The Asteroid Report
Chiron and the Asteroids
Astrological Report for Paris Hilton
by Viniita Hutchinson
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Your Chart Data
Name: Paris Hilton
Date: Feb17, 1981
Time: 08:37:00PM EST +05:00
Place: NewYork, NY
NatalChart for Paris Hilton
Sun in Aquarius, at 29Á 19', in the fifth house.
Moon in Leo, at 18Á 47', in the eleventhhouse.
Mercury in Aquarius, at 28Á 03', in the fifth house.
Venus in Aquarius, at 17Á 17', in the fifth house.
Mars in Pisces, at 08Á 47', in the fifth house.
Jupiter in Libra, at 09Á 28', in the first house.
Saturn in Libra, at 08Á 59', in the first house.
Uranus in Sagittarius, at 00Á 01', in the secondhouse.
Neptune in Sagittarius, at 24Á 29', in the third house.
Pluto in Libra, at 24Á 12', in the first house.
Midheaven in Cancer, at 07Á 31'.
Ascendant in Libra, at 06Á 29'.
Chiron in Taurus, at 13Á 46', in the eighthhouse.
Ceres in Cancer, at 13Á 54', in the tenth house.
Pallas in Taurus, at 03Á 09', in the eighthhouse.
Juno in Scorpio, at 07Á 42', in the secondhouse.
Vesta in Virgo, at 04Á 14', in the eleventhhouse.
Text Copyright 1995 Viniita Hutchinson
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Astrology is an ancient science and art thathas been in use for centuries. The planets are named after the Mediterraneangods of ancient Rome and Greece. This illustrates the awareness possessed byour ancestors of the synchronicity between the activation of life's archetypalenergies and the movements of heavenly bodies that seem to measure the timingof these events.
The last few centuries have been an exciting timefor astrologers. We have witnessed the discovery of the outer planets andwatched them conform to the synchronistic meaning ascribed to them by theirnames, joining and expanding the pantheon of deities that dance through thehoroscopes of people and political events. Astrologers have become comfortablewith the extended astrological family that now includes Uranus, Neptune, andPluto, and these have been utilized in western astrology for most of thetwentieth century. Since the dust has settled from these cosmic discoveries,astrologers have had some time to study the action of some other newlydiscovered heavenly bodies - namely Chiron and the asteroids.
The asteroids lie in a belt that orbits betweenMars and Jupiter. It is now known that this belt is comprised of thousands ofasteroids, but the first four were discovered many years in advance of therest. These four asteroids were named after four major Olympic goddesses, whichhappened to redress the gender imbalance among the primarily male planetarydeities that populate the horoscope. Thus it was that Ceres, Juno, Vesta, andPallas Athena came along at the time of the birth of the women's movement inthe nineteenth century. Astrologers do work with the myriad of other asteroidsas well, but these four, with their associations to four of the most importantgoddesses, are the "standard" ones in use.
Chiron was discovered in 1977, and was named afterthe wise Greek centaur who tasted immortality. Chiron lies between Saturn andUranus and occasionally passes within the orbit of Saturn. At first thought tobe a comet or asteroid it is now considered a "planetoid" or smallplanet-like body.
The astrological portraits of the asteroids andChiron have emerged through the observations of fascinated astrologers over thelast century. This report informs you of their symbolic meaning and gives youinsight into how they operate in your own horoscope.
Chiron & the Asteroids in Your Chart
The astronomical body, Chiron (once thought to bea comet or asteroid, now considered a "planetoid" or smallplanet-like body) is named after the ancient Greek, centaur demi-god who washorse from the waist down and human from the waist up. Chiron's orbit, unlikethat of the asteroids, lies between Saturn and Uranus, and is irregular in thatit occasionally crosses inside the orbit of Saturn. This astronomicalcharacteristic is symbolic of Chiron's reputation for being somewhat of amaverick.
Chiron was no ordinary run-of-the-mill centaur atthe mercy of instincts and appetites. He displayed such self-mastery and was sowise and gifted in both the arts of healing and the arts of war andstatesmanship, that he found himself mentor to hero's and kings and their sons.His service was of such value that he was granted immortality by the gods.Chance would have it that he was accidentally wounded in the foot by one of hisown poisoned arrows, carelessly tossed by one of his fosterlings (Heracles).Since by this time he was immortal, the result of this mishap was that Chironwas condemned by fate to suffer eternally the agonies of a poisoned wound thatcould not be healed. In order to obtain release from his endless suffering, thewise old centaur decided to relinquish the mantle of immortality that had beenbestowed upon him. He gave it, instead, to Prometheus (who needed it to befreed from the punishment he suffered for mocking the gods and stealing theirfire). In this way, Chiron embraced death and found release from his suffering.
