Monthly Archives: November 2013
by Krista Schwimmer
When I was 18 years old, I had my first astrology reading ever. It was a natal chart reading with the now famous, Steven Forrest. The reading cost $35, was over one and a half hours long, and came with a hand drawn chart. To this day, it was one of the best natal readings I have ever had — both for its accuracy and its enjoyment. Although it did not lead me to becoming an astrologer, it inspired me to continue to examine my own natal chart, instinctively doing it when I feel compelled.
Recently, my instincts have drawn me to the asteroids. So, I bought the book, “Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-Emerging Feminine,” by Demetra George & Douglas Bloch. I thought this would be a good place to begin my examination.
I first came across Demetra George in the 90’s, when I picked up her book, “Finding Our Way Through the Dark.” This book explores the concept of the dark goddess, an archetype that I have been following for some time through her emanations as the Morrigan, Lilith, and Hecate. It was in this book by George that I discovered that the phase of the moon that I was born under, the balsamic moon, has a deep influence on my life. Being a woman with 3 planets in the sign of Cancer, this was an important discovery for me.
Now there are some of you out there that may argue that asteroids do not really mean much in an astrology chart. For me, I view the chart as a kind of mandala where I can view the more cosmic lessons of my life in a synchronistic way. If I am drawn to a planet or asteroid, invariably it has meaning for me. This is how I live my life on a daily basis. So, in a sense, it is possible that the asteroids have no relevance for some of you. For me, however, this book arrived at the perfect time, helping me to look more deeply into both weaknesses and strengths in my feminine being.
“Asteroid Goddesses” takes a look largely at four main asteroids: Ceres, Pallas Athene, Vesta, and Juno. For each one, George and Bloch explore the mythology, astrology, psychology, and metaphysical implications. The book also briefly touches on 6 minor asteroid pairs: Psyche/Eros; Lilith/Toro; Sappho/Amor; Pandora/Icarus; Diana/Hildago; and Urania/Chiron. The book includes the ephemerides of all these asteroids for the dates 1930 to 2050.
There are many things that I like about this book. I enjoy how the authors weave the mythology of each goddess with its astrological implications. I enjoy how they use the charts of well-known men and women to illustrate their points. I think the book is well-written, as well as laid out in a manner that allows one to either quickly look something up, or slowly read through the entire text.
I like, too, how George and Bloch tie the asteroids to the other planets. In Chapter 12, for instance, they write that “The asteroids, in occupying primarily the space between Mars and Jupiter, forge a link between the lower and higher octave planets.”
For me, one of the most important contributions of their book is that it shows a more multidimensional view of the feminine. The authors claim that “before the use of the asteroids, the only significators of the feminine in traditional chart interpretation were the Moon and Venus.” The asteroids change that. I agree. Each of the four asteroids represent a principle: Ceres, the principle of unconditional love; Pallas Athene, the principle of creative intelligence; Vesta, the principle of focus and commitment; and Juno, the principle of relatedness.
Placing these asteroids in my own, natal chart, I have already found some new discoveries that resonant with me. Juno, at the height of my chart, in the sign of Sagittarius, correctly indicates that I not only need mental stimulation in my career, but also from my partner. My husband and I started our tarot business even before we were married!
In my own search to understand the feminine, I believe I have found a valuable tool. Thanks to both Demetra George and Douglas Bloch, I look forward to learning more from these asteroid bodies in my quest for self-awareness.