Even though it took more than eight years, it had to happen. Another new planet was discovered in our solar system, and it's almost guaranteed it won't be the last such discovery.
First observed on November 5, 2012, and announced on March 26, 2014, the newly-discovered planet has been given the interim astronomical label of 2012 VP113 . In a bit of scientific whimsy the astronomers gave the nickname "Biden" to the planet. The VP initials of the planet's provisional designation inspired the American discoverers to choose that nickname in honour of the the then US Vice-President, Joe Biden.
That nickname will not last. Several months or years down the road astronomers will wander through their arcane processes and assign an official name to the planet. Traditionally the astronomer who discovered the planet gets to choose the name of some obscure mythological god or goddess which is then vetted by the official astronomical Establishment.
Meanwhile the planet is already intriguing. With a slight pinkish colour VP113 takes about 4,000 years to go around the Sun making it the second longest orbit in the solar system after Sedna's 10,500-year orbit. It has a highly elliptical (egg-shaped) orbit as does Sedna. Preliminary observations suggest it may be about half the size of Sedna's 1600 km diameter, perhaps less than half the size. We're still in early days here so size is uncertain. (By comparison, Earth's diameter is about 12,700 km.)
Until further orbital studies are completed and we have a reliable ephemeris, we are limited in our commentary about VP113 itself, but this much can be said for sure. Sedna is not alone. If there are now two planets which have multi-millennial orbits around the Sun, then likely there are more. In short, this means a new category of planets exists, all of which (of whom?) take several thousand years for a trip around the Sun.
Nobody really knows just where these planets came from or how they got there, which of course has not stopped astronomers from making their usual wild guesses, otherwise known as hypothetical theories. They have even dragged out the unproven Oort Cloud for this one. Point is, no one knows for sure.
But there are a few things we know. In slow motion, these multi-millennials will be aspecting each other, creating macro patterns amongst themselves. In astrological terms these macro patterns, because they take millennia to unfold, will have significant impacts on the unfolding of human civilization, i.e., the rise and fall of great civilizations, or even Civilization as a unitary whole in the evolution of humanity.
The evolution of humanity? Correct. Let's take a look. For instance VP113's orbit around the Sun is 4,000 years. Where was humanity four thousand years ago?
For openers, the ancient civilizations of central America had not been born yet. Neither had the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. However, it was different in other parts of the middle east. Ancient Egypt was in the midst of the Middle Kingdom which included the 11th and 12th Dynasties. Click here to check out the lengthy discussion of Egypt's Middle Kingdom at Wikipedia. In Mesopotamia, the Sumer civilization, which had invented Cuneiform writing, was decaying and fell to armed invasion 4,000 years ago. Click here for Wikipedia's take on that chapter of ancient history. Elsewhere on the globe India was in the middle of the now lost but remarkable Indus Valley Civilization. Click here for Wikipedia's description. And China was in the midst of its first historically recorded dynasty, the Xia dynasty. Click here for Wikipedia's brief description of this first Bronze Age civilization in China.
Were there other great ancient civilizations 4,000-years ago on this planet? We don't know. If there were, they haven't yet been discovered or recognized yet as such. But we do know enough that we can safely say it was a vastly different world back then compared to our modern age. That's what 4,000 years can do. These new multi-millennial planets, when all of them are finally discovered, will speak to these enormous changes over thousands of years.
That is not to say the multi-millennials will not reflect upon individual humans in their current lives today. The impact will be felt, and some of it will be obvious. In a person's natal chart, the inner most planets will aspect these far-reaching planets and therein will be the opportunity to "step-down" what is surely a most high vibration into our lower consciousness or conversely expand our lower consciousness into the higher vibration, or perhaps a bit of both.
As for ranking the astrological importance of VP113, since Sedna is the first of the multi-millennia planets to be discovered (2003), she will be the most significant of the group, in the same fashion that Chiron, the first-discovered Centaur planet (1977), is still considered the most important Centaur planet. That said, we also have seen how new planets such as Eris, Orcus, et al, have pushed around Pluto, the first-discovered of the Kuiper belt dwarf planets.
Beyond that, wisdom suggests patience. We await more discoveries as astronomers are saying other multi-millennials are out there. The team that discovered VP113 is currently checking out another half dozen potential candidates.
But patience seems to be in short supply amongst a few astronomers. In an amusing development, the VP113 discovery catalyzed some truly silly hyperbola within the usually low-key astronomical community. For instance, the normally restrained and sober Carnegie Institute for Science issued a gushing press release speculating about "the potential presence of an enormous planet, perhaps up to 10 times the size of Earth" and that "about 900 objects with orbits like Sedna and 2012 VP113 and sizes larger than 1000 km may exist."
Take a cold shower, people. None of these speculative planets have been discovered yet. Still, the point is worth noting: there's a significant probability that more new multi-millennial planets will be discovered. Just how many more remains to be seen. Even if the number is small, it is still significant. The teaching in Western astrology is that when a new planet is discovered and named, its vibration and archetype are ready for integration into conscious human awareness. If a few more of these multi-millennials are out there, and that would now seem to be the case, then as they are discovered, we as a species and as individuals would be on the verge of quite an upward jolt in consciousness.
Welcome to the 21st Century. The metaphysical fun is just beginning, even if we never do find a new planet ten times the size of Earth.