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In his "Metamorphoses", Ovid paints a picture of the beauty and tragedy of a Centaurean love story:

"[In the battle of the Kentauroi and Lapithes:] Nor did his beauty ransom [centaur] Cyllarus, fighting that day, if hybrids such as he be granted beauty. His beard was just beginning, a golden beard, and golden tresses fell down on his shoulders reaching to his flanks. High-mettled grace shone in his face; his neck, chest, shoulders, hands and every manly part seemed like a sculptor's much-praised masterpiece. Unblemished too his equine shape, nor less fine than his man's. With horse's head and neck he's make fit mount for Castor, so high stood his chest-muscles, so rideable his back. Jet black he was, the whole of him, save that his tail was white and legs were milk-white too. Many a centauress would be his mate, but one had gained his heart, [she-centaur] Hylonome. In the high woods there was none comelier of all the centaur-girls, and she alone by love and love's sweet words and winning ways held Cyllarus, yes, and the care she took to look her best (so far as that may be with limbs like that). She combed her glossy hair, and twined her curls in turn with rosemary or violets or roses, and sometimes she wore a pure white lily. Twice a day she bathed her face in the clear brook that fell from Pagasae's high forest, twice she plunged her body in its flow, nor would she wear on her left side and shoulder any skin but what became her from best-chosen beasts. Their love was equal; on the hills they roamed together, and together they would go back to their cave; and this time too they went into the Lapithae's palace side by side and side by side were fighting in the fray. A javelin (no knowing from whose hand) came from the left and wounded Cyllarus, landing below the place where the chest joins neck ' slight wound, but when the point was pulled away, cold grew his damaged heart and cold his limbs. Hylonome embraced him as he died, caressed the wound and, putting lips to lips, she tried to stay his spirit as it fled. And when she saw him lifeless, she moaned words that in that uproar failed to reach my ears; and fell upon the spear that pierced her love, and, dying, held her husband in her arms."

So intimately are these two involved, whenever they are mentioned in myths, that perhaps we should always study them together astrologically as well.


Hylonome was discovered on February 27, 1995 at 4 Libra 42. It has an orbit of approximately 126 years, and this orbit is not too eccentric as Centaurs go. At perihelion it almost reaches the orbit of Uranus, while at aphelion it goes just past Neptune's orbit.

Cyllarus was discovered on October 12, 1998 at 18 Tau 34. Its orbit, at around 134 years, is a bit more eccentric. It, too, almost reaches the orbit of Uranus at perihelion, but goes out past both Neptune and Pluto at aphelion.

It is not surprising that both bodies were discovered in a Venus-ruled sign, since it is their love for each other which stands out most in their stories.


There are three glyphs currently in circulation for Hylonome:

Glyph for Cyllarus This glyph was
designed by
Zane B Stein
Glyph for Cyllarus This is an alternate glyph

From 1931-1983, these two bodies moved in and out of exact opposition 53 times, and were in orb of opposition for a good portion of this interval. So we can study the charts of people born during these intervals to see how these two bodies interact. Here are the degrees of the exact oppositions, and the dates they took place. (Date format: Day/Month/Year):

Hylon        Cylla       Date
 2Ar46	 2Li46	22/ 7/1931
 4Ar04	 4Li04	18/ 5/1932
 4Ar24	 4Li24	6/8/1932
 5Ar36	 5Li36	10/5/1933
 6Ar02	 6Li02	19/ 8/1933
 7Ar09	 7Li09	2/5/1934
 7Ar40	 7Li40	30/ 8/1934
 8Ar42	 8Li42	26/ 4/1935
 9Ar17	 9Li17	9/9/1935
10Ar16	10Li16	20/ 4/1936
10Ar55	10Li55	17/ 9/1936
11Ar50	11Li50	14/ 4/1937
12Ar34	12Li34	26/ 9/1937
13Ar25	13Li25	9/4/1938
14Ar12	14Li12	5/10/1938
15Ar01	15Li01	5/4/1939
15Ar52	15Li52	14/10/1939
16Ar37	16Li37	30/ 3/1940
17Ar32	17Li32	22/10/1940
18Ar14	18Li14	25/ 3/1941
19Ar13	19Li13	30/10/1941
19Ar52	19Li52	21/ 3/1942
20Ar55	20Li55	8/11/1942
21Ar31	21Li31	16/ 3/1943
22Ar38	22Li38	17/11/1943
23Ar10	23Li10	10/3/1944
24Ar23	24Li23	25/11/1944
24Ar51	24Li51	5/3/1945
26Ar08	26Li08	4/12/1945
26Ar33	26Li33	28/ 2/1946
27Ar56	27Li56	14/12/1946
28Ar16	28Li16	22/ 2/1947
29Ar45	29Li45	26/12/1947
29Ar59	29Li59	14/ 2/1948
 6Ca10	 6Cp10	8/3/1975
 6Ca36	 6Cp36	20/ 4/1975
 9Ca43	 9Cp43	23/ 2/1976
10Ca32	10Cp32	11/5/1976
13Ca27	13Cp27	13/ 2/1977
14Ca35	14Cp35	30/ 5/1977
17Ca20	17Cp20	5/2/1978
18Ca48	18Cp48	16/ 6/1978
21Ca23	21Cp23	29/ 1/1979
23Ca11	23Cp11	4/7/1979
25Ca34	25Cp34	21/ 1/1980
27Ca46	27Cp46	21/ 7/1980
29Ca54	29Cp54	12/1/1981
 2Le32	 2Aq32	10/8/1981
 4Le23	 4Aq23	3/1/1982
 7Le31	 7Aq31	2/9/1982
 8Le59	 8Aq59	22/12/1982
12Le46	12Aq46	1/10/1983
13Le39	13Aq39	5/12/1983

