Helios on Orius– Who among us hasn’t felt the urge to…. be a little bad sometimes? To really get down and dirty… To really Sin? But once the afterglow fades, the reality sets in and you have to deal with the consequences of what you’ve done. Well, this week’s Centaur has a few things to say on that- Enter Orius!
The Astronomy– 330836 Orius is a main-belt asteroid. Discovered in 2009, it has an orbit characterized by a semimajor axis equal to 21.5520247 AU and by an eccentricity of 0.4210089, inclined by 17.85776 ° with respect to the ecliptic. Orius has an orbital period of 100.06 years (36545.22 days). Its perihelion is between Saturn and Uranus, it’s aphelion out past Neptune, so it crosses both Uranus’ and Neptune’s orbits.
The Myth– Okay, so there are two figures in myth named Orius; The first is the patron of Mount Othrys in Greece (where the Titans lived), meaning “Of the mountain,”. He was the father of Oxylus and Hamadryas, who were parents of the Hamadryad nymphs. The second is a wild, half-bear Gigante (Giant) who, along with his brother Agrius was the son of Polyphonte. Polyphonte was a young maiden in ancient Greece (which never ends well for anyone) who wished to remain a virgin. She fled to the mountains to become a companion of Artemis, which provoked the ire of Aphrodite, who viewed Polyphonte’s decision as a personal affront. To punish Polyphonte for failing to honor her womanly duty, Aphrodite drove her mad and caused her to lust after a bear. Artemis was disgusted with Polyphonte and so turned the wild animals against her. Fearing for her life Polyphonte was forced to return to her father’s home, where she gave birth to two humanoid bear-like sons- Agrius and Oreius (the result of her union with the bear). Agrius and Oreius grew into huge men of immense strength. As perhaps befits their feral patronage, the Bear Twins honored neither men nor gods. Indeed, they were cannibals who attacked strangers on the road.
Zeus despised Agrius and Oreius and so sent Hermes to punish them as he saw fit. The brothers almost had their hands and feet severed by the vengeful god were it not for the intervention of their great-grandfather Ares. Despite their monstrous nature, Ares persuaded Hermes to commute the sentence. Together, Hermes and Ares transformed Agrius, Oreius, Polyphonte, and the family’s female servant into birds. Polyphonte was transformed into a small owl which neither ate nor drank and cried during that night, which portended war and sedition for mankind.As for her sons, Oreius was turned into a “bird called lagōs” (hypothetically translated as an “eagle owl”) regarded as an ill omen, and Agrius was turned into a vulture, a despised carrion-eating bird. In a small act of mercy, Ares and Hermes heeded the female servant’s prayer where she had no involvement in the Bear Twins’ actions and decided not to transform her into a bird heralding evil for mankind. Instead, she was transformed into a woodpecker (supposedly a sign of good luck if seen before a hunt).
Now, it is important to note that these two figures are not mutually exclusive.
Why He Matters– There’s a lot to unpack with this one, and almost all of it is discordant- I’ll admit he had me stumped for a while while I pored over my collection of charts. One thing stood out, however: Orius is loud in its absence. In most of the charts that I viewed (including my own), Orius is rather quiet, making few contacts… so what is he hiding?
Let’s see what my counterparts have to say about him. Phillip Sedgwick has this to say on him- “Based upon the node and perihelion degree of Orius, following is a small collection of keywords that may apply. Per Orius, we look into relationship matters and the social perceptions of those relationships and through the lens of how those interactions may affect social standing“. Zane Stein only has the ephemeris with a base intro up, Mark Andrew Holmes hasn’t done him yet and TransNeptuian Astrology is unintelligible and insane as always- so it’s up to me I suppose.
Keeping with the working theory that each of the Centaurs represents a fatal flaw, I would posit that Orius represents certain… appetites that we suffer. People with strong Orius contacts will feel things strongly, perhaps… too strongly. Like a hunger, an urge to them, something primal yet taboo (look to the Orius house for more information on this). Of course, he is not alone in this, as most of the Centaurs deal with primal appetites, so what makes him special?
I would wager that Orius is most accurately described as the urge to hide one’s urges, to shove down what one finds distasteful in themselves yet still feels compelled to indulge. Hiding one’s addictions or pleasures, one’s vices… the urge to not be found out is what seems to be the hallmark of Orius. Plots, secrecy, the taboo… keeping a tight hold on one’s worst secrets- this is what we find with him. The struggle between our pleasures and our guilt, our shame… what is right, moral and decent versus what is pleasurable, shameful and illicit- Orius rules that struggle as well. In the 21st century, it is easier than ever to indulge those illicit pleasures, with the internet at our disposal… but Arachne rules that. For the truly illicit and shameful, those who feel those urges turn to the Dark or Deep web, where all sorts of information and goods are available- Things that you cannot get on the surface. There are guns, drugs, credit cards, assassins… and much, much worse- all easily accessible. This, I fear, is the fullest and worst expression of Orius.
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 330836, for Orius. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Orius affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!