Saturn Conjunct Swasey, Orb: 0 deg. 03 min. This asteroid was named in honor of American mechanical engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and benefactor of astronomy Ambrose Swasey (1846-1937). Along with Worcester Reed Warner, Swasey founded the Warner and Swasey Company, which manufactured astronomical telescopes including the 82-inch reflecting telescope at the McDonald Observatory.
The English surname Swasey may be an Anglicization of the Dutch name Swijse, a variation of Wijs, meaning "Wise". This asteroid may bestow shrewdness and sagacity, as well as a talent for scientific, inventive and mercantile pursuits. An inclination towards philanthropy may develop. Saturn Conjunct Tyche, Orb: 0 deg. 54 min. Tyche is the ancient Greek goddess of fate, fortune and luck. She was a popular deity during the Hellenistic period, being associated with the wellbeing and prosperity of cities. She was typically portrayed wearing a mural crown (a crown resembling the walls of a city) and holding a cornucopia. She was accompanied by Agathodaemon, whose name means "Good Spirit", the spirit of good luck and health. Tyche was also associated with Nemesis, the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance.
Tyche was worshipped throughout the ancient world. Her premier temple, the Tychaeon in Alexandria, Egypt, was described by the Greek philosopher Libanius (314-394) as one of the world's most magnificent sanctuaries. Prominent shrines were also maintained in her honor at Antioch and in Itanos, Crete, where she was known as Tyche Protogeneia, or "Tyche, the First Born". In the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara (an ancient kingdom in what is now northern Pakistan), Tyche was conflated with Asian goddess Hariti, a divine protectress of children. Tyche's Roman equivalent was the goddess Fortuna, who gave her name to fortune. The name Fortuna may have been derived from the earlier Etruscan Vortumna, meaning "She who revolves the Year". Often portrayed within a wheel, Fortuna was perceived as governing the human life cycle as well as other natural cycles, such as the annual turning of the seasons. She was also commonly shown wearing a blindfold, a symbol of her capricious and indiscriminating nature. Throughout the Roman world a multitude of shrines addressed the many aspects of Fortuna. As Fortuna Muliebris she was solely concerned with the luck of women. At an oracle dedicated to Fortuna Muliebris, the future was divined by a young boy who selected oak rods inscribed with possible future events. As Fortuna Populi Romani, this goddess embodied the collective fate of the entire Roman people, whereas Fortuna Privata ruled the destiny of each individual separately. Fortuna Virilis was in charge of the fate of a man's career, as Fortuna Primigenia governed the destiny of a family's firstborn child. In the late days of the Roman Empire this goddess was synchronized with the Egyptian Isis to form Isis-Fortuna. She was also closely associated with the worship of Eventus Bonus, an agricultural and commercial deity involved with granting good harvests and profits. This asteroid may draw attention to the ideas of luck, probability, fate and fortune. Advantageous circumstances may be enjoyed by chance. Cyclical patterns may become a matter of personal relevancy. Saturn Opposition Amun, Orb: 0 deg. 26 min. Amun was an important god in the ancient Egyptian religion. In his earliest manifestation he was a primeval deity symbolizing the force of creation. He was associated with the breath of life and was known as "the Father of the Gods".
Amun presided over all forms of creativity, including fertility. He later became a Solar god as well, merging with Ra to form Amun-Ra, chief among the gods.
Rams and their horns were icons of Amun. The region of the human brain known as the hippocampus, which plays an important role in spatial navigation and long-term memory, is called the cornu ammonis, literally "the Horns of Amun". Amun also lends his name to ammonia, as the solidified form of this substance was found by the Greeks near his temple. This asteroid may bestow creative, productive, expressive, vital and optimistic tendencies. The ability to inspire or invigorate others may develop, as may a capacity for leadership. A good memory is possible. Saturn Opposition Baumeia, Orb: 0 deg. 22 min. This asteroid was named in honor of H. Baum, an astronomy student killed in World War I.
Its influence may confer an interest in the study of the stars and an inclination towards military involvement.
