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Personality Trait Asteroids
Many of the nearly 19,000 asteroids are named after mythological characters, but there’s a cool sub-category of named asteroids that I’d call the ‘personality trait asteroids’. I call these the personality trait asteroids because instead of being based on archetypes (‘the smothering mother’, ‘thievery’, ‘abusive husband’) that are connected to Greek myth, these are simply the Latin or Greek base of words that have very easy to understand meanings in English.
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, click the link just below:
Here’s an example to get your started: the asteroid Fides (37) means truth, or honesty. If you were to find Fides badly aspecting the name asteroid of a partner, or attached to the planet signifying your relationship, you should consider whether they can be trusted.
List of Personality Trait Asteroids
Listed Numerically; Ctrl+F to search for keywords
Metis was a Greek Goddess most commonly associated with prudence and wisdom; she was known as the “wise counsellor”.
Similar to Metis, Themis is an asteroid that is about wisdom, “good counsel”, divine order, and natural law. According to one source: “Themis is untranslatable. A gift of the gods and a mark of civilized existence, sometimes it means right custom, proper procedure, social order, and sometimes merely the will of the gods (as revealed by an omen, for example) with little of the idea of right.”
I’ve personally found that Themis people are upstanding and honourable. Sometimes they have ‘seeing’/clairvoyant skills: Themis was one of the famous oracles of Delphi. Themis is also connected to the three “Moira” fates: Klotho, Lachesis and Atropos.
Named after one of the three Greek Graces (Thalia, Aglaja & Euphrosyne), whose name means “cheerfulness” or “joy.”
Truthful, honest, trustworthy.
See also: (524) Fidelio, (490) Veritas
Gay, happy. Also, quite clearly, for someone named Laetitia, this can double as a name asteroid.
Although asteroid Kalypso has loads of different meanings, it can also talk about ‘hidden’ desires, talents, and relationships. Check the chart and planet conjunctions to understand more.
Pandora is both an asteroid as well as a Moon to Saturn, here we only speak about the asteroid Pandora. Many of are familiar with ‘Pandora’s Box’; this asteroid is named after the very same lady who famously released evil energy into the world by opening a box sent to her by the Gods. Similar to the Christian myth, Pandora was the original woman, fashioned out of water and earth, and of course, everything wrong with humanity is her fault (eye roll).
Pandora’s themes include: curiosity, especially curiosity that ‘kills the cat’, initiating change through curiosity, unintended consequences, caught off-guard, restlessness, rebelliousness, meddling troublemaker.
“Peace.” Peaceful, seeking of peace, agreements, agreeable.
“Hope.” Hopeful (when afflicted, shows disappointment or lack of hope).
Related to the word ‘feral’ but nowhere near as negative in meaning: wildlife, fertility, health and abundance. A great asteroid for someone who loves to be at one with nature or live off-grid.
Felicitas was the Roman goddess of happiness.
Goddess of blind folly, rashness, infatuation, and mischief. Ate was said to be behind the curse that started the Trojan War. Ate may show where one is likely to respond to real or imagined threats in an exaggerated fashion.
Greek for “Prudence.”
See also: (9) Metis, (474) Prudentia.
“Journeys.” Individuals may be involved in long journeys, literally or figuratively.
Named after one of the Greek Nereids, whose name meant “happy victory” or “good victory.” Indicates good luck and fortunate outcomes.
Long life, long-lasting.
Latin for “true.”
I adore the asteroids Vera, Veritas, Fides or Fidelio in a love reading – always a great sign!
See also: (275) Veritas, (524) Fidelio, (37) Fides
Sophia is Greek for “wisdom”. Sophia in close aspect shows where we may have above-average wisdom or insight.
See also: (275) Sapientia, (3402) Wisdom
“Justice.” Where one gives or receives justice, a predilection for fairness, justice may also be a dominant life theme.
“Fond of assembly.” I’ve found this asteroid in the charts of those behind social resistance movements as well as the organizers of a young mothers’ book club! Suggests someone fond of gatherings of all sorts – look to nearby planets and the house/sign for greater understanding.
Latin for “wisdom”. Sapientia in close aspect shows where we may have above-average wisdom or insight.
See also: (251) Sophia, (3402) Wisdom
Greek for “love”. “Philia” love was very different than erotic love (“Eros”); Philia is more indicative of friendship and brotherly love.
“Lucky” or “happy.” When prominently placed in a chart, indicates joy, luck, happiness.
“In unity”. Asteroid Unitas may show where we are able to work in unity with others, or, where we may be “unified” to projects, visions or dreams.
