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Elucidating Vocation in the Natal Chart

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Natal Astrology often proves useful in personality analysis and introspective work. Study of chart dynamics suggests directions for productive engagement of material not always self-intimating, and helps foster recognition of suitable cognitive coping strategies. The schema facilitates developmental and psychodynamic appreciation of self-concept, identity and psychospiritual process.

Study of the asteroids in relation to the main elements of the natus is, in many cases, particularly rewarding. On this page, we look at various tools and an online method for creating your own astrological chart to help elucidate vocation in terms of Midheaven and planetary aspects with the asteroid god and goddess archetypes.

Generating Your Chart

@ Astrodienst

One of the premier sites for astrology on the Web, Astrodienst provides a chart-creation service that includes a comprehensive database of birthplace latitudes and longitudes, with manual or automatic correction for Daylight Savings Time. Select from a range of chart types, styles, house systems, and additional objects including fixed stars, asteroids, and hypotheticals. or without lines of aspect. In addition to the illustrated chart, tabular summaries present planetary positions, directions, triplicities, aspects, elements, and more. View transits, progressions, harmonics, compare charts, even create an astrocartographic map to assess the best places to live and work.

You can create a chart as a guest user, but registration is fast and free, enabling you to create as many charts as you wish and save the data in your account.

To create a chart you simply enter your data, including birth time, date and place. Once that's complete, you'll be brought to to a page where you can choose Extended Chart Selection, which allows the full range of options.

  1. Please select the type of chart you want (Natal Chart Wheel).
  2. Please select a chart style (Web default style).
  3. House System — Placidus is default, but the list includes Equal, Koch, Campanus, Regiomontanus, Vehlow, whole signs, Meridian, Porphyry, Alcabitius, Krusinski-Pisa-Goelzer, Azimuth, Morinus, Polich-Page, etc. If you're uncertain, choose default, equal or Koch. When you're more familiar with the various house systems, choose the one(s) that work(s) best for you.
  4. Additional objects: You can select from a common list, Pars Fortunae, Vertex, Lilith, Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Eris, Pholus, Nessus, Ixion, Orcus, Quaoar, Sedna, Varuna and more, including the Galactic Center. Select any asteroids you want to include, and any fixed stars. You can also add Lilith (osculating and interpolated lunar apogees), as well as Priapus (the interpolated lunar perigee). And you can add a range of "hypotheticals", including Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Apollon, Admetos, Vulkanus, Poseidon, Transpluto-Isis, Nibiru, Harrington, Vulcan, Selena/White Moon, Proserpina, and the Waldemath Black Moon.
  5. Select for North Node (e.g., Mean or True Node, Day Formula, Night Formula).
  6. Select aspect lines to all, draw no aspect lines, or check neither box to reveal key aspect lines.
  7. When you've completed your selections, hit Click here to show the chart.

You should now see a full-color version of your natal chart, which you can save as an image file. You can also view additional tables of useful data (see View the additional tables [PDF], at upper left in the chart). These data summarize the chart and are useful in your analysis. If you need to revise the chart, simply click Back to the chart selection and make the desired adjustments.

Natal Charts :: Koch & Placidus Divisions — Generated at Astrodienst

Female, 27.12.67 Female, 23.03.54 Female, 10.12.55 Female, 14.06.70 Female, 08.03.07 Male, 10.09.74
Female, 20.04.82 Female, 09.09.48 Female, 17.06.76 Male, 16.05.50 Male, 13.02.40 Male, 04.08.61

@ Astrotheme

ASTROTHEME provides a range of free astrological services, including tools for webmasters. Using the link below, your can create a quick and quite detailed natal chart by entering your birth date, birth time, and place of birth. The chart is accurate, without refinements (e.g., nodal calculations, aspect lines to all, asteroids, etc. — Astrodienst enables you to make those refinements plus a great deal more), and is presented in Equal House — i.e., each of the 12 houses is 30º, beginning with the Ascendant. The Equal House system is traditional, especially in England, and I still find that it works better for me than does the Placidian, which is more popular among many astrologers — my general preference is whole signs, but I work with whatever system suits the purpose at had. The main advantage of the Astrotheme tool is that it's interactive: aspects appear on mouseover, and an explanation opens, complete with symbology, when you click on any element in the chart. Click the link below to try it for yourself. Your chart will open in the same space. Pallas Athena, Ceres, Vesta, Juno, and Chiron are shown if you choose the options displayed below the chart.

