The Planets, our Zodiac Sign and Houses in our Birth Charts can all have an impact on us, but did you also know that Asteroids can add an extra layer to understanding our personalities? Like Planets there are hundreds of Asteroids but today we will explore the main Asteroids that we can work with, to understand ourselves even further.
In Mythology Vesta is the Roman Goddess of The Sacred Flame. In Ancient Rome the Vestal Virgins were the keepers of a symbolic flame and were to keep it burning at all times. This flame was a symbol of sexuality and fertility as well as a life force energy.
Astrologically, Vesta the Asteroid helps us to focus on one specific goal, or even person for that matter. The House that Vesta resides in, in our chart can show us the areas in life that we are most likely to be most self-sacrificing. It can also highlight to us the areas of focus that we should keep our inner flame burning around.
An example of how Vesta shows up in our chart is as follows; Sometimes a man gets married to a woman and they decide to start a family together, only to have daughters and he find that he is surrounded by females. It is also common to find Vesta in female-dominated professions like women’s magazines or in airlines, where a male pilot flies the plane and female flight attendants outnumber him. Richard Branson himself has Vesta at 10 degrees Taurus (business) with an airline company named Virgin no less, this is how literal astrology can sometimes present itself!
From the burning flames of Vesta, we now move onto the Warrior that is Pallas Athene. In Ancient Greek Mythology Athena was the Goddess of wisdom, strategy and battle. Although she was the ‘Warrior Queen’ she was known to prefer to settle disputes through logic and detachment rather than resorting to war. Pallas Athene can represent our relationships with our Fathers, Athena herself did not know her own Mother and held many ‘typically masculine’ characteristics – she was also said to have been Zeus’s favourite child.
Astrologically, Pallas Athena shows us where in our charts that we have the ability to be the most objective and enables us to see how best we can get from A to B, as well as how we can use our feminine energy to overcome challenges and how our relationships with our paternal figure can be.
Pallas Athena is feminine but the placement of where it lives is also where we are likely to see where the feminine is sublimated in favor of the masculine. For example, if this asteroid has a difficult aspect, this can be reflective of a woman who talks about her ‘balls of steel’ or a man who talks the ‘big talk’ about how super-macho he is. It is an over-identification in this sense. If the aspect is under identified, the opposite could be true, creating an individual who acts overly submissive.
Daughter of Saturn and Rhea, Ceres was the Goddess of agriculture and harvest in Roman Mythology. We may also know her as Demeter from Ancient Greece. She was the Mother of Persephone the Goddess who was abducted by Pluto/Hades. Ceres was distraught when her daughter was stolen, and eventually Persephone fell in love with her capture. Persephone was allowed to return home to Earth from the Underworld for a few months each year. In the months that Persephone was away Ceres mourned and thus winter was created.
Ceres was caring of her daughter and this asteroid represents our relationships with our Mothers. For example, depending on where Ceres is in our chart it can indicate the manner in which we will nurture others in adulthood. Someone with strong nurturing tendencies may want to enter the nursing profession or a caregiver role in some other capacity.
The lack of nurturing or encouragement in these areas from one’s mother could drive us to seek such elsewhere and if it feels missing or difficult, it can cause emotional trauma and even a potential identity crises. If we do feel as though there is something missing in our lives, we may not always find it easy to identify, if this has something to do with our Ceres placement. We do also need to be aware of our communication with Ceres, as we could, depending on our placement, end up trying to nurture others in the way we need to be nurtured, instead of seeing what another person actually needs.
Juno in Roman Mythology is the Goddess of marriage, also known as Hera in Ancient Greece. Juno was married to the highest of the Gods Jupiter in Rome and Zeus in Greece. Zeus had many affairs which led to manipulation, revenge and jealousy, but still Juno/Hera stayed in the relationship.
Astrologically Juno relates to equality and balance in relationships. As well as the need for commitment, intimacy and passion. She also represents sexuality within a committed relationship. Juno corresponds to a relationship where both partners support each other’s personal growth. Juno’s location in our chart can give clues about the life partner we could be with and shows us what our needs are if we are to be happy in a relationship. We could pick our partners based on our Venus and Mars signs, but technically they might not always reflect what’s best for us. Juno on the other hand could highlight the compatibility of someone we can be 90 years old with, a soul mate of sorts. However, any distorted energy in this location can relate to fears of betrayal and abandonment within these relationships.
Lilith (Black Moon Lilith)
Lilith throughout the ages has been a personality of great discussion. In early biblical stories Lilith is the first wife of Adam before Eve. The story goes that Lilith would not submit to Adam and therefore was shunned from the garden of Edan and turned into a vampire-like daemon. Some even consider her as the serpent herself who tempted Eve that fateful day.
However, Lilith has also been praised for expressing her personal freedom. She is the natural feminine, the unconditioned woman. She represents our independence and Lilith’s natural expression is one of raw femininity and sexual passion. Every one of us has both masculine and a feminine qualities regardless of our gender.
Where Lilith lays in a female’s chart is the place where one has ones most clear female image of themselves, you could say the true-self. Lilith is often prominent in the charts of women who are noted for being direct and powerful, and in perhaps in some way even provocative. Take for example Dita Von Teese who became famous not only as the former wife of Marilyn Manson but also as a burlesque dancer. Von Teese has her Lilith in the placement of Libra. Which although fair and diplomatic, could also switch between wanting commitment and also wanting independence. In a man’s chart, Lilith reflects his ideal image of a woman. However, if the energy is afflicted, for either man or woman it shows where we can experience suppression, resentment, bitterness and anger.