Mercury Conjunct Petropolitana, Orb: 0 deg. 49 min. Petropolitana is the Latin name for the city of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Saint Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter I, who established it as the capital of the Russian Empire. It was named for Peter I's patron saint, Saint Peter the Apostle. After the October Revolution of 1917 the capital of the new Soviet Union moved to Moscow. From 1924 until 1991 the city was known as Leningrad, named for Bolshevik leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
Today Saint Petersburg is Russia's second most populous city after Moscow, with 4.3 million inhabitants. It is also the world's northernmost city with a population of over one million.
This asteroid may draw attention to this unique city, its history and its culture.
Mercury Conjunct Rollandia, Orb: 0 deg. 44 min. This asteroid was named in honor of French dramatist, writer, art historian, professor and mystic Romain Rolland (1866-1944). In 1915 Rolland won the Nobel Prize in Literature, "as a tribute to the lofty idealism of his literary production and to the sympathy and love of truth with which he has described different types of human beings".
Rolland is best known for his work Jean-Christoph, a 10 novel series which depicts the life of a German musical prodigy. Rolland also gained recognition for several essays, including The People's Theatre, in which he argued for the democratization of the theatrical arts. As a young man, Rolland immersed himself in the study of philosophy. He was particularly influenced by Eastern philosophy, such as the Vedanta philosophy of India as espoused by Swami Vivekananda. Hermann Hesse dedicated his novel Siddhartha, a fictional account of the life of an Indian boy living in the time of the Buddha, to Rolland. Rolland maintained a correspondence with Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi, as well as with pioneering Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. This asteroid may confer literary and philosophical inclinations. Eastern thought, humanism, liberty and equality may become areas of interest You may form friendships or alliances with influential figures. Mercury Conjunct Vindobona, Orb: 0 deg. 10 min. Vindobona is the Latin name for Vienna. Vienna (or Wien in German) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Austria. It is located in the eastern part of the country, in close proximity to the neighboring nations of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Vienna is the host city of both the United Nations and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). It is currently the tenth largest city by population in the European Union. Vienna began as a Celtic settlement around 500 BCE. In 15 BCE a Roman border town was established there, as the Roman legions battled the Germanic tribes for control of the region. The origin of the name Vienna is unclear. It may either derive from the Celtic Vedunia, meaning "Forest Stream", or from the Latin name of the Roman fort Vindobona, meaning "White Base". In the Middle Ages Vienna was the seat of the Babenberg Dynasty. This noble family was replaced by the powerful House of Hapsburg in 1440, consequently making Vienna the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. From this time on, the city was a major European center of commerce, diplomacy, science and the arts. In the 16th and 17th Centuries the noble city was ravaged by both the Black Plague, which killed one third of its citizens, and the attacks of marauders from the Ottoman Empire. In 1804 Vienna became the capital of the newly formed Austrian Empire, and subsequently the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1918 after World War I, Vienna became the capital of the First Austrian Republic. During World War II the city was captured by Nazi Germany and besieged by British and American forces. Classical music, opera and theatre have traditionally flourished in Vienna. The city is globally renowned for its formal balls, as well as for its exquisite architecture and numerous scenic parks and gardens. Vienna is also home to many prestigious colleges, universities and museums. Notable residents of Vienna have included Classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791); Romantic composer Johann Strauss I (1804-1849) and his son "the Waltz King" Johann Strauss II (1825-1899); founder of the individual school of psychology Alfred Adler (1870-1937); founder of the analytical school of psychology Sigmund Freud (1856-1939); Nobel prize-winning animal behavioralist Karl von Frisch (1886-1982); Nobel prize-winning theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958); composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860-1911); and symbolist painter Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). This asteroid may assign personal importance to the city of Vienna, its culture, its history and its impact on global affairs. Mercury Conjunct Wilhelmina, Orb: 0 deg. 41 min. This asteroid was named in honor of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880-1962). Queen Wilhelmina ruled the Netherlands for 58 years, the longest reign of any Dutch monarch. Her rule encompassed both of the World Wars. She became known throughout the world as an influential figure in the Dutch resistance against the invasion of Nazi Germany in World War II.