« Create your own birth chart — almost instantly, right here »

@ Serennu

At Serennu Astrology, Neeti Ray offers a very useful generator designed to get all of the points onto a chart. To quickly draw your chart, Astrology Chart with Minor Planets and enter the required data, making sure to use Universal Time (UT, or GMT) instead of your local birth time. The result is not a traditional natal chart, but "a diagram showing the positions of the objects and house cusps. It will always look like 0° Aries rising." Additional objects can be added, as in the example immediately below.

What it all means?

If none of these data make sense to you, the following introductory material may prove helpful:

Jan Spiller
Astrology Chart with Minor Planets, courtesy

Click image to enlarge. Serennu generates an accurate chart, including a printable version, as well as a detailed list of aspects, an ephemeris, and current transits for the entered date and time. Too many additional objects will clutter the field, and some may not be included, but this service is very useful.

  • The Modes
  • Life/Material/Relationship/Psychic Houses

    [...] PSYCHIC
    People with planets in Psychic Houses (Houses 4, 8 and 12) are primarily driven by a desire to uncover the hidden meanings of things. They want to know why things are as they are... to uncover the foundations of life that lead to personal security. They yearn to understand the unspoken psychology of others, and to understand how the universe works in order to learn how to cooperate with larger, unseen forces. Unless they also have a lot of planets in Life Houses, they are not driven to live life for its own sake... it’s the mysteries that fascinate them. They can be subject to mood swings and deep feelings. For best psychological health, they need to allow themselves plenty of time alone to decipher the inner meaning of what is going on around them. They also need to balance this influence by consciously spending time in the area that is the second strongest motivational force for them, as indicated by their chart.

Assessing the placement of planets and asteroids in the Houses is a good place to begin. The natal distribution of planets, asteroids, the Ascendant (Rising Sign), Midheaven (MC), Part of Fortune and Vertex in the elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water are shown at left, as are their states or qualities — Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable.

We divide the twelve signs into four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. The elements are principles of action in the world. The psychologist Carl Jung related then to the four psychological functions: Fire is intuition, earth is sensation, air is thinking, and water is feeling. They correspond to Plato's four bodies, where fire is the spiritual body, earth is the physical body, air is the mental body, and water is the emotional body. They correlate with the modern view of the world as seen by physicists, in which fire is energy, earth is the particle nature of matter, water is the wave nature of matter, and air is the complimentarity between particle and wave [...]
A New Vision of Astrology, A.T. Mann; NY: Pocket Books, 2002:6

A preponderance of planets, asteroids and positions in one or more elements, is considered self-descriptive; the same applies to the states or qualities. The above tabulation does not include Arabian Parts and other principals which might better complete the picture, but it does suggest limited or highly qualified emphasis of the sanguine element, Air. The states or qualities are essentially balanced.

In The Circuitry of the Self: Astrology and the Developmental Model, Bruce Scofield presents a table which organizes the similar systems of Galen, Aristotle and Jung (2001:48 fol.):

Galen's Four Humors
Astrology's Four Elements
Fire (hot)
Earth (dry)
Water (moist)
Air (cool)
Jung's Four Functions
Intuition Sensation Feeling Thinking

Deeper analysis of the chart requires assessment and interpretive synthesis of planetary aspects, referring to recognized geometric relationships which are thought to describe or characterize the blending of planetary principles in personality. In some cases, groups of aspects are combined in a dynamic that is given greater weight than would be accorded the individual aspects alone. For example, three (or more) planets may be in trine with each other, such that each is approximately 120º (±10º) from the others. This results in a dynamic called the Grand Trine, and it effectively magnifies the combined energies of all three points. A Kite Formation adds a fourth point to the Grand Trine; this fourth point, which may include one or more planets or astrological variables, is 60º from two points in the Grand Trine, and 180º from the third. A Kite Formation is illustrated below.

