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Hylonome was a female centaur, wife of Cyllarus, and the couple enjoyed a legendary closeness, relating as equals. Hylonome was the only female centaur to be present at the centaurs’ battle with the Lapiths in Thessaly, at the wedding of their king. Cyllarus was slain in the battle, pierced by a javelin; Hylonome ran to embrace him, putting lips to lips in an effort to prevent his soul escaping, but he shortly died. In an excess of grief, Hylonome impaled herself on the javelin which had killed him, so she could join him in the underworld. The name Hylonome was given to a centaur body, one of a group of minor bodies orbiting between Jupiter and Neptune.

Astrologically, Hylonome represents excessive grief; loving, equality-based partnerships; and self-sacrifice or suicide.

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. 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 a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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