Asteroid 149 Medusa is a main belt asteroid discovered on September 21st, 1875 by Henri Joseph Perrotin. She takes roughly three years to orbit the Sun, spending around two and half months in each sign, orbit and retrograde dependent.
Medusa, meaning Guardian or Protectress, was the mortal of the three Gorgon monsters, who had hair of snakes and a glare that would be turn people to stone. It is said that the King of Seriphos demanded her head, and with the help of the Gods, Perseus was sent on this quest. Armed with winged sandals from Athena and Hermes, and from Hades, a helmet of invisibility, a reflective sword and a mirrored shield, Perseus came upon the pregnant Medusa and severed her head. At the time of decapitation, two forms emerged from the body of Medusa, or in an alternate version, the blood which drenched into the ground. One, a winged horse Pegasus – the other, the golden giant Chrysoar.
It is in later interpretation that Medusa is originally a beautiful maiden whom attracts Athena’s jealousy and wrath. Some say Medusa was raped by Poseidon, others claim she faced the wrath by lying with Poseidon on Athena’s temple – others just lay claim to Athena’s overall jealousy at Medusa’s beauty and her many suitors, being the cause of turning her into a hideous beast with the curse of turning any who gaze at her into stone.
More modern interpretations relate to Freud and his ‘castration’ considerations, as well as the feminism twist regards feminine rage.
One modern interpretation seems to stand out quite strong:-
Jane Ellen Harrison argues that “her potency only begins when her head is severed, and that potency resides in the head; she is in a word a mask with a body later appended… the basis of the Gorgoneion is a cultus object, a ritual mask misunderstood.”
This is a complex myth, with a mass of interpretation, which you may enjoy to continue with your own research.
To locate asteroid 149 Medusa in your natal charts, head over to astro.com and input the number 149 in the additional numbers field. Keep your aspects major:- conjunction, square, opposition, trine and your orbs tight, within 1 degree.
There are numerous astrological articles already written about Medusa and her possible meaning in your chart.
Astrology by Kingsley with Lilith considerations
In brief, she indicates wisdom, fear, jealousy regards beauty and/or talent, and persecution. Aspects to Medusa isolate the source of the condition and how to work with, and around it. It also indicates if the source of these energy influences is internal, or being directed towards you by the external. Transits involving Medusa indicate times where these issues are brought to the surface and times of indecision/decision. Fear and jealousy being the main contenders blocking future progress.
Possible Keywords:- sacred power, fear, persecution, domination, jealousy, focus on beauty, wisdom, protection
Artwork – Arnold Bocklin
© Karen Piscitelli