Kite Formation
Kite Formation (Koch House System)

Taken in isolation, this dynamic involves ten principals that comprise a circuit or matrix with four integrated themes, identified by (i) Vesta, Venus, North Mode and Midheaven in 10th-House Aries [base of the kite]; (ii) Chiron Retrograde, Ceres and Vertex in 5th-House Sagittarius; (iii) Neptune Retrograde and South Node in 4th-House Libra [apex of the kite]; and (iv) Pluto in 1st-House Leo. The House positions help identify the nature of the circuit, and the apical 4th House, dealing with psychological foundations, reveals the orientation of the matrix, focused by its base and the Vesta archetype.

The Greeks portrayed Vesta as the omphalos, navel, or center of the world. As the hearth fire at the center of the home, Vesta provided a gathering place for the family. Likewise, Vesta functions as the center of the psyche, coordinating various facets of the personality. Astrologically, Vesta symbolizes individuals who are "centered" in their own identity and thus self-determined in their activities. Stressful aspects to the planets may portray a person who is off-center, off-base, or not yet able to find a place.

Asteroid Goddesses, Demetra George & Douglas Bloch, Berwick ME: Ibis (2003:129)
See also: Barbara Kirksey, Hestia: A background of psychological focusing., in Facing the Gods, ed. James Hillman, Texas: Spring Publications (1980:105)

Evaluation of the entire chart is required, however, if we want to appreciate the nature of one's "calling". While a kite formation such as this is a powerful dynamic, its characteristics (advantages and disadvantages) must be weighed in terms of the complete horoscope with respect to other aspects that bear upon awareness and performance. Not pictured above, for instance, is a Taurus stellium (Moon, Mercury Retrograde, Sun) which squares Pluto, the impact of which involves a constant breakdown and buildup of identity constructs, driving the study of psychological processes.

Evaluating the Chart for Vocation

There are several key factors to consider when evaluating a natal chart with respect to vocation. In How to Find your Vocation in the Horoscope, Beatrix Braukmüller reviews seven steps:

NOTE: The following is an extract, slightly shortened and adapted, from Berufsanalyse mit dem Horoskop: Vom richtigen Beruf zur wahren Berufung [Occupation analysis with the Horoscope: From the right occupation to the true vocation], Chiron Verlag: Tübingen, 2000. Emphasis added.

  • Step 1: The Hemispheres
    • Emphasis on the eastern (left) hemisphere: everything that concerns the "me" or "I" aspects of life
    • Emphasis on the western (right) hemisphere: everything that concerns the "you" aspects of life
    • Emphasis on the (top) day hemisphere: "what comes to the light"
    • Emphasis on the (bottom) night hemisphere: "what lies in the dark"

  • Step 2: Distribution of planets in the elements (triplicities)
    The elements tell us something about the temperament of the horoscope person.
    • Emphasis on fire signs: corresponds to C.G. Jung's Intuitive Type - active, impulsive, enthusiastic, interested the meaning of things.
    • Emphasis on earth signs: corresponds to the Jungian Sensation Type - practical, interested in realising things, perceives with the senses.
    • Emphasis on air signs: corresponds to the Thinking Type - intellectual, communicative, needs and provides mental stimulation.
    • Emphasis on water signs: corresponds to the Feeling Type - sensitive, empathic, sympathetic, profound, main motivation are emotions.
    • The polarities: Is there an emphasis on opposing elements? In what ways could they conflict, in what ways are they complementary?

  • Step 3: Distribution of planets in the qualities or modes (quadruplicities)
    • Cardinal: great activity and enthusiasm; danger of going over the top. Tendency toward leading positions and active professions.
    • Fixed: Stamina and stability; the horoscope person may lean towards a certain indolence. Tendency towards approved, routine professions.
    • Mutable: great flexibility and adaptability; difficulty in taking decisions. Tendency towards intellectual professions with a lot of variety.

  • Step 4: Planets in and rulers of the "professional" houses 2-6-10
    • 2nd House: material security
    • 6th House: work and health
    • 10th House (MC): profession / vocation, position and reputation in society

  • Step 5: The Ascendant (AC), ruler of the AC and its aspects
    • Public appearance.
    • How does the person present himself/herself to others?
    • Which role does the person play?
    • How does he/she react to his/her environment?
    The ruler of the ascendant shows the way and the areas in which the person wants to present himself/herself.