Astrologically, Chiron's placement in thehoroscope indicates one's experience of the wound that does not heal, (or thewound that does not seem to heal, because although an important lesson may belearned through dealing with it, the wound seems to spiral around with anotherlesson on a deeper level). Chiron represents one's experience of woundednessand the nature of the wound. Second, by coming to terms with suffering throughan acceptance of one's mortality, one arrives at a greater state of wholenessor healing. Third, Chiron shows how one comes into one's own as an elder ormentor who can provide healing and guidance to others. Thus Chiron alsoastrologically indicates the ways and means with which you can guide others, aswell as the kind of mentoring and healing you seek for yourself.
Chiron in Taurus
When Chiron is in Taurus, mentoring and thehealing process are associated with learning how to care for one's body andone's physical and material needs, and with learning how to live in and carefor the physical world. This applies to both the kind of mentoring you seek foryourself, and the kind that you are eventually able to extend to others. Youmay encounter mentor figures who are earthy types, engaged in such activitiesas organic gardening and ecological movements. Unhealthy attitudes towards thebody or sensuality, or lack of physical nurturing or material security andstability at an early age could lead you to feel wounded or inadequate in theseareas of life. Experiences such as the loss of material possessions or physicalhealth can evoke your philosophical side and awaken a true sense of wisdom asyou struggle to come to terms with the ongoing suffering and the healingsought.
Chiron in 8th House
Chiron in the eighth house indicates that thewounding/healing experience (as described by Chiron's sign placement) playsitself out through the sphere of life that has to do with intense,transformational experiences and the interaction with the powerful energies ofothers. Confrontations with death, death/rebirth experiences, sexuality,initiations and rites of passage maybe a source of great wounding for you. Thelonging to become renewed or transformed through the union with the energies ofthe "not-self," or others, includes the material resources of othersas well, so that the sharing or inheritance of the wealth of others can also bea painful issue for you. It is through dealing with such experiences that youmay encounter mentor figures, or perhaps the mentors you encounter are"power brokers" who can teach you how to deal with such things. Theuse and abuse of power, whether political, financial, physical, sexual,psychological or metaphysical can be a source of deep wounding. Anydysfunctional defense mechanisms you use to deal with the painful issue cancause you further difficulties. Eventually you learn how to integrate and learnfrom these experiences in such a way that you cyclically reap deeper and deeperhealing and wisdom from them.
Moon Square Chiron Orb: 05Á01'
Chiron forms a challenging aspect with the Moon.The Chiron archetype constellates your emotional and instinctive responses (andvice versa) in an adverse manner. You may feel a conflict between your ownemotional needs and your activities as a healer/mentor to others. You may havea tendency to end up in situations in which healer, guru, or mentor figuresplay a role in encouraging you to deny your emotional needs, or take advantageof your emotional neediness, or otherwise leave you feeling emotionally abused.Such scenarios could arise from an early wounding experience having to do withthe mother or other anima figure. You may fear that your emotional needs areterrifying and overwhelming forces that could lead you into a bottomless pit ofunending grief, fear, or rage, should you permit yourself to feel them. Youmight flee, in defense, into the role of wise caretaker of others. Until suchissues are resolved, chances are that you could be inadvertently encouragingemotional denial in those to whom you act as a mentor or healer. You are beingchallenged to learn how both the need for healing and wise counsel and the needfor emotional comfort can and do co-exist within yourself (and in others). Themore you learn to acknowledge both sides of this story, the less conflict youwill feel.
