Asteroid 69230, Hermes, an Apollo asteroid, was first discovered on October 28, 1937 by Karl Reinmuth at Heidelberg, Germany; lost for 66 years, it was redetected and numbered in October 2003. Hermes has a period of 2 years, 46 days.

It was named for the Greek messenger god Hermes, who the Romans called Mercury.


Hermes has a companion, discovered on October 18, 2003 at Arecibo Observatory at Arecibo, Puerto Rico through radar observations made by Jean-Luc Margot, Michael C. Nolan, Victor Negron, Alice A. Hine, Don B. Campbell, Ellen S. Howell, Lance Benner, Steven J. Ostro, Jon D. Giorgini, and Brian G. Marsden. The companion is big enough to qualify Hermes as a binary asteroid.

Astrologically, Hermes seems to have something to do with cleverness, intelligence, divisiveness, division, and occultism.

Occultist Aleister Crowley had Hermes trine Ceres (nurturance).

Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan and author of The Satanic Bible, had Hermes in the twelfth house, semisextile Saturn (work, career), sextile Uranus (rebellion), square Chiron (the teacher, the door-opener), trine Jupiter (religion), and sesquiquadrate the Moon (the public).

Con artist turned white-collar crime consulant Frank Abagnale has Hermes conjunct Pallas (conceptualization), sextile Venus (values, women, relationships) and trine Saturn. He says in his autobiography Catch Me If You Can that he was driven to his famous Sixties international crime spree out of a need to impress the women he went out with.

Famed Texas con artist Billie Sol Estes had Hermes conjunct Phaethon (out of control, a phenomenon) and square Chariklo (glamorized).

George W. Bush's political guru Karl Rove (born December 25, 1950, in Denver) has Hermes semisextile Mercury and Ceres, sextile Neptune (deception, illusion), and trine Pluto (power, mass action, ruthlessness).

Bill Clinton, a clever and controversial figure, has Hermes in the first house, conjunct Venus, sextile Saturn and Lilith (marginalized, reluctantly dealt with, integration), square Pandora (stirring things up), and opposite Dioretsa (stupid things, things that stick).

Pioneering computer expert Admiral Grace Hopper had Hermes semisextile Chiron and Chaos (groundbreaking), decile Mercury, sextile Saturn and Chariklo, and opposite Neptune (vision).

Bill Gates has Hermes in the sixth house of work, sextile the Sun (to shine, leadership), semisextile Saturn and square the Moon and Dioretsa.

Famed inventor and dyslexic Thomas Edison, who was subjected to things in school on account of his learning disability that could fit the definition of child abuse, had Hermes semisextile Asbolus (bad experiences), sextile Neptune, and opposite Hylonome (need to get over things, popular support).

Slobodan Milosevic, who tore Yugoslavia apart through racial and religious wars and the fanning of racial and religious hatred and ended up deported by his own people to the Netherlands to face a war-crimes tribunal, has Hermes semisextile the South Node (past influences), square Don Quixote (to take on the system), trine Venus (values), and quincunx Mercury and the North Node.

His wife and co-conspirator Mirjana Markovic has Hermes square Mars (anger, aggression) and Chiron, trine the Sun and quincunx Venus.

Belgian renegade broadcaster Georges Ruggiu ran the hate radio station officially called Radio des Libre Mille Collines and nicknamed Radio Machete by Rwandans which broadcast the names, locations, and car descriptions of Tutsi and Hutu opponents of the genocide for the benefit of the Hutu who carried it out. Ruggiu has Hermes sextile Ixion (inventive, compiling bad karma) and quincunx Ceres, Hylonome (the cry of the people) and Nessus (psychological toxins)

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il (born February 16, 1942 in Khabarovsk, Russia) has Hermes conjunct Cruithne (branded, one's country) and Heracles (to fight against, to bluster), sextile Pandora and square Lilith.

Sri Lankan Tamil terrorist leader Velupillai Prabhakaran (born November 26, 1954, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka) has Hermes conjunct Saturn and Pallas (politics).

US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican and a notoriously partisan, ruthless, and inflammatory character, has Hermes semisquare Ceres, square Phaethon and trine Ixion.

Texas governor Rick Perry, who has carried water for DeLay, has Hermes undecimal Elatus (eloquent and evasive expression) and quincunx Mars (energy).

Successfully separated conjoined (Siamese) twins Maria De Jesus Quiej-Alvarez and Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez (born July 25, 2001 in Santo Domingo Suchitepequez, Guatemala) have Hermes conjunct Heracles (to strive with), trine Lilith and sesquiquadrate Damocles (danger, drastic change).

The glyph for Hermes is mine.

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