Asteroid 18243, Gunn, was discovered on September 29, 1973 at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Valley, California by C.J. Van Houten, Ingrid Van Houten-Groeneveld, and Tom Gehrels. Gunn has a period of 3 years, 131 days.

It was named for astrophysicist James E. Gunn (born 1938), of Princeton University.

James Gunn

Astrologically, asteroid Gunn seems to indicate guns, having to do with guns, "gunning for someone," bellicose, aggressive, militarism.

Gunmaker Samuel Colt (born July 19, 1814 in Hartford, Connecticut) had Gunn conjunct Varuna (grown big), semisquare Neptune (vision), septile Jupiter (prosperity), opposite Hidalgo (to assert, to promote, machismo) and parallel Pluto (transformative).

Russian general Mikhail Kalishnikov (born November 19, 1919 in Altaj, Altaj, Russia), inventor of the popular assault rifle that bears his name, has Gunn semisextile Chiron (ingenious) and sesquiquadrate Juno (public persona).

Ambrose Burnside (born May 23, 1824, in Liberty, Indiana), a notoriously inept Union general in the US Civil war who popularized side-whiskers ("sideburns," originally "burnsides") and later became the National Rifle Association's first president, had Gunn square Neptune (confusion, ineptitude, idealism) and the Nodes (connections made and broken), trine Pallas (civilization) and Phaethon (veering out of control, a phenomenon), biquintile Venus (appearance, grooming) and contraparallel Chiron.

Actor Charlton Heston, who assumed the presidency of the NRA and retired several years later after it was revealed that he had Alzheimer's disease, has Gunn in the eighth house, conjunct Chariklo (glamorous, need to keep perspective), undecimal Don Quixote (taking on something), square Talos (criticism, defense), tredecile Pluto (unforgettable), sesquiquadrate Saturn (work, career, rewards), and quincunx Vesta (dedication) and Pallas (politics).

John Hinckley, who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in order to impress Jodie Foster, with whom he was obsessed, has Gunn in the eighth house, square Rhadamanthus (judges, supervision) and Asbolus (awful things, something to say which is not necessarily listened to), trine Quaoar ("something must be done," under scrutiny, something seminal), and quincunx Venus (love) and Elatus (a powerful message).

Presidential assassin Charles Guiteau (born September 8, 1841 in Freeport, Illinois), who in 1881 shot James Garfield, had Gunn conjunct Mars (violence) and Varuna (judgment), semisextile Pholus (folly, disease), semisquare Juno (giving away power), square Chariklo, trine Cruithne (branded), and opposite Nessus (predatory).

Lee Harvey Oswald had Gunn in the eighth house of death and legacies, semisextile Chaos (a new order) and Pholus (infected, sneaking in to do harm), sextile Dioretsa (out of control, foolish, something that sticks) and Hylonome, square Elatus, trine Heracles (a huge deed), Cyllarus (having motive, method and opportunity) and Pelion (life is tough), and opposite Deucalion (bringing about extinction).

Springfield, Oregon school shooter Kipland "Kip" Kinkel (born August 30, 1982) was reportedly gun-obsessed as well as possessed of a terrible temper; his parents allegedly bought him guns in order to quiet his tantrums. He has Gunn conjunct Ceres (family), semisextile Neptune (unstable), Pluto (deep-seated problems) and Juno, sextile Don Quixote, trine Dioretsa and parallel Vesta.

John Ashcroft, whose enforcement of federal gun-control laws has been lax, has Gunn sextile/trine the Nodal axis (past influences and how one expresses them).

Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide with a shotgun, had Gunn in the seventh house, semisextile Chariklo, sextile Nessus (poisoned by one's own psychological toxins), and trine Pandora (having an impact, unintended consequences) and Rhadamanthus (a judge, judging).

Nathuram Godse, who shot Mahatma Gandhi, had Gunn square Hylonome (the cry of the people).

Mahatma Gandhi had Gunn sextile Asbolus (talking but not necessarily beingf listened to) and square Juno (public persona, human rights).

New York US representative Carolyn McCarthy is a gun-control supporter who ran successfully for Congress after her husband and son (and others) were shot by a mad gunman on a Long Island commuter train and her US representative voted against a gun-control measure. She has Gunn conjunct Nessus (predators), semisextile Lilith (having to accept something), undecimal Mars (violence), Uranus (sudden events, galvanized) and Vesta, tredecile the Sun, and quincunx Venus (values, outrage).

Former presidential press secretary James Brady was shot by John Hinckley along with his boss Ronald Reagan and seriously wounded and later became a gun-control advocate along with his wife Sarah Brady. James Brady has Gunn in the third house of the media, on the IC, decile Jupiter (the law, public support), Vesta and Chiron (lessons taught or learned), square Chariklo and the Ascendant, and trine Hidalgo (to assert, to promote, to defend).

Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush's notoriously hawkish secretary of defense, has Gunn in the second house, square Lilith (barely tolerated or not tolerated) and Elatus, trine Asbolus and Quaoar, and quincunx Mercury and Mars (aggression, the military).

Kenneth Starr, Bill Clinton's chief persecutor as president, has Gunn in the third house, on the cusp, semisextile the Moon (the public), sextile Hidalgo and Phaethon (in the driver's seat, out of control), square Pallas and trine Quaoar (under scrutiny).

Rush Limbaugh, whose stock-in-trade is slanderous attacks on liberals (some of whom gloated after he became deaf due to an autoimmune disorder and then was revealed to have a pill habit), has Gunn in the fourth house, on the fifth cusp, semisextile Nessus and trine Elatus (eloquent expression, deception).

Bill Clinton has Gunn in the sixth house, on the Descendant, sextile Saturn (work, career, rewards and consequences) and Ceres (to nurture, family), square Asbolus (terrible experiences) and opposite Quaoar.

Prominent atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, called "the most hated woman in America," probably as much for her unpleasant personality and communist political leanings as for her activism on behalf of atheism, had Gunn in the tenth house, conjunct Chaos (activism, a new order) and Hidalgo, nonile Chiron, sextile the Sun (to shine, to lead) and Dioretsa, square Venus (values) and Cruithne (a brand name, branded, carrying a stigma), sesquiquadrate Jupiter (the law, religion) and contraparallel Neptune (scandal, slander, hallucinations).

Ralph Nader, long a target of the right and later a target of the left as well for his independent political candidacy, which has been blamed for causing problems, has Gunn in the third house, on the IC, semisextile Nessus (greed, predatory), sextile Pluto (investigations), square Damocles (crisis, danger, threat, experience of groupthink), tredecile Neptune (ideals, deceit, delusion), biquintile Juno (those at a disadvantage, giving away power) and opposite the Midheaven (authority, career).

The glyph for Gunn is mine.

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