Discovering Eris

The Symbolism and Significance of a New Planetary Archetype

Keiron Le Grice


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Explores the astrological significance of Eris, a new dwarf planet in our solar system.

Floris Books
Astrology & Cosmology; Philosophy of the Natural World
168 pages
Publication date:
22 Mar 2012


In astrology, each planet in our solar system is symbolically associated with specific archetypes, characteristcs, themes and patterns in human experience. The discovery in 2005 of Eris -- a dwarf planet beyond Pluto -- was therefore an event of great significance for astrology as well as astronomy.

In this unique book, Keiron Le Grice considers the astrological significance of Eris. How, he asks, can we determine Eris's meaning? What archetypal themes is it associated with? In what ways might the myths of Eris, the Greek goddess of strife, be relevant to the astrological meaning? What can Eris's discovery tell us about the evolutionary challenges we now face?

Drawing on a wide variety of perspectives -- including mythology, ecology, religion, history, philosophy and Jungian psychology -- Le Grice carefully constructs a multi-faceted picture of Eris's possible meaning, helping to illuminate the unprecedented events of our time and providing clues to our possible future directions.


'It's a rare thing for a new planet to be discovered, in our own solar system at least. It's equally rare to witness the emergence of a planet's archetypal significance. Though it will likely be decades before a strong consensus is established in the astrological community regarding the meaning of Eris, Le Grice has surely laid the foundations for future reflection on its possible archetypal import. Written in a style both accessible and engaging, Le Grice displays an impressive multi-disciplinary reach, drawing with equal competence from the sciences and psychology, from mythology and world history. Though focused on the meaning of Eris, the book also serves as a lucid introduction to the new field of archetypal cosmology. At the same time, given his central hypothesis, the reader is presented with a series of illuminating insights having to do with the evolution of consciousness and this current, critical phase of the Planetary Era.'
-- Sean Kelly, author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era.


Keiron Le Grice is founding editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology and the author of The Archetypal Cosmos: Rediscovering the Gods in Myth, Science and Astrology (Floris Books, 2010). He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, where he is adjunct faculty in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness programme. He has studied astrology and related subjects for over twenty years, and works as a professional archetypal astrologer. He currently lives in South Wales with his wife and son.

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Also available in paperback:
Discovering Eris(Paperback edition)

Also by Keiron LeGrice:
The Archetypal Cosmos: Rediscovering the Gods in Myth, Science and Astrology -- Paperback edition or eBook edition

You may also be interested in our other astrology & cosmology books:
Astrological Revolution
Journal for Star Wisdom 2013
Stargazers' Almanac 2013: A Monthly Guide to the Stars and Planets

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