Asteroid 8756, Mollissima, was discovered on September 24, 1960 by C. J. van Houten and Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Valley, California. It has a period of 5 years, 273 days.

Mollissima was named for a species of duck, Somateria mollissima, the common eider. It is on the Netherlands' "Red List" of endangered species of bird.

Somateria mollissima, the common eider (duck).

Astrologically, Mollissima's meaning seems to be "some help.".

Ronald Reagan, who let AIDS grow into a worldwide epidemic and managed to increase the number of homeless both as California governor and as president through his policies, had Mollissima in the tenth house, on the Midheaven, sextile the Ascendant, square Uranus (activism), trine Pluto (callousness), quincunx Cruithne (stigmatized) and opposite Dioretsa (foolishness).

George W. Bush has Mollissima in the third house, on the IC, conjunct Jupiter (religion, foreign affairs, the law), sextile the South Node, trine Uranus and the North Node, and quindecile Vesta (dedication).

His brother John Ellis (Jeb) Bush (born February 11, 1953, in Midland, Texas), governor of Florida, whose policies are also influenced by Social Darwinism, has Mollissima semisquare North Node (giving out, connecting), sextile Mercury (the media, writing, speaking) and Saturn (work, career, consequences), square Chaos (activism), sesquiquadrate Jupiter and the South Node (taking in, past influences, separating), and contraparallel Ceres (family, to nurture).

Bill Clinton, whose best efforts (in gay rights, business relations and international peacekeeping in particular) have sometimes been deemed not good enough, has Mollissima in the first house, conjunct Juno (the disenfranchised), sextile the Sun and Pallas (politics), square Hidalgo (to promote, defend and assert) and opposite Varuna (grown big, judgmental).

Ted Turner has practiced environmental preservation on ranch property he owns and has pledged $1 billion to the United Nations when the Republican-dominated Congress would not bring the US up to date on its UN dues. He has Mollissima in the eighth house, semisquare Neptune (idealism) and sextile Asbolus (advice given but not necessarily taken) and Phaethon (in the driver's seat).

Bill Gates, whose philanthropy pays for vaccinations and equipment for public schools that drug companies and right-wing politicians have shown themselves loath to make as accessible as it is in their power to make accessible, has Mollissima in the eighth house, conjunct Pallas, decile Uranus (computers), sextile Jupiter and Pluto, square Vesta, trine Neptune (philanthropy) and Heracles (to do battle with), biquintile Saturn, and opposite Pallas.

George Soros, probably the leading financier of the American Left, has Mollissima in the fourth house, on the IC, semisextile Damocles (experience of groupthink), sextile the Moon (the public), square Dioretsa, trine Chiron and Vesta, sesquiquadrate Neptune, quincunx the Sun (to shine, to lead), opposite Pluto, and parallel Saturn.

Former Catholic Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law (born November 4, 1931, in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico), widely condemned for his laxness in dealing with sexual-predator priests, has Mollissima sextile Cruithne (branded), square Hidalgo and sesquiquadrate Ceres.

Pope Pius XII (born Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Eugenio Pacelli March 2, 1876, in Rome), who was Pope during World War II and has been accused of not doing enough to help the Jews persecuted by Hitler, had Mollissima semisquare Jupiter, sextile Uranus, square Hidalgo and Varuna, trine Mercury, quindecile Mars, opposite Cruithne, and contraparallel Pallas.

Jesica Santillan (born December 26, 1985, in Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico), an impoverished Mexican teen who died from a bungled heart-lung transplant that her family had gone to considerable effort (including coming to the US without papers) to get for her, had Mollissima sextile Don Quixote (travel, taking on the system).

Mitch Snyder, a Washington advocate for the homeless who ended up killing himself, had Mollissima decile Saturn and trine Pholus (courage before power).

Gaile Loperfido (born March 7, 1947), a Miami nurse working at the Miami-Dade juvenile detention center, found herself at the center of a scandal and charged with manslaughter along with another nurse for providing inadequate care to a 17-year-old inmate obviously in great pain and wallowing in his own excrement who later died as a result of appendicitis. Loperfido has Mollissima square Chaos, trine Vesta and Varuna, and opposite Asbolus.

The glyph for Mollissima is mine and is based on the symbol for the cent (.01 of a US dollar).

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