Astro-Wheel of Life

Hi everyone, I want to introduce the idea of the Astro-Wheel of Life.

Wheel of Live

Recently on a GVA call, we talked about the wheel of life as a coaching/self-help tool for identifying areas that might desire our attention. You can read more about it here --> https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_93.htm

But, I took it a step further though, adapting the Wheel of Life into the horoscope of 12 houses:

Astro-Wheel of LIfe

Create the Astro-Wheel of Live

What you do is, at the start of each house, give it a score of 0 - 10. Zero means you do not engage with the activities of this house in any way, shape or form. Ten means you're rocking it to the moon.

Next, connect the dots to get a map or where you are putting your focus and where you are not.

If the intention is to live a balanced life, or if you find you have personal planets in a house that you don't touch with a ten fool poll, or if there is 'nothing happening' in a house with massive transit activity, you might want to tune in, listen and explore.

Ask, 'What am I resisting?'

We'll talk about activation techniques here so please feel free to share your results.

Here's my example for January 2016. I'm going to go through it again and see if there is a shift, and also do it over a chart with transits!

Astro-Wheel of LIfe

Example of the Astro-Wheel of Live at Work

I'm pretty sure these results can vary according to mood and general vibe, but it's basically the same as January.

Note that Neptune and Chiron by transit aren't getting much of a look-in when it comes to the 7th house. I will say that my biz partnerships are up, but there's a strong 'lone wolf' in me right now that could easily be resistance to Neptune or the illusion of loss.

Astro-Wheel of LIfe example

Soon I'll be signing a book contract, so my plan is to OPEN my heart to the 7th, fearlessly and with compassion. No more hiding! Pisces is where we can 'disappear' which is cool for 12th house activities but I want to find a way to make this work in the 7th.

Thoughts are welcome in the comments.

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Expecting 'Good/Bad' Transits

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Hi everyone,

Jeannette and I recorded a short conversation about expecting Good/Bad Transits.

* What do you do when things don’t unfold the way you thought they would?

* What do expectations and assumptions have to do with it?

* Is attachment helping?

* LOA tips to turn things around.

Your thoughts, questions and comments most welcome.

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Part of Fortune

Part of Fortune

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This is a quick tutorial, but if you spend a little time working it by hand, you’ll have a chance to engage more deeply with what this point represents.

What is the Part of Fortune?

Part of FortuneThe Part of Fortune (not to be confused with asteroid 19 Fortuna) is a point in the chart that indicates a certain kind of well being. Think abundance, richness, happiness and joy. Knowing where this point is in your natal chart can be a key to tapping into your own personal brand of fulfillment. The symbol for the Part of Fortune is the circle with an X (astro.com uses a cross though that is traditionally the symbol for Earth).

A little history: The Arabic parts or lots are points in the chart combining planets and angles. They aren’t really all Arabic, but were compiled in 1029 AD by an Arab, so they copped the tag. Some definitely predate Islamic astrology.

We’re going to focus on the Part of Fortune in this hack, but know there are many Arabic parts from the Part of Action to the Part of Health to the Part of Marriage, Part of Disgrace . . . (oh boy). Choose wisely which of these you focus on as energy follows thought . . .

Important Note: The POF is always the same distance from the Ascendant as the Moon is from the sun. In other words, the POF is symbolic of the Sun/Moon phase. So if you have a New Moon the POF will be in the first, full moon, POF in 7th, first or third quarter, 10th or 4th.

Also note, the point 180 opposite the POF is called the Part of Spirit. You might want to play with that too.

Finding the Part of Fortune

Find Part of FortuneCalculation Via Computer: This is easily done at Astro.com by including it in extended chart selection.

  1. click “My Astro”
  2. click the natal chart you want to view
  3. scroll down to “Extended Chart Selection”
  4. scroll down on the left hand side to “Additional Objects”
  5. choose Part of Fortune
  6. create chart

 

If you want to try it, calculating by hand is a way to connect to the meaning of the POF more literally. Follow this tutorial on Youtube.

Part of Fortune TutorialHomework

Find your Part of Fortune and note what modality, element and house it is in. What planet “rules” the sign your POF is in?
How do you nurture this part of you? Activities of the house? Feeding it by element? Modality? House activity?

