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ORIUS

Orius (sometimes spelled Oreios) is one of the Centaurs named most recently, after being given the official number 330836. His orbit is around 100.4591 years, with an eccentricity of 0.42218501, and an inclination to the ecliptic 17.86873. It's perihelion is between Saturn and Uranus, it's aphelion out past Neptune, so it crosses both Uranus' and Neptune's orbits.

It was discovered on the 25th of April, 2009 at 3 Scorpio 26. The Sabian Symbol for that degree is "A youth holding a lighted candle." Interestingly, this is almost exactly opposite Chiron's position at its' discovery which was 3 Taurus 08.

Prior to receiving it's official name and number, it was designated as Minor Planet 2009 HW77.

MYTHOLOGY

I haven't found a lot of mythology on this Centaur. In fact, I've only found two references, both saying almost the same thing. I'll quote Pausanias from his "Description of Greece". Pholus was given a vessel of wine to take care of by Dionysus. :
Now when the jar had been opened and the sweet odour of the wine, because of its great age and strength, came to the Centaurs dwelling near there, it came to pass that they were driven mad; consequently they rushed in a body to the dwelling of Pholus and set about plundering him of the wine in a terrifying manner. At this Pholus hid himself in fear, but Heracles, to their surprise, grappled with those who were employing such violence. He had indeed to struggle with beings who were gods on their mother's side, who possessed the swiftness of horses, who had the strength of two bodies, and enjoyed in addition the experience and wisdom of men. The Centaurs advanced upon him, some with pine trees which they had plucked up together with the roots, others with great rocks, some with burning firebrands, and still others with axes such as are used to slaughter oxen. But he withstood them without sign of fear and maintained a battle which was worthy of his former exploits. The Centaurs were aided in their struggle by their mother Nephel,who sent down a heavy rain, by which she gave no trouble to those who had four legs, but for him who was supported upon two made the footing slippery. Despite all this Heracles maintained an astonishing struggle with those who enjoyed such advantages as these, slew the larger part of them, and forced the survivors to flee. Of the Centaurs which were killed the most renowned were Daphnis, Argeius, Amphion, also Hippotion, Orius, Isoples, Melanchaetes, and Thereus, Doupon, and Phrixus." There are at least two other individuals mentioned in mythology with the same name. One was a mountain god of Mount Othrys in Malis. The other was a man-eating, half-bear Thracian giant. He and his twin brother were transformed into birds by Hermes as punishment for their cruel barbarity.

ASTROLOGY

Here are some noted individuals with close natal conjunctions to Orius:

  • ORIUS CONJUNCT SUN
    • ALAN BATES
    • BARBARA JORDAN
    • ELEANOR BACH
    • GARY MIDDLECOFF
    • ISAAC ASIMOV
    • JAMES DEAN
    • JOHN THOMAS
    • KIM NOVAK
    • LORETTA PEARCE
    • MARK LINDSEY
    • MARLO & ALDO ANDRETTI
    • MICHAEL EISNER
    • MICHELE DE PENGUERN
    • PRINCESS SUGA OF JAPAN
    • TAMMY FAYE BAKKER MESSNER
    • TOMMY TUNE
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT SUN AND MERCURY
    • CHARLES SEISS
    • CURT JURGENS
    • DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
    • FRANK SINATRA
    • ROSS MCDONALD
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT MERCURY
    • ALEXANDR SOLZHENITSYN
    • ALLARD LOWENSTEIN
    • BIRCH BAYH
    • CARDINAL JOHN OCONNOR
    • GENE PITNEY
    • HANK AARON
    • JERRY GOLDSMITH
    • JOAN MCEVERS
    • LOUIS DE POLIGNAC
    • MARGUERITE DAR BOGGIA
    • MARTIN LUTHER KING
    • MAX SCHMELING
    • PAUL TSONGAS
    • RALPH BEARD
    • RALPH BUNCH
    • RED RIVER DAVE MCENERY
    • SAM SHEPPARD
    • SHELDON LEE
    • WILLY BRANDT
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT MERCURY AND VENUS
    • JACK LEMMON
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT MERCURY AND MARS
    • TOM WOLFE
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT MERCURY AND JUPITER
    • ART ARFONS
    • VALERY GISCARD D'ESTAING
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT MERCURY AND SATURN
    • MICKEY WRIGHT
    • ROGER CHAFFEE
    • RONNIE KNOX
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT MERCURY AND MOON
    • JEANNE MOREAU
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT VENUS
    • BRUCE CONNERS
    • DENG XIOPING
    • DONALD REGAN
    • ED BROADBENT
    • ELIZABETH CLARE PROPHET
    • JOHN PROFUMO
    • KURT WALDHEIM
    • MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI
    • MARCEL AUBRY
    • SAMMY DAVIS JUNIOR
    • SHIRLEY BASSEY
    • URSULA ANDRESS
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT MARS
    • ABDEL GAMAL NASSER
    • ERIC ROHMER
    • ERIC SEVAREID
    • IMOGENE COCA
    • JOE DIMAGGIO
    • JOHNNY LISTER
    • JUDY CANOVA
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT SATURN
    • ELSA MARTINELLI
    • SONNY BONO
    • STEVE GASKIN
  • ORIUS CONJUNCT NORTH NODE
    • BRUNO DUCATI

