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Asteroid Goddesses

 

in the natal chart of

Beyonce Knowles

 

 

by Demetra George and Douglas Bloch

with Patricia White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Asteroid Positions

 

                        Planet                               Sign                      Longitude Declination

 

                  O   Ceres              is in      h    Virgo               17`   24'    16"         +11`    59'  00"

                  P   Pallas              is in      g    Leo                 23`   55'    08"           - 1`    49'  00"

                  {     Juno                is in      x    Scorpio            5`   14'    11"           - 4`    02'  00"

                  }     Vesta              is in      z    Libra               15`   00'    21"           - 1`    13'  00"

 

 

Other Positions

 

                        Planet                               Sign                      Longitude Declination

 

                  q    Sun                 is in      h    Virgo               11`   40'    38"          + 7`    11'  00"

                  w   Moon             is in      x    Scorpio           17`   11'    29"          -12`    13'  00"

                  e    Mercury          is in      z    Libra                2`   04'    45"           - 1`    01'  00"

                  r     Venus             is in      z    Libra               19`   51'    19"           - 7`    51'  00"

                  t     Mars               is in      g    Leo                  1`   25'    13"         +20`    48'  00"

                  y    Jupiter             is in      z    Libra               12`   19'    35"           - 3`    50'  00"

                  u    Saturn             is in      z    Libra                9`   00'    58"           - 1`    31'  00"

                  i     Uranus            is in      x    Scorpio           26`   27'    38"          -19`    11'  00"

                  o    Neptune          is in      c    Sagittarius        22`   05'    12"          -21`    53'  00"

                  p    Pluto               is in      z    Libra               22`   38'    52"          + 6`    42'  00"

                  l     N. Node         is in      f     Cancer            29`   28'    23"         +20`    16'  00"

                  $    Chiron            is in      s    Taurus             22`   50'    05"         +16`    05'  00"

 

 

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Planetary Aspects

 

                  q    Sun              is    A   Conjunct             O   Ceres            The orb is  5` 44'

 

                  w   Moon          is    G   Sextile                 O   Ceres            The orb is  0` 13'

 

                  r     Venus          is    G   Sextile                 P   Pallas            The orb is  4` 04'

                  r     Venus          is    A   Conjunct             }     Vesta            The orb is  4` 51'

 

                  t     Mars            is    Z    Semisquare          O   Ceres            The orb is  0` 59'

                  t     Mars            is    D   Square                {     Juno              The orb is  3` 49'

 

                  y    Jupiter          is    A   Conjunct             }     Vesta            The orb is  2` 41'

 

                  u    Saturn          is    Z    Semisquare          P   Pallas            The orb is  0` 06'

                  u    Saturn          is    A   Conjunct             }     Vesta            The orb is  5` 59'

 

                  i     Uranus         is    D   Square                P   Pallas            The orb is  2` 32'

 

                  o    Neptune       is    D   Square                O   Ceres            The orb is  4` 41'

                  o    Neptune       is    F    Trine                   P   Pallas            The orb is  1` 50'

                  o    Neptune       is    Z    Semisquare          {     Juno              The orb is  1` 51'

 

                  p    Pluto            is    G   Sextile                 P   Pallas            The orb is  1` 16'

 

                  l     N. Node      is    D   Square                {     Juno              The orb is  5` 46'

 

                  O   Ceres           is    F    Trine                   $    Chiron           The orb is  5` 26'

 

                  P   Pallas           is    D   Square                $    Chiron           The orb is  1` 05'


 

Introduction:

The 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 discovered, 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 the 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
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, rounding out the system of symbols begun in the usual ten planets. Of the six great goddesses of Olympus, only Aphrodite (Venus) and Artemis (the Moon) are represented in the conventional astrological symbol 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 by their discovery in the early 1800s.

 

The Mandala of the Asteroid Goddesses
Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta represent four very basic feminine archetypes which amplify and particularize the more general energies of the Moon and Venus. Their relation to the regular planets and to each other becomes clear in a mandala.

