Isis, the name of an important goddess in ancient Egypt, has several different meanings in astrology.
- Isis is the name of a hypothetical planet beyond the orbit of Pluto (which is why the term "Transpluto" is also used). However, this Isis has nothing to do with the numerous discoveries in this region of the solar system. Any Speculations concerning the existence of Isis, for which there are even ephemerides, are untenable from an astronomical point of view.
- Isis is also the name of asteroid number 42, located within the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter.
- The ancient Egyptians represented the goddess Isis astronomically in various ways: as the planet Venus, as the constellation Virgo, and especially as the Fixed Star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major. As Sirius, Isis heralded the beginning of the all-important Nile floods, which were critical to restoring soil fertility to the fields of the Nile Valley. Although Isis was an agricultural goddess this connection, she was also associated with wisdom and the passage of the soul after death.
- Wikipedia: Isis (Mythology)
- Wikipedia: 42 Isis (Astronomy)
- Wikipedia: Planets beyond Neptune (Planet X)
Notes and References
- Wall painting, c. 1360 BCE
- 42 Isis is measuring 100.2 km in diameter and was discovered by N.R. Pogson on May 23, 1856