Anahita

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Anahita

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Anahita, asteroid 270 (the 270th asteroid to be discovered, on October 8, 1887), is approximately 52 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 3.3 years. It was named after a goddess of fertility and procreation in Persian mythology who was associated with Mithras. When prominent in a natal chart, Anahita can show an exceptionally productive or “fertile” individual. By sign and house location, it may show an area of great potential that need only be cultivated a little to produce results.

Sources:

Kowal, Charles T. Asteroids: Their Nature and Utilization. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Ellis Horwood Limited, 1988.
Room, Adrian. Dictionary of Astronomical Names. London: Routledge, 1988.
Schwartz, Jacob. Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.
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Plutarch (Artaxerxes, 3) tells us that the reign of Artaxerxes II was inaugurated with a ceremony at "a sanctuary of a warlike goddess whom one might conjecture to be Athene." Boyce (1982: 201-3) identifies this warlike goddess, "the Persian Diana," as the western Iranian goddess Anahiti/Ishtar who, according to Boyce, was assimilated to the Avestan yazata *Harahvaiti, known by her cult-epithets, Aredvi Sura Anahita ("moist, mighty, pure"), as the goddess of the waters.