Alexandre Cabanel , The Birth of Venus. 1863
Eros Transit through Cancer
by Kim Falconer
is a form of genius--is higher, indeed, than genius,
as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts in
the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection
in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
the sign of Cancer on
July 27, 2006 and travels there until August 28, 2006. This
period sees the conjunction of asteroid 433
Eros to the 0
Degree Aries Point on the 27th, Lust
on July 28th,
the opposition with Pallas Athene on
and the opposition with Hygiea
on the 13th of August. Check
the ephemeris below and see where these transits fall in your natal
chart! Also read about Eros decans and Eros
Out of Bounds.
the sign of Cancer by
crossing the Zero
Degree Aries Point on
July 27th and transits rapidly through this sign until
the 28th of August. What does this mean, to have Eros
express through the sign of the Sea Crab? What can happen
when the god of love links with Mother Night? Will it be
a particularly creative time?
deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is
the experience of receiving and bearing." --
Rainer Maria Rilke
the principal of water—life giving, emotive, sensitive.
The water signs are the psychic sponges of the zodiac, taking
on the momentum and hue of their immediate environment. The
natural seat of Cancer is the fourth
house, ruling anything that encloses and protects—the
home, family, emotional security, parents, womb and the end
of all matters.
the symbol of the crab, Cancer
can be mute, circumnavigating its desires as opposed to taking
the direct route. The intuition is keen and the psychic sensitivity
strong. The need here is to experience life through the feelings,
merging energy to find no space where one thing ends and another
begins. Clearly, these aspects of Cancer are compatible with
the desires of Eros!
is ruled by the Moon, mother goddess
of the night. This luminary oversees home, family, nurturing,
feelings, survival and intuitive perceptions. She symbolizes
creativity, sensitivity, fluctuation and the non-rational—the
place where all experiences are filtered through the latent
and hidden realm of the unconscious: dark, mysterious, unknown.
we find this sign in the horoscope is where we need to nurture,
protect and feel an emotional attachment. Eros wants to merge,
create and transform and in this sign, he wants to hold on
to a sense of security, connected-ness and natural belonging.
Cancer longs to express emotions and when this sign says I
we must fill in all the blanks: I feel what? Do you know?
and comfortable with intimacy—and sometime voracious
in appetite—Eros in Cancer has
a great capacity for emotional closeness. This sign is genuinely mothering, supportive and
receptive, possessive and ruthlessly primitive. Cancer must
give to feel needed and receive to confirm the free flow of
emotional energy between others.
Eros enters CANCER, he crosses the AP. Those
with planets or point close to zeros degrees (AP), take
Point is associated with collective
experiences, this transit may link to the exposure of "hidden love",
especially if it contacts a natal planet or point at zero degrees
of a CARDINAL sign. Feelings kept secret, even from ourselves,
rise up and demand acknowledgement. Clandestine affairs may
be revealed, passionate artistic endeavors awarded, or transformational
relationships recognized in the public eye. Issues of social
pressure and the expectations of THEY could press us to make
choices for or against out heart's desire.
will Eros be in your chart as it transits CANCER? What aspects
will it make and what natal configurations will it “trigger” in
the next 34 days? Remember, the need is to express feelings,
find security and bond on a deep level in the area of life
represented by the house(s) Eros transits and the planets touched
off at this time. The following table of Decanates and ephemeris
will help pinpoint other significant days.
Those with natal,
progressed or Draconic planets at CRITICAL degrees
of the the Cardinal signs—0,
13 &26—may notice
the transit of Eros over theses points particularly as matters
come to a head. (Comments
and experiences on critical degrees welcome on the forum!)
It may be mentioned that these influences (decanates)
are real and actual in their natures, quite as much so
as those of the signs.
The elements of the signs are divided into decans,
or divisions of 10 degrees. There are several traditional
ways to assign the decanates--the following being my favorite.
Here each sign is divided into three
lots of 10 degrees, the first taking on the nature of the
sign itself. The second decan takes on qualities of the next
sign in its element and the third taking on the subsequent
sign of its element. The sub-rulers, and their aspects to
other planets and the original sign ruler, are always important
to 9 59 Cancer:The
first decan of Cancer is pure WATER, cardinal, unconscious, emotive.
It responds to life through the feelings, not the intellect.
Very receptive and often shy unless there is a strong nuance
of strength (prominent Mars). Acute survival instincts. Gives
to feel love.
to 19 59’Cancer: The
second decan of CANCER combines the Moon with PLUTO/MARS. The mystical
and occult interests are strong. Very willful, and not nearly so
shy! Needs erotic experience to feel loved and nurtured. Capable
of deep intuitive insights and intense focus.
