Asteroid 120, Lachesis, was discovered on April 10, 1872 by Alphonse Borrelly at Marseilles, France. It has a period of 5 years, 182 days, and is slightly less than 130 miles in diameter.

It was named for one of the Moirae, or Fates in Greek mythology (whom the Romans knew as Parcae), Lachesis, who determined the length of the thread of life. The others were Klotho and Atropos.

The Three Fates, by British painter Arthur Rackham

Martha Lang-Wescott says Lachesis (pronounced La-KEE-sis) signifies "intervention, assessment midway into a sequence, what 'interrupts' an evolving sequence from going as one would have expected (from the way it began or is underway)". Marianne Alexander adds what happens when something is allowed to continue without intervention; or something that occurs by default. One may also say Lachesis indicates deciding the length or duration of something, putting a stop to something (or trying to).

US Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist (born October 1, 1924, in Milwaukee), who voted with the majority in the Supreme Court decision Bush vs. Gore, which handed the presidency to George W. Bush, has Lachesis opposite Saturn (work, to say no to) and Juno (disenfranchisement).

Terri Schiavo, a vegetative Florida woman whose husband and parents got into a nasty public battle over her right to die, has Lachesis sextile Mars (aggression, assertion) and square Vesta (dedication, commitment).

Candy Lightner, who started Mothers Against Drunk Driving to press for stricter drunk-driving laws after her daughter was killed by a drunk driver who received a lenient sentence, has Lachesis sextile Uranus (activism), trine Mars, and opposite Jupiter (the law).

Karen Silkwood, an Oklahoma nuclear worker who died in a suspicious car accident while on the way to meet a reporter to deliver information about nefarious doings by her employer, had Lachesis quintile Pallas (to uphold the values of civilization), square Uranus, trine Mars, and sesquiquadrate Neptune (defeated, vitiated, mystery, conspiracy[?]).

John Belushi, who careened out of control on a drug-and-alcohol-fueled wild ride that no one could put a stop to after he came to Hollywood, and died young, had Lachesis in the tenth house of career and reputation, semisquare Ceres (nurturance), sextile Juno (marriage partners) and Chiron (lessons taught or learned), and trine the Sun (to shine).

Columbine shooter Eric Harris had Lachesis in the eighth house of legacies, conjunct the Moon (the public), square Mercury (schools, writing, ideas), Venus, Jupiter and Saturn, and opposite Pandora (unintended consequences). Some of the measures taken in an attempt to prevent future incidents like the Columbine massacre are fascistic.

His partner in crime, Dylan Klebold, had Lachesis in the eleventh house of friends, conjunct Pallas, semisquare Mercury and square Uranus.

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