Asteroids: Minor Planets, Major Insights
How to Work with Asteroids
First, you’ll need your birth chart. If you don’t have this to hand you can make one on Astro.com using this post as a guide if it’s your first time.
If you’re already on Astro.com and you have your birth chart, find your way to the page ‘Extended Chart Selection’. Near the bottom, there is an area titled ‘Additional Objects’. Here in the blank space, you can add up to 11 extra objects by entering the asteroid number. You’ll see some asteroids are already available in the left-hand listing, such as Ceres, Pallas, Juno & Vesta. I’d recommend you to start here as a first step.
If you prefer and have the time, you can also check out this short video I made to help you in checking the asteroids in your chart.
Another great site is Serennu, although to get full access to the site you’ll need to become a registered user (which in any case, is only $12 annually).
My Asteroid Rules
- I only work with asteroids that make conjunctions or oppositions within 1 to 1.5 degrees. I don’t use the sextile; sometimes I consider trine aspects, but only when the asteroid is making a trine to the Sun or Moon.
- The only exceptions to the 1.5-degree orb for me are the asteroid goddesses Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vesta; these I give a slightly larger orb of 3-4 degrees, and I consider all major aspects (conjunction, square, opposition, sextile, trine).
- Sun, Moon, Ascendant & Ascendant ruler: I consider these slightly more impactful than other placements.
- All personal planets: Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn.
- Although I check the planets Uranus, Neptune & Pluto, I don’t consider these asteroid placements as important unless the planet is making a strong aspect to the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, MC/IC.
- I always check asteroids that are tightly conjoined Chiron – asteroids found here are incredibly insightful.
- I always check asteroids on the North/South Nodes, Midheaven (MC), Imum Coeli (IC), as well as the four angles of the chart (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th Houses) to see if there are any asteroids at 0 degrees or similar that help me tell a story about what energies are ‘ruling’ those areas of life.
- Although it happens rarely, I will sometimes check out small asteroid clusters that happen in very tight conjunctions. When that happens I just note it down and ask the client if there is any associated meaning.
A Few Asteroid Examples
It always helps to get a few examples of how asteroids have shown up in natal chart readings. Some of these are downright spooky.
A few well-known examples from the great Demetra George include:
1 ) Bill Clinton having the asteroids Monica (3130), Paula (1314) & Asmodeus (the Persian god of Lust, 2174) opposing his Moon; asteroid Hillary (3130) is conjunct his Moon.
2 ) Prince Charles has the asteroids ‘Camilla’ and ‘Parks’ conjunct his Venus, nearly exact.
Some of my personal asteroid examples:
1 ) One client had an extremely traumatic incident and lost both her husband and daughter. On the day of the event, her natal Uranus was conjunct transiting Psyche (one of the love asteroids), squaring transiting Uranus conjunct her natal Psyche, the asteroid Karma and the South Node. Her husband’s name asteroid opposed the Uranus/Psyche/Karma/South Node conjunction.
2 ) Another client had a very strange, unique cluster of asteroids exact in her 8th House: Psyche (psychic bonds of love), Karma, Dolores (pain), Ceres (the mother). The client revealed that many years ago she had a sexual affair (very 8th House) with an older man (the ruler of the 8th was Saturn, naturally); the older man’s smothering mother (a common Ceres theme) had it out for my client. Their love didn’t survive, but they both considered each other ’the one’ (Karma, Psyche), even though the relationship ended in loss (Dolores).
3 ) A post I wrote about the birth chart of Bernie Sanders revealed that he had the asteroid ‘fringilla’, aka a finch just like the once that landed on his podium, conjunct his North Node. Elsewhere, the asteroid Hillary was conjunct the asteroid Lies.
4 ) My husband’s name is conjunct my South Node; my name is conjunct his South Node. On our wedding day, the astrological aspects looked positively DULL. But on further investigation, I realized that Juno (Goddess of Marriage) was sextile to Venus (love) and linked to Psyche (psychic bonds of love).
5 ) One client couldn’t understand why she kept getting into intense, violent relationships. There were no traditional indicators of that pattern in her chart, but when I checked her asteroids I found Toro (intensity, control/power issues) next to Nessus (user-and-abuser types, violence in general) conjunct her Venus (love, relationships).