The last few centuries have been an exciting time for astrologers. We have witnessed the discovery of the outer planets and watched them conform to the synchronistic meaning ascribed to them by their names, joining and expanding the pantheon of deities that dance through the horoscopes of people and political events. Astrologers have become comfortable with the extended astrological family that now includes Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, and these have been utilized in western astrology for most of the twentieth century. Since the dust has settled from these cosmic discoveries, astrologers have had some time to study the action of some other newly discovered heavenly bodies - namely Chiron and the asteroids.
The asteroids lie in a belt that orbits between Mars and Jupiter. It is now known that this belt is comprised of thousands of asteroids, but the first four were discovered many years in advance of the rest. These four asteroids were named after four major Olympic goddesses, which happened to redress the gender imbalance among the primarily male planetary deities that populate the horoscope. Thus it was that Ceres, Juno, Vesta, and Pallas Athena came along at the time of the birth of the women's movement in the nineteenth century. Astrologers do work with the myriad of other asteroids as well, but these four, with their associations to four of the most important goddesses, are the "standard" ones in use.
Chiron was discovered in 1977, and was named after the wise Greek centaur who tasted immortality. Chiron lies between Saturn and Uranus and occasionally passes within the orbit of Saturn. At first thought to be a comet or asteroid it is now considered a "planetoid" or small planet-like body.
The astrological portraits of the asteroids and Chiron have emerged through the observations of fascinated astrologers over the last century. This report informs you of their symbolic meaning and gives you insight into how they operate in your own horoscope.
The astronomical body, Chiron (once thought to be a comet or asteroid, now considered a "planetoid" or small planet-like body) is named after the ancient Greek, centaur demi-god who was horse from the waist down and human from the waist up. Chiron's orbit, unlike that of the asteroids, lies between Saturn and Uranus, and is irregular in that it occasionally crosses inside the orbit of Saturn. This astronomical characteristic is symbolic of Chiron's reputation for being somewhat of a maverick.
Chiron was no ordinary run-of-the-mill centaur at the mercy of instincts and appetites. He displayed such self-mastery and was so wise and gifted in both the arts of healing and the arts of war and statesmanship, that he found himself mentor to hero's and kings and their sons. His service was of such value that he was granted immortality by the gods. Chance would have it that he was accidentally wounded in the foot by one of his own poisoned arrows, carelessly tossed by one of his fosterlings (Heracles). Since by this time he was immortal, the result of this mishap was that Chiron was condemned by fate to suffer eternally the agonies of a poisoned wound that could not be healed. In order to obtain release from his endless suffering, the wise old centaur decided to relinquish the mantle of immortality that had been bestowed upon him. He gave it, instead, to Prometheus (who needed it to be freed from the punishment he suffered for mocking the gods and stealing their fire). In this way, Chiron embraced death and found release from his suffering.
Astrologically, Chiron's placement in the horoscope indicates one's experience of the wound that does not heal, (or the wound that does not seem to heal, because although an important lesson may be learned through dealing with it, the wound seems to spiral around with another lesson on a deeper level). Chiron represents one's experience of woundedness and the nature of the wound. Second, by coming to terms with suffering through an acceptance of one's mortality, one arrives at a greater state of wholeness or healing. Third, Chiron shows how one comes into one's own as an elder or mentor who can provide healing and guidance to others. Thus Chiron also astrologically indicates the ways and means with which you can guide others, as well as the kind of mentoring and healing you seek for yourself.
With Chiron in Capricorn, mentoring and the healing process are associated with issues of inner authority and the learning of the achievement skills needed in order to successfully take charge of one's own life: discipline, a sense of responsibility, and the confronting and surmounting of obstacles. This applies to both the kind of mentoring you seek for yourself, and the kind that you are eventually able to extend to others. You may encounter mentor figures who are older or paternal in some way, or who help you confront the harsh facts of reality in a responsible way that is enriching rather than defeating. You may experience wounding, inadequacy, or insoluble conflict arising from rebellion or reaction against harsh authoritarian or patriarchal attitudes, unrealistic standards of achievement or excellence, or the loss or absence of a positive disciplining father or parental figure. Painful experiences such as these, or some form of betrayal by a father figure, can evoke your philosophical side and awaken a true sense of wisdom as you struggle to come to terms with the ongoing suffering and the healing sought.