Phil Sedgwick has hypothesized about the meaning of Orius based on it's known orbit:

"Over the years I have used the components of an orbit that can be translated astrologically. In the case of Orius we see his mission statement defined by his heliocentric node at 20 Taurus 25. The priority list and urgent concerns of Orius come to light by where he moves the fastest and turns about the Sun at perihelion - 10 Libra 47. Orius weighs in with a powerful Taurus-Libra theme, drawing heavily on the common denominator of those signs, rulership by Venus.
Based upon the node and perihelion degree of Orius, following is a small collection of keywords that may apply. Per Orius, we look into relationship matters and the social perceptions of those relationships and through the lens of how those interactions may affect social standing.
Positive - perceptive of demands of society, sense of what people want and think they need, favorably responsive to senses, balanced and fair, clear perceptions of material goals, accurate assessment on internal attributes and tuned into creativity. Clarity on the idea that a relationship does not make you successful, nor does success make one relationship-worthy.
Negative - greedy, possessive, directorial in a controlling way, muddled view on materialism and relationship priorities.
Mundane - tuned into collective need, innovative in terms of creativity and technology, able to create things that simplify life, artfully astute, tasteful in ambiance and decor.
Ceremonial - taking time to savor and celebrate great accomplishment, celebratory, inclined to toast and propitiate, honoring the good and inspiring."

OUTER BODY CONJUNCTIONS

One way to begin understanding Orius is to look at world events during its' conjunctions with the outer bodies. Here is a list of those back to 1700:
conjunct Saturn
5 Mar 1726 00Aq02' D
20 Aug 1726 28Cp16' R
28 Oct 1726 27Cp33' D
12 Apr 1762 15Ar33' D
12 Oct 1798 25Cn38' D
15 Dec 1798 24Cn54' R
25 May 1799 22Cn55' D
19 Feb 1849 24Pi43' D
17 Apr 1883 25Ta23' D
12 Feb 1935 29Aq51' D
20 May 1969 02Ta30' D
conjunct Uranus
28 Jun 1764 20Ar51' D
15 Sep 1764 20Ar12' R
25 Feb 1765 18Ar48' D
17 Jan 1813 27Sc05' D
22 May 1813 25Sc43' R
7 Sep 1813 24Sc27' D
9 May 1835 00Pi16' D
5 Aug 1835 29Aq13' R
24 Dec 1835 27Aq35' D
conjunct Neptune
31 Jan 1817 23Sg31' D
15 Jun 1817 22Sg53' R
24 Oct 1817 22Sg13' D
conjunct Pluto
12 Sep 1702 15Le12' D
13 Mar 1703 14Le08' R
12 May 1703 13Le46' D
13 Aug 1884 02Ge06' D
29 Sep 1884 02Ge01' R
19 May 1885 01Ge34' D
conjunct Chiron
25 Jun 1786 03Ge49' D
30 Dec 1786 02Ge31' R
5 Mar 1787 02Ge03' D
11 Jul 1882 26Ta31' D
9 Nov 1882 25Ta46' R
3 Apr 1883 24Ta52' D
17 Aug 1983 02Ge40' D
12 Oct 1983 02Ge19' R
26 Apr 1984 01Ge03' D
conjunct Eris
6 Oct 1710 25Li47' D
14 Feb 1833 22Aq36' D
17 Oct 1833 22Aq05' R
14 Nov 1833 22Aq01' D
4 Jun 1954 08Ar43' D
18 Aug 1954 08Ar38' R
31 Mar 1955 08Ar21' D
10 Nov 1955 08Ar05' R
27 Jan 1956 07Ar59' D
You can find an ephemeris of Orius 2008-2015 here:
ORIUS EPHEMERIS.

Click here Orius, to find out how to discover where your Orius is.

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