Astrologers don’t view asteroids the way astronomers do: scientists just think of these important celestial bodies as huge rocks that orbit the Sun (and can potentially destroy the Earth), while astrologers know the asteroids can impact our lives greatly (and not only by hitting our planet).
It’s becoming more and more popular in the Western astrology to take asteroids into consideration when it comes to analyzing the way celestial bodies affect our future and personal traits. Modern astrology charts cannot dispense with asteroids. There are too many of them to include them all, so astrologers usually only analyze the five largest asteroids.
There are about 10,000 asteroids that NASA tracks carefully, and if you think that planets and dwarf planets (like Pluto) shape your life and personal traits, then these numerous space rocks cannot just be ignored. It’s logical to presume that even the most obscure and the tiniest asteroids play an important role in astrology.
So let’s have a look at the five largest asteroids that are commonly used by astrologers when interpreting your horoscope, and find out how they influence your life and personal characteristics!
Chiron, the Healer
Astrologers usually refer to this asteroid as the Wounded healer because, well, it is associated with both physical and psychological wounds and it has the special, extremely strong power to heal you and transform your deepest hurts into something truly positive. The asteroid’s orbit is erratic, and it can point the way to where the greatest sources of healing power lie. Chiron is also associated with the areas of one’s life that feel more difficult than others. Chiron can be connected with deep-seated insecurities and vulnerabilities you have.
Ceres, the Nurturer
Ceres is the largest space rock in the asteroid belt that lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. With a diameter of 587 miles, this round asteroid resembles the moon quite a lot. The celestial body’s influence is usually associated with love, care, and nurture. In Roman mythology, Ceres is the equivalent of the Greek goddess Demeter, goddess of agriculture – that’s why the asteroid is connected with nutrition, health, and universal nourishing. The best way to describe Ceres is the Earth Mother. She also symbolizes fertility, motherhood, and the transitions a woman experiences through the various stages of her life.
Pallas, the Wise Warrior
In mythology, Pallas was the goddess of warfare, skill, strategy, and wisdom – that’s why many astrologers interpret the asteroid as the indicator of intelligence, wit, and healing through wisdom. The asteroid defines precisely how your brain functions. Pallas shapes your unique style of wit, your process of critical thinking, and your way of planning things – to put it shortly, Pallas shapes the way you get things done.
It is also deeply connected with intuitiveness and can point to strength in women overcoming abuse.
Juno, the Queen
This asteroid is associated with marriage, compatibility, and relationships. It can shape what kind of partner you truly need and what kind of people you attract. But Juno also has the dark side that is connected with jealousy, infidelity, conflict, separation, and divorce. In Greek mythology, Juno was the wife of Zeus (Jupiter), and she was hailed for her unbreakable loyalty to her husband. Juno’s feminine hands are behind every marriage that occurs. She’s also the inspiration for the month of June. But despite her loyalty, her trust in Zeus, her husband, was repeatedly compromised by his unfaithfulness. That’s why the asteroid is also connected with lots of negative things that can happen in a relationship.
Vesta, the Priestess
The essential qualities of this space rock are more mysterious than the other major asteroids. This is the fastest asteroid to travel the Zodiac, and many astrologers claim that it has deep connections with the signs of Virgo and Scorpio. The asteroid is closely associated with things one is devoted to. Vesta is about sexuality, spirituality, and cultural values. It symbolizes sacrifice, death, and regeneration. In mythology, Vesta was the sister of Jupiter (Zeus in Greek mythology) and asked to be permitted not to marry and remain a virgin. The asteroid’s energy is associated with celibacy as well as sterility.
These asteroids are often referred to as the Big Five. Because they are all named after Greek (Roman) goddesses, astrologers sometimes see these asteroids as representing the feminine spectrum, while planets are all named after male gods – except for the moon and Venus, of course!