The Iris Asteroids Report

Rainbow Messenger of the Gods and Goddesses




Paula Abdul

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The Iris Asteroids Report

Rainbow Messenger of the Gods and Goddesses




Ever since the beginning of the 19th Century, astronomers have been aware of the existence of asteroids, but astrologers have only been using them as part of the horoscope since 1973. And even so, only a small number of astrologers actually use the asteroids when reading charts for people. This is in large part because the asteroids (or dwarf planets, as some are recently re-defined astronomically) are not well understood, except for the first four to be discovered: Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta. But now, the Iris Report aims to change all that! Here you will find interpretations for twelve major dwarf planets and asteroids, and their impact in the natal chart. They add balance, detail and depth of meaning to astrological interpretation.


Most of the dwarf planets and asteroids found in the Iris Report are named for classical goddesses rather than gods, and this is partly in order to balance the excess of masculine energy that a purely planetary astrology reveals. Most of you will know that the ten 'planetary' factors used in standard astrological interpretation are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Many astrologers also include the planetoid Chiron to this list of ten, making eleven. But if the Sun and Moon are considered primal masculine and feminine energies respectively, then out of the remaining nine god symbols listed, there is only one goddess, Venus. This hardly represents the yin-yang balance of either physical Nature or what is taught about the spiritual realms.


(The issue of the 'demotion' of Pluto to dwarf planet status does not have any real impact on the philosophical issues being discussed here, or the current 'promotion' of Ceres from asteroid to dwarf planet status, and the possible elevations of Pallas, Vesta and Hygiea. The power of the divine archetypes standing behind astrological symbols is more significant than what is or is not defined astronomically as a planet, dwarf planet or asteroid.)


The other reason for choosing certain asteroids or dwarf planets over others is that several of the early heavenly bodies discovered show a resonance with the way that the culture was evolving at the time, which in turn reflects the ongoing evolution of consciousness in the material realm of the Earth. The dwarf planet and asteroids Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Astraea, Iris and Hygiea are all especially relevant in this regard.


The other asteroids selected for the Iris report are Diana and Apollo (additional lunar and solar symbols that show the primal life energies working in a larger social context); Proserpina; and symbols of the two great gods not represented by planets in the solar system: Bacchus and Hephaistos. These all together complete a kind of balanced listing of archetypal energies which astrologers can use to make sense of a horoscope.

One of the ways of deciding which asteroids are useful is found by considering the concept of the energy dyad. The Sun-Moon dyad of archetypal masculine and feminine energy is very well known to astrologers, as is the desire and love dyad symbolized by Venus and Mars. But other possibilities are proposed in the table below:



Yang symbol                           Yin symbol

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SUN: archetypal masculine/yang        MOON: archetypal feminine/yin

   life energy, spirit                   life energy, soul

MERCURY: masculine/yang intelligence, IRIS: feminine/yin intelligence,

   "left brain", data collecting,        "right brain", intuitive

   and analytical mind                   and synthesizing mind

MARS: masculine desire, dynamic       VENUS: feminine desire, receptive

   activity, outward acting pleasure     activity, inward drawn pleasure

JUPITER: Sky Father, male             CERES: Earth Mother, female

   protector and nurturer,               nurturer and protector,

   promoter of ethics/abundance          promoter of ethics/abundance

SATURN: masculine energy of           VESTA: feminine energy of

   tradition, structure, and             tradition, structure, and

   material good order                   material good order

CHIRON: masculine energy of healing-  HYGIEA: feminine energy of healing-

   transformation and purification       transformation and purification

URANUS: masculine change agent        PALLAS: feminine change agent

   and consciousness raiser              and consciousness raiser

NEPTUNE: masculine passivity and      PROSERPINA: feminine passivity and

   sublime/altered states                sublime/altered states

PLUTO: masculine energy of primal     JUNO: feminine energy of primal

   power and transformation              power and transformation

HEPHAISTOS: masculine principle of    ASTRAEA: feminine principle of

   work, order, integration and          work, order, integration and

   disintegration                        disintegration

APOLLO: additional solar symbol,      DIANA: additional lunar symbol,

   creative maturity                     emotional maturity

BACCHUS: masculine symbol             BLACK MOON LILITH: feminine symbol

   of dark primal passions,              of dark primal passions,

   escapism and individualism,           escapism and individualism,

   and inspirational power               and inspirational power


With this table you find a balanced grouping of archetypal divine energies which have significant astrological influence. The Iris Report gives you the opportunity, for the first time, to add twelve asteroids to the major factors usually considered in the chart - the Sun and Moon, the planets, Chiron and Lilith - and thereby get a much more complete picture of how the astral energies were constellated at the time of birth for the chart you are reading, whether it is your own or someone else's.


Of course, the balance suggested by these dyads, or pairings, does not mean that the yin and yang symbols are identical - Venus and Mars are hardly the same, after all! But there is a sense in which the two planets or asteroids involved represent divine archetypes whose energies complement each other, and work something like the positive and negative charges of an electrical current. One end of the archetypal 'pole' is outgoing and active, or 'masculine'. The other end of the archetypal pole is incoming and receptive, or 'feminine'.


In each of the twelve mini-chapters that follow, a particular asteroid (or dwarf planet, depending on the new astronomical definitions!) is given the focus of attention and related to all the other major elements of the horoscope, including those two important angles the Ascendant and Midheaven, and also the Nodes of the Moon. They are listed not in any order of importance, but according to the order in which they were discovered, from Ceres first to Hephaistos last.


So - let Iris, the rainbow messenger of the goddesses, add her many colors to your chart and complete the work of Mercury, the messenger of the gods.


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For the benefit of astrologers and students of astrology, information used

to produce this report is given below:

Sun         28 Gem 06               Ceres         5 Can 12

Moon        21 Cap 09               Pallas       20 Tau 48

Mercury     11 Gem 51               Juno          3 Can 56

Venus        3 Leo 09               Vesta        10 Can 18

Mars        16 Tau 11               True Lilith  10 Vir 03

Jupiter     12 Pis 26               Astraea      17 Leo 05

Saturn      10 Aqu 44               Iris         16 Tau 55

Uranus      27 Leo 20               Hygiea        6 Pis 31

Neptune     11 Sco 00               Proserpina   24 Aqu 06

Pluto        7 Vir 46               Diana        17 Aqu 39

True Node    9 Leo 28               Apollo       28 Leo 10

Asc.        18 Lib 49               Bacchus      18 Gem 33

MC          20 Can 42               Hephaistos    9 Can 38

Chiron      10 Pis 52


Tropical  Koch  Daylight Savings Time observed

GMT: 21:32:00  Time Zone: 8 hours West

Lat. and Long. of birth: 34 N 03 08   118 W 14 34


Aspects interpreted:

Conjunction:  5 Deg 00 Min          Sextile        :  3 Deg 00 Min

Opposition :  5 Deg 00 Min          SemiSquare     :  2 Deg 00 Min

Square     :  4 Deg 00 Min          Sesequiquadrate:  2 Deg 00 Min

Trine      :  4 Deg 00

Chapter 1: Ceres


Ceres, lady of loving-kindness


Ceres symbolizes the fertility and abundance of the corn goddess, an aspect of the great Earth Mother. Ceres was the Roman deity; Demeter the earlier Greek goddess of grain and fertility in the classical tradition. With the new astronomical definitions of the various bodies in the solar system, Ceres the former asteroid is now considered to be a 'dwarf planet'. In astrology, the divine archetype Ceres bestows the blessing of loving-kindness. She distils her energy gently in the horoscope, and does not make a fuss.


