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Glyph for Aphidas



The seventeenth Centaur, Aphidas (121725), was provisionally named 1999 XX143 when it was captured on a photographic plate on Dec. 13, 1999. The time was 9h36m38s UT, and the location was the Whipple Observatory, Mt. Hopkins. At discovery it was located at 26 Cancer 44.

Its' discovery chart contains a close applying conjunction between Chiron and Pluto.

It has an orbit of 76.26 years, an inclination to the ecliptic of 6.76841, and an orbital eccentricity of 0.46285227.

The elongated orbit sends it out past Uranus at aphelion (26.30 AU), and just inside Saturn's orbit at perihelion (9.66 AU). Here is diagram showing is orbit around its last perihelion in October 1973.

Its orbit is only a few years less than that of Uranus (84 years). This gives Aphidas an interesting orbital resonance with Uranus of 11:10. The way this works out is that for long periods of time the two are travelling at similar rates, so if they are in aspect it could continue for quite a long time. On the other hand, they can go through a period where they have no aspect between them for quite a long duration.

A case in point is the Uranus/Aphidas conjunction. Let's look at a the 600-year period from 1700-2300.

It might be interesting to look at events around the time of the most recent conjunction (23 November 1815) at 6 Sagittarius 08, since that could be considered the start of the current Aphidas/Uranus cycle. (The Napoleonic Wars, which had lasted for 12 years, came to an end shortly after on November 20.)


Ovid, writing in Metamorphosis about the chaos that occurred during the wedding of Pirithous, had this to say: "Aphidas was one of the Centaurs who attended the wedding of Pirithous, became drunk on wine and, following the lead of Eurytus, who assaulted Hippodame, began to assault and rape any women they could grab. He passed out drunk before the Centuromachy started but was seen by Pirthous who took advantage of the situation and threw a spear at him, piercing him through the neck and killing the Centaur in his sleep."

Basically, Aphidas, exhausted from attacking and raping several women, and drunk from too much wine, passed out, and was killed in his sleep. His executioner, Pirthous, saw this as fit punishment for his crimes.

The meaning of the name Aphidas is not certain, but most likely meant, "Not sparing", as even this centaur, fallen asleep, was not spared from death.


If you look at people born during the last Aphidas/Uranus conjunction, you might glean a bit of this new Centaur's nature. How did it manifest in their lives? Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leading figure in the early women's rights movement in the USA, was born November 12, 1815 with the two close together. Did this conjunction help fuel her passion to abolish slavery, and even greater passion to see women achieve the right to vote? (This conjunction was also in close sextile her Saturn at 6 Aquarius 33.)

The following people have a close conjunction of Aphidas with a natal planet:

  • Aphidas conjunct Sun
    • Ann Landers
    • Abigail Van Buren
    • Chiang Kai-Shek
    • Elvira Mistress of the dark
    • J.B. Earley
    • Jean-Claude Van Damme
    • Leon Bloy
    • Liz Greene
    • Margaret Trudeau
    • Prosper Merimee
    • Susan Hayward
    • Tanya Tucker
    • Terrence Rattigan
  • Aphidas conjunct Mercury
    • Andy Warhol
    • Cecil John Rhoades
    • Deborah Boone
    • Diana Rigg
    • Donald Rumsfeld
    • George Liberace
    • Ira Progoff
    • John Addey
    • John Stewart
    • Mike Rutherford
    • Natalie Wood
    • Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Richard E. Byrd
    • Steve Cozzi
    • Tom Skeritt
    • Tony Costa
    • Vincent Bugliosi
  • Aphidas conjunct Venus
    • Amy Franco
    • Arthur Ashe
    • Bob Newhart
    • Daniel Inouye
    • Don McLean
    • Edgar Young
    • Farley Granger
    • Friedrich Schwickert
    • James Russell Lowell
    • James W. Fulbright
    • Joan Crawford
    • Judy Garland
    • Keith Carradine
    • Kenneth Starr
    • Levi R Dowling
    • Monty Hall
    • Orson Bean
    • Raymond Buckland
    • Robert Currey
    • Ross Perot
    • Thomas Moore
    • Tim Robbins
    • William Howard Taft
  • Aphidas conjunct Mars
    • Bernie Siegel
    • Beverly D'Angelo
    • Brigitte Bardot
    • Charles Darwin
    • David Beckham
    • Dweezil Zappa
    • Elliott Gould
    • George W Bush
    • John Glenn
    • Kate Capshaw
    • Maureen Stapleton
    • Pat Nixon
    • Paul Tillich
    • Robert Mathias
    • Ron Kovic
    • Sam Cooke
    • Samuel Beckett
    • Sylvester Stallone
    • Wendell Wilkie
  • Aphidas conjunct Jupiter
    • Sir Ian Holm
    • Nellie Melba
    • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Aphidas conjunct North Node
    • Madeline Kahn
    • Jean-Luc Ponty
    • Art Buchwald