Wilhelmina was the only child of King William III of the Netherlands and his second wife Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont. King William was 63 years old when Wilhelmina was born. He died when she was 10. Her mother served as regent until her 18th birthday, when she was officially coronated.
After assuming royal power, Wilhelmina quickly gained a reputation as a forthright and assertive leader. In 1900 she ordered a Dutch warship to rescue Paul Kruger, the President of the Dutch African colony of Transvaal, which had come under attack by the British.
In 1901 the young queen married Hendrik, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. She suffered several miscarriages before giving birth to her daughter Juliana in 1909. Her marriage to Hendrick was troubled both by Wilhelmina's fertility problems and by her reluctance to grant her husband any political importance in the Netherlands. He was rumored to have engaged in several extramarital affairs.
Hendrick died in 1934, the same year as Wilhelmina's mother Queen Emma.
In 1940 Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands. Wilhelmina and her family were evacuated to Great Britain. From exile she continued to communicate with her subjects by radio, urging them to resist the Germans. She became an icon of anti-Nazi sentiment, famously calling Hitler "the arch-enemy of mankind". She was highly regarded by Winston Churchill, and became one of the only women to be inducted into the Order of the Garter, an elite British chivalric order.
Wilhelmina was also a savvy businessperson and investor. In her lifetime she became the richest woman in the world. This position was retained by her daughter Juliana.
Juliana succeeded her mother as queen in 1948. Wilhelmina retired to Het Loo Palace, where she died at the age of 82 in 1962. At her request, the mourners at her funeral were clad in all white. This heterodoxy was due to Wilhelmina's belief that death was the beginning of eternal life. Queen Wilhelmina's granddaughter Queen Beatrix is the current monarch of the Netherlands.
This asteroid may ascribe personal importance to the life and times of Queen Wilhelmina. Her decisive and courageous manner and her good financial sense, as well as her willingness to combat tyranny may also be conveyed.
Mercury Conjunct Wisdom, Orb: 0 deg. 57 min. This asteroid was named in honor of American astronomer Jack Wisdom (born ), a Professor of Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jack Wisdom is a pioneer in the study of chaos in the solar system. Wisdom is the quality or state of being wise. The word implies a comprehension of truth combined with the ability to make good judgments. It may also refer to scholarly learning, as well as to understanding gained through practice and experience. This asteroid may bestow sagacity, understanding, clarity of mind, compassion, and the ability to gain deep insight into things. The quest for knowledge may become an essential part of life. Mercury Opposition Andromache, Orb: 0 deg. 36 min. In Greek mythology, Andromache was the wife of Hector, the greatest warrior to fight on the side of Troy during the Trojan War. Andromache's name means "Battle of Man". After Hector's defeat by Achilles, Andromache was enslaved by the Greeks.
This asteroid may give many quarrels and contentions throughout life. A combative nature may manifest.
Mercury Opposition Antikleia, Orb: 0 deg. 02 min. Antikleia was the mother of the mythical Greek hero Odysseus. On his legendary journey home from the Trojan war, Odysseus ventured to the Underworld to consult the prophet Tiresias. While in the land below, he was reunited with Antikleia, who told him she had died of grief, believing him dead in the war. The name Antikleia may translate to "Against Glory". She was the daughter of Autolycus, whose name means "Lone Wolf", son of the god Hermes (Mercury).
This asteroid may bestow deep emotional ties to loved ones and perhaps a tendency towards melancholy. It may also relate to the themes associated with Antikleia's divine grandfather: communication, intelligence, speed, wit and trickery.
Mercury Opposition Camilla, Orb: 0 deg. 52 min. This asteroid was named in honor of French astronomer Camille Flammarion (1842-1925). Flammarion was a prolific author in addition to a respected scientist. He wrote on the subjects of popular science, science fiction, spiritualism and reincarnation. He favored approaching spiritual subjects from a scientific point of view. Flammarion was the first to suggest the names Amalthea and Triton for the moons of Jupiter and Neptune.
The name Camille is derived from the Latin Camillus, meaning "youth attending to religious ceremonies".
In Roman mythology, Camilla was also the name of a Warrior-Queen devoted to the goddess Diana.
This asteroid may draw attention to the subjects investigated by Camille Flammarion: celestial science and the spiritual world. The composition of literature may be a favored pursuit. There may also be an inclination towards participation in religious activities. The assertive, combative and independent attributes associated with the mythic Queen Camilla and her patron deity may also manifest.