Ceres helps you to see the world through kindly eyes, and to enjoy what is natural and simple and good. With her help, you grow in compassion for others, and gain in empathic understanding. She promotes generosity of spirit, and helps you to help other living beings: people, animals, and the natural world. Her position shows something about how you find ways to look after other people, and seek to bring out the best in them. Ceres nurtures and educates, in the best sense of those words. And on a larger worldly scale, she promotes the good of ordinary people, helps humankind to build democracy, and fosters respect and care for the environment as a whole. Her darker side tends to smother love and games involving manipulation or rejection. However, her more noble urge prompts everyone towards leading a good life, which facilitates the correction or elimination of such unattractive qualities.


Ceres in Cancer:


You have strong feelings about the importance of giving and receiving care and support, especially if you feel you were deprived at all as a child. Conversely, you will want to hand on the torch of a happy childhood to the next generation as well. You will do your best in any role with parenting or carer responsibilities, and believe in the essence of the motto, 'Home is where the heart is.' There is a conservative streak in your sensitive soul, and a strong need for emotional and even physical security. You are capable of making great sacrifices on behalf of your family, especially your children, even to the extent of limiting your own opportunities - which can be a particular problem if you're a woman. Learning to balance work and private life is often a major challenge for you to win.


Ceres in 9th house:


Love and freedom go together in your life philosophy, both for yourself and for the world in general. You don't quite get the possessiveness thing, unless there are major contradictory factors at work, and tend to regard life as a huge adventure in which vast opportunities should be open to all. You love to roam, either literally or metaphorically, and can find value and learning experiences in virtually anything you encounter. Some sort of hero quest is a major motivator, and your learning curve can become so high that you reach the point where it is time to teach others how to dare, too. Just watch out you don't spread yourself too thin, or waste time in pastures that aren't so green after all.


Ceres Conjunct Juno,  Orb: 1 deg. 15 min.


The desire to nurture and the will-to-power combine with a strange intensity that can either drive great achievements or become suppressed and lie dormant until you are ready to turn into the dynamic change agent you are. You need to mother, not smother, and should refrain from emotional power games, no matter how tempting the drama seems.


Ceres Conjunct Hephaistos,  Orb: 4 deg. 26 min.


There is a passionate intensity about your way of engaging with people and situations, which will give great reassurance to some people and alarm others. Be clear about your good intentions, don't play games, and show the independent you will respect their space whilst affirming to others that you are, and will remain, fully present and interested.


Ceres Sextile Pluto,  Orb: 2 deg. 34 min.


You are very aware of the flux of life, and instinctively understand the cycles of creation and destruction and renewal. The ability to align with these organic processes gives you tremendous strength and purpose. It also facilitates your ability to facilitate change in the world around you, and to rise phoenix-like through your own personal transformations.


Ceres Trine Hygiea,  Orb: 1 deg. 19 min.


You draw strength and show talent from your ability to work in a range of healing areas: physical/emotional health, or even in practical work that heals an organization. You can become interested in food or complementary medicine. At your best you can develop into a natural healer who is able to connect with the subtle energies of the life force.


Ceres SemiSquare Pallas, Orb: 0 deg. 37 min.


You can experience tensions in trying to reconcile new ideas with your sense of how relationship obligations play out. There is a challenge for you to balance heart and head, and to feel fully engaged with your feminine energy, or with women in general. Taking any extreme position is unhealthy: strive for a middle course.





Chapter 2: Pallas


Pallas, lady of consciousness-raising


Pallas was a title of the great Greek goddess Athena, warrior, strategist and wisdom seeker. Her Roman counterpart was Minerva. The asteroid (perhaps eventually to be classified as dwarf planet) Pallas brings gifts of understanding, insight and skillfulness, and helps you to take things to a higher level than you might have thought possible. The energies of Pallas often seem to appear suddenly in the horoscope, and she can present in a surprising, even shocking, way. These upheavals are necessary sometimes in order to shake you out of your complacency and get you moving.


Pallas helps you to see much more clearly, and although this can involve pain, it is for the best in the long run. Illusions are stripped away and you comprehend at a deep level the lessons brought by this asteroid. You grow in intellectual dexterity and sometimes manual dexterity as well, and learn how to approach issues more strategically. Just as Pallas improves the linkages in your brain, so she also helps you to create better linkages in the world at large. Pallas can prompt you to respond very coldly, too, so you need to be careful of her chilly intellectualism and its snare of retreat into airy, abstract absolutes. But Pallas also promotes equality and cooperation, and helps you to help others in clear-sighted and astute ways. She assists you to act more fairly towards people, and to fight for fairness in turn. Pallas is a true raiser of the level of consciousness, and ultimately she helps you to think and act in much better, more skilful ways than you might ever have imagined possible.


Pallas in Taurus:


Pallas is a 'mover and shaker' which means she has a tricky time of it when passing through the conservative sign Taurus. One minute you're antsy for change, and lit up by a bright new idea. The next minute you're going to ground again and digging your toes in, determined to keep the status quo. You are a terrific sanity check whenever new ideas or proposals for change are being tossed around, as you have a strong instinct for what is real and what is pie in the sky. 'Common sense' is your middle name. But you can get stuck in the mud and resist innovation because the old tried and true ways are always best, aren't they? Are they?! Use the Pallas gift of insight to consider all sides carefully, and with openness. Listen to your body too: your kinesthetic response is strong.


Pallas in 8th house:


Pallas in the domain of sharing and intimate exchanges turns many - if not most - of your relationships into something of a roller coaster ride. Well, it ain't dull, which you would like even less. There is, after all, something of the stimulus junky in you. No matter what window dressing the events in your life wear, most of the intense changes you experience are arising from deep changes in your own mind and heart, and the challenge is to recognize these as they are happening instead of being caught by surprise. Business matters can proceed in unusual ways, working best if you are in innovation or technology fields. Overall, change is both your watchword and passport to happiness.


Pallas Conjunct Mars,  Orb: 4 deg. 37 min.


There is a good deal of the strategist in you: Pallas is the brains, Mars the brawn. These energies together can make you invincible. The main problem lies in letting the assertion mutate into aggression, which will undo all the good. Stay focused, play fair, and don't mess with the weak or stupid. Worthy warriors pick on people their own size.


Pallas Conjunct Iris,  Orb: 3 deg. 53 min.


Linkages of Pallas and Iris bestow strong intellectual abilities which you can harness to the extent you want and need. Your instincts are very good, you have the ability to grasp complex concepts quickly, but above all you can think holistically. This gives you an original and interesting way of seeing things, and of communicating (often new) ideas.