  • Step 6: The planets - their meanings in signs and houses, and their aspects
    • Sun: What is the central theme in life?
    • Moon: What does the person need to feel fulfilled and content?
    • Mercury: What is his/her mental attitude?
    • Venus: What are his/her artistic and social qualities?
    • Mars: In what areas does he/she use his/her energies? Where does he/she become active?
    • Jupiter: In which areas can the person expand and develop himself/herself?
    • Saturn: Where does he/she carry responsibilities and fulfils his/her duties? Where does he/she meet obstacles? What are his/her fears?
    • Uranus: Where does he/she show a need for variety and change? Where does he/she express his/her intuition, originality, sudden insights and impatience: Where does he/she show a need for variety and change? Where does he/she express his/her intuition, originality, sudden insights and impatience?
    • Neptune: In which areas does he/she use inspiration, instinct, sensitivity and imagination?
    • Pluto: Where does he/she express or feel control, power and powerlessness?

  • Step 7: The Nodal Axis / Moon's Nodes
    The Moon's Nodes can add to the knowledge about a person's development. This axis is related to the relationship between personal social developments. Therefore, aspects to the nodal axis can give interesting insights on this issue. Especially important are planets conjuncting the North or South Node.


Vocation As A Way of Life — More than Just A Job

While some equate the terms vocation and occupation or career, we consider vocation in the context of a "calling" — defined as an unconsciously mediated experience which presents as a compelling sense of personal and collective "being" in light of an ultimate or transcendent reality. The experience of vocation is best described as an experience of one's way or path in life. It may be consciously expressed as a set of beliefs and behaviors that reflects this deep-seated inner orientation, but, at outset, one may simply feel impelled to act, with little conscious ramification of ideation in support of that activity.

Occupation and career involve a degree of social approbation, since you are being recompensed for the work that you perform. Vocation may manifest as a cardinal theme inherent in one's experience, yet for which one is not directly acknowledged or paid, as in the case of the bus-driving "buddha", in contact with whom, as he ferries you uptown, you feel inexplicably at peace.

We may use astrology to elucidate potential areas of work in which a person might be interested, but the identification of calling is not so formulaic. Indeed, one's appreciation of vocation has much more to do with the experience of ideational and emotional resonance. In this light, the study of archetypes in the natus can be particularly useful.

Assessing the Midheaven

In this exercise, we will explore the significance of five primary asteroid goddesses in relation to what is termed the Midheaven:

Also known as Medium Coeli, "Middle of the Heavens", abbreviated in charts as M.C. One of the four angles in a horoscope. It marks the cusp of the tenth house and is directly opposite the Nadir. The midheaven represents ambition, ideals, and public image. Planets at or near the Midheaven tend to indicate that the person is likely to make a mark on the outside world.
For additional explanation, with diagrams, see Astronomical Foundations of the Astrological Houses, by Christopher A. Weidner.

Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-emerging Feminine

In its broadest sense, the Midheaven (MC) is associated with one's profession, as is the entire 10th House. Planets or asteroids in aspect to the MC are thought to have key bearing on matters of career, public standing, and the ability to contribute to society. But the MC is also thought to describe your vocation, or calling, implying a deep-seated goal or conviction which informs the work that you do.

Archetypal influences are often evident, in this case, and astrological interpretations can prove much more resonant when these are elucidated. For example, in their classic text entitled Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-emerging Feminine, authors Demetra George and Douglas Bloch present Ephemerides of 16 Asteroids 1930-2050, with insightful descriptions of aspects between four primary goddess archetypes and planets in the natal chart; they also describe the influence of each archetype in the Houses. A 9th-, 10th-, or 11th-House locus (depending on the House System you used to erect you chart) is especially significant for Ceres, Pallas Athene, Vesta, or Juno [we would add Lilith and possibly Pholus to this list], particularly if any of these is conjunct (± 10º of) the MC. Aspects from these asteroids to the MC (e.g. by square, quintile, trine, opposition, etc.) are equally instructive, as are placements of the asteroids in the 2nd House (personal resources) or the 6th House (jobs, personal service).

NOTE: If you want to use an online tool to calculate positions for a lengthy list of asteroids, in both table and chart form, see the Centaur, TNO, Asteroid Ephemeris for Astrology (1500 - 2099), by Tracy Delaney. You'll need to enter your birth time as Universal Time (GMT) — e.g. an Ottawa ON CA birth (Eastern Standard) time of 13:00h is -05:00 [i.e. 5 hours behind Greenwich, England, which] = 18:00h.

