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Jun

Asteroid Files: Medea

I’ve had enough of this drudgery and mundane existence. Lets bring some magic into this place!!

The Astronomy: 212 Medea is a very large main-belt asteroid that was discovered by Johann Palisa on February 6, 1880, in Pola, and was named after Medea, a figure in Greek mythology. Photometric observations of this asteroid in 1987 gave an incomplete light curve with a period of 10.12 ± 0.06 hours and a brightness variation of 0.13 in magnitude. This object has a spectrum that matches a DCX: classification. Lightcurve data has also been recorded by observers at the Antelope Hill Observatory, which has been designated as an official observatory by the Minor Planet Center. They found a period of 10.283 hours with a brightness variation of 0.08 magnitude. (Wikipedia)

The Myth: In Greek mythology, Medea is a sorceress who was the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis, niece of Circe, granddaughter of the sun god Helios (Hey look, its me!!), and later wife to the hero Jason. In Euripides’s play Medea, Jason leaves Medea when Creon, king of Corinth, offers him his daughter, Glauce. The play tells of Medea avenging her husband’s betrayal by killing their children. Medea figures in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts; Medea is known in most stories as an enchantress and is often depicted as being a priestess of the goddess Hecate or a witch. The myth of Jason and Medea is very old, originally written around the time Hesiod wrote the Theogony. Medea’s role began after Jason came from Iolcus to Colchis, to claim his inheritance and throne by retrieving the Golden Fleece. In the most complete surviving account, Medea fell in love with Jason and promised to help him, but only on the condition that if he succeeded, he would take her with him and marry her- Jason agreed. In a familiar mythic motif, Aeëtes promised to give him the fleece, but only if he could perform certain tasks. First, Jason had to plow a field with fire-breathing oxen that he had to yoke himself. Medea gave him an unguent with which to anoint himself and his weapons, to protect him from the bulls’ fiery breath. Next, Jason had to sow the teeth of a dragon in the plowed field. The teeth sprouted into an army of warriors. Jason was forewarned by Medea, however, and knew to throw a rock into the crowd. Unable to determine where the rock had come from, the soldiers attacked and killed each other. Finally, Aeëtes made Jason fight and kill the sleepless dragon that guarded the fleece. Medea put the beast to sleep with her narcotic herbs. Jason then took the fleece and sailed away with Medea, as he had promised. Apollonius says that Medea only helped Jason in the first place because Hera had convinced Aphrodite or Eros to cause Medea to fall in love with him. Medea distracted her father as they fled by killing her brother Absyrtus. The Argo then reached the island of Crete, guarded by the bronze man, Talos. Talos had one vein which went from his neck to his ankle, bound shut by a single bronze nail. According to Apollodorus, Talos was slain either when Medea drove him mad with drugs, deceived him that she would make him immortal by removing the nail, or was killed by Poeas’s arrow. In the Argonautica, Medea hypnotized him from the Argo, driving him mad so that he dislodged the nail, ichor flowed from the wound, and he bled to death. After Talos died, the Argo landed. Jason, celebrating his return with the Golden Fleece, noted that his father Aeson was too aged and infirm to participate in the celebrations. Medea withdrew the blood from Aeson’s body; she infused it with certain herbs and returned it to his veins, invigorating him. The daughters of king Pelias saw this and wanted the same service for their father. While Jason searched for the Golden Fleece, Hera, who was still angry at Pelias, conspired to make Jason fall in love with Medea, whom Hera hoped would kill Pelias. When Jason and Medea returned to Iolcus, Pelias still refused to give up his throne, so Medea conspired to have Pelias’ own daughters kill him. She told them she could turn an old ram into a young ram by cutting up the old ram and boiling it in magic herbs. During her demonstration, a live, young ram jumped out of the pot. Excited, the girls cut their father into pieces and threw him into a pot. Having killed Pelias, Jason and Medea fled to Corinth. With Jason, Medea had five sons, Alcimenes, Thessalus, Tisander, Mermeros and Pheres and a daughter, Eriopis. They were married happily for ten years in Corinth. In Corinth, Jason abandoned Medea for the king’s daughter, Glauce. Medea took her revenge by sending Glauce a dress and golden coronet, covered in poison. This resulted in the deaths of both the princess and the king, Creon, when he went to save her. It is said that two of her sons, Mermeros and Pheres, helped their mother’s revenge and were murdered by Corinthians for their crime. According to the tragic poet Euripides, Medea continued her revenge, murdering her two children Tisander and Alcimenes. Only one son, Thessalus, survived. Afterward, she left Corinth and flew to Athens in a golden chariot driven by dragons sent by her grandfather Helios, god of the sun.

The Astrology: Okay, can we take a second and talk about how FREAKING AWESOME Medea is? She was a goddamn Argonaut (even if uncredited) and Jason owes ALL of his success to her. She was Gandalf meets Melissandre and she was FEARLESS, not to mention a direct descendant of a Titan (me!) and trained in magic by the two most badass witches there ever were (one being the goddess of magic herself!). She was wise, cunning, and god help you if you dared to ever cross her. Still, Jason tried it. He threw away happiness and family for a younger piece of ass. Now, in the story Jason is painted (mostly) as a hero while Medea is given the villain edit. This hardly seems fair in my eyes. Now, yes- she was ruthless, and committed terrible acts of violence to get her vengeance on a man who did her wrong. She wanted to completely destroy him and any shred of happiness that he had left. In her depiction, she is painted in an almost alien or inhuman light, and if you look at some secondary evidence, this quarter-Titan seems to have been more divine than human. To understand how she works, we have to bear all of  that in mind. In the chart, she plays out like Lilith- a shamelessly female part of you that demands that her hearts desires be fulfilled. That is where she differs from Lilith- While Lilith wants freedom and independence at the cost off all else, Medea seeks completion and love, but she will destroy anything in her way to get it, even the object of her affection itself. Any woman should instantly feel a connection to her, as Medea is a part of yourself where you do not have to accept the treatment you are given, not for a second. You can stand up and demand that you get yours and the assholes who try and treat you like less of a person for who you are get theirs. It is also a place where you stand alone, painfully. Power sets those who wield it apart from those who do not have it.

Currently 212 Medea is rolling through Gemini, and is about halfway through. How does she play out in your life? To find out where she shows up in your chart, go to astro.com, put in your birth details and in the extended options, all the way at the bottom, there will be a menu of additional objects.  Under that is a blank space where you can enter the number 212, for Medea.  Once you have it entered, generate the chart!  Where does Arachne affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!

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