Tina
Born: June 18, 1962
7:05 PM in Longview, Washington

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About Your Report
About Your Report

Based on your Astrology birth chart, the Goddess Powers report describes the energies of the four primary goddess archetypes -- Mother/Provider, Daughter/Maiden, Wife/Matron and Sister/Crone -- and how they will influence you in this lifetime. By analyzing the planetary and asteroidal positions present when you were born, this report reveals what each goddess energy represents to you personally, how to express and nurture your inner goddess, and how you can cultivate a deeper connection to your feminine powers.

The Goddess Powers report is gender neutral. It doesn't matter if you are a woman or man to find benefit in this personalized account of your innate goddess essence. In fact, we each have both feminine and masculine energy within us. The Goddess Powers report focuses on the wisdom of our feminine nature and gives us insight into how we can use that wisdom to live a richer and more meaningful life.

The Goddesses and the Asteroids

The goddess archetypes in this report are linked to the first four asteroids sighted by humans in the early 1800s -- Ceres, Palls, Juno and Vesta. Just like the planets of your birth chart, the position of these asteroids at your time of birth carries meaning about your astrological makeup, and in this case it eflects on how your goddess energies influence you.

The Asteroids as Developmental Stages

The four great asteroid goddesses form a symbolic system defining the four main stages of life, represented by the feminine. Arranging the asteroids in this way gives further clues to their meaning. However, a person may embody the symbolism of any of these asteroids at any time in her life.

How to Use This Report

As you read this report, think of your birth chart as a theatrical play -- the planets and asteroids are the actors, harmonizing with, clashing against or ignoring one another, depending on the aspects they make with the other points in your chart.

The report is broken into four chapters ... or scenes if you like ... each representing one of the four great goddess asteroids and stages of life -- Ceres the Mother/Provider, Pallas the Daughter/Maiden, Juno the Wife/Matron and Vesta the Sister/Crone. Interpretations are based on which sign and house of your chart a goddess asteroid falls within, and is specific to when you were born. The derived meanings relate to how the four goddess powers will express themselves and influence you during this lifetime.



Reading This Report

When you read about the sign placement of each asteroid, try not to draw any conclusions about until you read about the aspects each asteroid makes. For example, if you had Ceres in Cancer conjunct the planet Uranus, Ceres's Cancerian need for emotional security would be offset by Uranus's desire for freedom and change. Both indications may apply, but in different areas of life, or you may feel an ongoing sense of contradiction and tension between the two. Conversely, if several indications reinforce each other, their manifestation in your life will most likely be strong and obvious.

Chart Wheel & Summary of your Birth Chart
Chart Wheel & Summary of your Birth Chart
  Tina
  Born: June 18, 1962
7:05 PM in Longview, Washington
Tropical Placidus Daylight Savings time
GMT: 02:05:00 Time Zone: 8 hours West
Planetary Positions
  Planet   Sign Degree House Motion
Sun Gemini 2719'43" 7th House direct
Moon Capricorn 956'55" 2nd House direct
Mercury Gemini 1151'00" 7th House retrograde
Venus Leo 211'46" 8th House direct
Mars Taurus 1535'34" 5th House direct
Jupiter Pisces 1224'45" 3rd House direct
Saturn Aquarius 1047'03" 2nd House retrograde
Uranus Leo 2718'07" 9th House direct
Neptune Scorpio 1101'07" 11th House retrograde
Pluto Virgo 745'21" 9th House direct
Node Leo 1103'44" 8th House retrograde
  Ceres Cancer 457'56" 7th House direct
  Pallas Taurus 2012'49" 6th House direct
  Juno Cancer 443'01" 7th House direct
  Vesta Cancer 1042'02" 8th House direct
   
Major Aspects
  Aspect Degree
Sun Sextile Uranus 001'
Moon Sextile Jupiter 227'
Moon Opposition Vesta 045'
Moon Sextile Neptune 104'
Moon Trine Pluto 211'
Moon Opposition Ceres 458'
Moon Trine Mars 538'
Moon Opposition Juno 513'
Mercury Square Jupiter 033'
Mercury Trine Saturn 103'
Mercury Square Pluto 405'
Mars Sextile Jupiter 310'
Mars Square Saturn 448'
Mars Conjunction Pallas 437'
Mars Sextile Vesta 453'
Mars Opposition Neptune 434'
Jupiter Trine Neptune 123'
Jupiter Trine Vesta 142'
Jupiter Opposition Pluto 439'
Saturn Square Neptune 014'
Neptune Trine Vesta 019'
Neptune Sextile Pluto 315'
Pluto Sextile Ceres 247'
Pluto Sextile Juno 302'
Pluto Sextile Vesta 256'
Ceres Conjunction Juno 014'
Ceres Conjunction Vesta 544'
Juno Conjunction Vesta 559'
House Positions
House/Cusp   Sign Degree
Ascendant Sagittarius 344'06"
2nd House Capricorn 648'51"
3rd House Aquarius 1700'13"
Imum Coeli Pisces 2442'23"
5th House Aries 2340'20"
6th House Taurus 1537'24"
Descendant Gemini 344'06"
8th House Cancer 648'51"
9th House Leo 1700'13"
Midheaven Virgo 2442'23"
11th House Libra 2340'20"
12th House Scorpio 1537'24"
Ceres The Mother/Provider
Ceres The Mother/Provider

The Meaning of Ceres: Known to the Greeks as Demeter, Ceres is the provider, nurturer and mother figure of the goddess archetypes. She also rules agriculture and during her reign worked unceasingly to bring food and nourishment to the people of the earth. As you read more about Ceres, consider how her life, actions and personality may reflect aspects of yourself. How does the meaning of Ceres come up for you in your life? As a great goddess archetype, Ceres is an aspect of human nature that affects us all. Read on to learn more about the meaning of Ceres.