Pallas Trine Moon,  Orb: 0 deg. 20 min.


Your ability to balance the drives of both heart and head is both a personal need and a source of strength. You tend to react to situations with a mental rather than an emotional response, and keep your cool in a crisis. Injustice or the need to defend ideals can get you worked up, however, and then you become a coolly astute advocate and debater.


Pallas Sextile MC,  Orb: 0 deg. 06 min.


You convey a sense of enthusiasm for new ideas and change which can be highly infectious, and open the resistant hearts and minds of other less adventurous people. This means you are a very effective agent of change and have the potential to lead. Your clarity of thought and ability to communicate also help you to professional success.


Pallas Square Astraea,  Orb: 3 deg. 43 min.


You are acutely sensitive to the signals of change even before they manifest in obvious ways, but may not always like what you sense is brewing. Life has a way of taking things apart on you, unless you seize the initiative and get in first. You need to calm down, accept there is a season for everything, and allow change to flow instead of explode.


Pallas Square Proserpina,  Orb: 3 deg. 17 min.


The great learning experiences of your life involve a willingness to see things clearly, steadily and whole. You have a tendency to resist the transformative events that catalyze this understanding, especially as they have a way of erupting when you least expect them. The trick is to calm down, go with the flow, and allow it to unfold and make sense.


Pallas Square Diana,  Orb: 3 deg. 09 min.


Your strong drive to 'be yourself' can make you very successful, especially in fields that deploy your strategic savvy. But you may end up projecting such an air of aloofness and self-containment that people are intimidated by you. Perhaps you do want to be alone, but it can also get lonely at the top. Be clear about your goals and keep the game fair.


Pallas SemiSquare Juno, Orb: 1 deg. 52 min.


Although you are in many ways an astute and visionary operator, and have strong leadership potential, you also have an unfortunate knack of getting caught up in differences of opinion and power plays. Your way is not always best: listen fairly and dispassionately to others and make informed choices, not knee-jerk reactions.





Chapter 3: Juno


Juno, lady of personal power


Juno symbolizes the primal power of the original Great Mother Goddess, whom the Greeks called Hera. The goddess Hera's supreme position was lost when the sky and warrior gods of patriarchal tribes supplanted the deities of the old agricultural proto-civilization. Hera became the wife of Zeus and patroness of marriage, a much narrower remit of power. Her Roman counterpart was Juno, wife of Jupiter. Although most astrologers read the asteroid Juno primarily as a symbol of relationships and the passions and power struggles entangled in them, there is a much deeper significance to this asteroid in your chart.


Juno is above all about personal power, where you find it, and how you use or misuse it, or fail to use it at all. People often struggle to express their Juno energy, perhaps because the world still struggles collectively with what feminine energy really means. It is not simply about sugar and spice and all things nice. Juno is often not very 'nice' at all, and challenges you to wake up to what you want and find a skilful way of shaping your life path. Juno shines a light on inequalities and demands fairness, or - if she feels thwarted - retreats into angry sulking and defeat. Her most blunted and distorted energies manifest as arrogance and self-entitlement, or in envy and spite; but at her best she bestows a kind of truly royal authority, grounded in maturity and deep understanding.


Juno demands you take responsibility, first of all for yourself. She also teaches you lessons about your values and helps you to transform anything primitive, selfish or self-defeating into a mature and empowering way of being in the world. Juno's great gift is precisely this: empowerment. As a corollary, she can help you make money or gain material successes along the way. And she can give you great style and a powerful presence, too!


Juno in Cancer:


For you a sense of empowerment and accomplishment can arise from your ability to give and receive care and support. The influences of your childhood have a stronger than average impact on your personality development, and can be a source of challenge in order to grow - either to leave them behind if you're over-attached, or to recognize you have the power to break bad patterns. Defensiveness is one of your snares, but it is not always wise to hide inside your fortress. Most people are simply doing the best they can, and you can open your heart to trust in most circumstances. Power clashes with authority are possible, especially if you fought with your own parents; so don't become what you dislike, and recognize if any authoritarian tendencies are emerging in your own style.


Juno in 9th house:


With Juno in one of the houses of learning and communication, you will find empowerment through developing the strengths of your mind. This may be problematic earlier in life, and institutions of higher learning or traveling, especially abroad, could be testing grounds for your willingness to learn (your openness) and your resilience. You might go looking for power or enlightenment in a foreign land, but the real journey is inward to the core of your being. A path that allows you to gain deep understanding will serve you best, and it is likely to be a spiritual one sooner or later. Just be clear about what you are looking for, and where and how, and leave small egoistic urges behind.


Juno Trine Hygiea,  Orb: 2 deg. 35 min.


An intense source of pure energy and power burning steadily in your inner being is available to you for the work of purification, whether of yourself or geared in some more down to earth way in your work. But these healing fires help you to become the best you can be, and contribute to larger cultural shifts towards greater community wholeness.


Juno SemiSquare Astraea, Orb: 1 deg. 51 min.


Your strong will-to-power can become a source of challenge: either you don't quite recognize it, or you have difficulty expressing it effectively. You are ultra efficient and have a gift for integrating things, but if your energies are unfocused you may find things start disintegrating instead. Be clear about outcomes and work systematically.


Juno Sesquiquadrate Diana, Orb: 1 deg. 17 min.


Tensions can arise for you in the world as a consequence of your insistence on going your own way. You need to find skilful ways of dealing with people so that you honor your own wishes without causing unnecessary conflict. Your strategic sense can take you a long way if you are willing to make some compromises whilst promoting your agenda.





Chapter 4: Vesta


Vesta, lady of focused service.


The asteroid Vesta constellates a very pure energy of dedication to a higher purpose. In worldly terms this often steps down to more ordinary, everyday realities: the willingness to work hard, the willingness to put personal preferences aside to deal with issues at hand or to assist others in need, and above all the ability to focus intently on something in order to get it done.


It is worth remembering that the Roman goddess Vesta was lady of the hearth, and the Latin word for hearth is 'focus'. Where you put your focus you are, in some sense, kindling a fire in a hearth and tending it, just like the Vestal Virgins looked after the sacred hearth whose fire symbolized the life of the whole collective. Vesta helps you to maintain your focus for as long as it takes to fulfill your obligations or to get the work done. With her help, you become less egoistic and more willing to put others ahead of yourself. But she also teaches you how to do this appropriately - turning into a doormat is hardly going to work well in the long run, either. You can become rather obsessed, too, where Vesta goes, and become righteous about issues with a moral dimension. You need to go a bit easily and honor difference whilst maintaining your own standards. Leading by example is better than grandstanding, and Vesta teaches you to work away quietly, without fuss, and achieve the sense of deep satisfaction that comes from recognizing and doing the right thing. You don't have to advertise this - virtue is its own reward!