Chiron in the ninth house indicates that the wounding/healing experience (as described by Chiron's sign placement) plays itself out through the sphere of life that has to do with higher education, belief systems, the pursuit of knowledge, and the expansion of mental and cultural horizons. You may undertake higher studies that have to do with healing, or pursue philosophies that teach the integration of the physical and instinctual with the more lofty side of human pursuits, life purpose, or search for truth, and possibly on the dissemination of teachings regarding such matters. You may encounter mentor figures in the field of higher learning, or mentors who are renegade thinkers. You may experience a profound sense of wounding from such experiences as denied access to higher education, persecution of a faith or belief system, fanaticism, legal actions, or bans on teaching or publishing. Any dysfunctional defense mechanisms you use to deal with the painful issue can cause you further difficulties. Eventually you learn how to integrate and learn from these experiences in such a way that you cyclically reap deeper and deeper healing and wisdom from them.
Chiron forms a challenging aspect with the Sun. The mentor/wounded healer archetype within yourself is at loggerheads with your sense of self-essence or self-identity. Your sense of self and your ability to live from the center of your own creative essence may be strongly colored by a feeling of wounded ness that can cause you to mistrust or fear your own core essence. Perhaps you fear that an inner self doesn't exist, is missing, or, if allowed to shine, will be found lacking or inadequate. Or perhaps you feel that all creative expression is pre-doomed to failure. To avoid the ultimate pain of such a possibility, you might, as a result, avoid trying to reconnect with an essence whose existence you now doubt. The original severance of that connection is the true source of your wounded ness. Severance from or wounding caused by the father figure or other animus figures can cause you to shun male mentors or healers who could assist you. An attitude of pseudo-masculine posturing could prevent you from acknowledging your own wounded ness and vulnerability, and prevent you from growing. Or perhaps you experience conflict because of mentor/healer types who don't permit or who subversively undermine your own creative expression of self-purpose. Resolution to these conflicts lies in meeting both needs: the need to connect with and trust one's inner self, and the need to heal old wounds through accepting guidance from others who have already embarked on the healing journey.
Chiron forms a challenging aspect with Jupiter. Belief systems, religions or spiritual paths that once held much promise may become the cause of a bitter and painful loss of faith, due to some kind of wounding. This could lead to the adoption of a cynical form of atheism. A wound of deep self-betrayal may have been perpetrated through having sought a source of spiritual fulfillment that lies outside oneself. Or perhaps you run into painful problems as a result of self-aggrandizement, or through playing the role of savior or enlightened one to others. There may have been a wound dealt to one's sense of optimism or faith in life at an early age: perhaps through parental disillusionment and bitterness. Or perhaps the parents perpetuated a false sense of optimism and "Pollyanna-ism" through the denial of any expression of unhappiness or dissatisfaction. This could lead to a search for meaningfulness and "truth" (as opposed to the "falseness" and meaningless cheer of the home environment) out there in the world somewhere - often as far from home as possible. Journeys to foreign countries and the adoption of spiritual practices belonging to other cultures may be sought in an effort to heal these wounds. You may be called upon to confront the pain that colors your conscious motives for your spiritual quests or ceaseless adventure seeking. Whatever the reason, the challenge is to learn to see that the need to cope with "the wound that never heals" and the need for faith in life are not mutually exclusive. The secret to resolving this paradox lies in the realization that one of these needs cannot be fulfilled without meeting the other.
Chiron forms a challenging aspect with Uranus. The wounded healer clashes with the forward thinking rebel who is a proponent of change. You may experience wounding that has to do with issues of the devastation wrought by modern technology or with illnesses that effect the nervous system, meridians, or subtle electro-magnetic energy fields of the human body. Iridology, reiki, acupuncture, and cranio-sacral therapy are some examples of the kinds of subtle-energy healing techniques that may be part of your wounding/healing journey. There may be a wound having to do with an extreme sensitivity to the collective unconscious of humanity and the ideals or thought forms that affect it. This can cause you to be swept away by the tides of social, political, or esoteric movements that promise freedom from certain types of restrictions but often just usher in a new form of enslavement. There may be an attitude of indiscriminate rebellion that leads to a perception of all forms of authority as a threat to freedom. This results in a resistance to the voice of one's own inner authority, and mistaking its promptings towards inner change and growth (which could be painful) for demands for conformity. If this inner voice is betrayed, then you ironically do end up selling out and joining the ranks of the order of the day, new and exciting as they may be. Through dealing with the pain caused by these experiences, you come to learn on a profound level that the only change that leads to freedom is a deep internal change involving one's own thought patterns, for they are the root of the behavioral and emotional habits that unnecessarily limit you. The challenge is to learn to see that both the need for healing and the need for freedom exist within you, and that not only are they not mutually exclusive, the one need cannot be met without fulfilling the other! It's up to you to resolve this paradox. Your ability to do this may enable you to serve as a healer/mentor to others who struggle with similar issues.