Venus Square Chiron Orb: 03Á31'
Chiron forms a challenging aspect with Venus.There's quite a bit of discord between the wounding/healing story and the wholeissue of love, pleasure, beauty, and sensual enjoyment. You may feel that therecould not possibly be anything healing about the Feminine. Perhaps you believethat suffering is a woman's lot, or the lot of those who dare to relate withwomen. On the other hand you may pursue pleasure and "the good life"in order to avoid some necessary healing work that is calling to be done andthat, if ignored, leaves you in the place of denial and sabotages youropportunities to enjoy those pleasure pursuits. Or perhaps your concern withmentoring and wounding/healing work leaves no room in your life for pleasureand loving relationships. You may have been wounded in your need to feel loved,valued and appreciated, or to be found beautiful - or perhaps you have beenmade to feel ashamed of your sensuality or your musical or artistic ability.You may have difficulty feeling or believing that you are loved and valued as aresult, even when you are, and thus might have difficulty expressing your ownlove for others. The way out of such dilemmas lies in learning both to embraceand heal one's woundedness and to accept the need for fun, love, and pleasure.This may seem like a stretch at first, but every paradox requires a stretch inorder to go from conflict to resolution.
Mars Sextile Chiron Orb: 04Á59'
Chiron forms a harmonious aspect with Mars. Thecentaur and the warrior pool their resources! The ability to address the woundsto your own self-assertiveness and self-confidence eventually earns you muchwisdom in handling the martial energies of yourself and others. You are, as aresult, quite able to mentor others and assist them in their own process ofhealing the inner masculine and the wounds of aggression and the destructiveuse of forcefulness. You may have a healing influence on others through yourfighting spirit, courageous action, or your ability to confront challenges.
Ceres is the expression of the Earth Goddessarchetype that has been worshipped in many forms by various cultures. Thisarchetype has always been associated with mother earth, harvests, atransformational journey to and from the underworld, rites of passage, and thebirth or resurrection of a fertility deity.
The myth of Demeter (da mater or "earthmother") and the sudden abduction of her dearly loved daughter Persephoneby the lord of the underworld contains the same universal symbolism as otherEarth Goddess myths. These myths may appear, at first, to be early explanationsfor the changing of the seasons. They are actually wise, rich, symbolicteachings on such profound themes as loss and renewal, death and rebirth, andthe endless transformation that constitutes the very laws of creation to whichthis universe and everything in it adheres.
On a more personal level, the Ceres myth dealswith the severance of the bonds of love and/or attachment. When we experiencelove as we have known it being taken from us, we can feel as if we have beencast into a realm of eternal darkness, never to return to the world of theliving again. We may then be unable to let go of the past, reliving it againand again in our minds - protesting and resisting the present, and demandingthat it somehow hand over to us the treasure that has been snatched away.
Yet as with Demeter, who chose to forgo her divinityand wander in the world of humans, after which she was reunited annually withher transformed daughter, it is only when we can give up notions of eternalparadise and immortality that we can relinquish old attachments. Only when wehave been humbled by and have accepted those mysterious cyclic forces beyondourselves that we can be restored to a state of plentitude and abundance in thehere and now. Then we can truly understand how our cup must be emptied in orderto be filled afresh.
Ceres in the birth chart thus describes what onereally cares about, and the way one nurtures others (and needs to be nurturedoneself) in a parental kind of way. It also indicates where one may tend tocling, the kind of separations that can be traumatic, and what one may berequired to give up (or share with others) in order to grow. It can alsoindicate the ways in which we seek for something that seems to be missing,something we didn't get enough of, as well as the ways that can help us mournsuch a loss. As with Demeter and Persephone, Ceres can also indicate the kindof experience that constitutes a rite of passage - the most profoundtransformation: the death and rebirth of the self.
Ceres in Cancer
With Ceres in Cancer, you may feel at times likethe "Cosmic Mother" - mother to all, rather like the old woman wholived in a shoe. When others are around you, they experience the kind of lovethey longed for as a child, and they feel renewed and healed by this. Youassociate nurturance with emotional bonding, caring, empathy, and feeding. Lackof this kind of nurturance at an early age can result in emotional insecurity,dependency, and clingy behavior. This lack could be a source of grief, throughwhich you learn how to provide emotional support for yourself and, thus, forothers. Separation from or loss of the home, family security, mother, nurturingparent, or other anima figures could be a source of grief, and could serve astransformative experiences for you, ones that initiate you into the lessons ofloss and return, death and rebirth, and simply letting go.
Ceres in 10th House
Ceres in the tenth house indicates that nurturingis so important to you that it needs to be part of your career (whether or notit's part of your job description). This need to care for others may have itsroots in some experience (real or perceived) of parental rejection in your ownpersonal life. The integration of parenting with the pursuit of a career can bean issue that, if not resolved, may lead to the sacrifice of one over theother. Unfulfilled desires to be a parent can be consciously channeled intoyour career, where you can make use of your great natural ability to care forothers. You are "a natural" in such careers as social work, day-care,and herbal/nutritional or health care professions. Issues of nurturance andperformance/achievement may have become intertwined, and if so, you could findit transforming and healing to disentangle the two.
