Asteroid Hygeia

New Moon May 2014Asteroid 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

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3. In “additional asteroids or hypothetical planets”, add 10.

132 Responses

  1. Vicki M says:

    Sending healing vibes from Florida your way! Get well soon, Jaime! :) From a fellow Sept 68er

  2. Uberqueenofwands says:

    Hooray for Jamie! I hope the chemotherapy is not needed as it’s so toxic and creates it’s own set of problems. This is really good news.

  3. Uberqueenofwands says:

    Re hygeia, I have her conjunct Neptune. Water is a huge healer for me. I positively revive when immersed in water! I can sped hours in a bath, shower, swimming, I use lots of filters, magnetic rods etc to improve my tap water. I’m also a great listener when people are ill.

    • Dragonfly says:

      very cool – I feel the same way about water but Hygeia is opposite my Neptune, with Hygeia at the MC and Neptune at the IC. I like to use aromatherapy oils in the bath. Have you used filters that make your water more alkaline? I am using alkaline water now to heal my thyroid. There is more than one maker, but Kangen is the name of the company that made this filter I am using now.

      • Uberqueenofwands says:

        Fantastic! I’ll look into that. I’ve just been diagnosed with a slightly under active thyroid and I feel like a lump of dough! I also gained 7 lbs overnight and can’t get rid of it. Is alkaline water the same as Penta water? or the water which has had its molecular structure restored?

        • Dragonfly says:

          Yes looks similar but not sure if Penta water is the same – here’s a link that might help:

          I know what you mean about a lump of dough and truly feel for you. After being in a hyperactive thyroid state for a while and having thyroid storm, the hypothyroid experience gave me the deep sense of becoming completely still on my internal axis. Beginning to move again has been such an amazing change that I can now appreciate just how incredible that little thyroid is.

          uberqueenofwands, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have all the right tests done before you are told to do something like surgery or hormone replacement therapy. here in the US, anyway, there is a protocol that is quite narrow, flowing from Japanese experience following WWII, and the options are one – take fake hormone therapy and follow a routine of limited blood testing to validate the doctor’s prescription rather than the true Hygeia way – healing holistically. Finally I have found the specialist who is looking deeply at my whole blood work picture as opposed to a few indicators.

          Also keep in mind that the ‘normal’ range has changed over time. you have your own normal that may be ‘low normal’ or ‘high normal’ or average, who knows, only you do. I have read that simply walking for thirty minutes a day and sleeping 8 hours a night will heal the hypothyroid (I believe this is true if the underlying cause is the pituitary).

          That is the challenge – is the hypo caused by the pituitary or by a thyroid disease? it’s very complex and fascinating. I’ve learned a lot over the last five months.

          here’s another good website:

          of course they are selling something but the articles and surveys are good.

          I’ll be sending you strong vibes. With your important Leo placements, you have so much vigor you can’t be kept down for long. :-)

        • Dragonfly says:

          Hi, Uberqueenofwands, I left a comment that may get caught in the spam filter because I put two links in there for you.

          I hope it comes up but if not you can email me at dragonflypuma at g mail dot com for some info that may be useful to you. For now, I am sending you strong vibes! Just remember to look at your adrenals and pituitary for underlying causes – might not really be simply thyroid. could be that if you exercise by walking thirty minutes a day, eat small meals with protein, and sleep for 8 hours per night for two months that you are right as rain again.

        • Victoria says:

          Uber – Dragonfly has a point about adrenals/pituitary. However, as someone who has had lifelong thyroid problems, starting at age 19, sometimes natural cures aren’t enough (especially if post-partum or menopausal.) A good site for info:

          • uberqueenofwands says:

            Thanks so much! And Dragonfly was right – it was adrenals and pituitary underlying! I got on the small protein meals and it has worked dramatically in only a few days. I’m a type O with a heavy dairy and gluten allergy so no animal is safe now! I’m taking CHinese herbs and raw gland therapy and it seems to be working!
            All sugar, starch, dairy and gluten is total no go. I also realise post meno – apparently the thyroid suffers. ANyway, on the case af thanks for your help – both of you! lots of love!