Chiron forms a challenging aspect with Neptune. The shaman and the mystic are at each other's throats! Lofty spiritual beliefs could wreak havoc on the side of yourself that needs a sacred connection with the earth and the instincts. There could be an avoidance of the need to address wounds arising from a poorly developed sense of personal boundaries (physical or non-physical). This lack of boundaries could give rise to feelings of victim-hood or helplessness, escapism via spiritual or substance abuses, psychic disturbance, or difficulty distinguishing ordinary from non-ordinary states of mind. These difficulties may be rooted in an early home atmosphere in which boundaries were violated or non-existent. Or they could arise from the fact that one's spiritual, artistic, or psychic sensitivity was neglected, went unrecognized, or did not receive the nourishment it required. A non-acceptance of human failings and the sufferings and evils of the world, or a desire to regress to a womb-like state where you can avoid pain and worldly adult responsibilities can thwart the maturation of your artistic or musical gifts, your spirituality, or your compassion and psychic sensitivity. The earthy wisdom needed to face and heal painful wounds arising from a body-mind split is not necessarily inimical to the need for fulfilling transcendent experience, although at times it may seem that never the twain shall meet. The way to resolve the conflict is by learning to honor both needs, instead of just one of them.
Chiron forms a challenging aspect with Pluto. The mentor/wounded healer archetype within yourself combines with the urge for powerful and transformative experience in such a way that these two aspects of yourself seem to be at odds with each other. You may experience a personal sense of wounding due to issues involving death, sexuality, power abuses, destructive urges, or intense and deeply buried emotions such as rage, jealousy, or possessiveness. There could be an inability to perceive the destructiveness in oneself or others, or a lack of trust in one's own instincts and gut feelings; in either case, one's self-preservation skills may be impaired or wounded in some way. You may be attracted to exciting but dangerous experiences that tempt fate - until you get burned enough to recognize that something's got to change. The challenge is to learn to reconcile the need for healing and wise counsel with the need to deal with power and peak experiences. You need to make room for both needs in your life, and to avoid the natural tendency to unconsciously repress or project one of them out onto others. Once you have embarked upon your own healing journey, you can have a profound healing influence on others who are struggling with issues of power abuses and powerful or destructive emotional, archetypal, or sexual energies. Your avenue of healing or counseling may involve work with shamanism, initiation experiences, depth psychology, or primal or archetypal energies.
Ceres is the expression of the Earth Goddess archetype that has been worshipped in many forms by various cultures. This archetype has always been associated with mother earth, harvests, a transformational journey to and from the underworld, rites of passage, and the birth or resurrection of a fertility deity.
The myth of Demeter (da mater or "earth mother") and the sudden abduction of her dearly loved daughter Persephone by the lord of the underworld contains the same universal symbolism as other Earth Goddess myths. These myths may appear, at first, to be early explanations for the changing of the seasons. They are actually wise, rich, symbolic teachings on such profound themes as loss and renewal, death and rebirth, and the endless transformation that constitutes the very laws of creation to which this universe and everything in it adheres.
On a more personal level, the Ceres myth deals with the severance of the bonds of love and/or attachment. When we experience love as we have known it being taken from us, we can feel as if we have been cast into a realm of eternal darkness, never to return to the world of the living again. We may then be unable to let go of the past, reliving it again and again in our minds - protesting and resisting the present, and demanding that it somehow hand over to us the treasure that has been snatched away.
Yet as with Demeter, who chose to forgo her divinity and wander in the world of humans, after which she was reunited annually with her transformed daughter, it is only when we can give up notions of eternal paradise and immortality that we can relinquish old attachments. Only when we have been humbled by and have accepted those mysterious cyclic forces beyond ourselves that we can be restored to a state of plentitude and abundance in the here and now. Then we can truly understand how our cup must be emptied in order to be filled afresh.
Ceres in the birth chart thus describes what one really cares about, and the way one nurtures others (and needs to be nurtured oneself) in a parental kind of way. It also indicates where one may tend to cling, the kind of separations that can be traumatic, and what one may be required to give up (or share with others) in order to grow. It can also indicate the ways in which we seek for something that seems to be missing, something we didn't get enough of, as well as the ways that can help us mourn such a loss. As with Demeter and Persephone, Ceres can also indicate the kind of experience that constitutes a rite of passage - the most profound transformation: the death and rebirth of the self.