As we have seen in Braukmüller's work above, there are many factors which must be considered in evaluating occupation and one's true vocation. George and Bloch do not present descriptions of asteroid connections with the MC, Ascendant (Asc), or the Nodes of the Moon. With respect to one's vocation or calling, it is helpful to create a list of asteroids in aspect to all three, particularly the MC. Then, if you have not done so already, review the mythoi of the gods and goddesses so identified. If a specific mythos strikes a chord in your heart - if the story of that particular god or goddess is strongly reminiscent of your own - you've potentially identified an ordinating archetype in your own personality.

If your chart does not present asteroid aspects to the MC, Asc or Nodes, remember that aspects represent only one strategy you might use to identify vocation. Other principals (e.g. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn, etc.) may be in aspect with these archetypes, and they can prove equally instructive in assessing vocation. In the content below, we explore five of the asteroid archetypes. There are, of course, many more.

Asteroid Goddesses :: Archetypes

Models, table and descriptors presented in this section are culled from various books and selected websites, with source(s) cited in each case. Collected references are provided at the bottom of the section.

Demetra George and Douglas Bloch, with Patricia White;
Programming by Rique Pottenger (16 January 2001:pp3-5/49).
NOTE: The following is an excerpt from a 49-page report, available online; other such reports are also online, in similar format. See, e.g. Asteroid Goddesses in the natal chart of Marilyn Monroe, prepared by Astrolabe.

The Mandala of the Asteroid Goddesses

Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta represent four very basic feminine archetypes which amplify and particularize the more general energies of the Moon and Venus. Their relation to the regular planets and to each other becomes clear in a mandala.

The large circle in the mandala represents the Moon, the fundamental feminine principle that contains all the potential expressions of the feminine nature. Behind the Moon resides the Sun, the embodiment of the fundamental masculine principle. The union of the masculine and feminine, of the Sun God and Moon Goddess, gives rise to what mystics have described as Oneness.

In the center of the mandala is Venus. As the essence of the feminine nature in her activated form, Venus embodies the feminine creative, magnetic, sexual, reproductive, vital life force. Venus is surrounded by Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta. Each of the four in its unique way uses the creative sexual energy of Venus to express the various functions and activities of the feminine principle as it operates in both women and men.

Image Credit: Demetra George and Douglas Bloch.

Note that these asteroids are placed at the four cardinal directions of the mandala. These correspond to the four "angles" of the astrological chart: the Ascendant and Descendant to the left and right along the horizon, and the MC (Medium Coeli or Midheaven) and IC (Imum Coeli or Lowest Heaven), at the top and bottom of the vertical meridian line. The basic symbolism of these four great goddesses is as follows:


Ceres, the archetypal Mother and the Goddess of Agriculture, gives birth to the world of physical form, bearing children and providing food for their survival. As the Mother archetype, she stands for the principle of unconditional love and nurturing support in both women and men. In the above mandala she is placed at the IC, the very bottom of the horoscope wheel, which in astrology is related to the foundation, the roots, and the family.

Pallas Athene

Pallas Athene, the daughter of Zeus, is the Goddess of Wisdom who generates mental and artistic creations from her mind. Sprung from the head of her father, she represents the principle of creative intelligence. Her place in the mandala is at the MC, the "head" of the chart, the uppermost point, which symbolizes one’s ambitions and one’s visible, socially useful accomplishments.


Juno, or Hera, was the wife of Zeus. As such, she is the Goddess of Marriage who fosters and sustains union with a partner. More generally, she symbolizes the principle of relatedness and commitment to another over time. In the mandala, she is placed at the Descendant, which in the horoscope wheel is the point that signifies reaching out from the Self to another in order to complete oneself in a one-to-one relationship.


Vesta, or Hestia, was Zeus’s elder sister who never married. In mythology she became the protectress of the hearth and the sacred altar flame. The archetypal Temple Priestess, she is a virgin in the original sense of being whole and complete in oneself. In the system of goddess symbols, she represents the principle of spiritual focus and of devotion to following one’s calling. Placed in the mandala at the Ascendant, Vesta corresponds to the Self.

These asteroids represent the primary relationships of a woman’s life: that of mother, daughter, wife and sister. The fertile sexual energy of Venus is used by Ceres to birth children of the body, by Pallas to birth children of the mind, by Juno to build relationships with others, and by Vesta to deepen a relationship with the Self or with the Divine. [...] [Read More]

See: CERES [Roman], < cf. DEMETER [Greek].


