Thursday, July 09, 2009

JUNO, Goddess and Asteroid

In ancient Rome, today, 9 July , a festival called Caprotinia, dedicated to the goddess Juno was held in favour of the female slaves. A solemn occasion during which they ran about, beating themselves with their fists and rods. Only women assisted in the sacrifices offered at this feast.

Oh really! And much fun was had by all?

In mythology Juno was daughter of Saturn and sister (but also the wife) of the chief god Jupiter, and the mother of Juventas, Mars, and Vulcan. Her Greek equivalent is Hera. ~~ From Wikipedia.

In astrology an asteroid bears the name Juno. (Glyph shown). As I understand it, Juno's position in a natal chart can give a clue as to the kind of long-term relationship a person needs.

You can test out the astrological theory by finding the postion of Juno in your natal chart at After inputting your birth data (if not already done) move to the "Extended Chart Selection" and highlight Juno from the list of asteroids there. Juno can then be pinpointed on your chart. Note the sign it's in, whether it's very close to a planet or one of the angles (ascendant, midheaven and their opposite points, which would give it extra significance); and the house it's in. Remember though that the last two positions rely knowing a correct birth time.

Astrologer Bob Marks offers some interpretations for Juno in the signs and houses.

After checking my own Juno position, I found it is conjunct natal Mercury (within a degree)and in 7th house, in Capricorn. Bob Marks' interpretation of Juno in Capricorn doesn't fit at all, but his 7th house interpretation is a good match for me. From my own knowledge of myself, and this is something I've said many, many times and which Juno's position underlines very clearly - it's this: I'm always attracted to one who writes well (Mercury-related), and really that's my one and only sure requirement in a partner (other than that he's not an axe murderer, bank robber or child molester, of course).

So there might be something interesting in Juno's position in your natal chart - it's certainly worth investigating.


Wisewebwoman said...

Oh I checked it out, T and here goes:

Juno in Leo: No, your partner does not have to be in show business, but they will tend to have showy qualities, be creative, or be very playful. On the other hand, they may be arrogant, bossy childlike, or immature, especially if Juno makes some stress aspects. In any case, give up any idea of attracting a shy, retiring type.

I've always gone for the retiring types but the most enjoyable have the playful, I must admit.


Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ If Juno is in Leo, then I think it's in your 7th house (same as mine). Look to see if it's very close to one of your Leo planets. If so, think about that planet's meaning linked to relationship. that worked better for me than the sign interpretation. :-)

Shawn Carson said...

i have such a hard time keeping all of these different goddess asteroids straight! My wife's juno is conjunct my midheaven and she is now helping to manage my business concerns. my juno is square her pluto , and i am quite certain that i frustrate her to no end!

anthonynorth said...

Some of those ancient festivals could be riotous affairs. Mindst you, I often wonder how much is fact and how much disinformation from later cultures who shunned it.

Twilight said...

Shawn ~~~ Well, I'm fairly cynical about what significance these bodies might have in a chart. Rather than throw 'em out with the bathwater, whenever one comes up, by chance I take a look.

If we took note of all the asteroids in the sky though, the baby would drown in the dratted bathwater. :-) Minimalism is best, but a brief detour now and again doesn't hurt.

Twilight said...

AN ~~~ True enough - believe half of what you see and none of what you read on-line (unless rigorously checked). :-)

Rossa said...

Well that was a fun way to pass a bit of Friday afternoon. Juno in Libra and 8th house.

Bob says I need a charming, social partner with good artistic sense. For the 8th house he's been listening to too much James Brown with his XXX Machine...way toooo much information.

As Juno is conjunct my North Node in Libra, according to Elizabeth Spring at North Node Astrology, "Serenity" is my goal for this lifetime....maybe she means like "the cat that got the cream" after the night with the XXX Machine Bob's got in mind for

Well that sure put a smile on my face...thanks for that....need a cup of tea now and a rub down with a damp edition of the Radio Times as DLT used to say on his Radio 1 Sunday morning show. (Dave Lee Travis was a radio DJ for those who don't know.

Twilight said...

Rossa ~~~ LOL! Oh my! 8th house and being "serene" just don't go together do they? It'd be fun trying to make them go though :-)

I remember DLT! Long ago and far away.