55 Pandora is about going where we 'shouldn't'
(according to some) and when linked with Eros, those
boundaries can be both creative and sexual. We all know the
story. Pandora was a gift from the gods, a woman fashioned
with many wonderful attributes, curiosity being none the least.
She was given to Prometheus' brother Epimetheus as a punishment
for the formers stealing the fire of Zeus and giving it to
humankind. Along with her was a box that she was NOT to open.
Of course, she did and the results were all the evils imaginable.
An original Eve, Pandora is seen as the vial creation of the
earth, the bane of all men and the source of all unhappiness,yet
her name means "The all gifted one".
The asteroid Pandora represents the principle
of impact . It impels to curiosity, restlessness,
turbulence, adventurousness, a desire to make a difference or
a splash, the urge to "be all one can be," unintended
consequences and a process of change, and often indicates many
abilities. This is very suggestive of the qualities of Aries,
the sign of Pandora's perihelion. Patriarchal distrust of female
power led to the ancient Greek demonization of Pandora and, through
her, women in general, as the ancient Hebrews and Christians
demonized her counterpart Eve. When afflicted, Pandora acts more
easily in a socially inappropriate or destructive manner. -- Mark
Where does this conjunction (about 13-18 Leo) fall in
your natal chart? Where
will you be breaking boundaries in your inner world? How will
that change the face of your outer life? Comments
on the forum welcome.
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Asteroid 339 Persephone will conjunct Eros
and Pandora at 15-16 Leo on the 15th- 16th of September. If this
links to a personal planet or angle in the natal chart, read
Persephone didn't know what hit her when she met Pluto.
Unrestrained and totally in love, Pluto placed
an irresistibly beautiful Narcissus in the midst of a meadow
for her to pick. When she did so, he erupted out of the
underworld and violently abducted her. He dashed back into
the underworld in his raging chariot, Persephone’s screams
trailing away on the wind.
They say her cries were heard in the
depths of the deepest sea. In
the underworld she is raped by Pluto and later she eats six seeds
from the Pomegranate. Receiving food in the underworld
is the same as receiving a lifetime pass. The ingestion of those
seeds sealed her fate as Queen of the Dead.
Her mother Demeter, on
the other hand, was not willing to allow that fate to go uncontested. She heard the screams and
wasted no time in finding her child. When Demeter realized
Persephone had taken nourishment from Pluto she went into a prolonged
depression causing all the world to be covered in a frosty winter. Soon
people began to starve as the world itself was covered in a death
like sleep. Finally Zeus intervened by allowing Persephone
to spend part of the year in the underworld with her husband
Pluto and part of it with her mother Demeter. In this way
the seasons are defined -- when Persephone is with her husband,
Demeter morns and the world retreats into winter. When she returns,
it is Spring
The separation from MOTHER was a vital part of Persephone's
journey. Prior, she was just an extension
of the Goddess, but now she claimed her own power as queen
of the underworld. The split also freed her up to fall
in love with Adonis! That
steamy affair created quite a jealous spat between her and Aphrodite,
both vying for the youth’s
affection. Here we have the kind of relationships where one partner
is married to someone else, or living on the other side of the
world, or in a situation that otherwise forbids the union. The
taboo element of relating moves to new heights with these asteroids
An erotic relationship begun at the time
of the Eros/Persephone (and Pandora) can break all boundaries, creating
a union based on authenticity that transcends any morality
or social code. Here we find out what is true, in the heart
and soul, separate from society or what we were 'taught' to
believe. If nothing else, it will be a journey into the depths
of your very soul! Comments
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Eros & Saturn
“The king can neither ride nor
walk, neither lie nor stand: he leans but cannot sit, and
sighs, remembering why. At the time of the change of the
moon, his pain is great. There is a lake…[and] they
bring him there for the fresh air for his painful open
wound and he calls that his hunting day. But what he can
catch there with his wound so painful would never provision
his home.” --Wolfram
Saturn is the traditional antithesis
of Jupiter. Where Jupiter
expands, Saturn contracts. Where Jupiter optimistically sees
hope, Saturn pessimistically sees despair. Where Jupiter has
only fiery vision, Saturn embodies concrete reality. Saturn is
the form, function and gravity that keeps life on earth from
floating off into the cosmos. Without Saturn, there is no physical
existence. With Saturn, that physical existence is imperfect.
