Updated: Sep 10, 2020
The four major asteroids (Ceres, Pallas Athene, Vesta, and Juno) located just beyond the personal planets (between Mars and Jupiter) are the doorways to the divine feminine, unlocking understanding, knowledge and ultimately, alignment. Just as we are composed of all the signs of the zodiac, the asteroids hold place in our energy as well, regardless of gender. They also then have a respective role in collective and human evolution. Named after the Roman goddess Juno, (/Greek goddess Hera), the wife and sister of Zeus/Jupiter; Asteroid Juno’s depiction is of the ‘wife’ archetype. Standing traditionally for marriage, the month of June was named after Juno and found appropriate for wedding season. She rules all ceremonies and celebratory moments like marriage and childbirth. Also, sacred ritual, union, and the necessity of compromise amid loyalty. Juno epitomizes the sacred qualities of one on one relationship. She is known for her undying loyalty to Zeus despite their tumultuous relationship.
Juno in astrology ideally symbolizes the person we marry or enter a divine union with. It shows us what we need to feel seen and validated and that is very dependent on the astrological sign Juno resides in your natal chart. Juno in Capricorn will need to feel supported whereas, Juno in Cancer will need to feel nurtured etc. One of the most telling interpretations of a Juno sign is how it coincides with the interests of the native’s own Venus or Mars. This may lend explanation to possible conflicts of interest in relationships. You may find something ‘missing’ when only Venus (aesthetic) or Mars (passion) is being satisfied.
Juno is a transcendence of Venus and Mars qualities for she is governed by the sign Libra, ruled by Venus, and Scorpio, ruled anciently by Mars and modernly by Pluto. Some literature names Juno as the mother of Mars. Plutonian energy is very novel here for ‘Shadow Work’ is another impending theme for entering such a commitment rich environment with another.
Through understanding Juno you can evaluate relationship patterns you have experienced in your life in reference to the partner your soul has been seeking for your highest awareness and life purpose. Our Juno partnership allows us to see ourselves in new ways that would not be accessible without it. It grants colossal perspective. Different dimensions of healing happen in relationship; though this mostly refers to a mate it can also represent business partnership. Libra- Venus and the Seventh House
The Libran influence of Juno is different than that of Pallas Athene for Juno’s scope is partnership and relating to another. Here Libra beautifies the shared environment, makes it pleasing with the other half’s experience in mind. This includes but certainly is not limited to, dressing up, self-expression through appearance, decorating the home, and any kind of aesthetic courtship one does in an attempt to connect with or be appreciated by a partner. The goal is still balance but through a different medium. The Seventh House of the astrological wheel is ruled by Libra. Libra as stated is ruled by Venus; consequently, this house represents relationship and relative projection. Projection can occur in any kind of human relation. It is when someone creates an idea or understanding from within themselves, detaches from it and then attaches it to an outside entity. An example of this would be if there is an inner paranoia about others, the responsibility of that paranoia will be put on the other person through blame as a way to separate the self from those uncomfortable emotions. Projections reveal insecurities and parts of ourselves we have a hard time integrating and accepting. It is not uncommon we choose people who fit nicely into our projections so we can continue to disown them. Also, in a karmic sense, we may choose someone who projects onto us so we can become aware of our own behavior, if we have conscious will to reach this level of awareness. The power of conscious will is self-belief and empowerment. It is the scaffolding holding up accessibility to true commitment.
Commitment is seen as a contract to some and fulfillment to another, neither parties are wrong. Commitment is a value and values can adapt and change through experience. They can also be formed from experience. Struggles with commitment may have once been a means of survival deeply imprinted. Everything has its spectrum. Internal examples of commitment difficulty are, being given free time and not knowing what to do with it or having multiple ideas of what you want to do and being unable to choose one to take action. Someone is not doomed to live a life unable to commit if they really want to. Some of the time we just really don’t believe the outcomes we consciously desire.
Another theme here is relatability. How are you in the context of ‘relatability’ to another? Do your ideals, hopes, and sufferings overshadow those of your partner? Does your own entity cloud the ability to see your partner clearly? This archetype can also speak for someone with a weakened self-identity getting lost and becoming dependent on that of the relationship unconsciously. In this case one’s own worth can become convoluted and validation is then granted solely by the partner. Seeing one’s worth through the accomplishments of a ‘spouse’ reflects this. If someone feels they may be losing themselves in a relationship, there can be resentment that leads to bitterness and distain. Interestingly though, this self-loss probably occurred before the partnership. The partnership may just have brought this to light. Juno can also characterize the widow (‘the woman after marriage’) and how someone will need to re-establish their identity after the devastating loss of a partner.