Mercury Opposition Gratia, Orb: 0 deg. 24 min. The Gratiae, or "Graces", were a triad of Roman goddesses equivalent to the ancient Greek Charities; goddesses of charm, beauty, fertility and kindness. The Charities names were Aglaea ("Beauty"), Euphrasyne ("Mirth") and Thalia ("Good Cheer"). This sisterhood was thought to foment feelings of friendship and benevolence among people. They were either the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome (whose name means "Far Wandering") or Dionysus and Aphrodite. Homer said that they were among the entourage of lovely Aphrodite. The Charities were also associated with the mystery religion of the Earth goddess Demeter. These much-loved ladies were frequently portrayed Classical and Renaissance art. This asteroid may bestow the blessings of camaraderie, mutual affection, harmony, joy and ease You may bring happiness to others. Mercury Opposition Lotis, Orb: 0 deg. 53 min. In Greek mythology, Lotis was a water nymph. She was either the daughter of Poseidon, the Lord of the Sea, or the oceanic Titan Nereus. Lotis was pursued by the god Priapus. To escape from him she transformed herself into a lotus tree.
The identity of the "lotus tree" referred to in ancient lore is debated. In Homer's Odyssey the "lotus tree" is described as bearing a fruit which causes a pleasant and hypnotic drowsiness to overtake those who consume it. In this tale the tree grows on an island inhabited by the lotophagi, or "lotus eaters", a tribe of people lulled into perpetual apathy by their diet of lotus fruit.
This asteroid may draw bestow the ability to change one's identity in order to avert harm. It may also ascribe personal importance to soporific plants. The animistic concept of spirits inhabiting natural features may play a role in life.
Mercury Opposition Memphis, Orb: 0 deg. 43 min. The city of Memphis was the capital of ancient Egypt throughout the Old Kingdom and during certain periods of the New Kingdom. It remained both an administrative center and a hub of commerce, religion and culture from the inception of ancient Egyptian civilization until its final dissolution.
The Greek historian Herodotos attributed the founding of Memphis to Menes, the mythical first king of a united Egypt. According to Herodotos, the capital was established around 3100 BCE.
Memphis was known by its inhabitants as Ineb Hedj, meaning "White Walls". The word Memphis was the Greek interpretation of the name of Pepi I's pyramid, Men-nefer. Memphis was also referred to as Ankh Tawy, or "That which binds the Two Lands". This title suggests both the city's location at the confluence of Upper and Lower Egypt and the importance of their unification.
The Egyptian historian Manetho called Memphis Hi-Ku-P'tah, or "the Place of Ka and Ptah". Hi-Ku-P'tah was translated into Greek as Ai-gy-ptos, the origin of the word Egypt. At the height of its glory in the 6th Dynasty (2345-2183 BCE), Memphis was the center of the worship of the god Ptah. Ptah was credited with creating the universe by breathing or speaking it into being after having dreamt of it in his heart. Because of his method of creation, he was known as "the Opener of the Mouth", and was connected to the funerary rite of "the Opening of the Mouth". In this ceremony the deceased individual's soul was released from their body by a priest. As the Divine Creator, Ptah became the patron of artisans and craftsmen. Those who worked with stone were especially favored by him. Some of the world's most masterful and awe-inspiring works of stone art and architecture, such as the Saqqara necropolis, were produced in the city of the craftsman god. Today the ruins of Memphis lie approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Egypt's current capital, Cairo. This asteroid may ascribe personal significance to the ancient city of Memphis and the unique culture which flourished there for thousands of years. Mercury Opposition Panacea, Orb: 0 deg. 46 min. In Greek mythology, Panacea (whose name literally means "All Curing") was the goddess of healing. She was traditionally depicted administering therapeutic potions and poultices to the sick.