Ceres' Story

One of the great classical myths tells of the ravishment and abduction of Ceres's daughter, Persephone, by Pluto, lord of the underworld. Grieving, Ceres wandered over the earth in search of her missing child. In her grief, depression and anger, she caused a famine, withholding production of all food until her daughter was returned. Persephone meanwhile had eaten pomegranate seeds, a symbol of sexual awareness, thus giving Pluto a claim over her so that she could not be returned permanently to her mother. A compromise was reached whereby Persephone would spend part of each year in the underworld with Pluto caring for the souls of the dead, but each spring would be reunited with her mother in the upper world as she initiated the dead into the rites of rebirth. For over two thousand years, this drama was celebrated regularly in ancient Greece as the initiation rites of the Eleusinian mysteries.

The Mother-Child Relationship

Ceres represents the part of our nature that longs to give birth and then nourish and sustain the new life. She represents the essential bonding or lack thereof that occurs between mother and child. She is the impulse not just to nurture, but also to be nurtured by others through the giving and receiving of acceptance and unconditional love.

The story of Ceres and Persephone speaks to the complex mother-child relationship, emphasizing the interplay of closeness and separation, of nurturing and eventual letting-go as the child becomes an adult able to function on her or his own. Once the letting-go is accomplished, the child is free to reestablish the bond in a different key by becoming a friend to the parent and by producing grandchildren.

Love and Loss of the Child

The Ceres myth also contains the themes of major physical or emotional loss, separation, abandonment, rejection and estrangement that occur between parents and children, and later in life with other loved ones. One example of this is the anguish we face in cases of divorce or adoption when we need to share our children with their other parent. Ceres symbolizes attachment to whatever we have given birth to or created, and also the agony of losing it. If her myth is one of loss, however, it is also one of return, of death but also rebirth. Reminding us that loss makes way for new birth, Ceres can teach us the lesson of letting go.

A central part of Ceres bonding is the giving of food as an expression of love. In our early experiences as children, this food and love may be freely given. In other instances, however, it is conditionally awarded, withheld as a form of punishment, pushed upon us or simply neglected. Then the self-love and self-worth of the child are undermined and underdeveloped, causing a host of psychological problems.

The mythological Ceres withheld food in the midst of her grief and depression. Correspondingly, one typical kind of Ceres wound is an obsessive relationship with food, including the whole range of eating disorders and food-related illnesses. Related to this, there can also be problems with a poor body image.

In her grief, Ceres became immobilized. Thus another Ceres problem manifests as being plunged into depths of depression or despair, making us incapable of daily functioning, work and all other forms of productivity. To the extent that depression is associated with incomplete mourning, working through the stages of grief (shock, anger, bargaining, depression and ultimately acceptance) can help to promote healing in times of loss.

Protection and Letting Go

An additional theme comes from Ceres's daughter Persephone being raped by Pluto, her mother's brother. This points to fears that parents may have in protecting their children from similar harm. Certain Ceres placements in the chart may also point to one's having oneself experienced incest or other sexual abuse as a child.

In a desire to keep their children safe, parents with strong Ceres placements can become overly controlling and restrictive. In order to establish their own identity, their children may then struggle against the parental attachment. This, in turn, can bring up the Ceres theme of loss of the child.

Ceres also teaches the wisdom that over-attachment and possessiveness can eventually bring loss, whereas sharing and letting go lead ultimately to reunion.

Mother of the World

On a transpersonal level, Ceres as the Mother of the World moves us to care about the homeless and hungry, and also about the destruction of the earth's resources. She urges us to take compassionate action to provide for fundamental human needs, and to care for the body of the earth which supports and sustains us.

Ceres not only gave birth to the living, but in her aspect as Persephone she received the souls of the dead back into her womb to prepare them for rebirth. Thus Ceres can also express as a vocation for either midwifery or hospice work, facilitating the transition from death to life and back again on either the physical or the psychological level.

Symbol of Transformation and Nurturance

Ceres embodies the great truth of transformation, that from death comes new life. This comes not just from the Persephone part of her story, but also from the nature of food, which always requires the taking of plant or animal life in order to sustain our own lives.
The zodiacal sign of Ceres shows the particular quality of nurturing that you experienced as a child. This sets the stage for how you presently nurture the child within yourself, and ultimately determines how you nurture others. The sign position of Ceres can alert you to possible problems with nurturing and can direct you to the kinds of experience that you need to feel unconditionally loved and accepted.

These indications may be reinforced or contradicted by other factors in the chart, such as aspects and (if you have given your birth time) houses. Therefore, to get a rounded picture, be sure to read through the whole section on each asteroid goddess.

One of the great classical myths tells of the ravishment and abduction of Ceres's daughter, Persephone, by Pluto, lord of the underworld.

Now read about how Ceres' energy affects you.

Your Ceres in Cancer: When you were born, Ceres was traveling through the sign Cancer. More than most children, you identified nurturance with bonding with your mother, feeling loved, and being fed. You wanted to be reassured that everything was going to be all right. You also wanted your parents to be emotionally supportive and to encourage you to express your moods and feelings. If these needs were not met in an ideal manner, you may have felt rejected and uncared for, anxious and insecure. This could lead to excessive neediness or emotional dependency on your part, which you may still be coping with today. Alternatively, you might have felt smothered by an over-protective or over-concerned caregiver, leading to a later dislike of over-closeness.

As an adult, you tend to want these Ceres needs met by whomever you turn to for nurturing - whether it be a parent, partner or other loved one. You can nurture yourself through asking the child within you what it needs for emotional fulfillment, and by providing for those needs. In turn, you nurture your children or loved ones by helping to create a warm and loving family, however you define that to be. Particularly for those with Ceres in Cancer, home life may center about the kitchen and dining table, and nurturance may become identified with giving and receiving food.

Your Ceres in the Seventh House: With Ceres moving through the Seventh House at the hour of your birth, you tend to nurture yourself and others through fostering one-to-one relationships. This could lead to work as a counselor, negotiator, advocate or even a matchmaker. When you are in a primary relationship, your partner tends to be your main source of nurturing and the focus of your own nurturing instincts. This can lend an extra measure of tenderness to your relationship. If you have unresolved early childhood issues, however, your relationship is guaranteed to become the central focus for working these out. One or both of you may experience the other as a parent. If the parent is loving, this can be relatively benign, but if the parent is not loving, the presence of Ceres in the Seventh House will be an issue for you to work on.