Scorpio- Mars and Pluto Most notably is the shadow side that may be brought out through relationship. There is a great opening of alchemy and transformation that can happen between two willing people. Karmic paths can be broken here through awareness. Examples of karmic traps are using children/pets/property as weaponry either to get back at a partner or to exert power over the other. Zeus had several children outside of his marriage with Juno and she took her aggression out on the children and the other women instead of Zeus himself. This is often seen today as an element of the shadow psyche. Many of these shadows come from great experiences of pain and the damage it can do even on a soul level to the person having experienced it. Another example is an attempt to gain power through manipulation of another’s vulnerability. Manipulation is always a tactic to gain a sense of power. To put it short, Juno and Zeus triggered each other. In the heavens they struck battles of rage and revenge, done by torturing the other through intentional action or words and misuse of one’s insecurities. This could be understood if one partner cannot stand being ignored and the other knows this and will ignore the other to cause pain. However, this can also be an unconscious unraveling to provide that needed awareness to the victim that he/she is still in a victimhood state of mind that is not serving their highest good and painting their emotional reality in a subjective light. The level of the issue is always evident in the availability of resolution.
Here is the thing with shadow work. It is not as conscious as it may seem to an outside party, it rarely ever is. Many times, it is seeing certain qualities in another or having external experiences bring forth these hard to see entities that have the best results. LIMITS IN LOVE Juno can represent the deep-seated fears we possess around emotional connection and dependency in relationships. These fears are mainly imprinted through life experience, but it is also possible they are acquired through ancestral/ past life-DNA activated energetic states. Fear is that of the ego, not the spiritual self and that is a very important distinction in this kind of healing journey. Fear needs to be admitted, isolated, and evaluated regardless of the source in order for definitive action and change. One of the most common threads seen with Juno is the fear of betrayal. Betrayal fundamentally deals with trust and there is a reason those in long-term fulfilling relationships claim ‘trust’ to be part of a core foundation. If one has not cultivated an inner-trust, or it has been wounded, the trust in another will never come easy no matter the loyalty. This speaks to how fears of being disappointed, objectified, and disillusioned can paint the relationship.
A change in perception needs to occur if someone is locked in a self-defeating mindset in love. Underlining limiting beliefs can have you believing if you give too little you will be thrown away and if you give too much you will be stripped of your individual power.
Juno supports awareness around domestic violence and abuse through relationship. She fights for equality and functions as a voice for those who feel powerless. Justifying abuse and putting blame solely on the self is an indication to step back and prioritize self-care, any partnership meant for you can and will wait. PEACOCK
The peacock is the animal associated with Juno. Admired for its integrity, vibrancy, and pride, the peacock pulls the attention of the viewer and inspires as much as it stuns. The symbolism lies in the beauty of showing your true, authentic self. A Juno relationship will allow your true self to come forward and feel seen.
Peacocks are symbols of new beginnings and luck. Their feathers have been inherited into ritual for clearing and refreshing. Juno was known for her own rituals and displays of loving affection, she did not shy away from expressing her feminine energy. Harnessing the ability to stomach poison like the peacock, her loyalty to Zeus was unbroken.
Juno’s association with healing is healing through union with another. The divine experience of mutual orgasm is represented by Juno and the heightened state of being that takes place in that moment. This healing is represented by the sacred connection to another obtained through sex, the exchange of life force energy. Asteroid Aspects interpreted in an Astrology Chart should not exceed an orb of 3° Positive aspects (sextile, trine) with Juno in the natal chart can window in the essence of a counterpart in the area of life symbolized by the planet. Juno trine Pluto for example can achieve transformation through partnership. Conjunctions with Juno amplify the principle of relating to another in alliance with the planet or angle involved in the conjunction. Juno conjunct Neptune can have psychic identification with their ideal of divine partnership. Hard aspects (square, opposition) with Juno in the natal chart more often than not touch on a projection or a realization of challenge with attaining inherent power necessary for braving relations with others. The purpose of this projection being, the souls wish for a person’s awakening to self-awareness. These aspects do not mean the native will have a loveless life of separation; it can be quite contrary for these themes will be a focus of pressing through and reestablishing new ways of being.
We innately possess both masculine and feminine qualities. Part of embracing the divine feminine is honoring the connection we have to creation and our life. Those over identifying with masculine energy have an undertaking to recover feminine roots. Those lost in the wounded feminine have a mission of developing inner strength and resolve. Our conditioning plays a large role in how we see things fit, including our own identities. The divine feminine and particularly the ‘wife archetype’ offer more to a woman’s purpose than being a bystander to her partner’s achievements and purpose. The feminine within yields its own light to expression, resolution, beauty, loyalty, and connection and the more we celebrate that influence and integration of being where everyone and every aspect holds its own purpose, we can recognize the gift of reunion within ourselves.