            • Jamie says:

              Iodine is needed for healthy thyroid function. You can get it in tablets or naturally by eating kelp seaweed.

            • uberqueenofwands says:

              Got it! Went a step further and got Lugols tincture. Give mee a month and I’ll be glowing in the dark!

              Just had a thought – thats a big scar – huge invasion into your solar plexus. Get some energy healing on that war wound!

  4. Jamie says:

    Glad to be home! Still waiting on the biopsy results, should find out by the end of this week. The new moon before my surgery was conjunct my Chiron by half a degree. Chiron is most definitely pain. I has always been associated with alternative therapies but now I’m thinking it is associated with traditional medicine and doctors generally.

    The quarter moon the day before I left hospital was sextile my Moon, good for family support and the comfort of home.

    • Jamie says:

      And the pic:

    • Marina says:

      Yes I kind of agree with that for Chiron. I guess the reason it has been associated with alternative healing was that it was discovered at a time when alternative methods were just breaking through. But some of those alternative methods are seeping into mainstream medicine whether conventional doctors admit it or not.

      When I went to my GP about my shoulder pain, she didn’t prescribe me painkillers, she sent me to a masseur. That might not have happened 10 years ago. Also homeopathy, Kinesiology and even acupuncture are sometimes offered as complimentary medicine on the national health here. I associate Ceres with more natural/ alternative medicine. It’s more like the village herbalist.

      The day you came out of hospital, Chiron was conjunct our Davison AC :)

  5. Victoria says:

    Fine news! (and sexy scar ;-)

  6. merlene shedlock says:

    Isn’t Chiron the incurable wound? Eternally wounded in this spot? x marks the spot : )

    • Jamie says:

      Yes, in the Greek myth, Chiron had a wound he could not heal.

      • Jamie says:

        My wound is related to a blood disorder. I have Mars quincunx Chiron. and the disorder to too much Iron (Mars) in my blood. Hemochromotosis damages the organs and increases the risk of cancer. Mars quincunx Chiron is definitely cutting to heal. I’m covered in scars, and have to give blood regularly (cutting veins) to keep my Iron levels down.

        You can link my bowel cancer to bad diet and a history of drug addiction. Even injecting drugs was Mars quincunx Chiron, it may have been wounding but now I’m taking morphine tablets in order to heal.

  7. Kacey says:

    Welcome back Jamie, glad the operation turned up ok. Hope you get good news from the biopsy too. Take care!

  8. Jamie says:

    Thanks Victoria and Kacey.

    Good news today. Initial biopsy results say it was a grade 1, one inch tumor with 10 nodes, all of which were removed. Have to wait for final results next week but it is looking like I won’t need chemotherapy.

  9. TigerTed says:

    Grrreat news and glad you’re home Jamie :)

  10. Jamie says:

    Thank you Katy and TigerTed, it’s a bit surreal to think that I only found out I had cancer on the 4th of March. Now four weeks later I’ve had the surgery and got the all clear by the looks of things. My head is still spinning!

    I looked back at my solar return chart and there are indicators there of a health crisis. I added a comment with the chart on this post: Solar Return Charts

  11. Jamie says:

    I got the all clear today, do not need chemotherapy. The surgeon said “you are essentially cured”, but technically need to have clear scan results for 5 years.

    Mercury direct conjunct my Chiron, same spot as the March New Moon.
    Mercury retrograde was conjunct my Chiron when the hospital rang me with the operation date.

  12. John says:

    This is stupendous news! :-)

    • Jamie says:

      I know, we are so relieved, grateful and happy. I do believe that all the prayers and thoughts of our readers and friends at Darkstar Astrology has made a huge difference.

