I want to give you an example of asteroid 433 Eros, again, a body I’ve made a special study of over the last 20 + years. To get an idea of how we use Asteroids in Astrology, check this short tutorial - Asteroid Astrology.
And, here is a PDF introduction to Eros in signs, houses and aspect to other planets. With that in hand, you can follow the prompts below to plot 433 Eros in your chart and those of any other natal charts you want to check out. Remember the movie metaphor: Eros is the 'planet' or ACTOR, the sign he's in is his COSTUME. The HOUSE he is in is the set or scene, and the ASPECTS to other planets is the script he's reading.
If any of this is confusing, shout out in the comments.
1) At astro.com input chart data then click to select “Extended Chart Selection”
2) Scroll down to add asteroids and input 433
3) Create chart and view the asteroid 433 Eros placement. Notice what house number he falls in, and what sign. Again, shout out if you get stuck. Everyone in this community is happy to help.
For my final mystery chart offering, we have a very interesting man. Study where you see Asteroid 433 Eros in his chart below and discuss when, where, how and why passion awakens for this person. You can have a stab at it based on house, sign and perhaps that other planet that’s conjunct, right next door.
Refer back to the glyph tutorial if you get stuck with the symbols. Asteroid 433 Eros is written out at astro.com, but the glyph for this asteroid is a heart with an arrow through it, of course! Have fun!
Your delineations of the Eros (passion) in the 12th house of the dreams, collective unconscious and spiritual service, in the leadership sign of Aries, conjunct the liberator Uranus square the ambitious and pragmatic Saturn in the house of religion . . . they’ve really moved me. So spot on. Thank you everyone who explored this chart.
Now look at it in “hind sight” knowing who it belongs to. Martin Luther King Jr.
This man had a dream indeed . . . I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. A dream he (and Malcom x) knew they would die for.
He inspired millions with his fearless, articulate, arousing, passion. You can say he became a mouthpiece for a collective moment. It doesn’t get more erotic (in the ancient Greek sense of the word) than that.
Where is 433 Eros in your chart? Let's discuss in the comments!
We're here with a tut asteroid astrology, basically the Named Asteroids, what they are and how we can use them in our charts.
Here is a quick Youtube tutorial to get you started, or refreshed.
There are hundreds of thousands of asteroids, more named every day. They are found between the Sun and Earth, Venus and Jupiter, and Saturn and Neptune. Then there are the KBO’s beyond Pluto and now, with the discovery of Sedna, possibly myriad more Ort Could objects taking over a thousand years to orbit the sun. If we plot them all in the natal chart, it would be filled in, blacked out.
The trick of working with asteroids, especially the 'name' asteroids is to be selective.
You want to choose those significant to the immediate question or investigation. If you're looking at relationship, for example, asteroid Eros, Psyche, Amor, Sappho, Cupido and Adonis are interesting to added, and others as well. And the 'name' of your beloved, or cute-curious new meet. You can use thir first name, surname or nickname.
Mostly they will show up as red flags, highlighters of talents, connection, or indications of interest.
With the mythic names, for example, if Hephaestus is conjunct the Sun, there could be an interest in craft, black-smithing and working with hand tools. If asteroid Shakespeare is conjunct the fifth house cups, work in the theater, play-writing or acting could be a form of creative expression. Hygiea conjunct the Moon could indicate working in women’s health. Icarus to Mercury might write or defend freedom of speech.
If your new love interest's name is conjunct the Sun, she/he might feel like a golden ray of light. Conjunct your Saturn and you might be wondering if they are ever away from work long enough to connect. Considering a new business partner? Put their name asteroid in your chart (and check by transit and progression) for hints on where they meet you. Is it 10th house biz, 11th house group collaboration, 6th house mind-body-spirit, 12th house mystery or maybe secrecy?
Go to Astro.com and click on your natal chart.
Scroll down to Extended Chart Selection.
Scroll down to Asteroid name/number.
Check the box of the asteroids you want to see in your natal chart.
Exit list and 'click to show the chart'.
Below is a quick example of the name asteroid Briggs in my natal chart, conjunct Mercury and in the 10th. This is the name of a man I married. We met on the job and had a very verbal, student-teacher dynamic (I was not the teacher at that point in time). Briggs is also the surname of my son who I have collaborated with on both music production projects and novels.
Also interesting in the above, asteroid Jason is conjunct the sun and I will say I've have more than my fair share of energy with that name in this lifetime!
Give it a go in your own natal chart, or any celeb etc you want to play with (like where the name asteroids fall for those the asteroid was named for.)
Questions and insights welcome in the comments.
See you there.
PS. Another way to do it is go to the online Asteroid Ephemeris and type in your favorites as transits (the day's date) or on your birthday (for the natal positions) and then plot them in your chart.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
Image by iSiNAsiNneD at DeviantART
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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