Here are charts of a few people with Aphidas prominent in their charts:

Aphidas in the 1st house conjunct Venus and Pallas
Aphidas in a 4th house stellium with Sun, Mercury, Venus and Neptune
Aphidas in a 2nd house stellium with Mercury, Saturn and Pluto
Aphidas conjunct the Ascendant, in between Venus (and South Node) and Pluto
Aphidas in the 9th conjunct Jupiter, MC and South Node
Aphidas in the 9th, conjunct Mars and Saturn

Current Events

Whenever a body is discovered in the solar system, events around that moment are colored by the new humanity begins to be much more consciously aware of its principles. We can thus look at some news stories around the discovery of Aphidas to get some clues about its meaning.

Doctors Mix Monkey, Jellyfish Genes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon researchers say they have successfully placed jellyfish genes into monkey embryos.

Shuttle Astronauts Restore Hubbell

SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) - Stubborn bolts and a storage lid that wouldn't shut on the Hubble Space Telescope forced the second-longest spacewalk in NASA history. Working in orbit 370 miles above the Earth, Discovery astronauts John Grunsfeld and Steven Smith struggled Wednesday to replace broken gyroscopes that have kept the $3 billion observatory blind since Nov. 13.

Researchers Make Faster Film

(AP)Scientists say they have found a way to produce photographic film that is 10 times more sensitive to light - an advance that could make true-to-life pictures of candlelight dinners possible without a flash or muted colors.

New Meat Irradiation Rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) New rules to allow U.S. meat plants to use low levels of irradiation to kill deadly bacteria on raw ground beef, steaks and pork chops will go into effect on Feb. 22, Agriculture Department aides said on Tuesday.

Lava Fountain Spotted on Jupiter Moon Io

WASHINGTON (Reuters) NASA's Galileo space probe captured new images of a fiery lava fountain spurting high above the surface of Jupiter's moon, Io, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

Israel and Syria Agree on January Peace Talks

After coexisting uneasily for 50 years in a state of war and for the last four years in cold silence, Israel and Syria have agreed to agree. President Clinton announced that the two countries would begin intensive and accelerated peace talks Jan. 3 at a site near Washington, to be determined.

Monsanto Sued Over Seeds

Monsanto Co., which has vowed to create sustainable agriculture through the use of genetically engineered crops, was hit with a class-action lawsuit by antitrust lawyers who claim that Monsanto rushed genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds to the marketplace without testing them for safety.

Nazi Slave Fund Created

More than a half-century after the defeat of Hitler, German corporations and the government have agreed to create a $5.2 billion fund to compensate slave laborers in Nazi Germany and other victims of the Holocaust.


Another place to derive possible meanings for a new body is from its discovery degree, especially if you delve into the Sabian Symbols. Aphidas was found in the 27th degree of Cancer. Lynda Hill gives this as the symbol:
"A violent storm in a canyon filled with expensive homes." This is a very emotion-provoking image. Aphidas will not be just a little minor planet that goes unnoticed.

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