Jim Hennum: Asteroids in Your Chart


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The roster of the Roman pantheon contained far more than just the 10 gods for whom our planets are named.  And some of the ones missing were considered very important in Roman times. As only two of the 10 planets can be categorically defined as female, that leaves quite a significant gender imbalance. Patriarchal dominance aside, there are certain traits and activities that are characteristically associated with the feminine.  But all the planets have already been named – how can we represent some of the missing goddess energies?

 Asteroids to the rescue!

The asteroids tend to fly under the radar for most astrologers.  However, it is worth noting that when the first asteroid was discovered – Ceres – she was thought to be as large as a planet and for a while was actually designated as a planet.

The impact of asteroids on our charts can be quite as powerful as was Ceres’ initial splash on the world stage. And given Pluto’s recent demotion to “minor planet” status, relegating a celestial body to “minor” status based on size is a questionable practice at best.

There are four major asteroids (among the first discovered in fact) that are considered important enough to be included in one of Solar Fire’s default settings for chart points.  These four – Ceres, Juno, Pallas and Vesta – are four major goddesses of the Roman era. But what do we do with them? How do we read them in a chart and use them to fill out a reading?

From these four asteroids we are able to further explore themes of: nurturance – both emotional and literal; sacred works; marriage and jealousy; defense of the underdog; and strategizing that relies on a blend of intellect and instinct.  And while these themes can certainly be found amongst the 10 planets, these asteroids act like laser beams, focusing on these specific parts of our psyche and our experience.

Jim Hennum: Asteroids in Your Chart