Before we start discussing the Part of Fortune, comparing different placements, feel free to watch this short tutorial on the Day/Night Part of Fortune. Those with a nighttime birth will be particularly interested.

As an example of how the POF might function in a chart, look at this natal horoscope above. Before I reveal who it is, list a few things that you imagine would resonate for them. What might really light this person up, or bring them success, abundance, health and joy? We aren’t trying to guess who it is, but, using what we know about the Part of Fortune, what do you think happiness looks like to them?

Example Chart

The chart above belongs to Charles Dickens ...

Not just an amazing storyteller (POF in 3rd), his critical social commentary slammed the class system in Victorian society. He shocked readers (POF conjunct Uranus) out of complacency, revealing the ugly, horrific truths of poverty and injustice. His works are deeply emotional, dark and fearless in the exploration of death, grief and transformation (POF in Scorpio).

He had audacity, speaking out against slavery while touring in the South. He used his celebrity status as a platform for social change, and people listened. His love of debate was evident in Bleak House with its court cases and legal arguments. True to Scrop, when he killed off one of the main, and most sympathetic, characters in the serialized “Old Curiosity Shop” his readers where so shocked, so outraged, he received hundreds of death threats. But they kept reading. His popularity was unprecedented in his time. Any time!

Note, sun in the 5th, in Aquarius, he had 10 children and fought for children’s rights and education.

I think dying with his last novel, one unlike any of the others, half finished, is POF in Scorp in the 3rd’s way of singing off. or flipping us off. He grew more and more critical with age. (Saturn in the 4th?)

Read about his life with his chart in hand. It’s amazing to connect the dots.

Extra Credit

In ancient times, the Part of Fortune represented another kind of house system. Whatever sign the POF was in, that becomes 0 degrees of the Ascendant. In the chart above, the “Fortune” chart would turn the dial clockwise until 0 Scorpio was on the Ascendant. They’d use whole houses, so 0 Sagittarius would be on the 2nd house cusp, 0 Capricorn on the 3rd etc. It would be used to guide prosperity and health.

Try this, for fun, but only if you feel ready to take it further. There’s plenty to discover with the POF by house and sign, in your natal chart! Do what feels good. No stress.

Keep it simple.

Here are some key words to get your started with POF by sign and by house.

Nail that first before you head to aspect and transit land.

Part of Fortune in Aries needs to feel adventurous, questing, challenging, leading and winning.
Part of Fortune in Taurus needs to feel sensual, practical in natural ways with tangible results.
Part of Fortune in Gemini needs to feel intellectual, communicative, teaching and learning.
Part of Fortune in Cancer needs to feel needed, nurturing, protective and comforting.
Part of Fortune in Leo needs to feel special, honored, creative and flamboyant.
Part of Fortune in Virgo needs to feel discerning, articulate, detailed and analyzing.
Part of Fortune in Libra needs to feel fair, balanced, beautiful and harmonizing.
Part of Fortune in Scorpio needs to feel intense, deeply entrenched, powerful and in control.
Part of Fortune in Sagittarius needs to feel expansive, exploratory, meaningful and energized.
Part of Fortune in Capricorn needs to feel ambitious, productive, achieving and recognized.
Part of Fortune in Aquarius needs to feel detached, knowledgeable, humanitarian and free.
Part of Fortune in Pisces needs to feel merged, understood, compassionate and connected.

1st house – Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life
2nd house – $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind
3rd house – Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting
4th house – Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground
5th house – Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance
6th house – Health, pets, daily routine, magic
7th house – Socially significant relationships, contracts
8th house – Sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust
9th house – New horizons, travel, beliefs, edu, WWW
10th house – Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house – Friends, goals for the future, groups
12th house – Unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative state

Let's share in the comments your thoughts and ideas.

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Chiron as Personal Coach

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Hi Everyone, let's talk about Chiron.

I want to pop some myths on this astrological body, and hopefully show you the deeper meaning of Chrion, so let's get started.

There's no other asteroid identified solely with one, teeny-tiny, aspect of its mythology than Chrion. You all know it. The wound. It's like being remembered for that one thing you did in high school after 3rd period, even when you're a mid-life rocking it entrepreneur or climbing Mt Everest. Today I invite you to take a more holistic view of Chiron and what he represents. I promise, it's not always about the damn wound!

