Introduction to the Asteroids Report


Moon Opposition Hemera, Orb: 0 deg. 18 min



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Moon Opposition Hemera, Orb: 0 deg. 18 min.
In Greek mythology, Hemera was the primordial goddess personifying Daytime. She was the daughter of Nyx, the goddess of the Night, and Erebus, the god of Darkness. Her brother and consort was the elemental god Aether, who corresponded to Light and the "pure upper air" inhaled by the immortals. Hemera's name is a component of the word ephemera, which originally meant "lasting only one day". She was closely associated with Hera, the Queen of Heaven, and Eos, the goddess of the Dawn. With Aether she conceived Thalassa, the primeval Ocean. Gaia and Ouranos, the Earth and the Sky, were also sometimes cited as her children.
This asteroid may ascribe significance to the daylight hours. A love of light, warmth and brightness may manifest.
Moon Opposition Hestia, Orb: 0 deg. 20 min.
In the ancient Greek religion, Hestia was the domestic deity of the hearth fire. Her Roman equivalent was the goddess Vesta.
In the Greco-Roman world every hearth (the source of a household's warmth and light) was an altar to this goddess. A public sanctuary containing an eternally-lit flame was also maintained in her honor. When a new colony was established its hearth fire would be ceremonially transported from the parent city. This fire was essentially symbolic of the city's spirit, as the fire residing at the core of each home embodied the life force of that dwelling.
Hestia was the daughter of the Titans Cronus and Rhea and the sister of Hera, Demeter, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus. She was considered to be the eldest of these divine siblings. Hestia was the most humble, peaceful, gentle and charitable of the Olympian gods. She sat on a simple wooden throne by the hearth and wore plain unadorned robes. She possessed no personal emblem. She was often portrayed in art with a cloth covering draped over her hair, possibly symbolizing her modest nature.
When the intemperate god Dionysus arrived on Mount Olympus, Hestia offered her seat to him, saying she would prefer to sit by the fire. In some legends she tires of listening to the endless petty quarrels of the immortals and leaves Mount Olympus forever, descending to Earth. Hestia also rejected love and romance, swearing to her brother Zeus to always remain a virgin. She was courted by Poseidon, and later by Apollo, but to no avail.
The common Greek phrase "Hestia Before All!" aptly expresses this goddess' primacy in the ancient world. Ritual offerings to any god performed at home began with a small offering to Hestia. Although less exciting than many other popular divinities, she was deeply loved by many.
This asteroid may ascribe much importance to domestic matters. A sense of home may be found essential You may maintain a household and/or provide comfort, nourishment and hospitality to others. A peaceful and accommodating nature may develop. Modest things may be venerated more than ostentatious ones.
Moon Opposition Lucina, Orb: 0 deg. 50 min.
Lucina was a Roman goddess of childbirth. She was responsible for protecting the life of the mother during labor. Her name may be derived from the Latin lux, meaning "light", as she literally "brought children into the light". In later times her name was used as an epithet of Juno, the Queen of the Gods.
This asteroid may ascribe significance to all themes relating to childbirth and midwifery.
Moon Opposition Nebraska, Orb: 0 deg. 34 min.
Nebraska is a state in the Great Plains region of the central United States of America. It is bordered by South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming. Its name is derived from the archaic Otoe phrase Ni Brasge, meaning "Flat Water", a reference to the Platte River, which intersects the land. Nebraska has historically been home to Native American tribes such as the Iowas, Omahas, Poncas, Pawnees, Otoes and Sioux. In 1854 the United States government passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, creating the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. The capital of the Nebraska territory was Omaha, now Nebraska's largest city. In the 1860s homesteaders from the east coast flooded into Nebraska, eager to claim free land granted to them by the government. As so few trees could be found on the land, many settlers built homes from sod. In 1867 Nebraska became the 37th state in the Union. Its capital was moved from Omaha to Lancaster, which was renamed Lincoln in honor of the recently assassinated US President.
Largely rural Nebraska is one of the United States' leading centers of farming and ranching. It also boasts the nation's largest population of llamas. Businessman Warren Buffet, one of the world's wealthiest individuals, is a native Nebraskan.
This asteroid may ascribe personal significance to the state of Nebraska, its people and its history.
Moon Opposition Orpheus, Orb: 0 deg. 27 min.
