Sophrosyne

Asteroid 134, Sophrosyne, was discovered on September 27, 1873 by Robert Luther at Düsseldorf, Germany. It has a period of 4 years, 38 days and is about 80½ miles in diameter.

It was named for one of the virtues in the philosophical system developed by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (427?-347 BCE): "equanimity, healthy mind and impartiality." Some have called sophrosyne the antonym for hubris.

Richard "Cheech" Marin (born July 13, 1946, in Los Angeles), who gave up the drug humor with which he made his name in the 1970s for a more conventional direction and image in the 1980s, has Sophrosyne semisextile Pholus (need to show respect), semisquare Ceres (to nurture), square Chaos (to craft something new), trine Don Quixote (taking on reality) and Heracles (to contend with), and opposite Pandora (having an impact, stirring things up).

TV journalist Walter Cronkite (born November 4, 1916 in St. Joseph, Missouri), who has been called "the most trusted man in America," has Sophrosyne conjunct Mercury (the media, speaking), semisextile Asbolus, semisquare Vesta (dedication), square Saturn (work, career, rewards, exacting, conservative, ethics), trine Asbolus (counsel given), opposite Jupiter (philosophy, prosperity), and parallel Uranus (broadcasting).

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett (born August 30, 1930, in Omaha), known as "the sage of Omaha," has Sophrosyne sextile Varuna (grown big), trine Mercury (ideas, writing, speaking, commerce), and quincunx Neptune (ideals).

Federal Reserve Eighth District president William Poole (born June 19, 1937, in Wilmington, Delaware) has Sophrosyne tredecile Pallas (politics, conceptualization), square Pholus (need to show respect, to percolate in), trine Phaethon (in the driver's seat), and quincunx Uranus (to energize, to electrify).

Jimmy Carter, a devout Baptist, Sunday school teacher and former Boy Scout, sensing that the American people (in the 1970s) wanted a president they could trust after Vietnam and Watergate, kept his administration free from scandal and the country out of war. Carter has Sophrosyne quindecile Uranus (to break with, set apart, energize).

Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, known as an epitome of good sense and fine decorum (unlike some of her children, grandchildren, and in-laws), has Sophrosyne in the first house, conjunct Damocles (experience of groupthink, crisis, transgressive, pushing the envelope) and Asbolus (counsel given, bad experiences, antics), sextile Nessus (unattractive, cupidity), quintile Chiron (ingenuity, need to pay attention), biquintile Pallas, and contraparallel Vesta.

Archetypal etiquette maven Emily Post (born October 3, 1873, in Baltimore), who saw etiquette as simple common sense (and is perhaps identified too much with the straitlaced times in which she lived), had Sophrosyne sextile Cruithne (a brand name, branded), square Asbolus (advice given but not necessarily taken), quindecile Jupiter (philosophy, prosperity, publishing) and parallel Chiron (teaching, need to pay attention).

Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon (born September 26, 1967 in Lafayette, Indiana), a talented man who overdosed on heroin at the age of 24, had Sophrosyne semisextile Chaos (activism) and Chariklo (need to keep perspective, glamorization) and quindecile Pallas. His death and the drug-related deaths and problems of other prominent rock musicians in the 1990s led to a long-overdue crackdown by the recording industry on substance abuse among rock musicians.

George W. Bush has Sophrosyne in the fifth house of self-expression, semisquare Ceres, trine Don Quixote (to take on the system), Varuna (huge, grown huge, judgment, judgmental) and the Midheaven, sesquiquadrate Pluto (ruthless behavior, mass action, questionable ethics), quincunx Saturn (rules, consequences) and opposite Asbolus (foolishness, terrible experiences, counsel given but not necessarily taken).

The glyph for Sophrosyne is mine.


Thanks to Hugh Smiley for introducing me to this asteroid.



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