20 to 29 59' Cancer: The
Neptune/Jupiter decan of CANCER increases the need to express
passion, compassion and divine union. Extremely emotional and
conducive to psychic development and paranormal perceptions.
Neptune sensitizes an already hypersensitive sign and Jupiter
expands expands it, giving it confidence.
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Out of Bounds by Declination!
Eros is running Out-of-Bounds by Declination
(29 degrees '29 currently (July 27th) to 23 degrees 27' (August
Out-of-bounds planets are any that have
a declination greater than 23 degrees 27’.
The declination is the angular distance of a planet north or south
of the celestial equator. Out-of-Bounds
simply means “outside
of the boundary of the ecliptic”, or the path of the earth’s
orbit around the sun. (This is the apparent path of the sun through
the sky.) Because of the tilt of the earth’s axis, the sun
appears to stay within 23 degrees 27’ north of the equator
and 23 degrees 27’
south of the equator. Anything “outside” of that is considered
What does it mean to have
Eros beyond the ecliptic by declination? We know that out-of-bounds personal
planets in the natal chart act in more EXTREME ways. They are on
the edge—beyond the boundary. They express beyond the normal
parameters because their energy is excessive and zealous in nature.
It is really “out there”.
“I've found that
generally the higher the degree of declination, the more pronounced
the effect of the out-of-bounds planet will be, whether this is
expressed in terms of greater accomplishment for the native or
in some type of abnormal behavior.” –Pamela
her complete article on Out-of-Bounds Declinations.
can be extreme creative expression, extreme passion, extreme
delusion or extreme degradation. The operant word, of course, is
extreme. Out-of-bounds does nothing in halves and when you have
a body like Eros in the extreme, you can start to get the picture
of what this might mean. After all, Eros creates chaos at the
best of times!
Eros flies over
the earth and over the loud-roaring salt sea and bewitches the
one on whose frenzied mind he darts, winged and gold-gleaming,
he bewitches the whelps of the mountain and those of the sea, what
the earth brings forth and what the blazing sun looks down upon,
and likewise mortal men. --Euripides*
What might be that “bewitchment”
when Eros knows no bounds?
As you might guess, people with
an out-of-bounds planet tend to know no boundaries and accept no
limits. Often there's no stopping them. This can result in boundless
creativity and success, allowing the native to go way beyond the
potential that one might normally expect. However, an out-of-bounds
planet can also be negatively expressed, leading to abnormal or
unstable behavior which is outside the accepted standards of society.
Its energy can indicate a tendency toward mental one-sidedness
or at the very least create a lot of pressure and stress in an
individual's life. –Pamela
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Lust is about joy, beauty and enthusiasm for the
'other' be that a creative project, individual or ideal.
The asteroid was named for it's discoverer, whose family name
was Lust. The word is derived from Old-English term for desire,
originally from a Germanic which also originated
High German lust meaning 'wish, desire'. This asteroid seems
to be about a Lust for Life and passion for connection.
Lust can also haves feelings
that takes control of us! Certainly we are finding a lot of significant
Lust contacts in synastry charts. Lust seems a reliable
indicator of attraction, at the least. Mix it up with the
conjunction to Eros on the 28th of July (they have been
traveling neck and neck for weeks!) and we might find one very
strong love potion.
There is a (lengthy) article on the name
asteroids and Lust in the charts of Bill Clinton et al. It’s worth a read.
Jacob Schwartz has a good style and gets his ideas across on
how these asteroids function in the natal charts!
interested in exploring this further, please visit the forum!
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& Divine Strategist Pallas Athene
Each of the FOUR MAJOR asteroid goddesses
represents an aspect of the feminine—an aspect
of inner relationship to the anima—that is meaningful
to both men and women. When strong by house placement, sign
or aspect in the chart and especially when linked with Eros,
greater understanding of our relationship needs can be gained
by their study.
Ah, would that flashing-eyed Athena might choose
to love thee even as then she cared exceedingly for glorious
Odysseus  in the land of the Trojans, where we Achaeans
suffered woes. For never yet have I seen the gods so manifestly
shewing love, as Pallas Athena did to him, standing manifest
by his side. If she would be pleased to love thee in such wise
and would care for thee at heart, then would many a one of them
utterly forget marriage.” --Apollodorus
Eros oppose Pallas Athene on the 30th
of July at 3 degrees of Cancer-Capricorn. What does this mean, particularly if it aspects
a planet of point in the natal, composite or progressed chart?