The sacred lyric poet Orpheus was an important figure in ancient Greek legend and worship. He was the central figure of a mystery religion (known as Orphism or the Orphic Mysteries) dating back to at least the 5th Century BCE.
Orphism was a tradition primarily concerned with death and the afterlife. Its adherents believed that the human soul was divine and immortal, yet doomed to an endless cycle of life, death and subsequent rebirth. Through their rites the Orphics aimed to liberate themselves from this "grievous circle".
Orpheus was the son of Calliope, "She of the Beautiful Voice", the Muse of Heroic Poetry. He was known to travel the ancient world on foot singing and playing his lyre. His music was so beautiful and enchanting that both humans and wild animals froze in captive awe upon hearing it.
Orpheus fell in love with the beautiful oak nymph Eurydice, whose name means "Far Reaching Justice". Shortly after their wedding, Eurydice was bitten by a poisonous snake, succumbing to a tragic death. Orpheus then sang songs of such misery that the nymphs and creatures of the Earth urged him to go to the Underworld to retrieve his bride. Breaking the rules of mortality, romantic Orpheus traveled to the throne room of Hades and Persephone, where he petitioned the rulers of the Underworld to let Eurydice return with him to the sunlit world. Enraptured by his beautiful music, they agreed to his request, on the condition that he walk in front of Eurydice on their journey home and never look behind him. Eurydice followed Orpheus until he foolishly turned and looked at her. Whether forgetfulness or curiosity caused him to break his promise is unclear. In that moment Eurydice disappeared, this time forever. Orpheus returned alone to the surface of the Earth.
Orpheus himself met death in a violent manner, being ripped to pieces by the crazed and intoxicated followers of Dionysus. His severed head was said to float down the Hebrus River still singing. It floated out to the island of Lesbos where it was buried and honored with an oracular shrine.
In addition to his musical virtuosity and romantic spirit, Orpheus is praised in Classical literature as a master of medicine, agriculture, writing, divination and astrology.
In Orphic cosmogony, Phanes, whose name means "Bring to Light" or "Make Appear", was the primeval deity of procreation and original generator of all life. Phanes was portrayed as a hermaphroditic figure graced by beautiful golden wings and wrapped in the coils of the serpent of life. In the beginning of creation, Phanes emerged from the World Egg, a singularity which contained the undifferentiated elements, when it was split by Kronos ("Time") and Ananke ("Inevitability").
As the first being, Phanes became the first ruler of the Cosmos. S/he was supplanted in this role by Nyx, the goddess of the Night. From Nyx the rulership of the Universe was passed on to Ouranos, the god of the Sky, who was defeated by Kronos. Kronos was finally defeated by his son Zeus, who then assumed his role as King of the Gods. In some accounts Zeus devoured Phanes in order to assimilate his immense power.
Phanes was also associated with Eros, the god of sexual desire.
Phanes, a hermaphrodite, was envisioned by the Orphics as being split into male and female aspects. The male aspect of Phanes was equated with Iacchus. Iacchus, known as "the light bearing star of the nocturnal mysteries", was a divine attendant of the goddess Demeter and was intimately connected to her mystery religion at Eleusis. He was described as bearing a torch. Iacchus was later conflated with Dionysus, his name becoming an epithet of the ecstatic god. The feminine half of the Primal Creator was known as Misa. Misa may have been perceived as an equivalent of the Earth Mother goddess Cybele.
This asteroid may bestow extraordinary poetic, musical, literary and/or prophetic talents. A nomadic lifestyle may be adopted. Popular adoration may be attained. Concepts of death and rebirth may play an essential role in life, as may those of romantic love You may undergo a symbolic "journey to the Underworld". Religious ritual, especially that of an emotional and experiential nature, may be found appealing.
Moon Opposition Phocaea, Orb: 0 deg. 23 min.
Phocaea was an ancient Ionian Greek city on the western coast of Anatolia. It was founded in the 9th Century BCE and grew to become one of the largest cities in the ancient world. It was also the northernmost of the Ionian cities. Colonists from Phocaea founded several other important Mediterranean metropolises, including Massalia (modern day Marseille, France) around 600 BCE, Emporion (modern day Empuries in Catalonia, Spain) around 575 BCE and Elea (now Velia, Italy) around 540 BCE. Herodotus asserted that the Phocaeans were the first Greeks to undertake long sea voyages. They engaged in extensive travel and trade, their sphere of influence extending as far as Egypt.
