Calling All Asteroids (Asteroid Goddess Guide)
"Men cannot stop the Third World War. It is not in their cells. But women can. A man can love a child, but he doesn't go through the labor pain. The solutions on this Earth are not in the hands of men. The solutions on this Earth are in the hands of the woman, in the psyche of the woman." – Yogi Bhajan
Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta … We discovered these female celestial bodies over 200 years ago. But if you are reading this, chances are you are more familiar with Chiron, the male centaur “wounded healer” discovered in the late 70s. Why? The answer, it seems, is more complex than blaming any undercurrent of misogyny within the astrological community.
Many astrologers teach that astronomical discoveries correlate with shifts in the collective consciousness. In other words, humans only discover certain planetary bodies when our psyches are able to “deal” with what such a body represents within us.
The asteroid ephemeris (necessary for chart interpretations with asteroids) was only published in 1973, due to Eleanor Bach’s tireless pleading with astronomers to provide the necessary data. 1973 was also the year Roe v. Wade was decided, with second-wave feminism in full swing. Yet here we are in 2020, with astrology and women having quite a moment, and most astrologers when asked about that certain glyph in your chart say, “don’t worry about that, it’s not important.”
Instead, the focus for understanding the feminine in all of us is still overwhelmingly limited to the Moon and Venus (oversimplified further into “Mother” and “Relationship” archetypes), while we have a wide range of masculine archetypes to choose from when analyzing the remainder of the human experience. There is data to support that there are more female astrologers than male astrologers, and more reliable data that a majority of astrology clientele are women. So, what’s going on here?
The dismissal of these archetypes in chart interpretation echoes our own personal and shared denials of the complexities of what it means to be a woman. The fear of acknowledging any kind of difference between the sexes, as if different is inherently unequal, when perhaps the inability to celebrate our differences is what fosters inequality. But by brushing off these concepts as unimportant or too complicated, we are practicing a dangerous form of self-denial, feeding into the idea that women are “too much”, and missing out on the wealth of feminine wisdom inherent in all of us.
It’s Pisces season, which means it’s time to level-up our collective consciousness. We can’t do that by burying or over-simplifying issues relevant to the entire population. However, raising them requires a language, symbols to address and heal. So, we’ve provided a brief overview of each of the goddess asteroid archetypes below in hopes of inspiring you to dig deeper in the healing truths that each can offer.
Ceres is the nurturing Goddess of Agriculture. When her daughter, Persephone, was abducted and violated by Pluto, she caused a famine as a bargaining chip for her daughter’s return. Ceres is often associated with nourishing, sustenance of life, and the initial mother-child relationship (sometimes over-protectiveness), as well as painful loss or separation.
Ceres gives us insight regarding the link between self-nurturing in our adult lives and the early nurturing bond with our mother. Interestingly, today’s research shows a link between early sexual trauma and later disordered eating, harkening back to the deeply imbedded mythos of Ceres and Persephone. Ceres also reminds us that the feeling of safety that women (with respect to their physical safety) and men (with respect to their emotional safety) so frequently struggle to find, is a key component to healing and self-integration.
Pallas (Athene), the Goddess of Wisdom, was borne of her father (Jupiter)’s head, rather than of a woman. She was well-respected amongst the gods as an excellent military strategist, and is also connected with useful arts such as weaving and other forms of craftsmanship. Pallas is the original “daddy’s girl.” The price she paid for her intellect, creativity and power was the denial of her feminine essence.
Pallas can therefore represent the struggle many women feel between being the best in a chosen field and being seen as a desirable mate. She may also represent the parts of us that seek the masculine approval of a father or love interest and avert feminine energies as weak or not serious. Having been born of an androgynous nature, Pallas is also connected with the current movement toward gender fluidity.
Juno was a queen in her own right, associated with economic prosperity and vegetation, and gave up part of her kingdom and power to become Jupiter’s wife and equal partner. Although often portrayed as a jealous or vindictive wife in response to Jupiter’s repeated humiliating and deceiving affairs, Juno always came back to attempt to work things out. She therefore represents the part of us that is willing to give over some of our power in order to pursue an equal partnership.
Today Juno is often associated with the fight for equal rights for oppressed people, as well as our own internal struggles with dominion-submission paradigms. Juno’s placement in your chart may give clues about long-term relationship preferences or problems, as well as the area of life in which your most significant relationships may operate.
Vesta is the Goddess of the Hearth and protectress of the sacred altar flame. She is depicted as a virgin in the traditional sense of being whole unto oneself, but has also been associated with ritual sex and the use of sex as an instrument for cleansing and communion with the divine. Vesta protects not only the sacred inner flame, but also other energies that ensure the continued survival of humanity.
Vesta represents the desire within all of us to experience the sacredness of the sexual act, and her placement in your chart may indicate how to explore the spiritual aspects of sexual energy.
Vesta may also indicate the area of your life to explore your sacred vocation.
To learn more about the female goddess asteroids, visit Demetra-George.com.
This article first appeared in AS ABOVE SO BELOW. Click here to download the entire PISCES issue.