“Fraternity” or brotherhood, brotherly love, friendly. As example: Fraternitas conjoined Mercury (communications) may indicate someone who communicates to others in a friendly, warm, brotherly way.
See also: (367) Amicitia
“Constancy”, consistency. Useful when placed in good aspect to relationships, business partners or creative projects.
“Modesty.” Modesty, or if afflicted, poor sense of modesty.
Industrious, hardworking, disciplined, diligent.
Fame, reputation, notoriety, ardent communicator; inversely, asteroid Fama can also indicate a tendency for infamy, gossip, and scandals.
The “three graces” of ancient Greece: splendor, mirth, good cheer. In the charts of those with asteroid Gratia in a prominent place, you may expect a refined, erudite manner applied to whatever planet is in aspect.
“Hubris”, excessive pride, arrogance or foolishness that leads to an inevitable downfall. Over-confidence. Any behaviours that challenge the “gods” of your life (parents, partners, bosses).
“Eternity”, long-lasting, forever and ever-ness.
“Patience”, endurance, perserverance.
See also: (975) Perseverantia
Indicates an incredibly studious or academic individual; someone devoted to the pursuits of intellect or the mind.
“Prudence.” Indicates how and where someone is likely to be prudent, judicious or wise.
Mercantile ability, talent for commerce, trading, exchanges.
“Truth”, truthfulness. Veritas was a Roman Goddess often appearing naked with a mirror (“the naked truth”!).
See also: (37) Fides, (524) Fidelio
“Virtue.” Can indicate virtue, virtuousness, power and excellence.
Latin for “faithful”. Also: trustworthy, honest.
See also: (37) Fides, (490) Veritas
Named after the Greek Goddess of freedom and liberty, these individuals need freedom, space to roam, victory.
Persian for “Star.” Esther was a biblical character responsible for intervening to prevent a genocide againt the Jewish people. Similar to (944) Hidalgo, asteroid Esther shows where we may fight for other’s rights, be called to activism or be a “rescuer.”
“Woman who rejoices.” Rejoicing, exceptionally joyful.
Latin for “Increasing” or growing. Wherever it is placed, I’ve seen increase or growth – in the 2nd House of Money/Property, I’ve had a client put an addition on their home.
Latin for “Peace”. Peace, peaceful, relaxed, calm, harmony. Can indicate calm home environments or peaceful mannerisms, depending on the natal chart placement.
“The world of universities and scholarship”. Can show up in the charts of individual highly dedicated to higher education or academic pursuits, for both professors and students alike.
“Uprightness, honesty”, from the Latin probus (“good, excellent, honest”), appropriate.
“All turned into one”, from the Latin uni- (“one”), + versus (“turned”); united, combined. Incidentally, this asteroid in my experience is not connected to ‘university’, e.g. the higher education institutions. Best to check (829) Academia for education-related.
Asteroid Hidalgo was named after the revolutionary priest who tried to overthrow Spanish rule in Mexico. Common themes of this asteroid include: activism, a revolutionary spirit, an upstart, defending or fighting for one’s beliefs, a highly principled person; one who fights for minorities, the powerless, the weak or the wounded.
Perservenerance, dedication, endurance, discipline. Never giving up.
See also: (451) Patientia
“Hilarity”, hilarious, funny, comedic, entertaining.
“Fantasy”, delusions, living in a fantasy world; living in a dream world. Easily fooled or manipulated.
“Memory”. Can indicate someone who will leave a lasting impression, or uses memorization skills as part of their work (translators, orators, et al).
Peace-making, effective negotiator.
“Fanatic”, fanatical, extremism, zealotry.
Aggression, boundless strength, control and power; power struggles; strong-willed; macho.
Not bad unless afflicted in the chart. I don’t like it when Toro crops up around a personal planet like Venus, as it can sometimes indicate violent or intense and aggressive relationships.
“Education”, studies, rearing or bringing children or young people.
See also: (829) Academia
Like the movie! Except it really stands for the actual real-life leader of the slave revolt in Rome. Themes can include activism, revolt, breaking of bonds, oppressive authority.
See also: (944) Hidalgo, (627) Esther.
Wisdom, sensible, experienced, knowledgeable, having good judgement.
See also: (251) Sophia, (275) Sapientia
Sadness, depression, melancholy, mournful.
“Skeptic” from the Latin word scepticus(pronounced “skepticus”), which is derived from the Greek word for thoughtful, skeptikos. Doubtful, incredulous, uncertainty, suspended judgment.