One danger is that you and/or your partner to become overly dependent on the other. Such dependency conflicts with the egalitarian nature of the Seventh House. It may take great effort and intent on the part of both of you to transform this dependency into a true relationship of equals.

Among the many forms of loss that people are likely to experience, for you one of the more poignant can be the loss of a partner. If the relationship had problems with dependency issues, this loss may be what finally frees you from the illusion that your are not grown up and able to fend for yourself. In this way you grow and become better able to sustain a future relationship.

Your Ceres conjunct Juno. Strong influence.: Ceres's urge to nurture and give unconditional love combines with Juno's desire for a committed relationship.

More About Ceres & Juno: With this contact, the likelihood is high that the purpose of your primary relationship will be to raise children and create a family. If there are no children, you and your partner will mutually exchange unconditional love and caretaking. The two of you may become involved with Ceres-related projects such as gardening, nurturing others, and caring for the earth. Also, nurturing each other through the preparing and sharing of food may be important in your relationship. You may attract a nurturing, parental partner, or your partner may see you in this way. More than most people, you may experience your partner as nurturing and providing. If Ceres energies are not working well, however, you may experience your partner as over-attached, smothering or dependent.

In your committed relationships, parental issues may be played out with one person playing the role of "parent" and the other playing the role of "child." There may be nothing wrong with this, especially if you periodically switch roles so that each person can play both parent and child. Problems arise when roles become rigid and one partner becomes excessively dependent on the other. Juno's need for mutuality and equality is subverted by this kind of dependency.

Another way this aspect could work out is that unresolved difficulties with your parents could bleed over into your primary relationship. Thus, your unmet needs from your parental relationships as well as your resentments may be projected onto your partner. Therapy can be helpful to decondition the subconscious images and past imprinting that may be contaminating your relationship in the present.

There may exist potential disagreements with your mate over child rearing. In addition, you may experience conflicts between your responsibilities as a parent and those as a partner. If your children are from a previous marriage and your spouse does not get along with them, then you may experience conflicting pulls of loyalty between the two. There may also be problems with inlays or other members of your partner's family.

Alternatively, your primary relationship may be not with a mate but with either your parents or your children. As an adult, you may share a home with your parents. This could be to care for them as they age. You could also care for them from a distance, but your relationship with them would be somehow central in your life. Or, in the absence of a mate, you may look to your children to meet your primary relationship needs. This is not healthy for the child, who could become emotionally enmeshed with you.

Your Ceres conjunct Vesta. Strong influence.: Ceres's capacity to nurture and give unconditional love combines with Vesta's urge to deepen one's relationship to one's true Self, explore one's spirituality and find a true vocation or path of service.

More About Ceres & Vesta: This connection in your chart between Ceres and Vesta suggests a special devotion to your family, and also a special ability to experience or give nurturing through your work, vision quest, or spiritual practice. Whether it is to children or other loved ones, one of the principal ways you nurture is by providing spiritual guidance. In some instances, you may become inspired to dedicate your life to serving and nurturing others. Another appropriate way to combine these archetypes is to focus on your own self-care and self-nurturing.You may follow a spiritual path that worships the Divine Mother or Mother Earth; or you may play a parental role in your spiritual community - for example, being the mother superior of a convent. Because of Ceres's connection with the death/rebirth mysteries, you may become involved with hospice work.

Sexuality can be another way you nurture yourself or others. At the same time, sexual inhibitions or complexes may make it difficult for you to get your sexual needs met. In your family of origin, there may have been either inappropriate sexual acting-out or total sexual repression. Emotional or physical incest may have also been part of your early childhood experience. Based on Vesta's mythology, you may have fears of giving birth. These fears may manifest as problems in conceiving or carrying a child to term.

There is an inherent conflict between Ceres's desire to tend to family demands and Vesta's need to seek solitude or to be engrossed in work. You will want to find creative ways to balance these competing needs. If you are not able to do this, you may feel alienated from the parenting role or from the family system. Thus, you may periodically want to withdraw from your familial responsibilities in order to nourish yourself and your soul.

Pallas The Daughter/Maiden
Pallas The Daughter/Maiden

The Meaning of Pallas: Pallas was better known to the Greeks as Athene, the Goddess of Wisdom and Warfare. Her archetype represents coming of age, exploration, education, daughter, maiden and even battle when necessary to defend one's rights to territory and independence. How does Pallas speak to your ability to pursue your own path and express your deepest desires? Allow the story of Pallas to illuminate your immediate goals and discover the wisdom you need to accomplish them. As a great goddess archetype, Pallas is an aspect of human nature that affects us all. Read on to learn more about the meaning of Pallas.


Pallas' Story

Pallas is said to have sprung full-grown, clad in a suit of gleaming war armor, from the crown of the head of her father, Zeus (Jupiter), and to have immediately taken her place at his right-hand side. As patroness of Athens, she presided over military strategies during wartime and over justice in peacetime. She also fostered useful arts, including spinning and weaving, pottery, healing and other areas in which human skill and ingenuity improve the quality of life for all. Another art that she fostered was horse-taming (an interesting association in light of the "horse-crazy" stage that many girls go through in early adolescence).

Among all the goddesses, the classical Greeks held Pallas Athene in a unique position of power and respect. She walked easily and freely through the world of gods, heroes and men as their colleague, advisor, equal and friend. She was idealized as Athene Parthenia, the virgin warrior queen, and took neither lovers nor consorts. In the myths she denied her matriarchal origins, claiming that no mother gave her life, as she arranged for the death of her sister Medusa. In all things except marriage, she upheld male supremacy.

The price that was extracted from her was the denial of her femininity. She severed her connection from her mother (Metis), her sisters, the community of women and her sexuality, and lost touch with her feminine qualities of sensitivity, softness and vulnerability.

