Asteroid 62, Erato, was discovered on September 14, 1860 by Oskar Lesser and Wilhelm Foerster at Berlin, Germany. It has a period of 5 years, 181 days and is slightly over 71 miles in diameter.

Erato was named after the Muse of lyric poetry.

Erato, by Simon Vouet (1640)

Astrologically, Erato seems to indicate lyric as opposed to epic poetry, singing the praises of something or somebody, to talk about love, to be concerned with something or somebody.

Paul McCartney, who once wrote a song called "Silly Love Songs" that praised silly love songs, has Erato in the fourth house of, sextile Elatus (eloquent expression), trine Neptune (music, culture, idealization) and the Ascendant, and quincunx the Sun (to shine).

George Harrison, who wrote songs praising had Erato in the fourth house also, conjunct the Sun, sextile Phaethon (a phenomenon), square Saturn (work, career, rewards) and quincunx Pluto (unforgettable).

John Lennon had Erato in the seventh house, on the Descendant, opposite the Ascendant.

Gene Simmons of Kiss (born August 25, 1949, in Haifa, Israel), who has made a career of writing songs about partying, women and all-around good times, has Erato opposite Vesta (dedication), sextile the North Node and trine the South Node.

Bob Dylan, who has gone through many phases but is mainly identified with the 60s political song, has Erato in the eleventh house of politics, tredecile Mars (anger) and biquintile Mercury.

Pablo Neruda (born July 12, 1904, in Parral, Maule, Chile), Chile's premier literary figure, who wrote numerous leftist political poems as well as love poems, had Erato conjunct the South Node (past influences, taking in, separation), semisextile Mercury and Pallas (politics), square Pluto, tredecile Mars (energy), trine Sun and Venus, and opposite North Node (moving past past influences, giving out, connecting).

John Keats (born October 31, 1795, in London), known for his robust and lushly beautiful poetry, had Erato semisextile Chiron, semisquare Mars, sextile Saturn and square Venus (love, beauty).

George Gordon, Lord (that is, 6th Baron) Byron (born January 22, 1788, in London) had Erato undecimal Venus, decile Saturn, square Neptune (spirituality), sesquiquadrate Ceres (nurturance), Vesta (dedication) and Chiron (the maverick), and biquintile Jupiter (philosophy, travel). He spent much of his adult life in various romantic-souled pursuits and died fighting for Greek independence (which he celebrated in his poetry).

Walt Whitman (born May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York), a poet who tends toward the effusive, had Erato quincunx Venus.

Reclusive 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson had Erato semisextile Mercury and Pallas (conceptualization) and sextile Neptune (seclusion, inner vision).

Eccentric turn-of-the-20th-century poet Amy Lowell had Erato in the eleventh house, sextile Uranus (unconventional), sesquiquadrate Mercury and contraparallel Jupiter (philosophy).

Hart Crane, the stereotypical tormented poet, had Erato in the second house of values, decile Pluto (psychological poet), semisquare Neptune (confusion, instability, imagination), biquintile Juno (relationships) and parallel Mercury.

Gabriele D'Annunzio (born March 12, 1863, in Pescara, Italy), who may be known more for his outrageous public statements and actions (like his support of Mussolini's Fascism) than his poetry and other literary works, had Erato square Pallas (politics), sesquiquadrate Mercury and quincunx Pluto.

Ronald Reagan, who wrote no poetry but communicated a powerful conservative message and is a figure to whom many conservatives "sing paeans," had Erato in the fifth house of self-expression, sextile Neptune (idealism), trine the East Point (as the world sees you) and sesquiquadrate Mars.

Communist philosopher Karl Marx, once a revered figure, had Erato in the sixth house of service and employment, square Varuna (inflated, judgment) and parallel Venus (values).

Mother Teresa, still a revered figure and a likely candidate for canonization by the Roman Catholic Church, had Erato in the sixth house, conjunct the North Node (giving out, moving past past influences), sextile Neptune (altruism), square Hylonome (the cry of the people) and Pandora (stirring things up, making a splash, having an impact), trine Uranus (activism) and opposite the South Node (past influences, drawing in).

Marilyn Monroe, who was the subject of a laudatory song by Elton John called "Candle In The Wind," had Erato in the eighth house of sex, death and legacy, semisquare Venus (beauty), sextile Phaethon (a phenomenon) and trine Pluto (unforgettable, suicide).

Rudolph Valentino, the archetypal matinee idol, had Erato in the tenth house of career and reputation, semisextile Venus, nonile Pluto (unforgettable), quintile Chiron (the door-opener) and parallel Neptune (idealization, movies).

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