With Ceres in Libra, nurturance is expressed through the sharing of one's sense of idealism, beauty, and goodness, and is associated with learning how to relate harmoniously with others. There is a gentle prodding to learn to see things from other people's perspectives, with a point of view to fairness and justice. The nurturing experience may also be associated with an appreciation for music and the arts. Lack of this kind of nurturance could be a source of grief, through which you learn how to develop these qualities for yourself and, thus, to encourage them in others. On the other hand, an upbringing that placed too much of an emphasis on pleasing others and maintaining an atmosphere of harmony can lead to an insecure need for acceptance from others. Loss of a partner, or of artistic inspiration could serve as a transformative experience for you, one that initiates you into the lessons of loss and return, death and rebirth, and simply letting go.
Ceres in the fifth house indicates that you can heal and nurture others through the gift of creative expression. Your creative expressions truly touch the heart, and may deal with the poignant sufferings of Love. Nurturance may also be expressed through involvement with children, adventure, and loving playfulness. Fertility - its abundance or loss - may be an issue; or there may be a desire to adopt or foster children. Your romantic ideals may be founded upon the image of an all-loving parent figure. Experiences such as the loss of creative inspiration, or separation from children or romantic partners could initiate a journey into the depths from which you emerge transformed.
Ceres forms a harmonious aspect with the Sun. The qualities of nurturance and emotional bonding combine with the sense of self-essence or self-identity in a natural, easy manner. You like to care for others, and your grace in dealing with life's losses and difficult rites of passage makes you a comfort to others grappling with these issues. You may have a green thumb, for you have a knack for getting things to flourish.
Ceres forms a harmonious aspect with Mercury. Your intellect, mental processes, and communication skills are colored by the archetypal Demeter-Persephone myth. Your grace in communicating and teaching others about life's losses and difficult rites of passage makes you a comfort to others grappling with these issues. You have a knack for making people feel understood in a motherly way, and for being able to communicate on their level. You are a compassionate teacher.
Ceres forms a challenging aspect with Jupiter. The urges for expansion and adventure, and the quest for meaning are affected by the Demeter-Persephone myth in such a way that these two aspects of yourself seem to be at odds with each other. Perhaps an interest in ceaseless travel and adventure or in a particular belief system makes the formation of lasting emotional ties impossible - a perceived threat to freedom. Or perhaps an excess of protective nurturance has made you a little fearful of exploring beyond the boundaries of the known because your own exploratory urges were never encouraged. Whatever the reason, the challenge is to learn to see that both the need for nurturing ties and the need for the freedom to explore and to expand your mind can and do co-exist within yourself (and in others). These needs only appear to conflict when we take sides with one against the other (often literally if projected, through denial, out onto others); resolution comes about by finding ways to meet them both. Once this balance has been achieved you are able to nurture others by sharing the meaning and knowledge you have gained, and by encouraging their sense of faith and optimism in life's journey. These nurturing activities might be carried out through teaching, traveling, or cultural exchanges.
Ceres forms a challenging aspect with Uranus. There's a story involving the nurturer and the freedom-fighter, and it may be a trying tale at times. Perhaps you feel that close emotional ties prevent you from the voyage of self-discovery known as individuation. Or perhaps you feel that your need for constant change or the need to march to the tune of a different drummer makes it impossible for you to experience nurturing emotional ties. Humanitarian activities or collective enterprises may conflict with the need to care and be cared for on a personal level. These conflicts may be rooted in your experience (or lack of experience) of the formation and severance of strong emotional ties, especially ties with the mother or with revolutionary, futuristic types. If you can learn to acknowledge both needs within yourself, and find ways to meet them, you'll be able to avoid the natural tendency to unconsciously project one of them out onto others.
Your Ceres is conjunct Neptune. Your longing for nurturing bonds blends with your spiritual and transcendent urges. You associate nurturance with the affirmation of one's spiritual essence, and the encouragement of sensitive ability as expressed through artistic, psychic, or mystical sensibilities. Your sense of the sacred and the spiritual is strongly colored by your experience (or lack of experience) of the formation and severance of strong emotional ties, especially ties with maternal or spiritual figures. Any such experience will foster in you a great sense of compassion and sensitivity towards others who struggle with themes of loss and return. Your spiritual perspective regarding life's losses and difficult rites of passage enables you to nurture others on a soul level.
