There exists a term in our language that means a word that doesn't exist in our language: a semantic gap. In fact, "semantic gap" is itself a semantic gap, because there is not a word for it. There is a similar concept at play in this symbology.

These are some proposed name-symbol pairs that I came up with in the course of this project. Many of them came from symbolic gaps in the minor planet namespace, or neat ideas for symbols I had, or just things that I think would make good asteroid names. Any minor planet observers out there, do take note and feel free to use these.

For proposals made by others, see the 101955 naming contest.


A mystical word in Gnosticism, referring perhaps to a god or divine principle. The etymology is speculative; the word comes from perhaps Egypt, perhaps numerology. This figure connects to both Greco-Roman magic traditions, and early Judeo-Christian philosophy.

Despite it's many interpretations, its symbolic form is clear: a humanoid figure with two snake legs and a chicken head. A simplified representation of this is the symbol for this proposed name.


The aegis is an interesting artifact from Greek myth. It is described in a myriad of ways, but is usually a large and ornate shield, usually carried by Athena, occasionally by Zeus. It is referred to several times in the Iliad and Odyssey. In some accounts, the aegis was made from the skin of a monstrous titan named Pallas or Aex slain by Athena, or occasionally the skin of the goat Amalthea, sometimes cured by the labor of Hephaestus. It is often shown bearing the severed head of the Medusa. The word has crossed over into the English language as referring to a metaphorical obligation to protect.

The symbol for this proposed name is a large Pallasian square, with a small medusa head on it.



The Greek god of war, counterpart to the Roman god Mars. But it seems that he was not a very popular god of war. He is often contrasted with Athena, he as the hotheaded, savage, violent aspect of war, and she as the logical, tactical strategist. In the Iliad, he was painted as being on the losing side and she on the side of the winners, and this pattern of loss and humiliation repeats through multiple myths. This is a major Olympian god who possible nobody worshipped. Sad and fitting that he doesn't even get a lump of rock named after him.

The symbol for this proposed name is as Mars, but with an asteroidal star in the circle.



This proposed name refers to a part of a fungus, where the spores attach to the cap. The name comes from the 1954 children's science fiction novel "The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet," which refers to a hidden satellite of the Earth. I think if the Earth should ever get a new long-lived satellite, it should have this name.

The symbol for this proposed name is a lunar crescent, rotated so that the points are down, with two long vertical lines below it, like a mushroom cap and stem.


The Roman god and personification of the sky. For consistency's sake, this is what Uranus should have been named, instead of the Latinised form of this god's Greek counterpart. Oh well.

The symbol for this proposed asteroid name is a medium circle and upward arrow, as in the symbol for Uranus, but with the solar dot replaced with an asteroidal star.



Son of Poseidon and Medusa the Gorgon, brother of the Pegasus, both of whom were born from her neck when Perseus beheaded her. He was the king of Iberia and husband of Callirrhoe.

The symbol of this minor planet is as the symbol for Medusa, but with the head vertically bisected, both to reference the circumstances of his birth, and to form a glyph of a sword, as his name translates to "he of the golden sword."


A Titan from Greek myth, father of Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus with Gaia. His Roman counterpart is Saturn.

The symbol for this proposed name is as the symbol for Saturn, with an asteroidal star in the crook of the sickle.


The name of a horse that lived in the early 20th century, itself named after a character from the Brothers Grimm stories. The horse was supposedly trained by German mathematics teacher and strange character Wilhelm von Osten to perform numerical calculations in front of a crowd, and relay the answer by stomping his hoof. Psychologist Oskar Pfungst, however, proved that Clever Hans was reacting to unconscious body language on the part of its question asker — Hans answered correctly most of the time, but only when the question asker knew the answer and Hans could see them. This kind of inadvertent subtle cueing is called the "Clever Hans effect," and the case is a lesson in the importance of double-blind experiments.

The symbol for this proposed name is a depiction of a horse, as in the symbol for Equuleus, with its foreleg bent back at a 90-degree angle and an asteroidal star beneath the leg.


A proposed name for a moon of Saturn.



Son of Oedipus and Jocasta from Greek myth and story, brother of Polynices, each of whom killed the other in battle.

The symbol for this proposed name is a Greek capital letter Epsilon, with the middle bar replaced by two arrows going opposite directions (the upper going right, the lower going left.)



Roman embodiment of the divine phallus. It was used as a token of good luck back in the day. I mainly include it here because I think having an astrological symbol that is a winged dick is a funny idea.