Panacea was the daughter of Asclepius, the god of medicine, and Epione, the goddess of soothing aches and pains. Along with her four sisters, she assisted her father and the god Apollo in their healing practices. Her four sisters were Iaso, the goddess of recuperation; Hygeia, the goddess of cleanliness; Aceso, the goddess of recovery; and Aglaea, the goddess of the natural glow of good health. The word panacea has come to mean a miraculous substance which cures all ills, or in a wider sense anything believed to be all-curing. Such a magical remedy was sought by Medieval alchemists, who knew it as "the elixir of life". This asteroid may give an inclination towards excellence in medical, pharmaceutical and therapeutic pursuits. The ability to alleviate pain and cure disease may manifest. Good health is indicated, as is longevity. Mercury Opposition Rosamunde, Orb: 0 deg. 38 min. This asteroid was named for the eponymous protagonist of German poet and playwright Helmina von Chezy's 1823 play Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus, for which Franz Schubert composed the incidental music. Although Schubert's score remains, the original play has been lost. It was only performed twice, and was met with abhorrence and contempt by contemporary critics.
The female given name Rosamunde (or Rosamund) has two potential origins. It may arise either from the Germanic hros-mund, meaning "Horse Protector", or from the Latin rosa mundi, meaning "Rose of the World".
Horses have long been praised for their beauty, speed, grace, strength and vitality. Reverence for horses in Prehistoric Europe is evidenced by their appearance in cave paintings, such as those at Lascaux, France, which are currently thought to be around 16,000 years old. The Uffington White Horse, a 110 meter (374 foot) long stylized horse gouged out of a hill in the English countryside and filled with white chalk, was probably created between 1400 and 600 BCE. Although the original purpose of these magnificent works of art is unknown, they clearly display their creators' respect and appreciation for horses. In Norse mythology, the supreme god Odin rode an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir. Sleipnir, the child of the trickster-god Loki, was described in the Eddur as the greatest of all horses. Similarly, the Slavic warrior god Svetovid rode a white horse into battle. In the ancient Gallic religion, the goddess Epona was the divine protector of horses. Epona was also associated with agricultural fertility and prosperity. Her worship proliferated throughout the Roman Empire from the 1st to the 3rd Century CE. In both Norse and Celtic contexts, horses were also viewed as leaders of souls in the afterlife. Eurasian nomadic cultures traditionally worshipped horses, as these majestic animals were intimately entwined with every aspect of their lives, from transportation to warfare to food. In ancient Greece, the ocean god Poseidon was closely associated with horses, and in some legends took the form of one. Greek myth also speaks of the half-human half-horse creatures known as the Centaurs, a mainly war-like and brutal group. The mythical characters may have been inspired by the invading nomadic tribes who came to Greece from the east. Another important equine mentioned in Classical myth is the immortal winged horse Pegasus, who aided the hero Bellerophon in defeating the monster Chimera. Pegasus was said to be the offspring of Poseidon in his form as horse and the serpent-haired gorgon Medusa. Pegasus, who sprang from Medusa's neck when she was beheaded by Perseus, became an iconic symbol of ascension and victory. The rose, like the horse, was imbued in ancient times with compelling symbolism. In Classical Greece the sweet-smelling rose became associated with Aphrodite and in the Roman era with her equivalent, Venus. Roses were also associated in the ancient world with secrecy. In one Greek tale, Aphrodite's son Eros, the god of desire and sexuality, presents Harpocrates, the god of silence, with a rose. Haropcrates was the Greek interpretation of the Egyptian god Horus in his aspect as Harpa-khruti, or "Horus the Child". In this manifestation Horus was associated with the new-born Sun at dawn. He was portrayed as a boy holding his fingers to his lips, a gesture indicating childhood in Egypt, which the Greeks interpreted as a symbol of silence. In Classical and Medieval times roses were painted on or hung from the ceiling in meeting rooms to remind the participants to keep the information shared hidden from others. This led to the Latin phrase sub rosa, literally meaning "under the rose", which came to denote confidentiality. In this context roses were also carved into Catholic confessional booths, reminding those confessing that their secrets would be kept. Roses were also associated with silence in Celtic folklore, where it was thought that a restless screaming spirit could be silenced by being presented with a wild rose on the New Moon. This asteroid may give bestow the