Asteroid 167, Urda, was discovered August 28, 1876 by C. H. F. Peters at Clinton, New York. It has a period of 4 years, 299 days, and is about 29 and 4/5 miles in diameter.

Urda was named for one of the three Norns in Norse mythology, Urda (the Past). The other two Norns are Werdandi (the Present) and Skuld (the Future).

Astrologically, Urda seems to indicate the past, or mortmain (the property of the past to influence the present or the future).

Prince Charles has Urda in the sixth house of service, on the Descendant, sextile Juno (marriage) and square the Nodal axis (connections, past influences and the ability to rise above them). His passions are the protection of Britain's architectural heritage and perhaps also opposition to biotechnology; his marriage to Princess Diana was made for cold-bloodedly pragmatic, unromantic pre-20th-century-aristocrat reasons, and failed miserably, as even he had to acknowledge eventually.

Paleontologist Louis Leakey (born August 7, 1903, Kabete, Kenya), whose excavations in Tanzania's Olduvai Gorge resulted in important finds of fossilized hominid remains, had Urda semisquare Mars (physical labor).

Herbert Hoover (born August 10, 1874, in West Branch, Iowa), who coined the term "rugged individualism" and watched the failure of his philosophy after the 1929 stock market crash, had Urda decile Mars (energy, aggression) and square Hidalgo (self-advocacy).

Ronald Reagan has Urda in the third house, decile the Moon (the public) and Chiron (the door-opener), septile the Sun, quintile Uranus (activism), biquintile Jupiter (philosophy), quindecile Juno (marriage, relating, those who consider themselves disenfranchised), and parallel Ceres (nurturance).

Historian William Manchester (born April 1, 1922, in Attleboro, Massachusetts), who coined the term Silent Generation, has Urda quintile Saturn (career, work, rewards), trine Mercury (writing, speaking) and parallel Pluto (unforgettable).

The glyph for Urda is mine.

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