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Asteroid Files: Klytia


Helios on Klytia– There is not a one of us who doesn’t have regret over how we acted in love, either coming on too strong or not speaking up when we should have. For one reason or another, we get stuck on people and it doesn’t work out with who we want. So what do we do then, how do we move on? Well, this week’s asteroid might have a thing or two to say about that!

The Astronomy– 73 Klytia is a main-belt asteroid. It was the second and last asteroid discovery by the prolific comet discoverer Horace Tuttle, on April 7, 1862. It is named after Clytia, who loved Helios [H: *coughs awkwardly*] in Greek mythology. Of the first one hundred numbered asteroids, Klytia is the smallest.

Klytia has an orbital period of 1589 days or 4.35 years, and an eccentricity of 0.042.

The Myth– Clytie or Clytia was a water nymph, daughter of Oceanus and Tethys in Greek mythology. She loved Helios in vain. Helios, having loved her, abandoned her for Leucothoe and left her deserted. She was so angered by his treatment that she told Leucothea’s father, Orchamus, about the affair. Since Helios had defiled Leucothea, Orchamus had her put to death by burial alive in the sands. Clytie intended to win Helios back by taking away his new love, but her actions only hardened his heart against her. She stripped herself and sat naked, with neither food nor drink, for nine days on the rocks, staring at the sun, Helios, and mourning his departure. After nine days she was transformed into the turnsole, also known as heliotrope (which is known for growing on sunny, rocky hillsides), which turns its head always to look longingly at Helios’ chariot of the sun. The episode is most fully told in Ovid, Metamorphoses iv. 204, 234–56.

Modern traditions substitute the turnsole with a sunflower, which according to (incorrect) folk wisdom turns in the direction of the sun (the original French form tournesol primarily refers to sunflower, while the English turnsole is primarily used for heliotrope).

Why She Matters– Okay, first of all, I didn’t do it *Looks back at every broken heart lying in ruins behind him and a trail of ex-lovers who didn’t make it into the Fuckstrology series* ….shit. Well, in terms of interpretation this one is pretty straightforward- Basically the opposite of Anteros; unrequited love. When we love someone who either spurns us (or worse- ignores us) we can get obsessive and petty. We put the blame for “our” lover betraying us on the other person (which, sure, is the case sometimes), but we are slow to hold our former love to task for wasting our time. When you invest time, effort and energy into someone you don’t want to call it a waste, and so you continue to dig yourself deeper rather than moving on and letting go- you don’t want to lose.

Klytia is a sign of an obsessive kind of love, getting stuck on someone who doesn’t value you- A one-sided relationship. When you have Klytia contacts (especially in synastry) you see someone that you are not able to get over, or someone who gets stuck on you. Idealization happens for the Klytia person, and the contact is the quality that becomes the attraction. The more the Klytia person actuates the contact, the more they drive the object of their affection away. For instance, say you have one person’s Klytia conjunct their partner’s Mercury- The more the Klytia person messages, calls, or tries to communicate with the Mercury person, the more they annoy and drive them away. The more aloof and mysterious the Klytia person is, the more they would attract their crush. Sun-Klytia contacts will be especially potent.

A major mark of Klytia is that no matter what her expression, it comes across as dramatic and desperate. This is one of those asteroids who shouldn’t be used directly, but who should be avoided as a cautionary tale. For instance, Klytia in Sagittarius would NEVER want to make a big, bold, and dramatic expression of love even though that is what their instincts are telling them to do. There is definitely a compulsion with Klytia, and it is a compulsion to destruction. You want to be careful with this one (and I’m not just saying that because she’s my ex!)

To find out where she shows up in your chart, go to astro.com, put in your birth details and in the extended options, at the top of the next page, there will be a menu of additional objects. To the right of that is a blank space where you can enter the number 73, for Klytia. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Klytia affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!

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