ASTRAEA THE FIFTH LARGEST ASTEROID: WHAT IS HER ROLE IN YOUR HOROSCOPE? By Hilary Bond PhD.
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The above picture is of Astraea the goddess of purity, goodness, morality and justice.
The asteroid Astraea, whose name means “Star-Maiden” is the fifth largest asteroid in our solar system. She was named after the Greek goddess of justice and harmony because she is a daughter of Themis and Zeus. Therefore, she is a sister to Athena, the goddess of creative intelligence and justice.
I want to bring some of her archetype to you today, as well as discussing the meaning I derive from her discovery chart and then look at some horoscopes where Astraea is dominant.
ASTRAEA’S MYTHOLOGICAL HISTORY
Astraea lived on Earth in the Golden Age (or Bronze Age) of Greek mankind and that was the Mycenean Age, the time of Chiron, Jason and the Argonauts, Hercules, Agamemnon and the Trojan war. This age was glorified by Homer in the book, The Iliad, which discusses the Trojan War and Achilles and The Odyssey which is about Ulysses or Odyseus and his journey back to his homeland from Troy. The Mycenean Age, which lasted 500 years, was an age of heros and heroic sagas where men were heroes and maidens were saved.
The Greek Iron Age or the Greek Dark Ages, saw the collapse of the Mycenaean civilization around 1100 BC and the beginning of the Greek Archaic Period of 800 BC. The event that proceeded the start of the Iron Age was a catastrophic event where all the leading centers of the Mycenaean civilization were destroyed, but many of the beautiful major Mycenean cities and settlements were abandoned, except, most notably, Athens. The Mycenean population declined dramatically and the populace of Greece devolved lived in small nomadic groups. These groups moved with the needs of their livestock and left very little written history behind.
The Mycenaean writing system (Linear B Script), was also lost shortly before this event took place. Therefore, there are very few written documents about this age. Thus began a warrior elite society that developed a rigidly hierarchical, political, social and economic system. They introduced several innovations in engineering, architecture and military infrastructures while also expanding trade over vast areas of the Mediterranean. The single discovery of this period is the technological knowledge of iron-working.
Due to the loss of literacy around 1100 BC, the majority of scholars widely accepted that the age began around 1200 BC and continued through until 800 BC. Hippias of Elis, a well-known Greek philosopher of the 5th century BC. suggested that the Iron Age ended when the first Olympian Games in 776 BC.
During this period in history, many of the major settlements were abandoned, except, most notably, Athens. The population declined dramatically and the populace of Greece lived in small nomadic groups. These groups moved with the needs of their livestock and left very little written history behind.
Astraea could not cope with the wickedness that she believed she saw in the Iron Age of Greece and she left the Earth to become the Star Maiden in heaven.
ASTRAEA’S ARCHETYPE EXTRAPOLATED FROM HER MYTH
Therefore we see Astraea, in her archetypal state, as an idealist, a utopian, a purist and a perfectionist, who saw the world in terms of black and white and when she perceived things were bad she bailed out or jumped ship. We can see Astraea as a Neptunian storyteller who perhaps is not very grounded and has her head in the clouds. She most certainly does not have resilience and she does not have a will of iron, endurance or a strong spine. It seems she loves Venusian story tales of beautiful women, heroic men and grand cities, but she does not cope with the Erisean or excessive Martian nature or the smallness of nomadic life. While she is ethical and believes in law and order she clearly did not study archaeology, so she does not seem to have the astuteness to realise that Mother Earth has her own cycles and peaks and troughs and things are never perfect. Perhaps she failed to realise that every relationship and every cycle has its honeymoon phase of abundance, fun and beauty when the Moon is waxing, but after the full Moon the cycle begins to wane and then their will be a Dark Moon and everything begins again. If she studied history she would have read the works of Spengler who said what I have just said.
ASTRAEA’S DISCOVERY AND THE ASTROLOGICAL MEANINGS INHERENT IN THAT CHART.
Astraea was the fifth asteroid discovered, on 8 December 1845, by Karl Ludwig Hencke and named for Astræa, a goddess of justice, named after the stars. It was his first of two asteroid discoveries. The second was Hebe a daughter of Juno and Zeus. A German amateur astronomer and post office headmaster, Hencke was looking for 4 Vesta when he stumbled on Astraea.
There is no exact time of day when she was discovered so we have no ascendant, Midheaven and no houses. All we can see are signs and aspects
• Her sun is 16 Sagittarius
• Her Moon is 15 Aries
• Her Mercury is 6 Capricorn
• Her Venus is 3 Aquarius
• Her Mars is 21 Pisces
• Her Jupiter is I degree Taurus
• Her Saturn is 14 Aquarius
• Her Uranus is 6 Aries
• Her Neptune is 23 Aquarius
• Her Pluto is 23 Aries
• Her North Node is 16 degrees Taurus
• And the star of the show Astraea is 6 degrees Gemini.
Astraea’s discovery chart has an emphasis on fire with Uranus, Sun, Moon, Pluto all in fire indicating high energy, passion, spirituality, impulsiveness and fervency. She has little water suggesting a difficulty communicating with her own feelings and even being compassionate, which is strange because her Mars is in Pisces and Astraea is known for her need to be ethical. As the Sun in the discovery chart is in Sagittarius we can see her taking what she believes is the moral high ground. Strangely Astraea’s Mars is in Pisces, so with all that fire her Mars is drowning in emotion and idealism. Mars in Pisces is a sensitive Mars that leads with their hearts, often coming to the aid of others, especially the vulnerable and alienated. Mars in Pisces is the champion of the underdog and the forsaken. Mars in Pisces wants a nostalgic Mills and Boon-type romance and the dreaminess of perfect love combined with sensuous sex that most men have no idea about. This is a moot point though as I have found few true Astraeans.
