The Love Asteroids

The Love Asteroids

The Love Asteroids

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Oh, love ♥. There’s nothing sweeter in life (says a 7th House Neptunian).

Whenever I’m looking at a client’s chart and they want to know about love, I always start out with a few core love asteroids: Amor, Eros, Psyche & Juno, as starters. These 4 asteroids especially can give a good description of our attitudes in love, and when in aspect to our partners somehow, show potential dreamboats/nightmares.

Some of these asteroids do not show up in normal asteroid searches online, so you’ll need to copy and paste the numbers of the asteroid names into your chart. If you need more guidance on how to do that, head here to learn more.

The ‘Big Four’ Love Asteroids - Amor, Eros, Psyche & Juno

Conscious, Cosmic Lovers: Psyche & Eros

Psyche (16)

“...Psykhe was so special and distinguished that our poverty of human language could not describe or even adequately praise it."

-Apuleius

Psyche (asteroid number 16) meant “soul” in ancient Greek as well as “butterfly”: the story of Psyche is not just about love lost, and love re-found, but about a deeper transformation within the soul/mind (the psyche!), growth and self-actualization, as well as how conscious, fully-expressed love can connect us with the divine.

 

Psyche's themes in asteroid astrology include psychic sensitivity, the capacity for psychic sensitivity, capacity to understand and care for others, transformation of the soul through romantic love, self-transformation, self-awareness, the search to know ourselves, the unconscious self, transformation/growth through loss, learning, the pursuit of real/honest/conscious love, the search for a divine love.

Eros (433)

"[Eros] that winged, most indiscreet youth [...] He goes rampaging through people's houses at night armed with his torch and arrows, undermining the marriages of all. [...] nothing that he does is worthwhile."

-Apuleius

Eros (asteroid number 433) means something along the lines of 'erotic, sexual desire' in Greek, but he was more commonly known as the rather mischievous God of Love, his Roman equivalent being the winged messenger Cupid. Eros represents the attraction and 'falling' part of a love story - those first few exchanges that leave us with butterflies in our stomachs.

Eros' themes in astrology include vitality and passion, romantic love, passionate attachment, conceptualization of attraction, sexuality, eroticism, passionate romance and 'being turned on'. I often find that Eros, when not in aspect to typical love planets or asteroids, can show up in an area of the chart that turns us on - a place where we have infinite energy and interest. 

Amor (1221)

Amor (asteroid number 1221) was the ancient Roman god of love, who is not to be confused with Cupid or Eros. Unlike Cupid or Eros, Amor does not represent a lustful, erotic love; the better understanding of his type of love is an unconditional, active, loving - love while in motion - as opposed to an infatuous love. This is real, everyday love.

Demetra George says that "Amor expresses a loving kindnesss that is given without judgment or expectation of return." My feeling with Amor is that this asteroid speaks to the kind of love that exists between parents and children, owners and their pets, humanitarians and society. There can be a drive with Amor, and sometimes too much so, to give abundantly and take care of others.

Juno (3)

Juno (asteroid number 3) was the great, revered wife of Jupiter and the Queen of Heaven. Known mostly as the Goddess of Marriage, Juno was also the protector of women as they moved through their lives fulfilling each of their subsequent role: maiden, wife, mother, crone. 

Juno is a powerful indicator of relationships and marriage, as Ceres is the same for fertility and childbirth. Additionally, the themes of Juno in asteroid astrology include infidelity (Jupiter was a prolific womanizer), pathologies of unfulfilled relationships (jealousy, suspicion), sacrifice, fears of abandonment, betrayal and sexuality, manipulation.

More Love Asteroids

Check to see if any of these asteroids come up in aspect in synastry or in your chart. 

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(1) Ceres

Ceres (aka Demeter) is not useful as a romantic love asteroid, but as she's the 'great mother', she does talk about particular aspects of love, namely those that are more familial, nurturing, caretaking-based or particularly doting (as in the case of a mother-child relationship). The shadow side of Ceres can indicate an obsessive or suffocating love nature. 

See also: (1108) Demeter

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(2) Pallas

Pallas (aka Athena) is also not a typical love asteroid, but she can present telling details into issues concerning love when prominent within the chart.

With Pallas-Athena, we can subjugate our femininity, put aside our sexual nature, prefer friendships to romantic partners, seek companions instead of lovers, lovers may be both friend and lover, our sexual expression may be confusing to others (sometimes, via androgyny or asexuality), we may challenge stereotypical sexual/romantic expressions, alienate lovers and partners, or prefer our creative pursuits to romance. 

See also: (881) Athene

(3) Juno 

See above.

See also: (103) Hera

(4) Vesta

Vesta (aka Hestia) is most commonly known as the archetypal 'nun' of the asteroid goddesses; her concern is mostly that of focus, dedication and spiritual service. She did, however, have a primary role in the sexual rites and ceremonies of her time, so Vesta has an undeniable link to sexuality. In today's world, the role of Vesta's archetype has become distorted, instead of being seen as a sacred part of religion.

