Asteroid Fortuna

Asteroid Fortuna 19 is the Roman Goddess of luck, good and bad! She represents the tide turning for or against you according to life’s whims. Her father is not surprisingly believed to be Jupiter, who is also associated with gambling and trusting in fate. For the Romans, chance events and Fortuna were connected with Virtue, so that immoral individuals would invite bad fortune and virtuous persons would be rewarded with good fortune. Therefore Fortuna is also a goddess of fate and karma.

Fortuna is obviously associated with the wheel of fortune card in the tarot and the expression “what goes round comes round”. So she reminds us that when we are at our lowest the only way is up, by the same token, she also reminds us to enjoy the peaks in our lives because summer is not eternal John Russell Hind discovered Fortuna on 22nd August 1852. The time/place is an approximation to get the moon position; we know he worked in Greenwich.

Asteroid Fortuna Discovery Chart

The chart contains a Yod to the Moon which aptly describes the ebb and flow of fate. Uranus is about sudden changes and the North Node is where our soul needs to go to evolve. I love the way that the Moon is on Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, which does tend to dramatically swing from one extreme to the other. Antares:

“With the Moon: Popular, broad-minded, … great power, honor and wealth but benefits may not prove lasting, danger of violence, sickness, drowning or assassination.” [1]

Well that is a mixed bag of some of life’s incomprehensible rabbit holes.

Asteroid Fortuna Astrology,The Moon square Neptune also describes the fog of not knowing what’s coming and needing to have faith. Even the Sun is on an extreme star. Phecda in the great bear, it has a bloodthirsty nature when roused. There is clearly a sense of vengeance then here, describing fates cruelty at often calling in it’s debts just when you are at your lowest. Bad luck does seem to come all at once. Mars is on Algorab in the trickster Crow and Venus is on Pollux the evil twin. Both such teasers! I imagine them spinning of the wheel of fortune in the casino gleefully watching the punters expressions as they await fates dictate. How often have we said to ourselves, is god having a laugh or what? Daughter of Jupiter? This girl has a wicked sense of humour.

If you look at the chart it’s all about balance, Saturn’s opposition to Jupiter and Eris (Persephone) opposing Ceres (Demeter). Somehow their polarity brings equilibrium and we have plenty of nice blue trines and sextiles to offset those Darkstars mentioned earlier.
The North Node on Alhena, the star sitting in-between the twins shows again it’s a question of equality of dark and light. We swing between “Good” and “Evil” in our lives and we have cycles of good and bad transits also. Fortuna like her father Jupiter, reminds us to look at the bigger picture, how much of the good luck in this life is from a previous life?, and by the same token how much apparent bad luck is coming from past life misdemeanours also?

Asteroid Fortuna Meaning

Asteroid Fortuna,The Arabic part of Fortune is not quite the same meaning in our chart as Fortuna. The POF in our chart gives us some idea what we need to do to make our soul happy so that the doors of opportunity open for us. Fortuna differs in that it tells us about our approach to luck. The house we find it in may be where we feel luckiest depending on how it Fortuna is aspected. If we find Fortuna squaring another planet this could be where we feel short changed.

If we find Fortuna conjunct Saturn, we may be very rigid in our views about our destiny, we may think it is set in stone and we have no freewill at all. We will feel blessed if we have lucky stars and an easy chart overall. But what if we feel doomed by a square from Pluto? In my opinion Fortuna on Venus does not guarantee luck in love or with cash either, but you should certainly feel lucky which in turn is more likely to attract to you that Venusian flavoured fortune.

Fortuna Astrology,In synastry your partners Fortuna conjunct your Sun or AC will make them feel like a lucky star to you. That just being in their presence brings you luck. Their Saturn on your Fortuna on the other hand may feel like they are a curse more than a blessing, or that they are dishing out some heavy karma back at you.

It may be useful to see how transits effect this little asteroid. I wouldn’t put it on the same level as the Part Of Fortune, but if you do happen to have Asteroid Fortuna strongly placed in your chart then you might feel your life is in the hands of fate and that you can back peddle a little while the Universe takes care of it for you. For the rest of us, it can’t hurt to play the lottery while Jupiter or Venus transits our Asteroid Fortuna can it?

Find Asteroid Fortuna in Your Chart

1. Create your chart HERE.
2. Choose “Extended Chart Selection”.
3. In “additional asteroids or hypothetical planets”, add 19.

1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923 p.137.

44 thoughts on “Asteroid Fortuna

  • October 20, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I have Fotuna is in Aries house 11
    Exactly squares Uranus

    I don’t have everything I want, but I have it good. I live in a free country after all…and I have had some low points…and once you hit that point there is no where else to go but up. I’ve had miracles and turn arounds happen in my life too.

  • October 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Also, Its a big indicator in davison charts. I just checked out some close relationships and in many planets or points were exactly conjunct fortuna in the chart.

  • October 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I love checking these out. My Fortuna is conjunct Proserpina sextile my Moon/MC. It’s in the 6th so I feel lucky in my daily work. Yep! I have been blessed with enjoying every single job I have ever had. Bums, just notice my Fortune square Saturn. Party pooper.

    Jamie your Fortuna is conjunct your Moon, but square your Lilith. Luck be a lady! And I mean a LADY, not a tramp… 😉
    It’s in your 9th house, so travel feels lucky for you. Well how’s about that!
    Your Fortuna is quincunx my Moon and widely quincunx my Venus too. Kinky, sweet fortune.

  • October 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    12th, like everything else, ho hum.

  • October 21, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I love these posts, too. My Fortuna is conjunct my MC which is conjunct Antares. It’s part of my Mystic Rectangle, which coincidentally also involves Ceres opposite Eris. Lucky or unlucky – it all depends, but I’ve always had a roof over my head and as I’ve gotten older, home is my safe haven and provides the foundation for everything else. At 450 square feet, our apartment is small but beautifully decorated – I’ve put a lot of effort into making it a home. Also organized, clean and cozy – too bad about the neighbors.:)

    Fortuna squares my Virgo Ascendant/Pisces Descendant, so perfection is denied. Anyway, it’s all relative; I know I have a lot to be grateful for, especially compared to a lot of folks.

    The hubby’s Fortuna is conjunct my 12th house Uranus and opposite my Chiron. He gets me and values my uniqueness. Mine is trine his 12th house Ceres/Eris conjunction. In our composite chart, Fortuna is conjunct Jupiter, in Libra/4th house. We love spending time together at home.

    • November 24, 2011 at 4:15 am

      Correction, Fortuna is conjunct my IC (and Antares), *not* my MC. Mercury (almost) retrograde (ironically, transiting through my 4th) was kind enough to point out my error – otherwise the first part of my previous comment doesn’t really make sense.

      I re-read this post and comments after discovering I’ll have my Fortuna-Return next month. A safe, happy home would be nice at Christmas – we shall see if we’re so lucky. I suppose conjunct the IC, it could also signify my own psychological/emotional/spiritual foundations, as in feeling blessed through a sense of inner peace. My Fortuna is ruled by philosophical Jupiter, so I’m thinking “luck” is all a matter of perspective!

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