Asteroid 542, Susanna, was discovered on August 15, 1904 by Paul Götz and August Kopff at Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. It has a period of 4 years, 347 days and is slightly less than 31 miles in diameter.

Susanna was named by Götz after a friend of his in Heidelberg.

Susannah (in the original Hebrew, Shoshana, literally, "lily") is one of the better-known Biblical characters; she appears in the Old Testament's Book of Daniel. Falsely accused of fornication by two older men whose sexual advances she rejected, she was exonerated and the men executed after Daniel, questioning them separately, determined they were lying when he found their stories didn't match.

Susanna And The Elders, (ca. 1590) by Italian artist Annibale Carracci (1560-1609)

Astrologically, Susanna seems to indicate how one deals with rejection; "sour grapes"; defamation, false accusations, badmouthing; to covet; lust; trouble.

Candy Barr (born Juanita Slusher),a famed Texas exotic dancer of the 1950s, has Susanna in the first house, semisextile Cruithne (branded, to make a name for oneself), undecimal Hidalgo (to push forward), sextile Uranus (rebellion, excitement), tredecile Venus (beauty, art) and trine Jupiter (the law).

Clarence Brandley (born September 24, 1951 in Conroe, Texas) is an African-American who spent years on Texas' death row for a rape-murder he didn't commit while some of the people of Conroe reacted to efforts to clear his name with anger and efforts to intimidate those working on his behalf. Brandley has Susanna square Chiron (a stumbling block) and Phaethon (out of control), trine Pholus (dictatorial and foolish) and opposite Chaos (activism).

William Burroughs, whose novel Naked Lunch was the last novel to be banned for obscenity in the US, had Susanna undecimal Chiron (the key, the door-opener, a stumbling block), trine Saturn (the rules, conservatism), quincunx Ixion (inventive), quindecile Neptune (imagination), and parallel Mercury (writing).

Nicola Sacco, who along with Bartolomeo Vanzetti, another Italian-American anarchist from Boston, was executed for trumped-up murder charges in a celebrated case from the 1920s, had Susanna semisextile Ixion, decile Neptune (scandal, treachery, deception), sextile Saturn, tredecile Venus (values) and Uranus (anarchism, eccentricity, rejection), and trine Jupiter.

Bartolomeo Vanzetti had Susanna sextile Chaos (activism) and trine Asbolus (something to say) and Pholus (courage before power, need to show respect).

Comedian and First Amendment martyr Lenny Bruce, who was persecuted because of the profanity in his act, had Susanna in the eighth house, quindecile Lilith (something people don't want to hear).

Richard Jewell (born December 17, 1962, in Danville, Virginia), a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta whose discovery of a pipe bomb in Centennial Park and efforts to clear the area greatly reduced the bomb's casualties, was thanked for his trouble by being branded the bomber through the bungling of the FBI and the media; this perception persists among some people even after Jewell's exoneration, even after the arrest of Eric Rudolph, believed to be the true bomber. Jewell has Susanna conjunct Pandora (unintended consequences, making a splash, having an impact) and sextile Chariklo (glamorization, need to keep perspective).

Gennifer Flowers, who made a life out of what amounted to stalking Bill Clinton, with whom she had once had an affair and who rejected her, has Susanna in the tenth house of reputation, square Venus and Pluto (persecution, deep-seated problems), biquintile Mars (anger, aggression, sex), quincunx Ixion, and parallel Juno (the anger of the slighted).

The glyph for Susanna is mine and was inspired by the ancient French fleur-de-lis (flower of the lily). It may also suggest someone standing with arms akimbo.

Thanks to Francesco Schiavinotto for introducing me to this asteroid, on which he has done some work.

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