Serpent of Wisdom and Creativity

Pallas Athene is mythologically related to an ancient lineage of goddesses from the Near East, North Africa and Crete who were associated with the serpent as a symbol of wisdom and healing. She affirmed this connection by placing the head of her dark sister, Medusa, the serpent-haired queen of wisdom, in the center of her breastplate.
In the yogic tradition, kundalini energy is depicted as a serpent that is coiled at the base of the spine ready to rise through the spinal canal and emerge from the top of the head as cosmic illumination. This has similarities to the wisdom of Pallas Athene, who emerged from the head of Jupiter.
Pallas Athene's association with both the serpent and the taming of horses suggests that her basic theme has to do with reason, civilizing the forces of nature for the benefit of humankind. As a woman, she represents the force of nature that brings new life into being, the raw energy that underlies aliveness. As her father's daughter, she executes his will, using that force for the good of society. Administering justice, she is able to discern the truth amid tumultuous emotions. Healing illness, she diverts the life force back into the proper channels. As a weaver and potter, she uses cleverness and dexterity to turn raw materials into useful objects.

Harbinger of Independent Women

Through the ages, women have been major contributors to these arts of civilization. However, in some eras such as the one we are emerging from, many of the civilized arts including the law, medicine and manufacturing were largely taken over by men while the role of most women was limited to handmaiden and reproducer of the race.

In our culture still, women who are smart, powerful, strong, and accomplished are like Pallas in that they may not be considered "real women." They are often pressured to make a choice between career and creative self-expression on the one hand, and relationship and family on the other. We see Pallas Athene all over again in the high-school girl who is applauded for her victory on the debate team, but who is not asked to the prom.
The danger of the Pallas Athene archetype is one of severing our feminine side and encasing the wounds in armor. This may lead us to further our ambitions with a kind of cold, ruthless, calculating, expedient strategy.To heal ourselves, we must remember that even though the Greek myths had Athene denying her female origins, they still made her not a god but a goddess, one whose unique strength has its roots in the feminine powers of nature.
Her story enlarges the possibilities for women, telling women everywhere that they, too, are free, if they wish, to channel their womanly life-creating Venus energy not only through their procreative powers but also through their intellects. This is the Pallas way of enriching and enhancing life. Pallas Athene, that productive and powerful goddess, shows that women do not have to be men to be effective in the world. As women, they are able to impart a special kind of life-promoting energy to intellectual and professional pursuits.

Daughter of the Masculine

As Zeus's favorite daughter, the archetypal "daddy's girl," Pallas Athene points to another issue, our relationships to our own fathers. In our birth charts she reveals the ways in which we emulate them, seek their approval, want to interact in their world and give them power over our lives. A strong, well-placed Pallas in a woman's chart usually shows a girl who was cultivated by her father and who has learned valuable life skills from him.

In addition, the placement of Pallas may suggest how you relate to your father, what fathers stand for, and how you incorporate the qualities of the opposite sex into your own makeup. It may also suggest what life was like for you when you were deciding upon a career and setting out for yourself in the world.
As a woman dressed in the garb of a warrior, Pallas speaks to calling up and expressing the masculine within women, and the feminine within men. This movement toward androgyny balances and integrates polarities within the self and brings wholeness through reclaiming our contrasexual identity.

Healing Artist

Pallas Athene's serpent symbolism also connects her to the healing arts. In one of her guises she was called Hygeia, goddess of miraculous cures. Her armor and shield can be likened to our immune system warding off attacks. She especially represents the power of our minds in curing disease.

Insofar as Pallas is the military strategist and the administerer of justice, her placement in the horoscope shows how you apply your intelligence to warding off attack and preserving balance and integrity in your body, mind and social interactions. This is not only a matter of self-defense, it is also a fundamental principle of healing. The placement of Pallas in your chart shows the healing modalities that are likely to work best for you, either when applied to yourself, or by you to others.

Creative Thinker

To sum up, Pallas represents the part of you that wants to channel creative energy to give birth to mental and artistic progeny, children of the mind. She represents your capacity for creative wisdom and clear thinking, and speaks to your desire to strive for excellence and accomplishment in your chosen field of expression.
The model of the strong, courageous, ingenious, artistically creative and intelligent woman, Pallas shows how you use your intelligence to seek truth; how you achieve in practical, mental or artistic fields; and how you work to attain worldly power.
The zodiacal sign in which Pallas was placed at your birth shows the style of perception through which your creative mind operates, and also your style of applying your creative intelligence and ingenuity to the affairs of life. It can therefore have a lot to do with your career and hobbies. It also shows the special kind of wisdom and skill that you offer to the world. In a sense, the placement of Pallas shows how you carry out the will of the Deity (or the light within you) and make it materialize on earth.

Your Pallas in Taurus: Your creative intelligence is expressed particularly well in the physical world of tangible substance. In this Venus-ruled sign, the organizing, civilizing function of Pallas may come out as being in touch with the world of the senses and creating beauty in tactile, visual, or perhaps auditory ways. You may be ingenious at shaping earthy things, such as pottery, with your hands, or in dealing rationally with slightly more rarefied forms of substance and energy such as money. Your healing gifts will very likely be expressed through highly physical means such as the laying on of hands or other forms of bodywork. In Taurus, Pallas Athene may also take up her spear and shield to protect the beautiful world of nature and work for ecological and environmental concerns.

For you, the ingenuity and intelligence of Pallas may be brought to bear on form, texture and color, enabling you to create beauty in tangible media such as sculpture, painting, gardening or landscaping. In this sign connected with the throat, Pallas may also find expression through the voice or other forms of music or sound.

The special wisdom of Pallas in Taurus is common sense: that is, finding practical solutions to daily problems.

Your Pallas in the Sixth House: Pallas Athene in the Sixth House directs your creative talents toward health and hygiene, or making everyday life more efficient, or rendering some sort of service, most likely in your daily work or job. This Pallas placement could also manifest as a concern with the well-being of your fellow workers, either through traditional labor organizing or through obtaining benefits such as fitness centers, drug and alcohol treatment, or child care in the workplace.

