The Asteroid Report

Chiron and the Asteroids

Astrological Report for Julia Roberts

by Viniita Hutchinson


 



 

 

 

 

 





Your Chart Data


Name: Julia Roberts
Date: Oct 28, 1967
Time: 12:16:00 AM EDT +04:00
Place: Smyrna,GA
084W30'52" 033N53'02



Planet

Sign

Position

House

House Cusps

Sun

Scorpio

04Sc03'

04th

01 27Ca51'

Moon

Leo

24Le47'

02nd

02 23Le48'

Mercury

Scorpio

13Sc53' R

04th

03 20Vi05'

Venus

Virgo

18Vi04'

02nd

04 16Li37'

Mars

Capricorn

03Cp45'

06th

05 28Sc39'

Jupiter

Virgo

01Vi22'

02nd

06 00Cp43'

Saturn

Aries

07Ar09' R

09th

07 27Cp51'

Uranus

Virgo

27Vi12'

03rd

08 23Aq48'

Neptune

Scorpio

23Sc21'

04th

09 20Pi05'

Pluto

Virgo

21Vi57'

03rd

10 16Ar37'

Midheaven

Aries

16Ar37'

10th

11 28Ta39'

Ascendant

Cancer

27Ca51'

01st

12 00Ca43'

Chiron

Pisces

26Pi00' R

09th

Ceres

Virgo

29Vi25'

03rd

Pallas

Virgo

07Vi42'

02nd

Juno

Libra

13Li58'

03rd

Vesta

Sagittarius

26Sg23'

05th

 





Text Copyright 1995 Vinita Hutchinson

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Introduction

 


Astrology is an ancient science and art that has been in use for centuries. The planets are named after the Mediterranean gods of ancient Rome and Greece. This illustrates the awareness possessed by our ancestors of the synchronicity between the activation of life's archetypal energies and the movements of heavenly bodies that seem to measure the timing of these events.

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.

 



 

Chiron & the Asteroids in Your Chart


Chiron

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.


Chiron in Pisces

With Chiron in Pisces, mentoring and the healing process are associated with compassion, artistic sensitivity, and the fostering of a viable spiritual awareness. 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 mystical, artistic, or sensitive in some way, or who can help you navigate the choppy waters of spiritual pitfalls. You may experience wounding, inadequacy, or insoluble conflict arising from exposure to victim/martyr dynamics, addictions, spiritual exploitation, or the inability or unwillingness to distinguish "reality" from "non-ordinary" states. Spiritual escapism, or the habit of taking shelter in the cosmic state of oneness (or other addictions) as a way of avoiding the suffering of the world, can hinder the formation of a functional ego and healthy sense of self. Experiences such as these, or the loss of a spiritual mentor, are painful events that 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 9th House

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.


Moon Quincunx Chiron Orb: 0113'

Chiron forms a challenging aspect with the Moon. The Chiron archetype constellates your emotional and instinctive responses (and vice versa) in an adverse manner. You may feel a conflict between your own emotional needs and your activities as a healer/mentor to others. You may have a tendency to end up in situations in which healer, guru, or mentor figures play a role in encouraging you to deny your emotional needs, or take advantage of your emotional neediness, or otherwise leave you feeling emotionally abused. Such scenarios could arise from an early wounding experience having to do with the mother or other anima figure. You may fear that your emotional needs are terrifying and overwhelming forces that could lead you into a bottomless pit of unending grief, fear, or rage, should you permit yourself to feel them. You might flee, in defense, into the role of wise caretaker of others. Until such issues are resolved, chances are that you could be inadvertently encouraging emotional denial in those to whom you act as a mentor or healer. You are being challenged to learn how both the need for healing and wise counsel and the need for emotional comfort can and do co-exist within yourself (and in others). The more you learn to acknowledge both sides of this story, the less conflict you will feel.


Uranus Opposite Chiron Orb: 0112'

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.


Neptune Trine Chiron Orb: 0239'

Chiron forms a harmonious aspect with Neptune. Your capacity for compassion, sensitivity, and transcendent experience is a great resource that helps you to heal painful wounds (your own, or those of others). These wounds are likely to involve issues arising from a poor sense of personal boundaries, feelings of victim-hood or helplessness, escapism via spiritual or substance abuses, or difficulty distinguishing ordinary from non-ordinary states of mind. A non-acceptance of human failings and the sufferings and evils of the world, and a desire to regress to a womb-like state can play a part in these problems. You may have a healing influence upon others via your artistic or musical gifts, your spiritual sensibility, or your compassion and psychic sensitivity. Your artistic expressions may touch the wounds of others, deal with healing themes, or be utilized in therapeutic settings. Dream therapy, dream journaling or visualization techniques may also be a part of your healing kit.


