Asteroid 2999 Dante was discovered on February 6, 1981 by Norman G. Thomas at the Anderson Mesa unit of Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, Arizona, and named for Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), who is usually known by his first name, short for Durante ("enduring"), and who wrote The Divine Comedy, a three-part epic about a guided tour of the Catholic afterlife whose most famous part is part one, The Inferno, the part that deals with the tour of hell. (The other two parts, The Purgatorio and The Paradiso, deal with purgatory and heaven, respectively.) Asteroid Dante has a period of 3 years, 154 days.

Dante Alighieri

Astrologically, Dante seems to relate to terrible deeds or experiences, the "descent into hell" or purgatory, the perception of or recognition of sin.

Former Manson Family member Susan Atkins has Dante in the first house, conjunct 1996 TL66 (an apocalypse) and 1998 BU48 (the way things are) and square the Sun (to shine). The commuting of her death sentence to life imprisonment in the 1970s has allowed her to redeem herself, although she is still behind bars.

Famed 1960s Texas stripper Candy Barr, who took on conservative Texas culture and won a Pyrrhic victory, has Dante in the eleventh house, conjunct Uranus (rebellion), semisquare Vesta (dedication), the Ascendant (the physical body, appearance) and Heracles (to strive against), square Don Quixote (taking on the system) and 1996 TL66, trine Antenor (seen as subversive) and Okyrhoe (enduring criticism), and opposite 1999 TD10 (something considered invasive).

Louise Brown, the first IVF baby, has Dante in the seventh house, conjunct Quaoar (reproductive matters), square Vesta, Chiron and the Midheaven, quincunx Phaethon (a phenomenon) and opposite Antenor. She is not entirely comfortable with the attention she has received and has said she would not choose IVF herself.

César Chavez, who fought bruising battles with exploitative growers as a civil-rights activist and labor leader, had Dante in the fifth house, square Varuna (to grow big) and Elatus (self-expression), trine Pelion (a cold, cruel world; earning one's keep) and Cyllarus (sense of self-worth), and opposite Huya (feeling like something is missing).

Steven Stayner, who was abducted and kept as a sex slave by a pedophile for years, had Dante in the twelfth house, sextile Cyllarus, Dioretsa (action not taken neatly) and Memnon (new beginnings), trine Nessus (experience of predatory lust), and quincunx Pandora (having an impact, making a splash, unintended consequences) and Pelion.

Polish pianist and Holocaust survivor Wladyslaw Szpilman, whose life story was told in Roman Polanski's film The Pianist, had Dante semisextile 2002 VQ94 (to shatter), trine Ixion (inventiveness, bad karma, second chances), and quincunx 1994 TA (moral pollution).

Computer scientist and martyr to homophobia Alan Turing had Dante conjunct Neptune (scandal), semisextile 1999 XX143 (issues concerning fitting in), semisquare Vesta (sexual problems), sextile 2002 AW197 (political conditions, changes being forced and coming hard), and sesquiquadrate Jupiter (the law).

Alton, Illinois giant Robert Wadlow had Dante conjunct Chiron, semisextile Chariklo (celebrity status), and square Pallas (amenities of civilization, e.g., medical services), 1992 QB1 (having to endure something terrible), and Juno.

The glyph for Dante is mine.

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