Chiron Astronomy

glyphchironChiron is a maverick ‘planetoid’ orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. As an astronomical body, he's hard to pin down. Discovered in 1977, Chiron was first labelled asteroid 2060 but later, after brightening by 75% and growing a tail, he was designated a comet.  His size is large, his orbit eccentric and he is not alone. There are more and more ‘Centaurs’ being discovered with much the same quirks ( Pholus, Nessus and Asbolus, for example). Chiron now holds the title of 'Planetoid' or dwarf planet, along with Ceres, Pluto and Eris.

Chiron Mythology

It's true. In myth, Chiron had troubles right from birth. His father was Saturn who seduced his mother Philyra. Unfortunately, the seduction was cut short when the lovers were caught by Saturn’s wife. To get away, the king of the Titans turned himself into a horse and ran, but the resultant child was Chiron—a centaur with the body of a horse and the torso of a human.

His mother Philyra took one look at the horse/child and freaked. She begged the gods take him, which they did after turning her into a lemon tree. (there is always a price) Rejected by his mother, ignored by his father and outcast of mortals and centaurs alike, Chiron turned to knowledge and wisdom for comfort.

As a result, he became one of the greatest thinkers and healers of his time. He taught the likes of Achilles, Actaeon and Jason, training them to be ultimate heroes. He was expert in herb lore, astrology and what today would be considered 'martial arts' or the art of war, battle and hand-to-hand. (Chiro is the Latin root word for Hand - think chiropractics!) He created the first gymnasium and was not without love. Chiron married Chariclo, who bore him three daughters, Endeis, Melanippe and Ocyrrohe, who inherited the gift of prophesy.

One small aspect of his mythos is, indeed, the wounding. He was accidentally stabbed by an arrow dipped in the blood of the Hydra (Hercules had perhaps been drinking?). It meant instant death, but because Chiron was immortal, he could not die. So began the well publicized suffering, which lasted until he was allowed to exchange places with Prometheus in the underworld (minus the chains and hungry eagle). It worked out well for all concerned.

Chiron Astrology

Astrologically, when you look at Chrion in your chart, and by transit, I invite you to consider the whole story. Play with the meaning of the archetype: the personal trainer, the life coach, the cheering section and the wise old man, the astrologer, the Zen master, the martial artist (Bruce Lee with his Chiron conjunct Pluto in Leo in the 8th). And yes, the archetype of the wounded healer may have a role too, in making us whole, strong and released from our perspective of suffering.

Chiron is 'the spirit of culture' who passes his knowledge on through the arts of healing, philosophy, astrology, music, martial arts and storytelling. He also symbolizes extreme sports, body building, strength and fitness.

As the brilliant astrologer and journalist, Dennis Elwell says, Chiron instills in us the audacity to attempt!

That's a 180 from suffering victim that I invite you to experience.

To understand Chiron in your own chart, and by transit, first you must 'see' who he is to you. Where you find him in your natal chart is where your personal trainer resides. It's where you can overcome any victim MO and find the audacity to carpe diem, seize the day.

By transit, think of Chiron showing up on your doorstep, asking hard questions about what you have done so far with your life, your strength, your mind, your body, your brilliance.

Homework

Task one: Find Chiron in your natal chart and put together a few sentence story about this body by sign, house and aspect. Example: I have Chiron in Capricorn in the 5th house and trine the Sun. I find my greatest cheering section (Chiron) when I take responsibility for my own well being (Capricorn) and express my creative dreams (5th) through my life goals (Sun). OR I get over myself (Chiron tough love) when I become self sufficient (Capricorn) and stop trying to get lovers (5th house) to fulfill my dreams (Sun).

Task two: Find where Chrion is transiting (in 2016 he is between 20 and 24 Pisces - use this online ephemeris to pin it down to exact. What part of your chart (house? planets? Angles) has hired Chiron as a personal trainer/mentor? This is where you show up! Get fit!

