The Astronomy and Astrology of Ixion

Nick Anthony Fiorenza


Ixion was originally discovered on May 22, 2001, by a group of American astronomers lead by Robert L. Millis of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. (M. Buie (Lowell), E. Chiang (IAS), J. Elliot (MIT), S. Kern (MIT), D. Trilling (U. Penn.), R. M. Wagner (LBT Obs.), L. H. Wasserman (Lowell)]. It was the brightest of the Kuiper objects discovered as of 2001. Ixion has an approximate diameter of about ~850 -220/+260 kilometers. Ixion is near the size of Ceres. Ixion's orbital period is 250 years and it has a 19.58° orbital inclination.

The orbit of Ixion

Ixion, in Greek mythology, was a descendent of (the firey god) Ares and was king of the Lapiths (a race) in Thessaly (late 14th Century B.C. ). Ixion deliberately renigged on his agreement to pay King Eioneus of Thrace for his daughter, the princess Dia's hand in marriage. In lieu of payment, Eioneus stole Ixion's mares. Ixion, in his rage and retaliation, plotted against his father-in-law, King Eioneus, inviting him to a feast at Larissa and killing him by pushing him into a pit of burning coals. From this, it is said that Ixion was the first human to shed kindred blood. Ixion was then exiled for his deed.

Thrace (Balkan Peninsula)evolved into a nation with a powerful military and an advanced governmental system led by King Rhesus, son of King Eioneus, which fought with the Trojans. Due to the rich mineral deposits in Balkan mountains, the Thracians were responsible for trade's transition from barter into coin-based commercialism.

Zeus later invits exiled Ixion to Olympus as his guest, but with Ixion only to pursue Hera, the wife of his host. To deliberately deceive and divert Ixion, Zeus disguised a cloud to look like Hera (or the cloud-goddess Nephele / Greek: nephos means "cloud"), leaving Ixion, in his delusion, to have intercourse with the nephos instead. Centaurus was the result of this delusory union. Centaurus later mated with the mares of Mt. Pelion creating the race of the Centaurs, excluding Chiron.) And from Pindar's Pythian Odes: In punishment, Zeus then bound Ixion to a winged, flailing or flaming spinning wheel upon which Ixion was forced to continuously repent: "show gratitude to your benefactor." I take this to mean bound to the zodiakal karmic wheel of reincarnational life.

I find the theme here diverse, with twists of deceit, delusion, and karmic retribution: First it is one of uncontrolled righteous rage carried from a long standing warring and arrogant time-stream of consciousness (Ixion being a descendent of Ares). It is of deliberate deception and retaliation between two authoritarian figures (King Ixion of the Lapiths verses King Eioneus of Thrace). It has an element of causing death through fire; and also an element of the feminine principle (princess Dia) being treated as property, owned and stolen. It reveals a long drawn-out karmic scenario: Ixion takes Eioneus' daughter Dia and then deceives and kills Eioneus with the karmic payback provided by Zeus after Ixion once again demonstrates his deliberately deceptive intent. But this time Ixion is lost in his own deception to pursue only an illusory image of Hera.

It is also interesting to note that the Lapiths are kindred with the Centaurs through Ixion's genealogy, yet the two were often at battle with one another. The most famous account being the battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs at the wedding feast of Pirithous (the Centauromachy.). So here again is the underlying theme of a battle with those of kindred blood. More specifically this may indicate a battle within the genealogical stream of the ruling "civilized" mortal ways (of the Lapiths) with the wild or natural ways (of the Centaurs).

In this light, the Lapith-Centaur relationship is suggested by some to embody themes of this inner struggle—between the tamed and civilized verses the wild and natural (Wikipedia; et, al.). Thus, Ixion may bring to surface issues and experiences reflecting this inner conflict—to do that which is considered civilized (dictated by man's laws) or that which is more natural to the wild and free (renegade). In either case the paradox may arise for the civilized patriarch, now quite at odds with the wilder natural world, to take responsibility for doing that which is natural (whether for good or bad) especially when matters of fatality are involved.

We can certainly see this theme quite prominent in the medical community: the allopathic verses the naturopathic; prolonging life through artificial means despite the lost of the quality of life, verses letting things take their natural course and using natural cures. This theme is quite fitting to Ixion's discovery in and current passage through Ophiuchus in sidereal Scorpio.

Ixion's Discovery at the Head of the Scorpion

Ixion was discovered in sidereal Scorpio, on the left foot of Ophiuchus and over the head of the Scorpion, conjoining Dschuba of Scorpio. The discovery of Ixion while conjoining Dschuba is significant in revealing the nature of Ixion's arrival into our lives. Dschuba's theme is taking responsibility for one's life scenario rather than perpetuating entrapment on the karmic wheel as if victim to a self-created history of deception—perhaps a lesson of Ixion in astrology. More direct is the theme of deceit and attempted annihilation between authoritarian figureheads—whether in the world or within—and let us not forget the attempted control and ownership of females.

Ixion in Summary

Ixion was discovered in May of 2001. As a newly discovered planet, Ixion’s astrological role is exploratory. Ixion was discovered in May of 2001. Ixion seems to be related to conflict amongst leaders; more specifically about those in authoritarian positions being brought to justice for deeds involving the suppression and manipulation of people, especially women, as well as the tyrannical destruction of people for one’s own end. Ixion may also be prominent in malicious and deceptive power-plays between authoritarian figureheads, drawn out in long karmic-based scenarios. (Bush Senior and Sadam Husain is an example.)

I do see this theme in what I suspect was a karmic scenario that had to play out between the U.S. presidents Bush and Saddam Hussein—as I allude to in the related article below (Historical Timeline...). More research about Ixion's role in their lives may be quite fruitful should anyone be motivated.

Ixion may include issues of trust and betrayal, where miss-deeds are forgiven, but which occur again, perhaps in vicious cycle, much like a woman who forgives an abusive husband only to be abused again the following day. It may also express as lust and desire for wealth and power, or draw situations involving wealth and power where one must confront issues of morality. Ixion in the natal astrological chart can indicate were we must own up for our deeds. Ixion brings to our awareness any internal conflict regarding the nature of our actions and if they reflect the type of person we really want to be. Ixion raises issue about our morals, are we presenting one persona to the world while our our less-than ideal actions are demonstrating something else entirely, something other than what we know we should ideally demonstrate.

Keep in mind, Ixion's role is just beginning to be explored in the astrological community. Myth and astrological placements at the time of discovery only lend insight into the true nature of a newly discovered planet or asteroid. Only time-tested research will reveal Ixion's true astrological influence.

Related Articles:

The Synodic Cycles of Pluto, Ixion & Quaoar

A Historical Timeline & Astrological Exploration 1982 - 2020

Additional References about Ixion:

Zane Stein on Ixion

Mark Andrew Holmes on Ixion