  • Old Italic goddess of agriculture, in religious observance closely connected with the earth goddess: Tellus... [C]auses living things to emerge from her bosom, into which they are gathered again after death. Like ... Demeter ... also a goddess of fertility and of marriage...
    Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons
    Lurker M. (1994:77)

  • ... principle of unconditional love, sustaining and nourishing newly created life forms. Ceres also contains the secret of the great mystery of birth, death and renewal, which speaks to the feeding and nourishment of the soul and spirit...
    Asteroids in Astrology: Mandala of the asteroid goddesses.

  • Ceres' secret teaching is that death is the gateway to rebirth. Loss is necessary in order that something new may emerge ... the hope of renewal, regeneration, and the promise of eternal return.
    Asteroid Goddesses: The mythology, psychology, and astrology of the re-emerging feminine.
    George D., Bloch D.
    Berwick ME: Ibis Press (2003:56)

  • Like a feminine Pluto, Ceres represents a mother-love that embraces death and grieving. It also seems to govern the kind of rite-of-passage into adulthood that is taught through an encounter with the Dark, the extreme example of which is rape. Whether the violation is literal or psychic, its teaching is that even the most terrible traumas may be precursors to a state of sovereignty, as was the case with the young victim who ended up Queen of the Underworld [Kore > Persephone].
    Hidden Faces of the Asteroid Goddesses
    Murray J. (1998)


Daughter or Genius

  • ...Pallas Athene symbolizes the principle of creative intelligence ... one's capacity for realization and accomplishment ... how we face the issues of learning, creativity, the arts, politics, healing, alienation from relationships, competition, and the fears of success.
    Asteroid Goddesses: The mythology, psychology, and astrology of the re-emerging feminine.
    George D., Bloch D.
    Berwick ME: Ibis Press (2003:99)

  • ... signifies wisdom and creative problem solving in which a holistic view of conflicting or opposite elements (the Masculine and the Feminine) is required ... willingness to defend or fight for the underdog ... associated with fighting for causes. She represents the application of practical skill and creative intelligence in order to best be of service ... goddess of war (defense, originally) as well as the goddess of wisdom and culture...
    The Asteroids, Astrologer: Clayten Tylor.

See: JUNO [Roman], < cf. HERA [Greek].

Wife or Partner

  • Juno, goddess of marriage and guardian of childbirth, represents all aspects of partnership, particularly as spouse, and has a distinctly Scorpionic overtone, due to her tendency towards jealousy and possessiveness...
    The Asteroid Goddess Gospel: Illuminating the feminine principle in the chart.
    Burroughs C.H.

  • [~] Hera ... symbolizes the principle of relatedness ... our capacity for meaningful relationship ... the ways in which we face issues of compatibility, receptivity to others, mutual sharing, trust, jealousy, possessiveness, and power struggles...
    Asteroid Goddesses: The mythology, psychology, and astrology of the re-emerging feminine.
    George D., Bloch D.
    Berwick ME: Ibis Press (2003:169)

  • ...committed partnership ... Infidelity and the anger it inspires, jealousy and possessiveness and sexual rivalry all are potentials of dark Juno. Where there is the kind of dependency in a relationship such as the traditional wife has upon her husband, or where one partner keeps a vow of monogamy that the other does not keep, the pathology of Juno may rear its head...
    Hidden Faces of the Asteroid Goddesses
    Murray J. (1998)
See: VESTA [Roman], < cf. HESTIA [Greek].