Chiron Return

For anyone coming up on their Chrion Return this year (where your natal Chiron is between 20 and 24 degrees of Pisces), CELEBRATE! Dare to be different. Allow for that audacity because if you do, it will change your life in magnificent ways. Example - on my Chiron return I left a secure but boring day job to return to university (with almost no income and no guarantees). The process boosted my confidence and gave me an edge that turned a creative dream of being a novelist into an ongoing reality. I was scared at first. Confronted. Way outside my comfort zone . . . and I bless Chrion every day for giving me that audacity to attempt!

Questions? Comments? What have you discovered?

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Chart Patterns

Hi Everyone, today we’re looking at Chart Patterns, a cool and interesting way to understand the meaning behind how your planets are grouped in your chart.

What are Chart Patterns

They are seven arrangements or patterns the planets form within the circle. We call them bundle, bowl, seesaw, bucket, splash, locomotive and splay.

Marc Edmund Jones first described these patterns in the 40s, associating them with distinct personality types (in natal charts) and prognostic indicators (in transit, progressed, returns or horary charts). Let’s stick with natal charts for now and play with this a little.

What to Count

Only the ten planets are considered in determining the chart pattern. Leave out the Nodes, POF, asteroids, trans-Pluto etc. to get to the core pattern. If you add too many elements, everyone becomes a Splash!

chart patternsSeesaw - This is when the planets occupy two opposing areas of the chart. Focus is on binary opposites requiring objectivity, awareness and balance.

Bowl - Highly focused, here planets are all within 180 degrees. Self contained and strong core values. Focus on the activated hemisphere.

Bucket - Like a bowl pattern with one planet in the opposite arc--the 'handle to the bucket. A strong focus with much energy pivoting around the singleton planet.

Splash - Shows planets evenly distributed around the chart - scattered interests, diversity, flexibility and wide range of interests.

Bundle - This pattern has planets all within 120 degrees. Focused interest in the houses occupied. Intense, determined, relentless.

Locomotive - Here planets occupy 240 degrees of the chart, the remaining 120 is empty. Emphasis is on the first and last planet to rise. Much drive, energy and enthusiasm.

Splay - The planets create three points of emphasis - highly individual, grounded and confident. Focus on occupied houses. If grand trine, the element dominates.

Examples of Chart Patterns

For the discussion, look at your chart, discover the pattern and think about what it might mean to the focus you have you in your life. What lights you up, how you approach your aims and goals, what has the most importance?

The Bucket

willsmitham chart patternLet’s look at a few different chart patterns and what they might say about the personality type. Will Smith, with a BUCKET chart pattern, is a great example of a person of intense focus. He came from ‘nothing’, built his life from the ground up, and has a work ethic that would impress Saturn. Clearly it does impress Saturn! Check out some of his core value statements:

I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived. – Will Smith

I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.  -Will Smith

Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.  Will Smith

Can you see from his Chart Pattern ONLY why he might have this level of focus and determination?

Check the “handle” of the Bucket. What does that say?

 

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The Locomotive

Another Libra, and a wonderful example of the LOCOMOTIVE Chart Patter is Ursula K. Le Guin.

uklguinam Chart PatternShe’s a powerful woman, born in a time when gender equality was not the norm. She’s dared to be different in her craft and in her life, excelling at taking her forward thinking ideas (Uranus) and bringing it into a tangible form for others to enjoy (Saturn). Note the “engine” and the “caboose” of her Locomotive.

My imagination makes me human, and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it. - Ursual K Le Guin

When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. - Ursula K Le Guin

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. - Ursula K Le Guin

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See Saw Chart Pattern

Check out Robert Downey Jr’s SEW SAW Pattern. The focus is powerfully placed in the occupied houses, and there can be a constant contrast and opposition.

roberdowneyjr_natal chart patternrobertdowneyjr-amWhere do you think his oppositions would come from? How might they be integrated, or do they always remain “either/or”?

If I could eat whatever I wanted every day, I would have Domino’s pizza with pasta carbonara inside every slice. And at night, I would have Neapolitan ice cream until I felt absolutely toxic. And then I would drift off telling myself, ‘It’s going to be O.K… It’s going to be O.K. you’re going to train in the morning.' -Robert Downey Jr

I guess the issue for me is to keep things dynamic. -Robert Downey Jr

Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough. -Robert Downey Jr

What's your chart pattern? Let's talk about it in the comments.

