Asteroid 666, Desdemona, was discovered July 23, 1908 by August Kopff at Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. It has a period of 4 years, 64 days and is about 20 miles in diameter.

Desdemona was named for the wife of Othello in William Shakespeare's 1604 play Othello. She was a sweet, innocent, naive, good-hearted Venetian aristocrat the Moorish soldier of fortune Othello married against her father's wishes and brought to Cyprus, a possession of the city-state of Venice which was defending it from the Turks. There both were ruined through the machinations of Othello's villainous subordinate officer Iago, who convinced Othello that Desdemona had been unfaithful and talked him into murdering her, after which Othello killed himself.

Desdemona, a painting by English artist Frederic Leighton, completed around 1888.

It may be that the naming of this asteroid may have been influenced by the provisional designation, 1908 DM.

(Notice also the number of this asteroid, about which some people are superstitious.)

Astrologically, Desdemona seems to indicate to be sad or "down," to be victimized, to be or see oneself as blameless..

Lisa Steinberg, who was neglected, beaten, and finally beaten to death at age six by her adoptive father while his girlfriend did nothing, had Desdemona in the third house, conjunct Asbolus (awful experiences) and Nessus (predation), semisquare the Moon (the home, the public, early childhood), sextile Pallas (politics, the daughter role), square Chiron (need to pay attention) and Hidalgo (to assert), and trine Heracles (to fight for). Her death brought on increased awareness of child abuse.

One-year-old Oklahoma City bombing victim Baylee Almon (born April 19, 1994, in Oklahoma City) had Desdemona sextile the South Node (separations), trine Uranus (sudden events, explosions), Neptune (photography), Ceres, and the North Node (connections made) and quindecile Pallas.

Aileen Wuornos had Desdemona conjunct Jupiter (the law), sextile Ixion (bad karma), trine Venus (values, prostitution), quindecile Chiron (need to pay attention) and parallel Pallas (politics). Her life was one long hard-luck story and she was executed by the state of Florida despite evidence that she was mentally ill.

Andras Toma (born December 5, 1925, in Sulyanbokor, Hungary), a Hungarian World War II veteran who languished in a Russian mental hospital for over 50 years, has Desdemona sextile Pallas and Cruithne (in touch with one's roots) and square Jupiter and Asbolus.

Lewis Keseberg (born May 22, 1814, in Berneberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany), a Donner Party survivor whose reputation was ruined by the incident, had Desdemona quincunx the South Node and opposite Damocles (experience of groupthink, transgressive, drastic change).

Michael Jackson, whom some see as a misunderstood, persecuted doer of good works, has Desdemona conjunct Chariklo (glamorization) and square Jupiter (the law, generosity).

Polly Klaas, who was abducted from her bed in Petaluma, California and murdered, had Desdemona in the sixth house, sextile Juno (a victim), square Uranus (sudden occurrences), sesquiquadrate Mercury and quindecile the Ascendant (personal appearance).

Emmett Till had Desdemona conjunct Ceres (family), square Neptune (naivete, a sacrifice), tredecile Mars (violence), Chariklo and the Nodes, trine Heracles (to strive with), and contraparallel Chiron.

French actress Marie Trintignant, who was murdered by her rock-musician boyfriend, had Desdemona in the seventh house, on the eighth cusp, quintile Chiron, square Pallas, tredecile Juno, parallel the Sun and Midheaven, and contraparallel the Ascendant.

Famed 1950s and 1960s Texas exotic dancer Juanita Slusher aka Candy Barr has Desdemona in the third house of the media, on the IC, conjunct Venus, decile Pluto, quintile Jupiter, and square Phaethon (a phenomenon, out of control).

Silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, whose career and reputation were unjustly destroyed by a sex scandal, had Desdemona conjunct Chaos, trine Neptune and biquintile Chiron.

Sandra Tsing Loh (born February 11, 1962, in Muskogee, Oklahoma), who was fired from a radio job for on-air profanity, has Desdemona nonile Mercury (the media, speech), square Pallas and Phaethon, trine Uranus, quincunx Hylonome (popular support), and parallel Mars (losing good things) and Saturn (work, rewards, consequences).

Abraham Lincoln had Desdemona in the third house, conjunct the North Node, semisquare Juno, sextile Heracles and Ixion (creating karma), square Don Quixote (taking on the system), and opposite Chaos and the South Node.

Bill Clinton has Desdemona in the eighth house, conjunct the Moon, quintile Saturn, tredecile Ceres, and quincunx Chiron and South Node.

The glyph for Desdemona is mine.

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