In 546 Persian forces under Cyrus the Great attacked and conquered Phocaea. Rather than submit to Persian authority, many residents of the city fled to other regions. The majority of these immigrants settled in their new colony of Elea. Around 500 BCE the remaining inhabitants of Phocaea joined the Ionian revolt against the Persians. After the Greek defeat of Persian leader Xerxes I around 480, Phocaea joined the Delian League, an association of Greek city states united under Athenian leadership. During the Hellenistic era the city came under Seleucid and Attalid control. Today Phocaea exists as the city of Foca, Turkey.
This asteroid may assign personal relevancy to the geographic location of ancient Phocaea and its rich history. Civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean may become an area of interest. Seafaring, pioneering and commercial enterprises may also be exalted.
Moon Opposition Sophia, Orb: 0 deg. 44 min.
This asteroid was named in honor of the wife of German astronomer Hugo Hans Ritter von Seeliger (1849-1924).
The name Sophia is of Greek origin and means "Wisdom", being derived from sophos, or "wise". This word held great importance in Hellenistic religion and philosophy, and subsequently in neo-Platonism and Gnosticism, as well as Orthodox, Esoteric and Mystical Christianity. Much of Plato's work is concerned with describing the nature of Sophia. The word philosophy itself literally means "Love of Sophia (Wisdom)". In the Hebrew religious texts which were translated into Greek, the word Sophia was used to translate Chokhmah, the Hebrew word for Wisdom (and the second of the ten Sephiroth of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life).
Medieval German Christian mystic Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) described Sophia as the personification of divine wisdom, paying tribute to her in both writing and art. Similarly, 16th Century German Protestant mystic Jakob Bohme described Sophia as a cosmic figure with whom he directly communicated. In the 17th Century, an English Christian mystic named Jane Leade described the relationship which she maintained with Sophia. Jane Leade claimed that Sophia revealed the spiritual workings of the Universe to her through a series of visions.
In the Gnostic tradition, the figure of Sophia is analogous to both the human soul and the feminine aspect of God. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Sophia is conceptualized as the divine wisdom which was incarnated in the figure of Jesus Christ.
This asteroid may bestow sagacity, understanding, clarity of mind, compassion, and the ability to gain knowledge. Mystical and philosophical pursuits may be favored. Marriage may also play an important part in life.
Moon Opposition Ur, Orb: 0 deg. 10 min.
Ur was an ancient Sumerian city located near present day An Nasiriyah, Iraq.
The ancient civilization of Sumer (or Sumeria) thrived for several millennia in Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
The earliest Sumerian agricultural settlements were established around 6000 BCE. Dynastic Sumerian city-states, such as Ur, arose around 2900 BCE. These city-states, supported by year-round farming and advances in food storage, produced some of the earliest known examples of written language. The Sumerians referred to their country as the "Land of the Lords of Brightness". They worshipped a complex pantheon of gods, including the Sky god An, the Earth goddess Ki, the Venusian Inanna, and Enki, the great civilizer of humanity. Nanna, the god of the moon, was the patron deity of Ur.
The Sumerians also developed arithmetic, geometry, a lunisolar calendar, metallurgy, and many other systems and crafts.
The city of Ur included much impressive architecture, including the Great Ziggurat of Ur, a massive step pyramid complex constructed in the 21st Century BCE during the reign of Ur-Nammu.
In the 24th and 23rd Centuries BCE Sumer was conquered by Sargon of Akkad, thus beginning Akkadian control of the region. The Akkadians spoke a Semetic language related to modern Hebrew. After the fall of the Akkadian rulers there was a period of chaos and political upheaval followed by a return to Sumerian culture. This second wave of Sumerian influence, known as the "Neo-Sumerian Period" or the "Sumerian Renaissance", lasted from approximately 2119 until 2004 BCE.
Some Biblical scholars have associated Ur with the city of Ur Kasdim mentioned in the Book of Genesis as the birthplace of the patriarch Abraham.
This asteroid may grant personal importance to the geographic location of archaic Ur and its history; as well as to the artistic, cultural and scientific contributions of its residents.