Athene’s brand of love was protective,
supportive and reportedly asexual. She also was, at heart, very much her father’s daughter. Leaping from the
wound in Zeus’s head after Hephaestus, or perhaps Prometheus, split it
with an axe, Athene was born full grown, dressed in golden armor and screaming
a war cry. She proceeded to protect heroic men, guard the city of Athens and
was worshiped as the goddess of war-craft, strategy, craftsmanship and wisdom.
Unlike other Olympians, Athene was completely trusted by her
father Zeus. She even got to use his thunderbolts and aegis.
She holds no resentment towards him for swallowing her mother
Metis, goddess of wisdom, and seems to reserve her attachments
and allegiance to the king of the gods alone.
Born without a mother, Pallas Athene is in some ways a magnificent
and beautiful extension of Zeus, representing pure intellect
untouched and uncontaminated by the corporeal. His favorite
child, Zeus indulges her every wish, even in the face of censure
from the other Olympians.
Just as Pluto/Hades may be seen as a phallic representation of
the matriarchal principal of death and regeneration, so Athene
may embody a female image of the masculine principals of rational
thinking, will and intellect. She is a representation of objectivity,
fairness and justice. The power of her sword is as keen as
the cutting edge of her mind and she was often called to arbitrate
disputes, her impartial decisions being final. Athene takes
us out of the world of raw instinct and desire, educating us
to the realm of objective thought, unbiased choice and organized
strategy. Pallas Athene, although regarded as femininely beautiful,
is an androgynous figure, a goddess at home in the masculine realm. Athene was
also adamantly chaste.
Her avoidance of sexual
intimacy with men or gods appears different
from other virgin goddesses who, although they aligned themselves
with no man, they still enjoyed the passions of lovemaking
and rearing the resultant offspring. Athene, by most accounts,
never gave birth and had no direct descendent. Although she
shunned intimacy, she was loved and pursued by Helios, Hephaestus and some say
Hercules. None of these gods or men triumphed and never, it seems, did Eros or
Aphrodite cause her to fall in love, at least not in the traditional sense.
Portrayed as sexually
celibate, Athene was passionate about her
crafts, battles and the heroes she protected. She is reported
to have transformed the blood of Medusa into a healing potion
and is associated with the medicinal arts. Creative, multitalented
and dedicated, Athene may not lay with man or god, but she
does not withdraw from them either. She seeks the company of
men and relates to them as their divine counselor, protector
When Eros aspects Pallas
Athena meet , love’s passionate desires may
erupt in the form of creative inspiration, devotion and a longing
to transform through intellectual expression. Compatible signs
and aspects such as the trine and some conjunctions may express
though burning inspiration, new ideas and the urge to develop
Sometimes, especially with the opposition,
Eros and Athena can clash. There can be a tendency to keep the
romantic side of life completely separate from the creative or
work life because they seem so divergent. One can provoke and
stimulate the other, yet finding a way to integrate the two may
be challenging. A woman with Pallas Athena exactly conjunct the
Ascendant in Leo square Eros in Scorpio led two completely separate
lives. By day, she wrote screenplays and other literary works
and was seen by her coworkers as devoted, brilliant and celibate.
By night, her secret life revealed a propensity for young men,
enjoying erotic pleasures at her own discretion yet never letting
the two worlds overlap.
Check were this transit is occurring in your natal chart!
interested in exploring this further, please visit the forum!
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Eros & Hygiea
According to Greek Mythology, through his marriage with Epione,
which in Greek means 'soothing' and who was known as a healer,
Aesclepius fathered many children. One of his daughters was Hygiea
(Roman: Salus), the goddess of health and welfare with whom the
word 'hygiene' originates.
Hygiea is usually depicted with a serpent drinking
from a cup held in her hand. This has become the internationally
recognized symbol of Pharmacopeias, where the bowl represents
medicine and the snake potency. Hygiea is associated with the
maintenance of health, specializing in prevention, as a sort
of physiognomy or person who takes care of healthy people and
assists them in maintaining well-being.
Astrologically, this asteroid is linked to medical concerns,
health studies and the support of well-being. It is a strong
indication of health and fitness.
The conjunction with Eros might activate
the energy of Hygiea in surprising ways. There could be passionate or creative awakenings
during routine health or dental check-ups! It would certainly
be interesting to note who pops into the gym or joins the sports
team or spa this month. If the conjunction occurs on a personal
planet or point between 13 and 17 degrees of Cancer, one may
be an antenna for this energy.
