Helios on Bienor– When you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, no one will usually offer to help shoulder the burden. Then when you buckle under the pressure, and it crushes you, and those who thought they were close to you give you lip service with “If you only reached out to us!” and “You can always talk to me”. Well it isn’t always that easy, and this weeks’ Asteroid shows us that.
The Astronomy– 54598 Bienor is a centaur that grazes the orbit of Uranus. It was discovered on August 27, 2000. Its orbit has an inclination of 20.771. It is named after the mythological Centaur Bienor. Its closest approach to the Sun is 13.2 AU. As of 2015, Bienor is currently 15.8 AU from the Sun and will reach perihelion in January 2028.
The Myth– The name Bienor means “strong man.” In the one myth I could find, he was definitely a strong Centaur. And, like many of the other Centaurs, we find Bienor attending Pirithous’ wedding, and (of course) taking part in the battle with the Lapiths.
Several Centaurs had already been slain, many by Theseus, and one named Aphareus, in his rage, sought to avenge their deaths and kill Theseus by hurling a rock he had torn from the mountainside. But, as he tried, “Theseus caught him with his oaken club and broke the massive bones of his elbow. Having neither time nor desire to inflict further injury on his worthless body, he leaped onto tall Bienor’s back, unused to carrying anything but its owner, and, pressing his knees into the centaur’s flanks, and clutching the mane with his left hand, he shattered the face, the mouth uttering threats, and the solid temples, with his knotted club. (Zane Stein)
Why He Matters– So Bienor is one of those Centaurs that the asteroid astrologers seem to have all taken a look at. Zane Stein covers him in relation to centaurs like Thereus and Chariklo, Mark Andrew Holmes says “Astrologically, Bienor seems to indicate exuberance, expansion, empowerment, liberalism, generosity, love of others, compassion, cooperation or alternately, condemning, hateful, judgmental, doomed effort, being attacked, becoming trapped.”, and Transneptunian Astrology… well they are on some strong space dust and I can never follow their logic. These are valid insights, but I am especially focused on the negative expression of Bienor that Mark has touched on. Can we deepen our understanding with the little snippet of myth that we have of him? I think so- the clue is in his name, something that both of these astrologers missed.
His name means “Strong One”. As each of the centaurs represents a wound, a pain or brokenness, a question immediately came to mind- What happens when he can’t be strong anymore? To me, Bienor shows the dichotomy of strength, with his positive aspects expressed when we feel strong and confident, but his negative when we feel weak or break. This is especially evident in the charts of men, struggling with toxic masculinity within themselves. We all know what happens when a man who doesn’t feel strong over-compensates to make up for it. I would go so far as to say he is the urge to self-isolate when we are in pain, where we make ourselves an island so that we don’t hurt others.
Bienor is also the point where our strength breaks. Anything intense going over your Bienor can cause a crisis, where you want to shatter. And in many ways, it is easier to shatter than face the pain. Let it break you and you don’t have to keep going or face the hurt. That is the true negative expression of Bienor, and he can lead down the darkest roads of the psyche. I should know, he’s taken me there several times as of late, and I know I’m not alone in that.
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 54598, for Bienor. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Bienor affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!