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Mercury Conjunct Ariadne, Orb: 0 deg. 32 min.
Ariadne was a heroine of Greek mythology. She was the daughter of King Minos of Crete, whose parents were Zeus and Europa, and Queen Pasiphae, whose name means "Wide Shining", daughter of the Sun god Helios.
When the Greek hero Theseus came to Crete to slay the Minotaur, a ferocious bovine monstrosity who demanded human sacrifices, Ariadne fell in love with him and aided him in the accomplishment of this feat by guiding him through the Labyrinth in which the beast resided. Afterwards, Ariadne fled the island with Theseus, yet was abandoned by him on the island of Naxos.
She later married Dionysus, the god of wine, madness and religious ecstasy.
The mythic figure of Ariadne may have originated as a native Cretan deity whose name comes from the Cretan Arihagne, meaning "Utterly Pure". She may be analogous to the Minoan Snake Goddess.
This asteroid may imbue loving, caring, brave, intelligent and creative qualities. There may be a talent for solving complex problems as well as a willingness to come to the aid of others. The island of Crete may hold personal significance.
Mercury Conjunct Asterope, Orb: 0 deg. 06 min.
This asteroid was named for the Greek mythological figure of Sterope, whose name means "Lighting". Sterope was among the Pleiades.
The Pleiades were the seven daughters of the Titan Atlas and the Sea Nymph Pleione. They were the companions of Artemis; goddess of wilderness, hunting and the Moon. This sisterhood lent its name to the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.
Sterope is mentioned in Greek literature as the consort of Ares, the god of war. By Ares she mothered King Oenomaus of Pisa, whose famous chariot race against Pelops is the legendary origin of the Olympic Games.
In Greek myth lightning was traditionally associated with the power of Zeus, the king of the gods. Similarly it was aligned in Norse lore with the god Thor and in Indian legend with the god Indra. These mighty sky-dwellers used bolts of lightning as divine weapons.
This asteroid may give a love of challenge and confrontation, athletic ability, charisma, and an inclination towards leadership. Lightning, storms and electricity may hold personal significance.
Mercury Conjunct Automedon, Orb: 0 deg. 26 min.
In Greek mythology, Automedon was the charioteer of Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan war. Homer's Iliad relates how Automedon rode into battle commanding Achilles horses Balius and Xanthos when the hero Patroclus donned Achilles' armor. After Patroclus' death Automedon attempted to comfort the distraught horses. He is portrayed as a brave and loyal warrior.
This asteroid may bestow equine finesse, athletic ability, coordination, courage and steadfast devotion.
Mercury Conjunct Bradley, Orb: 0 deg. 40 min.
This asteroid was named for Martin and Maud Bradley, friends of Edward L.G. Bowell, the discoverer.
The surname Bradley is of Old English derivation and means "Broad Wood" or "Broad Clearing".
This asteroid may grant importance to friendships and alliances. A love of nature may also be implied.
Mercury Conjunct Caia, Orb: 0 deg. 55 min.
Caia is a character in Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz's historical novel Quo Vadis. Quo Vadis is Latin for "Where are you going?". The novel is set in ancient Rome around 64 BCE. In this tale, a young Christian woman and a traditional Roman man of noble birth fall in love. The name Caia is of Greek origin and means "Pure".
This asteroid may cause genuine and sincere love between people of different cultures, social classes and/or religions.
Mercury Conjunct Chicago, Orb: 0 deg. 16 min.
Chicago is the largest city in the US State of Illinois, and the third largest city in the United States. Founded in 1833 on the shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is home to more than 2.8 million people. The city is known for its beautiful parks, its love of art and music, and its skyscrapers. The 108 story Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) was once the tallest building in the world. The name Chicago is a French interpretation of the Native American word shikaakwa, meaning "wild onion".
This asteroid may emphasize the significance of this geographic location.
Mercury Conjunct Eurydike, Orb: 0 deg. 01 min.
In Greek myth, Eurydike (or Eurydice) was an oak nymph, the daughter of the god Apollo. Her name is comprised of the Greek eury, meaning "wide, far reaching" and dike, meaning "justice".
Lovely Eurydice was married to the legendary musician Orpheus. Orpheus was the son of Calliope, "She of the Beautiful Voice", the Muse of Heroic Poetry. He was known to travel the ancient world on foot singing and playing his lyre. His music was so beautiful and enchanting that both humans and wild animals froze in captive awe upon hearing it.