The symbol for this proposed name is a tall inverted U shape, with a short line intersecting at the top, and a curved pair of wings at the bottom. You know, like a winged phallus.


Roman goddess of shrewdness, honesty, fever, and malaria.


Roman deity of purification, and Etruscan deity of wealth and the underworld.



Frodo Baggins the hobbit, a character from J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth legendarium, relative of Bilbo Baggins. He was charged with carrying the One Ring to Mount Doom, which is the subject of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

This symbol represents the culmination of his quest. It is a volcano (truncated mountain with a small spring at the top) with a tiny circle inside.


Greek god of the underworld. Brother and co-ruler of creation of Zeus and Poseidon.

The symbol for this proposed name is as Pluto, but with the tiny circle replaced with an asteroidal star.



The name of the son of Hermes and Aphrodite in Greek myth, who merged with the nymph Salmacis to become a being of two sexes. They are a mythically dimensional figure, symbolizing sex and sexuality, the idealized nature of marriage between a man and a woman, and also through a modern lens representing intersex and transgender people.

The symbol is obvious: Hermes on the left, and Aphrodite on the right.


See Muninn, this bird's partner in crime.


Roman god of intercourse, often associated and co-identified with Pan.


Roman goddess of youth and rejuvenation, and patron of young men.



Roman goddess, wife to Saturn, to whom soldiers sacrifice the weapons of their fallen enemies. Perhaps a goddess of blood, war, and victory.

The symbol for this proposed name is a sword pointing to the upper right, with a large teardrop of blood coming down from the point.



Etruscan underworld god.


A little-known Roman goddess associated with Venus and the myrtle tree. Christians later recast her as a goddess of laziness and sloth.


A tongue-in-check answer to the asteroid 7707 Yes. The general concept of dissent.

The symbol for this propsoed name would be the international prohibition sign: a circle with a diagonal line from top-left to bottom-right.



In Greek myth, Oceanus is one of the Titans, husband of Tethys, and father to the many nymphs known as the Oceanids. He is the god and personification of the sea or river that was said to encircle the entire world, at the boundary between life and afterlife.

The symbol for this proposed name is a large circle, representing the boundary of the world, with a wave crossing at the bottom.


From Greek myth and theatre, a tragic hero who, through the obtuse machinations of prophecy, came to accidentally kill his father and marry his mother. I can understand why this guy never got any astronomical objects named after him, because he is kind of a bummer to think about.

The symbol for this proposed name is a composition of the symbols for male (Mars) and female (Venus), with an arrow crossing the center going to the lower right. This represents how Oedipus' life and destiny crossed against the lives of his parents and the mores of his society and culture.


From Greek myth, a serpent god that predated the Titans.



A satyr-esque figure from Greek myth, tutor of the god Dionysus. His philosophy is depressingly anti-natalist in most depictions.

The symbol for this proposed name is an inverted Eileithyia, representing his opposition to the general concept of birth, with Aries goat/satyr horns on top.



Smaug is a dragon from J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth legendarium, who greedily guards a vast amount of treasure in the mountains of Erebor. When Bilbo stole just a single cup from that tomb, Smaug noticed immediately, so this symbol represents Smaug's hoard by that single cup.



Valentina Tereshkova, a Soviet cosmonaut, the first woman to travel in space.


Roman animistic god, who represented boundary markers. These markers were often used to mark the edges of one's property, and were used as altars to invoke this deity in the name of peace and prosperity.



A blind prophet from Greek myth, Tiresias had a strange habit of popping up in a lot of different stories, usually to foretell doom. In one myth, they were transformed from a man to a woman, and then back again seven years later.

The symbol is an eye with an empty circle in it, representing their blindness and gift of sight, and a pair of snakes pointing in the male and female directions.



A branch of mathematics, related to geometry, which deals with the properties of the angles and proportions of triangles. Because of the Euclidean nature of our day-to-day life, trigonometry ends up being important to more than just triangle enthusiasts.

The symbol for this proposed name is a 3-4-5 triangle, with the side of proportional length 4 on the bottom, and a star by the middle of the hypotenuse. Understanding the integer proportions of this triangle leads to an understanding of the Pythagorean theorem, which is key to trigonometry.



The city of Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. Was once a secret town of the Soviet Union codenamed Krasnoyarsk-26, and went by colloquial names like Soctown, Iron City, the Nine, and Atom Town. This has historically been a site for nuclear research and plutonium production.

The symbol for this proposed name is derived from its really awesome flag of a bear ripping apart an atom. It is Ursa Major with a vertical line coming from the base of the right side, bisecting a tiny circle floating above.


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