  13. TigerTed says:

    Marvellous! So pleased to hear this :-) Hooray!

  14. Mary says:

    I can’t find my way around this website…hearsd you are ill and was wondering how you are doing.
    I think I said this before to someone…turmeric cures cancer. Proved…it works fast and efficient. According to the hindu medical books it “cures tumours whether benign or malignant”. The BBC ran an article about its cancer curing powers not very long ago…confirms that western research has confirmed that it really does cure. I have cured a skin cancer that went dangerous…easily.
    You need to take one heaped teaspoonful of turmeric mixed into warm water at least twice a day…three times is faster..( and is good taken on an empty stomach …or at least not too close to main meals )It is of mediocre flavour like that…like soup with all the flavouring left out….it should not interfere with your chemo.
    I hope you get better !

  15. Mary says:

    I ought to be morwe careful about reading backwards too!
    Just heard you don’t need chemo. If you fear cancer then take turmeric as a preventative measure. Every time I use it to cure an infection etc. I feel really good about having cured any possible but unknown cancers too.

  16. deirdre says:

    I am interested in what is happening right now with Hygeia between Chiron and Neptune. Seems like there should be an enormormous potential for healing old hurts, maybe ones out of our controll until now. Depending on the transits. It just came to pay Formelhaut a visit and is now backing away but will return to this position in December (will be there right at the Solstice). Any thoughts on this? Any observations on transits at the moment?

  17. deirdre says:

    Hygeia is also square the nodes and Venus and Jupiter…. oh, with Ceres coming in to join them too in the next few days…..

  18. Peter Plummer says:

    Thanks for all that. I learnt a lot. It’s all very interesting when one associates it with oneself.



  19. Eva says:

    Dear Marina. What is the max orb between Hygeia and other natal planets and which aspects count. Thanks a lot. BR Eva

  20. Got the all clear from a colonoscopy today. Cancer free for over a year!

    • Jane Chow says:

      I am a voluntary translator of your articles of monthly horoscope now.
      So nice and happy to hear that you are more better.
      Good health is the most important, anyway. :))

      • Thanks Jane, who do you translate them for?

        • Jane Chow says:

          Translating articles for myself to study, and for some potentially interested people to study by posting translation in a voluntary-study-group on internet, translating most articles or part of, that depends, sometimes I could address enough time, sometimes some other translators’d love to transltate some.

    • Meredith says:

      Glad to hear you are well, Jamie. :)

      • Thanks Meredith, good to hear from you again. I’m even up to day 7 with no cigarettes, the longest I have gone since I was in hospital over 2 years ago. Sucking the hell out of these inhalers though, nearly as expensive as smokes.

  21. Diane says:

    Thank you, I create health & environment formulas using astrology, with my faith in the runes when I get stuck, I found your site very interesting. I’m going to astrology meeting this afternoon, where they’ll be talking about Hygieia I didn’t want to go in blind. Hygiene has been obviously named after it

  22. Dragonfly says:

    hi, Jamie. As a Virgo Rising with SN in Virgo, I have been interested in Chiron as he impacts me, and since reading your article I have been following Hygeia and reviewing where she was at different points in my life. There have been recurring issues for me with my health over the last two years. In my natal, Hygeia is at the Midheaven in Gemini (if we give a 2 degree orb) and opposite my Sag Neptune by 33 minutes. I just am so tired of health issues …. which interestingly have compromised my communication and have interfered with my career (thyroid issue, radioactive iodine treatment, chronic fatigue and other problems). The latest in the series of health issues is now – yesterday visited a doctor and had to get blood work done and will have a follow up procedure next week. Yesterday, Moon opposed Chiron and both were in orb of my nodal axis (12 Virgo-Pisces), which is being aspected by Hygeia by transit now. by the time of the procedure next week, Neptune will almost exactly be squaring my MC/IC axis. I am really due for some good news and relief but right now I am just discouraged. I guess I should just be happy I have health care and get promptly tested for issues and just keep on keeping on.

