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It”s taken me a while to even begin to understand the feminine asteroids: Ceres, Pallas Athene, Juno + Vesta. I’ve been practicing, studying, refining and evolving my beliefs through the astrological lens for more than 15 years now. Yet, I did not begin to take the feminine asteroid archetypes into account until about 4 years ago. Perfect timing, though, since these asteroids all take about 3.5 – 4.5 years to move through your whole chart.
What can I say about these archetypes? First of all, I do treat them as archetypes – as I do with all of the astrological symbols + concepts. I am a Jungian in this way, and I learn through my own unconscious/conscious filtering before I can see universality and apply any potential themes to the collective (or at least the collective clients that come my way).
Let’s begin with Ceres.
C E R E S :: W A T E R . E N E R G Y :: As a disclaimer, I will say my natal Ceres is on my Descendant at 24 degrees Cancer. That kind of placement has offered me a multitude of opportunities to understand this energy – and to OWN my projections (7th House cusp). The story goes that Ceres is a “harvest” archetype. This energy can be equated with nurturing, and thus motherhood since harvesting is about planting seeds for renewal and growth. Not surprisingly, Ceres is often considered to co-rule Cancer (alongside The Moon). I’ve come to agree with this depiction of the Ceres archetype through my own lens, particularly when coupled with The Moon’s transits. They seem to “talk” together.
Natal Ceres energy nearly always takes precedent in my mind. So a transiting Ceres is like saying, “your natal energy is showing up in this area of your life now.” For example, for the New Moon on September 19th, 2017 @ 11:30pm Mountain Time, Ceres will be at approximately 28 degrees Cancer – it just passed a conjunction to my own natal Ceres. The Moon will be at approximately 27 degrees Virgo – which, for me, resides in my 8th House; my natal Moon is at 4 degrees Leo, and these energies are, indeed, “talking” together! In fact, I’ve felt EXTREMELY pulled into creating 4 mass meditations posted through Instagram @maieutic.arts + @vanessalamorte and right here on this blog. How does your Ceres energy show up? How is your moon “talking” with her? Feel free to contact me for mentoring services on this energy if you are interested in your personal astrology!
How about that Pallas Athene? Some say Pallas Athena… either way, let’s go with Pallas for short.
P A L L A S :: F I R E . E N E R G Y :: You know that movie, Hidden Figures? The one with the three African-American women who offer us a behind-the-scenes rendition of all that it took for John Glenn (astronaut) to make to space and back? Yea. That movie is like the Pallas archetype in action. Pallas is about fierce independence, grace + ageless feminine wisdom. I tend to equate Pallas with owls – and so does her archetypal story. Anyhow, let’s dig into it a bit more.
Pallas is the feminine warrior, usually represented as the female “assistant” to great male warriors. She offers invaluable advice + counsel to her male counterparts in her story. As an example to guide you, Pallas will be at 14 degrees Taurus EXACTLY on the New Moon, September 19th, 2017 @ 11:30pm Mountain Time. Where does her energy hit you? What is your natal Pallas energy like? Do you identify with her energy on some level? I know I do. My Pallas is conjunct my Chiron in Gemini in the 5th House, which is EXACTLY opposite my Uranus in Sagittarius in the 11th House. The New Moon this time around hits my North Node in Taurus. I think I may actually over-identify with Pallas’ energy as a stellium Leo – not even knowing about it until recently. Now that I’ve watched her move through my life, I can absolutely see how this energy plays out. And, it is still moving me to heal both myself and others along the way.
V E S T A :: A I R . E N E R G Y :: Oh, dear Vesta. The “vestal virgin” is so on point with Virgo energy as the goddess of the hearth fire. While her symbol is the flame, she is more like the feminine Saturnine energy + the idea of air for a fire… she keeps the flame going. If you think about Saturn (earth) + air (Mercury), it really makes perfect sense that she is equated with Virgo.
Vesta’s story is about keeping the feminine energy flowing. In her time, that meant making zero commitment to another person. The expression of the energy could (and can) range from purity and abstinence to many sexual partners with no intimacy. Why? The idea was to keep from being “touched” by anything that didn’t serve goddess energy. A variant of the fierce independence that, say, Pallas’ archetype denotes.
This archetype may seem out of sorts in some ways by todays various cultural progressions, but the energy lingers as a conscious construct to this day. In fact, in many cultures and religions, her archetype is still “the norm.” My Vesta is fairly prominent in my chart in a way as it conjuncts my South Node and opposes my Black Moon Lilith. I have swung in all sorts of different directions when it comes to relationships! From two long-term relationships, a turned-down proposal, and a hyper-sexualized + transformative relationship with a karmic twin brother…yea. I get Vesta. Do you? How does it show up for you? The New Moon on September 19th at 11:30pm Mountain Time shows Vesta at almost 1 degree of Libra. The sign of balance + relationships (among other qualities, of course). Hmm… how might that play out? Feel free to reach out for mentoring on this energy if you so desire.
Last, but certainly not least, Juno!
J U N O :: E A R T H . E N E R G Y :: In some kind of contrast to Vesta, Juno is pretty much focused on the partnering energy in any intimate relationship. It is typically associated with or named the “marriage” asteroid, meaning that wherever/however the energy shows up in your chart may symbolize your views on marriage + partnership.
In her story, her archetype holds a lot. From jealousy and bitterness to authority + control stuff all the way to bliss and pure monogamy. From my perspective and understanding of this energy, Juno is associated mostly with Capricorn energy. While Vesta is like the feminine Saturn (Capricorn’s ruler), there is an edge of airiness about her energy. The air keeps the fire going in a different direction, shall we say. Juno on the other hand seems to be more fully Capricorn in my mind. Very, very earthy. In fact, she tended to be seen as a woman armed with a goatskin cloak – goat is the symbol for Capricorn.
Anyhow, the easiest way to understand your own Juno energy is to look at BOTH the sign and the house it is located in. I will use my own Juno energy as an example. I was born with Juno in my 9th House at roughly 13.5 degrees into Libra. As I mentioned before, I’ve had alllllll sorts of relationships – intimate and romantic, intimate and non-romantic. I have never felt like I was going to be the marriage type, but if I meet a true partner/soulmate to spend as many days as possible in my life with…then yes. I am not only open to that, I am actually ONLY open to that. In other words, my Juno energy (coupled with all my other feminine asteroid energy + my chart as a whole) does reflect my own beliefs/story back to me. I ultimately can and will only settle for a fully EQUAL partnership. A balanced one on all levels, but with an emphasis on the mental plane. That’s Juno in Libra in the 9th. Plus Pallas in Gemini in the 5th House…and a stellium in Leo in the 7th. Makes sense. Do you want to make sense of your energy? Contact me for donation-based mentoring services!
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Interestingly, and totally unplanned, these four feminine asteroids seem to line up with the mass meditations myself and my dear friend Vanessa Lamorte put together to kick off a dream class offering… the first mass meditation call is September 20th @ 12pm Eastern Time, and it is on the element, W A T E R . The next one will be F I R E; the third one will be A I R; the last one will be E A R T H. In respective order, these archetypes seem to want to join us!!
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