In the Sixth House, Pallas becomes more than usually concerned with healing. The Sixth House gives her a special concern with maintaining the body through diet and exercise, and also through using the mind to heal and maintain health, as in creative visualization. Any of this could be directed not just toward maintaining your own health, but in a job or career concerned with promoting the health of others. In addition, the activism of Pallas could give rise to your embarking on political crusades for health issues, such as keeping food and water safe from impurities and harmful chemical additives, fighting nuclear pollution, or eliminating other causes of disease.

Juno The Wife/Matron
Juno The Wife/Matron

The Meaning of Juno: In classical mythology, Juno, known to the Greeks as Hera, was wedded to Jupiter (Greek Zeus), supreme king of heaven and earth. As such, she became his queen and the Goddess of Marriage. Timelessly connected to relationship, Juno represents fidelity, monogamy, intimacy and the challenges associated with any partnership. Consider these themes as you interpret the influence of Juno's archetype in your life. How do you handle intimacy and relationship with those you love? Do you honor your love partners with monogamy or do you struggle to stay committed? As a great goddess archetype, Juno is an aspect of human nature that affects us all. Read on to learn more about the meaning of Juno.


Juno's Story

In the myths of an earlier time, long before her meeting with Jupiter, Juno was one of the primary great goddesses in her own right. As the only one who was his equal, Juno was chosen by Jupiter to initiate with him the rites of legal, monogamous, patriarchally defined marriage. As his queen, she became but a figurehead and was repeatedly deceived, betrayed and humiliated by her husband's many infidelities. In the myths Juno was portrayed as a jealous, manipulative, vindictive, revengeful and malcontent wife who, after tempestuous fights, would periodically leave her husband. However, she always returned to try to work things out one more time.

Goddess of Intimacy and Devotion

In the human psyche, Juno represents that aspect of each person's nature which feels the urge to unite with another person to build a future together in a committed relationship. This partnership is sustained over time through a formal and binding commitment, whether it be a worldly or spiritual bond. Juno speaks to our desire to connect with a mate who is our true equal on all levels -- psychologically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

When we do not receive intimacy, depth, equality, honesty, respect and fulfillment in our unions, Juno speaks to our emotions of disappointment, despair, anger and rage, which can overwhelm us. This is especially true when we have given up a great deal, such as a career, family, home, or religion, to enter the relationship. The Juno in us makes us confront the issues of submission and domination, fidelity and infidelity, trust and deception, forgiveness and revenge. In her realm we find ourselves in power struggles for equality as we attempt to balance and integrate ourselves with another person and learn to transform selfish desires into cooperative union.
Within a context of separation and return, Juno encourages us to take the vow of "for better or worse, in sickness and health, till death us do part."
She brings the wisdom that conscious relationship is a path to spiritual enlightenment, and the knowledge that relationships allow us to perfect and complete ourselves.

In today's world, Juno is also a symbol for the plight of battered and powerless wives and minorities; for the psychological complexes of love-addiction and codependency; for the rise in divorce rates as people are driven to release unmeaningful relationships; and for the re-definition of traditional relationships in the face of feminism and of gay and lesbian coupling.


Committed Wife and Partner

To sum up, Juno is the archetype of the wife and partner who maintains her marital commitment to her husband in the face of conflict and struggle. In the birth chart she, along with other chart factors such as the Seventh House, represents your capacity for meaningful committed relationships, your attitude toward such relationships and the type of relationship experiences that you need in order to feel fulfilled. She represents both what you need and what you attract, and she also signifies the ways in which you act out your disappointment over broken unions. These relationships are usually romantic in nature, but may sometimes assume other forms such as business, professional or creative partnerships.

If you are in a relationship, you may want also to determine the element of your partner's Juno. In general, fire signs are most compatible with air signs, while earth and water seem to form a harmonious pair. However, if you and your partner's Juno's are placed in challenging elements (for example, fire and water), the relationship is still workable. It simply means that you will have to make more of an effort to understand each other's needs.

The sign that Juno was in when you were born describes what you are seeking in a long-term sexual partnership such as marriage, or, by extension, in a business partnership or enduring friendship. It can give clues about your most likely relationship problems and can suggest ways to make your style of relating more harmonious.

Your Juno in Cancer: Emotional closeness and nurturing are likely to be central to your one-to-one relationships. A strong emphasis on home life, perhaps including the sharing of meals on a regular basis, is likely to be one of the ways in which you foster the intimacy and strong sense of emotional connection that you need.You need a partner who can talk openly about his or her feelings and also be comfortable when you display your feelings. You want your feelings, no matter what they are, to be validated and understood. Also, you may often need your partner's reassurance that he or she loves you and that all is well in the relationship.

When these emotional needs are not met, you may become moody, clinging, and dependent. In fact, dependency issues may be a major lesson for either you or your partner. Each of you needs to maintain your own autonomy and avoid being overly merged or enmeshed with the other. Then, even while you experience the intimacy and closeness that those with Juno in Cancer crave, both of you will still be able to grow and evolve as individuals.

One other possible reaction of your Juno in Cancer is the tendency to withdraw into a shell to protect yourself when you feel hurt or vulnerable. To restore connection and trust between you and your partner, you may need to pay special attention to developing and using good interpersonal communication skills. These include using "I" statements to share your feelings: that is, clearly indicating to your partner how you feel without adding the baggage of accusation or blame.

With Juno in Cancer, even business partnerships can take on an intimate and emotional tone. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If you remember to set up some ground rules and be open about emotional issues as they come up, you may find these associations quite nurturing. It's also possible that your product or service will have to do with parenting, home or family life.

