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Asteroid Sphinx, astrological meaningThe Sphinx was a composite creature with the head of a woman, the body of a lion, the wings of a bird and a serpentine tail.

Noted for its treachery, merciless and vicious, the Sphinx would lie in wait for travelers, then pounce upon them and propose a riddle. If the ill-fortuned person could not answer the riddle correctly, he or she was devoured by the Sphinx. Sphinx is also the name given to an Egyptian variant, usually a more benign, protective figure, but noted for its solemn dignity and implacable nature.

Astrologically, Sphinx represents mystery, enigma, inscrutability, and impenetrable thoughts, plans or intentions; questions, missing information or data, the “unknown”; it can also indicate a riddle or puzzle to be solved, or any person or thing which defies understanding, particularly of its motivations, aims or goals.

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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