TNO Watch: Borasisi

Originally posted on Astrogeek’s Skywatch

Helios Liar, Liar… if we’re keeping score, we’re all choir boys at best; Intrusive and arrogant

The Astronomy- 66652 Borasisi is a Binary TNO with an orbital period of 291 years, and 309 days. Its companion, Pabu does not orbit the TNO, but instead they both orbit a fixed point between the two objects.

The Myth- Okay, this TNO is really interesting: Its the only one named after a fictional character. Well, I suppose the case could be made that they are ALL named after fictional characters, but lets not go into that. Actually, lets go into it, because that’s exactly what this TNO is all about. Borasisi is the name of the central figure of Bokononism, a fictional religion from the Kurt Vonnegut novel Cat’s Cradle. In Bokononism, Borasisi is the name of the Sun, and Pabu the Moon. The main tenet of the religion is that everything is a lie, and if it doesn’t hurt anyone, then what’s the harm? The religion is actually forbidden on the sole island that it is practiced, under penalty of impalement on a really big hook (seriously).

Why He Matters- This TNO calls into question: What is true? What is real? What isn’t? Is there a place for a “fictional” god in the established order? When we hold a mirror up to reality, what will we see? And are we willing to risk our lives to go against the established order and follow what we believe?

From the book- “We Bokononists believe that humanity is organized into teams, teams that do God’s Will without ever discovering what they are doing. Such a team is called a karass by Bokonon … “If you find your life tangled up with somebody else’s life for no very logical reasons,” writes Bokonon,”that person may be a member of your karass.” and about a world full of false karasses which are man-made groups that turn out to be, “a seeming team that was meaningless in terms of the ways God gets things done, a textbook example of what Bokonon calls a granfalloon. Other examples are the Communist party, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the General Electric Company, the International Order of Odd Fellows – and any nation, anytime, anywhere.”

Mark Andrew Holmes adds that “Borasisi seems to indicate leadership, establishment of a following, rejection/withdrawal, exclusivity.”

To find out where he 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 of the next page, there will be a menu of additional objects. Under that is a blank space where you can enter the number 66652, for Borasisi. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Borasisi affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!

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