Asteroid 431 Nephele


Asteroid 431 Nephele is a main belt asteroid discovered on December 18, 1897 by Auguste Charlois. Taking just over five and a half years to orbit the Sun, Nephele spends roughly five to six months per sign, orbit and retrograde dependent.


Nephele, was a cloud nymph, created by Zeus to test the integrity of Ixion, who was well known for lusting after the beautiful Hera. Mirroring Hera in every way, Ixion was easily fooled by Nephele, and had his wicked way with the lightning God’s wife. On discovering the treachery, Zeus swiftly sent Ixion to Hades for his wicked behaviour.
However, that left poor old Nephele to wandering around the lands being mistaken for the great Queen herself. Terribly depressed, Zeus then married her off to Athamus, where she continued to mope and sob. Really, true happiness was never hers to be found.


To locate asteroid 431 Nephele, head over to or and input the numbers 431. Keep your orbs tight, within 1-2 degrees and your aspects major:- conjunction, square, opposition and trine.

This is a difficult one to research using celebrity data, as these individuals, talented or not, have all attained some level of success.
With asteroid Nephele in aspect within the natal chart, you struggle to find your sense of identity. Personal success is a challenge as you lack confidence in your own abilities and define yourself by the people in your surrounds.

You can find when natal Nephele is in aspect that you are surrounded by competitive or dominating others. Here, you lose yourself, and are dwarfed by the attention needs of the personalities around you.

This could be the classic placement of the child or sibling who forever lives in the shadow of the more successful family member. One could also imagine that those individuals who attempt to emulate their favourite celebrities, either as a career choice, or through plastic surgery, would have natal aspects to Nephele.
In transit, asteroid Nephele no doubt indicates times when you are being used as a pawn in others people’s games. Jealousy would feature strongly, as would relationship dramatics. Affairs and isolation could figure, whilst you can find in general that your efforts are completed ignored and the attention that you seek is given elsewhere.
In transit though, aspects by Nephele can be just what is needed to re-evaluate intentions and move away from situations where your attachment is for external approval or attention only.
Possible keywords: sense of identity, pawn in others games, desire for approval of others, attention seeking, jealousy, relationship manipulation, loss of identity, challenge to be seen above the talents of a family member, desire to be recognised as an individual, miserable until sense of identity is found.


Artwork – copyright the original artist, who is unknown
© Karen Piscitelli


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