Endymion


Endymion, asteroid 342, was discovered by Maximilian Wolf on October 17, 1892, at Heidelberg, Germany. It has a period of 4 years, 43 days and is about 47 3/4 miles in diameter, and has the distinction of being the first asteroid named for a male rather than a female deity.

Endymion was a young shepherd who attracted the moon goddess Selene so much that she caused him to fall asleep on Mount Latmos and never wake up; she visited him every night and had children by him. The story has inspired numerous artistic and literary works, such as the painting shown below and John Keats' poem "Endymion," which has been said to not be one of his best works: it was panned by critics at the time of its publication, and the criticism blamed by hysterical friends and supporters of Keats for his untimely death (from tuberculosis). The poem, however, contributed the immortal line "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" to the English language.

Endymion: Moonlight Effect, by French painter Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson (1767-1824).


Astrologically, Endymion seems to indicate creative energy, breaking loose, being in a state of limbo or education, the effort to make dreams come true, being in a comatose or narcoleptic state.

Karen Ann Quinlan, a New Jersey woman who lingered in a coma for years before dying and whose parents' efforts to get her life-support system turned off put the right-to-die movement onto the public's radar screen in the US, had Endymion conjunct the Sun, semisextile Phaethon (a phenomenon), sextile 1992 QB1 (powerful ideology) and Pholus (initiation), trine 1999 CZ118 (making a very important choice), sesquiquadrate Pallas (politics), and opposite Ceres (nurturance, letting go).

Terri Schiavo (born December 3, 1963), another coma victim (in Florida, this time) whose right to die is being fought over, has Endymion square Odysseus (stratagem, a long and winding road), trine Nessus (transgression of boundaries) and sesquiquadrate Saturn (rules and regulations).

Persephonides, by Deanna Clear.

"Forget conditions/Courageous convictions/Will bring the dream into existence."


Edgar Cayce, who issued many medical formulae and prophecies in a trance-like state and is known as "the sleeping prophet," had Endymion on the Descendant in the seventh house, square Pandora (stirring things up, making a splash, having an impact, giftedness) and 2000 EC98 (drawing a picture, ungrounded), trine Venus (values) and 2002 VE95 (a mixed blessing), and quincunx Thersander (coming into one's own).

Friedrich Kekulé, who famously determined the molecular structure of benzene through a dream he had of a snake eating its own tail, had Endymion in the eleventh house of hopes and dreams, square Okyrhoe (loyalty to one's own needs, truth coming through nonrational means), and quincunx 1999 XX143 (issues relating to roles played in society).

Crawford Long, who pioneered the use of anesthesia in surgery, had Endymion semisextile Cyllarus (sense of worth) and Okyrhoe (forging ahead against attacks), sextile Actor (taking action) and Asbolus (advice given though not necessarily taken), square Thersites (saying no), and opposite 2002 VQ94 (to shatter or break through).

Stephen Maier (born February 6, 1975), a San Jose man who is a victim of the rare narcoleptic disorder Kleine-Levin Syndrome and has founded an association for other victims of the disease, has Endymion semisextile Vesta (dedication), trine Thersites and sesquiquadrate Saturn (limitation, work).

Samantha Reid (born January 2, 1984), a Michigan teenager who died after being given Ecstasy at a party, going into a coma from which she never emerged, and has inspired efforts to fight the abuse of so-called "club drugs", had Endymion sextile Chariklo (hype), trine Askalaphus (the media, medical issues) and quincunx Odysseus (stratagem).

Mark Anthony Perez (born September 27, 1963), a Florida man who went to prison for using GHB (a date-rape drug) to rape women, has Endymion conjunct Don Quixote (taking on the system), semisextile the Sun, semisquare Juno (giving away one's power), square Nessus (predation, lust, rape) and quincunx Memnon (loss of privacy).

Timothy Leary, who popularized the use of LSD, had Endymion in the second house, conjunct Cruithne (stigmatization), semisextile Lilith (having to deal) and 1998 BU48 (the way things are), square 1999 OX3 (practical wisdom) and 1999 TD10 (an invasion), sesquiquadrate Don Quixote, and quincunx Boucolion (naive and unsophisticated) and Elatus (denial, glossing over something, misrepresentation, self-expression).

The glyph for Endymion is mine.



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