Mars Trine Ceres Orb: 05Á07'
Ceres forms a harmonious aspect with Mars.Mother/daughter meets the masculine god of war! Your fighting spirit andwarrior skills are enhanced by or complimented by your experience ofmother-child bonds. You will fight for what you care about, like a parentalcrusader. You express a defensive attitude towards others who struggle withthemes of loss and return, nurturing them by affirming their independence,boosting their sense of self-confidence, and encouraging them to stand on theirown two feet. This ability comes from your own courage in dealing with life'sinevitable losses.
Jupiter Square Ceres Orb: 04Á26'
Ceres forms a challenging aspect with Jupiter. Theurges for expansion and adventure, and the quest for meaning are affected bythe Demeter-Persephone myth in such a way that these two aspects of yourselfseem to be at odds with each other. Perhaps an interest in ceaseless travel andadventure or in a particular belief system makes the formation of lastingemotional ties impossible - a perceived threat to freedom. Or perhaps an excessof protective nurturance has made you a little fearful of exploring beyond theboundaries of the known because your own exploratory urges were neverencouraged. Whatever the reason, the challenge is to learn to see that both theneed for nurturing ties and the need for the freedom to explore and to expandyour mind can and do co-exist within yourself (and in others). These needs onlyappear to conflict when we take sides with one against the other (oftenliterally if projected, through denial, out onto others); resolution comesabout by finding ways to meet them both. Once this balance has been achievedyou are able to nurture others by sharing the meaning and knowledge you havegained, and by encouraging their sense of faith and optimism in life's journey.These nurturing activities might be carried out through teaching, travelling,or cultural exchanges.
Saturn Square Ceres Orb: 04Á55'
Ceres forms a challenging aspect with Saturn. Thelonging for nurturing bonds encounters the longing for achievement in such away that these two aspects of yourself seem to be at odds with each other. Theneed to care for others may conflict with the need to be the breadwinner orpursue a career. There could be a need to achieve in order to gain recognitionfrom parental figures who withheld emotional affection. Or perhaps you feelemotionally threatened by intimate relationships and you respond by severingties, or avoiding closeness altogether. Such types of conflict may have theirroots in your experience (or lack of experience) of the formation and severanceof strong emotional ties, especially ties with maternal or discipliningfigures. The answer to this conflict lies in learning to see that both the needfor nurturing ties and the need for practical achievements can and do co-exist,both within yourself and within those who seem to oppose you (who may carryyour unconscious projections of the denied need). Once you can do this, yourno-nonsense wisdom in coping with the practical realities of life can be agreat source of comfort to others who are struggling with life's losses anddifficult rites of passage.
As with goddess-myths associated with the otherasteroids, the myths that pertain to the warrior goddess Pallas Athena reflectsocio-historic upheavals as well as archetypal themes. One of the mostinteresting aspects of Athena's myth, as it has evolved, is the changing natureof her birth. In her earliest form she was said to have been born of LakeTriton in Libya, home of the legendary amazons. Her worship was brought to theGreek islands much later by the Libyans themselves as they emigrated across theMediterranean sea. The story of her birth reflected this migration, for she wasthen said to be born of Metis - a sea goddess. Further evolution of her mythreflects the encounter of the goddess worshipping peoples with the patriarchalpeople invading Greece from the north: Metis (whose name means Wise Counsel),pregnant with Athena, was devoured by the invaders' god, Zeus, who later gavebirth to a fully grown and fully armored Pallas Athena from his head. Laterversions of this myth omit altogether any mention of Metis, and depict Athenaas having been conceived without a woman's involvement.
