Asteroid 3200, Phaethon, is an Apollo asteroid discovered on October 11, 1983 by the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS), which gets the credit for its discovery. Phaethon has a period of 1 year, 158 days and is a little over 5 miles in diameter.

It was named for Phaethon, son of Helios, god of the sun, and the mortal princess Clymene, who, when he discovered who his father was, traveled to his home to see him, and persuaded Helios against his better judgment to let him drive the chariot of the sun for one day. Phaethon couldn't control the horses of the chariot and they ran wild across the sky, setting fires down on the Earth, and Zeus was forced to kill Phaethon with a thunderbolt to keep the Earth from getting burned up.


Astrologically, Phaethon seems to indicate being out of control, something that "takes off" or is "a phenomenon," that which pertains to cars or driving, being "in the driver's seat," being out of one's depth.

Veteran race car driver Al Unser (born May 29, 1939 in Albuquerque), whose son Al Jr. and grandson Bobby are also professional racers and who has a main street in his hometown named after him, has Phaethon conjunct Venus and Pallas, semisextile Vesta, quintile Juno and opposite Elatus.

Fellow racer Dale Earnhardt, who died in a raceway crash, had Phaethon in the ninth house, conjunct Mars and Nessus.

Sarah Fisher (born October 4, 1980 in Columbus, Ohio), one of NASCAR's few female racers, has Phaethon decile Pluto, semisquare Elatus, sextile Lilith, square Varuna, trine Chiron, sesquiquadrate Pallas, and parallel Jupiter.

Legendary racer Mario Andretti (born February 28, 1940, in Motovun, Slovenia), who is synonymous with auto racing for a lot of people, has Phaethon quintile Pallas.

Ismael Ileto (born September 11, 1962) is a California man who works as a United Parcel Service delivery driver but who picked up Asian-American civil rights as an avocation after his brother Joseph Ileto was murdered by white supremacist Buford Furrow on his mail delivery route for being nonwhite (Ismael Ileto is, and Joseph Ileto was, Filipino-American) and a federal employee. Ismael Ileto has Phaethon undecile Mars, sextile Ceres and the North Node, square Pluto and Chiron, and trine Lilith and the South Node.

Sebastian "Seb" Clover (born January 15, 1987, in Cowes, England), who became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe alone in a boat when he was 15, has Phaethon conjunct the North Node, semisextile Dioretsa, sextile Chiron and Talos, square Juno, trine Saturn, and opposite the North Node.

Jacqueline Cochran, a military test pilot who ran a corps of female military aviators, the WASPs, during World War II, had Phaethon decile Mars.

Jessica Dubroff (born May 5, 1988, at 8:29 a.m. PDT in Hercules, California), at the age of 7, attempted to fly a light plane across the US and ended up crashing it on takeoff from the Cheyenne, Wyoming airport in a snowstorm, killing herself and the other two people on board: her father Lloyd Dubroff and pilot Joe Reid, who was the official pilot of the plane. An investigation blamed the crash on overloading, weather conditions and pilot error caused by fatigue and poor judgment (wanting to meet a rushed flight schedule). Jessica had Phaethon in the eleventh house, semisquare Venus and Chiron, trine Neptune and Nessus, and opposite Pluto.

Corazon Aquino, an inexperienced politician brought to power by a popular revolution who served one term as president of the Philippines and was not re-elected, has Phaethon in the fourth house, square Pallas, tredecile Venus (values, indignation) and contraparallel Ceres.

Abdurrahman Wahid (born August 4, 1940, in Jombang, Indonesia), who served less than a year as president of Indonesia before being impeached and removed from office for incompetence (and deservedly so), has Phaethon conjunct Mercury and Chiron, sextile Uranus and trine Cruithne (branded).

Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has Phaethon trine Saturn and opposite Mars and Chariklo.

Elvis Presley had Phaethon in the third house, semisextile Venus (art, singing), decile Mercury, sextile Uranus and Pallas, trine Elatus, sesquiquadrate Mars, quincunx the Vertex (significant relationships, e.g., Elvis' manager Colonel Tom Parker), and parallel Damocles.

Bill Clinton, one of the Democratic Party's "rock stars," who has endured years of legal harassment and character assassination by his political enemies, has Phaethon in the ninth house, sextile Mercury, square Damocles, trine Neptune, and sesquiquadrate Jupiter.

Nelson Mandela has Phaethon in the sixth house, semisextile Chariklo, semisquare the Sun, sextile Nessus, Don Quixote, and Talos, square Hylonome, and trine Damocles.

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