Originally posted on Astrogeek’s Skywatch
Helios– Well well well, look who has some free time and a whole troupe of TNOs left to talk about (Jeez, they never end, do they? I still have hundreds left, thank the gods they’re not named for that they’re not named yet). Jumping right into it, lets talk about one that not many astrologers seem to even be aware of (which is relative, considering that im talking about fringe Astro here) let alone know what she represents- Salacia.
The Astronomy– Salacia is a Cubewano that orbits at a slightly farther distance than Pluto, and has one satellite, named Actaea. Salacia has a very eccentric elliptical orbit, at 0.1097. She has an orbital inclination of 24 degrees.
The Myth– For this one, we turn to Rome. Neptune was courting Salacia, who was quite impressed by her suitor, but for varying reasons rejected his advances. Playing hard-to-get, she ran (read: swam) to the bottom of the Atlantic to avoid him. So the completely-not-crazy god of the Sea sent out some dolphins, and had the dolphin persuade Salacia to marry him. Salacia agreed (some say at the point of a trident) to marry Neptune, and the Sea god was so happy, he placed the dolphin in the heavens as the constellation Delphinus. And they lived happily ever after…kind of
Why He Matters– Ok, what do we have to work with here? Well, for starters we have someone who is being chased by something she wants no part of, something way bigger than her, and she runs as far away as she can to avoid it (The Ocean was not part of Neptune’s domain traditionally, he was the god of the SEA. The Ocean belonged to the Titan Okeanos. Therefore, he had no power to compel Salacia while she was there). Then a third party (at the behest of the pursuer) intercedes and helps her see reason, and she relents. The problem here is, Astrologically, Neptune rules deceit, illusion, and trickery so this is not exactly a good thing. Finally, after she is married, we find Neptune in his most terrible role: Imprisonment. Salacia is a prisoner to Neptune, always at his side and barely granted any power.
So thats the bad. Originally, Salacia followed her gut, and ran the hell away from the Sea god, to a place he couldn’t touch her. She’s very smart, and should have stayed there. The thing is, she was a prisoner from the outside influence of Neptune while in Okeanos’ realm, trapping her there. The second she had left, she would have been snatched up by him. So she would have been a prisoner either way. She made her choice and chose the lesser of two evils. Better the devil you know, right? She knows her fate, and has a choice, but it is a catch-22 either way.
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 of the next page, there will be a menu of additional objects. Under that is a blank space where you can enter the number 120347, for Salacia. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Salacia affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!