A Question from a regular reader…
“How do we read an asteroid conjunct one of our planets? Eg I have a Transiting asteroid conjunct my natal Sun and Mars. Does this mean its influence is particularly strong now, as it is tied to my core self and drive? Should we look out for asteroid returns like we do for planets?“
Yes, absolutely. I’d use every “Transit” (when a planet in the Sky now interacts with a planet in our natal chart) by and to asteroids as Opportunities to get more Conscious about the Energies represented by the asteroids. And an asteroid Return (when the ‘roid returns to the Degree where it was in our natal chart) is an even greater Opportunity.
None of the pychological, social, and ecological principles behind the four most commonly-used (and earliest-discovered) asteroids are taught to us in grade school…
- Vesta – Unconscious Beliefs
- Juno – the Edge of Consciousness
- Pallas – Boundaries
- Ceres – Sustainability and Sustenance
But all four are critical to our joie de vivre. If we learned anything about the Unconscious in school it was probably about the Freudian Subconscious, the dank dungeon where we stuff our Shame, rather than the Jungian Unconscious, the potentially-daylight basement from whence our Motivations and Behavioral Controls (many of which Limit us) arise.
Boundaries are fundamental for any Relationship, but who teaches them?
And we’re not programmed to strive for Sustainability and Balance, but to Crave More so we can keep the Great Capitalist Treadmill running at maximum speed, scooping the results of your Life and the crumbling remains of your Planet into the great offshore Corporate treasury – and increasing GDP. The faster the Treadmill uses you up and destroys the Planet, the greater is GDP. And your “democratically elected” government’s primary measure of success is to increase GDP.
Is that what democracy and “Freedom” means to you? Are you Manifesting this Intentionally? Maybe we should talk less about Programming and Archetypes, and more about Propaganda. If maximizing GDP isn’t your freely-Chosen personal Intention, maybe we should focus on bringing Propaganda into Consciousness. Our budding Nemesis-Juno Yin Gate would be a good starting point.
So, since we’re talking about Learning things that are primarily Unconscious, how do we go about this? We use PIAVA. Accessing the Unconscious is what PIAVA does for a living.
- “I Wonder what this Vesta Transit over my Mars will Teach me about how well my Physical Energy serves my Conscious Goals.”
- “Great Spirit, please Lovingly and Gently show me how this Pallas Transit over my natal Ceres will Teach me to use Boundaries to more Sustainably maintain my own Safe Space.”
- “I Affirm that I will become Conscious of everything that this upcoming Juno Return is Teaching me.”
- “God/Goddess, Creator of All That Is, I Command that this Sun-Vesta Transit synchronize my Conscious Goals and my Unconscious Desires, and Lovingly and Rapidly Resolve any apparent Conflicts between them. It Is So, It Is So, It Is So. Thank you, God/Goddess.”
We could say the same for the other asteroids that we follow whenever they’re particularly Lit Up by the other planets…
- Nemesis – our Ego’s “Achilles Heel”
- Sappho – Self-Love
- Karma – our Inertial Habits, Patterns, and the Archetypes that we Grasp
- Hopi – Respect for All Things
- Veritas and Aletheia – Truth
- Mnemosyne – Memories
If you keep track of your own natal chart and want to follow any of these fellows, you can use…
to locate them. Like most ephemerides, you’ll get their location at 12am (or “00:00 hour”) UT or GMT, ie, London time. The asteroids between Mars and Jupiter average about one fourth of one Degree per day, so you don’t need to worry too much about adjusting for local time of day, unless you want to know their Sabian Symbols. If anyone wants me to coach them on finding exact asteroid locations at local times, let me know.
Charles Hervé-Gruyer tells us…
“I had until then seen our world as the great river: terribly powerful. And I often found myself swept up against my will by the current, unable to resist. Modernity takes us along without asking our opinion, and no one really knows where we’re going. Yet this world that is so incredibly powerful generates countercurrents: if I learned to identify them, I realized, I would not have to struggle, to exhaust myself in a losing battle. By positioning myself in my proper place, I would be able to carve out a path aligned with my heart and my dreams.
“The defining trait of the modern Western world is hypertechnicity, a pursuit of material progress. Despite undeniable advances in countless areas, this form of progress, as it has been developed to date, provokes a rapid and massive destruction of the biosphere. We continue to artificialize nature, replacing life with technology. It is the dominant current – strong, rapid, and terrifying.
“But the countercurrents exist, everywhere: lively little veins of water that bring us hope. All around the world, millions of people of goodwill are striving with all their force to invent lifestyles that are respectful of people and the planet.” —Miraculous Abundance: One Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World, p.9.