Astraea’s discovery chart has a grand trine in fire which suggests confidence, creativity, flow, and harmony. It also bestows self-assurance, optimistic expectation, a sense of pleasure, easy-flowingness, inspiration, expansion of creative power, and a general sense of protection due to inner faith and hope. Her Sun in Sagittarius, Poseidon in Leo and Moon conjunct Pluto all trine each other. A fire grand trine represents active inspiration, bold creativity, enthusiasm, pride and sometimes self-absorption.
Otherwise it’s a chart with lots of squares:
• Sun square Mars (The outdoor often tactless Sagittarius Sun certainly jars with the sensitive Pisces Mars creating a passive-aggressive personality. They can be aggressive, enthusiastic, decisive, combative and brilliant at recovering from setbacks, but the impatient, hot -headed Sagittarius side really clashes with the vague, impractical, emotionally inhibited, melancholy Piscean side of this square. Both their Sagittarian Sun and Piscean Mars have a major problem with being procrastinators. Squares indicate challenges and tension in someone’s psyche which may lead to accomplishment or dynamic turning points in someone’s life. Winston Churchill was renowned for his squares which made him a brilliant leader in World War II for Britain, but he also made some monumental military blunders. We have one square between Astraea and Hygeia; and one between Poseidon and the North Node as well as the one’s between Sun and Mars; Venus and Jupiter and Mercury and Uranus (five squares)
• Venus square Jupiter;
• Mercury square Uranus (This aspect tells us that Astraea people are mentally alert, brilliant, eccentric and really clever at brainstorming. They are definitely unconventional, sometimes arrogant, daring and prone to be nervy);
• Venus trine Astraea (which would make her a ‘goody two shoes’ and a person who dispensed moral, social, cultural, musical and artistic values easily. She may feel she has skills in judging relationships. Venusian sextiles )
• and a sensible Moon sextile Saturn.
• And Astraea sextiles Uranus and
• Astraea quincunxes Mercury.
It is not a busy chart and this may define Astraea’s personality which is not complex.
The nodal axis (South Node Taurus and North Node in Scorpio) squares Saturn creating a fixed T square. The positive thing about this aspect is that these people are focused on overcoming challenges in their life. They are consistent, aware of their responsibilities, and they walks tirelessly along their life path. They have high standards for themselves and they set ambitious goals. They are able to overcome their limits, but the negative side of this aspect is that it also gives people pessimism or even hopelessness about overcoming challenges in their life. They live lives full of obstacles and they are afraid to cross the threshold in order to become themselves. They often believe that their responsibilities stop them from reaching their soul. They often fall back into their old patterns. They frequently overload themselves. However, some Astraean people can be so perfectionist, sensitive and prissy (for example Charles Darwin) at least this fixed T square with apex Saturn can ground them and make them more carefree.
POSEIDON AS THE HANDLE OF A FAN CHART.
On its own her horoscope is a bowl, but if we add Poseidon everything pours into the handle of a fan or spout of a funnel and that spout is Poseidon. A positive Poseidon in a horoscope creates illumination and it will shine in the charts of people who shine light on a subject or discover something from inventors to visionaries to clairvoyants and graphic designers or movie stars. Poseidon as an archetypal flavour points to either, an ethical person who specialises in truth or a sociopath who lies and twists the truth habitually.
As a mentor or initiator Poseidon has information that causes enlightenment or awakening and Poseidon people ground this awakened knowledge into human consciousness in a practical, every day pragmatic use. Poseidon people are interested in truth, enlightenment, spiritual evolution, and the search for ‘Truth’. Positive Poseidon people are ethical and morally incorruptible. Positive Poseidon people talk and write for a living. They lecture, speak, write and teach professionally. You will find them in universities and colleges as teachers, tutors, professors and academics. They may be newsreaders and talk show hosts and even actors. They often write fiction and nonfiction books. They are bloggers on web sites.
They are freedom fighters like Betty Freidan; my friend Diana who is a clean water advocate; Mohandas Ghandi; politicians like USA presidential candidate Andrew Yang; Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke; Winston Churchill and judges, solicitors and lawyers. True Poseidon people have high moral standards; they are trusting and are honest to a fault.
Negative Poseidon people can be swindlers, cultists and brainwashers and they often seek to hurt others.
The spiritual light and illumination of Poseidon seems to be a source of peace and healing for all Hygiea-Poseidon people. The Tibetan -Buddhist prayer of healing seems significant:
“May you be at peace.
May your heart remain open.
May you remain open to the light of your own true nature.
May you be healed.
May you be a source of healing for all beings.”
Astraea is an ancient Greek goddess of precision, purity and innocence and she was the last ancient Greek divine being leave the earth after the Golden Age, (when Cronos was king and abundance and goodness was normal) when she did, she became the constellation of Virgo and the Scales (Libra) were placed beside her. Astraea left our planet because she was disgusted at the depravity which had sprung up. Mankind was no longer perfect, so she left the Earth.