Saturn Opposition Bononia, Orb: 0 deg. 06 min. Bononia is the Latin name for the Northern Italian town of Bologna, as well as the Northern French town of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Both towns were known as Bononia under the Roman Empire. The name Bononia is derived from the Celtic root bona, meaning "foundation", "settlement" or "citadel".
This asteroid may ascribe personal importance to either of these specific geographic locations. It may also give an interest in the foundation or establishment of new dwelling places.
Saturn Opposition Cora, Orb: 0 deg. 10 min. Cora was the wife of one of the four sons of Pirua Wiracocha, a creation deity of the Incan pantheon.
This asteroid may grant personal significance to the Incan civilization and/or modern day Peru. Marriage to a powerful figure is possible.
Saturn Opposition Jole, Orb: 0 deg. 26 min. In Greek mythology, Jole (or Iole) was the daughter of Eurytus, king of Oechalia. Being a masterful archer, the king proclaimed that he would give his daughter's hand in marriage only to a man that could defeat him in an archery contest. The hero Heracles accepted this challenge and bested Eurytus, but the king was reluctant to fulfill his promise, as he was aware that Heracles had murdered his first wife, Megara.
Heracles left Oechalia, and soon after married a woman named Deianera. After establishing his own kingdom Heracles returns, ransacks Oechalia, kills Eurytus, and takes Iole as a concubine. His wife Deianera is not pleased by this. She anoints Heracles' shirt with a potion made of Centaur's blood, which she believes will ensure the hero's marital fidelity. The poisonous blood, however, burns Heracles alive. From his fiery death Heracles ascends to Mount Olympus to live amongst the immortals.
This asteroid may grant a tendency to attract the undesired attentions of others. One's charm may have harmful consequences for their home and family.
Saturn Opposition Judith, Orb: 0 deg. 47 min. Judith is the heroine of the Biblical Book of Judith. This book is included in the Septuagint, as well as in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox versions of the Old Testament. The name Judith is the feminine form of Judah, meaning "Praised". Judah is the root of the word Jewish. In her tale, Judith is a brave and beautiful widow living in the Kingdom of Judah during its invasion by Nebuchadnezzar II. Frustrated with the cowardice of her countrymen, she sneaks into the tent of the conquering Assyrian general Holofernes. She curries his favor, promising him pertinent information about the armies of Judah. When Holofernes falls into a drunken stupor, Judith snatches her chance to behead him. When the Assyrian forces see the severed head of their leader, they disband and retreat. Thus Judith single-handedly secured Judah's freedom. The iconic image of Judith slaying Holofernes became a much-beloved motif in Western art for centuries to come. This story has been dramatized in several plays and operas, including one by Friedrich Hebbel. This asteroid may give great courage and ingenuity in defeating one's enemies You may gain popular respect and recognition for their daring feats. The historic Kingdom of Judah and the Jewish cultural identity may hold personal significance. Saturn Opposition Karma, Orb: 0 deg. 05 min. Karma is a philosophical concept embraced by Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist religious traditions. The word karma is Sanskrit and literally translates to "act" or "action". It may be understood as that which perpetuates the cycle of cause and effect, and thus the eternal circuit of life, death and subsequent rebirth (known as samsara). This asteroid may draw attention to this doctrine and to the greater ideology of which it is a part. Saturn Opposition Marathon, Orb: 0 deg. 52 min. Marathon is a town in southeastern Greece. In the Classical era it was a city-state. In the year 490 BCE it was the site of the Battle of Marathon, in which the Athenian army successfully defended themselves from the much larger invading Persian army. Today the word "marathon" refers to a long distance endurance foot race. This term arose from the legend of Pheidippides, an Athenian soldier and herald who ran over 240 kilometers in two days to inform his countrymen of their miraculous victory at Marathon. Pheidippides died of exhaustion after delivering his message.
Marathon is the Greek word for the fennel plant. This town was thought to have been so named due to the abundance of fennel growing wild in the area.
This asteroid may ascribe personal significance to the geographic location of Marathon and its ancient history. It may also give an aptitude for athletic pursuits involving great endurance, especially long distance running You may experience unexpected triumph over great adversity.