Pluto Opposite Chiron Orb: 0403'

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

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.


Ceres in Virgo

With Ceres in Virgo, nurturing is expressed in an efficient and orderly manner, and is associated with the mastery of practical skills, discipline, and competence. Nurturance is expressed more through training and guidance and through being useful to others, than through emotional affection. Lack of this kind of nurturance at an early age can result in lack of discipline and difficulty in coping with practicalities and problem solving. This lack could be a source of grief, through which you learn how to develop these qualities for yourself and, thus, to encourage them in others. You may also extend care to others through nutrition, health services or labor activities. On the other hand, your own personal nurturing experience may have involved an excess of criticism or an overemphasis on doing things "right," in which case perfectionism and a critical attitude towards the self and others can result. Eating disorders could be also be associated with these difficulties. Troubles with health or with efficient functioning could serve as transformative experiences for you, ones that initiate you into the lessons of loss and return, death and rebirth, and simply letting go.


Ceres in 3rd House

Ceres in the third house indicates that you nurture others through providing teachings, counsel, or information - perhaps in order to address the unrelieved grief or longing in others. Your thoughts, writings or conversations may revolve around the various rites of passage and transformations of life. Other people may find this very healing somehow, for your teaching is full of care, and your care is full of teaching. It is possible that, as a child, you did not receive enough of this kind of information yourself, and that this has led you to seek and provide it to others. You may have felt a need to see to the more mundane needs of brothers and sisters, providing food for them or perhaps for the extended family, neighborhood, or community.


Mars Square Ceres Orb: 0420'

Ceres forms a challenging aspect with Mars. Mother/daughter meets the masculine god of war! Your need for or experience of parent-child bonding seem to be at odds with your fighting spirit and warrior skills. Perhaps your own assertiveness or aggressive tendencies were thwarted by an overly forceful parent, or not given encouragement. Or perhaps you feel that nurturance and caring are not consistent with or undermine the masculine qualities of risk-taking, competitiveness, and confrontation. Such types of conflict may have their roots in your past parent-child experiences or in your experience of the formation and severance of strong emotional ties with maternal or warrior figures. The lesson here is to learn to see that both the need for nurturing ties and the need for assertive, forceful action belong to one and the same person. Both need to be met consciously; this corrects the natural tendency to unconsciously project one of them out onto others, which can result in difficulties with aggression or anger.


Uranus Conjunct Ceres Orb: 0213'

Your Ceres is conjunct Uranus. There's a story here involving the nurturer and the freedom-fighter. You associate nurturance with support for individual expression, no matter how unique or bizarre, and with the encouragement of one's striving for freedom and independence. You also enjoy sudden, spontaneous expressions of caring and nurturance, and you may express your nurturing qualities in innovative or constantly changing ways. Your sense of humanitarianism and your personal process of individuation is strongly colored by 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. Any such experience will foster in you an intuitive and humanistic approach in dealing with others who struggle with life's losses and difficult rites of passage. Your illuminating and inspired grasp of these realities, and your all-embracing universalism is nurturing to others.



Pallas

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 in Virgo

Pallas Athena in Virgo denotes perceptive insight or intuitional skill when it comes to analytical or discriminative functions. You may be particularly inventive or creative in matters of efficiency, work, craftsmanship, or the simple management of day-to-day affairs. Difficulty may arise if this is expressed as a crusade for perfection that results in a critical attitude towards oneself and others), and it may be important for you to utilize these skills in your career. Your ability to deftly accomplish a multitude of tasks and to see to all the little details makes you a champion of service - you just know intuitively how things work, and how to get them to work. You might make use of these abilities in defending some cause or underprivileged group, perhaps by attending to all the behind-the-scenes, secretarial-type work; or you might feel inclined to fight for improved health conditions or higher standards in some other area of life (see Pallas Athena's house position, below). Skills in healing or conflict resolution may lie in a wise or intuitive understanding of the importance of preventative health care techniques such as stress reduction, exercise, nutrition, vitamins and herbs, as well as an insight into the dynamics of perfectionism or workaholic behavior.


Pallas in 2nd House

Pallas Athena in the second house indicates that your sense of self-worth is associated with "the wise warrior." The acquisition of wisdom, the creative use of intellect or healing ability, and the need for courage and fighting spirit all feed your sense of inner worth. Defending a cause or succoring others could also have this effect. The healing of conflict between the Masculine and Feminine can have a great impact on your self-esteem as well. You like to see some practical benefit arise from the recovery of inner worth and the self-confidence you feel. Indeed, you may put all this practical wisdom to use in earning your livelihood, perhaps helping others to retrieve a sense of self-worth. Reconciliatory and healing skills may be used for deriving income as well. Trouble with self-esteem can be rooted in a lack of a healthy relationship to the feminine (body/emotions) and an over-identification with a developed and assertive intellect that disregards and overrides cues from the body, intuition, or environment. Difficulty can also arise if Pallas Athena's energy is expressed as a crusade for wealth and material security.


