Asteroid 97 Klotho is a main belt asteroid, discovered on February 17th, 1868 by (an Aquarius) by Ernst Wilhelm Tempel, spending four and a half months in each sign – retrograde and orbit dependent.
Asteroid 120 Lachesis is a large and very dark, main belt asteroid, discovered on April 10, 1872 (an Aries) by Alphonse Borrelly. She takes over five and a half years to orbit the Sun, spending just under six months in each sign – retrograde and orbit dependent.
Asteroid 273 Atropos is a main belt asteroid that astronomer’s know very little about. She was discovered on March 8th, 1888 (a Pisces) by Johann Palisa and takes just over three and a half years to orbit the Sun, spending just over three and a half months in each sign – retrograde and orbit dependent.
The Fates, or Moirae, in Ancient Greek mythology, were white robed beings in control of human destiny. Their intent and role was so powerful, even the Gods and Goddesses feared them. Their parental line is uncertain, with claims that they were the daughters of Zeus, or that of Nyx, the shadowy figure near the beginning of creation. But at the very least – they were entities whom Zeus revered and whose knowledge he was informed. It is stated that they would visit new born children seven days after birth, and ‘spin the threads of their fate’. The Moirae were depicted as bitter, old crones – deemed cold, aloof and acting without remorse.
KLOTHO – had a large role in Greek mythology. She was responsible for spinning the web of life. It was she who determined when one was born and everything relevant to the actual birth of an individual. Whilst she had no control over ‘who’ was born, her responsibilities extended to deciding who would be saved, or put to death in the mortal, and immortal world. She and her sisters, along with Hermes, were also responsible for the development of the alphabet in ancient times.
LACHESIS – the second of the Fates was the decider of the ‘length’ of one’s life.
ATROPOS – was the eldest of the Moirae and determined the ‘death’ of the individual. Here, she would severe the thread of life with her shears and was described as the ‘inflexible’ or the ‘inevitable’.
To locate the asteroids Atropos, Klotho and Lachesis, head over to astro.com and input their numbers in the additional objects field. Keep the aspects major – conjunction, square, opposition and trine, if it vibes for you – and your orbs tight, within 1 degree.
These asteroids represent the birth of an event or relationship, the duration and the closure in transit. In your natal chart, these would be interesting asteroids to unravel and see how their influence interplays with life situations as they have unfolded. Rulership and house placement of the asteroids themselves is an essential detail in deciphering their possible meaning and projection/expression.
Klotho positioning indicates inspiration and attraction, no doubt the house where major life seeds that have long term impact begin. Aspects to Klotho in the natal chart indicate a difficulty and hesitancy in starting new projects or relationships. This will also happen when Klotho is activated by transit; the usual go-getter can experience unexplainable resistance to what is usually a normal process.
Lachesis indicates how you will plant the seed and whatever hurdles need to be surmounted, or will be thrust upon you on the path to producing a fruitful crop. Natal aspects to Lachesis highlight areas where you will continually hit a brick wall and often fail due to a complete lack of understanding in why. Here, house positioning and relation of the planet in aspect is key to working with Lachesis. For instance, Lachesis oppose harsh aspect to Venus can indicate low self esteem and confidence being a constant enemy to progress – or – a harsh aspect to Mars can indicate a heavy, aggressive approach that fails to deliver in the long term. Yet again, in transit, activated Lachesis can bring to the surface unusual forms of behaviour and expression of mood. Understanding the source is the penny drop moment.
Atropos indicates the ‘death zone’ – the area in the natal chart where the crop starts to whither and eventually fade into nothingness. For example:- a 3rd House Atropos indicates that endings come through communication dramatics, within the closer environment, or through a lack of knowledge depth. An 8th House Atropos indicates that some level of abuse or co-dependency concern brings about closure – or a 2nd House Atropos, where feelings about self cause an undoing. Understanding and accepting one’s Atropos will assist the long term longevity regarding relations and projects.
As the mythology states, the Fates wove the threads of destiny and fate. In your natal chart, they will highlight certain dispositions and in transit, these personality expressions will be exposed. Just as we accept and work with the harsher elements of our charts and the shadow side of our personalities, so too can we work with our ‘fate’. With understanding and acceptance, what could be deemed a ‘fated’ downfall, can in fact be one’s great strength.
Klotho:- attraction, inspiration, new beginnings, ambitions, start of a project or relationship, original idea
Lachesis:- time, duration
Atropos:- endings, closure, finality
Artwork – John Strudwick
©: Karen Piscitelli