Originally posted on Astrogeek’s Skywatch
Helios– Land Ho!! Oh wait, thats just a TNO, my bad.
Well, since ive been kinda slacking on these lately, you guys are about to get flooded with TNOs. Speaking of TNOs, haaaaaave you met Deucalion? Hes kind of awesome, and wicked brilliant when it comes to boats. Just try to keep the rum away from him.
The Astronomy- Deucalion is a Cubewano with an orbital period of 293 years and 240 days
The Myth– Deucalion is the Greek version of Noah, who is the Hebrew version of Utnapishtim. He is the son of Prometheus (Brilliant Titan- Created humanity, Stole fire from the gods for us and got chained to a rock with an eagle pecking out his liver every day. No good deed goes unpunished.) and was married to Pyrrha, daughter of Epimetheus (Prometheus’ brother) and Pandora (hell on high heels). Anyways, the legend goes like this: After Prometheus stole Zeus’ fire, the King of Olympus was right pissed, and decided that Humans needed to be punished. Well, to extinguish the fire, He had his bro Poseidon (Neptune to the Romans) flood the Earth.
Well, Prometheus was quite possibly the smartest Titan to ever live (Notice I said Titan. Hermes, I swear to you if you try to get me for that, you don’t know what you have coming. [Oh shit, we have a a retrograde coming up. Hermes, please disregard the previous statement.]) and warned his family of the consequences of his actions. Epimetheus didn’t listen, but Deucalion did. He built an ark and collected animals together to ride out the flood.
After it subsided, they disembarked onto an empty world. Themis, the Titaness of Prophecy and Wisdom appeared to them and told them to ‘veil your heads and throw the bones of your Mother behind you’, and then disappeared. Well, I’m assuming they waited around trying to figure out what the hell she meant by that for a couple days, before somehow Pyrrha came up with the idea of putting on a veil and throwing rocks behind their heads. The ones thrown by Pyrrha became women, and the ones thrown by Deucalion became men. And so they repopulated the world, using rock-people.
Why He Matters– So, what have we learned from this? Well, besides the fact that the Greek Myths are absolutely bonkers (and thats coming from a Greek), Deucalion is Badass. He survies the destruction of his world, his family ripped to shreds, and is responsible for keeping the Human Race alive. Not bad for a day’s work, no?
Alright so this bad boy seems to reflect a bunch of conflicting ideas, we’ve got supression of what society doesn’t deem appropriate, being innundated, trusting in god, depression, and joy in the face of said depression (i.e- ‘staying afloat’). Barrel o’ laughs. The way I read him is that his position indicates a doubling down of the house he is in, at the cost, or suppression of the traits of the opposing house.
Mark Andrew Holmes adds that “Some significations of asteroid Deucalion include rock-hard, tough, cold, brutal, nasty, belligerent, ordeals, saying no, rejecting, repudiating, accomplishment, talent, true destiny, survivalism; also, possibly, things pertaining to ships, diving, salvage work or treasure hunting, and, some say, to be flooded, or inundated with negativity (Penny Steffen).”
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 53311, for Deucalion. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Deucalion affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!