Sun Sextile Pallas Orb: 0339'

The asteroid Pallas Athena (the patron-goddess of wisdom, culture and the arts) forms a harmonious aspect with the Sun (one's sense of identity and essential purpose). Your sense of identity is augmented by your creative intellect and your cultural or socio-political awareness. Creative expression comes easily to you, and you have a knack for finding practical uses for it, sometimes putting them to use in support of socio-cultural activities. You relate harmoniously with both genders and often have creative or wise solutions for conflict resolution. You can draw on an ample supply of courage and wisdom.


Mars Trine Pallas Orb: 0357'

The asteroid Pallas Athena forms a harmonious aspect with Mars. Your male assertive energies and your creative intellect and socio-cultural pursuits lend each other a helping hand. Your ability to mentally or creatively express yourself in the outer world is supported by your boldness, your adventurousness, and your confident, assertive manner. You may support an oppressed group through your fighting spirit, courageous action, or through a remarkably persuasive sales technique. Your creativity may express masculine themes or be put to the service of men's issues. Your sense of honor may be highly developed.


Jupiter Conjunct Pallas Orb: 0620'

The asteroid Pallas Athena is conjunct Jupiter. Your sense of faith and enthusiasm is intertwined with your creative and cultural sensibilities. You have a deeply philosophical bent of mind and an innate sense of wisdom. You may have a gift for teaching, or picking up foreign languages. You may serve your favorite cause through your ability to bridge the cultural gap or by your skill at mediating conflicts between differing belief systems or cultures. You can instill faith and optimism in those who feel downtrodden or defeated. You may derive a deep sense of meaning out of life (or quest for answers) from cultural roots.


Saturn Quincunx Pallas Orb: 0033'

The asteroid Pallas Athena forms a challenging aspect with Saturn. The creative intellect collides with the "real world"! Your interest in artistic or political cultural expression and your urge to manifest concrete practical goals are fighting for your time and energy, and chances are that one of them is out of favor. The desire to express one's mental or artistic creativity may conflict with the need to be the breadwinner or to pursue a career. Duty, obligation, pressure to excel, or stern authority figures may thwart one's creative expression or one's interest in socio-cultural issues. Perhaps insecurity or lack of discipline prevent you from achieving these things. Your socio-political involvement may lead you into conflict with "the authorities." The need for creative/cultural expression and the need for a realistic, non-oppressive sense of committed responsibility can and do co-exist within oneself. You'll need to find ways to meet them both without unconsciously repressing or projecting one of them out onto others. This could mean having to become a little more realistic where creative/cultural pursuits are concerned, or learning to trust that your creative wisdom can help you succeed amidst the hard world of life's duties and responsibilities.



Juno

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.


Juno in Libra

With Juno in Libra, the qualities you seek in a committed relationship are harmony, equality, and a mutual awareness of the other person's needs. You appreciate a partner with artistic or musical skills, and a sense of good taste - a true lady or gentleman. Someone idealistic, who understands that Yin and Yang, the Feminine and the Masculine, must support each other in order for true harmony to be achieved. 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 fairness and consideration for each other, otherwise uncooperative or competitive behavior can result.


Juno in 3rd House

Juno in the third house indicates that communication and the exchange of information are vital concerns in your relationship. It's important that you learn from each other, that there is a give and take in this regard, and that one person doesn't end up as "teacher" and the other as "student." You and your partner may communicate through lots of letters, daily messages, and phone calls. Siblings and the extended family may enter into the relationship, or networking and community involvement. Issues regarding communication are likely to be a major focus in your relationship. The qualities described by Juno's sign position (above) indicates the manner in which you can best deal with these issues.


Saturn Opposite Juno Orb: 0649'

Juno forms a challenging aspect with Saturn. The need for a mutually supportive relationship comes into conflict with the urge to manifest and give practical expression to your goals. The struggle for equality and autonomy with a partnership may conflict with one partner's need to be the breadwinner or to pursue a career. Duty, obligation, pressure to excel, or an over-emphasis on material comforts may create stress between partners. Or perhaps intimate relationships are troubled by accusations of emotional coldness and undemonstrativeness that are born of insecurities. Perhaps one of you feels intimidated by the whole idea of a committed relationship with its attendant power struggles, and responds by severing ties, or avoiding closeness altogether. One partner may seek a responsible father-figure in the other. The challenge is to learn to see that both the need for intimacy and the need for a realistic, non-oppressive sense of committed responsibility can and do co-exist within oneself. You may need to find ways to meet both these needs, and to avoid the natural tendency to unconsciously repress or project one of them out onto others (especially your partner).



