Helios– Ah, Ixion- The Love-Stealer. This one holds a special place in my heart, as we share a birthday, and is rather prolific in my chart.
The Astronomy– 28978 Ixion is a Plutino, with a very similar orbital period to Pluto, only about a year shorter. He is one of the largest asteroids in the solar system, at 950 miles in diameter.
The Myth– Well, this one is not a pretty story. Ixion was one of the first kings of humanity and a son of Ares. He was in love with a woman named Dia and was planning on marrying her. To avoid paying a dowry, he murdered his father-in-law by throwing him into a furnace, committing the first murder in Greek history. He wandered the earth, cursed by all who saw him, marked by his crime. After pleading with Zeus, the chief god decided to pardon Ixion.
To thank him for his graciousness, Ixion immediately tried to seduce Hera, Zeus’ wife, and Queen of the Gods. Zeus created a copy of Hera out of a cloud, named Nephele, and Ixion took the bait. From their union came most of the Centaurs (the exception is Chiron, Son of Kronos), a rowdy and wild bunch, to say the least.
Why He Matters- In your chart, Ixion represents where you flout the rules, take bold steps and commits some seriously heinous deeds. Its a monstrous part of you (funny how that keeps coming up with these guys…) and not exactly easy to integrate. Every time Ixion is activated, the choices that you make will be your downfall. When you least expect it, it all comes crashing down.
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 28978, for Ixion. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Ixion affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!