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



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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. 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
Dana Wilde: Pluto on the Borderlands;
Richard Grossinger: Pluto and The Kuiper Belt;
Richard C. Hoagland: New Horizon … for a Lost Horizon;
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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