Asteroids


There are millions of asteroids, and of those discovered and numbered, only 5% have been named.  When Asteroids were first discovered, they were named after mythological goddesses, e.g. Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Astraea. They encompass the more feminine, emotional, and nurturing aspects of your humanity. The majority of known asteroids orbit within the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Below is a brief description of these asteroids, as well as dwarf planet Eris and comet Chiron. Chiron orbits between Saturn and Uranus.  


Astrea:  Is known as the Goddess of Justice.  Pure and innocent, she represents moral values, reasoning and good judgement.  She is associated with Libra and Virgo.  Her location in our natal chart reveals how we weigh our options and choose the best course of action that aligns with our moral values and beliefs.  Astrea in your natal chart may well pair up two planets via a conjunction or sextile for the purpose of teaching us how to balance different aspects of justice i.e. compassion and consequence.


Ceres:  Ceres was the sister of Jupiter (aka Zeus).  The quintessential Earth Mother ruling food, nutrition, gardening, mothering, as well as hard work.  Her location in our chart reveals how we feel most nurtured and where we can give and receive love and comfort.  She is associated with fertility, the uterus and stomach.  She also influences fear of abandonment, neediness, and other parent-child complexities.


Chiron:  Astrologers refer to Chiron as the “wounded healer.”  Chiron was a Centaur and the son of a god, Cronus, making him immortal. His bloodline also gifted him with supernatural powers of healing.  The location of your Chiron points to your deepest wounds and insecurities.  A vulnerable area that you ceaselessly work on improving.  Hence, this is the area that teaches you the most.  You, in turn, can teach and heal others.  Our greatest weakness is our greatest strength.  


Eris:  Eris is the sister of Mars, the feminine side of aggression, the Greek goddess of strife & discord.  She stirs up jealousy and envy to manifest anger and fighting among men.  Full of spite about being excluded from Peleus’ and Thetis' wedding, Eris caused a quarrel among the goddesses that led to the Trojan War.  Eris’ orbit is 558.04 years.  Fittingly, she spends the longest time by far in Aries where she’s been since 1922.  She dips into Taurus June of 2044, and leaves Aries for good in 2048.


Juno:  
Juno is the asteroid of marriage and commitment.  She was the wife of Jupiter (aka Zeus) and was hailed for her unbreakable loyalty to her him. She's responsible for the pairing of soulmates.  She is also the inspiration for the month of June, when weddings traditionally occur. Your Juno will be aligned when you marry.  One of my most frequently-asked questions is, "When will I marry?"  Jupiter trine your N. Node is also a strong indicator of engagement or marriage. 


Pallas:  (aka Pallas Athena) Pallas was Jupiter’s (Zeus’) daughter.  She is intelligent, cerebral and strategic. She weaves together patterns and links ideas.  She is associated with Libra and influences wisdom, justice, defense, the father / daughter relationship as well as the arts, and our immune system.  She is also creative and artistic and influences the arts.  Her placement determines how we interpret our relationship with our father, and how we will treat all males in general.  When not well aligned she is associated with conflict, legal battles, injustice, and illness / weak immune system. 


Vesta:  Vesta is the sister of Jupiter (Zeus). Known as the virgin goddess.  She is the keeper of the hearth. The epitome of home and family, ritual, chastity, sexuality and devotion.  She is perfect, organized, mentally clear, dedicated and self-respecting and reveals our purest potential and essence.  She influences sisters, security, investments, insurance, and inheritance.  When not well aligned she represents insecurity, lack of focus, promiscuity, fear of intimacy, invalidation of self, segregation, secret societies and family problems.