Vesta in Cancer:


Vesta, servant of the hearth, has a natural affinity for Cancer, the sign that proclaims, 'home is where the heart is.' It's also where the hearth is, and you have a very strong sense of continuity and tradition, even if your family wasn't always all it could have been - and let's be fair, whose family ever is all it could be? Learning to make the best of a bad job is a Vesta virtue, and you manage this quite easily. Rolling your sleeves up and getting on with the task in hand is as natural to you as breathing. You do need to watch out that you don't do too much for other people, though, especially that family of yours. You need to let them go and go their own way, especially any children you might have. Clinging moodily to the past helps nobody, least of all you. Work for the future, too!


Vesta in 9th house:


In olden days, astrologers called the ninth house the domicile of God. With Vesta here you may not dedicate yourself to a deity in the conventional sense, renouncing the world and taking holy orders, but you will certainly dedicate yourself to some kind of higher purpose, sooner or later. In your youth you may resist a bit, and play freedom games, travel a lot, or travel for work. But finally your works will take on a rather exalted quality, or aspiration at least, and the search for meaning becomes a quietly burning passion. Whether you concentrate your energies on material or spiritual quests, there is much to be gained from the journey. You might be surprised by the destination!


Vesta Conjunct Hephaistos,  Orb: 0 deg. 41 min.


The image of a blazing hearth-fire sums up something very important to your inner life at least, and possibly your outer presentation as well. You are a quietly intense person with tremendous dedication to anything or anyone that matters to you, but may need to beware of overdoing the service thing. Especially watch out for workaholic tendencies!


Vesta Trine Jupiter,  Orb: 2 deg. 08 min.


You are strongly interested in ethics and what constitutes a good life, and have many high minded tendencies that will help you to make personal gains and set a good example. You also have the judgment to recognize the difference between doing the right thing and becoming smugly righteous, so people follow your lead rather than pull you down!


Vesta Trine Neptune,  Orb: 0 deg. 42 min.


At your best you can focus your energies in a truly spiritual way. Mostly you are able to recognize and contain negative potentials: getting lost in fantasy and confusion, or getting caught in fundamentalism or skepticism. With a light deft touch, you manage this tricky energy, keeping things real whilst not surrendering your imagination altogether.


Vesta Sextile Pluto,  Orb: 2 deg. 32 min.


You draw strength from your ability to work with, and through, themes of personal and social change. You can develop a slightly bleak take on the human condition, because you are a serious soul. But like a doughty warrior you accept stoically the changes that come along, and help other less strong and capable folk to follow your quiet lead.


Vesta Trine Chiron,  Orb: 0 deg. 34 min.


Your ideal work is somehow geared to the future and to maximizing personal potential and development. You refuse to get stuck in a rut and will summon up the energy to work through any blockage that stands in your way. Working in unusual, innovative or spiritual ways will yield the best results. You could be a gifted teacher of practical life skills.


Vesta Trine Hygiea,  Orb: 3 deg. 47 min.


This energy links you to things much bigger than yourself, and gives you a drive to make a strong contribution to the greater good. You find strength and success from your ability to create practical results from your commitment to healing and wholeness, and have a subtle attunement to collective trends, and the pulse of the 'rhythm of life'.


Vesta Sextile True Lilith,  Orb: 0 deg. 15 min.


You are one of those people who can live with paradox, finding strength from your ability to be both free and useful. You help others, but on your terms, and don't play the Vesta doormat game. In turn, you can help other people to work through their 'stuff', especially emotional attachments to being a victim, or to a sense of alienation.


Vesta Sesquiquadrate Proserpina, Orb: 1 deg. 13 min.


This is a contradictory energy, and you will probably find it difficult at first to manage drives that are very concrete and realistic on one side (Vesta) and very otherworldly on the other (Proserpina). If you swing to extremes you could become either too severely practical or too confused and fey. Take things quietly and develop good judgment!





Chapter 5: Astraea


Astraea, lady of right judgment and integration


Astraea was a classical goddess of justice, whose symbol was the balanced scales. She presided over the moral sense of rightness and good order, and the poetic tradition relates that she was the last of the divinities to leave the world at the end of the Golden Age. Astraea was then translated into the heavens as the constellation Virgo. These elements of myth give you clues to the meaning of the asteroid Astraea in the horoscope. She is concerned with the integration and organization of things, bringing sometimes disparate elements together and finding the common links that join them up in the web of life. She helps you to focus on detail and understand the meaning of the fine print. She helps you to work both hard and well, and helps you to become more ordered and tidy in at least some aspects of your life.


Astraea can also help you to become quite high minded, whilst integrating into this spacious vision an ability to zero in and see all the small things that go together to make up the greater whole. She can stir up a compulsive quality, too, and stimulate an obsessive streak. This can cause a kind of splitting, which is another aspect of Astraea energy: the goddess who brings things together can also tear them apart. She does all this, ultimately, in the service of wholeness, and reveals those things it is time to clean up and get rid of, so that everything else can evolve into a more perfect form. Wherever Astraea goes, you are urged to get organized and get your act together - and become the best you can be!


Astraea in Leo:


No matter how simply you (seem to) lead your everyday life, you have a tremendous creative drive. This can take you as far as you want to go, or as far as your self belief allows you to travel. You may have some difficulty, initially, in trusting that others will want what you have to offer, which can lead either to hiding your light under a bushel for too long, or to an over-compensating vanity and determination to 'show them', whoever 'they' are. But overdoing the 'I'm special' thing is just as pointless as self repression, so you need to find a practical strategy that enables the Astraea virtues of integration and balance to swing into action. Once you get it together, you are unstoppable. You may shine best and brightest if you fly solo rather than in tandem. You're an individual!


Astraea in 10th house:


It may be a long way to the top when you want to rock and roll, but you'll take just as long as you need to get there, and rock with as much vigor as it takes, too. Becoming the best you can be in the world - and getting appropriate recognition of the fact, thanks - is a very strong driver for you. Patience, attention to detail and the ability to draw things together, all take you far. You can get a bit persnickety about all this, though, and need to watch out that success doesn't go to your head. There is a good deal of the natural patrician in you, regardless of your social origins, and you do rather like the best that's going. But don't confuse genuine achievements with mere status symbols!


Astraea Sextile Asc.,  Orb: 1 deg. 44 min.


You have a gift for projecting all the Virgo virtues in your personal style, which means it is easy for you to present as sensible, organized, disciplined, efficient and focused on the well-being of others. You could be a bit modest for your own good at times, though, or allow your good nature to be imposed on. Judge situations with due care!


Astraea Sextile Bacchus,  Orb: 1 deg. 28 min.


When practicality and divine madness meet, you'll either be divinely inspired or run a mile from any of that spooky stuff. Given the harmonies in this meeting, you will find that happiness comes from getting the details right and making the right connections. Your intuition is a pretty good guide: so just do it, rather than merely dreaming it!


Astraea Square Mars,  Orb: 0 deg. 54 min.


There's a powerfully concentrated dynamic energy in you that may not always be obvious, but which can often feel as though it's about to break the dam walls. Find a good outlet for all this so you can do the 'assertive not aggressive' thing. Martial arts or structured exercise may be ideal. And naturally, only ever pick on folk your own size!


Astraea Opposition Diana,  Orb: 0 deg. 34 min.