Later myth also portrays Athena as bringing aboutthe destruction of both Pallas and Medusa in what appears to be sociologicalevidence of the attempt to destroy goddess worship. (Pallas, Athena, and Medusawere the three faces of the Libyan version of the triple goddess.) In one ofthese myths Zeus tricks Athena into killing her Amazonian sister Pallas duringa friendly competition. Another myth relates how Athena helped King Perseus tocut off Medusa's head by giving him a mirror to use so he could avoid herdeadly gaze. Yet, as much as these myths might have been used as evidence ofthe wise Athena's denunciation of the Feminine, they also contain symbolismthat indicates how Athena preserved the goddess trinity. For, upon the death ofPallas, the grieving Athena placed her sister's name before her own. As for herattitude towards Medusa, she bore Medusa's image upon her breastplate anddistributed her blood to healers as a regenerative medicine. The symbolicimportance of the mirror in the Perseus-Medusa conflict also hints at Athena'swisdom and gift as a mediator in teaching how to reconcile opposites by seeingin oneself the disowned qualities that are projected onto opponents.
Pallas Athena signifies wisdom and creativeproblem solving in which a holistic view of conflicting or opposite elements(the Masculine and the Feminine) is required. This sense of fairness is backedup by a willingness to defend or fight for the underdog. Thus Pallas Athena isalso associated with fighting for causes. She represents the application ofpractical skill and creative intelligence in order to best be of service. Shewas the goddess of war (defense, originally) as well as the goddess of wisdomand culture - patroness of the civilized arts such as pottery, sculpture,weaving, architecture, and animal husbandry. Pallas Athena can also representthe denial of one's own gender in an effort to cope with situations thatrequire the skills of the opposite gender in order to survive, as well as thestruggle to rediscover and reconnect with essential qualities of one's own sex.Androgynous conditions and healing through feminine wisdom, energy balancing orconflict resolution are also expressions of the Pallas Athena archetype.
Pallas in Taurus
Pallas Athena in Taurus denotes perceptive insightor intuitional skill when it comes to the world of the senses. You may bepossessed of a particularly inventive or subtle use of color, form, sound,taste, and scent - perhaps in decoration, art, music, gardening, or cuisine.Difficulty can arise if these skills are channeled purely intosense-gratification), and it may be important for you to utilize these skillsin your career. You might also make use of them in the defense of some group orcause (see Pallas Athena's house position, below). The ability to perceive boththe divine beauty and the practical uses of the earth's beneficence can makeyou quite a champion of land reform, Earth Mother concerns, or ecologicalcauses. Skills in healing or conflict resolution may lie in the ability toaffirm the body and its physical needs, or in the talented use of bodywork,native or folk remedies, food combining, traditional lore, and practicalwisdom.
Pallas in 8th House
In the eighth house Pallas Athena's refined senseof wisdom as well as her atypical sense of gender roles affect the domain ofone's sexuality and power interactions with others. Sexuality may not findoutlet in traditional ways and may instead be sublimated into transformationalesoteric practices, or into business and financial pursuits (at which you arequite gifted). You may utilize your creative gifts or political/humanitarianconscience in fund-raising pursuits (perhaps working behind the scenes, orsecretly) to support causes which may aid victims of power abuse or politicaloppression. Difficulty can arise if Pallas Athena's energy is expressed as acrusade in which power (whether occult, sexual, or financial) is all thatmatters.
Sun Sextile Pallas Orb: 03Á50'
The asteroid Pallas Athena (the patron-goddess ofwisdom, culture and the arts) forms a harmonious aspect with the Sun (one'ssense of identity and essential purpose). Your sense of identity is augmentedby your creative intellect and your cultural or socio-political awareness.Creative expression comes easily to you, and you have a knack for finding practicaluses for it, sometimes putting them to use in support of socio-culturalactivities. You relate harmoniously with both genders and often have creativeor wise solutions for conflict resolution. You can draw on an ample supply ofcourage and wisdom.
Juno (whose Greek name is Hera) is an ancientQueen of Heaven Goddess dating from that matriarchal period when the sovereignDeity was female and reigned alone, presiding over the mysteries of birth,motherhood, and the various phases of reproduction. Mythology relates how shewas seduced by Zeus, married him out of a sense of honor, endured a marriagecharacterized by power struggles over issues of fidelity and bearing a line ofdescent, as well as how she went into retreat occasionally in order to renewand center herself. Her myth parallels the history of social upheaval in thelands where she was worshipped. Northern invaders struggled to imposetraditions of patrilineal descent and the worship of their chief god, Zeus,upon the indigenous matriarchal cultures of Mycenaean Greece and Crete. Over aperiod of hundreds of years of cultural conflict, the two divinities wereforced to share the altar. Thus, in addition to her authority over matterspertaining to childbirth and motherhood, Juno has come to be associated withissues of socially acknowledged relationship, legal marriage, maritalfulfillment through commitment and fidelity, and the struggle for equalitywithin a relationship. She represents, also, the kind of power struggles thatinvolve controlling the partner through control over offspring, or through thewithholding of sex or emotional intimacy. Juno can also represent committedrelationships entered into out of a sense of duty, guilt, or for socialreasons.
