Zashikiwarashi


Asteroid 10223, Zashikiwarashi, was discovered October 31, 1997 by Takeshi Urata at the Nihondaira Observatory in Shizuoka, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. It has a period of 5 years, 188 days and is slightly over 2 miles in diameter.

It was named from Japanese mythology. The Zashikiwarashi is a spirit in Japanese folklore, specifically, of the people of the Tohoku region in northern Honshu, historically inhabited by the Ainu people. It It has the form of a child with bobbed hair and inhabits families' houses, bringing them success and good fortune. It is said that a family would become poor if this spirit were to leave.

A representation of a Zashikiwarashi


Astrologically, asteroid Zashikiwarashi has been said to be about "the empire strikes back," getting one's mojo back, in one's element.



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