You go your own way, and are pretty indifferent if others don't like it. The connecting game is one you can take or leave, and you generally make linkages on your own terms, and only if there's wriggle room. Some people could find you cold, or hard to understand, but you are a great practical friend to have - as long as you want to help!


Astraea Square Iris,  Orb: 0 deg. 10 min.


As long as you don't get blocked by self-doubt and self-criticism, there can be something quite amazing about your capacity to absorb and understand complex information in a deep, thorough way. Your inner critic is the stumbling block. But if you take up a proper meditation practice you could really fly - maybe all the way over Iris's rainbow.





Chapter 6: Iris


Iris, lady of the intuitive mind and illumination


In Greek myth, there were two divine messengers: Hermes (equivalent to the Roman god Mercury), and Iris. Some traditions suggest that Iris was the messenger of the goddess Hera (whose Roman equivalent was Juno), whilst Mercury served Jupiter. However you play with the myths, there was a feminine energy associated with communication as well as a masculine one. And modern neuroscience tells us there are masculine and feminine aspects to the brain, too.


Few astrologers have learned yet how to honor the great goddess whose archetype stands behind the 'feminine' brain and style of communication. That is why this asteroid report is named in honor of Iris! The symbol of Iris was the rainbow, and the Iris energies of the horoscope seem to encompass all the colors of the spectrum, all kinds of light: ultimately, the light of pure consciousness.


Mercury shows how you think and communicate in a more systems oriented, data gathering and sorting way. His energy is yang and outward directed. Iris, however, has yin energy and is receptive. She shows how you receive ideas, how you listen, how you intuit and empathize, and how you deal holistically with all the information thrown at you by living in the world.


Iris helps you to understand things at a deep level, and to grow in wisdom. She adds color and depth to the Mercury energies of the chart, and shows another avenue of expression. She helps you to meditate. At her very best, Iris helps you to find true illumination. There is a vastness and sublime beauty to Iris energy. Wherever she sits in your horoscope can be magical, as she helps your consciousness to expand and evolve.


Iris in Taurus:


No matter how many other speedy or feisty factors are at work in your chart, with Iris in Taurus you have an inner poise and stillness that quietly watches and absorbs pretty much everything. How much you share of this is another matter: you're good at keeping quiet. There is a calmness to your communication style which can be very soothing to people, and you're probably an effective listener with something of the good mother about you, regardless of gender or age. You have an attunement to the rhythms of the natural world which can seem uncanny at times, and a strong sensory awareness which usually includes a deep aesthetic sense as well. Beauty moves you, and you also need a measure of peace to function best. But woe betide those who rouse the docile bull to anger!


Iris in 7th house:


Unless there are strong contradictory influences at work, you are very comfortable when dealing with people, and many would even say you had a natural talent for creating and nurturing relationships. Since communication is the vital element in all good connections between people, your ability to listen and receive people and their ideas and feelings, and provide by instinct the right response, enables you to become a sought after negotiator, networker, partner and friend. You often have a sixth sense about what is going on with anyone you are dealing with, or any situation you encounter. Just don't allow your goodwill to be exploited - and accept that your impressions can be wrong sometimes!


Iris Conjunct Mars,  Orb: 0 deg. 44 min.


You have a tremendous fund of energy available for communicating with people, and tend to approach the world with a noticeable enthusiasm, even ardor. The main problem here is in getting too carried away: a little moderation serves you best. At your best you can defuse conflicts, but you'll also get into a row if you're rubbed the wrong way.


Iris Square Diana,  Orb: 0 deg. 44 min.


You go your own way, with a strong independent streak and a coolly analytical mind. When you want to be strategic, few can match you, and your ability to deploy a tactical response makes you a great ally and a wily adversary. Just watch out you don't become a bit too chilly and remote: this can antagonize people and spoil your successes.





Chapter 7: Hygiea


Hygiea, lady of purification and healing


Hygiea is named for the classical goddess of health and well-being, whose name also yields the English word hygiene. This brings a sense of cleansing and purification to the symbolism for the asteroid Hygiea, as well as meanings associated with health issues, sickness, cure, and the moral and physical wholeness that are implicit in ideas of good health or good order. Wherever Hygiea goes in the horoscope, she has a way of cleaning up things, bringing them into a very pure, even ideal, state of being.


Hygiea intensifies any other planetary energy with which she links, and assists it to express in a cleaner, stronger, truer form. Sometimes this poses real challenges and problems, making circumstances appear worse before they get better. Then Hygiea seems to act like the force behind a fever, which can rise to dangerous heights before it breaks, and the healing occurs. It's all about getting the poison out first, so that wholeness can be restored, or aided to form. The poison is more often metaphorical than literal, of course. Hygiea always helps you to scrub up, or purge. She's a catalyst for action as well as a force for intensifying and purifying other energies. However testing a time you have whilst she's busy, you're always left in much better shape when she has finished with you!


Hygiea in Pisces:


Yes, you're a sensitive soul. Yes, life hurts. Yes, life can be unfair. So what are you going to do about it? Feeling all helpless and sad gets you nowhere. You need to heal your sense of hurt at the nastiness of the world by engaging with it and finding skilful ways of dealing with it, not by complaining and withdrawing. Was that a tough enough interpretation to get you mad enough to do something? If not, oh dear, let's try flattery. At your best, your compassion is big and generous enough to heal the whole world, or at least as much of it as you can reach. But don't do what the Buddhists call idiot compassion, where you take on stuff for manipulative people who really don't deserve either sympathy or help. Get real, above all about what you feel. And live big!


Hygiea in 5th house:


For you, inner healing and wholeness come most of all from a free flowing exercise of your remarkable creative powers. You were born to strut your stuff, somehow or other, no matter how modest and unassuming the rest of your horoscope may be. It seems to be easier for you to connect with the muses of inspiration than it is for most people, whether you express your creative energies through arts or crafts, science or technology, or just keeping the home fires burning. You also have a real knack for bringing out the creative best in others, and a remarkable number of major therapists share Hygiea in the fifth house with you. Put your heart into everything, and look after your physical heart, too.


Hygiea Conjunct Chiron,  Orb: 4 deg. 21 min.


You have a strong drive to heal and transform both your own life and the life around you, which is fine as long as you don't try to force any issues or agendas. Lead by example and don't play the one-note fanatic. Life teaches you how to work with pain and come through to wholeness, and you have a gift for helping others in similar need.


Hygiea Trine Hephaistos,  Orb: 3 deg. 06 min.


You've talent to burn, and a strong practical streak with it (part of it?), but you just have to get over the little mountain of under-confidence. If you don't want to climb it, blast a hole through it. If anyone can do it, you can. Use your smarts to find the right way. Your potential for mastery of some kind is great, especially as a healer or craftsperson.


Hygiea Opposition Pluto,  Orb: 1 deg. 15 min.


You are driven by a need to get rid of what has passed its use-by date, and whether by conscious design or seeming fate, you act as a catalyst for transformation. This energy can get a bit overwhelming, though, and you need to build a safe container for it. Don't play power games, and don't store resentments. Stress can catalyze chronic illness.