 

The large circle in the mandala represents the Moon, the fundamental feminine principle that contains all the potential expressions of the feminine nature. Behind the Moon resides the Sun, the embodiment of the fundamental masculine principle. The union of the masculine and feminine, of the Sun God and Moon Goddess, give rise to what mystics have described as Oneness.

 

In the center of the mandala is Venus. As the essence of the feminine nature in her activated form, Venus embodies the feminine creative, magnetic, sexual, reproductive, vital life force. Venus is surrounded by Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta. Each of the four in its unique way uses the creative sexual energy of Venus to express the various functions and activities of the feminine principle as it operates in both women and men.

 

 

 

Note that these asteroids are placed at the four cardinal directions of the mandala. These correspond to the four "angles" of the astrological chart: the Ascendant and Descendant to the left and right along the horizon, and the MC (Medium Coeli or Midheaven) and IC (Imum Coeli or Lowest Heaven), at the top and bottom of the vertical meridian line. The basic symbolism of these four great goddesses is as follows:

 

OCeres, the archetypal Mother and the Goddess of Agriculture, gives birth to the world of physical form, bearing children and providing food for their survival. As the Mother archetype, she stands for the principle of unconditional love and nurturing support in both women and men. In the above mandala she is placed at the IC, the very bottom of the horoscope wheel, which in astrology is related to the foundation, the roots, and the family.

 

PPallas Athene, the daughter of Zeus, is the Goddess of Wisdom who generates mental and artistic creations from her mind. Sprung from the head of her father, she represents the principle of creative intelligence. Her place in the mandala is at the MC, the "head" of the chart, the uppermost point, which symbolizes one's ambitions and one's visible, socially useful accomplishments.

 

{Juno, or Hera, was the wife of Zeus. As such, she is the Goddess of Marriage who fosters and sustains union with a partner. More generally, she symbolizes the principle of relatedness and commitment to another over time. In the mandala, she is placed at the Descendant, which in the horoscope wheel is the point that signifies reaching out from the Self to another in order to complete oneself in a one-to-one relationship.

 

}Vesta, or Hestia, was Zeus's elder sister who never married. In mythology she became the protectress of the hearth and the sacred altar flame. The archetypal Temple Priestess, she is a virgin in the original sense of being whole and complete in oneself. In the system of goddess symbols, she represents the principle of spiritual focus and of devotion to following one's calling. Placed in the mandala at the Ascendant, Vesta corresponds to the Self.

 

These asteroids represent the primary relationships of a woman's life: that of mother, daughter, wife and sister. The fertile sexual energy of Venus is used by Ceres to birth children of the body, by Pallas to birth children of the mind, by Juno to build relationships with others, and by Vesta to deepen a relationship with the Self or with the Divine.

 

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 contrasexual side completes and strengthens the personality, embracing the unintegrated energies that are often sources of trouble.

 

OCeres 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.

 

PPallas, 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:

 

OCeres, the first asteroid to be discovered, governs the first stage of life, when the person's primary focus is the mother. This is the stage of the Child.

 

PPallas, the second to be discovered, suggests the time of life when the child starts looking toward the father to be initiated into the rules of the world outside the home. This period starts when many girls become tomboys and dream of their future careers. It continues into the period when young people are out in the world studying or working or pursuing a career but are not yet parents. In a woman's life this pre-reproductive stage is that of the Maiden.

 

{Juno, the third asteroid to be discovered, was the archetypal wife on Olympus and was also a protectress of childbirth. She suggests the one stage of a person's life that is commonly devoted to marriage and reproduction. In a woman, this is the stage of the Matron.

 

}Vesta, the last-discovered of the four, represents the final stage of life when a woman's focus commonly turns away from child-bearing and child-rearing, and she turns toward cultivating herself as a separate individual, apart from her family relationships. In women, this post-reproductive period is the stage of the Crone. This supplements the pre-reproductive or self-contained Virgin symbolism already mentioned in connection with Vesta.

 

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.