Ceres forms a harmonious aspect with Pluto. The Demeter-Persephone asteroid teams up with the Lord-of-the-Underworld planet, and this lends the whole Ceres myth an extra impact on your chart. Your instinctive experience of the deep inner forces at work in life grants you a psychological depth that enables you to deal with grief and transformative rites of passage. Your almost occult grasp of the laws governing death and rebirth enables you to nurture others on a soul level. You associate nurturance with powerful instincts and energies, and the encouragement of one's ability to handle power and undergo transformative experiences.
As with goddess-myths associated with the other asteroids, the myths that pertain to the warrior goddess Pallas Athena reflect socio-historic upheavals as well as archetypal themes. One of the most interesting aspects of Athena's myth, as it has evolved, is the changing nature of her birth. In her earliest form she was said to have been born of Lake Triton in Libya, home of the legendary amazons. Her worship was brought to the Greek islands much later by the Libyans themselves as they emigrated across the Mediterranean sea. The story of her birth reflected this migration, for she was then said to be born of Metis - a sea goddess. Further evolution of her myth reflects the encounter of the goddess worshipping peoples with the patriarchal people invading Greece from the north: Metis (whose name means Wise Counsel), pregnant with Athena, was devoured by the invaders' god, Zeus, who later gave birth to a fully grown and fully armored Pallas Athena from his head. Later versions of this myth omit altogether any mention of Metis, and depict Athena as having been conceived without a woman's involvement.
Later myth also portrays Athena as bringing about the destruction of both Pallas and Medusa in what appears to be sociological evidence of the attempt to destroy goddess worship. (Pallas, Athena, and Medusa were the three faces of the Libyan version of the triple goddess.) In one of these myths Zeus tricks Athena into killing her Amazonian sister Pallas during a friendly competition. Another myth relates how Athena helped King Perseus to cut off Medusa's head by giving him a mirror to use so he could avoid her deadly gaze. Yet, as much as these myths might have been used as evidence of the wise Athena's denunciation of the Feminine, they also contain symbolism that indicates how Athena preserved the goddess trinity. For, upon the death of Pallas, the grieving Athena placed her sister's name before her own. As for her attitude towards Medusa, she bore Medusa's image upon her breastplate and distributed her blood to healers as a regenerative medicine. The symbolic importance of the mirror in the Perseus-Medusa conflict also hints at Athena's wisdom and gift as a mediator in teaching how to reconcile opposites by seeing in oneself the disowned qualities that are projected onto opponents.
Pallas Athena signifies wisdom and creative problem solving in which a holistic view of conflicting or opposite elements (the Masculine and the Feminine) is required. This sense of fairness is backed up by a willingness to defend or fight for the underdog. Thus Pallas Athena is also associated with fighting for causes. She represents the application of practical skill and creative intelligence in order to best be of service. She was the goddess of war (defense, originally) as well as the goddess of wisdom and culture - patroness of the civilized arts such as pottery, sculpture, weaving, architecture, and animal husbandry. Pallas Athena can also represent the denial of one's own gender in an effort to cope with situations that require the skills of the opposite gender in order to survive, as well as the struggle to rediscover and reconnect with essential qualities of one's own sex. Androgynous conditions and healing through feminine wisdom, energy balancing or conflict resolution are also expressions of the Pallas Athena archetype.
Pallas Athena in Libra denotes perceptive insight or intuitional skill when it comes to creating balance and harmony - whether in the social context of human relationships, or in the aesthetic context of decoration and the arts. You may be particularly inventive or subtle in your ability to juggle all the components of a situation, or to arrange compromises that accommodate everyone's needs or points of view, and it may be important for you to utilize these skills in your career. (Difficulties may arise if the tendency to compromise involves a betrayal of the self, if you war against any other point of view but your own, or you justify the use of aggression or violence in the name of idealism or dogmatic crusades.) A natural gift for mediation, tact, taste, and diplomacy may be put to use in the defense of some cause or underprivileged group, perhaps women (see Pallas Athena's house position, below). If you are gifted artistically, these gifts may also be put to such use. Gender energies may be muted by an androgynous quality. The healing of the Feminine, or of the war between the Feminine and the Masculine could be a major concern. Skills in healing or conflict resolution may lie in the creative ability to work with opposites or polarities: Taoist practices that balance yin and yang (e.g. macrobiotics, tai chi, shiatsu, chi gung), marital counseling, or co-dependency, for example.
