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by Nona Gwynn Press

(Reprinted and updated from the AST SIG newsletter, GAIA, Vol. V, No. 3)

The biggest breakthrough in astrology, since the Babylonians first went up on a ziggurat to observe the night sky, is the realization that the asteroids, like the planets, are significant. The planets and angles are not enough to describe the complexity of our lives and psyches. The asteroids with specific names of people, places and concepts are needed to tell who, where and what it's all about. We, the members of the AST SIG, are dedicated to attaining and communicating knowledge of these far from minor minor planets. The AST SIG now has all the asteroids that have been discovered and named (Mark Pottenger's CCRS asteroid program), and anyone who wants to observe more deeply should have all these asteroids in, at least, his or her natal chart. If you have Mark's program with all the asteroids, you can cast them yourself. If not, the AST SIG offers your "Personal Asteroid Positions" at 10 cents per 100 asteroids , an outstanding bargain. If you want to start with just a few, we also have 100-year ephemerides for particular asteroids, which members receive at reduced prices.

Maybe you're wondering how you'd fit or delineate all the asteroids in your chart. The answer is you don't have to. Mark's program lists these planetoids and their positions at a particular date, time and place, alphabetically and zodiacally. I recommend both lists because, with the alphabetical list, you can look up which ones have names of people, places and other entities that are important to you, and, with the zodiacal list, you can see which ones are highlighted by being exactly conjunct your personal points, planets, or name asteroids. (I consider exact aspects to be from one degree to the next -- a position at 5 degree aspects one at 4 degrees -6 degrees . In the 45 degree sequence, if the 5 degree position is in the cardinal signs, it aspects one at 19 degrees -21 degrees of the fixed, and so on.) As for delineations, the discoverer's intended meaning, and other meanings and associations of the asteroid names, are the key to the delineations. You can look up the citations, telling for whom or what each asteroid was named in the Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, 5th ed., by Lutz D. Schmadel (Springer-Verlag, 800-777-4643, You can also read about the procedure I have found most fruitful, as elucidated in the meanings of 47 asteroids in my New Insights into Astrology (offered at a special price to AST SIG members).

I've discovered that an asteroid with a name the same as, or similar to, the name of a person, place or concept represents that entity in natal, progressed and transit charts. The first name represents the personal identity; the middle name, the hidden identity; the family name, the family identity; the married name, the marriage identity; the nickname; the informal identity.

What about the addition of planetoids as more are discovered? The asteroid with the name that is closest in sound or meaning will be descriptive, even if it is not exact. Other asteroids whose names are close will be relevant. If later an asteroid is discovered and given the exact name, it will, with its more specific descriptiveness, augment, rather than cancel, the significance of the less exact asteroids.

For instance, in 1990 I cast the chart of a woman, including a list of her birth positions for 942 asteroids (the number in Mark's asteroid program at that time). In April 1997, she married a man whose first name is Paul. In the native's chart, the asteroid with the first name of another person represents what the personal identity of that person means to the native. I looked in the bride's old list and saw there was no Paul, but there were Paula and Paulina. Her Paula is at 7 degrees Cancer 54' and her Paulina is at 18 o Gemini 50', both in the 9th house. The 9th house position is appropriate because the new husband is not only a Sagittarian, but a foreigner, a salient factor in the relationship. However, almost 95 years after Paulina and almost 50 years after Paula, an asteroid was discovered and named Paul. I cast all the asteroids, and this woman's Paul is at 28 degrees Sagittarius 28'R in the 3rd house. The Sagittarian sign reflects the foreignness and Sagittarianness precisely, and the Paul is at the midpoint of the Paulina and Paula, by an opposition. Also equaling her Paula/Paulina midpoint are her Lunar Nodes (close relationships) and her Frigga (the Norse goddess of marriage). I've found that the particular mythology gives greater insight into the expression of the asteroid in the chart. Norse mythology (like the Teutonic of which it is part) is militant, while Greek mythology is archetypal, and Roman mythology, practical.

