Asteroids in Astrology: Pallas Athene

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. Pallas was the second major asteroid discovered. Each astronomical discovery holds a mirror to evolution for humanity (point being, I wrote ‘mankind’ and word suggested I use ‘humankind’ instead). These asteroids in particular brought an influx of feminine themed movements highlighting sexuality, healing, homing to nature, nurture, and creative expression.   Named after the goddess Pallas Athene and her variations, which are deeply rooted in Roman and Greek mythology, her depiction is of the ‘daughter’ archetype. Through ancient wisdom, life is attained through the sacred womb. It is through the dark womb of the mother life is nourished and given.  Goddess Pallas Athene however has a unique story, being she was birthed from the brain of her father, Zeus (Jupiter). The most 'logical' of the goddesses Pallas is associated with constellations, Libra, Leo, and Aquarius, all 'masculine' signs. This speaks to Pallas having an overall theme of balancing both the feminine and masculine energies within. LIBRA Libra represented by the scales illustrates Pallas’ association with mental sharpness and discernment.  Discernment is an ability to see situations and judge them from a place of balance and fairness. This requires having an inner wisdom that offers such perspective in addition to compassion and maturity. The archetypes withheld by the asteroids are not models of perfection. They are a look into the human psyche and paint an unfinished picture so the viewer can take the image the rest of the way. Each goddess holds special medicine. The medicine of Libra for Pallas would be seeing the goodness in having a partner. Libra rules relationships and Pallas Athene did not see a place for partnership in her life. She is noted for wearing a bronze breastplate covering her heart for the determination and focus required in battle. She would not be seen by the men she was mentoring as an object of affection and to assure that, many of her feminine entities were repressed. The fear of woman not being taken seriously for feminine qualities is not unheard of.  This is a parody of a corporate career woman being expected to adjust into more dominant masculine energy for the purpose of rising in an achievement driven (masculine) environment.

AQUARIUS Technically Pallas did have a mother, a titan named Metis. Pallas never met her mother for the legend says it was the ego of her father (Zeus) that made him swallow Metis so she would not deliver children in fear that if she had a son, his power would be overthrown.  He feared this because Metis herself was an extremely wise woman, he sought her quite often for counsel in times of battle. This grants itself theory to Pallas’ unconscious belief that her intellect wouldn’t jive with the man’s ego in love.   Metis has been associated with the sign Aquarius. Aquarius provides a strong vision, futuristic in nature. With the mind of a rebel willing to go against the grain because they have an inner belief in the gift and promise of evolution through higher insight. Aquarius is often referenced as the alien sign with their out of this world, beat of their own drum agenda. The medicine of Aquarius to Pallas would be to not alienate the self and become fixed for a cause. Pallas did not immediately fit in with local women because her opinions were not resonating with women of the time and she could only relate so much to the men. In a case where a man was to be killed for the unspeakable crime of killing his mother, she cast the deciding vote to see him as free to go for, if she didn’t need one, who would? As impartial as Pallas was her rejection of her mother’s influence and her own femininity warranted integration. LEO Leo on the other hand represents creativity and expression but also courage. Leo rules the Ego, functioning as a source of willpower. Pallas is a feminine archetype of facing fear. A true warrior for her inner power was under her control.  (If you are more interested in this read about her role in the slaying of Medusa).  That heart beneath the bronze plate was pure. She trusted herself and the moves she made. Such creative passion is underlined with emotion. Metis, her repressed mother, was known to put her life experiences and passions into her arts and crafts. Pallas was later honored for weaving and associated with art all the while the possible source of these qualities were her hidden mother. Pallas’ ego did perhaps show a shadow side lending the medicine of Leo.  When a girl claimed to be such an excellent weaver (even better than Athene herself), Pallas chose to come to Earth disguised as an old woman to see it for herself, when shown the undeniable talent of the girl, Pallas broke out in rage.   These astrological influences together give you what made Athene her father’s favorite, creative intelligence. Creative intelligence is embracing unknowns with confidence of solution. Curiosity aided with humility is the foundation. This creative intelligence came in handy in times of war strategy but is undoubtingly a feminine trait. Pallas is respected for her integration of fairness and truth into battle.

Pallas is linked to the Midheaven/MC where our ambitions and outward action live. The Midheaven or 10th House is one of the 4 major angles of an astrological chart, this one in particular holds much significance for how we see ourselves on the world stage. You can read more about the Midheaven here.  This vision around success is not just the native's idea of success, but an idea based on acceptance by society at large. The MC can also be seen as a patriarchal imprint that teaches us where we fit in in relation to the world and to what extent we can take it on. While Ceres shows us our relationship with women, Pallas depicts the relationship with men, more specifically the father/daughter relationship.  The repression of the inner feminine can have a multitude of causes including the perception of what is ideal or ‘appropriate’ to keep the ego comfortable which can be inherited by the father. OWL AND CROWN The Owl is the most commonly seen symbol with Pallas; representing both the Air element and Crown Chakra, this animal was very sacred to her. The owl has also been referenced to Libra.   Owls are symbols of divine wisdom, being able to see in darkness and above the head of matters. Pallas’ owl was her guide, just as her wisdom was, which is how she rose above having to navigate the world without a physical mother. The Crown Chakra very similarly stands for connection to the divine. It represents our connectivity with all that is and the gift that knowing can impart into our lives. Pallas’ openness to knowledge is what can be compared to a Vision Quest. It is worth noting that through some beliefs a change in Pallas occurred where she began to see things from a more feminine integrated position. Perhaps her owl/higher guidance allowed her to also see things a different way. Seeing the whole picture is why she is celebrated through holistic health.  Pallas is notably associated with healing, more specifically being able to heal the self through healing the mind. Through being able to break concepts down with understanding, it is possible to comprehend healing and appreciate awareness. She is associated with modalities like, visualization, hypnosis, and meditation. This warrior goddess within shows us the relationship we have with how we strategize and how we see ourselves in relation to our passions. Prominence in a natal chart denotes a heightened ability to see patterns. Use this as a reference to what house she resides in your natal chart. This could be how you navigate strategically through love, career, change etc.  

Asteroid Aspects interpreted in an Astrology Chart should not exceed an orb of 3°

Positive aspects (sextile, trine) with Pallas in the natal chart can portray an innate ability towards social inclusion. If you have been a ‘peace maker’ or have always had an affinity for fitting in with seemingly different people you may have a strong Athene influence. Conjunctions including Pallas amplify the warrior spirit in alliance with the planet or angle involved in the conjunction. Hard aspects (square, opposition) with Pallas in the natal chart for some can depict dynamics calling for integration like, for a man, suppressing creativity to be seen in alignment with the “macho” archetype and for women, believing their expression will result in rejection. Also, regardless of gender, experiencing a void between creativity and relationship and believing one must be sacrificed for the other.

We innately possess both masculine and feminine qualities. Part of embracing the divine feminine is honoring the connection we have to creation.  Those over identifying with masculine energy have an undertaking to recover feminine roots. Our conditioning plays a large role in how we see things fit, including our own identities. The divine feminine and particularly the ‘daughter archetype’ offers more than a woman’s purpose being to give birth to children and ending there. The feminine within will give birth to ideas, solution, art, healing, and connection and the more we celebrate that wisdom and integration of being where everyone and every aspect holds its own purpose, we can recognize the hidden gifts within ourselves.

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