Neptune Opposition Nerthus, Orb: 0 deg. 59 min. Nerthus (or Hertha) was an ancient Germanic-Scandinavian Earth Mother goddess associated with the fertility of people, animals and the land. She was considered to be among the Vanir, a group of terrestrial deities. German mythologist Jacob Grimm asserted that Hertha/Nerthus was the same entity as Erda, the Norse goddess from whose name the word Earth is derived. This asteroid may bequeath fecund, productive and nurturing qualities. Motherhood and creation may play a crucial role in life. The importance of the planet upon which we reside may be abundantly emphasized. Neptune Opposition Thia, Orb: 0 deg. 28 min. In Greek mythology Thia (or Thea, Theia) was among the Twelve Titans, a class of archaic deities who ruled the world before the Olympian gods took power. The name Theia simply means "Goddess". She was also known as Euryphaessa, meaning "Wide-Shining".
Thia was associated with the faculty of sight, as well as with the clear blue sky and upper atmosphere. She was also thought to be the deity who endowed precious metals and gems with their glittering radiance and intrinsic value.
Thia ruled both physical and divinatory sight. An oracular shrine was maintained in her honor at Phthiotis in Thessaly.
She was the consort of the Titan Hyperion, "the High One", and with him produced Helios, the god of the Sun; Selene, the goddess of the Moon; and Eos, the goddess of the dawn. According to Hesiod's Theogony, Thia's parents were the Earth goddess Gaia and the Sky god Ouranos.
This asteroid may draw attention to the primordial forces of nature You may possess the ability to illuminate and clarify. Exceptional eyesight is possible, as are prophetic inclinations. Precious stones and metals may become a subject of interest or expertise.
Neptune Opposition Troja, Orb: 0 deg. 14 min. This asteroid was named for the ancient city of Troy. In Greek mythology, Troy is best known as the epicenter of the ten year Trojan War, which was fought between the Trojans and the Achaeans (Greeks).
The Trojan War began when Paris, a Trojan prince, abducted Helen, the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta. Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world at the time, and Paris had been promised marriage to "the most beautiful woman in the world" by the goddess Aphrodite. The decade long war ended with the utter destruction of Troy. At the end of the war, the Greeks pretended to admit defeat and offered the Trojans a magnificent horse statue as a gift. Once the monumental horse was brought through the gates of the city, the Trojans discovered to their horror that it was hollow inside and filled with armed Greek warriors. After disembarking the horse, the Greeks easily sacked Troy, burning it to the ground.
The legend of this war was immortalized in two epic works by the Greek poet Homer; the Iliad, which describes life near the end of the war, and the Odyssey, which recounts the perilous adventures of Odysseus, King of Ithaca, as he attempted to return home after the war. Roman writers such as Virgil and Ovid also used the Trojan War as a literary subject. The Romans traced their origins back to the Trojan prince Aeneas, who escaped the burning city and traveled to the Italian peninsula. His life is the subject of Virgil's Aeneid. In the mid 19th Century European archaeologists such as Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann began to excavate a site in Hisarlik, western Turkey, near the town of Tire. This site became associated with the legendary Troy. This asteroid may ascribe personal relevancy to the mythos of the Trojan War, as well as to the geographic region of western Turkey. Neptune Opposition Urhixidur, Orb: 0 deg. 49 min. This asteroid was named for a character in Auch Einer, a novel by German writer Friedrich Theodor Vischer (1807-1887). In this tale Urhixidur is the housekeeper, nurse and companion of Angus, a priest. The two engage in ideological conflicts as Urhixidur is conservative in nature and Angus is much more progressive. This asteroid may give a propensity towards domestic and caretaking pursuits, as well as a love of tradition and orthodoxy. Pluto
Pluto Conjunct Aslog, Orb: 0 deg. 35 min. In Scandinavian mythology, Aslog was the daughter of the legendary hero Sigurd and the warrior maiden Brynhildr. When her parents died, Aslog went to live with her grandfather Heimer, a traveling harpist. Concerned for her safety, Heimer kept Aslog inside the harp. Once Heimer was staying at the home of a couple named Ake and Grima. They murdered the old man and stole the harp, inside of which they discovered Aslog. They adopted her, naming her Kraka, which means "Crow". To hide her noble origins Kraka was always made to wear dirty clothes. Her beauty was later discovered by legendary hero Ragnar Lodbrok, whom she married.
