30
Mar

Asteroid Files: Horus

Helios– Destiny: It’s a powerful force, and a decent if overhyped video game. Given too much, too fast, either of these can drive a boy to insanity, and make him feel that his own life has no meaning outside his purpose. Once that is fulfilled, he is of no further use to the world. At least, that is the side effect of the message that his parents drill into him, with a legacy he can never truly measure up to. So how do you win when the deck is stacked against you?

The Astronomy– 1924 Horus is a main-belt asteroid discovered on September 24, 1960, by Cornelis Johannes van Houten and Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld at Leiden, on photographic plates taken by Tom Gehrels at Palomar. On the same date, the trio of astronomers also discovered 1912 Anubis, 1923 Osiris and 5011 Ptah, and the trio are credited with several thousand other asteroid discoveries. Horus measures about 12 kilometers in diameter.

The Myth– Horus was one of the most significant ancient Egyptian deities. He was worshiped from at least the late prehistoric Egypt until the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Roman Egypt. Different forms of Horus are recorded in history and these are treated as distinct gods by Egyptologists. These various forms may possibly be different perceptions of the same multi-layered deity in which certain attributes or syncretic relationships are emphasized, not necessarily in opposition but complementary to one another, consistent with how the Ancient Egyptians viewed the multiple facets of reality. He was most often depicted as a falcon, most likely a lanner falcon or peregrine falcon, or as a man with a falcon head.

Horus was born to the goddess Isis after she retrieved all the dismembered body parts of her murdered husband Osiris, except his penis, which was thrown into the Nile and eaten by a catfish, or sometimes by a crab, and according to Plutarch’s account used her magic powers to resurrect Osiris and fashion a golden phallus to conceive her son (older Egyptian accounts have the penis of Osiris surviving). Once Isis knew she was pregnant with Horus, she fled to the Nile Delta marshlands to hide from her brother Set, who jealously killed Osiris and who she knew would want to kill their son. There Isis bore a divine son, Horus. Horus was told by his mother, Isis, to protect the people of Egypt from Set, the god of the desert, who had killed Horus’ father, Osiris. Horus had many battles with Set, not only to avenge his father, but to choose the rightful ruler of Egypt. In these battles, Horus came to be associated with Lower Egypt, and became its patron.

According to The Contendings of Horus and Seth, Set is depicted as trying to prove his dominance by seducing Horus and then having sexual intercourse with him. However, Horus places his hand between his thighs and catches Set’s semen, then subsequently throws it in the river so that he may not be said to have been inseminated by Set. Horus then deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set’s favorite food. After Set had eaten the lettuce, they went to the gods to try to settle the argument over the rule of Egypt. The gods first listened to Set’s claim of dominance over Horus, and call his semen forth, but it answered from the river, invalidating his claim. Then, the gods listened to Horus’ claim of having dominated Set, and call his semen forth, and it answered from inside Set.

However, Set still refused to relent, and the other gods were getting tired from over eighty years of fighting and challenges. Horus and Set challenged each other to a boat race, where they each raced in a boat made of stone. Horus and Set agreed, and the race started. But Horus had an edge: his boat was made of wood painted to resemble stone, rather than true stone. Set’s boat, being made of heavy stone, sank, but Horus’ did not. Horus then won the race, and Set stepped down and officially gave Horus the throne of Egypt. After the New Kingdom, Set was still considered lord of the desert and its oases.

Why He Matters– Okay, so first and foremost lets get one thing straight: Egyptian myths are damn WEIRD. I love them to death, but they are nuts and super sexual in odd ways, and this one is no exception. Lets break it down:

Dad gets murdered (odd place to start your origin story, but okay) by his brother and dismembered. Mom goes and gathers all the pieces-parts, sticks them together with the help of a magic talking bird- except the important bit which she makes out of gold- and then proceeds to bang the corpse. Kid grows up in hiding, ready to take down his rival for the throne, who proceeds to assert his dominance… sexually (that part was actually brand new to me, and I’m surprised there isn’t more tumblr fanart for it. Seems ripe for a Yaoi if you ask me) and makes him eat the evidence, which somehow invalidates it? And finally they settle the war for the entire country with a boat race. How in the hell am I going to find a astrological interpretation for this?

Well, in examining some charts, I find him showing up in strong aspect to those who have absent fathers and subsequent daddy issues. He is also representative of those who don’t feel in control of their own destiny, feeling as their life is not their own to live. This can manifest as a mantle that you feel you have to live up to in order to gain acceptance and worth from your family. Of course, Horus is also a war god, so we get all the fun connotations with that- like aggression, strength, drive to show up your rivals, that sort of thing- but it seems to manifest as familial struggle with him. Horus is very much the child (aka the Golden Child in the monomyth) in this dynamic, but at some point every kid has to grow up. He isn’t exactly the poster child for a happy childhood, and that shows in his chart expression. Even with all of that, Horus IS the one you want to look to for breaking out of toxic patterns and getting out of what you feel you are fated to. He (along with Vulcan) is one of the only hero-gods who manages it.

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 1924, for Horus. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Horus affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!

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