Belt dwarf planets (the 14 or so other worlds, including plutinos, similar to Pluto in size, composition, satellite(s), and increasing distance from the rest of the solar system); the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet; and the prospective possible discoveries of New Horizons. 

Certain astronomical features pertain to Pluto in terms of its distance from the Sun, coldness, and barrenness. 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. 

Table of Contents (as of April 2014)
Dana Wilde: Pluto on the Borderlands; Richard Grossinger: Pluto and The Kuiper Belt; Article by Richard Hoagland; J. F. Martel: Pluto and the Death of God; James Hillman: Hades; Fritz Bruhubner: The Mythology and Astrology of Pluto; Thomas Frick: Old Horizons; John D. Shershin: The Inquisition of Pluto; Stephan David Hewitt: Pluto and the Restoration of Soul; Jim Tibbetts: Our Lady of Pluto, the Planet of Purification; Shelli Jankowski-Smith: Love Song for Pluto; Robert Kelly: Pluto; Dinesh Raghavendra: Falling in Love with a Plutonian; Steve Luttrell: Dostoevsky's Pluto
Philip Wohlstetter: Ten Things I'd Like to Find on Pluto; Jonathan Lethem: Ten Things I'd Like to Find on Pluto; Robert Sardello: Ten Things I'd Like to Find on Pluto; Ross Hamilton: Ten Things I'd Like to Find on Pluto; Robert Phoenix: My Father Pluto; Ellias Lonsdale: Pluto is the Reason We Have a Chance; Rob Brezsny: Pluto: Planet of Wealth

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583948972
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 3/24/2015
  • Pages: 176

Meet the Author

Since the issuing of Solar Journal: Oecological Sections by Black Sparrow Press in 1970, RICHARD GROSSINGER has published some 35 books, most of them with his own press, North Atlantic Books, but also titles with Harper, Doubleday, Sierra Club Books, and J. P. Tarcher. These have ranged from long explorations of science, culture, and spirituality (Dark Pool of Light, Planet Medicine, Embryogenesis) to memoirs (New Moon) to experimental prose (Book of the Earth and Sky) and science fiction (Mars: A Science Fiction Vision). Grossinger received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1975 and lives with his wife, writer Lindy Hough, in Portland, Maine.

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