The Muses in Greek mythology are the goddesses who inspire the creation of literature and the arts. Originally said to be three in number, by the Classical times of the 400s BC, their number had grown and become set at nine goddesses who embody the arts and inspire the creation process with their graces through remembered and improvised song and stage, writing, traditional music, and dance. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, they were daughters of Zeus, the second generation king of the gods, and the offspring of Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. The nine Muses are: Calliope (the ‘beautiful of speech’), Clio (the ‘glorious one’), Erato (the ‘amorous one’), Euterpe (the ‘well-pleasing’), Melpomene (the ‘chanting one’), Polyhymnia (the ‘[singer] of many hymns’), Terpsichore (the ‘[one who] delights in dance’), Thalia (the ‘blossoming one’) and Urania (the ‘celestial one’).
Urania is the muse of astronomy and astrology. She is usually depicted as having a globe in her left hand. She is able to foretell the future by the arrangement of the stars. She is dressed in a cloak embroidered with stars and keeps her eyes and attention focused on the Heavens. Those who are most concerned with philosophy and the heavens are dearest to her.
The asteroid Urania (discovered 1854) is named after this muse.
Martha Lang-Wescott analysis
“While Urania shows involvement with astronomy, astrology, mathematics or any kind of theoretical, abstract or symbolic knowledge, it is also the ability to extrapolate principles and relevant data from a mass of facts; it is the talent for seeing the forest for the trees.[…] the retrograde Urania has difficulty extracting the essence, meaning or significance of experience from the mass of detail or the distraction of minutiae. There is a problem with seeing the trend, drawing conclusions or picking out a principle.[…] Look to Urania too for intellectual defenses and aptitudes, for a tendency to "overthink" or to use logic and rationality as a way of dealing with the complications or unpleasantness of aspecting points.[…] In its ability to extrapolate meaning from principles, symbols (including language) and theory, Urania addresses the ability to rationalize and conceptualize; it is the capacity to "comprehend" – to find the meaning or/and logic in experience."
Mechanics of the Future – Asteroids, 1988
The mythological muse seems to have the same main feature with the asteroid Urania – astronomy, astrology involvement! This is interesting and confusing… How is this possible? To name an asteroid after a goddesses and the asteroid to manifest the characteristics of that goddesses? Strange… But, we have the analysis of M. Lang-Wescott who adds more to the mythological lore: Urania helps in understanding life, principles, the reasons behind an event, it is a rational planet. It seems to have something in common with Jupiter – to understand the principles, but also with Mercury or Uranus with this (I would say "cold") rational, logic approach.
Now, let’s see if we can understand more clear this asteroid using practical astrology examples!
TESTIMONY NO. 1
Aspect: Urania conjunction Venus (from -0,3 to +2,15)
M. Lang-Wescott analysis: such things as "a love of astrology" will be evident; sharing of knowledge; issues around the cost or worth of astrology; intelligence will figure into assessments of equality, attraction and relationship.
Events: During that period the subject read some astrology texts which had a big influence on his view. He liked what he read, everything it seemed very clear and helped it to explain some old questions.
Conclusion: It was about astrology (Urania), it was a pleasure (Venus) and it was about principles (Urania)! Because an important part was some general theories and ideas. 9/10 for the likeness between "what is said about Urania" and what happened!
TESTIMONY NO. 2