Asteroid Files: Eos

Helios– *Yawns* Ugh, is it time to wake up already? I was having such a nice dream too…. Five more minutes, thats all *yawns again obnoxiously*. Hey Eos! Why do you have that bucket of water…. OH GOD FINE, I’M UP!

The Astronomy– 221 Eos is a large main-belt asteroid that was discovered by Johann Palisa on January 18, 1882, in Vienna. In 1884, it was named after Eos, the Greek goddess of dawn, to honor the opening of a new observatory that was hoped to bring about a new dawn for Viennese astronomy. Based upon its spectral characteristics, this object is classified as a K-type asteroid. The orbital properties show it to be a member of the extensive Eos asteroid family, which is named after it.

The Myth– In Greek mythology, Ēōs is a Titaness and the goddess of the dawn, who rose each morning from her home at the edge of the Oceanus. Eos had a brother and a sister, Helios, god of the sun, and Selene, goddess of the moon. This rosy-fingered, saffron-robed and golden-throned goddess, who goes up to Olympus to announce the light to the immortals, fell in love several times, and some say it was Aphrodite who cursed her to be perpetually in love, because once had Eos lain with Aphrodite’s sweetheart Ares, god of war. In Homer, her saffron-coloured robe is embroidered or woven with flowers; rosy-fingered and with golden arms, she is pictured on Attic vases as a beautiful woman, crowned with a tiara or diadem and with the large white-feathered wings of a bird. Eos, preceded by the Morning Star, is seen as the genetrix of all the stars and planets; her tears are considered to have created the morning dew, personified as Ersa or Herse. Her team of horses pull her chariot across the sky and are named in the Odyssey as Firebright and Daybright. She was the Mother of several notable offspring, including the Winds, Zephyrus, Boreas, and Notus, and the Morning Star, Eosphoros, all of whom she bore to the Titan Astraeus (“of the Stars”), and Memnon, her son by Tithonus.

Why She Matters– It’s my sister! Well- not really, we’ll talk about her in Taurus season, but by myth! I was really struggling to find the right asteroid to profile for this, the first one since our big relaunch, and the first of the astrological new year. I had a few contenders, but none of them really seemed right, until I scoured my lists for more options, and came across Eos, the Titan of the Dawn. I originally had her slated for Aqua season, but the more I thought about it, the more apt she was for right now. She is the crossing point where night gives way to the day, where darkness turns to light. She also signifies the transition from winter to spring, aka Aries Season.

She is hope, she is light, and she wakes us from our slumber, telling the world that it is now time to get up and get to work. Sure, Aries season is about the warriors, the piss and vinegar that makes us fight and stand up for ourselves; but that isn’t all that Aries is. No, Aries my be the Ram but he is also the lamb, the young initiate who is filled with hope, wonder and joy about life. Of course, Eos also has connotations with Lucifer, another dawnbringer, but she lacks his more vitriolic rebelliousness. Eos always represents a new cycle beginning by transit, and so with her, we boldly march into astrological 2017 with courage and hope in our hearts.

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 221, for Eos. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Eos affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!

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