As it relates to love and sex, the asteroid Vesta can indicate (especially when stressfully aspected) sexual disorders and complexes, frigidity, impotence issues, fertility issues, prostitution, pornography, prolonged virginity, fear of sex, antiquated concepts of sex as sin, sexual shaming. 

See also: (46) Hestia

(62) Erato

As one of the Greek Muses, Erato was the muse of lyrical (romantic!) poetry. Erato connections in synastry can show a poetic, lyrical, romantic love that is expressed in song or words.

Check out other Asteroid Muses

(672) Astarte

Astarte is the Hellenized version of Ishtar (7088), the Sumerian deity of fertility, love, beauty and war. Both Astarte and Ishtar are likened to Venus, as they were both deities based on the appearance of the planet Venus in the sky.

In a chart, both Astarte and Ishtar work similarly to Venus, however, it's important to note that Astarte/Ishtar is also about WAR, so when I've found this strongly placed in a chart the individuals there can be a bit of a Lillith type of vibe, or a Kali Ma creation/destruction theme. 

(1943) Anteros

After Eros, Psyche, and Amor, this is my favourite love asteroid. Anteros was one of the 'erotes', the winged squad of Aphrodite (of which Eros/Cupid was one as well). There were actually a few of these guys: Himeros ("Impetuous Love" or "Pressing Desire"), Hedylogos ("Sweet-talk"), Hymenaios ("Bridal-Hymn"), Hermaphroditus ("Hermaphrodite" or "Effeminate"), and Pothos ("Desire, Longing," especially for one who is absent).

Anteros is about "love received". It can show how you partner shows affection, or when poorly aspected, the ways in which love or affection can be blocked in reaching you. Equally, Anteros represents an unrequited love that is avenged. 

(1388) Aphrodite

Every so often I meet someone that has a seriously troubled Venus, yet they have a great marriage, fat bank account, and good looks. What gives? Aphrodite, my friends. It can be good to double check your asteroid Aphrodite against Venus, being that they are one and the same deity. 

Aphrodite rules many similar domains as Venus: sex, love, beauty, romance, connection, friendships, femininity, beauty, home, art, assets.

(3497) Innanen 

Asteroid Innanen is named for the ancient Sumerian Goddess Inanna, her name meaning "Lady of Heaven" and her significations include love, beauty, sex, fertility, and war. Inanna was known as being cutting, demanding, capricious and even treating her lovers quite poorly. In her infamous journey into the Underworld, she chooses her husband Dumuzi as her replacement in Hell so she may return to the world of the living. Unlike a more softened female deity like Venus, Inanna is intense and fiery.

In a chart, Innanen can show intense relationships, strong-minded females, and 'journeys to the Underworld' with our partners. 

(7088) Ishtar

Astarte (672) is the Hellenized version of Ishtar, the Sumerian deity of fertility, love, beauty and war. Both Astarte and Ishtar are likened to Venus, as they were both deities based on the appearance of the planet Venus in the sky.

In a chart, both Astarte and Ishtar work similarly to Venus, however, it's important to note that Astarte/Ishtar is also about WAR, so when I've found this strongly placed in a chart the individuals there can be a bit of a Lillith type of vibe, or a Kali Ma creation/destruction theme. 

(8490) Companion

Companion is a great asteroid for sussing out who may or may not make a great long-term live-in partner for you.

(1585) Union

Asteroid Union is especially useful to me when looking at marriages and (eek!) divorces. 

Check out how Union showed up in the Brexit Chart

(447) Valentine

"Sweet comic Valentine", or so goes the song by Chet Baker. Valentine is a lovely asteroid to check out in a synastry chart. It's a little bit low in meaning compared to some of the other mythical asteroids, but can be useful.

(393) Alma

Alma means "soul" in both Spanish and Italian; the Latin base is closer to "kind" in translation. Either way, asteroid Alma can be used in synastry charts. Like Valentine, I don't consider it a heavy-hitter, but if it is placed exceptionally prominently, it could indicate a kind-hearted, soul-level connection.

(432971) Loving

Just as it says on the tin: asteroid Loving can show a kind, loving connection. 

(29391) Knight

I haven't used this asteroid a ton, but I like the idea of it as a 'knight in shining armor' kind of thing. Will be interested to hear if this shows up for anyone!

Asteroid Pairings: Iconic Romantic Couples

Check to see if any of these asteroids come up in aspect in synastry or in your chart - the asteroid numbers are included for you. In particular, many astrologers consider a Psyche-Eros contact as indicative of soulmate material.

(16) Psyche & (433) Eros

(5731) Zeus & (103) Hera

(37117) Narcissus & (60) Echo

(2174) Asmodeus & (1181) Lilith

(134340) Pluto & (399) Persephone/(26) Proserpina

(1923) Osiris & (42) Isis

(3361) Orpheus & (75) Eurydice

(2101) Adonis & (3497) Innanen

(4415) Echnaton (Akhenaten) & (3199) Nefertiti

Mars & Venus

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