Mythic Signatures I

December 20, 2008

The Egyptian Named Asteroids Siwa and Amun


A chance encounter with a woman who stopped by the house of a friend I was visiting developed into another amazing asteroid story.  She was excited about her imminent trip to Egypt. Her destination was a return to the Oasis of Siwa in the Western desert, the site of an ancient oracular temple of the Egyptian god Amun. I have long been interested in the Oracle of Siwa, in connection with both my business Ancient Oracle Tours ( and with tales of Alexander the Great. Alexander consulted the oracle in 331 BCE and received a prophecy that he was indeed the divine son of the god Zeus Amun; legitimizing his claim as pharaoh of Egypt.


Joanne related that upon her first visit to this desert oasis town, she was overcome with tremors, chills, feelings of exhilaration and great expectation. She was now returning for an extended stay and planned to set up shop as a clairvoyant, giving readings for the tourists. There exist asteroids named Siwa and Amun, and I was of course curious to see where they placed in her chart.


There are thousands of asteroids named after mythic deities and geographical locations from many cultures and continents. So, I use a narrow orb and look to connections with the major planets and angles in the chart for deeming something as significant.


The asteroid Siwa did not make any close aspects, but it was located at 1-degree Cancer in the second house of livelihood. Her stay coincided with the duration of the transit of Pluto opposing the degree of asteroid Siwa. This in itself was a synchronistic curiosity, but there needed to be more to make me excited. And there was! The asteroid Amun, also occupying the sign Cancer was opposite her Moon to the exact degree. Amun, a local god of Thebes whose name expresses the mysterious aspects of the divinity grew from a local god of Thebes to become the most important god of the New Kingdom, and later yet he became conflated with the Greek Zeus as Zeus Amun. Legend has that the Phoenicians stole two of Amun’s priestesses from his temple in Thebes, and sold one to Libya and one to Greece. The priestesses, sometimes called doves, founded the Amun’s oracles at Siwa in Egypt and Zeus’ oracle at Dodona in Greece.


The placement of Joanne’s asteroid Amun in the sign Cancer and so closely configured to her Moon suggests that she has an archetypal connection to the historical lineage of oracular priestesses of Amun. Her call to activate that connection at the ancient site of the temple at Siwa is timed by the Pluto transit to asteroid Siwa. In addition, the asteroids Isis and Nepthys, the two great goddesses of the Egyptian pantheon, are conjunct the Ascendant Descendant axis respectively within a 2-degree orb, further pointing to her destiny with Egypt.


I have been looking at asteroids for 35 years and repeatedly seen that when an asteroid is significant in the skies at the time of a person’s birth, the story of that god or goddess becomes a shaping and guiding influence in the life. Next blog, we’ll ask how can this be the case? What do you think?


Demetra George,



Amun (Ammon in Greek)


Amun originally was a local god of Thebes, associated with air, fertility, and prophecy whose name means the ‘hidden one,’ expressing the unknown and mysterious aspects of the divinity. He was the god of the Theban kings who drove out the Hyksos, and thus he became the most important god in the empire of the New Kingdom which had reunited Egypt. His priests held enormous power, and they added the name of the great sun god Re to Amen and depicted him with a ram’s head. Amen was the only god to have had divine women worshippers who were considered to be his earthly spouses. Legend has that the Phoenicians stole two of his priestesses from Amen’s temple in Thebes, and sold one to Libya and one to Greece. The priestess, sometimes called doves, founded the oracles at Siwa and at Dodona. The most famous oracles of Egypt were those of Amun’s at Thebes and at Siwa.