Juno represents both the need for relationship andthe refusal to accept inequality within the context of a relationship. Sherepresents the struggle to balance the need for intimacy with the opposing needfor freedom - needs which both partners have, although one of these needs maybe projected onto the partner. She can also represent the need to take marriageas a sacred trust, a way that leads to spiritual fulfillment through thereconciliation of the opposites in a state of union.
On another level, Juno can represent the way inwhich one feels rendered powerless by conflict in spite of sincere effort andirreproachable conduct on one's own part. The harder one tries, the moreinadequate one's efforts seem to be, for there is a tendency to cling to oldmethods when circumstances have changed and a whole new paradigm is neededbefore the way clear can be seen. This frustration can sometimes lead toself-depreciation and loss of faith in oneself. Juno thus symbolizes thetransition state between old and new ways of being, where the old fails to meetthe needs of the times and the new is not yet manifest. She describes the needfor a kind of spiritual self-rejuvenation that is needed in order to seeoneself through times of utter disintegration into the future that awaits. Junoin the horoscope thus represents the ways in which we need to renew ourselves,and where our ability to adjust to changing circumstances is most tested.
Since marriage proved to be this goddess' testingground, Juno in the horoscope also indicates the qualities associated withone's marriage partner and the ways in which one handles intimacy/freedom needsas well as the jealousy and insecurity that often accompany this balancing act.Juno's position describes the nature of any control issues, the ways in whichsuch power struggles get enacted, and the type of sacred cows that need to berelinquished so that the path to marital fulfillment can unfold. Juno'splacement in your chart can refer not only to your mate (or the way that youperceive your mate), but to the relationship and to your own behavior in acommitted relationship as well.
Juno in Scorpio
With Juno in Scorpio, the qualities you seek in acommitted relationship are loyalty, passion, intensity, and a powerfulconnection on the emotional level. You appreciate a partner who is willing toexplore intimacy to the depths, psychological as well as sexual. It could bethat, in spite of your best efforts, you yourself experience a sense ofinadequacy or powerlessness when it comes to such matters, or that your partneris doing all the expressing in this regard (or vice versa). This could be a sourceof difficulty when it comes to intimate relations. Intimacy/freedom needs,childbearing, fidelity, and power issues need to be handled with psychologicalsensitivity, otherwise jealousy, manipulation, and sexually controllingbehavior can result.
Juno in 2nd House
Juno in the second house indicates that you derivea sense of self-worth through being in a committed relationship. You mayassociate your mate with financial and material security. Sharing theresponsibility for these matters is important in order for your relationship tobe healthy. There could be issues around who provides and who is provided for,or perhaps one partner treats the other more like a coveted possession than asimple human being with needs for love and affection. Issues regardingpossessions and material resources are likely to be a major focus in yourrelationship. The qualities described by Juno's sign position (above) indicatesthe manner in which you can best deal with these issues.
Mars Trine Juno Orb: 01Á05'
Juno forms a harmonious aspect with Mars. Yourfighting spirit and warrior skills enhance your experience of intimacy incommitted relationships. You will defend your partner, and affirm his or herindependence and sense of self-confidence. Or perhaps it is your partner whobehaves this way towards you. You are attracted to partners who displaycourage, honesty, and a sense of honor, or who admire your own efforts to becourageous and forthright. An interest in sporting, martial arts, or adventuremay provide you and your partner with a comfortable way to share and enrichyour relationship.
The asteroid Vesta (Latin) is named after theancient Greek goddess Hestia, first born of the Olympian deities and lastreleased by her father Cronos (father Time), who at one point swallowed all hisoffspring. Thus she denotes the beginning and the end - alpha and omega - andserves as a reminder of the source from which all things originate and to whichall must return. She represents the preservation of sacredness and the state ofconnection to formless Essence. As such, she is the only Olympic deity notworshipped anthropomorphically; she is symbolized only by the altar and itssacred flame. Thus she also represents any sacred space - be it temple, sweatlodge, or meditation corner - that acts as a container in which we may centerourselves, and feel the presence of Spirit. In ancient times Vesta wasworshipped both in the city center as the flaming altar, and in every home asthe central hearth whose embers were literally passed on down through thegenerations from mother to daughter when the daughter married and establishedher own hearth. In this manner Vesta came to represent the perpetuation of thespark of life, and of civilization and one's ancestral and cultural roots.