Hygiea Opposition True Lilith,  Orb: 3 deg. 32 min.


Sometimes light has to be shone in dark corners, and there's probably some unresolved anger or hurt lurking behind your mask of fierce independence. Nursing dark feelings won't serve you in the long run. It's better to deal squarely with the issues and even allow any necessary healing crises to move things along. Don't stonewall and seethe.


Hygiea SemiSquare Moon, Orb: 0 deg. 23 min.


Your emotional intensity can get the better of you sometimes, and you may find it necessary to step back and 'chill' as they say. Getting caught up in power games around feelings is also unwise, as it clouds your judgment and effectiveness. You will thrive best with periodic cleanouts both literal and metaphorical. Don't clog up on any level.


Hygiea Sesquiquadrate MC, Orb: 0 deg. 49 min.


Your zeal to clean up the world, or at least some part of it around you, can be very noble in theory, but go horribly wrong in practice. If you believe that you alone know best, you may not play purifying angel after all, and end up wondering why nobody appreciates you. Listen and think before acting, and judge wisely so you work for the good.





Chapter 8: Proserpina


Proserpina, lady of transitions, other-worldly realms, and sacrifice


The asteroid Proserpina is named in honor of the goddess of the dead, consort of Pluto, she who was known as Persephone to the Greeks. As a goddess archetype, Proserpina constellates an energy that is often hard to fathom at first, because in the poetic myths Proserpina/Persephone seems to have little personality of her own. As the innocent maiden, abducted by Pluto/Hades into the underworld, she was scarcely distinguishable from her fertility goddess mother Ceres/Demeter. As Pluto's wife and queen of the underworld, though, she receives the souls of the dead and as such, is also a guide to other realms and levels of being, and the deepest places of the psyche. The asteroid Proserpina seems to manifest as an energy of innocence and ignorance that learns a very great deal by (often hard) experience. She shows where you tend to take the line of least resistance, to be passive or helpless, and teaches you the consequences of such unaware or unassertive responses. She points to what you learn through the various transitions of life, which may or may not be painful, but which always entail a letting go of what has ceased to be viable, and carry therefore some sense of sacrifice. She shows you altered states of being, can help you to open up to all the stimuli of life, assists you to adapt and change in response to your environment, and even helps you to cultivate psychic perception.


Proserpina is a tricky energy to deal with, though, because she is so hard to know in essence. You need to be still, and quietly open, to access Proserpina and work with her successfully. Ignore her altogether and you may find yourself plunging into situations you never expected or wanted; honor her and she will help you to find a way through the dark, a guide for your soul who aids your inner journey and ultimately, as a result, your path to individuation in the outer world.


Proserpina in Aquarius:


Either you just fit in with the group like a happy little lamb content to be part of the herd, or you feel like a black sheep that has lost its way and doesn't belong with the flock in any case. Giving in to either of these extreme responses is probably not smart: simply blend in and you'll lose your individuality, but opt out and you could end up so out of step, you can never fall in again. Play to your strengths and use your sometimes oddball talents to help the group - then you can end up leading it. That's more your style. You probably have a strong social conscience and could become a passionate advocate for justice or change, or for protecting the weak from exploitation: you don't like power abuses. You're a smart cookie, too, as long as you don't drift and procrastinate.


Proserpina in 5th house:


You've a strong creative streak, but might have learned early not entirely to trust it. Or maybe you've preferred to direct it into rather safer scientific channels where invention is validated by facts, facts, facts. There is a serious cast to your makeup which tends to make you more aware of life's sorrows than joys, and you are very good at living out the adage that if you are dealt lemons, then learn to make lemonade. There can be issues with children, or something unusual about your own offspring, and you may face lessons on letting go. Your courage is great most of the time, but can waver in the face of undue complexity or uncertainty. You like life to be a bit more straightforward and clear.


Proserpina Opposition Uranus,  Orb: 3 deg. 14 min.


It can be heaps of fun tuning into the oddball frequencies of life, but you may find there is a limited pool of playmates if you tune out too often or for too long. You can go just a tad too far in playing the eccentricity card. Don't allow it to turn into a willful refusal to accept people on any but your own terms, and remember to play straight occasionally!


Proserpina Opposition Apollo,  Orb: 4 deg. 05 min.


Your creative energy has an interesting attunement to the subtler realms, but you may seem a little too crazy to more ordinary folk as you go about your business. Try playing the 'normal' card once in a while for success. Clever you may be, but don't get too smug about being somehow special: this could sabotage your capacity to realize your dreams.


Proserpina Sesquiquadrate Hephaistos, Orb: 0 deg. 32 min.


Your passions probably have a way of throwing you into turmoil now and then (okay, maybe most of the time) but you do rather like peak experiences, don't you? Vanilla doesn't quite do. Accept responsibility and if you really want it quiet, scale things back a bit. An ordinary life requires effort and talent as well. How are you using your gifts?





Chapter 9: Diana


Diana, lady of emotional maturity


Diana was the classical goddess associated with the moon, a virginal hunter who was expert with the bow and arrow. She preferred to keep aloof from the company of most of the other gods and goddesses, living in wild mountain fastnesses with her retinue of maidens.


Diana took an interest in the affairs of ordinary mortals primarily when women were giving birth, and she cared for the young of all creatures. But she could be fierce, even lethal, if her rights were impinged upon, or if she were slighted. Her arrows never missed their target.


The asteroid Diana has not been used a lot by astrologers, which is a pity as she seems to show a different quality of emotional response from that traditionally associated with the Moon. Where Diana goes in your chart you are not inclined to the sort of overt, even child-like sensitivity and vulnerability that the Moon tends to indicate, but to a more restrained, independent and even sometimes avoidant response to the stimuli of life. Diana energy is more austere, but she does not show a lack of sensitivity as such. Indeed, she can be almost hypersensitive in her way, which is to acknowledge feelings and immediately put boundaries in place to contain and protect them, so that Diana can sometimes seem cold or hard where in fact she is simply looking after herself. Of course, she can help you to be tough if circumstances demand it! She can also point to intense fear responses, which in turn stimulate the 'fight or flight' reflex, which in turn makes you either combative or prone to head for the hills. Ultimately the position of Diana in your chart tells you a lot about how you develop emotional maturity, although she can also say something about the distortions and setbacks of this process, too. She shows where you are able to rely on yourself rather than depending on others, and also points to ways in which you will help other people - as long as it suits you!


Diana is not needy, except for space and for the opportunity, quietly, to nurture the inner needs of the soul. She helps you to figure out what you want, but without all the emotional baggage associated with Lunar attachment. Detached, disinterested and dispassionate, Diana energy helps you to engage with life on your own terms, as a fully fledged adult. With Diana, you put away childish things and come into a richer fullness of being.


