Tutenchamun

Asteroid 4848 Tutenchamun was discovered on September 24, 1960, by C.J. Van Houten and Ingrid Van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar Observatory at Pauma Valley, California. It has a period of 5 years, 209 days.

Pharaoh Tut-ankh-Amun aka "King Tut"


Tutenchamun was named for a minor 18th-dynasty pharaoh of Egypt, Tut-ankh-Amun(1370?-1352 BCE), a boy king with a brief reign(1361-1352 BCE) whose 14th-century BCE tomb near Luxor, Egypt was discovered by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922.

The treasures of Tut-ankh-Amun's tomb dazzled the world when sent on tour in the late 1970s. If it hadn't been for the fact that Tut-ankh-Amun was such an insignificant pharaoh, and the fact that his successor had ordered his memory to be erased, his pharaonic treasures would have been lost to the tomb robbers which plagued Egypt even in the days of the pharaohs.

Astrologically, Tutenchamun indicates dealing with things from the past, concern with things past and with history and former conditions, revivals and resurrections, getting one's just due after delays, ironic reversals of fortune("the last shall be first and the first shall be last").

Ronald Reagan has Tutanchamun prominent: conjunct Mercury and Uranus, as well as Simpson.(He also has Tutenchamun quincunx Pluto, square Juno and Ceres, quintile Jupiter and semisextile the Ascendant.) His conservatism and ability to communicate a vision of restoration of real or imagined past glory that was inspiring to many(even though he didn't necessarily walk the walk) has brought about a formidable anti-progressive movement in American politics. He managed tio survive an assassination attempt, colon cancer and the Iran-contra scandal, which has allowed some people to convince themselves that God sent him to support their(his) personal political agenda, and the durability and longevity of his marriage to his wife Nancy may strike some people as old-fashioned.

"The last shall be first and the first shall be last."


Actress Fairuza Balk, who reportedly follows the Wiccan religion and operates an occult bookstore in Los Angeles, also has Tutenchamun prominent; she has it conjunct the Moon(and Phaethon and Thersander). Like Reagan, Tutenchamun is placed in the second house. Balk's Tutenchamun also quincunxes Uranus, trines the Vertex, Don Quixote and Pinocchio, sextiles the Ascendant and East Point, quindeciles Neptune, undecimals Nessus and semisextiles Chiron. Her best-known role is probably the wicked, crazy teen witch Nancy in The Craft(1996), and in The Island Of Dr. Moreau(1996) she played a girl created by Marlon Brando's mad scientist Dr. Moreau from a she-wolf.

Jeane Dixon had Tutenchamun in the sixth house of work and service conjunct Pallas, Sphinx, Symmetria and Demokritos, opposite the East Point, Thersites and Thersander, sextile the Sun and Hidalgo, square Mars, trine Jupiter, Heracles, Nessus, Aesculapia, Bandersnatch, Lacrimosa, Pittsburghia, and Volta, all of which indicated her success as an astrologer and at bringing about a revival of astrology quite well. Muhammad Ali had Tutenchamun in the second house, trine the Midheaven, Pallas, Pholus, and Perseverantia, square Jupiter, Asbolus, Hidalgo and Vesta, and conjunct Thersander upon the North Node: he used his fame as a boxer to make himself a civil-rights activist of sorts. Mahatma Gandhi had Tutenchamun in the eleventh house of politics, conjunct Fortuna, Philosophia and Volta, sextile Uranus, Chariklo, Thersites, Compassion, the Midheaven and Vertex, trine Jupiter and Juno, square Asbolus, Jansky and Veritas("truth"), and decile the East Point. He built moral and spiritual authority of sufficient power to drive out the British colonizers and restore to India its political autonomy.

The glyph for Tutenchamun, recalling the pick and shovel which were among the tools used to open the tomb of Tut-ankh-Amun, is my own conception.



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