Astraea’s actions are somewhat like the Garden of Eden in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible where Eve and the serpent were blamed for no longer being perfect. As Saturn/Cronos was king of the Golden Age he was seen to be perfect. He fell in lust with Philyra, one of Juno’s step sisters, an Oceanid, who lived on White Island in the Black Sea. Phillyra, the Oceanid was not interested in a tryst with Cronos and she escaped in the form of a mare (a horse). Horses were seen to be Neptune’s creatures and they are symbolic of the root chakra. Horses, especially wild horses, like freedom. In Jungian language horses are a representation of sleep or lack of consciousness. To capture and rape Phillyra Cronos turned into a stallion and after he impregnated Phillyra Cronos ran off never to return. Phillyra moved to Thessaly, a mountainous country in Northern Greece where the people were renowned for their horse riding skills. Chiron the son of Phillyra was born in a huge cave on the eastern side of Mt Olympus. Chiron’s legs and hips were those of a horse and upper body and arms were human. He was still divine and immortal, but supposedly physically defective.
Neptune Astrology maintains that Astraea represents moral values, reasoning and good judgement and she suggests that Astraea in the natal chart shows how we weigh up the options and choose the best course of action for us that fits into our moral values and beliefs.
Wild Witch West gives an interesting interpretation when she says, “In natal charts, Astraea relates to aspects of our concern for fairness and justice and in the shadow side as an inability to let go” or they are people who avoid difficulty, challenges or responsibility when they can. I certainly can see this in some of the people I have been researching who have a prominent Astraea.
Wild Witch West has pinpointed Astraea’s tendency to be totally unable of letting go of an old, unhealthy career or a stale, dysfunctional relationship or a toxic biological family or a toxic place where we live (a neighbourhood which we fail we are trapped in, but for the sake of our sanity or avoiding being robbed or physically hurt we must leave. ) Consequently, we can see Astraea pointing to obstacles that prevent us seeing when something is over or completed, ready for something new to begin. Thus, we can see fear and procrastination and lack of common sense in negative Astraea. Therefore, on Astraea astro-cartographic line you may have a tendency to stay in an occupation too long or you may remain stuck in a particular position, wondering why you have been missed during each round of advancements in your career . In other words, you may have difficulty taking risks in your chosen profession or letting go of the old. This is very “South Node in Cancer” in behaviour and spells out the ‘chicken-heart’ or the Sun in Sagittarius square Mars in Pisces in Astraea’s discovery chart.
ANALYSING ASTRAEA IN SOME FAMOUS PEOPLE’S CHARTS
It seems to be common sense, but I have struck many astrologers who fail to see that we cannot “read” a person/client without looking at the person in a broad spectrum or context and then we can zero in on various aspects or planets in a sign. People are beings in totality . We cannot cut off their arm or leg and look at it, while ignoring the rest of the body or psychological, emotional, mental and spiritual beliefs.
Consequently, I generally begin with a chart shape, so a person may have a bowl shape chart, a fan chart, a bucket shape, a splay chart or a locomotive or seesaw chart. Then I look at the balance of elements (fire, earth, air and water), quadruplicities (cardinal, fixed and mutable) and then planets, asteroids, points or Trans-Neptunian planets on the angles. I also see stelliums as all important and planets, asteroids or Trans-Neptunians conjuncting the Sun and Moon. I look for the Ascendant ruler, Sun’s ruler and Moon’s ruler. I look for planets in detriment, fall and planets in their comfort zones. I look at constellations such as T-Squares, Grand Squares or Yods. That is the context. I have noticed Esoteric astrologers (Alice Bailey adherents) and Evolutionary astrologers (Jeff Green followers) focusing on Pluto and Saturn as they believe these are karmic placements from other incarnations and Evolutionary Astrologers place great importance on squares to the Nodal Axis. They believe that this person made a bad job of their last life and they have come back to fix the mess they made. Most mainstream people do not believe in past lives thus I am wary of confusing or upsetting the person I am helping. Many people who are having career or relationship problems need down to earth, common sense help. They are looking for a clear path in their life not obfuscation. I am a mainstream counseller who has spent hundreds of hours with distressed people who need grounding and practical help. (I will though, if I am seeing an Esoteric Astrologer or Evolutionary Astrologer bring out my books on these subjects and speak in their language. With counselling what is important is, “When in Rome do as the Romans do!”) But to continue, once I have completed looking at this general context or Gestalt, I look at the little aspects between asteroids or Trans-Neptunians.
However, if you happen to have Astraea conjunct your Ascendant or Astraea conjunct your Midheaven or Astraea as part of a stellium or Astraea conjunct your Sun or Mars or Venus then Astraea will be an important archetype or form a subpersonality in you or the person’s psychological makeup. The inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) or luminaries (Sun or Moon) becomes the noun and Astraea becomes the adjective which describes the noun. So we might see Venus conjunction Astraea and Libra is your Sun sign or Ascendant sign so this becomes a vital conjunction. Thus we see a Venusian conjunction as ‘emphasizing the affectionate nature” of a person who is fair, pure and innocent (Astraea). Thus we describe the “socialite (ie the Venus person) railing against injustice” (this describes the Astraean behaviour of the ‘socialite’. Or the Venus person could be a ‘lover’, a ‘singer’, ‘partner’ or ‘artist’.
The major characteristics of a conjunction are drive, focus, intensity, concentration and emphasis. Conjunctions are seen to be favourable or unfavourable depending on the mix of planets, sign and house in the conjunction or stellium. Of course, they depend on the vibration or evolutionary state of the person involved. In a weak, negative or criminal Astraea conjunction person we could see no concern for justice and fairness, no purity or innocence and an inability to let go or a person who avoid difficulties, challenges or responsibility when they can. With the Sun a conjunction emphasises the self. With Mars a conjunction indicates applied energy.
