Asteroid 3361 Orpheus is an Apollo asteroid, that experiences an erratic orbit that crosses Mars and Earth. It also moves close to Venus. Discovered on April 24th, 1982 (an Aries) by Carlos Torres, Orpheus spends just over a year orbiting the Sun, spending around two months in each sign, retrograde dependent.
Orpheus was famous in Greek Mythology for his prose and song. He was also a practitioner of the arts and was a practitioner of astrology. Deemed to be the son of the river God Oeagras and the muse Calliope, he was known to charm the birds, even the rocks on the ground to dance to his tune. Stated as one of the pioneers of civilisation, it is said that he assisted the mortals in their studies of medicine, writing and agriculture.
Orpheus in the Underworld
One famous story of Orpheus, with conjecture attached of course, is the death of his wife and her subsequent ascent/descent from the Underworld. It is said that Eurydice, his wife, ran into a pile of bushes filled with snakes and she died from a venomous bite to the heel.
Orpheus, in his grief, created such songs and musics that the Gods weeped. He then descended to the Underworld, softening Hades and Persephone, the only story to do so and they granted his desire of resurrection, on the premise that neither of them looked behind them until they arrived at the Upper World.
However, Orpheus was concerned about his trailing wife and forgetting the Upper World detail, turned to see if she was still following, only to see her vanish once more into the Underworld. The other stated scenario is that this connection was not true love and that Orpheus was a coward who was not prepared to die for his love and attempted to mock the Gods, causing Hades and Persephone to send the apparition of Eurydice in the Underworld being slayed by women.
After the death of Eurydice, Orpheus swore off women for life and only bedded adolescent boys thereafter. He also spurned belief in any other God other than Apollo and his ultimate demise was at the female hand of the Dionysus worshippers midst a Bacchus-fueled rapture frenzy, where despite his beautiful music, they tore him to shreds.
Read more here: The Myth Of Orpheus
To locate asteroid 3361 Orpheus in your natal chart, head over to astro.com and input the number in the additional objects field. Keep your aspects major – conjunction, square, opposition and your orbs tight, within 1 degree.
This is an extremely fast moving asteroid, and it is doubtful that it has a great deal of powerful impact in the natal position. Despite the mention of astrology within the mythology of Orpheus, I find no data with prominent astrologers to support it. However, it is quite supportive of homosexuality in the chart but it would have to be studied more thoroughly before any firm claims are made.
However, in transit, Orpheus is a different story. This fleeting influence can open a veritable can of worms. Here, you have beautiful music, beautiful words, loving connections with an entire question mark over its authenticity.
Underneath the beautiful facade there are questions about love, sexual attraction reality and coercion for ones own gain. You have the question of disguised sexual preferences as a manner to conform but also the pretense of the connection being the mask of something that runs much deeper, a secret, perhaps even a dark one. You have a harsh bitterness over a separation or ending to a sexual connection.
What is also prevalent with the Orpheus transit is the connection with past love. There can be an over-romanticizing of a previous connection and lingering resentment over its demise. Ultimately, what brought Orpheus to his downfall was the rapturous Bacchus worshipers, so one must bring those moments of excess when one gives into the moment, lets the altered self take control and lead you towards another moment of regret.
Possible Keywords: musical talents, attracted to musicians, poetry, poet, suppressed sexuality, confusion regards sexuality, dislike of gender, deception used for oen’s own gain, not following orders with drastic consequences
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© Karen Piscitelli