Diana in Aquarius:


There's a strong cerebral quality to your personality, which can seem a little chilly to some more fiery or physical folk. But you love ideas, especially big ones, and can be the most congenial of companions if the talk is good and the information exchange is lively. You can be visionary, probably have a strong social conscience, and you're very aware of the wider culture. You get the whole 'vibe' as easily as breathing. Group action appeals to you, but appeals most if it means you'll get recognition for your own contribution. You like power more than you admit, especially if your image is egalitarian. Sudden eruptions of vanity (usually if you feel under-valued) can shock you as much as your associates. Stay as tuned-in to yourself as you are to the world, though, and all will be well.


Diana in 4th house:


You could be some sort of domestic god or goddess, or you could just be something of a homebody. Whether you do it with style or just do it, you really value your home and your privacy, and security is a pretty big deal, too. There can be a 'back to basics' aspect to your nature, and an innate capacity for making do or turning to; an earthy streak keeps you practical and able to deal with most problems that arise. But with all your busy-ness, the deepest need is actually for some sort of profound, fundamental transformation. It is your inner being that needs the work, not the house renovation. Once you get going, anything is possible. You can go incredibly far, building on the strongest foundation.


Diana Trine Asc.,  Orb: 1 deg. 10 min.


It is easy for you to project an air of authority into the world, and to wear descriptions like, 'having gravitas.' You probably grow up faster than the average, and take on responsibilities readily and (usually) cheerfully. Not that you necessarily present as cheerful, since you're a serious soul, but a good and useful one who helps others.


Diana Trine Bacchus,  Orb: 0 deg. 54 min.


You play with paradoxes: finding happiness in freedom and often solitude, and craving the freedom to pursue happiness unburdened by the demands of others, yet also needing in some way an audience. You've a dramatic streak and can play many roles with great conviction. But you'll be most fulfilled when you find a middle path of balance.


Diana Square Mars,  Orb: 1 deg. 28 min.


You could be a naturally angry cuss, or you could be just dog tired of always seeming to find yet another battle to fight. Whatever your actual aggression level, there is a strong warrior energy with Diana-Mars, so get kinda Zen and martial artist about it, use wise discipline to manage the force flow, and focus always on what constitutes right action.





Chapter 10: Apollo


Apollo, lord of creative maturity


In classical mythology, Apollo was the god of the sun, whose patronage extended over harmony, the arts and healing. He was not the literal, physical sun, however, and the asteroid named in honor of this god has a slightly different quality from the Sun energy with which traditional astrology is familiar - just as the energy of Diana is rather markedly different from that of the Moon.


Although work is still in progress on understanding the influence of Apollo - as with all the asteroids! - he seems to take the creative, personality-making energy traditionally associated with the Sun and then place and develop it in a wider social context. If the Sun is about 'Me' and my life force in pure potential, then Apollo shows 'Me' how to become more fully and completely and socially myself - or rather yourself, as the case may be, since this report is about you, the reader! For this reason Apollo is described here as the lord of creative maturity. He has a sway over the process of full individuation that allows your innate gifts to shine their light into the world. Apollo shows another aspect of your talents and potentials, but he also shows possible areas of downfall, if more primitive egoistic urges get in the way of the maturation process.


It is all too easy to become proud wherever Apollo goes in the chart, and to become excessively perfectionist and demanding. But all these distortions are unfortunate ways of misusing his wonderful capacities for creation. At his best, Apollo gives clear sightedness, and this includes clarity of insight into who you really are and what you are best able to do in order to make the best of yourself in the world at large. Don't allow vanity or lazy self-entitlement to trip you up. Be honest about where you are and what you want, and do the best you can to be the best you can. That's what Apollo's drive for (true) excellence is all about!


The asteroid Apollo also has a rather strange orbit and appears to spend much longer in some signs of the zodiac than others. Appropriately enough, he is much more often and longest in Leo, the traditional sign of the Sun. If you have Apollo in the signs from Sagittarius through to Taurus, this is a relatively more rare placement.


Apollo in Leo:


Oh dear: Apollo in Leo is the commonest placement of all. Since when was anything in Leo common? What happened to special? Isn't there a mistake here?! Sadly there's no mistake, you are part of a large herd. But Apollo in the Sun's own sign does usually boost your confidence (so quit complaining) and it can actually help to push you out into the world and make you strut your stuff if other elements of your horoscope are tending towards the shy violet style. Some of the time, at least, this energy gives you zing, and flair. There's at least one thing (maybe more!) you do really well. So concentrate on that, get real about your limitations, and play to your strengths. Then you can go quite a long way. You might even go all the way to the top, and leave the rest of the herd behind!


Apollo in 11th house:


When idealistic Apollo is resident in the House of Ideals (hopes, wishes, good fortune, friends) he seems to incline you less to worldly wants, and rather more to creating a rich inner life. If it's not a path with heart, you probably aren't interested. But if you do take the right road, it can lead you to a place of considerable success and comfort, anyway. All the while, you dream great dreams, which can become even greater if you share them with like-minded souls. If or when you do engage with a group (of any size) you can have quite an impact on it, and indeed have the capacity to be a leader in your field. You'll probably be known for something a bit different from the 'white bread' norm, too.


Apollo Conjunct Uranus,  Orb: 0 deg. 51 min.


Something of the natural rebel informs your creativity and you quite like to walk on the wild side now and then, or maybe most of the time. You can bring an unusual vision to your work, and find new connections and promote new ideas. Though intolerant of constraint you may be a little inclined to lay down the law to others. Relax, cut loose!


Apollo Sextile Sun,  Orb: 0 deg. 05 min.


You find greater than usual pleasure from untrammeled self expression, and feel most fulfilled when your creative energies are working at full throttle. When it all flows, you easily hone your skills and accomplish much, but there is a risk here of being satisfied with even easier appearances. Keep this in check, and you can go far.





Chapter 11: Bacchus


Bacchus, lord of altered states and divine inspiration


In Roman mythology, Bacchus was the god of the vine and wine, equivalent to the Greek Dionysos. The cult of Dionysos was ancient and mysterious. He was a strange and subtle god, other-worldly, now kind, now cruel, connected with altered states (including those induced by drugs, from alcohol to hallucinogens), the deity presiding over peak experiences from ecstasy to agony. He was close to nature, wild and free, and his worship had many anarchic as well as transcendental elements. Eventually his archetype and worship became so important to the Greek collective psyche that he was elevated to the Council of Twelve, the great gods and goddesses who presided over the government of Mount Olympus. Unlike other (male) gods, Dionysos was surrounded by women, and mortal women were his most significant votaries. There is an inter-sex, almost androgynous or transgender quality to this divine archetype.


The asteroid Bacchus constellates all these contradictions and mysteries in the horoscope. A good deal of the Bacchus/Dionysos archetype is also apparent in the planet Neptune, and where this asteroid differs and adds value to the chart is in the way it focuses the area of life where you are most open to inspiration and where you are most eager for pleasure and escape from the everyday. Neptune has a collective energy, but Bacchus is more directly personal. Bacchus tells you a lot about where and how you play, what excites you and inspires you to do better, to go further, and to push things not only to the limit but even past it. The consequences, if any, you will deal with later, if you must. Where Bacchus goes you have a little taste of freedom, a little glimpse of heaven or - if you play foolishly or choose badly - you get a harrowing vision of hell. You need to be careful with Bacchus energy. When he is good he is very, very good; and when he is bad he is horrid. Or to quote another old proverb: 'Take what you want, the Good Lord says - and pay for it.'


