Asteroid Cybele

Asteroid Cybele ~ Ceres On Steroids

Asteriod CybeleCybele is an earth mother goddess with a twist, she is a rather colourful character depicted as an exotic foreigner arriving on a chariot drawn by roaring lions and escorted by drunken, ecstatic revellers playing wild music. Cybele was originally an ancient Anatolian (Asia Minor) mother goddess who was then assimilated by the Greeks. She is the goddess of mountains and lions. In some parts of Greece she was absorbed into other earth goddesses Gaia, Rhea and Demeter. Cybele was famed for her entourage of transgender and eunuch priests and her consort was a castrated Shepard, name of Attis. She is quite the paradox then, chiefly known from being this fertile, earth Goddess, but evidently not having much chance of having children from her dismembered partner. The Romans reinvented Cybele as a Trojan goddess, but her true meaning, her mystery and the manner of her worship is hotly debated to this day. However “Her associations with hawks, lions, and the very stone of the wild, mountainous Anatolian landscape, suggest her as mother of the land and its wild, untrammelled nature, with power to dominate, moderate or soften its latent ferocity, and control its potential threats to a settled, civilised life.” [1]

To me Cybele is a sabre-toothed Ceres on steroids… with claws. Although Cybele is a devoted mother, as a foreigner her parenting style is distinctly “uncivilised”. The Greeks were in awe of her, took her into their culture but in reality held her at arms length. Her animalistic behaviour and liking for wild places estranged her from her fellow Olympian mother goddesses. It seems her rituals involved a great deal of manic bashing of percussion instruments, hollering and frenzied gyrating dancers. This cacophony was thought to be healing rather like an ancient version of Drum & Bass or techno trance.. Cybele’s consort Attis in artwork of the time is shown as her subordinate, always younger than her and of course he is a eunuch. Attis starts off as a rugged and handsome Shepherd, but after his self-mutilation he is referred to as a female.

Cybele in modern culture I think would be someone like Barbara Windsor (Cybele sextile Mars) who played a great matriarch in the soap opera Eastenders, but ironically never had any children herself. In her biography she states she had 5 abortions. She has been famously married to “Toy Boy” Scott Mitchell since 2000. Also what sprung to mind immediately was Liza Minelli (Cybele conjunct Sun trine Moon!) with her very weird looking husband, she also has had no children due to complications during a miscarriage. Lastly lioness and gay icon Madonna with her adoring entourage of male dancers is so obvious that I wasn’t surprised to find Cybele conjunct her DC by just 18’. Negatively the Cybele archetype could probably be seen in the cult classic film “Mommy Dearest” a biography of actress Joan Crawford who was known as a control-freak, obsessed with housework. She adopted 5 children and was as strict on them as she was herself. I think this very tight controlling is the when our wild lioness Cybele is put in captivity. It seems Cybele needs to run wild in order to purge all her wound-up anger,  just like over-working oneself calls for a Saturnalia once in a while. The tighter you wind-up the coil the faster it spins when you let go of it.

Author: Marina Macario

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  1. Interesting enough, Cybele is at 29 Sag today (7 December) and will be at 4 Capricorn at New Moon and Solstice December 21. It conjuncts my natal Mars that day, so I’ve been interested in what that may mean.

    My Cybele is conjunct my GF’s ascendant, and her Cybele is conjunct my natal Pluto, both exact. She was born in the year of the Tiger, BTW. So there is some ancient Cybele karma thing going on here, but I can’t explain it.

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  2. Hi, I found your post on Cybele quite interesting, but unless I missed it, you seem to have omitted an important part of her mythology: Agditis was not her consort. She used to be Agditis. From my webpage on Cybele and Rhea: Zeus apparently, at one point, fertilized a stone, and a hermaphroditic monster named Agditis resulted. The gods could not let the creature be, so they chose to mutilate it, and the goddess Cybele resulted from the castration. The cult of Cybele included ceremonies where certain priests actually castrated themselves. This cult spread throughout both Greece and Rome. I can show you documentation verifying this origin.

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    • Hi Zane, Attis was her consort not Agdistis. But they are related. Attis could be said to be an incarnation of Agdistis. I didn’t know that Cybele came from Kybele/Agdistis so thanks for the tip. Here’s a Phyrgian statue of her. WIKI says “Her androgyny was seen as symbolic of a wild and uncontrollable nature. It was this trait which was threatening to the gods and ultimately led to her destruction.”

      Attis is mentioned here too and it all gets very complicated… Attis grew out of an almond picked and placed in the bosom of Nana which grew into a baby. This almond/baby grew out of a tree which was fertilised by the blood of the severed genitals of Agdistis. Wiki then says “Attis was of such extraordinary beauty that when he had grown up Agdistis (Cybelle) fell in love with him.

      Wiki has a page for Attis too. Yes I did mention the castrated priests. How could I not? Fascinating… :)

      NB. I found it interesting that you relate Cybele transits to Saturn, since I mentioned the need for a Saturnalia in the article. Saturn seems to relate to castration since he famously lanced off Uranus’s privates.

  3. Can anyone tell me please how to find out my natal Cybele position. I have tried astrodienst and a whole heap of leads on Google but they have rendered nothing. Thank you

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