Asteroids in Astrology represent highly specific principles and influences, in contrast to the planets, which are associated with a broad range of attributes and personality traits in the astrology chart.
The “big four”, Juno, Pallas, Ceres and Vesta, are wife, daughter and sisters of god Jupiter. Much of the feminine mystique had been left out of traditional astrology (aside from Venus and the Moon). Asteroids have added some feminine characteristics back into the astrological mix.
Chiron, a centaur in Greek mythology, was known as a great healer and is the most significant of the “centaur” asteroids. In reality, it is a comet nucleus that was discovered in 1977. Also known as the “Planet of Healing”, Chiron deals with all aspects of health and disease and how they affect our spiritual path.
“Wounded” Chiron, despite his great skills, was never able to heal himself. He symbolizes everyone who finds strength through their weakness. Everyone is wounded in some manner. Whatever these wounds are, Chiron influences us to overcome our condition and go on.
Like Chiron, we may find that in healing others we gain insight and knowledge in ourselves. Chiron has an unusual orbit, rather like Pluto. Many astrologers think of Chiron as a “mediator” between Uranus and Saturn.
Chiron gives wisdom and patience as well as mastery over the darkness of our souls. Wounds may be considered gifts when looked at from a different angle. They give us character, lessons in life and perseverance.
Ceres was the first to be discovered in the asteroid belt, and is for many at least as important as Pluto in astrological charts, since both are now classified as “dwarf planets”.
Ceres was the sister of Zeus (Jupiter), and is the quintessential Earth Mother that rules over food, cooking and nutrition. Wherever she appears in your chart, she shows how best you feel nurtured. This is also the area where you can easily provide love and comfort.
She influences mothering, hard work, parenting and gardening, and she shows how well we “go with the flow” in the universal sense. This is the unification of both giving and receiving through ourselves as an exchange of energy.
She is associated with fertility, the uterus and stomach. On her negative side, she influences grief, work problems, eating disorders, custody issues and kidnapping. She may influence low self esteem, fear of abundance, feelings of abandonment or unworthiness, over-attachment, possessiveness, parent-child complexes and barrenness.
Pallas Athena was the second asteroid discovered. Named after Jupiter’s daughter, Pallas Athena is intelligent and cerebral. She is the weaver of patterns, linking ideas together.
She is strategic command in both the warrior and the peaceful general. Cities are her domain. She has an interconnection with Libra because of her focus on ideas. Like Libra, she can see both sides. She is creative and artistic. She is a survivor.
She expects everyone to claim their personal power. Where her influence falls is where you will find talents in the following areas.
Jupiter’s daughter carries influence over many things, such as the immune system, and kidneys, the arts, the father/daughter relationship, intuition, justice, wisdom, defense and horses.
As “daddy’s little girl”, Pallas Athena helps determine your relationship with your father, and in turn how you treat all males in general. On her negative side, Pallas Athena touches on conflict, legal battles, injustice, and illnesses due to a weakened immune system.
Juno was the third asteroid to be discovered. Juno is the wife of Jupiter. She has some similarities to Venus, but while Venus sparks that initial attraction, Juno makes the commitment. She sings of soul mates.
As she moves through the sky, the face of relationships change, but she still stands for commitment of one kind or another. Where you find Juno in your chart is where you may meet someone that you will remain with for a long relationship.
She covers marriage, fashion and beauty. She is the patron of relationships and true love. Diplomacy is part of her sphere. She has influence with the weather, flowers, fairness and female genitalia. She also deals with Jupiter’s many infidelities, and thus has influence over the negative issues of spouse abuse, powerlessness, women’s rights (both positive and negative), rage, inferiority complexes and unfairness. She may also affect issues of denial, betrayal, inequality and of course bitterness.
Vesta is the second largest asteroid in our solar system and the fourth to be discovered. Sister of Jupiter, the virgin goddess Vesta is the keeper of the hearth. She is devoted attention, focus and dedication. She is mental clarity and self-respect.
Vesta brings out your purest potential and essence into being. Vesta is organized and perfect. She has a talent for breaking things down into its components. She rules the metabolism and the upper intestine. She guards locks and keys, sisters, security, investments, insurance, and inheritance.
She is the epitome of home and family, ritual, chastity, sexuality and devotion. Her negative aspects include insecurity, lack of focus, promiscuity, segregation, secret societies and family troubles. There may be a fear of sex or intimacy, as well as an invalidation of self. Denial can be a big aspect when she is negative.
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