As science and astronomy develop, we get to know of more celestial bodies. Astrology now takes into account features such as the Center of the Galaxy, the location of some fixed stars such as Regal and Antares, the comet Chiron and more. Amongst these celestial bodies that have crossed the lines between astronomy and astrology, we can find the Asteroid Belt.
The Asteroid Belt is a vast band of small asteroids that reside in a spacing that spans over 150,000,000 km in the area between Mars and Jupiter. This band is housed with more than half a million (!!) very small celestial bodies, most of which are less than 100 SKM, and yet all orbit around our Sun. The astrological legend says that these small celestial parts were once a planet that exploded, or perhaps gave itself up for a higher cause.
Amongst the asteroids there are a few that are a bit bigger than others. One (Ceres) was even declared a dwarf-planet (as was Pluto). Ceres is about 900 SKM. Four of these relatively bigger asteroids got their own names and now are even related to in astrology. Today many astrologers use the location of the four asteroids while reading the birth-chart, and I too – for the past few years – add these bodies to the charts I make and find their addition fascinating and accurate.
It is interesting that the four asteroids were all given feminine names and characters from the roman mythology, and together they give a glimpse into the feminine side of the chart. When one thinks of it, the feminine side was neglected for years. Looking at the astrological pantheon we can only see one feminine figure there, which is Venus. And Venus alone, although beautiful and radiant, cannot represent the complexity of the feminine kaleidoscope.
The four feminine asteroids represent the different functions women undertake, and together they help understand a woman’s chart much better. The asteroids are:
Ceres (Greek Demeter) – Mother Earth and goddess of harvest, one of Jupiter’s wives and the mother of Persephone. She represents the motherly part of a woman.
Juno – another partner of Jupiter, who represents the function of a lover and wife.
Pallas Athena – one of the most significant goddesses, patron of Athens, the warrior and the judge also known as Themis holding the Scale of Justice. Pallas Athena represents the part of the woman which is capable, the part that pursues the career and vocation and does not rely upon anyone or anything.
And Vesta – the great roman goddess leading the Vestal order of priestesses, which was the most religious order of Rome, keeping up the fire of the flame that was passed on to every new city and temple that was built. Vesta represents the spiritual part of the woman, the woman that keeps the burning spiritual flame safe.
These asteroids were discovered between the years 1808-1845, but only got into the astrological pantheon in the last 10-20 years. If we check to see what is the broader meaning of the feminine supplement to astrology, we will find out something fascinating.
As I see it there is a close connection between astronomy, astrology and the development of human awareness. Again and again we can see that the discovery of certain planets or other celestial bodies go hand in hand with changes held here on Earth which have to do exactly with the nature of the celestial body that was discovered. It is as though actual changes on Earth and our ability to discover more of our solar system and universe – go hand in hand.
We can see that with the discovery of Uranus in 1781, at the end of the 18th century, came the American Revolution that brought about the independence of the Americas, as well as the French revolution which eventually led to the fall of monarchies and the rise of states of individuals. Revolutions, great change and individualism are closely connected to Uranus’ astrological character.
Uranus’s discovery opened the doorway to more astronomical revelations, such as the discovery of Neptune and Pluto in the 19th and 20th centuries, which again go hand in hand with great global changes, such as the industrial revolution, advances in science and all we know of the last 200 years or so. It seems that as people’s awareness and minds expanded – so did our perception of our solar system, which “grew” at-least four times greater than it was perceived in ancient times (as the ancients thought Saturn was the furthest planet).
The discovery of the asteroids happened together with a feminine revolution taking place, as women started fighting for their rights, and being allowed to learn, work, vote and later on serve in different functions that till then only men were allowed to take on. Half of the population that for millennia was neglected starts to take its rightful place. And together with that, last but not least, astrology itself undergoes a huge change as more feminine frequencies are allowed to be perceived as part of our persona and destiny.
These days the feminine asteroids all have very special locations in the astrological chart, helping to facilitate the global shift we all witness. The location of the asteroids and their part in the current revolution will soon be written about here (stay tuned), but in the meantime it is good to be left with the question:
What does it mean that all four feminine asteroids now are located in very special places in the current astrological chart – and what will be the function of women in the huge global shift we are all witnessing?