Asteroid 73 Klytia


Asteroid 73 Klytia is a main belt asteroid, discovered on April 7th, 1862 by astronomer Horace Tuttle. She takes four and a half years to orbit the Sun, spending roughly four to five months in a sign, orbit and retrograde dependent.


In Greek mythology, Clytie was a nymph and daughter to Oceanus and Tethys. In Ovid’s Metamorphoses – Clytie was madly in love with the God Apollo, who initially shared her affections but basically dumped her for her sister, Leucothea. Riddled with jealousy, Clytie went to their father and informed him of the affair. Furious, he orders Leucothia to be buried alive. Apollo, so disgusted by Clytie’s jealous actions, wanted nothing more to with her and left – never to return. Clytie then sat upon a rock without food or water for nine days in mourning, then turned by the Gods into a heliotrope (plant), that follows the suns glow.



To locate asteroid Klytia in your natal chart, head over to and input the number 73 in the additional objects field. Keep your aspects major – conjunction, square, opposition and trine, and your orbs tight, within 1 degree.

In your natal chart, Klytia equals resentment, jealousy and vengeful tactics when goals are not achieved. This can involve romance, but must also include all interests where deep passion is involved. What cannot be ignored with Klytia’s tale is her choice of romantic partner. Apollo, like Zeus, was well renowned for his philandering lifestyle and rampant sexual affairs. Yet despite this common knowledge, there was no end to the number of relationships formed and hurt left in their wake. Those who choose to become entangled with this type of lover, need to assess the reasoning behind this and explore other chart elements to ascertain why. Also, the symbolism of the sunflower cannot be ignored and can perhaps be interpreted as one only remembering the GOOD things and dismissing the bad, when it comes down to past relationships.

In transit, planets coming into aspect with Klytia will indicate a time of deep, passionate connection that is often short-lived. There is a loss of control regards the end outcome and moments of heavy loss and disappointment involved. The situation as it unravels stirs up feelings of jealousy and the desire for retribution. The key to handling Klytia is to recognise that when activated, the negative result of the moment is out of your hands and even if it makes no sense, you still must grieve and let go. Perhaps you find on later reflection, that whilst you felt gutted, very little about the end outcome had anything to do with you. You were just on the receiving end of a displeasing decision. Whilst anger and desires for revenge, despair and disappointment are natural feelings, for self growth it is required you learn how to respect the choices of others and rise above it. In essence, transits to Klytia open the door the ‘Nemesis’ – shadow self and become moments of honest reflection and personality growth.


Artwork – Louis Welden Hawkins
© Karen Piscitelli


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