Pallas Athena in the fifth house grants a true flair for creative expression, and makes for a gifted actor or orator. You may be a spokesperson for the arts or for sports. You feel most creative when using your mind and your practical wisdom - perhaps in matters of justice or defense - and you enjoy games that force you to use your wits. You may be quite gifted in dealing with children, perhaps championing causes on their behalf. Romantically, you may be attracted to cultural or politically conscientious types who don't conform to traditional gender roles. You need creative, inspirational, or sport activities to keep your "wise warrior" spirit healthy, shining, and bright. Difficulty can arise if Pallas Athena's energy is expressed as a crusade in which self-expression is all that matters.
The asteroid Pallas Athena forms a challenging aspect with Mars. Your male assertive energies collide head-on with issues of culture, the arts, or social activism. You may feel, or be made to feel, that it is unmanly for men to express themselves in creative or artistic endeavors. Or perhaps you struggle with lack of confidence or fear of confrontation when it comes to expressing your creative mind or political views. The pursuit of more traditionally male activities may put you into conflict with sensitive issues of socio-cultural concern. Or perhaps your socio-political views leave you feeling uncomfortable about your more masculine characteristics, like anger or aggressive behavior. Either way, there may be some issue over the expression of one's masculine qualities. It is important for you to understand that both the need for cultural/creative expression achievement and the need for a healthy masculine assertiveness are legitimate. If either need is denied or suppressed, it will tend to pop up in negative forms that continue to irritate you until you find ways to make room for both in your life.
Juno (whose Greek name is Hera) is an ancient Queen of Heaven Goddess dating from that matriarchal period when the sovereign Deity was female and reigned alone, presiding over the mysteries of birth, motherhood, and the various phases of reproduction. Mythology relates how she was seduced by Zeus, married him out of a sense of honor, endured a marriage characterized by power struggles over issues of fidelity and bearing a line of descent, as well as how she went into retreat occasionally in order to renew and center herself. Her myth parallels the history of social upheaval in the lands where she was worshipped. Northern invaders struggled to impose traditions of patrilineal descent and the worship of their chief god, Zeus, upon the indigenous matriarchal cultures of Mycenaean Greece and Crete. Over a period of hundreds of years of cultural conflict, the two divinities were forced to share the altar. Thus, in addition to her authority over matters pertaining to childbirth and motherhood, Juno has come to be associated with issues of socially acknowledged relationship, legal marriage, marital fulfillment through commitment and fidelity, and the struggle for equality within a relationship. She represents, also, the kind of power struggles that involve controlling the partner through control over offspring, or through the withholding of sex or emotional intimacy. Juno can also represent committed relationships entered into out of a sense of duty, guilt, or for social reasons.
Juno represents both the need for relationship and the refusal to accept inequality within the context of a relationship. She represents the struggle to balance the need for intimacy with the opposing need for freedom - needs which both partners have, although one of these needs may be projected onto the partner. She can also represent the need to take marriage as a sacred trust, a way that leads to spiritual fulfillment through the reconciliation of the opposites in a state of union.
On another level, Juno can represent the way in which one feels rendered powerless by conflict in spite of sincere effort and irreproachable conduct on one's own part. The harder one tries, the more inadequate one's efforts seem to be, for there is a tendency to cling to old methods when circumstances have changed and a whole new paradigm is needed before the way clear can be seen. This frustration can sometimes lead to self-depreciation and loss of faith in oneself. Juno thus symbolizes the transition state between old and new ways of being, where the old fails to meet the needs of the times and the new is not yet manifest. She describes the need for a kind of spiritual self-rejuvenation that is needed in order to see oneself through times of utter disintegration into the future that awaits. Juno in the horoscope thus represents the ways in which we need to renew ourselves, and where our ability to adjust to changing circumstances is most tested.
Since marriage proved to be this goddess' testing ground, Juno in the horoscope also indicates the qualities associated with one's marriage partner and the ways in which one handles intimacy/freedom needs as well as the jealousy and insecurity that often accompany this balancing act. Juno's position describes the nature of any control issues, the ways in which such power struggles get enacted, and the type of sacred cows that need to be relinquished so that the path to marital fulfillment can unfold. Juno's placement in your chart can refer not only to your mate (or the way that you perceive your mate), but to the relationship and to your own behavior in a committed relationship as well.