ASTRAEA CONJUNCT SUN
King George III of Great Britain had Astraea conjunct Sun in Gemini in the 11th house of hopes and dreams and this was quincunxed by his Moon in Capricorn in his 6th house of health and work. His Moon was conjunct Uranus the planet of change. George was bought up by his father Frederick who was a good, idealistic man full of love for his children, good works, kindness and purity. Like his father George was an innocent man, of great fairness and beliefs in justice (Astraea). He loved growing crops, forests and gardens. That is why he was known as farmer George.
Josef Mengle Astraea conjunct sun in Pisces
Lyle Menendez Astraea conjunct Sun
ASTRAEA CONJUNCT MARS IN ARIES
Edward the VIII, who was king of England for short time from 1936 to 1937 had Astraea conjunct Mars in Aries in his first house square his Sun in Cancer in his fifth house of romance. He was a selfish, narcissistic child in his mentality (Astraea in Aries in his first house); he had no spirituality, no morals and only had affairs with married women, who mothered him, before he abdicated the throne of England to marry a conniving and unscrupulous twice-married woman. He also had spent most of WWI with a French prostitute in Paris when the general public was led to believe he was a hero on the Western Front. In his life this decadent child-man always did chose the best course of action that corresponded to his mercenary, debauched values and weak, irresponsible, money-grabbing beliefs (a challenged Astraea.) With his Astraea square his Sun in Cancer he was never fit to be a king, not even a leader of any king. His manipulative, irresponsible prissiness (Astraea) served only his own childlike (Mars in Aries) need for emotional security (Sun in Cancer) and self-indulgent, joy in love (Sun in his fifth house).
ASTRAEA CONJUNCT MERCURY CONJUNCT HYGEIA
John Stuart 3rd Earl of Bute had Astraea conjunct Mercury conjunct Hygeia all in Taurus. John Stuart was a British nobleman who served as Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1762 to 1763 under George III. He had a passion for botany. He met Frederick, Prince of Wales (father of King George III) and became a close friend to the Prince. After the Prince’s death in 1751, Bute was appointed tutor to Prince George, (who later became George III, grandfather of Queen Victoria.) Bute arranged for the Prince and his brother Prince Edward to follow a course of lectures on natural philosophy. Following the death of the Prince Frederick, Bute became close to his widow, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the Dowager Princess of Wales and they created Kew Gardens in London. It was rumoured that the couple were having an affair, and soon after John Horne Tooke (an associate of the Prince of Wales) published a scandalous pamphlet alluding to a liaison between Bute and the Princess. Rumours of this affair were certainly untrue (Astraea conjunct Mercury conjunct Hygeia), as Bute was happily married, and he held sincere religious beliefs against adultery.
John Stuart had his Chiron in Aquarius exactly square his Astraea conjunct Mercury conjunct Hygeia in Taurus. The moral purity of his Astraea conjunct Mercury conjunct Hygeia certainly was diminished by Chiron. Here slanderous words most definitely hurt him via rumours about an immoral liaison which was not true and about his role as Prime Minister.
Saturn in Leo also exactly squared John Stuart’s Astraean stellium in Taurus and exaggerated the Chironic pain of not having his voice heard. With Saturn as part of this fixed T square there was a sense of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Astraea conjunct mercury conjunct Hygeia as the apex of this fixed T square certainly created extreme injustice and unfairness (Astraea) in the mental (Mercury) wellbeing (Hygeia ) of this good man.
Germaine Greer has Astraea conjunct Mercury.
ASTRAEA CONJUNCT JUPITER CONJUNCT HECATE
Albert Prince Consort (husband of Queen Victoria of Britain) had Astraea at 9 degrees conjunct Jupiter at 9 degrees in Aquarius. Prince Albert was not called Albert the Good for nothing. He spent his short life doing good works (Astraea) on a major scale (Jupiter) for Britain and trying to be a morally good, just and fair father and husband. Here Prince Albert had a double dose of morality as Jupiter is the planet of morality, benevolence, high aspirations and judgements in law, while Aquarius is tolerant, altruistic and humane. Albert’s Hecate in Aquarius at 13 degrees also conjuncts Albert’s Astraea. With Hecate conjunct Astraea in his 6th house Albert was caring, warm, heartfelt and wise. He liked to make time in his schedule for people and their concerns. With Hecate-Astraea-Jupiter in Aquarius Albert was a powerful presence and guiding, moral force in groups of friends, family gatherings, political parties, or work-associated committees. Here Hecate in gregarious Aquarius indicates that unity brings change. Thus, his pure, precise and just empathic nature will be at heart of transitions made by groups as a force for good. At family gatherings, social events and productive group meetings Albert would be the mediator, intermediary and advocate as he was aware of undercurrents and can calm and soothe troubled times and avoid turning points that could lead your friends and colleagues down the wrong path. Albert’s Astraea does not aspect his Sun, Moon or Ascendant, but it does sextile his North Node which suggest that his purity and goodness were part of his soul path in this lifetime.
Peters Sellers had Astraea conjunct Venus
JUNO CONJUNCT CHIRON CONJUNCT ASTRAEA CONJUNCT JUPITER
Peter Sutcliffe had a stellium with Juno 14 degrees conjunct Chiron 15 degrees conjunct Astraea 15 degrees conjunct Jupiter 17 degrees, all in Libra opposite Hygeia at 18 degrees in Aries. Sutcliffe was known as “The Yorkshire Ripper’. He savagely killed thirteen women, mostly prostitutes, from 30 October 1975 onwards. He was arrested by the police on 2 January 1981. While he was incarcerated at Broadmoor Prison, he survived an attempted strangulation on 23 February 1996 and in March 1997, Sutcliffe was stabbed in both eyes by an inmate and left blinded.