This asteroid may give a tumultuous early life but an eventual rise to power. Extraordinary yet estranged ancestors are possible. The region of Scandinavia may also hold great personal significance.
Pluto Conjunct Aspasia, Orb: 0 deg. 43 min. Aspasia of Miletus was the companion of the eminent ancient Athenian statesman Pericles. Not much is known about her life. It is not even known if she was a courtesan or Pericles' wife. They had one child together, Pericles the Younger. Pericles had a marked influence on Athens during its Golden Age, and Aspasia had a marked influence on Pericles. They were inseparable. Aspasia counseled Pericles on matters of state, and other politicians envied and resented her power. She was written about by Plato, Xenophon, Antisthenes and others, many of whom satirized her relationship with Pericles.
This asteroid may give cultural influence and political power from behind the scenes. It may also grant a high level of importance to personal relationships and partnerships, which may be egalitarian and/or unconventional in nature.
Pluto Conjunct Brunhild, Orb: 0 deg. 56 min. In North mythology, Brunhild (or Brynhildr) was a valkyrie. Valkyries are winged female warrior spirits who escort the bravest amongst those slain in battle to the halls of Valhalla, a paradise presided over by the god Odin. Brunhild is the protagonist of the Volsunga saga. She is also attested to in the Poetic Edda and the Song of the Nibelungs, which was the inspiration for Richard Wagner's opera cycle the Ring of the Nibelung. In the Volsunga saga, Brunhild is charged by Odin with the responsibility of deciding the outcome of a battle between two kings. Brunhild knows that Odin favors the older king, Hjalmgunnar, yet she allows the younger king, Agnor, to triumph. For this Odin condemns her to live on Earth as a mortal and imprisons her in a remote castle in the Alps. She is later rescued by Siguror Sigmundson, heir to the Volsung clan and killer of the dragon Fafnir. Through strange circumstances, Brunhild and Siguror end up dying together in a tragic/romantic manner. The legend of Brunhild may have been inspired by Brunhilda of Austrasia (543-613 CE), the Frankish queen of the Kingdoms of Austrasia and Burgundy. This historical Brunhild was noted for her ruthlessness and cruelty. This asteroid may grant an independent, contentious and aggressive nature. Involvement in conflict is possible. Pluto Conjunct Child, Orb: 0 deg. 15 min. This asteroid was named for Jack B. Child, an astronomer.
It may give an inclination towards the study of the stars. Children and childhood may also become central life themes.
Pluto Conjunct Darwin, Orb: 0 deg. 55 min. This asteroid was named in honor of British father and son Charles and George Darwin. Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was a naturalist whose Theory of Evolution became the unifying theory of the life sciences, essentially explaining biological diversity. He presented compelling evidence that all species of life had evolved over time from common ancestors through a process he called natural selection. His son George Darwin (1845-1912) became a mathematician and astronomer who formulated the fission theory of the formation of the Moon. This asteroid may give an inclination towards scientific inquiry, particularly in the fields of biology and astronomy. Concepts of evolution may play an important role in life. Pluto Conjunct Dulcinea, Orb: 0 deg. 20 min. Dulcinea was an important character in Miguel de Cervantes' celebrated tragicomic novel Don Quixote (first published in 1605). In this tale, aging retiree Don Quixote becomes embroiled in a fantasy world of his own creation in which he is a chivalric knight. In this fit of wild imagination, he ascribes the name of Dulcinea (meaning approximately "sweetness") to neighboring peasant girl Aldonza Lorenzo. He imagines a courtly Medieval romance to transpire between them, while she knows nothing of his existence or his foolish fancies. The name "Dulcinea" thus became a common synonym for the object of one's hopeless unrequited love.
This asteroid may bestow a tendency to idealize others You may be prone to romantic notions and fantastic daydreams. Unrealistic affections may develop.