Vesta

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 Sagittarius

Vesta in Sagittarius indicates that faith, spiritual teachings, and a belief system are the things that help you focus and center yourself. You use them both to go inward and get in touch with yourself, and to then move outward and commit your focused energies with dedication, zeal, and even sacrifice (described further by Vesta's house position, below). In other words, these are the things that evoke commitment from you. For you, the sense of a quest is important when it comes to sexuality as well, for through it you can experience the most spiritually fulfilling aspects of sex. On the other hand, your commitment to spiritual and religious ideals may compel you to renounce sexual activity altogether, or to adopt the sexual morals dictated by your faith. It is possible that, through one-pointedness, you focus so much on the importance of the quest or the belief system that the means becomes an end in itself and you lose sight of the goal these things are meant to serve. If this happens, you can blind yourself to your true path of fulfillment, to your intimate partner, and to those who follow other paths. This can leave you feeling disoriented and out of touch with yourself, and tempted even to renounce all that you have believed in. By learning to constantly re-anchor your quest in your sense of inner spiritual presence, you can renew the sense of inspired dedication to your goals.


Vesta in 5th House

Vesta in the fifth house indicates that creative play and exploration constitute the sphere of life in which you tend to experience dedication or sacrifice. This includes such things as creative self-expression, spontaneity, sports, children, and romantic experiences (which often involve a spirit of play and exploration). This sense of sacrifice could be expressed either as denial (including self-denial) of these things - perhaps for the sake of duty or some other commitment or goal (which may be spiritual or religious in nature); or as an intense one-pointed focus and sacrificial dedication to these very things themselves. You might, for example, be committed to artistic work but struggle with bouts of creative block; or you might experience self-denial for the sake of your children, or be denied the ability to have children. Sexual or spiritual energies might be sublimated into creative endeavors, or be important issues where children are concerned. Careful consideration of these activities or issues will help you understand how to best manage your sense of commitment and remain centered in your self.


Moon Trine Vesta Orb: 0136'

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.


Jupiter Trine Vesta Orb: 0459'

Your Vesta forms a harmonious aspect with Jupiter. Your sense of faith and optimism bolsters your capacity for commitment to a cherished goal. Your quest for knowledge and understanding, and your interest in travel and foreign culture serve to deepen and enrich your spiritual/sexual expression. You are able to balance your capacity for sacrifice and intense dedication with your need for adventure, growth, and exploration. Your philosophy, teaching, and cultural or legal activity can be supportive of those who seek healing from the trauma of spiritual or sexual desecration.


Uranus Square Vesta Orb: 0049'

Your Vesta forms a challenging aspect with Uranus. The whole idea of dedication and sacrifice clashes with the urge for freedom, experimentation, and change. An overemphasis on the need for constant change and excitement may thwart the urge for dedication and commitment. On the other hand, the capacity for passionate commitment may inhibit your need for freedom and change. Revolutionary ideals and rebellious tendencies may tend toward fanaticism and end up oppressing the need for spiritual or sexual self-empowerment. Abstract idealism may lead to a denigration of the physical world, and a "good-bad" split between the spiritual and the physical-sexual aspects of self. Identification with unconventional sexual mores may create stress or nervous tension. You'll probably need to accept the fact that you have two different needs: your Vesta needs and your need for change and freedom. And although one of these may seem to be a thorn in your side at the moment, the irritation is a signal that's trying to call attention to this one-sided stance you have unconsciously adopted in favor of one need over the other.


Pluto Square Vesta Orb: 0426'

Your Vesta forms a challenging aspect with Pluto. The priestess meets the power-monger and it's an awkward situation. The need to deal with issues of use/abuse of power, transformation, or sexuality may conflict with the need for dedicated focus or commitment, or with one's need for spiritual expression. You may object to certain spiritual lifestyles because you find them destructive, abusive, or sexually oppressive. Unconscious psychological conflict may result in sexual difficulties. The challenge posed by this astrological configuration is to make space in your life for both healthy spiritual/sexual expression and for self-transformation and self-empowerment. This will take conscious effort; reluctance or inability to do so will probably result in unconscious projections that sabotage human relations until you start to see your way through.



This sums up your report for Chiron and the asteroids in your chart. An astrological chart is like a blueprint of the human psyche, with its great and dramatic cast of archetypes. And each human psyche is like a unique, one-of-a-kind carpet woven from many beautiful threads of many different colors. Chiron and the asteroids are five of those threads.

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.