In early matriarchal societies, priestesseshonoring Hestia maintained a connection to this spiritual essence (representedby a sacred flame that they tended night and day). They offered themselves insacred sexual union in order to teach the divine aspect of sexuality and theneed to remain aware of the sacred while engaged in physical life. Thepriestesses remained unmarried and committed to none but themselves and theirworship. Their sons (conceived anonymously during ceremonial summer solsticerites) served as year-kings when there was no royal heir. These customs werefinally abolished when patrilineal traditions were enforced and the priestesseswere compelled by the Roman king to serve as keepers of the new (patriarchal)civilization and to observe vows of celibacy. To break these vows entailed acruel death penalty. In exchange for the relinquishment of their sexuality,matrilineal customs, and true spiritual function, the priestesses (VestalVirgins) were granted freedom from paternal control.
Vesta's sacred flame represents, in the yogictradition, the kundalinii force which, when properly awakened and channeled,leads to spiritual development. Thus, astrologically, Vesta has come torepresent both spirituality and consecrated (or desecrated) sexuality. This caninclude a wide range of sexual expressions such as abstinence, renunciation andcelibacy, the celebration of spiritually honored sexuality, sexual idealism,and the sacred whore. Astrologically, Vesta stands for that which provides uswith inner sustenance; the way in which we are pulled back to our core or innerself; and the struggle between this and the demands of the outer world. Vestarepresents the way in which we long to bless others with the fruits of thespiritual resources we have found within ourselves, but it is also the need toretreat and preserve our inner sanctuary against any disrespectful intrusion.Vesta is associated with dedication, focus, and commitment. She representsthose things that helps us focus, the way in which we dedicate ourselves withheart and soul, and that for which we are ready (or compelled) to make asacrifice. The things indicated by Vesta's position in your chart may be thingsthat you feel compelled to give up or sacrifice, often out of a sense ofspiritual compulsion. Yet they can also be the very things that evoke yourdedication - leading to a sense of deep inner fulfillment when you are willingto make some sacrifices on their behalf. Keep this paradox in mind as you readon, for Vesta can express itself one way or the other - or both!
Vesta in Virgo
Vesta in Virgo indicates that neatness,efficiency, and attention to detail are the things that help you focus andcenter yourself. You use them to both go inward and get in touch with yourself,and to then move outward and commit your focused energies with dedication,zeal, and even sacrifice (described further by Vesta's house position, below).You may see sex as a sacred duty to your partner and through this come toexperience the more profound aspects of sexuality and the perpetuation of life.Or perhaps religious concerns cause you to restrict your sexuality. Service andduty can be sacred to you. It is possible that, through one-pointedness, youfocus so much on these pursuits that the means becomes an end in itself and youlose sight of the goal they are meant to serve. If this happens, perfectionist,critical or workaholic tendencies can take over and leave you feelingoff-center and out of touch with yourself. Practices like karma yoga (in whichwork and actions are performed with spiritual mindfulness) can help restore thebalance between your dedication to work and your dedication to Spirit.
Vesta in 11th House
Vesta in the eleventh house indicates thatsacrificial dedication and intense one-pointedness are invested in group ororganizational activities of a humanitarian or fraternal nature. Your sexualdrive may be channeled into these avenues as well. Spirituality, celibacy, orspiritual attitudes towards sexuality might play an important role in the wayyou interact with groups. A sense of unswerving commitment and a willingness toembrace discipline and hardship for the sake of the welfare of the collective,enable you to truly live for your ideals. The sense of sacrifice that you experienceregarding these issues could also be expressed through denying yourself thesethings for the sake of some other goal (which may be spiritual or religious innature). You might experience difficulty in formulating and clarifying yourgoals, and thus have to struggle all the more in order to realize them. Carefulconsideration of these activities or issues will help you understand how tobest manage your sense of commitment and remain centered in your self.