Sutcliffe has a fan (funnel) chart with Ceres (the Great Mother) at 13 degrees of Aquarius in his second house of values, resources and self-esteem. This means he has an all pervasive subpersonality of the cold mother (Ceres in Aquarius). In the 2nd house Ceres placement his elf-esteem is definitely linked to his mother. The goddess Ceres was challenged to learn about true intimacy in relationships, when to be intimate and when to let go. This location of the goddess Ceres in the sign of Aquarius suggests that this is one of his central life lessons. Perhaps his mother was emotionally distant when he was young. You may have learned to cope by detaching from his own emotional needs. The process of becoming involved in an intimate relationship unconsciously sparks Sutcliffe’s childhood needs and his fear of abandonment.
Is this Ceres handle linked to Sutcliffe’s Astraea stellium? Yes. The stellium, Ceres and his other air stellium (Sun in Gemini 11 degrees conjunct Hecate 13, conjunct Mercury 14 conjunct Uranus 17 degrees) form an air grand trine with 4 planets and 5 asteroids involved. It is not a happy grand trine with many distressed archetypes: Chiron (woundedness in relationships), Juno (intense vengeful emotions in relationships), Uranus (trauma), Hecate (grief and loss ), Ceres (grief and loss) and Astraea (which here is seen as an inability to let go of images of flawed women) and Jupiter blowing all of these distressing archetypes out of proportion mentally (air grand trine).
He has a final signature of air-cardinal which means the Libra archetype dominates his persona. He has 5 cardinal planets (Jupiter, Neptune, Moon, Saturn and Venus) and he has 3 Gemini, two Libra and 3 Cancer planets. There are 5 air planets. But earth is missing totally. So, this indicates no groundedness, no common sense, no organisation. The air can be mentally balanced if it is balanced but too much becomes obsessive and he was clearly insane.
Sutcliffe has two large stelliums and one small including Moon-Saturn-Venus in Cancer and even Mars is conjunct the Midheaven, so there is extreme obsessiveness about his thoughts and actions and with Ceres as the handle or funnel the thoughts and behaviour are about women and how they damaged him.
Except for Sutcliffe’s Venus quincunxing Ceres and his Moon in Cancer conjunct Saturn there are no other venal astrological areas. Venus-Ceres suggests that Sutcliffe may have believed he was sexually undesirable and that he was an unattractive person. The Moon conjunct Saturn may suggest a depressed mother and cruel, cold family and lack of self-confidence. Saturn in Cancer is the archetype of a heart that has been walled off with concrete so he no longer feels anything. In a similar vein Sutcliffe’s 4th house of his upbringing shows horrific conditions. Eris sits in his childhood home at 6 degrees revealing rage, then Hygeia (wellbeing) at 18 degrees Aries and Admetos 19 and Hades at 25 degrees Aries. This reeks of deprivation, hardship, uncaring parents and deteriorating conditions in his life.
We actually can see Astraea’s place in Sutcliffe’s life. Astraea as an archetype is basically pure, good, innocent and fair. His Astraea in his 10th house is a very public placement for either morality and goodness or moral turpitude. He clearly enjoyed his immoral actions and he was paid back in jail for his lack of fairness to the women he killed. It seems from analysing this chart that grief and loss or an abandonment schema and a belief in his own defectiveness took over as self-sabotaging unconscious beliefs or schemas, as a result of an unfair childhood, and these self-defeating beliefs poisoned his mind so he took unrelenting revenge on ‘bad’ women.
ASTRAEA CONJUNCT JUNO
Myra Hindley had Astraea conjunct Juno. Hindley was Britain’s most hated female killer. Hindley, with her lover Ian Brady sadistically murdered six children, taping their screams, photographing their agony and enjoying their pain. They were arrested and Hindley was found guilty on 6 May 1966, life imprisonment. Her incarceration remains popular with British general public, although those campaigning for her release believe the nation is preoccupied with punishing her unjustly because she remains the last unacceptable face of crime, a female killer of children.
The first thing one notices in this chart is that it is a bucket chart with Athena in Aquarius in the 10th house as the handle. All that springs to mind is Athena as the militant women. This is echoed by her Athena opposition Mars aspect which suggests to much masculine militancy. Her Moon in Scorpio as the apex of a fixed T square squares her Mars and Athena in the 10th suggesting a great deal of violence in her childhood home. The challenged moon in Scorpio tells of an intense, jealous, vengeful, emotionally wilful person who needs to dominate. This need to dominate spills over into a ‘mentally perverted’ relationship with children as most likely Hindley’s mother dominated her. Her Sun in Cancer 29 degrees conjunct Trans Pluto and Pluto all expresses sadism. It speaks of her heart and self, living in dark realms where an inner, obsessively critical parent reigns.
Can we say that Hindley’s Astraea conjunction in Scorpio in her sixth house is connected and speaks the same language as what I have just written? Yes, I believe so. The natural Scorpionic paranoia and mistrust tainting Astraea hardly speaks of innocence, purity, moral values, ethics, good judgement and justice. All I can see with Astraea and Juno at 8 degrees Scorpio in the 6th house is obsessive need to work efficiently in a relationship that echoes one’s moral values and beliefs for justice. Perhaps Hindley felt she needed justice for being a powerless child (Astraea conjunct Juno quincunx Saturn at 9 degrees Gemini in the 12th house). Whatever the case Hindley was mentally unhinged (12th house Saturn as the ruler of the handle of her bucket chart) and the British legal system gave her due justice. We can clearly see that there is an unhealthy sense of depravity and immorality with Hindley’s Astraea being in her 6th house of health. The 12th house -6th house axis includes all types of health and consciousness.