The asteroid Bacchus has an eccentric orbit and spends more time in some signs of the zodiac than others. His longest sojourn is in Sagittarius; if you have Bacchus in the signs from Pisces through Aries to Virgo, this is a less common placement.


Bacchus in Gemini:


Your imagination is so vivid that you are probably tempted sometimes to escape into a fantasy world that leaves ordinary reality far behind. Well, that's a fun thing to do, but rather a waste of talent as well as time for you to stay up there, or out there, or wherever you go. It would be much better to re-connect with the rest of us and share something of the marvels you perceive. Once you're fired up, you can display remarkable skill and flair as a communicator. Indeed, there are probably times when it appears that you have been seized by divine inspiration, and could have an important message to convey. At your best, you can communicate a wonderful vision; but at your worst your fantasies run away with you and lead to chaos. Learn discrimination and keep the old ego in check!


Bacchus in 9th house:


You are a seeker, which sounds very noble, and it can manifest in a very fine way if you look for the right things in the right places. But if your search becomes contaminated by egoism and fantasy, the results can be less pretty. Inspired and inspiring journeys clear a way forward for you, and these could be very literal, or more metaphorical. You may find 'god' (or at least some sort of peak experience) in a foreign land, or even in one of the higher realms of consciousness, or your might just watch a lot of television and read voraciously. Pursuing spiritual aspirations can be the best possible thing to do, as long as they are truly spiritual, and not some sort of me-first fiction dressed up in stolen robes!


Bacchus Trine Asc.,  Orb: 0 deg. 16 min.


There's a playfulness to your nature, and something of the actor about you, a desire to experiment with identity and try on different ways of being in the world. Or you could be a mystic or a poet or an artist or, or - just about anything or anyone! Just make sure you keep a sense of your core identity whilst you spin the dials and ring the changes!


Bacchus SemiSquare Venus, Orb: 0 deg. 24 min.


Glittering clouds of romance are all very well, lots of fun for a while. But you need to get a little bit real about your relationships, or your tendency to fall in love with love could land you not on cloud nine but on cold hard ground. You are also much moved by beauty, which again is fine as long as you are not misled by appearances. What's within?





Chapter 12: Hephaistos


Hephaistos, lord of inner fire, talent, craft and work


The asteroid Hephaistos is named in honor of the ancient god of fire and the forge, the master craftsman and divine blacksmith. In the proto-civilizations of the early Bronze Age, those who worked with the wonders of fire and metal seemed to be magicians, and were thought to possess special powers. But the god Hephaistos had a sad, strange story. He stands for aspects of the masculine that are not only amongst the most worthy (he is a hard worker and consummate artisan) but also the most unfortunate, because Hephaistos was crippled and ugly, so the other gods and goddesses wanted little to do with him. But they could not ignore him, because he was too clever and too skilful, and he was one of the great gods who sat on the Council of Twelve governors. As we know in human life, too, those who are truly gifted always find a way to the top, and this is something the asteroid Hephaistos can point to in your horoscope. He also shows where you may feel very unworthy and self-doubting, and so make an extra effort. He reveals many of your deepest passions and dearest desires, but also shows some of your greatest sufferings, because other people do not necessarily understand you or want your company or input. He shows where and how you work, where and how you are perhaps most skilful. But above all, the divine blacksmith hammers your soul on his forge in order to make you better than you are already. This process of soul making, of what used to be called 'character building', can be hard and painful, but it is very necessary.


Hephaistos knocks you into shape. Once you understand what he is doing, it can actually be fun to cooperate, and turn the work into a game. Mary Poppins, arguably the first super-nanny, knew a thing or two about the secret purposes of the Hephaistos archetype. With his help, you can take the base metal of your nature and transform it into gold, or at least move from childhood to adulthood.


The asteroid Hephaistos also has an even more eccentric orbit than Apollo, and spends very little time in some signs of the zodiac. He is most often in Taurus, and the nearby signs of Aries, Gemini and Cancer. If your Hephaistos is in the signs from Leo to Pisces, this is a much rarer placement.


Hephaistos in Cancer:


For you, soul making is a very sensitive process, as you learn profound lessons relating to fundamental emotional drives. Family and tribal awareness is strong in you, and even if home isn't (or wasn't) always where the heart is (or was), you still place a high value on it. Security means a lot to you, and you can become very assertive, even aggressive, if you feel in any way threatened. Or you could be defensive for other reasons, or willing to go out and fight for some right cause that reflects deeply held values. Your instincts are strong, and you tend to read people and situations well, if with a weather eye to self interest. Those who want something from you will do better to appeal to your feelings than to your intellect or abstract principles. You are best reached through the heart.


Hephaistos in 9th house:


The soul making process indicated by the sign your Hephaistos occupies is channeled into what might be called 'the university of life', the fields where you get to run free and explore ideas, travel around, and see where your spiritual instinct (whatever it is) takes you. This can turn you into a dreamer rather than a doer, which can spoil your harvest and waste the high intelligence that is your birthright. But once you get a focus and get moving, little can stop you, and your capacity for achievement is great. Sometimes you dither through under-confidence rather than laziness, and just need the right recognition and encouragement to put a fire in your belly. You'll do best with a steady burn.


Hephaistos Trine Jupiter,  Orb: 2 deg. 49 min.


You are a person who thinks big, and with this easy energy exchange between Jupiter and Hephaistos, are a little less inclined to lack of self-belief. You want to see your dreams translated into practical works, and have the optimism and confidence to go for it. If you don't get quite right the measure of output you need, you can fix it pretty quickly.


Hephaistos Trine Neptune,  Orb: 1 deg. 22 min.


Your fantasy life is deep, rich and complex, and it can drive a remarkable capacity for worldly achievement if you are able to develop practical strategies for translating your dreams into realities. You tend to be able to work your way through the potential muddles involved with this process, but need to watch out for complacency and drifting.


Hephaistos Sextile Pluto,  Orb: 1 deg. 51 min.


Both Hephaistos and Pluto symbolize mighty transformative processes and the results of harnessing creative power, one by skill and craft and the other by sheer force. Combine these principles in an easily flowing way, as you can, and the effects could be remarkable. You constantly re-invent yourself and carry an impressive aura of strength.


Hephaistos Trine Chiron,  Orb: 1 deg. 15 min.


You have a deep admiration for the hero archetype, and the ability to go far beyond ordinary endurance or achievement. In some field or other you will do your best to live out this high standard in your own life. You may have some inner healing work to do first, but take up the challenge with courage and dogged persistence.


Hephaistos Sextile True Lilith,  Orb: 0 deg. 26 min.


You can find both satisfaction and strength in your ability to work creatively with some pretty deep and dark sources of energy, which focus a sense of unworthiness or rejection. You are fiercely independent for starters, and easily ignore the noisy, know-nothing throng. Honing your craft in whatever way matters is your best way out, and up.