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Fun with Derivative Houses

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What are these houses?

The derivative houses have been around for a long time. They are used extensively in horary astrology, but that’s not all. By looking at your natal chart, they can shine a spotlight on other people in your life, showing how you naturally experiences them in different situations. It can really help with deliberate creation and getting into alignment with what you really want.

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5 minute derivative house tutorial

Derivative houses are also a great tool for finding where joy, abundance, talents and showing where skills, stimulation, contrast and excitement can be found. So, by looking at the natal placements and signs through this lens, as well as considering transits, progressions and synastry placements, the derivative houses offer a wealth of information and insight, explain some quirky MO’s, and line us up, Astro-LOA style. To get a quick grasp, watch this 5 minute tutorial, then come back and we’ll have some fun with individual charts. (it’s all about turning the wheel!)

How to Use Derivative Houses

Now for some fun examples! Who wants to volunteer? Let me know in the comments and we’ll play with ‘turning the wheel’ so you can all practice. (I’ll be putting charts up here, but without the birth data for privacy!

Example #1 – Jacqueline – Her questions are around business, health and home.

Jacaqueline's Chart

Here is Jacque’s natal chart. Her first question is about business, so we look to the 10th house. With the South Node there, part of her really needs to ‘let go of outcomes’ which isn’t an easy vibe for Aries Rising! So we will use derivative houses to get some hints on what will support her best ever business vibe. To do so, we’ll turn the chart to put the 10th house, or MC, on the horizon, making it of first house importance.

janette_Derivative HousesWith the 10th on the first, we see right away that of the actions she listed: coaching one-on-one, group programs, writing/blogging, product creation, the first and most supportive is going to be, ‘get thee a business plan! The 2nd from the 10th (the $$ and support form business) is ruled by Capricorn with Saturn in the house! Set a goal. Set an intention. Aries rising likes to wing it, and Libra can shilly shally, but the Saturn in you wants to have a solid, grounded, well organized plan. Just doing that OPENS the doors to support, success and increased $$. (Note –  the plan itself doesn’t matter. You simply amp up your success by making one).

The Next thing would be to go with the one-on-one coaching. Can you see why I would choose this as major support? Look at her Libra (connect, talk, counsel, coach) Sun and Venus! When we turn the chart to put the 10th on the horizon, the Sun and Venus in Libra are in the 10th house of success! (the 10th from the 10th is the 7th). One on one will support her more than group work (where she has Mars/Neptune – 11th from the 10th – which is super creative, and mystical, but may lose focus in groups – or the group is about as easy to lead as a room full of cats). Making sense?

Jacqueline’s Derivative Houses
Jacqueline’s Chart with the 10th house on the horizon – we have turned the wheel until house 10 is rising.

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Writing supports her when she is on the perfect-for-Jacque-path as we see the North Node in the 2nd (support) house from the 3rd (writing).

For health boost, the best suggestion is a personal trainer, running buddy, cohort or side kick. Not that when we put the 6th house on the horizon, Jupiter (for enthusiasm and gusto) is in the 8th.  (1st house is 8 from the 6th). That means sharing this journey with a buddy. Also, Saturn (stick to it discipline) is in the 6th (daily routine) from the 6th (health) so she’s going to want to, again, have a plan, and bring a friend.

As for the 4th house of the Home, roots, and ground, when that comes to the horizon, we see the Moon ruling her 2nd (support) from the 4th (home) and that means, self-love. Whatever makes her smile, feels nurturing and comforting, she wants to do more of that. This is a Cancer moon, and Cancer moon is nurtured by 1) loving and caring 2) feeling needed/useful 3) sharing emotions. I am seeing this is perfect alignment with self-care, home, health and successful one-on-one coaching practice (where she is needed, useful and sharing powerful emotions).

Thank you Jacqueline, for letting us use your chart.

Anyone else want to have a go? Let us know in the comments.

See how informative this is? Derivative houses rock!

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What is Chart Tone?

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Hi Everyone, here is a quick tip on finding the general, overall zodiac tone in your horoscope. It's a great technique for getting a feel for how the elements and modalities in the chart work together, and which is your dominant of each.