Saturn, or Kronos, was born a Titan from the union of Uranus
and Gaea. Because Uranus found his offspring repulsive, he shoved
them back into the bowels of the earth as they emerged. Upset,
Gaea plotted against Uranus beseeching her children to aid her
plan. None would except Kronos who took the scythe his mother
offered and in the still of the night sliced off his father’s
genitals and cast them into the sea. From the drops of black
blood that fell to the earth sprang the Furies, goddesses of
retribution, a few monstrous giants and the Ash Tree Nymphs.
From the foaming scraps in the sea arose the wondrous goddess
of love, Aphrodite. Kronos then freed his siblings and set himself
up as king of the gods.
From the very beginning of his rule, Saturn felt fear and distrust.
He was joined with his sister Rhea, yet he so dreaded the power
of his offspring he swallowed them whole as they were born. Rhea
was not happy.
“Therefore he [Saturn] kept watch,
and did not sleep, but waited for his children and swallowed
them, and Rhea’s sorrow was beyond forgetting.”
When her sixth child was born, she handed Saturn a swaddled
rock instead of the infant Zeus and gave him to the she goat
Amaltheia to raise. Later Zeus tricked his father into drinking
an emetic that caused him to regurgitate the five siblings. While
Saturn sputtered with nausea, Zeus took control and exiled his
father to Tartaros. Much later, Zeus finally allowed Saturn to
join the heroes in a paradise at the end of the world.
It is interesting, in light of the mythology, how often those
with strong Saturn placements experience the climb to and subsequent
fall from a place of towering triumph and authority. Here Saturn
symbolizes the intrinsic need for recognition, respect and supremacy
that sits side by side with overwhelming fear and insecurity.
Saturn can represent an inner pain and apprehension residing
deep within the individual. The sign, house and aspect position
delineates the nature of that apprehension. They also describe
the power that may face the fears and turn the painful flaw to
“Saturn is connected with the educational
value of pain and the differences between external values—those
we acquire from others—and internal values—those
which we have worked to discover within ourselves. Saturn’s
role as the Beast is a necessary part of his meaning, for as
the fairytale tells us, it is only when the Beast is loved
for his own sake that he can be freed from the spell and can
become the Prince.”
Saturn has often been associated with
the shadowed side of the unconscious representing all that we keep hidden from ourselves
and others. This shadow element can be very painful to face as
it is perceived, inside or out, with contempt and disgust. It
seems to contain all the unwanted and disowned material of the
psyche, yet like the banished Saturn, it also contains the opportunity
for a golden age of inner prosperity.
It is important to remember that Kronos/Saturn
also ruled over the ‘Golden Age of Man’. Hesiod describes this time
as one of festive bliss and plenty.
“First of all the deathless gods who
dwell on Olympus made a golden race of mortal men who lived
in the time of Cronus when he was reigning in heaven. And they
lived like gods without sorrow of heart, remote and free from
toil and grief: miserable age rested not on them; but with
legs and arms never failing they made merry with feasting beyond
the reach of all evils. When they died, it was as though they
were overcome with sleep, and they had all good things; for
the fruitful earth unforced bare them fruit abundantly and
without stint. They dwelt in ease and peace upon their lands
with many good things, rich in flocks and loved by the blessed
Saturn is the lead the alchemist labored
to turn to gold. In
this metaphor, Saturn’s heavy price of pain and suffering
can, with effort and consciousness, lead to the glory and wealth
of wisdom and understanding. Our weakest point, the repulsive
flaw, may transform into a golden virtue, an attribute of distinction.