Devoted Sister

  • Old Italic goddess of the domestic hearth and its fire ... related to the Greek: Hestia.
    Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons
    Lurker M. (1994:370)
  • Vesta represents the principle of focus and commitment. She functions as an autonomous being to transform sexual energies and bring about personal integration... dedication and aspiration toward a path or goal — sacrifice that are made to attain that goal...
    Asteroid Goddesses: The mythology, psychology, and astrology of the re-emerging feminine.
    George D., Bloch D.
    Berwick ME: Ibis Press (2003:169)
  • The inner archaic face of Vesta is that of a spirituality that sees sex as a means to channel the power of the Divine Feminine: a sexuality that is not used to get a mate, nor to get children, nor to achieve personal pleasure - but to practice a religious devotion. Vesta functions as the ability to center the self, to focus (the Latin word for hearth is focus), and to pull in the consciousness away from outside distractions into a state of undivided attention...
    Hidden Faces of the Asteroid Goddesses
    Murray J. (1998)
See: LILITH [Akkadian, Hebrew]; The Dark Goddess Lilith.
  • Lilith is not the dark half of the (masculine) self but an aspect of the Great Goddess worshipped in antiquity under many names...
    Constructing Femininity — the Lilith Case
    von Stuckrad K.
  • In my reading of the legends about Lilith, she represents female beauty, sexual pride and freedom, independence, free thought, mobility of body, mind and spirit, the freedom to dream. The fact that she was also often written about as a 'wind-storm' is a positive for me, not a negative. Wind indicates movement, and might have simply represented her as a force to be reckoned with; today, it might symbolize someone who is 'a mover and a shaker'. In fact, 'Ruach', the Hebrew word for 'wind' also means spirit, which could mean the breath of life itself. Clearly the difference in our perception of Lilith and of ourselves as women is shaped by textual analysis and interpretation. It is easy to see how differently we might view women if women had been regarded for millennia as the very breath of life rather than as the instigators of sin, or as 'filth and sediment' as the medieval Kabbalists taught [...]
    Lilith's Fire: Reclaiming Our Sacred Lifeforce
    Deborah Grenn-Scott, Cosi Fabian. Universal/ (2000:47). The Lilith Institute
  • Lilith ... represents the principle of integration. It rules all kinds of things people don't want anything to do with but which are part of the world nevertheless, and that which forces them to deal with this reality ... Lilith impels toward learning to cope constructively with the non-rational, victimization, difficult decisions and persons and things ... learning to handle occultism in its various forms, repression and complication, marginalization, the release of suppressed anger and other negative psychological energies ... the destruction of beliefs based on rationalizations and prejudices ... may be an indicator of racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry...
    Harbingers Of The Modern World
    An astrological treatise on the asteroids 944 Hidalgo, 55 Pandora, and 1181 Lilith.
    Holmes M.A. (1999)
  • For much more on Lilith, see the right column of this page.

Asteroid Keyphrases
Asteroid Goddesses:
The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-emerging Feminine

Demetra George & Douglas Bloch, Berwick ME: Ibis Press, 2003:187.
Adapted from Table 12-3.
Glyph Credits: (1) Martha Lang-Wescott (2)
Symbol Asteroid Keyphrase
PSYCHE PSYCHE Capacity to be psychically sensitive to another person
EROS EROS Capacity for vitality and passion
LILITH LILITH Capacity to constructively release repressed anger and resolve conflict
TORO TORO Capacity to use and control power
SAPPHO SAPPHO Capacity for romantic and artistic sensitivity
AMOR AMOR Capacity for spiritual or platonic love and compassion
PANDORA PANDORA Capacity for curiosity which initiates change
ICARUS ICARUS Capacity for liberation and risk-taking
DIANA DIANA Capacity for survival and self-protection
HIDALGO HIDALGO Capacity for self-assertion in defense of principles
URANIA URANIA Capacity for inspired knowledge
CHIRON CHIRON Capacity for wholistic understanding

Bridging Lower and Higher Octaves
Asteroid Goddesses:
The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-emerging Feminine

Demetra George & Douglas Bloch, Berwick ME: Ibis Press, 2003:186.
Adapted from Table 12-1.
Lower Octave Planet Transformer Higher Octave Planet Principle
Mercury Icarus, Pandora, Urania Uranus Wisdom
Venus Psyche, Sappho, Amor Neptune Love
Mars Eros, Lilith, Toro Pluto Power
Mars Diana, Hidalgo Jupiter Protection
Saturn Chiron Outer Planets Knowledge

Asteroid Pairs — Bipolar Functions
Asteroid Goddesses:
The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the Re-emerging Feminine

Demetra George & Douglas Bloch, Berwick ME: Ibis Press, 2003:187.
Adapted from Table 12-2.
Asteroid Pair Polarity Principle
PSYCHE — EROS The Lovers
LILITH — TORO The Warriors
SAPPHO — AMOR The Empaths
URANIA — CHIRON The Knowledge Holders


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