Your Juno in the Seventh House: With Juno in the house of committed partnerships, the need to form and maintain primary relationships becomes a major focus throughout your life. Your life lessons are learning to share power, resolve conflicts, and develop trust. To avoid giving power away to the partner, you need first to cultivate a strong sense of self. You then need to develop receptivity to accommodate the needs of another person. Lessons also come through learning how to approach others to initiate relationships, as well as how to get along with them once the relationship has started. For you fully to integrate these themes, it may take more than one relationship over the course of a lifetime. While marriage or an equivalent form of long-term sexual partnership may be paramount, you may also work out these themes in business partnerships or other forms of one-to-one relationship. This could be the relationship between a client and a therapist, counselor, consultant or tutor. You may spend a good part of your life playing either the role of the client or the one who is consulted. Even when you are "just friends" with someone, the relationship may take on the quality of an important one-to-one confrontation in which you struggle to become true equals.

One side of face-to-face confrontation is warfare. Particularly if Mars is

prominent in your chart, or is connected with Juno or your Seventh House, you may work out your relationship issues in open conflict with another. Fortunately, these conflicts are likely to be straightforward instead of sneaky, and if you stick to some rules and fight fairly, they may actually have a constructive outcome.

Your Juno conjunct Vesta. Strong influence.: Juno's commitment to partnership must deal with Vesta's virgin nature as whole and complete in herself.

More About Juno & Vesta: Associated with the First and Seventh Houses of the birth chart, Vesta and Juno signify the polarity between the self and the other. If this polarity is not integrated, you may experience a conflict between personal focus and relationship needs. Some people with this aspect feel that all their energy must go into work on themselves so that they have nothing left to give to a partner. Or if they are in a relationship, they may feel isolated or alienated from the partner. For others, the great relationship of their lives maybe with their own spirituality. They may relate primarily to a spiritual teacher or guru, or feel a calling to unite with the divine rather than with an earthly partner.

It is still possible, however, to have a long-term marriage-type relationship with another human being. Vesta brings a feeling of sacredness to the union. Self-contained, she does not cling, but with her great focus and devotion she keeps the home fires burning just as she does in the myth.

Juno-Vesta unions are especially likely to succeed when the partners assist each other in spiritual growth. You may either follow a spiritual path together, or pursue parallel paths. In either case, your common goal to seek higher consciousness can contribute to the relationship's well-being.

Sexual issues are likely to be important in Juno-Vesta partnerships. Like the pre-Classical temple priestesses, you may find yourself alternating between intense sexual activity and periods of celibacy. Your interactions with your significant other may bring up sexual fears and inhibitions from the past, which you may have to experience and work through before intimacy can be attained.

With this Juno-Vesta aspect, you may attract a partner who is focused, self-identified and devoted, or your partner may see you in this way. If the energies of Vesta are not working well, however, you may experience your partner as self-absorbed, alienated or repressed.

Vesta The Sister/Crone
Vesta The Sister/Crone

The Meaning of Vesta: To the ancient Greeks, Vesta was known as Hestia, a name derived from the word for hearth. It is believed that she helped in domesticating fire and initiating the ritual of sacrificial offerings. She represents the mystical, virginal and sexually transcendent energies, serving as the goddess of ecstatic illumination and spiritual rebirth. How can Vesta's powers for spiritual alchemy inspire you in your journey of self discovery and transformation? As a great goddess archetype, Vesta is an aspect of human nature that affects us all. Read on to learn more about the meaning of Vesta.


Vesta's Story

As the eldest of the Olympian gods, she was the most venerated, and was always given the first sacrifices and libations. There are few stories about her deeds, and the few depictions of her show her in repose, indicating an inward, contemplative nature. She refused the marriage offers of Apollo and Poseidon, and under Zeus's protection vowed to remain a virgin forever.In Roman mythology, Hestia became Vesta, always veiled, but known as the most beautiful of the deities. In the home she was venerated as the protectress of the hearth and its flame. In public life, she was thought of as the protectress of the state, and her priestesses were the six Vestal Virgins of Rome. Dedicated to spiritual service, the Vestals were responsible for keeping the sacred flame burning which was thought to ensure the safety of Rome. They enjoyed great prestige, but if they let the flame go out, they were whipped, and if they violated their oath of chastity during their term of office, they were punished by a public whipping, and then buried alive.

Nun and Virgin

Vesta became the prototype of the medieval nun. However, several thousand years earlier in the ancient Near East, the predecessors of the Vestals tended a temple flame but also engaged in sacred sexual rites in order to bring healing and fertility to the people and the land.
The original meaning of the word "virgin" meant not "chaste," but simply "unmarried." Whereas Ceres and Juno required relationship to complete themselves, Vesta's priestesses represent an aspect of the feminine nature that is whole and complete in itself.
When the old goddess religions gave way to those of the solar gods, sexuality became divorced from spirituality, such that a woman desiring to follow a spiritual path had to remain chaste. Earlier, however, a priestess, representing the goddess, could enter into a state of spiritual transcendence through sexual union with an partner in a manner that did not call for marriage or commitment. In the later patriarchal culture, ecstatic illumination was experienced as the descent of the spirit of the god into oneself, and the now-chaste Greek priestesses became the brides of the god Apollo in the sense that the Christian nuns became the brides of Christ.

Goddess of Sacred Sexuality

In the human psyche, Vesta represents the part of each person's nature that feels the urge to experience the sexual energy of Venus in a sacred manner. This may occur in several different ways.

If we are a typical product of our culture's mores, we will most likely internalize this sexual energy. We may devote ourselves to following a spiritual, religious, or meditational path, even following in priestly or monastic footsteps. Or, in our lifelong therapeutic work, we may experience this union with the Self as the process of psychological integration. In one way or another, we turn inward to attain clarity, and in this way we energize ourselves. The vision that arises when we reach the whole and self-contained core of our being then enables us to follow a vocation in which we can be of service in the world.
Vesta the virgin speaks to us of the importance of the relationship we have with ourselves. This may lead to a single lifestyle. If we are married, we may not be comfortable with the total surrender asked for in the merging with another. In Vesta's realm we may find our most satisfactory sexual encounters in being our own best lover.
Alternatively, we may hark back to the earlier cults of priestesses in the Ancient Near East, and periodically find ourselves in sexual encounters with those who pass briefly through our lives or to whom we are not married or committed. These couplings are often marked by a sense that something special, healing and sacred has occurred. To the extent that our society has no context in which to validate sexual unions that do not lead to becoming mated, we may be left with a sense of shame, guilt, and incompleteness. To free ourselves from this burden, we must understand the inherent nature of Vesta's virgins and how they unified sexuality and spirituality.

