I have come to really love Eris and use her in my chart and when I read other’s charts. She is a powerful ally in helping us align authentically with ourselves. The mythology of Eris is really powerful. She was the goddess of discord, haunting battlefields and reveling in the bloodshed. After being the only goddess not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, she showed up anyway and tossed the apple of discord in amongst the other goddesses, which ended up being the cause of the Trojan War. Oh what havoc we wreak in our lives when we don’t invite all of ourselves to the table to be seen and acknowledged. That which goes unseen becomes shadow and creates war within ourselves as we battle what has now become our demons. When we project the shadow outside of ourselves and reject others, we create discord, division, hatred, and even war.
With Eris squaring Pluto all of this year and next (2020-21), she has been a major player in our collective psyche. We have been witnessing the very real consequences when we dismiss, disregard, and denigrate others. No one deserves to be treated this way. But outer discord and violence is a reflection of the inner discord and inner violence we perpetrate on ourselves when we judge, criticize, shame, denigrate, and chastise ourselves. As Georgia Stathis stated in Astrology Hub’s 2021 Forecast Panel, “we have to invite the bad witch to the party.”
Mars is nearing a conjunction with Eris right now, to be exact on December 22nd, one day before Mars makes its third and final square to Pluto in Capricorn, even as Eris is squaring off with Pluto, the God of the Underworld, as well. How can you invite your bad witch to the party? How can we come together as perfectly imperfect human beings, raw and vulnerable, ready to transform this world into a place where everyone is invited to the party and we create a world of fulfilled and thriving people, a true Aquarian ideal?
In its highest expression, Eris is a spiritual warrior who has the strength and courage to examine themselves with complete integrity and honesty, the unconditional Love for Self to do the inner shadow work necessary to align themselves with their highest vibration, and the determination to do whatever it takes to be in complete energetic alignment with their Highest Self.