 

How to Use This Report
You could think of your birth chart as a play. The planets and asteroids are the actors, harmonizing with, clashing against, or ignoring one another, depending on the aspects that they do or do not make with the other points in the chart. The sign of the zodiac that the asteroid or planet is in shows where the actor is "coming from": whether he or she is at home or in foreign territory, and his or her style of operation.

 

Since you have not given a time of birth, it is not possible to know what houses your asteroids fall into. The Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant, Imum Coeli, rising sign and houses are all derived from the time of day at which a person was born, and thus cannot be included in the calculations for an untimed birth. Most astrologers, when faced with an untimed birth, use the position of the Sun as the starting point for the twelve divisions in the chart wheel. These divisions are then called "solar houses." Solar houses do not have the same personal significance as real houses, and so delineations for them are omitted here.

 

Because your birth time is not given, your chart has been calculated for noon on the day of your birth. This gives approximate positions for your planets. All your planets except the Moon will be accurate within a degree, but the Moon at your actual birth moment could be up to seven-and-a-half degrees earlier or later in the zodiac than the Moon position given in our calculations.

 

Look at the listing at the beginning of this report. If you see a Moon position between 0 and 7 1/2 degrees of a sign, or between 22 1/2 and the end of 29 degrees, remember that the Moon might have actually been in the adjacent sign when you were born. Also, you should take aspects to your Moon with a grain of salt, since, depending on how close to noon you were actually born, there may or may not be an aspect in effect.

 

To get a more accurate astrological report, you may be able to get your birth time from your birth certificate, obtainable from the Bureau of Vital Records in the state where you were born.

 

When You're Reading This Report
When you read about the sign placement of each asteroid, try not to draw any conclusions about that asteroid until you read about the aspects that that 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.

 

An Important Note about Aspects
The authors do not consider the "hard" aspects (squares, oppositions, semisquares and sesquiquadrates) and other traditionally difficult aspects (like quincunxes and sometimes semisextiles) as uniformly bad. Neither do they consider the so-called "soft" or "easy" aspects (trine and sextile) as always good. Practicing astrology from a mythic and psychological point of view, they find that the nature of the two archetypal principles being connected is more important than the nature of the aspect. Regardless of the type of aspect being made, most people experience the entire range of interactions between two planets (or between a planet and an asteroid).

 

We believe that people grow by integrating opposing polarities in the psyche (represented by the opposition aspect) and by resolving inner conflicts (represented by the square). We do not wish to give you the limiting suggestion that the issues depicted by difficult aspects are impossible to resolve, or give you a false sense of security that the so-called good aspects require no awareness and effort on your part. You will therefore find that the interpretations in this report cover a wide range of both positive and negative possibilities for each aspect.

 

Aspects do, however, differ in strength. Major aspects (particularly the conjunction and opposition) and aspects involving the Sun or Moon tend to speak louder than others. To help you spot the more important aspects in your chart, you'll see notations ranging from "Very strong influence" to "Slight influence."

 

You can get an even more precise idea of the strength of an aspect by looking at the aspect table at the beginning of this report. The values in the "The orb is" column show how far the aspect is from being exact. If you see an aspect with an orb of zero (that is, less than one degree), you can mentally "bump up" the aspect's rating a notch (for example, from "Strong" to "Very strong"). Conversely, if you see an orb greater than eight degrees, you can consider the aspect's importance diminished.

 

With this said, let us now explore the role that each of these four asteroid goddesses plays in your astrological chart.


 

Conclusion:

Taking This Report Further


Now that you have read all about your asteroids, you may wonder which of the four goddess archetypes predominates in your nature. Having just immersed yourself in the symbolism of these four great goddesses, you most likely have a feeling for which of the mythical themes has touched you the most deeply.