With Juno in Virgo, you seek a partner who is able, efficient, modest, and interested in self-improvement. Someone who shares your ideal of constantly "working on the relationship" so that it is not only kept in squeaky-clean working order, but approaches the ideal of perfection itself. You appreciate a partner with practical skills, such as the use of herbs, nutritional know-how, or the ability to fix anything. It could be that, in spite of your best efforts, you yourself experience a sense of inadequacy or powerlessness when it comes to such matters, or that your partner is doing all the expressing in this regard (or vice versa). This could be a source of difficulty when it comes to intimate relations. Intimacy/freedom needs, childbearing, fidelity, and power issues need to be handled with plenty of ongoing self-analysis and practical adjustment, otherwise perfectionist attitudes can result with attendant harping and criticizing.
Juno in the fifth house indicates that your need for creative fulfillment is actualized through being in a partnership. You may like to have someone else with whom to share creative work with. You might need encouragement or inspiration from a loved one, or perhaps you feel creatively thwarted and meet these needs through your partner's creativity or through your children. Your most important relationship experiences will involve your children, lovers (romance may be a necessary ingredient in your relationship life), or creativity. The qualities described by Juno's sign position (above) indicates the manner in which you can best deal with these issues.
Juno forms a challenging aspect with Mars. Your fighting spirit and warrior skills are inextricably bound up with issues of committed relationships in such a way that these two aspects of yourself seem to be utterly incompatible. Perhaps you feel that the give and take needed for equality within a relationship is inconsistent with your assertive or competitive drives. Or your partner feels this way. One of you may have trouble dealing with anger and end up either venting it unfairly on the other, or employing passive-aggressive techniques to elicit angry expressions from the other person. Anger may be used as a way to control or manipulate the other partner. The resolution of the opposites comes from standing in the middle and not taking sides: the need for equality within a relationship and the need for assertiveness must both find conscious healthy expression. Otherwise you may tend to project one of these needs out onto others, which can result in difficulties with aggression or anger.
Juno forms a harmonious aspect with Jupiter. Your enthusiasm for Life and your search for meaning in it enhance and are enhanced by the whole issue of committed relationships. One partner may bring out the philosopher in the other, or encourage the other in their quests and explorations, and in faith and optimism in life's journey. Your intimate relationships may benefit from higher education, traveling, or cultural exchanges. Your own philosophical attitude about the balance of power in relationships may be supportive to your partner (or vice versa).
Juno forms a harmonious aspect with Uranus. The rebel meets the liberated partner! You are able to take a balanced approach towards the integration of your need for a committed, mutually supportive relationship and your need for freedom, experimentation, and doing your own thing. One partner may support the other's individual expression, revolutionary ideals or humanitarian endeavors. An interest in human rights activities, group activities, or "new age" pursuits may provide you and your partner with a comfortable way to share and enrich your relationship.
The asteroid Vesta (Latin) is named after the ancient Greek goddess Hestia, first born of the Olympian deities and last released by her father Cronos (father Time), who at one point swallowed all his offspring. Thus she denotes the beginning and the end - alpha and omega - and serves as a reminder of the source from which all things originate and to which all must return. She represents the preservation of sacredness and the state of connection to formless Essence. As such, she is the only Olympic deity not worshipped anthropomorphically; she is symbolized only by the altar and its sacred flame. Thus she also represents any sacred space - be it temple, sweat lodge, or meditation corner - that acts as a container in which we may center ourselves, and feel the presence of Spirit. In ancient times Vesta was worshipped both in the city center as the flaming altar, and in every home as the central hearth whose embers were literally passed on down through the generations from mother to daughter when the daughter married and established her own hearth. In this manner Vesta came to represent the perpetuation of the spark of life, and of civilization and one's ancestral and cultural roots.
In early matriarchal societies, priestesses honoring Hestia maintained a connection to this spiritual essence (represented by a sacred flame that they tended night and day). They offered themselves in sacred sexual union in order to teach the divine aspect of sexuality and the need to remain aware of the sacred while engaged in physical life. The priestesses remained unmarried and committed to none but themselves and their worship. Their sons (conceived anonymously during ceremonial summer solstice rites) served as year-kings when there was no royal heir. These customs were finally abolished when patrilineal traditions were enforced and the priestesses were compelled by the Roman king to serve as keepers of the new (patriarchal) civilization and to observe vows of celibacy. To break these vows entailed a cruel death penalty. In exchange for the relinquishment of their sexuality, matrilineal customs, and true spiritual function, the priestesses (Vestal Virgins) were granted freedom from paternal control.