Chart Tone

What is it?
The overall quality of the chart as a feeling or sound: "the chart tone is fixed AIR, or Aquarius".

Synonyms
noun.    feel - note - sound - tune - emphasis

You find the tone of your chart by adding up the Elements and Modalities and finding the one sign that represents the strongest in both ie abundant AIR and abundant Fixed signs = fixed Air or Aquarius.

Follow the 5 minute tutorial to find the chart tone in any birth chart.

Find Your Chart Tone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's the tone of your chart? Can you relate to it?

The chart tone is also important when considering the current astro weather, as in - are we predominately Fire, or Water? Air or Earth?

Have a play and let us know how you go.


The Asteroid Goddesses

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Hi Everyone, I wanted to give you all an overview of the Asteroid Goddesses, the first four asteroid to be named. They are Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta, in that order. They are considered minor planets, but, as Demetra George says, not with major influence. If you're serious about studying asteroids, start with her book!

The Four Asteroid Goddesses

Each of these asteroid goddesses represents an aspect of the feminine, an aspect of inner relationship to the anima, that is meaningful to both men and women. When strong by house placement, sign or aspect in the chart, greater understanding of relationship needs, women’s needs and men’s, can be revealed.

Though their natural affinity with relationship, sex and ambition varies, Ceres, Juno and Vesta (as Demeter, Hera and Hestia) are all sisters. They are devoured by Saturn\Kronos and later, with the help of Zeus\Jupiter, disgorged.

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From ‘extended Chart Selection’ add ‘Additional objects’

Ceres and Juno are both mother goddesses; Juno ever faithful to her husband Jupiter and Ceres never surrendering herself to marriage yet still being a powerful image of mother to her daughter Kore/Persephone. Vesta remains virgin in the sense that she also owes allegiance to no man. Originally, the Vestal virgins who represented her were divine harlots.

Pallas Athene, cerebral and cultured, is the only one without a mother herself, being born from the head of her father Zeus. Her passions awaken on the battlefield where she protects heroes and partakes in contests of skill and strategy.

First Things First

When considering aspects between these asteroids, I like to keep orbs ta little tighter, maybe 8 for conjunction and opposition, 7 for squares and trines, 4 for sextile and the inconjuncts, 1.5 for the minor aspects.  Widen these when the asteroids are on angles or conjunct or opposite personal planets.

Plotting Asteroids in the Chart

Go to “Extended Chart Selection” at astro.com and either highlight the “additional objects” you desire, or add them into the form below by their asteroid numbers.

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1000px-ceres_symbol-svgAsteroid 1 Ceres

Found orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres has been elevated to ‘Dwarf Planet’ status, takes 4.6 years to orbit the sun.

Ceres/Demeter is depicted as divine mother without divine spouse. Most of her instances of passion were traumatic or grudging. As in her relationship with Poseidon, Ceres did not welcome the horse-formed god with open arms. She fled his advances and only the slightest hint of reciprocation comes when she sets aside her rage and bathes in the river Ladon. Since Poseidon is associated with all rivers, streams and oceans, the bathing infers she eventually surrendered, briefly.

She also rejected the advances of her brother Zeus who constantly lusted after her. Yet, with a trick of metamorphoses, he changed himself into a bull and raped her unawares. (you can understand her stance on men here). The offspring of this violence was Kore/Persephone. Later Ceres’ beloved daughter was abducted and raped by Hades, with whom she was forced to compromise.

It seems that only when the gods take the form of animals do they find a way in to the goddess Ceres, perhaps reflecting her devotion to all things of the earth. Interestingly, these acts of violence result in creative offspring.screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-8-52-00-am

In spite of those difficulties, reports suggest Ceres did experience love with the mortal man, Iasion. They met in the finely tilled fields near Crete and mingled sweet love with passion and desire. Some versions say Zeus, seeing Ceres’ hunger for the mortal, struck Iasion. Other stories describe an enduring relationship between Iasion and Ceres as they explored their romance in every field and meadow on earth. Either way, the child of their passion is Plutus, a charmed traveler that bestows luck and good fortune on those he meets.