Pluto Conjunct Fredegundis, Orb: 0 deg. 36 min. Fredegundis (or Fredegonde in French) was the Queen consort of Chilperic I (539-584), the Merovingian Frankish King of Neustria. An opera about her infamous life, entitled Fredegonde, was begun by French composer Ernest Guirand and completed by French composer Camille Saint-Saens in 1895. Fredegundis began life as a lowly servant in the palace, becoming not only a royal but a Queen when she married King Chilperic. Before their marriage, Chilperic had murdered his first wife Galswintha. Fredegundis herself was thought to be responsible for the assassinations of Chilperic's brother and rival Siegbert I and Siegbert's son Childebert II among others. Historian Gregory of Tours portayed Fredegundis as a cruel and bloody tyrant. She even attempted to kill her own daughter Rigunth in a fit of jealousy. The story of Fredegundis' rise from servant to Queen has been hypothesized to be a potential origin of the Cinderella legend. This asteroid may bestow the capacity for social ascent You may immensely improve their station in life and attain a position of authority. There may also be a danger of misuse of power, despotism, ruthlessness and malice. Pluto Conjunct Gudrun, Orb: 0 deg. 07 min. Gudrun is a character in Norse mythology and Germanic literature. She is attested to in the Volsunga saga, the Poetic Edda and the Song of the Nibelungs, which was the inspiration for Richard Wagner's opera cycle the Ring of the Nibelung. In her story, Gudrun falls in love with the handsome hero Sigurd. He disregards her, favoring the warrior maiden Brynhildr. Gudrun's mother gives her a magic potion to make Sigurd forget about Brynhildr. She is encouraged in this deception by her brother Gunnar, who loves Brynhildr. For a time the devious plan works, and Brynhildr is fooled into marrying Gunnar, who has taken the form of Sigurd. The lie eventually unravels, causing the deaths of Sigurd, Brynhildr and Gunnar. Gudrun goes on to marry the King Atli (a character based on Attila the Hun), who becomes responsible for killing her entire family. Gudrun exacts revenge on Atli by killing their two sons, Erp and Eitil, and cooking them for Atli's dinner. When he is drunk she tells him what she has done before burning down his hall, killing him as well. She then tries to drown herself in the ocean, but through a twist of fate survives and washes up on the shore of Sweden, where she marries King Jonakr. This asteroid may give a tumultuous and harsh life filled with tragedy, yet a strong capacity for survival. Pluto Conjunct Hatshepsut, Orb: 0 deg. 59 min. Hatshepsut was the 5th Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt's 18th Dynasty. She was not the first female ruler of Egypt. Others such as Merneith of the 1st Dynasty and Nimaethap of the 3rd Dynasty set the precedent. She did, however, have the longest known reign of any woman indigenous to Egypt. The exact dates of her reign are debated, but they may have been from around 1503 until 1482 BCE. Hatshepsut was noted for her foreign policy, which focused primarily on trade rather than warfare. She re-established the trade routes which had been previously disrupted by the Hyksos invasions. She also sent major trade envoys to the Land of Punt, a nation which may have existed in the Horn of Africa. One such expedition brought 31 live frankincense trees back to be planted in Egyptian soil. This was the first recorded attempt to import foreign trees into Egypt. Myrrh, ebony wood, ivory and animals were also imported from Punt. Hatshepsut also distinguished herself by being one of the most prolific monument builders in ancient Egypt. She employed the famous architect Ineri to construct many temples. Older temple complexes were also refurbished under her rule.
Hatshepsut was the only child of the Pharaoh Thutmose I and his wife, Queen Ahmose. She had one sister who died in childhood. Her father had several sons with his other wife, Mutnofret. Hatshepsut married one of these half-brothers, Thutmose II. They had one daughter, Neferune.
This asteroid may bestow a prestigious position in society You may assume a role uncommon for those of their gender. A wise, knowledgeable and judicious nature may manifest. There may also be a tendency to engage in ambitious architectural projects, as well as successful diplomatic and commercial ventures.
