Minor Asteroids Part II: What's in a Name? Personal Name Asteroids and their Function in our Charts: A Look at Asteroid Dinah (#17472)
Continuing the exploration of minor planetary bodies in our charts here is part two of this mini series on minor asteroids.
I was thrilled to find out that I had a namesake in the heavens. Asteroid #17472 aka Dinah is the closest approximation I have to my very own planetary deity. Dinah is simply an Anglicization of the Hebrew name Dina and both come from the same root.
Names, words and sound hold a lot of power. In many ancient cultures sound was considered the cosmic power responsible for creating the universe. In Vedic spiritual science, God first created sound and from these sound frequencies came the phenomenal world.
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According to Vedic Philosophy when we have the urge to speak, our life force in the form of Vaayu (the element of air/wind) is activated at the root chakra. Vaayu brings Paraa (subtle sound) up to the navel chakra as Pasyanti and then to the heart chakra as Madhyamaa. It then comes to the throat, mouth, teeth and tongue as Vaikhari and comes out as speech / sound at the gross level. Just as a Samkalpa (a pure thought) has to pass through several stages before it actually manifests as a concrete creative force, so Sabda (sound) also has to pass through several stages before it is finally audible at the gross level. These stages are termed Paraa, Pasyanti, Madhyamaa and Vaikhari. Each level of sound corresponds to a different level of existence. Our experience of sound depends upon the refinement of our consciousness.
Our names hold immense vibrational power and meaning and in some spiritual schools it is suggested that part of our soul purpose is to embody the divine meaning of our name.
This is true for all of us, even those who do not have a personal name asteroid in the heavens.
If you do happen to have a personal name asteroid, however, you may make some truly remarkable revelations about your life and your soul mission.
Or uncover a few serendipitous coincidences at the very least...
Dinah, as mentioned earlier, is simply an Anglicized version of the Hebrew name Dina, which means “avenged,” “judged” and “vindicated”, or, “God has judged.”
Dina is a Biblical name –she was the daughter of Jacob and Leah and is mentioned in Genesis 34.
Dina is also a Sanskrit name meaning “daytime.”
Further meanings of Dina, based on its Sanskrit etymology are "day", "time", "date" and "opportunity."
Asteroid Dinah (#17472) was at 5° Sagittarius 29'30" when I was born and is conjunct my natal Mercury at 3° Sagittarius 24'41".
Mercury rules language, communication and nomenclature –that is, the act of naming things.
He is the god of borders, speech, interfaces and transactions so it is hardly surprising that my personal name asteroid conjuncts the planet of speech and words because every time someone speaks (Mercury) my name (Dina) they are partaking of Mercury’s realm.
He is the god of labeling and categorization and my name categorizes me as being “me” as separate and unique to “you.” Mercury’s function as the god of oral transactions fits my natal Dinah with hand-in-glove tailoring.
It is said that, because we are all one, that words act as instruments of separation. According to Nietzsche, language is lacking in truth because words are merely imperfect metaphors for a unique stimulus.
This means that our names are given to us in an attempt to carve out and give birth to our unique identities. They differentiate us from the primordial soup of oneness and help embody the meaning and purpose of our lives. Mercury is a planet that, like the Sun and Mars, embodies the “yin”, masculine principle and helps lift us out of universal oneness where everything is unborn and unformed and helps birth us into solar consciousness and uniqueness.
If you visit www.serrenu.com you can find out if you, too, have a celestial doppelganger that can help you uncover clues about your life. The nature of the sign that it is in and the other planets it touches can help to uncover more meaning about the purpose of your current incarnation. Or it may simply reveal to you a random celestial coincidence as with my Mercury-Dinah conjunction in Sagittarius.
The Name Dina in Popular Culture
Dina was the name of the killer in R.L Stine’s teenage horror book Halloween Night (anyone who was a teenager in the ‘90s will remember the phenomena that was Goosebumps, Fear Street and Point Horror...). It was also the name of the protagonist in Anita Diamant’s bestselling book The Red Tent, the name of the heroine in Herbjørg Wassmo’s novel Dina’s Book (which was later adapted for the screen in 2002 and named I Am Dina). Beyoncé plays Deena Jones in the 2006 movie Dreamgirls and in the famous TV show Friends, Joey’s youngest sister is called Dina (“The One with Monica’s Boots” Season 8, Episode 10). It is also the name of the American porn star Dina Meyer, Lebanese singer Dina Hayek, British runner Dina Asher-Smith, American socialite Dina Merrill and Scottish-American singer Dina Carroll.
In my next installment on Asteroid Dinah, I will look at the Bible character in detail and see how her life story illuminates her astrological function and what this might mean your chart.
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