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From Swiss Ephemeris
Date Eros LONG DECL |
26 Jul 2006 | 29 ge 35 29°31
27 Jul 2006 | 0 cn 27 29°29
28 Jul 2006 | 1 cn 20 29°26
29 Jul 2006 | 2 cn 12 29°22
30 Jul 2006 | 3 cn 5 29°18
31 Jul 2006 | 3 cn 58 29°14
01 Aug 2006 | 4 cn 51 29°09
02 Aug 2006 | 5 cn 44 29°04
03 Aug 2006 | 6 cn 37 28°59
04 Aug 2006 | 7 cn 30 28°52
05 Aug 2006 | 8 cn 23 28°46
06 Aug 2006 | 9 cn 16 28°39
07 Aug 2006 | 10 cn 10 28°32
08 Aug 2006 | 11 cn 3 28°24
09 Aug 2006 | 11 cn 57 28°15
10 Aug 2006 | 12 cn 51 28°07
11 Aug 2006 | 13 cn 45 27°57
12 Aug 2006 | 14 cn 38 27°48
13 Aug 2006 | 15 cn 32 27°38
14 Aug 2006 | 16 cn 26 27°27
15 Aug 2006 | 17 cn 21 27°16
16 Aug 2006 | 18 cn 15 27°05
17 Aug 2006 | 19 cn 9 26°53
18 Aug 2006 | 20 cn 4 26°41
19 Aug 2006 | 20 cn 58 26°28
20 Aug 2006 | 21 cn 52 26°15
21 Aug 2006 | 22 cn 47 26°01
22 Aug 2006 | 23 cn 42 25°48
23 Aug 2006 | 24 cn 36 25°33
24 Aug 2006 | 25 cn 31 25°18
25 Aug 2006 | 26 cn 26 25°03
26 Aug 2006 | 27 cn 21 24°48
27 Aug 2006 | 28 cn 16 24°32
28 Aug 2006 | 29 cn 11 24°16
29 Aug 2006 | 0 le 6 23°59
by Kim Falconer
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represented by the sign of the Crab, or Karkinos in Greek.
The image is mute, aquatic, and incredibly armored on
the outside, unbelievably soft on the inside. The
constellation of Cancer lies between Gemini and Leo and
is Babylonian in origin. The ancient Egyptians called
it the “Two Turtles", or sometimes a water
creature known as the Allul. Some refer to Cancer as
a lobster or crayfish, but mostly it is known as The
Chaldeans associated this region of the heavens with
a crab because these creatures walk sideways and then
backward, rather like the Sun appears to move as it reaches
the Solstice and turns Southward. Possibly associated
with a similar belief, the Ancient Egyptians thought
of this area of the sky as a scarab, in reference to
their concept that an invisible celestial scarab beetle
pushed the Sun across the heavens.
of Cancer was also referred to by some ancient philosophers
as the "Gate of Men" through which,
so it was said, the souls of people descended to Earth
in order to enter human bodies.
To the Ancient Japanese,
who regarded the grouping as a "lump of souls," the
Beehive Cluster was a truly terrifying sight. Quite
possibly, Cancer's only claims to fame is inclusion in
the Signs of the Zodiac and the beautiful Praesepe (meaning "hive," "crib"
or "manger"), also known as the Beehive Cluster.”
crab was one of Hera’s animal and she used it in
her attempt to thwart Hercules in his second labor. She
had organized the Hydra to destroy him, and when that
wasn’t working, she commanded a giant crab to pinch
his toes. The attempt to distract Hercules didn’t
work. He crushed the crab and decapitated the Hydra,
completing the labor. Hera wasn’t happy, but she
recognize the guts and
took for Crab to attack. She placed his image (and the
Hydra’s) in the Stars to honor the creature. Why
was Hera so down on Hercules?
This part of the story
associates with the image of Mother, Cancer’s archetype.
Hera hounded the mighty Hercules because he was the illegitimate
son of her husband, Zeus, king of the gods. Zeus had
an affair with Alcmene, (among myriad others). The result
of this union was Heracles (or Hercules to the Romans).
Ironically, it was because of his problems with Hera
that Heracles became the most famous of Greek Heroes.
Of course, this union and offspring with Alcmene
did not go over well with Hera. She wanted nothing less than
to vent her rage and destroy Hercules, whom Zeus loved,
but because he was king on Mt. Olympus, she couldn’t
do so directly. Instead, she gave him 12 impossible labors,
each of which he achieved. The second labor made the
image of the Crab immortal.
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