Asteroid 31 Euphrosyne

September 1, 2011

On this day, September 1  1854, Scottish astronomer, James Ferguson, discovered a large main-belt asteroid; the first asteroid found from North America, named after the second Charite in Greek mythology, Euphrosyne (Mirth). 

Euphrosyne is said to be a loosely-packed rubble pile.

 “The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth”

 Ecclesiastes 7:4

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton is one of my most favourite books ~ and movies.  Gillian Anderson, she of The X-Files, delivers a pitch-perfect portrayal of hapless heroine, Lily Bart.  The themes of The House of Mirth are classic and timeless: society & class; wealth, marriage; freedom & confinement; respect & reputation; morality & ethics; women, femininity and appearances.  The Age of Innocence is the anima to the animus of The House of Mirth.

Nothing much has changed…not really….. except that a whole bunch of moneybags and robber barons went down with the Titanic ~ and, gee, 2012 is going to mark the 100th Anniversary of that event, which in my view, eclipses the whole Mayan Calendar malarkey.

Transiting Euphrosyne gives us the Sabian Symbol Taurus 18º A woman holding a bag out of a window (to catch all that rubble fallout in no doubt)

Now, I bet y’all expect the usual Greek mythology clap-trap about Euphrosyne?  Naaaah…that’s too easy and ho-hum!  The story of this Euphrosyne is more way more relevant to the themes of the Mirthful One, and the interpretation of the Grace of Cosmic Jokes in the natal chart. 

I designed and oversaw the building of a house once.  A monument to my folly in soooooooo many ways. In my natal chart, Euphrosyne is holding hands with Eris in the Eighth House.  Tragedy and Mirth.  Yuk it up…..I am!

The Cross of St Euphrosyne of Polatsk (replica)

Saint Euphrosyne of Polatsk (1110–1173) was the granddaughter of a prince of Polotsk, Vseslav.  Refusing all proposals of marriage and, without her parents’ knowledge, she ran away to the convent of which her aunt was the abbess and became a nun. later Euphrosyne would found her own convent, spending her time copying books, distributing the money she earned amongst the poor.  She also built two churches, and one, the church of The Holy Saviour, still stands today and is considered to be the most precious monument of early Belarusian architecture.

Towards the end of her life, Euphrosyne  undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where she died sometime after 1167. Her body, after the conquest of Jerusalem by Saladin in 1187, was carried by the monks to Kiev and deposited there in the Monastery of the Caves. It was only in 1910 that the relics of the saint were brought back to her native town of Polatsk. Her feast day is celebrated on May 23.  Euphrosyne is the only virgin saint of East Slav origin. (Sourced from Wikipedia)

In 1910, Edith Wharton published a collection of short stories entitled, Tales of Men and Ghosts.

Orcus at Virgo 2º gives us the visual of A large white cross upraised, while the hypothetical  Transpluto-Isis Leo 30 tests our personal integrity with An unsealed letter forming a serendipitious tredecile with Euphrosyne’s woman left holding the bag  A woman holding a bag out of a window.  Emptying the vacumn cleaner bag, mayhaps?  Don’t let the cosmic dust get in your eye…….

Click here to view the souvenir stamp created for the 850th Anniversary of the Cross of St Euphrosyne of Polatsk.

Just for fun, we have Euphrosyne of Alexandria, patron saint of  the Bleeding Oblivious.

Image sourced from The Official Website of the Republic of Belarus
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