Asteroid Goddess Chart Example - Ceres

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Where Ceres is in the chart, we may identify with the earth mother and nurturing side of this planet, with empowered nurturing and protective qualities. In a man’s chart, it can be an allegiance with equal rights, feminism and post feminism. A good example is Phil Donahue, a groundbreaking talk show host who spoke out for women’s rights. Note his Ceres conjunct the Moon and Venus in passionate Scorpio, in the 8th house of penetrating insights.

220px-pallas_symbol-svgAsteroid 2 – Pallas

Asteroid 2 Pallas also takes about 4.6 years to orbit the entire zodiac.

Pallas Athene’s brand of love was protective, supportive and reportedly asexual. She also was, at heart, very much her father’s daughter. Leaping from the wound in Zeus’s head after Hephaestus split it with an axe, Athene was born full grown, dressed in golden armor and screaming a war cry. She proceeded to protect heroic men, guard the city of Athens and was worshiped as the goddess of war-craft, strategy, craftsmanship and wisdom.

Unlike other Olympians, Athene was completely trusted by her father Zeus. She even got to use his thunderbolts and aegis. She holds no resentment towards him for swallowing her mother Metis, goddess of wisdom, and seems to reserve her attachments and allegiance to the king of the gods alone.

Born without a mother, Pallas Athene is in some ways a magnificent and beautiful extension of Zeus, representing pure intellect untouched and uncontaminated by the corporeal. His favorite child, Zeus indulges her every wish, even in the face of censure from the other Olympians.

Just as Pluto/Hades may be seen as a phallic representation of the matriarchal principal of death and regeneration, so Athene may embody a female image of the masculine principals of rational thinking, will and intellect. She is a representation of objectivity, fairness and justice. The power of her sword is as keen as the cutting edge of her mind and she was often called to arbitrate disputes, her impartial decisions being final. Athene takes us out of the world of raw instinct and desire, educating us to the realm of objective thought, unbiased choice and organized strategy. Pallas Athene, although regarded as femininely beautiful, is an androgynous figure, a goddess at home in the masculine realm. Athene was also adamantly chaste.

Athene and Love

Her avoidance of sexual intimacy with men or gods appears different from other virgin goddesses who, although they aligned themselves with no man, they still enjoyed the passions of lovemaking and rearing the resultant offspring. Athene, by most accounts, never gave birth and had no direct descendant. Although she shunned intimacy, she was loved and pursued by Helios, Hephaestus and some say Hercules. None of these gods or men triumphed and never, it seems, did Eros or Aphrodite cause her to fall in love, at least not in the traditional sense.

Portrayed as sexually celibate, Athene was passionate about her crafts, battles and the heroes she protected. She is reported to have transformed the blood of Medusa into a healing potion and is associated with the medicinal arts. Creative, multi-talented and dedicated, Athene may not lay with man, woman or god, but she does not withdraw from them either. She seeks the company of men and relates to them as their divine counselor, protector and guide.

Asteroid Goddess Chart Example - Pallas Athene

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Gloria Steinem can be seen as a modern day Pallas Athene. A feminist, journalist and activist, she became a powerful spokesperson for the women’s movement. Note asteroid Pallas conjunct her sun and trine Pluto and the Moon. My favorite quote from Ms. Steinem is (when asked her view on marriage) “I don’t breed well in captivity.” Her Juno (committed relationship) is square her Pallas, Sun and Mars – in direct contrast to her purpose, identity and power expression.

2000px-juno_symbol-svgAsteroid 3 – Juno

Asteroid 3 Juno takes 4.3 years to orbit the sun.

Juno differs from the other asteroid goddesses in her unwavering desire for marriage: Ceres prefers the company of the earth, her daughter and the occasional lover. A staunch virgin, Pallas Athena seeks the company of men as comrades in arms. Although offered the hand of marriage by Poseidon and Apollo, Vesta prefers to stay sequestered in her temple, content with managing the sacred flame of renewal. She welcomes men only as a consecrated act of divine union.

Yet Juno/Hera wanted Jupiter/Zeus, king of the pantheon of Mt. Olympus, to be her lawfully wedded husband. Originally a virgin sky deity in her own right, Hera’s marriage to Zeus is thought to represents a merging of two cults that were once dissimilar. How ever it came about, the marriage of Zeus and Hera was a rocky one.