This transformation, if the tale of Beauty and the Beast be any
hint, comes quicker through the application of love than all
the hard work or assertion in the world.
Eros and Kronos
In Phoenician mythology,Eros is portrayed as the son of Kronos.
In this version, the three daughters of Uranus, Ashtart, Rhea
and Dione, are sent to destroy Saturn. Although they are his
sisters, Saturn seduces them and makes them his wives. By Ashtart
he has seven daughters and two sons, Pothos and Eros. In this
myth, as in the dethroning of Uranus that produced the goddess
of love, Saturn again brings love into the world. This is not
a traditional attribute of the sixth planet from the sun.
When Saturn is in aspect to Eros, the
opportunity to transform lead to gold may come though the medium
of erotic love. This
can mix one of the most agonizing experiences with the most exquisite
making pain hard to distinguish from the pleasure. When Saturn
and Eros meet we come to know the depths of our flaw, usually
appearing before the eyes, in full Technicolor, in the form of
the beloved other.
Eros conjunct Saturn can suggest difficulty
discerning between an experience of erotic attraction and an
experience of abject fear. As Eros awakens, so does Saturn and the initial response
can range from wise caution to absolute panic. The alarming thing
is that Saturn seems to increase, not destroy, our sense of allure
to the other. A kind of fascination develops that spirals around
a catch 22 that says the closer we get, the more we fear, the
stronger the compulsion for closeness. The magnet attunes to
captivate someone with a similar flaw and commensurate fears.
This alone can produce tremendous pain, and also tremendous growth
Eros linked to Saturn by aspect is like
the bond between Beauty and her Beast/Prince. At first,
she is terrified of the monster in prince’s clothing,
yet to save her father, also a symbol of Saturn, she offers
herself to the creature. She willingly places herself in the
Beast’s powerful domain, determined
to protect her father in spite of her overwhelming fears. The
conjunct, trine and sextile aspects may highlight this willingness
to enter the realm of Saturn through the medium of erotic love.
In this story, it is not long before the young maiden sees beauty
where others only see retched ugliness.
Where does this transit fall in your
natal chart? (20 Leo) Comments
welcome on the forum.
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Eros & the
The Muses were once deities of Spring. Like
Nymphs, they were worshiped near lakes, waterfalls and sacred
pools. Slowly they changed to demigoddess, presiding over memory
and then poetic and artistic inspiration. They were most noted
for their choir and for their songs. They also had the gift of
Hesiod said they knew “what is,
what was and what will be”. He describes their
voices as bewitching, something that pleased their father Zeus
Being a muse is a real job to this day. Fashion designers employ
them for inspiration. These employees are always women and their
sole purpose is to float around and smile, and sigh and enthuse
and encourage. They are beautiful, graceful and often have flowing
hair and soft eyes. Sometimes they indicate a design or piece
pleases them by drawing little hearts next to it. Yes, it’s
a real job and apparently well paid. The personification of the
Muses is a wonderful creative motivation. It awakens the soul
When a Muse asteroid is placed in close
aspect to a personal planet or point, the nature of
her attributes may be passed on to the native. Certainly, exploring
the academic or artistic themes suggested by the Muse would
bring a feeling of enthusiasm and fulfillment. Add
Eros and you get a bolt of passion and surprise thrown in!
Asteroid 23 Thalia is the muse of comedy, pastoral
poetry and agricultural festivals. Actor Jeff Goldblum has asteroid
Thalia conjunct his natal Moon in Sagittarius. Vivian Leigh,
staring in the film based in the rural South, “Gone
With the Wind,” had asteroid Thalia
and asteroid Eros in Libra
conjunct the natal Vertex in the sixth house. The film certainly
was a turning point in her life. (See The
Vertex) Marcel Marceau had
asteroid Thalia in Capricorn opposite the Ascendant.
Watch this transit and see what awakens
in your chart a 1 degree of Leo. Comments welcome on the forum.