by Alison Price
The asteroids orbit the Sun, and they are solar system bodies. They are smaller than the planets, and their paths lie mainly between Mars and Jupiter.
They are found in what is called “The Asteroid belt” which is a space between the personal planets (Sun to Mars) and the social planets (Jupiter and Saturn).
The earlier astronomers looked for it, and that is how Ceres the biggest and was the first asteroid to be discovered.
The Big Four Asteroids
The four largest asteroids are Ceres, Juno, Vesta, and Pallas Athene.
The big four asteroids were discovered first because they are so large, and they could be seen with the early telescopes. These are the main asteroids.
In 2006 Ceres, was reclassified as a dwarf planet (just like Pluto) due to its mass.
This special status conferred onto Ceres has brought Ceres into many astrologer’s mainstream practices, and you will often see it in printed charts.
The Asteroid Belt
The central asteroid belt lies between Mars and Jupiter and contains millions of varying sized objects some as large as the planet Pluto and some the size of a potato.
There are three areas where asteroids are found.
The main belt is where most of the astrology asteroids lie, and the Greeks and the Trojans which are groups that lie equally before and after on Jupiter’s orbit path at a sextile.
Asteroids and the Feminine
All the asteroids are named after Goddesses. They are mostly female.
Female goddess asteroids balance out the male-dominated planets such as Sun, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron in a chart.
The four main asteroids are all named after the females in a family.
In the myth of Jupiter, we see the asteroid names. Ceres was Jupiter’s mother, and Vesta was his sister, Juno was Jupiter’s wife, and Pallas Athene was his daughter.
There are hundreds of asteroids, and many of them have names which can be used in chart interpretation.
You may discover that there is an asteroid with your name and if so, it may have a special meaning for you in your chart.
The name an asteroid has reflects its meaning.
Many asteroids were named after Greek and Roman myths, and the asteroid with the same name has the meaning of the myth.
Generally, the asteroids take around four to five years to orbit the Sun.
Their paths lie between Mars, which has a two-year orbit, and Jupiter, with its twelve-year orbit, although some asteroid orbits are longer.
Note Chiron is not an asteroid.
The Big Four Asteroids
Ceres was the first asteroid to be discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi on January 1, 1801, in Palermo, Sicily.
- Mother and Earth mother.
- All aspects of physical nurturing, food, cooking, nutrition and eating disorders.
- The parent/child relationship, parental kidnapping and custody battles.
- Food production in general.
- The nurturing principle and where and how you feel nurtured.
- Love and comfort.
- Infertility and barrenness.
- Fear of abundance.
- Cereals and the harvest.
Discovered in 1802.
Pallas Athene Keywords:
- The father/daughter relationship and your relationship with your father.
- Mental nurturing.
- Your ability to weave, see patterns and link ideas.
- Your survival instinct.
- The arts.
- Creative intelligence. Intelligence, cerebral.
- Creative intuition and defense.
The kidneys and the immune system.
Juno is the third asteroid and was discovered in 1804.
- Wife, marriage, commitment, and your soul mate.
- Beauty, fashion and flowers.
- Relationship renewal and committed partnerships.
- Betrayal, denial, and inequality.
- Wife issues and powerlessness.
Vesta was the fourth asteroid discovered in 1807. Vesta is the second largest asteroid after Ceres.
- Sister, virgin, goddess, chastity, pure, and perfect.
- Keeper of the hearth. Sorority.
- Locks and keys.
- Investments and insurance.
- Dedication, devotion, and self-sacrifice.
- Promiscuity, segregation, apartheid, and denial.
- Fear of intimacy.
The Astrologer Asteroids – asteroids that relate to astrologers in general (Guest post).