Sun Opposite Vesta Orb: 04Á55'
Your Vesta forms a challenging aspect with theSun. There is a conflict between one's sense of self or identity and"sacred cow" issues involving dedication or intense focus. You mayfind it difficult to focus or commit yourself to a calling or endeavor thatwould give meaning to your life direction. There may be a conflict betweenone's dedication to work and one's need for play, spontaneity, andself-expression; or between work and children. Or perhaps you experience aconflict between sexuality and spirituality, or between sexual needs andcommitment. An over-emphasis on what is held to be sacred may lead todependency on external spiritual authority, and frustration or obstacles in theprocess of self-individuation. There may be difficulties due to inappropriate sacrifices:the sacrifice of self-hood (giving one's power away) in the name ofego-transcendence may constitute a betrayal of the self on some level. Nomatter how it seems, "fire-tending" is not incompatible withself-expression and a personal sense of life purpose. The challenge for you isto find ways to meet them both, and to avoid the natural tendency tounconsciously repress or project one of them out onto others.
Mercury Opposite Vesta Orb: 06Á11'
Your Vesta forms a challenging aspect with Mercury.There's conflict between the intellect and sacred fire issues. You mightexperience educational or learning stresses due to an over-focused orunder-focused mind, or due to the inability to dedicate yourself to aneducational system that kindles no inspiration. An over-emphasis on the mindand rational thought processes may leave you feeling spiritually or sexuallyundernourished. You may feel mentally challenged by the spiritual or sexualvalues of others, or spiritually or sexually constrained by an overly rigidbelief system. There may be difficulty in verbally communicating your thoughtsabout spiritual or sexual matters. The answer lies in trying to find ways toboth feed your mind and feed your need to burn with a great passion.
Mars Opposite Vesta Orb: 04Á33'
Your Vesta forms a challenging aspect with Mars.Your fighting spirit and masculine energies are at loggerheads with the wholeissue of dedication and self-sacrifice. You may feel, or be made to feel, thatit is unmanly for men to express themselves in spiritual or sexually honoringways. Or perhaps you struggle with a lack of confidence or fear ofconfrontation when it comes to expressing your spiritual views, your sexuality,or your capacity for dedication to a cherished activity. Sexual or spiritualtrauma resulting from patriarchal abuses may require healing in order to movebeyond a state of entrenched conflict. Or perhaps spiritual views leave youfeeling uncomfortable about your more masculine characteristics, such aswillful drive or assertiveness. Impossible as it may seem, there is a place inthe world, and in you, for both cherishing sacrifice and healthy masculineassertiveness. The more you can entertain this possibility and give up thetendency to take sides between these two expressions, the more you willexperience the resolution and healing of old conflicts of this nature.
Uranus Square Vesta Orb: 04Á14'
Your Vesta forms a challenging aspect with Uranus.The whole idea of dedication and sacrifice clashes with the urge for freedom,experimentation, and change. An overemphasis on the need for constant changeand excitement may thwart the urge for dedication and commitment. On the otherhand, the capacity for passionate commitment may inhibit your need for freedom andchange. Revolutionary ideals and rebellious tendencies may tend towardfanaticism and end up oppressing the need for spiritual or sexualself-empowerment. Abstract idealism may lead to a denigration of the physicalworld, and a "good-bad" split between the spiritual and thephysical-sexual aspects of self. Identification with unconventional sexualmores may create stress or nervous tension. You'll probably need to accept thefact that you have two different needs: your Vesta needs and your need for changeand freedom. And although one of these may seem to be a thorn in your side atthe moment, the irritation is a signal that's trying to call attention to thisone-sided stance you have unconsciously adopted in favor of one need over theother.
This sums up your report for Chiron and theasteroids in your chart. An astrological chart is like a blueprint of the humanpsyche, with its great and dramatic cast of archetypes. And each human psycheis like a unique, one-of-a-kind carpet woven from many beautiful threads ofmany different colors. Chiron and the asteroids are five of those threads.
This report has described each of those fivethreads by house and sign, and has even described what happens when one ofthose threads is intertwined with other single threads (the other planets). Andthis does give you some kind of overall picture. But the best way to understandthe pattern that all the threads make in their weaving of the whole uniquecarpet, is to consult an astrologer skilled in chart interpretation. Theastrologer can make a big difference in helping you piece together the puzzleof your chart so that, in the end, you can see the beautiful carpet where once,perhaps, all you saw was a tangle of threads. Hopefully, this report will helpyou to understand some of the magical threads that are woven into your life.