Vesta's sacred flame represents, in the yogic tradition, the kundalinii force which, when properly awakened and channeled, leads to spiritual development. Thus, astrologically, Vesta has come to represent both spirituality and consecrated (or desecrated) sexuality. This can include a wide range of sexual expressions such as abstinence, renunciation and celibacy, the celebration of spiritually honored sexuality, sexual idealism, and the sacred whore. Astrologically, Vesta stands for that which provides us with inner sustenance; the way in which we are pulled back to our core or inner self; and the struggle between this and the demands of the outer world. Vesta represents the way in which we long to bless others with the fruits of the spiritual resources we have found within ourselves, but it is also the need to retreat and preserve our inner sanctuary against any disrespectful intrusion. Vesta is associated with dedication, focus, and commitment. She represents those things that helps us focus, the way in which we dedicate ourselves with heart and soul, and that for which we are ready (or compelled) to make a sacrifice. The things indicated by Vesta's position in your chart may be things that you feel compelled to give up or sacrifice, often out of a sense of spiritual compulsion. Yet they can also be the very things that evoke your dedication - leading to a sense of deep inner fulfillment when you are willing to make some sacrifices on their behalf. Keep this paradox in mind as you read on, for Vesta can express itself one way or the other - or both!
Vesta in Gemini indicates that communication, listening to others, and being heard are the things that help you focus and get centered. You use them to go inward, get in touch with yourself, and tap into your sense of dedication, which is then committed to communication activities like networking, teaching/learning, and the sharing of information and ideas by keeping in touch with others (described further by Vesta's house position, below). You revere communication and mental rapport when it comes to sexuality as well, for through it you can explore and come to know the spiritually fulfilling aspects of sex. It is possible that, through one-pointedness, you focus so much on this mental activity that the means becomes an end in itself and you lose sight of the goal it is meant to serve. If this happens, words and thoughts become divorced from real heart feeling - perhaps even used to create distance - and you end up feeling disoriented, off-center, and tempted to renounce communicative and mental pursuits. By constantly re-anchoring your mental activity in your sense of inner spiritual presence, you can renew the sense of fulfilling dedication to your goals.
Vesta in the first house indicates that your very sense of identity is bound up with some kind of sacrificial dedication or intense focus on your own goals or spiritual quest. This focus may be centered around your own identity, or the effort to establish a sense of your own true self or the link between the self and Spirit. This focus can be so one-pointed or compelling as to exclude yourself from an involvement in committed relationships with others. For you, the spiritual quest may be a highly personal one, with a need to follow your own inner spiritual authority and no one else's. People may perceive you as a priestess-like figure or spiritual authority - someone who serves as a representative of Spirit, and perhaps, of spiritual sexuality. Issues around the sacredness of sexuality - the violation of which is considered desecration - could be important concerns that have an impact upon your sense of self. There could be a denial of the sense of self, one's own sense of existence, or identity. You may feel committed to the effort to transcend the ego, and to renounce all sense of personal identity, name and fame, image, etc.
Your Vesta forms a harmonious aspect with the Moon. You may channel your sense of commitment to a cherished goal and your capacity for self-sacrifice into such things as nurturing, mothering, or domestic endeavors. Or you may focus your energies on such issues as emotional health and the healing of the inner child. You are able to balance your sense of dedication to your goals with your need for emotional fulfillment. You can honor your sexual and spiritual needs in a way that supports your emotional well being. Anima or mother figures may be supportive of you in these ways.
Your Vesta forms a harmonious aspect with Mercury. The need for commitment to a cherished goal and your capacity for self-sacrifice combine with your intellectual and communicative abilities in a natural, easy manner. You have great powers of mental concentration. You may be highly dedicated to your writing, educational, or communicative activities in a way that grants you inner fulfillment. You are able to communicate well about spiritual matters and/or sexual issues.
Your Vesta forms a harmonious aspect with Neptune. The Neptunian transcendental urges enhance Vesta's perception of the sacred unity of spirituality and the physical/sexual aspects of life. You are able to balance your need for passionate focus and dedication to work with your need for transcendental experience. You can integrate spiritual and sexual needs without creating a split between the two. Your capacity to concentrate and focus your energies may be used in support of the healing arts, or artistic or spiritual pursuits.
This report has described each of those five threads by house and sign, and has even described what happens when one of those threads is intertwined with other single threads (the other planets). And this does give you some kind of overall picture. But the best way to understand the pattern that all the threads make in their weaving of the whole unique carpet, is to consult an astrologer skilled in chart interpretation. The astrologer can make a big difference in helping you piece together the puzzle of your chart so that, in the end, you can see the beautiful carpet where once, perhaps, all you saw was a tangle of threads. Hopefully, this report will help you to understand some of the magical threads that are woven into your life.