ASTEROIDS

By | October 30, 2011

Asteroids AstrologyAsteroids are used in astrology to fine tune themes brought up in the natal chart and also in synastry and mundane astrology. When using asteroids the orbs must be very tight, I would say not more than a 1.5 degree orb, otherwise you are in danger of completely diluting the chart and not seeing the forest for the trees. The next filter is to determine if they are conjunct or opposite the Sun, Moon or the Ascendant. We would also consider a tight trine or square. If they complete an aspect pattern then this is also important. If you find yourself strongly attracted to a mythical figure it is worth looking up the asteroid name and see if it features strongly in your chart.

I consider Ceres, Pluto, Eris, Chiron and the Black Moon Lilith to be exempt from the above rules and they are given more weight at Darkstar Astrology. The rest of the asteroids and minor planets are loosely categorized into three sets:

• Main Belt Asteroids, the Greco-Romans between Mars and Jupiter like Juno and Vesta.
Trans-Neptunians (TNO’s), not all technically asteroids and some large enough to be minor planets like Sedna and Orcus.
Centaurs, all small TNO’s like Pholus and Nessus, except Chiron who orbits between Saturn and Uranus and is actually classified as a comet.

ASTEROIDS & PLANETS

Artemis • Atropos
Ceres • Chaos • Chiron • Cybele
Eris • Europa
Fortuna
Hekate •  Hygiea • Hylonome
Iris • Isis
Lilith
Persephone • Pluto •  Proserpina • Pythia
Sedna
Thereus
Waldemath’s Dark Moon

Finding Asteroids In Your Chart

1. Create your free chart at astro.com HERE.
2. Choose “Extended Chart Selection”.
3. Select everything in the “Additional objects” box. This will show the major asteroids in your chart.
4. If you have a particular asteroid in mind that is not in that additional objects box, then under that you will find a box called “additional asteroids or hypothetical planets”. Find the number of the asteroid you want from this Asteroid name/number List and add it to the box.

5. Yet another option is to use Serennu to list over 1000 asteroids in your chart. Remember to use UT for your time of birth, select “sort by degrees of the zodiac“, add the coordinates of your birth place, then select “Include first 1,000 asteroids“.

USING ASTERIODS

The Wikipedia Asteroid Name Meanings Page lists all the known asteroids by number with links to the deity, person or place they were named after. Asteroids are like the saints, you can pray to them and meditate on them to inspire and ignite your own intuition about how to read your chart. Don’t take the myths too literally, they are a base from which to explore. It’s important to also consider the personality of the planetary body through it’s orbit, appearance and it’s discovery chart as well as the myth behind it.  I would suggest browsing through Zane Stein for the TNO’s, Juan Antonio Revilla and Zsuzsanna Griga for Centaurs.

If you would like to know how an asteroid works in your chart, I can look at it as part of a natal reading if you request it. It’s important to see ones asteroids in context , therefore we cannot answer questions like “I have Isis conjunct my Sun, what does that mean?”. However I am happy to discuss the asteroids meaning generally.

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  1. RASHEL

    Marina,
    I have a question of the asteroid Varuna. There are not many articles online about Varuna. My natal Varuna is at 24 Taurus. Transiting Venus was conjunct my natal Varuna on 6/19. I have a Jupiter return coming up on 6/29. On 5/23 transiting Varuna starting conjuncting my natal Jupiter with a 1* orb. The conjunction will be exact on 7/12. Some of the mythology concerning Varuna includes that it is named after an old Jndian water deity, similar to Neptune, and that it is deep & mysterious like Pluto. With a Jupiter return coming up I ‘m a little concerned as to how Varuna will affect this. The Jupiter/Varuna conjunction is part of a Jupiter return and also trine retrograde Saturn. Does anyone have an idea what I should expect? My natal Jupiter is at 26 Cancer/8 th house.

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    1. Benjamin H. Priest

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20000_Varuna

      Astronomy:
      20000 Varuna is a large classical Kuiper belt object, almost as large as the dwarf planet Ceres, and takes 281 years to travel around our Sun.

      Mythology:
      In Vedic religion, Varu?a is a god of the water and of the celestial ocean, as well as a god of law of the underwater world. In Hindu mythology, Varuna continued to be considered the god of all forms of the water element, particularly the oceans.
      In the Vedas:
      As the most prominent Deva he is more concerned with moral and societal affairs than being a deification of nature. …. he is the supreme keeper of order and god of the law.

      Astrology:
      The glyph automatically chosen by Astrolabe’s SolarFire V8 software is an EYE.

      http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/12166/
      “Eye in the Sky” as written by Eric Woolfson, Alan Parsons, Wanderley Bertazzo Pinto Leley Bertazzo, Luiz Antonio Batista Montagna Luiz Batista
      EYE IN THE SKY
      [Chorus]
      I am the eye in the sky
      Looking at you
      I can read your mind
      I am the maker of rules
      Dealing with fools
      I can cheat you blind
      And I don’t need to see any more
      To know that
      I can read your mind, I can read your mind

      To quote Robert Hand’s software advertisement when he wrote a DOS software program in the 1980′s: “Is your astrology program like an Old Testament God – lots of rules and no mercy? Then get Nova!”

      My experience with Varuna is that it is a very close representation of an Old Testament God – the maker of rules which must be obeyed. Varuna might be a higher octave of Saturn. And if a horary or progressed chart or transits to a natal chart show stress aspects between Varuna and personal planets or midpoints between personal planets, it indicates one needs to attune oneself to divine law. So we can’t really use Varuna aspects to predict future events, only future trials that call for our free will. And if we don’t attune ourselves, we can expect to suffer.

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