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Asteroid KassandraKassandra was a daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy, an attendant in the temple of Apollo. The god became enamored of her, and attempted to woo her with the gift of prophecy, but when Kassandra still refused his advances, he spat in her mouth and cursed her to speak truly, but never be believed. Kassandra warned her countrymen not to accept the gift of the Trojan Horse, but by this time had acquired a reputation for insanity, and her warnings were disregarded.

After the sack of Troy, Kassandra was brought home as a prize of war and concubine for the Greek king Agamemnon of Mycenae. In his absence, Agamemnon’s wife Clytemnestra, enraged by the sacrifice of their daughter Iphigenia to ensure the success of the war, had begun an affair with Aegisthus, a cousin of the king. Together the two plotted the death of the king and his concubine, killing him in his bath, slaughtering Kassandra at his side.

Astrologically, Kassandra represents issues with belief and credibility; trustworthiness; judgments about whether to believe others; prophetic gifts and foreknowledge; offering counsel and rejection of advice.

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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