The other day, I was posting real nice things about Saturn (Saturn Girl) and i only later realised that asteroid Sappho (number 80 if you want to bung her into your chart via Astrodienst) was conjunct Saturn and still is. That so fits! I still think so many of the asteroids are just named randomly – and there are heaps of them – whereas the naming of the main planets took place over aeons of observation & witching. eg; the planet we call Venus was known as Ishtar by the Ancient Babylonians & they figured out her weird pentagram-shaped orbit way before (obviously) modern telescopes etc.
See Venus – Are You A Morning Star Or An Evening Star Venus? for more on that.
But asteroid relevancy aside, i loved that an asteroid called after one of the greatest ever poets – Sappho – was on Saturn as i tried to reinterpret the entity. I love it when Sappho shows up in charts. She was a genius, a poet and gay, though she had a daughter, Cleis, for whom she wrote a poem…“I have a fair daughter….her form is that of a golden flower…”
Most of her work was burned by rabid Christians & so only bits of it survive. There were Papal edicts instructing peeps to destroy her work – because she was gay? Because she began and managed schools to educate women? Because heaps of her poems were in frank praise of Aphrodite? The Greeks considered her on a par with Homer and she surely influenced Ovid? Anyway, in a chart, I think she signifies poetry, wit, sheer feminine genius and the will to eloquently assert your right to do as you sensually please.
My friend Kim Falconer thinks asteroid Sappho shows up as tactile, indulgent, luscious, heady & yet extraordinarily smart – Asteroid 80 is a totally fun asteroid to research AND if your Sappho is on the love interest’s Venus or Moon you SO mess with his/her mind. Just by showing up. If you don’t know much about Sappho, do go to some of these links…I like to think that book burnings do NOT work! Oh and yes, she was born on the isle of Lesbos, some time around 600 BC.
Image: Charles August Mengin