Asteroid Pythia # 432 is one of the foremost asteroids that points to talent in divination. Pythia was the name of the group of priestesses who prophesied at the temple at Delphi. A giant, terrifying serpent called the Python, son of Gaia, haunted the caves of Parmasus until slayed by Apollo and subsequently used to guard the temple where these priestesses practiced and from it they took their name. In myth, the Python rotted at the base of the temple and in its decay, gases rose up from the earth and inspired the Pythia to prophesy. These women were single, childless and devoted to their calling.
Water scrying was the chief mode of divination used and as a priestess would sit in the base rooms of the temple, where the gases were thickest, she would breathe deeply and enter a trance where she would begin to interpret the signs and symbols in the water. Some myth has the Pythia using snake venom to make contact with the information contained in the other world. Fasting and cleansing were a part of their monthly requirements and this would point to needing to clean out and take a break from the cumulative poisons in their systems. However these ecstatic states were reached, it was obviously not healthy as the Pythia did not live into old age. These women were used up in the intensity of divination and having no chosen purpose outside their assigned calling, died in service to Apollo's temple.
Asteroid Pythia is about interpretation and explanation. This asteroid points to talent in reading Tarot cards, understanding astrology, discerning symbols and recognizing omens. Pythia is often heavily aspected in the charts of those who rely on their intuitive powers professionally.
This asteroid in aspect to the Moon increases intuition and the ability to interpret dreams.
Pythia with the Sun is the ability to discern what is really being shown, not just said and can point to intuition being part of the everyday living experience. A trance like state can be experienced by those who take on the role of a character or for performing artists.
Pythia in aspect to Mercury points to the ability to interpret literally and helps to make connections between right and left brain. Can show the need for psychotropic drugs to interpret things of the other realm well. Seen often in the charts of Tarot readers and astrologers.
Pythia in aspect to Venus is a love of divination and can show money made through this talent. This contact can also show a love of/ predisposition to lingering in drug induced ecstatic states.
Mars in aspect to Pythia can show resistance to trusting the voice within. Ego is represented largely by Mars ( also Sun) and Mars wants to go its own way. Pythia is about giving up and giving in and coming out with the gem hidden in the smoke. Mars in hard aspect points to the need to trust life. Easy aspects can show increased awareness of others motives and desires. Can show a desire for sex while in an altered state of consciousness.
Jupiter in any aspect to Pythia is positive. This shows luck, ability, learning and expansion of intuitive gifts. Known to show a Tarot reader.
Saturn in hard aspect to Pythia can show the inability to trust life and intuition. A fear of entering an altered state, a fear of losing control. Saturn in easy aspect can show the innate ability to marry intuition and concrete thinking. Easy aspects from Saturn to Pythia have been seen in the charts of those who work with healing addictions. Can point to the ability to bring the abstract into real life form.
Pythia in aspect to Uranus is about extreme inspiration and interpretation. This is a potent combination that often has one able to discern future events. Contacts between this asteroid and Uranus can show the future through dreams and sudden inspiration or "that voice that is screaming inside." An extremely intuitive placement.
Pythia in hard aspect to Neptune can show drugs, alcohol and other numbing agents are often used or desired to achieve an altered state. Can show easy addiction. These two in aspect can point to the natural psychic or the person who requires outside stimulation to feel good at all. Depends on the aspect.
Pythia in aspect to Pluto is not well researched.
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