In the analysis of the placement of an asteroid, as well as of a personal point or planet, I include the degree position, relating that number to the natural zodiac's corresponding house, sign and ruling planet. Therefore, 1 correlates to the 1st house, Aries and Mars, and so on, until 12, which correlates to the 12th house, Pisces and Neptune. A number above 12 is reduced to a number from 1-12 and equated to the natural zodiac's corresponding house, etc. Zero is the number of the void, which there is often the need to fill. When 0 is added to a number, the power of the void is added. Accordingly, the bride's 7 degree placement of Paula would relate to the husband; the 18 degree position of Paulina would reinforce the 9th house foreignness and Sagittarianness (1+8=9); and the 28 degree, placement of Paul would relate to the more Saturnine parent (2+8=10).

As mentioned, the intended meaning -- for whom or what the discoverer named the asteroid -- is relevant to the interpretation. According to Dictionary of Minor Planet Names , Paul was named for the discoverer's son-in-law; Paula, for the discoverer's wife; while the intent for Paulina is unknown. This dictionary doesn't tell us about the two people for whom Paul and Paula were named, but there are family connotations with both being named for family members. The bride's Paula is at 7 degrees Cancer, 1 degree plus minutes from her Midheaven, and this new husband (7 degrees) does have associations to her family (Cancer and Midheaven). Among these associations is the fact that her father was a foreigner. An interesting connection to this woman whose Paul, Paula and Paulina we are analyzing is that the maiden name of her mother is a modification of Thomas , and this dictionary tells us Paul was discovered by N. G. Thomas.

Other meanings, such as definitions, are also relevant. The derivations and variations of the names, I've found, give greater detail as to the meaning of the particular asteroid. Paul, Paula and Paulina all mean "small," which can be literal or figurative. Paul is derived from the Latin Paulus, as are Paula and Paulina. Like the Roman mythology, a Latin derivation is associated with practicality and fortitude. (Language, like mythology, derives from the culture which has created it.) Paula is the feminine Paul, while Paulina is a Spanish variation of Paula. An asteroid with a feminine name has a softer quality. (Of course, the feminine quality is not limited to women.) A softer quality is also brought by the Romance language variation, so Paulina, being feminine and Spanish, is doubly gentle.

Other associations are famous namesakes such as St. Paul , particularly for the asteroid Paul, and St. Paula, particularly for the asteroids Paula and Paulina. St. Paul was the apostle, known as Saul before his conversion on the way to Damascus . He was a great thinker and writer. The new husband Paul is a scholar, who wrote his dissertation on female saints. St. Paula was the wife of the Roman senator Toxotius. After being widowed, she had a conversion and, guided by St. Jerome , built a monastery, convent and pilgrims' guesthouse. Like St. Paul, she was a scholar. The woman we are discussing was a widow when she married her present husband. After being widowed, she had returned to college and gotten a degree, enabling her to work with the sick and infirm. The woman's relationship to the principle of Paul -- its meaning, definition and other associations -- as well as to someone with the name of Paul, is shown by her position and exact aspects of the so-named asteroid.

Much more could be said -- the exact aspects tell more of the story -- but from this brief analysis it can be seen that the addition of the exactly named asteroid just brings the interpretation into more exact focus.


Now that I've answered your trepidation about all the asteroids, I hope you'll either order them from the AST SIG, Roxana Muise, AST SIG, P.O. Box 3948, Lacey, WA 98509-3948; 360-456-7836; fax 360-456-7837; FOR FURTHER DETAILS, CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ASTSIG WEB PAGE ON THIS SITE; or order the asteroid program from Mark Pottenger, 3808 49 th Street, San Diego, CA 92105; 619-563-5140; fax 619-284-2919; You have only knowledge to gain -- of yourself and the other people, places and concepts in your life.




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