International Space Station

Technically, this symbol is against the letter of the law of the project. The goal is to develop symbols for every named astronomical body, and the International Space Station, being an artificial satellite, is not that. However, it has a very unique status: it is the third brightest object in the night sky, and crosses from horizon to horizon blisteringly fast compared to any planet. To the naked eye, it appears just like any other star, except it was put there not by ancient gods, but by human effort.

The International Space Station is a joint ongoing project between five space agencies (NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, CSA, and ESA) that was first launched in 1998. Since that time, it has been expanded and added to constantly, and has been the temporary home of over 393 astronauts from over 18 countries. It is a symbol of unity, ingenuity, and scientific achievement throughout the world.

The symbol for this artificial satellite of the Earth is a rough depiction of the current shape of the station. The four horizontal lines represent the eight pairs of solar panels that power the station, and the circle in the center represents both the unity and global effort that was put into the construction and operation of the station, and the cupola, which has been a source for awe-inspiring sights for astronauts and the general public alike.

I don't know if the ISS has ever been used by anyone for astrology, but I don't see why it couldn't be (except that its orbital inclination does not put it in the plane of the zodiac, but certainly that's a detail that could be reconciled.) It must be somewhere in the natal charts of people born after November 20, 1998, but since it completes an orbit of the Earth every 92 minutes, you better know your time of birth pretty precisely. I do not pretend to understand or believe in astrology, but I could propose that the position of the ISS represents technology's role in one's life, or how one prepares for and deals with the distant future. Or since the faster-moving inner planets correspond to day-to-day life, maybe the ISS informs astrologers about our moment-to-moment lives. If there are any astrologers out there who have considered the role of the ISS in astrology, reach out to me, I'm curious.


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