There are many many asteroids and minor planets to be explored in the chart. Here are some of the key asteroids/minor planets that have been most studied and given attention to. It is important to note the cultural context that has led to a majority of these major asteroids meaning being linked to the ancient Greek or Roman god or goddess assigned to them by their discoverers. Astrologer and author Demetra George has also done extensive work with the asteroids detailed in the book Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-Emerging Feminine.
Click here for the asteroid list provided by Astrodienst on www.astro.com
With that in mind here is a description for reading these additional elements in an astrological chart!
Mother archetype, harvest and gathering, mourning, life cycles + seasons, provider, caretaker, family loyalty, self-care, food and nutrients, Earth
Named after the Roman goddess of the earth Ceres carries an earthy elemental energy. There is a distinctly symbolic feminine energy to this astronomical body. Ceres is associated with motherhood and nature. Along with this earthy energy Ceres is also the mother of Porsepina (known in Greek mythology as Persephone). The location of Ceres in the astrological chart speaks to human being’s desire to nurture and be nurtured. This dwarf planet is symbolic of how we connect to our planet, how we care for ourselves with food, and also how we mourn when we experience loss or tragedy. And the ways in which we find comfort in the face of challenge. It can also symbolize who or what we turn towards when experiencing a difficult time. The zodiac sign location of Ceres and planetary aspects can help us more clearly define where our loyalties are aligned, familial connections, and details about our self-care.
Sacred warrior, strength, mental fortitude, fight, confidence, wisdom, guardian, protector, arts + crafts, practicality
Pallas has a unique place in our charts. This asteroid is symbolic of practical application of our skills and abilities. The ways in which we apply our crafting or creative skills and also how we approach problems and events. Do we use practical strategies, cunning, mental strength, or let emotions lead the way? The location of Pallas Athena in the chart demonstrates an area where we show wisdom, ability, or skill. We have a great desire to protect and cultivate certain aspects of our selves. Pallas Athena was known for her approach to war and therefore is also a guardian of the sacred warrior energy. Look to the sign, house, and aspects Pallas makes in your chart for more details.
Bonding, partnership, royalty, queen, leadership, conception, union, pregnancy, birth, attentive, possessive, loyalty
Juno in the chart represents a point of leadership and authority abilities. Juno was worshipped as the queen of the gods and her archetype has taken on themes of royalty, administration, and oversight. Juno was also married to Zeus/Jupiter and is often associated with the stress she experienced due to his infidelities. Juno can our relationships, unions, and partnerships. It can also represent feelings of jealousy and possessiveness from ourselves or our partners. As Juno was the Queen of the gods she also oversaw conception and birth. The location and aspects Juno is making in the chart can speak to the finer details when it comes to relationships, female energy, and personal autonomy.
Priestess, internal fire, hearth, flame, sexuality, sisterhood, ritual, daily devotion, purity, coven work, witchcraft
Vesta’s location in the chart is symbolic of the expression our daily rituals take. In ancient Rome she was worshipped in the form of keeping a hearth fire burning. Vesta represents our internal spiritual fire, ability to worship, and perform devotional tasks in groups or alone. This asteroid can provide us details on how we relate to our sacred sexuality. The spiritual work Vesta performs is symbolic of work each individuals takes on in a priesthood, coven, or circle. Look to the sign and house location for more information on how Vesta represents the relationship to our inner flame that we stoke through sacred ritual.
Motivation, chaos, wheel of fortune, strife, discord, rage, troublemaking, manipulation, stirring up drama,
Known as a goddess of strife and discord, approaching Eris can seem a little intimidating at first glance. But as life has its shadows Eris can also help us uncover and recognize these areas through our chart. This dwarf planet has a very irregular orbit and has been slowly moving through Aries since the 1920s where it still is today. Because Eris has been in the sign of Aries for so long it is best to look at the house and the specific aspects Eris is making to other planets or sensitive points in the chart for exploring Eris themes. In myth the goddess Eris was known for stirring up trouble. She often felt snubbed by the other goddesses and gods in the pantheon. Eris today can help us get in touch with our inner rage and areas in our life where we feel slighted. It shows us how we may have used manipulation or drama to make a point, be heard, and seen by others when we have not received the attention we needed. Socially, Eris, shows us where rage and resentment is present in our world and therefore lends us insight into how we may collectively heal from past wounds, trauma, and imbalance.
Healing, astrology, medicine, wounds, mentors + teachers, sacrifice, knowledge, wisdom
Chiron is a minor planet orbiting between the inner and outer planets which has given Chiron one of its nicknames, “the bridge.” As Chiron links our inner energy with the transpersonal energy of the outer planets in our chart (Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto). The other nickname Chiron carries is “wounded healer.” In mythology Chiron was a healer and teacher but had a wound he himself could not heal. These themes have drifted into the astrological meaning of Chiron as well. In the chart Chiron can be viewed has a part of self that needs attention and healing. It can demonstrate where our ability to heal or teach others lies. The location of this dwarf planet illuminates the ways in which we share learned knowledge and wisdom. As a symbolic mentor, Chiron, is a teacher, bestowing on us information regarding medicine, astrology, and the arts. We can develop and strengthen the gifts we have, healing others, which in turn can provide us a form of healing. Look at the house, sign, and aspects Chiron is making in the chart to illuminate the meaning of our wounds, healing gifts and mentorship we can offer the world through our own lens of experience.