Pluto Conjunct Larry, Orb: 0 deg. 09 min. This asteroid was named for American actor and comedian Larry Fine (1902-1975), best known for his involvement in the comedy trio The Three Stooges. Born Louis Feinberg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Larry was trained as a violinist from an early age. In adolescence he took up boxing, before devoting his life to comedy. He was known for his outgoing and eccentric personality both on and off stage. This asteroid may give an inclination towards theatrical and comedic activities. A gregarious and attention-seeking character may develop. Pluto Conjunct Pickeringia, Orb: 0 deg. 28 min. This asteroid was named in honor of two American astronomers, Edward Charles Pickering (1846-1919) and his brother William Henry Pickering (1858-1938). Edward Charles Pickering is best known for his discovery of spectroscopic binary stars. William Henry Pickering discovered Saturn's ninth moon, Phoebe, in 1899. In 1907 he proposed a theory that our Moon had once been a part of the Earth, and broke away from the planet where the Pacific Ocean now lies. He also speculated about the existence of plant and insect life on the Moon.
Pickering is an English locational surname referring to the market town of Pickering in the Ryedale district of the region of North Yorkshire. This town's history goes back more than a thousand years. After the Normans invaded Britain in 1066 Pickering became the personal property of William the Conqueror, who constructed a castle and church there.
This asteroid may give a penchant for scientific discovery and celestial studies. The English town of Pickering may become a location of great personal significance.
Pluto Conjunct Santorini, Orb: 0 deg. 17 min. Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of islands in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of the Greek mainland. The largest of these islands is Thera.
Santorini was once a single island, which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption of cyclopean proportions. This explosive eruption was among the most catastrophic in recorded history. It occurred around 3,600 years ago, at the height of the Minoan civilization. The Minoan civilization was a highly advanced culture which flourished on the island of Crete (110 kilometers, or 60 miles south of Santorini) from approximately 2700 BCE until 1450 BCE. The Minoans conducted extensive trade by boat throughout the Mediterranean world. They created magnificent works of architecture, such as the Palace at Knossos. They had stone-paved roads between their buildings, as well as water and sewage pipes within. The Minoans created intricate works of gold and copper jewelry, fantastic ceramic vessels and sculptures, and vivid frescoes depicting scenes of everyday life. Their written language, known as Linear A, has not yet been interpreted. The volcanic eruption which replaced the center of the island which is now the Santorini archipelago with a giant lagoon may have been responsible for the decline of the Minoan culture. The tsunami which the eruption spawned wrecked havoc on Crete, causing unimaginable damage. This occurrence may have inspired the Greek legend of Atlantis, a once-great civilization which sunk into the sea, as described by Plato. At the archaeological site known as Akrotiri on Santorini, much evidence of Minoan habitation has been unearthed, including buildings painted with lively frescoes. These frescoes portray fishermen, children boxing, people gathering saffron, towns, boats, deer and blue monkeys. The oldest human artifacts found on Santorini date back to the Neolithic age (4th Millennium BCE). After the Minoan era, Phoenician settlers founded colonies on Santorini. The Greek historian Herodotus asserted that the Phoenicians inhabited the area for eight generations. In the 9th Century BCE the Dorians founded the Hellenistic city of Mesa Vouno there. This city is now referred to as Ancient Thera. In the 5th Century BCE the Dorian inhabitants of Mesa Vouno sided with Sparta against Athens during the Peloponnesian War. The Athenians invaded the island, but were later defeated by Spartan forces. Santorini later came under Roman, then Byzantine rule. During the Crusades the islands were settled by Frankish explorers. In the 13th Century CE the Venetians annexed the archipelago, renaming it Santorini in honor of Saint Irene. The name Irene means "Peace", arising from Eirene, the name of the Greek goddess of Peace. Before that time it was known as Kallisti, "the Most Beautiful One", Strongyle, "the Circular One", or Thera. This asteroid may ascribe personal relevancy to the beautiful islands of Santorini and their dynamic history. The Minoan civilization may become a subject of interest or importance. Pluto