Asteroid Astrology

There are many asteroids and minor planets that can be explored in astrology. Here are some of the key ones that have been most studied or given attention to. It is important to note the cultural context that has led to a majority of these asteroids’ meanings–with many being linked to ancient Greek or Roman gods or goddesses. Astrologer and author Demetra George has also done extensive work with the asteroids detailed in the book titled Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-Emerging Feminine.

Click here for the asteroid list provided by Astrodienst on http://www.astro.com

50px-Ceres_symbol.svg Ceres

Keywords: 

Mother archetype, harvest and gathering, mourning, life cycles + seasons, provider, caretaker, family loyalty, self-care, food and nutrients, Earth

Named after the Roman goddess of the earth, Ceres carries earthy elemental energy. Ceres is associated with nurturing and nature.ย  Along with this earthy energy, Ceres is also the mother of Porsepina (in Greek mythology called Persephone). The location of Ceres in the astrology chart speaks to the desire to nurture and be nurtured. This planet is symbolic of how we connect to the Earth how we care for ourselves with food, and also how we mourn when we experience loss or tragedy. And the ways in which we find comfort in the face of challenge. It can also symbolize who or what we turn towards for comfort when we are experiencing a difficult time. The zodiac sign location of Ceres and planetary aspects can help us more clearly define where our loyalties lie, understand familial connections and dynamics, and uncover details about how we care for the self and body and those who are untrusted to our care.ย 

Pallas_symbol.svgPallas Athene

Keywords:

Sacred warrior, strength, mental fortitude, confidence, wisdom, guardian, protector, arts + crafts, practicality, liberator, defender

Pallas Athene is symbolic of the application of our skills, abilities, creativity, along with how we approach problems and events. This placement lends insight into what leads when we react or take action, emotions, logic, and so on. This placement shows us what our motivations are when we make a decision, such as a desire to defend the people we love and care about, steward and protect the land, or feel called to fight oppressive systems, for example. The location of Pallas Athene in the chart demonstrates an area where we show wisdom, ability, and skill that can be put into practice. This asteroid shows us what parts of ourselves we can cultivate for the collective benefit of all beings. Pallas Athene was known for her successful approach to war and therefore is also a guardian of those who embodies sacred warrior energy. Look at the sign, house, and aspects Pallas makes in your chart for more details on your personal creative talents, strengths, strategizing abilities, and physical or personal power.

Juno_symbol.svgJuno

Keywords:

Bonding, partnership, royalty, leadership, conception, union, pregnancy, birth, attentiveness, values, loyalty 

Juno in the chart represents how individual leadership abilities emerge and grow over time. Juno was venerated as the queen of the gods and she represents royalty, administration, and oversight. Juno was also married to Zeus (Roman Jupiter) and is often associated with the stress she experienced due to the toxicity of their partnership. Juno stands for aspects of our romantic relationships, unions, and partnerships–generally in relation to long-term commitments and any sacrifices we feel we are making to be in them. Juno can also represent feelings of difficult emotions that arise in relationships out of jealousy, fear, insecurity, and so on. Juno is also associated with conception and birth themes with the shifting roles of responsibility we take around these types of events. The location and aspects Juno is making in the chart can speak to the finer details when it comes to relationships, resentment, perceived duty, and personal autonomy.

50px-Vesta_symbol.svg Vesta

Keywords:

Priestess, internal fire, hearth, flame, sexuality, sisterhood, ritual, the sacred, coven work, witchcraft, spiritual practices, commitments, tending, devotion, spirit marriages 

Vesta’s location in the chart is symbolic of the lived expression that our daily rituals take. In ancient Rome Vesta was worshipped as the keeper of the flame and hearth in the home, tending to this flame was a daily task of devotion. She is also symbolic of tending to our fire within, which can read as or divine spark, a heart to devotion, and the soul of our life force. Vesta represents our internal spiritual fire and desire to practice devotional tasks solitary or with others. This asteroid provides details on how we relate to our sexuality and the spiritual connections we make through ecstatic, mystical, and rapture experiences. The spiritual work Vesta performs is symbolic of the work individuals take on in a priesthood, coven, or sacred circle. They symbolize the small steps and tiny actions-such as adding wood to the fire-that leads to greater change in one’s life over time. Vesta explores the power of daily spiritual practice, acts of service, communing with deities, saying incantations, and so on. Look at the sign and house location for more information on how Vesta represents the relationship to your inner soul’s flame.

Five_fingered_hand_of_Eris_symbol.svgEris

Keywords:

Motivation, chaos, wheel of fortune, strife, discord, rage, troublemaking, manipulation, activism, subversive, reject the status quo

Known as a goddess of strife and discord, approaching Eris can seem a little intimidating. This dwarf planet has a very irregular orbit and has been slowly moving through Aries since the 1920s where it still is today. Because Eris has been in the sign of Aries for so long it is best to look at the house and the specific aspects Eris is making to other planets or sensitive points in the chart. In myth, the goddess Eris was known for stirring up trouble. She often felt snubbed by the other goddesses and gods in the pantheon. Eris today can help us get in touch with our inner rage and areas in our life where we feel slighted. It shows us how we may have used manipulation or drama to make a point, be heard, and be seen by others when we have not received the attention we needed or wanted. Socially, Eris shows us where rage and resentment are present in our world and therefore lends us insight into how we may collectively heal from past wounds, trauma, and imbalance.

Chiron_symbol.svg Chiron

Keywords:

Healing, astrology, medicine, wounds, mentors + teachers, sacrifice, knowledge, wisdom

Chiron is a minor planet orbiting between the inner and outer planets, which has given Chiron one of its nicknames, ‘the bridge.’ Chiron links our inner energy with the transpersonal energy of the outer planets in our chart (Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto). The other nickname Chiron carries is ‘wounded healer.’ In mythology, Chiron was a healer and teacher but had a wound he himself could not heal. These themes have drifted into the astrological meaning of Chiron as well. In the chart, Chiron can be viewed as a part of self that needs attention and healing. It can demonstrate how and where our ability to heal or teach others can manifest in our lives. The location of this dwarf planet illuminates the ways in which we share what we have learned. As a symbolic mentor, Chiron, is a teacher, bestowing on us information regarding medicine, astrology, wisdom, knowledge, spirituality, and the arts. Look for the house, sign, and aspects Chiron is making in the chart to illuminate the meaning of your personal wounds, healing gifts, and what types of mentors or spiritual learning experiences you seek out.