ASTRAEA CONJUNCT ASCENDANT
Princess Ann of England, an Olympian in equestrian events and philanthropist has Astraea conjunct her Ascendant in Libra. Princess Anne has always been known as a straight shooter in her speech, but she obviously believes in fairness and justice. In 1974 a male attempted to kidnap her and he directed Anne to get out of the car, to which she replied: “Not bloody likely!” In 1984 the princess spoke about the event on TV to Parkinson saying she was ‘scrupulously polite’ to her would-be kidnapper as she thought it would be ‘silly to be too rude at that stage’. Her value is, ‘Keep me busy. I’m here to work. I’m here to do good things. I’m here to meet as many people as possible’.” It was revealed in December 2017 that Princess Anne had undertaken the most official engagements that year out of all the royal family, her mother included. So, we can see that generally people with Astraea conjunct Ascendant or Astraea in her 1st house is here to do good on earth.
ASTRAEA CONJUNCT MOON’S SOUTH NODE
Jock Bowes Lyons (the Queen of England’s maternal uncle) had Astraea conjunct South Node in Pisces sextile Hygeia conjunct Neptune in Taurus. Jock had a nervous breakdown at an early age. He was working to hard at his accountancy job in the city of London and he burnt out. He joined the Black Watch regiment in the army, but when he had to go to the Western Front, in World War I, where death was immanent any second as a soldier, he shot himself in the finger to escape army service. He unfortunately married a woman whose grandparents were cousins and two of Jock’s children were severely mentally impaired. With his South Node in Pisces sextile Neptune and Astraea he might have been just, fair, pure, precise and kind in his personality, but as far as his physical health was concerned, he was not resilient and strong. He died at age 40 in 1934. With his Admetos conjunct his South Node he appears to have had a great deal of hardship and lack of family help in previous incarnations and with his South Node in Pisces he has low self-esteem and chronic anxiety due to lack of experience in the practical world. Combined with his South Node Pisces and his Moon in Pisces his purity and high morals from his Astraea in Pisces adds to his oversensitivity and vulnerability. The fact that he has his Sun in Aries and the Sun’s ruler is Mars in Virgo indicates that while he may be a peace time soldier and accountant with great precision (Astraea) all his anxiety, lack of assertiveness and strength. We have no time for Jock’s birth so there is no house for Astraea. I wish you well in your next lifetime Jock.
ASTRAEA SQUARE MARS
If one understands one’s challenges (squares) they can be stepping stones or building blocks (squares) and to achieve this we must make decisions and take action (squares). People with cardinal squares make quick, often impulsive decisions. Those with mutable squares take varying actions which depend on the influence of others and people with fixed squares make slow and deliberate decisions and actions. Consequently, to stop aggression building up and express our energy positively (Mars square) we must make precise, morally defendable (Astraea) decisions and actions to move forward through a challenge (square).
Princess Diana Astraea in Gemini 1 degree in her fifth house of romance square Mars 1-degree Virgo in her 8th house. Princess Diana did not always show good judgment and sound moral values and reasoning in her choice of and energy she put into romantic partners and sexual affairs. However, she did bring up her children (5th house) with sound moral values, she railed against injustice and unfairness for people who were deprived due to war or poverty. She used to run, gymnasium exercise and swimming to decrease her irritability, demands and intolerance (Mars square) and before she died, she realised she could be a force for good if she went to Africa to stop land mines which were causing endless mutilation. Like Steve Irwin Diana had her Astraea in her 5th house which indicated her hatred of unfairness, even to the point of aggressive (Mars) revenge.
WHEN ASTRAEA SEXTILES
Sextiles involve two planets that are 60 degrees apart. Fire and air signs sextile each other and earth and water signs sextile each other so the archetypes of attraction, affability, ease and opportunities for cooperation and gathering of information and expression are present in a sextile. The houses, planets, asteroids and signs involved are vital in a sextile aspect. Thus, with a positive person of high awareness we could see wellbeing and sound health coming from behaviours, beliefs and values of innocence, purity, goodness and fairness (Astraea). In a weak, negative or criminal person we could see no concern for justice and fairness, no purity or innocence and an inability to let go or a person who avoid difficulties, challenges or responsibility when they can.
ASTRAEA SEXTILE HYGEIA
Bindi Irwin, the bubbly daughter of wild life conservationist Steve Irwin has Astraea in her second house of values and in Taurus. Therefore, her self-esteem revolves around her innocence and goodness. Like her father you can see that in her face. Astraea in Taurus indicates a love of the countryside and stable, dependable morality. Her Astraea sextiles her Hygeia in Cancer. Like her fatherly she also has a motherly concern (Cancer) for the innocence of Australian wildlife (Astraea) and this gives her wellbeing (Hygeia).
ASTRAEA SEXTILE MOON
Bishop Michael Curry has Astraea 00 degrees Taurus conjunct 29 degrees Gemini 7th house and Astraea 00 degrees Taurus sextile Moon 2 degrees in Pisces an emotional and heartfelt need for fairness, precise moral values, justice, goodness and innocence in our feelings. He did not hesitate to ask a number of church officials, who he knew were guilty of immorality and various crimes of corruption and paedophilia to resign when he became primate of his church. Astraea here, in Taurus is practical in their morals, thoroughly just, good in a stable manner, dependable in making fair decisions in line with not only church doctrine, but spiritually righteous decisions and he was loyal to the victims of immoral church officials. Bishop Curry with his Astraea in his 7th house believes in morality in all relationships.
Hamish Millar had Astraea sextile Sun.