Saturn Opposition Sophocles, Orb: 0 deg. 50 min. Sophocles (497-406 BCE) was a Classical Greek playwright. Along with Aeschylus and Euripides, he is among the three tragedians of ancient Greece whose work survives today. These surviving plays include Ajax, Antigone, Trachinian Women, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. Sophocles was famous in his lifetime in his native Athens, where his plays won numerous awards at the theatrical festivals of Lenaea and Dionysia. He was particularly noted for his keen sense of character development. This asteroid may give a talent for composing dramatic works, particularly tragedies. The cultural legacy of Classical Greece may also hold personal significance. Uranus
Uranus Conjunct Amneris, Orb: 0 deg. 08 min. Amneris is a character from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida. In this story, Aida is an Ethiopian princess who is captured and enslaved in Egypt. An Egyptian military general, Radames, falls in love with the captive princess and is torn between his love for her and his dedication to the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris, fosters unrequited love for Radames. This asteroid may signify love that is not returned. A love of drama, theatre and song may also be implied. Uranus Conjunct Haumea, Orb: 0 deg. 09 min. In Hawaiian mythology, Haumea is a Mother Goddess associated with fertility, childbirth, creation and magic. A skillful sorceress and creator of many animals, Haumea is also the mother of the Volcano Goddess Pele. Pele is associated with the molten blood of the Big Island, as well as with dance, fire, lightning and action. Her most beloved sister is Hi'iaka, the patron deity of Hawaii. Hi'iaka was said to live in a sacred grove and spend her days dancing with the spirits of the forest. Haumea's other divine children include Kamohoalii, a shark god; Namaka, a sea goddess; and Kapo, a goddess of magic and herbal medicine. The dwarf planet Haumea is one third the mass of Pluto. It has two known moons, named Hi'iaka and Namaka after Haumea's mythical daughters. This planetoid was discovered in Hawaii in late 2004. Haumea may bestow a creative, fecund and productive nature. It may also ascribe personal importance to the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Ocean You may construct a multitude of wonderful things and/or parent exceptional children. Uranus Conjunct Libussa, Orb: 0 deg. 29 min. Libussa (or Libuse) was the mythic ancestor of the Czech people and founder of the city of Prague. She was the daughter of King Krok and the younger sister of Kazi the Healer and Teti the Magician. As the wisest of her sisters, she was chosen as her father's successor. She married a ploughman named Premysl, and with him began the Premyslid Dynasty. This dynasty ruled Bohemia from the 9th to the 14th Century CE.
This asteroid may ascribe personal importance to the history and the collective identity of the Czech people. The era during which the Premyslid rulers reigned may also hold special significance.
Uranus Conjunct Papagena, Orb: 0 deg. 25 min. Papageno is a character in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 1791 opera, The Magic Flute. In this tale a prince named Tamino is pursued by a serpent. He is saved by three daughters of the Queen of the Night, who slay his reptilian adversary. At this time he encounters the foolish Papageno, dressed in feathers, who boastfully claims to have saved him from the serpent.
Papageno is scolded by the three daughters of the Queen of the Night for lying to Tamino. They then bring Tamino to their mother.
The Queen of the Night shows him a picture of her daughter Pamina, with whom his is instantly smitten. She tells him that Pamina has been captured by the sinister king Sarastro, and if he succeeds in rescuing her he can marry her.
Tamino sets out on his journey with Papageno as a companion and a magic flute capable of changing the hearts of men, given to him by the Queen of the Night. Papageno himself is equipped with magical bells.
When they arrives at Sarastro's palace, the King tells Tamino he may take Pamina back to her mother's house if he survives a number of grueling ordeals. Pamina falls in love with her champion, who endures Sarastro's trials. In the end the lovers are joyously united.
Papageno's name comes from the French word for "parrot". He is associated throughout the opera with avian creatures.
This asteroid may give nonsensical, comical, foolish, flamboyant and self-aggrandizing qualities You may assist others in undertaking journeys of great importance. Birds, especially parrots, may hold personal significance.