Conjunct Tomyris, Orb: 0 deg. 52 min. Tomyris (from the Persian Tahm-Rayis) was an early 6th Century queen who ruled the Massagetae, an Iranian nomadic confederation inhabiting the region east of the Caspian Sea (present day Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan). According to Classical Greek historians, Tomyris defeated and killed Persian Emperor Cyrus the Great around 530 BCE. According to Herodotus, Cyrus brought his army to invade Tomyris' lands. After an initial battle, the Persians were defeated and forced to withdraw. Cyrus craftily left an abandoned war camp behind, fully stocked with wine. The Massagetae were unfamiliar with wine and upon drinking it became overly intoxicated and unable to fight effectively. Cyrus returned and ambushed them. Tomyris' son Spargapises was captured, and committed suicide while in Persian captivity. The queen was enraged by her son's death and by Cyrus' devious strategy. She challenged him to an honorable battle. During the following onslaught Tomyris' forces triumphed and Cyrus was beheaded. Tomyris put his severed head into a wineskin filled with human blood, which she carried around with her for the rest of her life. Tomyris became a popular subject in later Western art, being portrayed by such painters as Andrea del Castagno, Francesco Allegrini da Gubbio, Peter Paul Rubens and Gustave Moreau. In these paintings she is depicted as a fierce and indomitable warrior. This asteroid may give a propensity towards leadership and victory in conflict You may seek vengeance for the death of a family member and/or fight to protect their nation. Violent themes, such as beheading, may pervade life. The lands once ruled by Tomyris may also hold personal significance. Pluto Conjunct Zephyr, Orb: 0 deg. 03 min. In Greek mythology, Zephyrus was among the Anemoi, a brotherhood of wind gods. Each of the four Anemoi was associated with a cardinal direction and a season. Each also had a unique temperament. They were depicted either as winged men, horses, or gusts of wind. Hesiod asserted that the Anemoi were the sons of the star god Astraeus and Eos, the goddess of the dawn. In Roman myth, these four deities were known as the Venti.
Zephyrus was the god of the West Wind. He was associated with the springtime and was thought to be the gentlest and most affectionate of his brothers.
In some legends, Zephyrus is cast as the consort of Iris, the messenger goddess of the rainbow. In others, he is the husband of Chloris (whose name means "Fresh" or "Light Green"), the deification of the new growth of spring. In yet another account, amorous Zephyrus falls in love with Hyacinth, a handsome Spartan prince. Zephyrus competes with the god Apollo for Hyacinth's affection. Apollo is favored, and in anger Zephyrus blows a forceful gust of wind at the pair, accidentally causing Hyacinth's death. Mourning Apollo created the first hyacinth flower from the dead prince's split blood.
In the Roman era Zephyrus was known as Favonius, or "Favorable". Zephyrus also gave his name to the word zephyr, meaning "a gentle breeze".
This asteroid may ascribe importance to winds and breezes, as well as to the season of spring and the westerly direction. Love affairs and romantic partnerships may play an essential role in life. Charming, amative and emotionally sensitive qualities may manifest.
Pluto Opposition Ada, Orb: 0 deg. 37 min. This asteroid was named for Ada Helme, a friend and neighbor of its discoverer, American astronomer Raymond Smith Dugan (1878-1940).
There are two common origins of the name Ada. One is the Hebrew Adha, meaning "Ornament". The other is the Germanic Adalheidis, meaning "Nobility". This asteroid may ascribe personal importance to themes of friendship, decoration, aesthetics, beauty and social ascendancy. Neighbors may play an important role in life. Pluto Opposition Amber, Orb: 0 deg. 07 min. This asteroid was named for the granddaughter of its discoverer, American astronomer Norman G. Thomas.
Amber is fossilized tree resin. It is often considered a gemstone, although it is not fully mineralized.
In ancient Greece amber was known as electron. It was correlated to the Sun god Helios, who was sometimes invoked as Elector, the Awakener. The modern English word electricity is derived from this ancient root. In 1891 Irish physicist George Stoney named the negatively charged subatomic particle an electron because of the electrostatic properties of amber. Amber deposits are abundant in the Baltics and Northern Europe. Lithuanian and Norse myths describe this substance as the tears of a goddess. This asteroid may give fiery, active and vital qualities. Electricity may play a prominent role in life. An emphasis on the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren may also be implied.