Asteroid Files: Hathor

Helios on Hathor– You guys. There is SO MUCH GROSS STUFF ON FLICKR. I spent three hours looking for a suitably sexy picture to encapsulate the raw, hot, essence of this week’s Asteroid (yet still have it be acceptable on social media outlets) and i’m pretty sure my eyeballs are bleeding. It’s hard to tell, seeing as how I can’t see anymore. But enough of that- Lets get down to business with Hathor!

The Astronomy– 2340 Hathor is an eccentric stony asteroid, classified as a near-Earth object and potentially hazardous asteroid. It belongs to the Aten group of asteroids and measures approximately 210 meters in diameter. Discovered by Charles Kowal in 1976, it was later named after Hathor from Egyptian mythology.

Being a member of the Aten asteroids, Hathor orbits the Sun at a distance of 0.5–1.2 AU once every 0 years and 9 months (283 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.45 and an inclination of 6° with respect to the ecliptic. Its observation arc begins 3 days after its official discovery at Palomar, with no precoveries taken and no prior identifications made. Its orbital solution includes non-gravitational forces.

The Myth– Hathor is an ancient Egyptian goddess who personified the principles of joy, music, feminine love, and motherhood. She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of ancient Egypt. Hathor was worshipped by royalty and common people alike. In tomb paintings, she is often depicted as “Mistress of the West”, welcoming the dead into the next life. In other roles, she was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands, and fertility. She was believed to assist women in childbirth. She was also believed to be the patron goddess of miners.

The cult of Hathor predates the historic period, and the roots of devotion to her are therefore difficult to trace. Though it may be a development of predynastic cults that venerated fertility, and nature in general, represented by cows. Hathor has been interpreted as a foreign God to Egypt, by way of the Land of Punt, or the land of Somalis, through the inscriptions of Hatshepsut, and is widely known as the “Lady of Punt”.

Hathor is commonly depicted as a cow goddess with horns in which is set a sun disk with Uraeus. Twin feathers are also sometimes shown in later periods as well as a menat necklace. Hathor may be the cow goddess who is depicted from an early date on the Narmer Palette and on a stone urn dating from the 1st dynasty that suggests a role as sky-goddess and a relationship to Horus who, as a sun god, is “housed” in her. The ancient Egyptians viewed reality as multi-layered, and saw deities who merged while retaining divergent attributes and myths as complementary rather than contradictory. Hathor’s relationship with Ra is complicated – she is described as his mother, daughter, and wife (though not necessarily simultaneously,) and like Isis, is at times described as the mother of Horus. She is also associated with Bast.

Hathor was often invoked for successful pregnancies. Being the Goddess of Fertility, many would pray to her and leave offerings of fruits and wooden phalli. Small statuettes similar to Venus figurines were also found left at some of Hathor’s temples, although excavators and historians differ on what these could have represented. Some believed they were fertility statues left to gain the goddess’s favor, while others have suggested they served as children’s dolls.

Hathor was also associated with drunkenness and revelry, which was often a characteristic of her festivals.  Hathor’s priestesses would often travel around town, singing and dancing while giving civilians her blessing. The Book of the Heavenly Cow states that while Ra was ruling the earth, humans began plotting against him. Ra sent Hathor, in the form of the warlike goddess Sekhmet, to destroy them. Hathor (as Sekhmet) became bloodthirsty and the slaughter was great because she could not be stopped. As the slaughter continued, Ra saw the chaos down below and decided to stop the blood-thirsty goddess. So he poured huge quantities of blood-coloured beer on the ground to trick Sekhmet. She drank so much of it—thinking it to be blood—that she became drunk and returned to her former gentle self as Hathor.

Why She Matters– You want to know why everyone loves Hathor? Let me tell you with a meme all the way back from the ancient days of 1998. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Stargate SG-1 on Hathor!

Absolutely brilliant boys, you’ll make fantastic mindslaves for Queen Hathor. Cmon. In the current political and social climate, it feels like it truly is an attack on women and the way they live their lives, specifically in regards to them experiencing pleasure and choice. This is an assault on Hathor herself, and Mama don’t play around! In the age of “grab ’em by the pussy”, where the dystopia of “The Handmaids Tale” seems more plausible every day, Hathor is exactly what we need.

Hathor is pure sensuality, the divine ecstasy of feminine sexuality- Submitting to your own desire and rising through the waves of pleasure to truly touch the heavens. She spits on the idea of chastity as purity, and instead of denying you what you want, offers you the fullness of experience. The best way to describe her is a primal Venus/Sun energy, and she can do more than just give you a good lay- Where you have Hathor is where you feel very secure in yourself, a point of self-pride, and for those of us who struggle with the idea of beauty and self-image, Hathor is an amazing place to start. All you need is one thing when you hate yourself; In the famous words of Bob the Drag Queen: “Find something about you that you like and focus on that. If I don’t like my face, if I don’t like my skin, if I don’t like my weight. I think to myself ‘I have nice teeth.’ And it may just start with that one tooth. Look at that tooth. That’s a nice tooth, man. And then once you can accept that little thing about yourself, you can just accept you for who you are.” That, Heretics, is Hathor- She loves you, and she wants so badly for you to love yourself. If only you could see yourself the way she does, with divine lust in her eyes….

Hathor is a path to true happiness, centered in yourself and not in your happenings. We call that Joy. I know that’s an unfamiliar concept anymore, but now with Uranus in Taurus? The door to the promised land is open. Give yourself permission to find your bliss. Hathor will be your guide- Let her lead you home.

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 2340, for Hathor. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Hathor affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!

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