Orcus - Protector of oaths
Astrologically Orcus represents the awareness and awakening to our own life purpose and soul oath. Orcus belongs to the “Plutonian Bodies” and is in relationship with Neptune as well. There are the themes of greater evolutionary cycles, awareness and consciousness. Orcus is “silent” – Pluto is “loud”. Orcus, the inner knowing and realization and living those realizations – integrity and authenticity for the greater good of oneself and therefore also for the greater good of All.
Mythology: Orcus (Latin: Orcus) was a god of the underworld, punisher of broken oaths in Italic and Roman mythology. As with Hades, the name of the god was also used for the underworld itself. In the later tradition, he was conflated with Dis Pater. Orcus was portrayed in paintings in Etruscan tombs as a hairy, bearded giant. A temple to Orcus may have existed on the Palatine Hill in Rome. It is likely that he was transliterated from the Greek daemon Horkos, the personification of Oaths and a son of Eris.
Some Astronomy: Orcus is a Kuiper belt object with a large moon called Vanth. It was discovered on February 17, 2004 by Michael Brown of Caltech, Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory and David Rabinowitz of Yale University. With a diameter of 910 km (570 mi), it is a possible dwarf planet. Orcus orbits the Sun at a distance of 30.27 AU (4.53 billion km) at perihelion and 48.07 AU (7.19 billion km) at aphelion. Orcus orbit 247.29 years and Pluto 248.02 years and so both are in a 3 to 2 orbital resonance with Neptune (163.72 years). Orcus is just a little smaller than Pluto. Orcus, Pluto and Neptune form a beautiful orbital pattern. (Ref. Wikipedia)
Orcus' mouth at the Garden of Monsters near Bomarzo Italy.
Picture by Alessio Domato