adventurous, proud, strong, graceful, athletic, assertive and triumphant qualities associated with horses. The Venusian themes traditionally symbolized by the rose (love, beauty, romance and sensuality) may also be emphasized. Silence and secrecy may play an important role in life. Mercury Opposition Sigelinde, Orb: 0 deg. 56 min. This asteroid was named for a character in Richard Wagner's 1870 opera Die Walkure (The Valkyrie), the second of the four operas of his epic Ring of the Nibelungs cycle. This series of operas was inspired by Norse mythology, particularly the Volsunga Saga and the Poetic Edda. It is from Die Walkure that the famous musical composition the Ride of the Vakyries originated. In this tale the supreme god Wotan (Odin) makes a deal with two giants named Fasolt and Fafnir. In exchange for building his mighty hall of Valhalla, Wotan says he will give the giants Freya, the goddess of love. When they accomplish the task, however, Wotan is unwilling to surrender Freya. The giants say they will accept the treasure of Alberich as payment instead. Alberich is a wealthy dwarf, specifically a type of dwarf known as a Nibelung. His treasure hoard is legendary, especially since he had stolen the magical gold of the water spirits known as the Rhine maidens, and used it to craft a ring which would give its bearer power over the entire world if he or she completely renounced love. After stealing Alberich's treasure, Wotan was intrigued by the power of the ring, but refused to give up love. He cursed the ring and gave the treasure hoard to Fasolt and Fafnir as promised. As soon as they got it, the curse of the ring took effect, and Fafnir slew Fasolt. He then used Tarnhelm, a magical helmet with the power of shape-shifting (a piece among the many treasures of Alberich) to transform himself into a monstrous dragon. In this form Fafnir retreated to a remote cavern to guard his new and plentiful wealth. Wotan feared Alberich's revenge if he regained the ring, so he gathered around him a formidable army. He did this with the help of his daughters the Valkyries, a class of brave and ferocious warrior spirits. Chief among these was Brunhilde. Wotan also began to set events in motion which would lead the ring to fall into the hands of a pure-hearted hero free from divine influence. With a mortal woman he fathered a set of twins named Siegmund and Sieglinde (or Sigelinde). When the twins were young a marauding tribe killed their mother and abducted Sieglinde. Siegmund became a loner and a misfit. At the beginning of Die Walkure, he has taken refuge in a stranger's cottage after fleeing from a clan who he had attacked for trying to make a woman marry a man she didn't love. As he tells his tale to his hostess, she realizes that he is her long lost brother. Sieglinde and Siegmund are joyfully reunited, but Sieglinde's brutish husband Hunding tells him that the clan which he attacked were his kinsmen, and although he is welcome to stay the night, he must fight him in the morning to avenge his family's honor. An incestuous liason between the reunited twins is implied. Sieglinde tells Siegmund that a long time ago a mysterious stranger plunged a sword into a nearby tree, but no one has ever been able to remove it. She believes that he was destined to wield it. Indeed Wotan left the magical sword there for his son. From the realm of the gods, Wotan watches these events transpire. He tells his Valkyrie daughter Brunhilde to aid Siegmund in defeating Hunding. Wotan's wife Fricka (Frigg) enters and chastises him for this plan, pointing out that Siegmund is in no way free from the influence of the gods, having been set on his path by Wotan. Fricka also tells her husband that Siegmund is guilty of adultery and incest. She convinces him not to aid the young warrior in his fight against Hunding, nor to let the Valkyries do so. Brundhilde goes to Siegmund and warns him that his death is immanent. She invites him to go with her to the realm of the gods, but he refuses to go without Sieglinde. Brunhilde is compassionate towards Siegmund and decides to help him, going against Wotan's orders. During the fight between Siegmund and Hunding, Wotan himself interferes, shattering Siegmund's magic sword with his spear. Hunding slays Siegmund, and Brunhilde leads Sieglinde away to safety. Wotan then kills Hunding. Brunhilde takes Sieglinde to a meeting of the Valkyries, but they refuse to offer her refuge, fearing Wotan's wrath. Brunhilde declares that Sieglinde, now pregnant with the child of her dead brother, will give birth to the world's greatest hero, Siegfried. She advises Sieglinde to flee. Brunhilde is then confronted by angry Wotan, who banishes her from Valhalla, transforming her into a mortal woman. This asteroid may give unintentional involvement in epic dramas beyond one's control You may be separated from family members early in life, but later be reunited with them. Much tragedy may be experienced throughout life, particularly in the area of marriage. Exceptional children may also be produced.