Keeper of the Flame

Vesta protects not only the inner flame of spirituality and sexual energy, but also other precious things that ensure the continuation of human life. As "keeper of the flame" she preserved the state and the institutions of society. She also guarded the home and hearth, including kitchens and the preparation and purity of food. Today she could be seen as a librarian, museum curator, or other sort of worker who preserves the sparks of human culture. She could also express herself in an occupation that deals with housing or food.

Through Vesta, you integrate and regenerate on inner levels so that you can then focus and dedicate yourself to work in the outer world. In the human psyche, Vesta represents the process of spiritual focus that can lead to personal integration. In a broader sense, she signifies the ability to focus on and dedicate ourselves to a particular area of life. When our focus becomes too narrow, we can sometimes feel limited and hemmed in. When our capacity to focus is obstructed, we can feel scattered. This, too, may cause us to experience limitation in the area of life represented by Vesta's sign or house position.
Vesta is the archetype of the Sister and the Temple Priestess, whose virginity signifies her wholeness and completeness within herself. Her sign, house and aspect placements in your birth chart show how you use the basic sexual energy of Venus to deepen your relationship to yourself.
The zodiacal sign of Vesta in your chart suggests how you can best cultivate the spiritual flame within, and then use it in service to others. It can alert you to ways in which the intense focusing quality of Vesta can become too narrow and hence counterproductive, and itcan also provide a key to exploring the spiritual qualities of sexual energy.

Your Vesta in Cancer: Your path of self-integration involves exploring and learning to feel comfortable with your emotions. Once you nurture yourself in this way, your path of service can be to nurture and care for others. Fortunately, in processing emotions and feelings, you have great power to engage in long-term, concentrated focus. Just beware of this concentration becoming too single-minded, for if overdone it can lead to too much subjectivity and to becoming hypersensitive and needy.

For you, service tends to take the form of being devoted to family members, or to the human family at large. In nourishing and protecting another being, you come home to yourself and feel whole. If you have not first tended to your own emotional needs, however, you may experience a conflict between taking care of yourself and meeting the needs of your family or calling.

In your spiritual life, you may be attracted goddess-based religions that embrace the feminine side of deity, or to religions such as Judaism which emphasize devotional acts in the home. If you do church or charitable work, it may have to do with fostering children or with feeding, clothing and sheltering the poor.

To bring the sacred dimension into your sexual or other intimate relationships, you will want to feel a deep emotional bond with your partner and have him or her understand and accept the wide range of your feelings. Rituals having to do with food may also enhance this sense of sacred sharing.

Your Vesta in the Eighth House: With Vesta in the Eighth, you are dedicated to penetrating the great mystery of life, the source from which all energy comes and to which it returns. This may surface as an interest in psychic research, depth psychology, the occult, near-death experiences, death and dying, or sexuality.More fundamentally, this placement of Vesta has to do with engaging your own emotional energy. You may initially feel a painful sense of emotional constriction or limitation. In doing something about it, you embark on your spiritual path. You may have intense highs and lows, causing you to master your emotions so that they do not control or overwhelm you. You are fortunate, for this placement of Vesta gives you great power to focus on these hidden realms. Once they are identified, truly felt and accepted, you will find that your emotions bring you to the Divine. In doing so, they become an immense source of power for creativity and change.

Another avenue for spiritual development and service is through deep, transformative interactions with others. This could include therapy or other institutionalized ways to help people change. In its personal form, it could mean sex. Initially feeling sexually constricted and limited, you may dedicate yourself to penetrating its mysteries. Sex becomes sacred to you, and you eventually find it a means of approaching Divine.

The Eighth House rules joint resources, and with this very self-contained asteroid here you may find it initially difficult to combine your resources with those of your partner. To keep your relationship healthy, you and your partner may find that it helps to keep at least part of your money in separate bank accounts.

The conflicts that you have over both money and sex can eventually lead to spiritual growth as you learn to let go of personal desire. Once you have contacted the inexhaustible wellsprings of energy within you, you can more easily trust life's abundance and more willingly share with others.

More About Asteroid Goddesses
More About Asteroid Goddesses

The Discovery of the Asteroids

The asteroids are small planet-like bodies that orbit the Sun in a belt that lies mostly between Mars and Jupiter. They first dawned on human consciousness in the early 1800s. The first four asteroids to be sighted were given the names of four of the great goddesses of classical antiquity: Ceres (discovered in 1801), Pallas Athene (discovered in 1802), Juno (discovered in 1804) and Vesta (discovered in 1807).

Many more asteroids were soon located, so that by the end of the 19th century, over a thousand were known. The first asteroid ephemeris (a table listing planetary positions) was made available to astrologers in 1973 by Eleanor Bach, and it covered only the original four. Today astrologers have computer software that tracks the placements of over five thousand.

What Asteroids Mean for the World

Astrologers have often observed the tendency for the sighting and naming of new bodies in the solar system to come at the same time in history as the activation of new centers of consciousness in the collective human psyche. Overall, the rapid discovery of so many new celestial bodies in such a short time mirrors the modern acceleration of human brain potential and the recent exponential growth of information that has yielded so many thousands of new facts.

As to uncovering a more particular meaning for the asteroids, the names that become attached to newly discovered bodies always seem to be significant. Though many asteroids were given the names of gods, people, places, concepts and things, over three-quarters of the first thousand to be discovered were named after goddesses from various mythological traditions.

