Asteroid 388, Charybdis, was discovered on March 7, 1894 by Auguste Charlois at Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. It has a period of 5 years, 79 days and is abourt 85 miles in diameter.

It was named for a daughter of Poseidon and Gaea who was thrown into the sea off Sicily by Zeus and supposedly created a whirlpool in the Straits of Messina between Sicily and the Italian peninsula by swallowing and then vomiting out water. It was near the lair of Scylla. In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus gave priority to avoiding the whirlpool and ended up losing six of his men to Scylla.

Astrologically, asteroid Charybdis seems to indicate sucked in, chaos, no escape, something to stay away from, voracious, greedy, a vortex .

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