  23. Alfia says:

    Stay healthy!!!

  24. Lakota Griffin says:

    Great work, one of the only sites you can find useful information on the asteroids.

    Sun conjunct Hygeia

  25. GG says:

    Where Psyche & Eros fall in our charts

    Stay healthy- Jamie always


  26. jannevellamo says:

    I seem to have this in Cancer, on Alzirr, associated with sickness, affliction and danger to knees, but also various forms of Medieval mayhem. The aspects are really nice, with sextiles to Pluto and Uranus in Virgo, trines to Chiron/Vesta in Pisces, a trine to Neptune in Scorpio, a sextile to Jupiter in Taurus and a tight conjunction with my Orcus. Add an opposition to my Solar stellium, you get a nice Kite, apexing on Hygeia and Orcus. To make Hygeia even more prominent, it just happens to sit on my 9th hs cusp. Judging by this, I’m a past life doctor. Actually, I do have a bedside manner, I’ve always been interested in medicine, I have a very soothing and reassuring presence with sick and suffering people, whatever their problems may be. I’m not afraid of a bit of blood or bodily fluids. I treat doctors as equals and I’ve always connected quite well with them. People like telling me their woes and showing me their injuries. There was once an injured vino, whom the mall guards wanted to rough up, but I managed to save him by impersonating a rather condescending doctor annoyed by those morons touching his patient. One of the things I hate the most is not being able to save people from themselves. I can tell people to quit drinking and go see a cardiologist, when their lips start turning blue, but do they listen? I can tell people to finally quit smoking or the fifth pneumonia this year will kill them, but do they listen? I can tell a woman her weight has nothing to do with her diet and everything to do with 5 bottles of wine and 24 bottles of beer each day, but does she mend her ways? I can tell a guy he should stop projecting his issues onto others, own his personal problems as his own and finally deal with them, unless he wants all that denial to eat him up from the inside and corrupt his soul, but does he listen? The unspeakable frustration caused by such people is probably the reason why I’m not a doctor in this life.

    I just had to look up Hygeia at a time when I’m down with the flu, T-Jupiter is on my Hygeia and T-Hygeia is on my Jupiter. Of course, I’m writing this in a foreign language, on a foreign website, so there’s Jupiter on my 9th hs cusp. I hope somebody finds this little tale highly educative.

  27. Lakota says:

    Hygeia and Cruithne both exactly conjunct my Sagittarius/Ophiuchus Sun in the first house. Strongly connected with health, hygiene, conduct, safety, germs, fitness and care for clealiness

  28. I have re-posted this article on asteroid Hygeia because the New Moon on 28 May 2014 is conjunct Hygeia by only 10′ orb.

    Weird timing personally again. I had my 2 year CT scan last week and rang the surgeon for the results today. He was supposed to call me back but never did. Have a nervous wait until tomorrow now, but looking at my transits gives me reassurance. Hygeia is trine my MC, and Sun is sextile my Hygeia.

  29. Robbie Partridge says:

    Hahaha bro… accurate its scary…..good work! Ankle fusion this Wed 28th, 0700. Outta this wheelchair and walking on the Beach for chrissie.

    • Looking forward to it mate, get well soon bro!

      You will do well with the new moon on your Saturn (Saturn rules bones, calcification, bonding, endurance, 7 year cycles, patience).

      You have Saturn sextile Ascendant which is very good suggesting a culmination of physical health through binding of bones (Ascendant rules the physical body).

      • Robbie Partridge says:

        Patience…..still a work in progress. You’ve be doing my horoscopes for over 20 years…..always relevant…..always accurate.

  30. 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.

    • I know all about the mental fogginess. The last full moon was on my Neptune.

      • 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 !

  31. Anna says:

    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!

  32. Anna says:

    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!

  33. Greg F says:

    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.

  34. Matt says:

    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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