The naming of so many asteroids after female deities paralleled an awakening of a feminine-defined principle in women, men and society. Around 1973, when the first astrological asteroid ephemeris was published and astrologers began extensive consideration of asteroids, the women's movement emerged and new aspects of feminine expression began to awaken in human consciousness. Women became imbued with the seed possibilities of feminine creativity and intelligence that expanded and transcended the traditional roles of wife and mother. This period also marked the rediscovery of women's ancient history, the growth of women's culture in creative and professional areas and the rebirth of the Goddess in women's spirituality. The lives of men and that of society in general have also been affected by the activation and growing influence of a right-brain, feminine-polarity, holistic way of perceiving the world.

In the symbolic language of Astrology, the goddess asteroids provided new archetypes that specifically addressed the current psychological and social issues that arose from this activation of the feminine principle. Only two of the usual planets, the Moon and Venus, represent feminine archetypes, and these are of the mother and the wife. Until the asteroids, Astrology had to fit all other women's experiences into masculine-defined archetypes. What was needed was a set of symbols by which to describe the other avenues of feminine expression that exist today. During the years since 1972 when astrologers have observed the significance of asteroids in birth charts, they have uncovered a wealth of information that adds insight and understanding above and beyond that gained from the usual ten planets.

Astrology's Use of Asteroids

Clearly, it is impossible to include all the thousands of asteroids in a birth chart and then make sense of them. To select asteroids to look at, some astrologers note only the asteroids that are very closely conjunct important points in the chart such as the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven or a particular planet that is being considered. Alternatively, they look for asteroid names that suggest people, places or themes in a person's life, and then see where these asteroids fall in the chart. Using these approaches, astrologers such as Zipporah Dobyns, Jacob Schwartz, J. Lee Lehman, Nona Gwyn Press and Batya Stark (as well as myself) have come up with an amazing number of startling (and often amusing) synchronicities. Playing the asteroid name game is great fun, and it gives yet another comforting manifestation of the interconnectedness of all things.

Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta

You may know that asteroids are small planet-like bodies that orbit the Sun in a belt that lies mostly between Mars and Jupiter. Among the thousands of asteroids known, Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta have a special place. While these are not necessarily the largest asteroids, they were the first to be discovered, and as such they have imprinted themselves on human consciousness in a major way.

They also complete the female pantheon of goddesses in the astrological symbol system. Of the six great goddesses of Olympus, only Aphrodite (Venus) and Artemis (the Moon) are represented in the conventional astrological system. The other four great goddesses of Graeco-Roman mythology, Demeter (Ceres), Athene (Pallas), Hera (Juno) and Hestia (Vesta), were missing from Astrology until they were re-invoked in the early 1800s with the discovery of the asteroids.

The Asteroid Goddesses in the Charts of Men

Just as the planets named after male gods pertain to the lives of women, these asteroids named for female goddesses are also important in the lives of men. The recognition and honoring of one's contra-sexual side completes and strengthens the personality, embracing the unintegrated energies that are often sources of trouble.

Ceres expands on the Moon's symbolism by further illuminating the relationship of a man to his mother and also to women and other nurturing figures in his adult life. In addition, Ceres signifies a man's own tender, caregiving side and the ways in which this part of his nature can find expression. Typical manifestations of Ceres energies in a man are teaching and mentoring, pediatrics and pedagogy, farming and gardening, cooking and nutrition, medicine and therapy, ecology and environmental protection, and, of course, his part in helping his own children thrive and grow.

Pallas, for a man as well as a woman, can symbolize his capacity for strategy, his quest for clarity and truth, his sense of justice, the acquisition of skill and ingenuity in useful arts and the ability to channel life energy for healing. Just as she can in women, Pallas can signify either a man's rejection of the feminine within himself, or the drive to integrate the opposite sexual polarity into his psyche. The placement of Pallas can also suggest how a man perceives the strong, independent women in his life. This usually has to do with his sense of his own competence.

Juno can signify a man's style of dealing with marriage and other forms of partnership, including, in some cases, business partnerships. Her placement determines how the struggle between the self and the other plays out and whether the partnerships a man enters into are likely to be equal or unequal. Juno may also show the sort of wife a man is likely to pick and his attitude toward married women in general. This asteroid has to do with the man in his procreative role as husband and father, and, by extension, in any joint venture for the production of a new entity. Just as she does for a woman, Juno may also show how a man deals with the infidelity of a partner.

Vesta signifies a man's relationship to himself as a complete being, apart from relationships with others. Her placement can suggest to a man how he can best become still, look within and tend to Deity or his inner spirit. Just as she does in women, Vesta can also signify a man's urge to conserve and preserve the home, the state, the culture and its institutions.

The Asteroids as Developmental Stages

When you combine the above basic symbolism of the first four asteroids with the order in which they were discovered, the four great goddess asteroids form yet another self-contained symbol system, one that defines four stages of human and most particularly feminine, lives:

  • Ceres the Mother/Provider
    • Ceres, the first asteroid to be discovered, governs the beginning of life. She is the mother and provider to the child in us, helping us to grow and develop. This is the stage of the Child.
  • Pallas the Daughter/Maiden
    • Pallas is the second discovered asteroid. Young and independent, she depicts coming of age, career and even battle. For a woman, this is the stage of Daughter or Maiden.
  • Juno the Wife/Matron
    • Juno, the third asteroid discovered, is the archetypal wife and great protectress of childbirth. She is devoted to marriage, reproduction and leadership. In a woman, she represents Wife or Matron.
  • Vesta the Sister/Crone
    • Vesta, the fourth great asteroid goddess, embodies sacred sexuality and the final stage of life. She is priestess and keeper of the flame. Her image reflects the Crone, Sister and Virgin

Arranging the asteroids in this way gives further clues to their meaning. Naturally, however, a woman may embody the symbolism of any of these asteroids at any time in her life.

These life stages pertain to a woman's life in particular, something that has until recently been largely neglected. They of course have their analogies in the lives of men, but in a slightly modified form, since reproduction does not tend to be so central to men's lives and many men can reproduce well into old age. Like women, men typically have a Ceres stage in which their primary attachment is to their mother, a Pallas stage where they are initiated by the father into the outside world, a Juno stage when they are husbands and fathers working to sustain a family and a Vesta stage when they are free to retire and cultivate their inner lives.

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