Astrology, as practiced in the Western World, utilizes planets and planetoids whose names come from Greek and Roman myth. The meanings of these bodies appear to tie in quite well with the associated myths.
Yet there are many other mythologies in the world beside the Greek and Roman, and each contains important archetypes of its own. It seems an important even in the universalization of humankind's consciousness that we are going beyond the traditional myths to study the asteroid Hidalgo.
Hidalgo is a word in the Spanish language, thus its meaning is for modern people... a meaning that may not have been comprehensible to humankind before the Spanish language existed. Hidalgo also is the name of a man who became the subject of myths after his death. I will treat these two seperately.
I. The word itself was originally a contraction: either hijo d'algo or hijo de algo being the root phrase. Its meaning was 'Son of something, or somewhat'. Through time, Hidalgo came to be a Spanish title, representing the bottom rank of nobility, the lowest you could be and still be allowed to use the prefix 'don'. But at least if you were Hidalgo, your father was still something important, and you were still 'son of something.' The term gradually evolved to mean one of gentle birth, but still seperates one from the ordinary masses.
II. The man, Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla, was born in Mexico on May 8, 1753. He came to be called, simply, Hidalgo. In 1778 he became a priest, and worked to improve the conditions of the poor Indians, teaching them to cultivate vineyards and to make bricks. Gradually he became upset by the oppression of the Spanish Colonial Government, and in 1809 he joined a secret society dedicated to freeing Mexico from this oppression. On Sept. 16, 1810, carrying a banner, he proclaimed a crusade and was soon joined by thousands. His crusade captured many towns and looked like it might be a successful revolution. He was demanding the abolition of Indian Serfdom and of all caste distinctions.
But the tide turned. On Jan. 11, 1811 his army was routed, he was caught, and shot as a rebel.
The death became a spark to the revolution, which eventually led to Mexico's independence. He began to be regarded almost as a saint. Many miracles were attributed to him. And Sept. 16, the date he began his crusade, is now Mexican Independence Day.
What is the nature of the asteroid Hidalgo? It may have an influence relating to the 'son of something' quality. It may related to the man Hidalgo, the priest concerned deeply for the sufferings of the poor, the priest who turns revolutionary to bring about an end to the oppression when gentle means fail. Thus it may relate to one who desires to get rid of inequality. And it may even relate to the myriad myths attributed to his 'miracles' after his death. Or, its influence may not relate to any one of these. Only research will tell.
As a backround to this research, here ae some interesting facts about this asteroid:
Imagine...50% of its orbit in just two signs! Half the people in the world have Hidalgo in either Scorpio or Sagittarius.
But that's not all. It is in the sign Gemini for less time than in any other sign, only about 42 DAYS out of each 14 years! That is only about .8%, about 1 out of every 125 people, compared to about 33 out of 125 people who have it in Sagittarius.
This raises a number of questions:
What type of majority does Hidalgo describe, represented by its stay in Scorpio and Sagittarius?
What type of minority fits Hidalgo in Gemini?
And what of the other 49.2% of the people with Hidalgo in the other nine signs?
Al H. Morrison observed that when Hidalgo is transiting through the faster signs, "Events, both personal and mundane, tend to take on a hectic, reckless pace and variety, particularly for those who have planets in the midst of the areas traversed by Hidalgo." Thus any planet you have in the sign of Gemini receives this 'hectic pace' for a brief while every fourteen years. This might be one of the reasons Gemini is such a nervous sign, always receiving Hidalgo at its swiftest. Do individuals with Hidalgo in Gemini live a constantly 'hectic, reckless pace'?
A good starting point for research might be famous people with very close Hidalgo aspects. Here is a brief list:
Hidalgo should be studied in the charts of events. For example:
I have been observing Hidalgo in charts for some time now and I'd like to share a few of these observations:
From these, and other charts, Hidalgo appears to signify self-defense, self-assertion, the need to prove to others that one is right, to stand up for one's principles, to prove that one is just as good as one's parents were, to prove to one's parents that one is worthwhile, to take a risk because the possible rewards promise to increase one's self-respect or respect one gets from others, to take an action without regard to the consequences, and possibly to heroism.
In closing I'd like to leave you with a few thoughts. Since Hidalgo goes almost to Mars and out past Saturn, it is a link of some kind between Mars and Chiron. A friend has suggested that Hidalgo might be one of the solar system's 'anti-bodies', defending what one IS.
It has an orbit of 2x7 years, linking it to Saturn (4x7), Chiron (7x7) and Uranus (12x7.)
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