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THE ASTEROIDS

MYTHOLOGY AND ASTROLOGICAL MEANING

Vesta

Mythology

Vesta was named after the Roman goddess of fire, hearth, and home.  In ancient times, the temples of Vesta held eternal fires in her honor, tended by the virgin priestesses the Vestales.

Meaning

Like the goddess of ancient Rome, Vesta is a secretive and fiery place in the birth chart.  She can shed light on one's attitude toward home and family life; dedication; sexuality; secrecy; and inner fire.

Juno

Mythology

Juno is named after the wife of  Jupiter in Roman mythology.  She is associated with the Greek goddess Hera, wife of Zeus. According to the myths, Zeus was quite unfaithful.  Here remained loyal to him, though extremely jealous and vengeful toward his lovers, and their offspring.  She was considered the Queen of Heaven, and guardian of marriage.

Meaning

The placement and aspects of Juno in a birth chart are commonly associated with issues of marriage. However, she also relates to other partnerships such as business of close friendships; or any relationship where trust is vital.  She also indicates jealousy, possessiveness, loyalty, trust, and commitment.

Ceres

Mythology

Ceres takes her name from the Roman grain goddess.  According to mythology Ceres was mother to the Queen of the Underworld.  Her daughter (commonly known a Persephone from the Greek version of the myth) spent part of the year with her mother, and part of the year in the Underworld with her husband, Pluto.  Ceres grieved, causing the earth to become barren while her daughter was gone - causing Autumn and Winter.  When her daughter would return, Ceres celebrated and the Earth became lush and fruitful - bringing Spring and Summer.

Meaning

In astrology Ceres relates to issues of prosperity or lack.  She is also associated with parenthood, especially mothers.  She can help describe how one responds to loss and grief, as well as the capacity to nurture and protect.

Pallas

Mythology

Pallas was named after Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of war, commerce, and intellect.  Though there are many versions of the myth, she typically began as a goddess named Athena.  After accidently killing Pallas, Athena took on her name becoming Pallas Athena.

Meaning

Where Pallas falls in the birthchart we find wisdom, and the capacity for (often non-emotional) cunning.  She can help describe how one learns, heals, and handles competition.  She helps form the "war strategy" used in any challenge - how one goes about achieving victory.