Orpheus and Eurydice loved each other immensely. Their married life, however, was cut short when Eurydice was bitten by a poisonous snake and died. Orpheus then sang songs of such misery that the nymphs and creatures of the Earth urged him to go to the Underworld to retrieve his bride. Breaking the rules of mortality, romantic Orpheus traveled to the throne room of Hades and Persephone, where he petitioned the rulers of the Underworld to let Eurydice return with him to the sunlit world. Enraptured by his beautiful music, they agreed to his request, on the condition that he walk in front of Eurydice on their journey home and never look behind him. Eurydice followed Orpheus until he foolishly turned and looked at her. Whether forgetfulness or curiosity caused him to break his promise is unclear. In that moment Eurydice disappeared, this time forever. This myth has been interpreted as a testament to human frailty and fallibility. It demonstrates the futility of trying to cheat death.
Orpheus himself met death in a violent manner, being ripped to pieces by the crazed and intoxicated followers of Dionysus. His severed head was said to float down the Hebrus River still singing. It floated out to the island of Lesbos where it was buried and honored with an oracular shrine.
This asteroid may bestow uncommonly strong emotional attachments in romantic relationships. The individual's partner may go to great lengths on their behalf. A beautiful, caring, fair and just character is possible. Music may also become an important part of life.
Mercury Conjunct Geometria, Orb: 0 deg. 44 min.
Geometry is one of the oldest known sciences, having originated around 3000 BCE in the India, Mesopotamia and Egypt. It is the branch of mathematics which concerns questions of the size, shape and relative position of figures as well as the properties of space. Beginning as a general body of knowledge concerning lengths, areas and volumes, geometry was transformed in the 3rd Century BCE by Greek mathematician Euclid of Alexandria, who put it into axiomatic form. In the 9th and 10th Centuries CE Middle Eastern polymaths such as Al-Mahani and Thabit ibn Qurra developed algebraic geometry. In the 17th Century CE French thinker Rene Descartes added the coordinate system. Knowledge of geometry is essential to the practices of architecture, engineering and topology.
This asteroid may ascribe personal importance to the ancient, sublime and practical art of geometry.
Mercury Conjunct Lucia, Orb: 0 deg. 24 min.
This asteroid was named in honor of the daughter of Count Johann Nepomuk Wilczek (1837-1922), an Austro-Hungarian polar explorer and patron of the fine arts. Lucia is a Latin-derived name meaning "Light".
This asteroid may emphasize the importance of relationships between fathers and their children. Light, in either the literal or philosophical sense, may play an important role in life. Venturesome, creative and philanthropic pursuits may be favored.
Mercury Conjunct Montana, Orb: 0 deg. 56 min.
Montana is a Spanish name meaning "Mountain". This asteroid was so named in honor of the Hamburg Observatory in Bergedorf, Germany. It was the first minor planet ever to be discovered there.
Montana is also the name of fourth largest state in the United States of America. Called "Big Sky Country" and the "Land of Shining Mountains", Montana is known for its scenic mountains, lakes, glaciers and forests. Montana is bordered by the states of Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as by the nation of Canada to the north. It is the least densely populated state in the United States. Ranching, mining, lumber and tourism maintain Montana's economy.
The land of Montana was originally inhabited by Native American groups such as the Crow, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Assiniboine and Salish. The first Europeans to explore the region where Jesuit Missionaries. From 1864 Montana was an organized incorporated territory of the United States, attaining full statehood in 1889.
This asteroid may grant personal importance to the state of Montana. An affinity for mountainous environs may develop.
Mercury Conjunct Perseverantia, Orb: 0 deg. 48 min.
This asteroid was named for perseverance, a quality posthumously attributed to Austrian astronomer Johann Palisa (1848-1925). Palisa discovered a total of 122 asteroids, including this one.
To persevere is to continue steadfastly, or to diligently persist. The word is derived from the Latin perseverus, a combination of per, meaning "very", and severus, meaning "strict". Severus, which is also the root of the word severe, may itself be derived from the Latin se vero, or "without kindness".
This asteroid may grant serious, hard-working, determined and enduring characteristics You may gain recognition for their efforts.


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