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
One of the most common errors Astrologers make when first using the smaller asteroid bodies is based on orbs. I mainly concentrate on asteroid conjunctions to natal chart planets within an orb of 1 to 1.5 degrees maximum. As a rule, I don’t generally look at other aspects.
The only exceptions to the 1.5-degree orb for me are the ‘Big 4’ asteroids Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vesta; these I give a more substantial orb of 3-4 degrees, and I consider all major aspects (conjunction, square, opposition, sextile, trine).
Start by checking the placement of asteroid bodies on the following planets and points: (in order from most to least important)
- Sun, Moon, Ascendant & Ascendant ruler: these asteroids tend to be more impactful than other placements.
- All personal planets: Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
- Although you can check the planets Uranus, Neptune & Pluto for asteroids, these placements aren’t as impactful unless the outer planets themselves are in close contact with the Sun or Moon.
- Asteroids that are tightly conjoined Chiron can accurately describe or enrich our understanding of our Chiron material.
- Asteroids on the North and South Nodes, Midheaven (MC), and Imum Coeli (IC). If you’re using Placidus houses, you may also check asteroids found on all four angles of the chart.
Nota Bene: Many of us might fall in love with the idea a particular asteroid: Eros (433), the God of erotic love, is a perennial favorite. Unfortunately, most of us will not have a strongly aspected Eros, but we can still note the sign and house position of prominent asteroids for interpretation. As an example, Eros in Aries in the 6th House may be ‘turned on’ or erotically charged by working independently, starting their own business, or forging ahead in careers that require courage and challenge. They might even get tangled into endless paramours with their colleagues and subordinates.
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).
Asteroid Website Resources:
- Full Asteroid Listing by Number – All 21,000 asteroids! Search the page to find asteroids that interest you.
- Wiki page for checking out Asteroid meanings – conveniently sorted and categorized into numerical groups.
- Asteroid Insight and Meanings – tons of asteroid info, courtesy of yours truly over.
- Asteroid Goddesses by Demetra George – particularly useful for learning more about the ‘Big 4’.
- The Astrology Book by James Lewis – an encyclopedia format book covering Astrology and a handful of prominent asteroids, too.