Modestia


Asteroid 370 Modestia was discovered on July 14, 1893 by French astronomer Auguste Charlois at Nice, France. It was named for "the quality of modesty, the freedom from conceit or vanity," probably by the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut. Modestia has a period of 3 years, 198 days.

Astrologically, Modestia seems to be what its name suggests: modesty; perhaps the desire to be or being "just regular people" or "a regular person", just human, nothing special.

Roy Rogers, who was noted for this just-folks quality, had Modestia in his first house, on the second cusp, square Lilith (having to resign oneself to something) and trine Hidalgo (to assert or promote oneself) and the Ascendant (personal interests).

Sissy Spacek has made a point of living far away from Hollywood; she and her husband, a set designer, and two daughters live on a Virginia horse farm. She has Modestia conjunct her Sun, sextile Pallas (mental perception), square Juno (marriage), trine Hylonome (mass appeal) and opposite Uranus (breaking a pattern) and Asbolus (being true to oneself).

Brooke Shields was a late-1970s and early-1980s sex symbol who played a New Orleans child prostitute in Pretty Baby, and a teenage girl stranded on a deserted tropical island with a teenage boy in The Blue Lagoon, and made Calvin Klein jeans commercials in which she made the phrase "Nothing comes between me and my Calvins" part of the culture. Yet she saved herself for the marriage bed. She has Modestia in the ninth house, quintile Chiron (the maverick) and trine the Part of Fortune (success, development).

Jimmy Swaggart, who ranted on TV constantly about what he saw as sexual immorality and watched his career as a TV preacher implode after he was caught soliciting prostitutes, had Modestia in the eleventh house of love received, square Mercury (speech) and biquintile Venus (values).

Anti-gay-rights crusader Anita Bryant, who has paid a heavy price for her bigotry, has Modestia in the eighth house of sexuality and legacies, cusping the ninth, sextile Antenor (to be seen as subversive) and square Chiron (lessons to learn).

Even the following examples of bombast have Modestias:

Liberace, who had Modestia in the fifth house, square Uranus (homosexuality) and Hidalgo (to assert, promote, or defend) and quincunx the Midheaven, was noted for the over-the-top gaudy excess of his stage show. Yet he jealously guarded his private life.

Muhammad Ali had Modestia in the third house, square Ceres (family) and the East Point (how the world sees you), trine Don Quixote (taking on the system), and quincunx Pandora (stirring things up, having an impact). He styled himself "The Greatest" and made boxing bouts and other appearances into production numbers, but he was and is an observant Muslim who wouldn't put his family in the spotlight; he refused to be drafted in the 1960s to protest the US's treatment of black people like himself, pointing out the racism he himself had faced despite his fame and accomplishments.

The glyph for Modestia—meant to suggest a woman in a burka—is mine.



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