Uranus Opposition Arethusa, Orb: 0 deg. 32 min. In Greek mythology, Arethusa was among the Herperides, a sisterhood of nymphs charged with tending Hera's Garden of Golden Apples. This paradisiacal orchard was a gift to the Queen of the Gods from Gaia, the Mother Earth, on the occasion of her marriage to Zeus. It lay at the westernmost edge of the world, and was guarded by the dragon Ladon, vicious child of Typhon and Echidna. Ladon was murdered by Heracles as one of his famous Twelve Labors. Due to the Hesperides' residence in the West, they were associated with the Sunset. In addition to tending the divine apples, these nymphs delighted in song and dance. Their existence was portrayed as a carefree and joyous one.
Arethusa's name may roughly translate to "Becoming Excellent".
This asteroid may confer rejoicing, cheerful and ebullient qualities. Gardening or other forms of nurturing growth and life may appeal to the individual, as may theatrical and expressive pursuits.
Uranus Opposition Kassandra, Orb: 0 deg. 17 min. In Greek mythology, Cassandra (whose name means "She Who Entangles Men") was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. She spent one night in the temple of Apollo, the god of light, reason, poetry, music and prophecy. Cassandra was radiantly beautiful and Apollo, who typically refrained from romance, fell deeply in love with her. During the night, he sent magical serpents to lick her ears clean, so that she could hear the future. When Cassandra later rejected his advances in spite of this divine gift, the god cursed her. He proclaimed that while her prophetic talents would be unmatched, her predictions would always be ignored. This frustrating condition eventually pushed Cassandra over the edge of madness.
Cassandra's name became synonymous with the concept of a prophet whose insights, although genuine, are perpetually undervalued or obscured by insanity.
This asteroid may give oracular and intuitive powers, yet a great danger of being misunderstood, discounted and disdained by others. A great sense of alienation and futility may develop.
Uranus Opposition Marbachia, Orb: 0 deg. 08 min. This asteroid was named for the small town of Marbach. Marbach lies on the Neckar river in the German state of Baden-Wuttemberg. It is perhaps best known as the birthplace of poet, philosopher, historian and playwright Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805).
This asteroid may assign personal importance to the geographic location of Marbach, as well as to the work of Schiller.
Uranus Opposition Pamina, Orb: 0 deg. 34 min. Pamina is a character in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 1791 opera, The Magic Flute. In this tale a prince named Tamino is pursued by a serpent. He is saved by three daughters of the Queen of the Night, who slay his reptilian adversary. The Queen of the Night shows him a picture of her daughter Pamina, with whom his is instantly smitten. She tells him that Pamina has been captured by the sinister king Sarastro, and if he succeeds in rescuing her he can marry her.
Tamino sets out on his journey with his companion Papageno and a magic flute capable of changing the hearts of men, given to him by the Queen of the Night.
When he arrives at Sarastro's palace, the King tells him he may take Pamina back to her mother's house if he survives a number of grueling ordeals. Pamina falls in love with her champion, who endures Sarastro's trials. In the end the lovers are joyously united.
This asteroid may give a charming and alluring character You may become a "damsel in distress", in need of being rescued by others.
Uranus Opposition Sophrosyne, Orb: 0 deg. 03 min. Sophrosyne is a term used in ancient Greek philosophy to denote the virtue of temperance. It means "self-control" or "moderation". This word may be composed of the Greek roots syn, meaning "with" and sophos, meaning "wisdom". This asteroid may give prudent, discerning, judicious, reasonable, contemplative and even-tempered qualities. Balance in life may be attained. Neptune
Dreams, Visions, and Ideals
Neptune Conjunct Astrometria, Orb: 0 deg. 37 min. This asteroid was named for astrometry, the branch of astronomy concerned with precise measurements and explanations of the positions and movements of the stars and other celestial bodies.
This asteroid may confer an interest in cosmological phenomena as well as an aptitude for precision and attention to detail.
Neptune Conjunct Botolphia, Orb: 0 deg. 59 min. This asteroid was named in honor of Saint Botolph, an English abbot and saint of the 7th Century. Botolph is the patron saint of travelers and farmers. This asteroid may bestow a love of adventure and a talent for agricultural pursuits.
Neptune Opposition Celuta, Orb: 0 deg. 43 min. The meaning of this asteroid's name is unknown.
