Phaeton 3200

Phaeton was a son of the sea nymph Clymene and the sun god Helios. His father was never at home, being busy lighting the world every day, and Phaeton’s playmates refused to believe him when he told them Helios was his father. Distraught, he turned to his mother, who counselled him to go to Helios and ask for himself.

Helios confirmed his paternity, but Phaeton wanted proof to return with to his friends, so Helios agreed to grant him whatever he requested. Phaethon asked to drive the chariot of the sun for a day, and despite his misgivings, true to his word, Helios agreed.

The result was a disaster. At first all went well, but the fiery steeds, realizing they lacked the firm hand of their master, ran amok and careened through the sky, swinging dangerously low and threatening to burn the earth to ashes. To avert this catastrophe, Zeus hurled a thunderbolt and struck the chariot, and Phaethon, from the sky.

In the late 1700s, the name Phaeton was applied to a popular type of sporty, open carriage, and eventually to motorized open touring cars.

Astrologically, Phaethon represents assuming responsibilities before one is ready to handle them; the consequences of rash or impulsive desires; and feeling out of control or in above one’s head. It can also indicate involvement with cars or other forms of transport.

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Alex Miller

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal, due in 2018. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and currently a board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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