Book by Henry Seltzer
Review by Arlan Wise
Eris was discovered in 2006. She is named after the Greek goddess of Chaos and Discord and is a sister of Aries. Her archetype is of the female warrior, who sometimes uses violence achieve her goals. Henry Seltzer has put much time and effort into forming a relationship with her so that she would reveal her secrets to him. This book is the first step in his ongoing research on her and what she means when placed in people’s charts.
Henry and his son, Asa, invented a glyph for her. It is a small circle with a downward arrow, a combination of Mars, Pluto, and Venus. Eris uses Martian energy in a feminine Venusian way to achieve Plutonian transformation. Henry feels she has a potential for violent action and will use it to stand up for herself and the causes she champions. He says, “She indicates a desire to defend the underdog, and to fight for justice over and above self-interest, that is truly representative of the Eris archetype”. He finds this to be seen in the many charts he analyzes in the book. Henry shows how Eris acts in the charts of feminists, makers of violent films with strong female characters, and influential writers.
There is a section with in depth analysis of Eris in the charts of three literary exemplars: Herman Melville, D H Lawrence, and William Blake. Henry also shows how Eris is connected to depth psychology “with soul intention that has been set aside, and which might exhibit dark tendencies, at least until more consciously acknowledged”. Jung has a prominent Eris.
Henry includes a wide range of topics and uses many charts to show how Eris is influential in their lives of the people he examines. He has a section of Eris in the natal houses and in aspect with natal planets. He delineates charts of feminists and paradigm shifters. He ends the book with a historical survey that shows what happened when Eris was in aspect to the outer planets.
The book lacks an ephemeris of Eris. Even though Eris is on a 556-year orbit and moves slowly, it would be good to know where she is at any given time. Without knowing her rate of motion and the degree she is in a specific year, it is hard to picture her in charts. Hopefully Henry will include an Eris ephemeris in the next edition and also give more technical information.
After reading this book I find that I am including Eris in the conversations I have with clients. There is much more to learn about Eris as we start to bring her into our consultations and I’m sure Henry will continue to be in the forefront of discovering the many facets of our newest planet – Eris.