Neptune Opposition China, Orb: 0 deg. 25 min. China is the worlds largest country by population and third largest country by land mass. It also boasts the worlds longest continuous civilization, one of the world's oldest written languages and many of humanity's most important inventions.
This asteroid may emphasize the importance of this great country, its history and its culture.
Neptune Opposition Hippodamia, Orb: 0 deg. 47 min. In Greek mythology, Hippodamia (whose name may mean "Horse Tamer" or "Horse Spirit") was the daughter of King Oenomaus of Pisa. She wanted to marry, but her father had heard a prophecy that his son-in-law would kill him. He proclaimed that only a man who could beat him in a chariot race could marry his daughter. Thirteen men had already tried and died before Pelops attempted the contest. Pelops loved Hippodamia. He bribed Myrtilus, Oenomaus' charioteer, to replace the bronze lynch-pins of the king's chariot with those made of beeswax. During the race, when the wax lynch-pins melted, the king's chariot fell apart and he died, thus fulfilling the prophecy. Pelops and Hippodamia married. At their wedding, a group of rowdy, intoxicated Centaurs disrupted the ceremony and unsuccessfully attempted to abduct Hippodamia.
Myrtilus, the charioteer, also attempted to carry off Hippodamia. Pelops killed him by pushing him off a high cliff. As Myrtilus fell, he uttered a curse upon Pelops, Hippodamia and their descendants.
Pelops himself had a bizarre early life. His father, Tantalus, had attempted to disprove the omniscience of the gods by murdering Pelops and serving him as the main dish at a feast. The Olympians, however, saw this deception and sent Tantalus depths of Tartarus for eternal punishment, while resurrecting Pelops.
Hippodamia and Pelops were the parents of Atreus, King of Mycenae, the progenitor of the cursed House of Atreus. This royal house was dually blighted by the sins of Tantalus and the imprecation of Myrtilus.
Their other children included Atreus' twin brother Thyestes, wise King Pittheus of Troezen, and Alcathous, who vanquished the Cithaeronian lion.
This asteroid may give a life of dramatic circumstances, tumult and brutality. The ill will of others may be incurred against oneself and ones family. Equine finesse may also manifest.
Neptune Opposition Isoda, Orb: 0 deg. 32 min. Isoda is a Japanese family name. One famous bearer of this name was 18th Century printmaker Isoda Koryusai.
This asteroid may emphasize the importance of the nation of Japan. The art of printmaking may become an area of affinity.
Neptune Opposition Lachesis, Orb: 0 deg. 23 min. In Greek mythology, Lachesis was one of the Moirae, or the Three Fates. The Moirae were personifications of preordained destiny. The word moira is Greek for "part" or "portion", as these sisters were perceived as responsible for allotting the length of human lifetimes. They were portrayed as three women spinning, measuring and cutting the "thread of life". Lachesis, "the dispenser of lots", measured out a certain length of the thread of life to each individual, thus determining the span of their lifetime. Her sister Clotho, the spinner, was responsible for determining the circumstances of a person's birth. Atropos, "the inevitable", cut the thread, determining the circumstances of each death. This asteroid may draw attention to matters of fate, destiny and the length of one's life. Neptune Opposition Lacrimosa, Orb: 0 deg. 56 min. Lacrimosa, the Latin word meaning "weeping", refers to Our Lady of Sorrows, a mournful aspect of the Virgin Mary. Our Lady of Sorrows is also known as the Sorrowful Mother, Mater Dolorosa, or Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. The Seven Sorrows are seven events in the story of the Virgin Mary's life which caused her great sadness. They include her forced exile into Egypt as well as her divine son's death and burial. The Seven Sorrows of Mary are a popular Catholic devotion. In Mediterranean countries, statues of Our Lady of Sorrows were commonly included in processions honoring Good Friday, the festival of the death of Jesus. She is typically portrayed in art clad in a black robe and bearing a doleful or even pained facial expression. Our Lady of Sorrows is the patron saint of the nation of Slovakia, the US State of Mississippi, the Italian region of Molise, and several cities and islands in the Philippines. This asteroid may bring sorrow as well as sanctity. The act of grieving or lamenting may play an essential role in life. The geographic regions patronized by Our Lady of Sorrows may also hold personal significance.