Werdandi


Asteroid 621, Werdandi, was discovered on November 11, 1906 by August Kopff at Heidelberg, Germany. It has a period of 5 years, 183 days and is about 20¼ miles in diameter.

It was named for one of the three Norns in Norse mythology, Werdandi (the Present). The other two Norns are Urda (the Past) and Skuld (the Future).

Astrologically, Werdandi indicates the present or a here-and-now-oriented outlook.

Henry Ford, who made the famous statement "History is bunk," had Werdandi square Pluto (transformation, mass action) and quincunx Chiron (lessons taught or learned)

Tennessee Williams, who craved constant change in his life, had Werdandi in the second house, decile Mars (sex), semisquare Uranus (need for variety), and trine Jupiter (travel) and the Midheaven (reputation).

Joseph Stalin, a dictator noted for his totalitarian outlook who made statements such as "Who controls the present controls the past; who controls the past controls the future," had Werdandi quincunx Jupiter (philosophy).

When MTV made its debut at midnight on August 1, 1981, in New York, Werdandi was in the eighth house of legacies, conjunct Neptune (motion pictures, idealization, culture), sextile Pluto (mass movements) and trine the Moon (the public). It and its descendant channels tend to emphasize trendiness and novelty over artist loyalty, and its first set of veejays eventually discovered when they were eased out that their high-profile gigs could not be translated into advancement in the world of pop culture.

The glyph for Werdandi is mine; intended to represent a sunrise, it is inspired by the saying "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."



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