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Aug

Asteroid Files- Crantor


Helios on Crantor– Have you ever suffered something that wasn’t your fault? Something that you really wanted to talk about, and refused to let go of? Well, if so you might have a friend in this week’s Centaur!

The Astronomy– 83982 Crantor is a centaur in a 1:1 mean-motion resonance with Uranus. Crantor follows a moderately eccentric orbit (eccentricity of 0.28) with a semi-major axis of 19.43 AU and an inclination of 12.78º. Crantor is a relatively large minor body with an absolute magnitude of H=8.8, translating into a diameter of around 60 km. It has an orbital period of 85.68 years. Water ice has been detected on Crantor with a confidence of more than 3σ (99.7%). Crantor was first suggested as a possible co-orbital of Uranus in 2006. Crantor follows a complex, transient horseshoe orbit around Uranus. Classical horseshoe orbits include the Lagrangian points L3, L4, and L5, but Crantor’s horseshoe orbit also brings it near Uranus. The motion of Crantor is mainly controlled by the influence of the Sun and Uranus, but Saturn has a significant destabilizing effect. The precession of the nodes of Crantor is accelerated by Saturn, controlling its evolution and short-term stability.

The Myth– In Greek mythology, Crantor was a Lapith and the armor-bearer for Peleus. He was killed by the centaur Demoleon in the battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs that followed Pirithous’ wedding, the rape of Pirithous’ bride, Hippodamia, and the execution of her rapist, the centaur Eurytus. Demoleon fatally wounded Crantor after he tore off Crantor’s chest and left shoulder with a tree trunk that Demoleon had thrown at Theseus, who ducked out of the way.

Why He Matters– Okay so, we don’t have a ton to go on with this one. The great thing is that Crantor has been studied by several other astrologers. Zane Stein correctly calls out that this centaur was named after a Lapith, instead of a Centaur, so he is not an easy fit among his brothers off of the bat. Additionally, Crantor is closer and more connected to Uranus than the rest of his tribe. Zane suggests that there is a Crantor side and a Demoleon (the centaur who killed Crantor) side. In fact, I originally had him down to do in Gemini season for that very reason. The reason I switched it to Virgo was because of what I realized about him; As we have gone over before, I posit the idea that every Centaur represents a flaw or negative personality trait. In the case of Crantor, I have come to think that it represents a victimhood mentality, specifically where someone refuses to try because they do not believe that they can ever achieve anything, but more importantly that the individual does not deserve to succeed. In most cases, this comes from a history of abuse or neglect, and the individual internalizes that as a lack of worth in the world. The abuser would, in this case, be the Demoleon side of Crantor in full effect. Phillip Sedgewick confirms this, saying “Emotional declaration stands out as the quest for Crantor, not actually a centaur, but killed by one. A bit of the “What did I ever do to you?” syndrome applies.

Crantor in effect can show up as someone who refuses to take responsibility for anything that goes wrong in their life, and runs from anything negative in themselves, shutting it out rather than face it. This does not, however, prevent them from calling it out in others- often loudly. These people are always whining, saying “Oh poor me, how terrible of a hand I have been dealt in this life, what a cruel world!” or variations of 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 83982, for Crantor. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Crantor affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!

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