 

But what does your chart say about this? Looking back at the lists of chart positions and aspects at the beginning of this report can give you some idea of which asteroid has the strongest position in your chart. The astrological information contained the houses, Ascendant and Midheaven will be missing because these cannot be calculated when your birth time is unknown, but you will still be able to get an idea of what asteroids have the most meaning for you. Roughly in order of importance, the main factors that give a planet or asteroid strength are:

 

1. Being in aspect to the Sun or Moon. If there is a tie, you can consider the aspect with the smallest orb to be the strongest. In order of importance, the aspects are the conjunction, opposition, square, trine and sextile. The "minor" aspects such as the quincunx, semisextile, semisquare and sesquiquadrate are only considered if they are very close (say, within an orb of 2 degrees).  2. Having the closest aspect of any of the four asteroids. Run your eyes down the "Orb" column and find the smallest orb value. You might think of this as a sort of keynote aspect in your chart, especially if it is a major aspect such as the conjunction, opposition, square or trine.  3. Having the most aspects. This means that the asteroid is well-integrated into your chart and influences many functions in your life. If it is involved in a pattern of planets such as a cluster of conjunctions, a T- square, grand cross, or grand trine, this group of planets and asteroids will form a more or less self-contained complex that describes a recurring theme in your life.

 

After all these considerations, do you feel that you are primarily a Ceres nurturer, a Pallas career person, a Juno partner, or a Vesta keeper-of-the-flame? We hope that these four great goddesses of antiquity have given you some new and useful perspectives on the major themes in your life.

 

If you would like to learn more about these goddesses and what they represent in your birth chart, we recommend the books Asteroid Goddesses by Demetra George, and Astrology for Yourself  by Douglas Bloch and Demetra George. These are available at bookstores or through the authors.

 

The Authors of This Report
This report comprises over forty years of combined research by the authors. During this time, we have been amazed at the power of the goddess archetypes to give understanding and meaning to people's lives. With the release of the Asteroid Goddesses computer report, this information is being made available to many more individuals. As part of our continuing research, we would like to hear your stories about how the themes symbolized by the asteroid goddesses in your birth chart have manifested in your life. Please write, call, or email us at the addresses that follow.

 

Demetra George, a practitioner of astrology for thirty years, teaches internationally and leads pilgrimages to sacred sites in the Mediterranean. Her pioneering work synthesizes ancient history, cross-cultural mythology and archetypal psychology with contemporary astrology. In order to further her studies in mythology she is currently pursuing graduate studies in Classics at the University of Oregon.

Demetra George is the author of four books. Asteroid Goddesses (San Diego: ACS Publications, 1986; co- authored with Douglas Bloch) is considered a seminal textbook on the subject. It is rich with additional meanings for the four first- discovered asteroids, as well as having some interesting perspectives on lesser-known asteroids. Other books by Demetra George include Astrology for Yourself (Wingbow Press, 1987, co-authored with Douglas Bloch), a basic text on astrology in workbook format; Finding Our Way Through the Dark (ACS, 1994); and Mysteries of the Dark Moon (Harper, 1992).

Demetra George can be reached at  dgeorge@orednet.org  or at P.O. Box 5431, Eugene, OR 97405, or telephoned at (541) 345-5680.

 

Douglas Bloch, M.A., has practiced as an astrological writer, counselor and teacher since 1973. He is a member of the Oregon Astrological Association and the AFAN astrology network, and has hosted a call-in radio talk show in the Portland, Oregon, area. | His own books include Words That Heal (Pallas Communications, 1989); Listening to Your Inner Voice (Hazelden, 1991); I Am With You Always (Pallas Communications, 1992); Positive Self-Talk for Children (Bantam, 1993), and When Going through Hell . . . Don't Stop: A Survivor's Guide to Overcoming Clinical Depression and Anxiety (Pallas Communications, 1998). With Demetra George he has co-authored the books Asteroid Goddesses and Astrology for Yourself.

Douglas Bloch can be reached at  dbloch@teleport.com  or 4226 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97211, or telephoned at (503) 284-2848.

 

Patricia White is vice-president and one of the five founders of Astrolabe, Inc., a leading publisher of astrological software. She has served as publications director of the National Council for Geocosmic Research, and as editor of its Journal. She can be emailed at pat@alabe.com.

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