Unfortunately, we do not have current examples of a Hylonome/Cyllarus conjunction. Between 1843 and the present, the two have never been in conjunction, nor in square. But we have a number of dates in the past 200 years when they were in Quincunx, and in trine:

Hylonome quincunx Cyllarus

Hylon        Cylla       Date
17Ge54	17Cp54	30/ 4/1844
19Ge42	19Cp42	30/ 1/1845
22Ge12	22Cp12	6/ 6/1845
23Ge11	23Cp11	11/ 1/1846
26Ge26	26Cp26	6/ 7/1846
26Ge53	26Cp53	25/12/1846
 0Ca42	 0Aq42	7/ 8/1847
 0Ca48	 0Aq48	5/12/1847
 5Ca00	 5Aq00	20/ 9/1848
 4Ca58	 4Aq58	31/10/1848
 3Cp16	 3Le16	9/ 3/1891
 3Cp07	 3Le07	12/ 5/1891
 5Cp44	 5Le44	15/ 2/1892
 5Cp35	 5Le35	9/ 6/1892
 8Cp06	 8Le06	29/ 1/1893
 8Cp02	 8Le02	2/ 7/1893
10Cp22	10Le22	15/ 1/1894
10Cp29	10Le29	23/ 7/1894
12Cp33	12Le33	1/ 1/1895
12Cp56	12Le56	14/ 8/1895
14Cp38	14Le38	17/12/1895
15Cp26	15Le26	7/ 9/1896
16Cp35	16Le35	27/11/1896
 1Li44	 1Ta44	12/6/1995
 3Li23	 3Ta23	11/8/1995
 6Li44	 6Ta44	5/6/1996
 8Li56	 8Ta56	26/ 8/1996
11Li45	11Ta45	3/6/1997
14Li13	14Ta13	7/9/1997
16Li44	16Ta44	5/6/1998
19Li17	19Ta17	15/ 9/1998
21Li39	21Ta39	9/6/1999
24Li10	24Ta10	20/ 9/1999
26Li28	26Ta28	15/ 6/2000
28Li52	28Ta52	22/ 9/2000
 1Sc12	 1Ge12	23/ 6/2001
 3Sc22	 3Ge22	23/ 9/2001
 5Sc51	 5Ge51	5/7/2002
 7Sc40	 7Ge40	20/ 9/2002
10Sc27	10Ge27	21/ 7/2003
11Sc44	11Ge44	13/ 9/2003

Hylonome trine Cyllarus

Hylon        Cylla       Date
26Ca39	26Pi39	12/ 4/1856
 0Le06	 0Ar06	16/ 7/1856
 0Le48	 0Ar48	16/ 3/1857
 5Le59	 5Ar59	23/ 8/1857
 5Le28	 5Ar28	25/ 2/1858
11Le25	11Ar25	24/ 9/1858
10Le26	10Ar26	8/ 2/1859
16Le35	16Ar35	24/10/1859
15Le38	15Ar38	22/ 1/1860
14Li18	14Ge18	30/12/1871
13Li28	13Ge28	10/ 3/1872
18Li37	18Ge37	12/12/1872
17Li33	17Ge33	6/ 4/1873
22Li40	22Ge40	28/11/1873
21Li40	21Ge40	1/ 5/1874
26Li29	26Ge29	14/11/1874
25Li51	25Ge51	26/ 5/1875
 0Sc02	 0Ca02	29/10/1875
 0Sc09	 0Ca09	24/ 6/1876
 3Sc13	 3Ca13	7/10/1876

We have a lot of studying to do to understand what these bodies mean to us, both individually, and as a pair. Here are a few suggested interepretations of Hylonome:

And here are a few for Cyllarus:

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