Robin Williams had Astraea sextile Hygeia. Hygeia quincunx Mercury
Fred West murdered his family and buried them under his house. He had Astraea sextile Venus
Jeremy Bentham had Astraea at 16 degrees Sagittarius sextile North Node at 16 degrees Aquarius. He was the founder of the Panopticon or the first morally designed jail.
ASTRAEA IN OPPOSITION
Oppositions recognise a lack within the person who has them. Oppositions use two signs to meet the lack.
ASTRAEA CONJUNCT MIDHEAVEN AND ASTRAEA OPPOSITE NEPTUNE
Prince Charles of England Astraea 15 degrees Aries conjunct his Midheaven opposite Neptune in Libra and Astraea trine Pluto in 1st at 16 degrees Leo. Charles, as the future king of Britain, needs to be upright and have integrity in ruling the land so the amount of money the royal family receives is seen to be just. As he has Neptune in Libra, which could be said to be deception and nativity (Neptune) in relationships (Libra) opposite (conflict or the need for another) Astraea (purity, goodness and morality) conjunct Midheaven his affair with his mistress Camilla, now his wife, was a very public affair. And as Neptune in the 10th house is also glamour, his wife at the time, Princess Diana darkened Charles’s reputation and made him seem guilty of moral turpitude. Charles as king with Camilla as his wife could never be trusted. While Charles’ mother, the Queen has always been seen as the epitome of morality and justice (Astraea) Charles tries to meddle in parliamentary matters whilst the Queen does not.
ASTRAEA IN TRINE ASPECT
Trines indicate easy interactions between planets and they have natural talents and easy creativity between these planets. A trine could be compared to skiing downhill. It’s easy, inspiring, harmonious and flowing.
ASTRAEA TRINE PLUTO
Prince Charles’ Pluto conjunct Ceres in Leo in his first house trine his Midheaven and Astraea does mark him as a pure and good, innocent, moral (Astraea) king (Leo). His Pluto in his first house of Leo does indicate his ability to transform and be initiated by spiritual fire.
ASTRAEA TRINE SUN
Steve Irwin, zoologist, wildlife warrior, Australian Zoo owner. Astraea in his fifth house in Cancer. Sun in Pisces in his 1st house trine his Astraea. Pisces people are compassionate, sympathetic and dreamy. If there is anyone who loves nature it’s a Pisces Sun and with Chiron conjunct his Sun he loves to go into the wilds. He wasn’t a city dweller by nature. With Sun trine Astraea he’s an innocent and as Astraea is a justice seeker Steve was a natural wildlife warrior. His wife said when she first met him, “He sounded like an environmental Tarzan, a larger-than-life superhero guy” and he was: he was a passionate conservationist. Astraea in his fifth house made him a natural “romantic” a sort of wild man Wordsworth. He loved (5th house) justice and conservation for Australian animals and with Neptune in his tenth house he was a naturally, glamourous guy who people loved at first sight. With Astraea in Cancer he was the innocent and enthusiastic ‘great mother’ of all wild animals. Steve Irwin was criticised for having an unsophisticated view (Astraea) of conservation in Australia.
Caroline Myss has Mercury in the 12the house in Sagittarius trine Astraea in her 3rd house in Aries.
ASTRAEA IN QUINCUNX
A quincunx geometric aspect in astrology involves two planets that are 150 degrees or five signs apart. What I have found is that people with quincunxes tend to compartmentalize the two areas of life specified by the planets and points involved. When we air one of the planets or points involved in an opposition, the other planet or point feels “left out”, but the opportunities to find a balance are there in an opposition. The quincunx is a much harder aspect to merge the energies of the planets involved. But the difference between the opposition and quincunx is that there is a sense that the two quincunxing planets cannot be merged, and this is where compartmentalization comes into play. The areas of life described by the planets tend to conflict with each other, but the individual separates them either consciously or unconsciously. This is why adjustment is associated with the quincunx. Both planets/points represent distinct needs and areas of life, and it takes a great deal of energy to sort them into different compartments. Charles Manson’s Astraea quincunx shows how impossible is for some people.
ASTRAEA QUINCUNX ( CERES CONJUNCT PLUTO CONJUNCT SOUTH NODE)
Charles Manson Astraea in his 9th house in Capricorn quincunx Ceres in Leo (conjunct Pluto and South Node in his 4th house). The 9th houses symbolises the law, ethics and the lessons we learn from living. Astraea in the 9th house should be moral, good and pure but Charles Manson was one of the evillest men ever to walk the earth. Why? There was a Star Trek episode in the late 1970s where Lieutenant Yar, who was head of security on the starship enterprise. She and the Captain and some crew went down to a seemingly deserted island. She accidentally stood in what looked like an oil slick and she died instantly. The oil slick was a being who was abandoned on the planet by his family. They never came back. The abandoned being went from loneliness, to grief to anger, to hate to rage and to the need to destroy all being who came into its path. Manson was the same. He was abandoned by his mother as a child and then passed onto aunt and uncle. His mother was a criminal who came back periodically and basically all those he loved abandoned him. We see this pattern in his Pluto conjunct Ceres conjunct South Node in his 4th house. It indicates early loss of parents as a past life and present life pattern. Manson’s reaction was to become a criminal filled with hate. So, we can see the lack of perspective quincunx pattern between his 9th house Astraea which should have been good and his totally dysfunctional criminal family background with Pluto-Ceres-South Node in the 4th quincunxing his Astraea. The hate resulting from the 4th house won and all that was left in the 9th house Astraean archetype was moral turpitude which is a legal concept in the United States and some other countries that refers to an act or behaviour that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community. As such it is the shadow or lowest vibration of the Astraean archetype.