As he did most women, Zeus made various attempts to seduce Hera early on, but she would not submit to him until he promised to marry her. His desire must have been great, because he agreed and they were married on Mt. Olympus with all the gods and goddesses in attendance.

Although Hera was faithful to her marriage vows, the mighty Zeus was not. The more furious, vengeful, and jealous Hera became, the more he sought the extramarital company of other goddesses, mortals and youths. Their relationship was volatile and laced with domestic violence, threats and deception. Hera also persecuted the illegitimate offspring of Zeus’ escapades with relentless cruelty. In spite of this, Zeus continued his myriad affairs yet still longed for his wife. They had at least three children together.

Asteroid Goddess Chart Example - Juno

Primarily the goddess of marriage and maternity, Hera/Juno rules over all aspects of the feminine. She is the image of the archetypal good wife with long-term committed relationship as her realm.

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Hillary Clinton’s chart has Juno in the second house of core values opposite Uranus. In the beginning, she denied any truth to her husband’s infidelity, but, after the evidence of President Clinton’s encounters with Lewinsky became incontrovertible, she issued a public statement reaffirming her commitment to their marriage. Privately though, she was reported to be furious at him and was unsure if she wanted to stay in the marriage. Juno is also square her Moon in Pisces in the 4th. I’m guessing her true feelings may never become public, but full forgiveness could be lifetimes away.

Asteroid 4 – Vesta

Asteroid 4 Vesta takes 3.6 years to orbit through the zodiac.

Vesta, or Hestia as she was known to the ancient Greeks, was the goddess of the hearth, the flame that burned brightly in every family home. She was also goddess of the sacred ceremonial fires that were used for public rituals. There are almost no images of Vesta, and it is thought that the Vestal virgins, the women that attended her flame, were living images of the goddess. Plato referred to Hestia as the living flame itself.

Like Athene, Vesta is worshiped as a virgin, although the original meaning of the word did not imply sexual innocence. A virgin then described a woman who stood on her own, relying on no man for support, identity or companionship. Many of these virgins had lovers and consorts, although they never married or adapted themselves to life with a man.

In Roman times, the Vestal virgins were like nuns, taking a vow of celibacy and devotion to the goddess. Transgressions were punished by a torturous death. It seems that by the time of Pontifex Maximus, the term virgin had taken on its current meaning.

In pre-Hellenic Greece, the Vestal virgins not only tended the sacred flame but performed a primary role of renewal to guaranteed the continuation of the royal line. As divine harlots, they would initiate men who came to the temple in honor of the goddess. This was not an exercise in sexual satisfaction; it was the symbolic consummation of a sacred union. A child born to a vestal was destined for royal succession if the king had no male offspring.

The conflicts

These conflicting images, the virgin as celibate and the virgin as harlot, seem to signify an inherent confusion with those whose natal Vesta is significantly placed. When that Vesta is aspected to personal planets, the contrast grows.

A strong Vesta in the chart (on an angle, in aspect to a personal planet) may bring out the passion and sexual intensity. Something needs to be honored in this case, a cause, a belief a creative pursuit. It may also, depending on the rest of the chart, bring out a measure of guilt and repression. What is being awakened is very powerful and some individuals will find it easier to express or integrate than others.

Asteroid Goddess Chart Example - Vesta

There can be perceived obstacles between marriage and a single life, career or family, artistic pursuit or practicality, outer adventure or introspective study. The aspect degree, sign and house placements will help indicate how this conflict may manifest.

A woman with Mars conjunct Vesta in Taurus in the tenth house found the struggle sometimes overwhelming. At a young age she nestle herself into the secure surroundings of a family life and had two children. In a few years, she started having clandestine affairs until she broke out and became single again. Later, she remarried and had two more children with the new man, only to find she was compelled to start a career that would keep her far from home for long periods. Eventually, she found ways to keep the family hearth burning, enjoy divine union and release her passions through creative risk taking.

Note Hillary Clinton's Vesta trine Mercury (her chart ruler) on the Ascendant and her approach to career. It makes her drive and passion more understandable, given the 'behind the scenes' Virgo there.

I invite you all to plot these asteroids in your chart and check where they are by transit so we can discuss.

See you in the comments.

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