D'Artagnan


Asteroid 14238, D'Artagnan, was discovered on December 31, 1999 by Charles W. Juels at Fountain Hills, Arizona. It has a period of 4 years, 33 days.

D'Artagnan is named for the main character of the 1844 novel The Three Musketeers by French author Alexandre Dumas pére (1802-1870). D'Artagnan, according to the Minor Planet Center citation, is "a swashbuckling swordsman who joins the Three Musketeers [Athos, Porthos, and Aramis] in many adventures and ultimately earns a commission as a King's Musketeer through his skill, loyalty and devotion."

Justin Chambers as D'Artagnan in the film The Three Musketeers (2001)


The Three Musketeers


D'Artagnan is loosely based upon a real man, Charles de Batz-Castelmore, Count d'Artagnan (1611-1673), a native of the Gascony region in southwestern France, captain of musketeers and "gentleman of the King" who fought during the revolt against King Louis XIV's minister Mazarin and was killed in Maastricht, Netherlands during a war between that country and France. Count d'Artagnan's life had already been fictionalized by another French writer, Gatien Courtilz de Sandras (1644-1712), in his novel The Memoirs of Mr. d'Artagnan.

Alexandre Dumas pére


The Musketeers' creator had a romantic imagination which informed his work. His swordsmen are governed by the demands of honor, whether that means they have to obey the commands of the King, to love and defend women who are "worthy," or to fight duels with those who dare to question their honor or their abilities. Even when the heroes are led into committing crimes, it is out of honor.

D'Artagnan, astrologically, seems to relate to this sort of thing, swashbuckling adventure, taking action against evil, adherence to the demands of chivalry and honor.

Donald Bellisario, who has produced numerous TV shows depicting life in this vein, has D'Artagnan trine Mercury and the North Node (and sextile the South Node), and sesquiquadrate Neptune.

The late kung fu master and action/adventure film star Bruce Lee had D'Artagnan in the fourth house, conjunct the South Node (consequently opposite the North Node)(past influences and the ability to benefit from them, taking out and giving back, connections); sesquiquadrate Vesta (dedication), and quincunx the Moon (the public, security).

His son Brandon Lee, best known for his role as the avenging undead rock musician Eric in The Crow, had D'Artagnan in the second house, sextile Venus (art) and Pallas (conceptualization), square the Nodes and sesquiquadrate the Midheaven.

Jay J. Armes (born August 12, 1932), who became a successful private investigator despite having prosthetic hands since the age of 12 and has been known to fabricate certain aspects of his background and career, has D'Artagnan sextile Mars (aggression, assertion, security, weapons) and trine Neptune (deception, glamor).

Sir Edmund Hillary, who conquered Mount Everest along with Tenzing Norgay, has D'Artagnan square the Nodes and opposite Juno (relating).

Liberal, somewhat quixotic Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich has D'Artagnan in the sixth house of service, semisextile Pluto, decile Saturn (work, career, rewards and consequences) and square the Nodes.

Ralph Nader has D'Artagnan square Vesta.

Herbert Hoover, who (ironically) spent a considerable amount of his personal fortune on food and other aid for the needy in war-torn countries, had D'Artagnan sextile Chiron (the maverick, self-damage, need to pay attention and adapt), square Pluto (power, mass movements, corporate interests) and trine Ceres (to nurture).

George W. Bush, who has built his entire presidency around a self-proclaimed mission to rid the world of terrorism, has D'Artagnan in the twelfth house, conjunct Saturn.

Jessica Lynch, who found herself misrepresented as an action figure by a self-serving US military in the Second Persian Gulf War, has D'Artagnan semisquare Chiron (medical care, wounds, the need to pay attention).

Xanana Gusmao, president of East Timor, who fought to win his country's independence from Indonesia, has D'Artagnan conjunct Mercury (thought, communication), trine the Ascendant, sesquiquadrate the Moon, quincunx the South Node (and semisextile the North Node), and parallel Pallas.

Philippine president Gloria Arroyo, who is battling a terrorist insurgency in the southern part of her country, has D'Artagnan semisquare Neptune (idealization, illusion) and trine Mars.

The glyph for D'Artagnan, suggesting three crossed swords, is mine.



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