The concept of “moral turpitude” might escape precise definition, but it has been described as an “act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellowmen, or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man.” (Chadwick v. State Bar, 49 Cal. 3d 103, 110, 776 P.2d 240, 260 Cal.Rptr. 538 (1989); Sosa-Martinez v. United States AG, 420 F.3d 1338, 1341, 11th Cir. 2005)
Moral turpitude includes fraud:
• Making false representation,
• Knowledge of such false representation by the perpetrator,
• Reliance on the false representation by the person defrauded,
• An intent to defraud,
• The actual act of committing fraud, Evil intent:
• False pretences
• Larceny (grand or petty)
• Malicious destruction of property
• Knowingly receiving stolen goods
• Theft (when it involves the intention of permanent taking)
• Transporting stolen property (with guilty knowledge),
• Damaging private property (where intent to damage not required),
• Breaking and entering (requiring no specific or implicit intent to commit a crime involving moral turpitude)
• Passing bad checks (where intent to defraud not required),
• Possessing stolen property (if guilty knowledge is not essential),
• Joy riding (where the intention to take permanently not required),
• Juvenile delinquency,
• Crimes Committed Against Governmental Authority
• Fraud against revenue or other government functions
• Mail and wire fraud,
• Harbouring a fugitive from justice (with guilty knowledge),
• Tax evasion (wilful),
• Black market violations,
• Breach of the peace,
• Carrying a concealed weapon,
• Desertion from the Armed Forces,
• Disorderly conduct,
• Drunk or reckless driving,
• Driving while license suspended or revoked,
• Driving without insurance,
• Escape from prison,
• Failure to report for military induction,
• False statements (not amounting to perjury or involving fraud),
• Firearm violations,
• Gambling violations,
• Immigration violations,
• Liquor violations,
• Loan sharking,
• Lottery violations,
• Minor traffic violations,
• Operating a pirate radio or television station,
• Possessing burglar tools (without intent to commit burglary),
• Smuggling and customs violations (where intent to commit fraud is absent),
• Tax evasion (without intent to defraud),
Moral turpitude also includes:
• Crimes Committed Against Person, Family Relationship, and Sexual Morality
• Abandonment of a minor child (if wilful and resulting in the destitution of the child)
• Assault (this crime is broken down into several categories, which involve moral turpitude):
1. Assault with intent to kill, commit rape, commit robbery or commit serious bodily harm,
2. Assault with a dangerous or deadly weapon
• Paternity fraud
• Contributing to the delinquency of a minor (where sexual)
• Gross indecency
• Incest (if the result of an improper sexual relationship),
• Kidnapping and
Moral turpitude includes manslaughter:
• Involuntary (where the statute requires proof of recklessness, which is defined as the awareness and conscious disregard of a substantial and unjustified risk which constitutes a gross deviation from the standard that a reasonable person would observe in the situation. A conviction for the statutory offense of vehicular homicide or other involuntary manslaughter requires only a showing of negligence will not involve moral turpitude even if it appears the defendant in fact acted recklessly);
Moral turpitude includes
• Pandering, Prostitution
• Rape (including “Statutory rape” by virtue of the victim’s age);
• Assault (simple) (any assault, which does not require an evil intent or depraved motive, although it may involve the use of a weapon, which is neither dangerous nor deadly),
• Bastardy (the offense of begetting a bastard child);
• Creating or maintaining a nuisance (where knowledge that premises were used for prostitution is not necessary)
• Incest (when a result of a marital status prohibited by law)
• Involuntary manslaughter (when killing is not the result of recklessness);
• Failure to register as a sex offender,
• Mailing an obscene letter;
• Sexual harassment,
• Suicide (attempted).
• And Attempts, Aiding and Abetting, Accessories and Conspiracy.
Claude Bowes Lyons who was born in1855, was the maternal grandfather of queen Elizabeth of England. Claude had Sun trine Hygeia, and Astraea in Libra quincunx Sun conjunct Ceres in Pisces.
FLOWER REMEDIES FOR ASTRAEA PEOPLE
If you have Astraea in a position of prominence in a water house (12th, 8th or 4th) or a water sign (Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer0 I would like you to think about purchasing and using a bottle of “Freshwater Mangrove” Australian Bush Flower Essence. The improvements or fresh air this adds to your life are 1. openness to new experiences, new people, and shifts in perception (because perceptions are vital and we can change them) and 2. Freshwater Mangrove helps us have a healthy questioning of our traditional standards, morals, etiquette and beliefs and accept situations where there has been no justice, no fairness, no goodness, no morals, no ethicality or no purity and it has upset you.)
Freshwater Mangrove comes from East Alligator River in the Northern Territory and that is crocodile country. I lived in crocodile country in the north of Australia for 7 years between 1996 and 2004. Crocodiles are denizens of the deep, your worst nightmare and they kill many unsuspecting people. They live mostly underwater, in the mud and to me they are shadow creatures so they would belong to the 12th house and possibly Saturn (MC/10th house) and Pluto/8th house. They live in stagnant water. Can you hear what I am saying? They are prehistoric and have not changed since dinosaur times. So to me, whilst Astraea upholds the morals and justice in a world that is now beset with terrorism, child delinquency etc if we are stuck in antiquated Astraea beliefs you have an archetypal crocodile stuck in your in your unconscious and this is where the shadows of the 12th house, 8th house and 4th house act.
The other Australian Bush Flower Essence to take is Boab. Boab acts on the etheric level as well as the emotional, mental and physical levels, so it will alter your genetic imprints.
You might like to message me if Astraea is significant in your horoscope. I spent weeks finding people with prominent Astraea in their charts so she is quite rare.
Bright blessings to you from,