Wood

Asteroid 1660, Wood, was discovered on April 7, 1953 by Jacobus A. Bruwer at Johannesburg, South Africa. It has a period of 3 years, 257 days.

Bruwer named the asteroid after H(arry) E(dwin) Wood (1881-1946), second Director of the Republic (then Union) Observatory (1928-1941), who started the observatory's program for asteroid observation.

Wood, however, seems to relate astrologically to what its name suggests: wood (that is, lumber, or woodlands, or possibly wilderness), or "would" (wanting something, or "wanting to, but...").

Bill Clinton, one of the country's leading environmental presidents, who created numerous national parks, monuments and forests, has Wood in the third house, sextile Venus (values) and trine Pluto (power, public financing).

John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, had Wood square Chiron (to create awareness, to open doors) and trine Mercury (ideas, writings, speeches).

John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed (born September 27, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts), who planted numerous apple trees in the Great Lakes Region in the early 19th century, had Wood conjunct Cruithne (heritage), semisquare the North Node (giving out), sesquiquadrate the South Node (past influences) and quincunx Ixion (lust for life, inventive).

The giant sequoia, America's national tree.


Henry David Thoreau, who famously withdrew to a cabin in the woods beside Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts to commune with nature and ponder life's great questions, had Wood sextile Uranus (independent, eccentric, breaking loose) and square Chaos (to awaken).

Ted Kaczynski, a former Berkeley math professor who withdrew to a cabin in the Montana wilderness and sent out mail bombs in a demented travesty of Thoreau's retreat to Walden Pond, had Wood conjunct Juno (giving away power, the rage of one shut out), semisquare Neptune (psychosis, delusion), quincunx Dioretsa and opposite Phaethon (out of control).

Frederick Weyerhaeuser (born November 21, 1834, in Niedersaulheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany), founder of the giant lumber and paper corporation that bears his name, had Wood trine Heracles (to strive with) and opposite Nessus (greed, predation).

Jesica Santillán, a Mexican teenager who came to the US illegally for a life-saving heart-lung transplant only to die after she was mistakenly given organs with the wrong blood type, had Wood sextile Phaethon, quincunx Saturn (restriction), quindecile Uranus (lawbreaking, thinking or acting "outside the box"), and opposite the Sun (to shine) and Neptune (idealism, naivete).

The glyph for Wood is mine.



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