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Asteroid Hygeia is the fourth largest of the asteroids and takes 5.5 years to orbit the Sun. It was named after the Greek goddess of health, daughter of Asclepius (god of medicine). So as the personification of health, cleanliness, and sanitation, we might consider that asteroid 10 Hygeia relates to these things in astrology. Other astrologers have said as much which I will mention later.

I’ll also look at some personal transits involving Hygeia for an operation I had in 2012. I must say that the astrology does confirm the belief that she has association with health. First though, I’ll show the discovery chart and see if there is anything there which might be associated with the meaning of the name, “Hygeia”.

Asteroid Hygeia Astrology Chart

Asteroid 10 Hygeia was discovered by Annibale de Gasparis on April 12, 1849, in Naples, Italy. I could not find an exact time so have set the chart for 10 pm. Mars conjunct Neptune is interesting and must be important in this chart because it is on the degree of the previous Solar Eclipse. Neptune does rule illness and Mars pain, and they make a quincunx aspect to asteroid Hygeia. The quincunx is an aspect of health, usually some imbalance. Mercury, the messenger of the gods, is also important because it is on the degree of the preceding New Moon, both opposite asteroid Hygeia.

So there are opposing forces to contend with, some difficulty in getting her message across. That makes sense, we know what’s good for us but how many of us refuse to listen to good health advice? Mercury conjunct Saturn implies a serious message but also difficulty getting it across. Mercury conjunct Saturn can also mean depressing news, or melancholic thoughts, and that tends to be what we think when being lectured about health issues. This conjunction can also mean we fear knowing something, or fear the worst, in this case hypochondria. More melancholic thoughts and even fear of poison comes from the North Node on the fixed star Zosma.

Asteroid Hygeia Astrology Chart

Asteroid Hygeia Astrology Chart

Venus in The Pleiades is associated with sickness by Robson, and Venus is opposite Chiron, the wounded healer. Although I have guessed the discovery time, it must have been around then as discoveries in those days had to be made at night with a telescope. Within a couples of hours either side of 10 pm, the Moon was on the fixed star Ras Alhague, the brightest star in constellation Ophiuchus (Asclepius), the father of Hygeia. He holds the Serpent of wisdom and healing, and this is how Hygeia is depicted in ancient sculptures and artworks. Ebertin says that this star makes one:

especially prone to infectious contamination caused by toxins. People thus influenced are easy-going in the use of medical drugs, hallucinatory drugs stimulating foodstuffs, too much good living and overindulgence in tobacco and alcohol.

Astrologers on Asteroid Hygeia

As I mentioned in the introduction, astrologers have made the link between asteroid Hygeia and health. Loni Haas say asteroid Hygeia:

represents our attitude and belief system concerning health and fitness awareness. Hygeia also rules sanitation and the valuable role hygiene and diet play in health maintenance. She often shows up by transit or appears on a major angle when an individual is experiencing a health issue…Hygeian influence is felt among dieticians, physical fitness educators and teachers, dental hygienists, mental health facilitators who embrace the mind/body connection, holistic practitioners, sanitation inspectors, environmentalists, and preservationists who believe keeping the Earth clean and pollution free.

Jeremy Neal makes a good argument for Asteroid Hygeia ruling Virgo and the 6th house:

if we are burning the candle at both ends, drinking too much, eating junk food and not washing enough we are offending Hygeia, and her judgement will be handed down in the form of illness, disease, degeneration and habitual instability. This is why Hygeia and the 6th house are a perfect fit; it is why Virgo and Hygeia are very comfortable together. Here is the exact kind of specific, attentive, habitual, nutritional and service-minded concern that is so beloved of Virgo. Virgo is Hygeia.

Asteroid Hygeia Keywords

Health, hygiene, tradition and natural medicine, doctors and healers, disease, illness, toxins, fear of poison, fear of doctors, fear of medical results, hypochondria, hesitation to get checkups, operations, misdiagnosis, drug abuse, diet, worrying about the health of family and friends.

Personal Experience

I wrote this when I first published this post on 15 February 2012: Earlier today I went to hospital for a colonoscopy and gastrectomy (probed in both ends), because I had a test a few months ago which was positive for blood in my poo. I looked at the charts and there were obvious indicators like Uranus on my Chiron and Neptune opposite my Mars. I included asteroid Hygeia out of interest and it was most interesting. When I had the test, asteroid Hygeia was on the fixed star Ras Alhague (her dad), and transiting Pluto was square my Hygeia. When the doctor told me the results, Hygeia was conjunct Mercury (health news), both on my Ascendant. When I had the operation today, Hygeia was conjunct the Midheaven and sextile my Hygeia.

Find Asteroid Hygeia in Your Chart

1. Create your chart HERE.
2. Choose “Extended Chart Selection”.
3. In “additional asteroids or hypothetical planets”, add 10.

132 thoughts on “Asteroid Hygeia

  1. Thanks for the reminder that Hygeia conjuncts this Gemini New Moon, square Neptune. I’ve been suffering a persistent mental fogginess and general anxiety for a couple of days, which is uncomfortable and unfamiliar. The only natal points being aspected are asteroids at 8-9 Gemini ~ The Moirae, Ophelia, Circe, Nemesis ~ indicating psychic healing pressure points.

      • The impact on my daughter’s Virgo stellium’d chart (as I know you also have) is notable. She’s studying astrology herself now; is recovering from considerable trauma last year when Chiron opposed her Virgo Mercury @ 10, and now we have Hygeia in this new moon squaring the same degree, with Neptune of course almost opposite.

        We’re working closely together in her research and networking in astrology; she’s drawing imaginative pictures, and we’re thinking of running away from home to the beach for an un-scheduled breather !

        Her beau of 9 months just broke up with her for no particular reason. A rough time on her 16yr. old mind, but she’s a tough cookie.

        Thanks so much for sending up Hygeia for our examination !

  2. Excellent report Jamie! You do not have problem getting through with your message about Hygiea, as poor Hygiea does! It rings very true what you are telling about her! Maybe I thinks so, because my birthday is like hers on the 12th of April ( well a century and couple of decades later lol) and I have a very heavy virgoian influence in my chart! (inner and outer planets) Thanks Jamie very convincing! And I hope you are doing better health-vise!

  3. Ouch! I just noticed that transiting Hygiea conjuncts my progressed Sun, Moon and Jupiter squaring transiting Neptune! Ohh the enlightenment of it! My father and brother are in a very poor health in the past few years, my brother was in a hospital (in and out a couple of times) last year and my father is in there now! And I m just going through some emotional pain since the past few years thanks to Neptune , which kind of screwing with my brain (mercury = pr. Sun Moon Jupiter in Gemini!) At least I ave found an explanation for all of this, which at least should help with healing. If nothing else at least my mind! Thanks Jamie!

  4. Great news Jamie! I’m very happy for you.

    I also have Hygeia very prominent – in my 6th exactly opposite Venus. This last month was my Hygeia ‘return’ and I spent most of May with no energy, and anemia. Glad it’s moved on, and thanks for the article.

  5. Jamie, will you extend your personal experience with Hygeia (either here or in another article) including aspects and its position in your chart? I know, this may not be the best time for doing it – heck, I know you need rest from all of this and damn do I wish you rest well. What I mean is a paragraph-by-paragraph description of how it worked in your chart, with your health, etc. I love reading personal accounts – who doesn’t :P – and since it is *your* personal account, you can say much about it. Get well soon Jamie! =]

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