Isis, asteroid 42 (the 42nd asteroid to be discovered, on May 23, 1856), is approximately 94 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 3.8 years. It was named after a major Egyptian goddess. Initially a divinity of fertility, in later mystery religions Isis became a goddess of wisdom. Her chief myth concerns the dismemberment of her husband Osiris, whom she reconstructed. According to Martha Lang-Wescott, Isis may represent sibling relationships, efforts to get or put things or people "together," fragmentation or scattered locations. This asteroid's key word is "collate." According to J. Lee Lehman, Isis, as well as the asteroid Osiris, indicates "something about the
A detail of Isis on a giant statue of Ramses II in the temple at Luxor, Egypt. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library.
masculine-feminine or left-brain-right-brain balance of a person." For people in whose charts either of these asteroids is prominent, androgyny will be an issue. Jacob Schwartz gives Isis's influence as "fragmentation vs. wholeness; sibling issues."
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