Asteroid 466 Tisiphone is part of the Cybele family, nestled way out there in the asteroid main belt. Discovered on January 17, 1901 by Max Wolf and Luigi Carnera, Tisiphone takes over six years to orbit the Sun, spending around three months in a sign, orbit and retrograde dependent.
In Greek Mythology, Tisiphone is one of the Furies, sister of Alecto and Megaera – and known as a cruel guardian of the Tartarus, the abyss dungeon of torture, beneath the Underworld. Her name translates to that of ‘voice of revenge’ and she was born of the blood of Uranus, that fell to Gaia when his son, Cronos, murdered him. It was her role to bring justice to those who commited murderous acts, especially against the parents, the country’s ruler, or a sibling – and she would do so with a relentless pursuit that would slowly drive the object of her focus insane.
To locate asteroid 466 Tisiphone in your natal chart, head over to astro.com and input the number 466 in the additional objects field. Keep your aspects major – conjunction, square, opposition and your orbs tight, within 1 degree.
With Tisiphone aspected in the natal chart, you can expect there to be deep parental issues with a lot of anger, perhaps even physical violence, enmeshed in the familial environment. There is the lingering under-vibe of power-plays and revenge seeking, and indicates an instance where common ground, understanding and forgiveness may never be reached. The anger runs deep here and one can wonder about the possible past life karmic implications where Tisiphone contacts in the natal. I am looking into any parent/child murder cases but find no direct link at the moment, but I will keep looking into possible revenge expressions with this connection. Lizzie Borden for instance, which according to the articles about her, ’should’ have this aspected, does not. It will be the challenge for the Tisiphone to express their need for revenge in positive ways – removing themselves for the potential danger, emotional and physical – and finding constructive forms of acceptance through spiritual healing and perhaps even anger management.
The positive aspects of Tisiphone are strong. Here, there is a diabolical call for justice. There is also an undeniable loyalty to the ties of family. One would expect that the Tisiphone natal individual would be a firm advocate in the world of family justice, child protection, criminal law and even the military. It could also indicate an individual that devotes their life to charitable causes that delve into the darkness of humanity, comfortable with negative harshness that would cripple a more light-hearted individual.
In transit, Tisiphone indicates a time when deeper parental concerns are raised and there is a call to arms to protect the balance of power. The strong desire for revenge cannot be ignored with this aspect, neither can the strength of anger behind it. Feelings must be accepted and a means of peaceful expression found.
Artwork – Nicole Cadet
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