Syrinx


Asteroid 3360, Syrinx, an Apollo asteroid, was discovered on November 4, 1981 by Eleanor F. Helin and R. Scott Dunbar at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Valley, California. Syrinx has a period of 3 years, 320 days and is about 1 1/3 miles in diameter.

It was named for the nymph Syrinx, a Greek mythological figure. Syrinx, pursued by Pan, escaped from him by being changed into a clump of reeds. Pan cut the reeds into progressively larger lengths and bound them together to form the musical instrument known as the panpipe.

In "2112", an epic song by the Canadian rock group Rush, the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx exercise total control of all entertainment for the masses in a dystopian imaginary world of the future. A man who finds a guitar and realizes that the masses can make their own music is ruthlessly crushed by the Priests. He dreams of a race of more evolved humans, the Elder Race, whose ancestors left Earth long ago coming back to overturn the rule of the Priests of Syrinx, and in despair, he commits suicide...just before the Elder Race returns and assumes control of Earth.

Pan and Syrinx by Francois Marot (1666-1719)

Astrologically, Syrinx seems to indicate how one deals with rejection, high expectations, repressed longings, sublimation, despair, disappointment, finding what one is looking for. Peter Standaart has linked it to wind instruments such as the flute.

The glyph for Syrinx is mine.



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