Asteroid Pallas Athena

Asteroid Pallas was the second of the asteroids discovered, coming after asteroid Ceres the mother. Pallas is the maiden, named after Pallas Athena, goddess of wisdom, courage, just warfare, strategy and skill. Modern astrologers have linked her to these things but also creative intelligence, political nous, pattern recognition and the relationship between father and daughter, as she was born from the head of Zeus.

I’m going to try to piece all this together by looking at the horoscope for asteroid 2 Pallas, discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers on the night of March 28, 1802. I could not find an exact time for the discovery and have set the chart for 11 pm, so will not pay attention to the Ascendant of Midheaven.

Asteroid Pallas and Creative Intelligence

In the chart shown on the right, asteroid Pallas is in a stellium with Uranus, Ceres and the South Node, all aligned with fixed stars in the constellation Crater. The Cup gives intelligence and eminence, a gift, something precious carried by an individual to pass down the generations of the family. So here we get the main theme of Pallas Athena first described by Demetra George, “she represents the principle of creative intelligence[1].Asteroid Pallas in the constellation of intellect, made creative and intuitive by Uranus, and passed down through the genes (South Node) of the mother (Ceres). Demetra also links asteroid Pallas with the Midheaven as she “symbolizes one’s ambitions and ones visible, socially useful accomplishments.” So the eminence from constellation Crater fits very well.

Strategic Thinking

While the stellium with the asteroid in her discovery chart shows intuitive, creative, feminine intelligence, we have to look elsewhere for the theme of strategic intelligence which other astrologers have found. This is more logical, left side of the brain, masculine intelligence. Eric Francis puts it really well saying that Pallas Athena “represents political and negotiating skills, having been transformed into a kind of modern lawyer-like warrior.” [2] Pallas Athena is a warrior but shows diplomacy and tact, more defensive by nature but will go in for the kill if that is required. We find this in the discovery chart with Mercury which does rule the rational intellect. Mercury conjunct Pluto delves very deeply to uncover the truth. A profound thinker and powerful communicator, and with Pluto we also get the political theme.

The constellation Pegasus also plays an important role in this strategic ability. The Sun, Mercury, Pluto and North Node are all on stars in the Winged Horse. The Sun is on the star Algenib, which according to Elsbeth Ebertin gives a “Penetrating mind and a strong will, as well as determination. An impressive way of speaking and a gift for oratory. In conjunction with the Sun, it will make for a fighting spirit and a love of learning.” The North Node is on the star Markab which Ebertin says influences the “spiritual and mental nature, to give a good head for figures, intellectual alertness, mental powers in general and last but not least, the ability to further propaganda activity“.

Michael O’Reilly has done some excellent research on the role of Pallas Athena in political astrology, “A prominently placed Pallas can make one exceptionally skilled as a political strategist.[3]. He goes on to investigate the charts of Henry Kissinger and Caroline Kennedy and mentions a link to tactical vision and pattern recognition.

Pattern Recognition

Michael is not the only astrologer to show that asteroid Pallas is associated with pattern recognition. Christina the Oxford Astrologer [4] rightly notes that pattern recognition is a key component of astrology, so she went through some charts of astrologers and concluded that asteroid Pallas really is the goddess of pattern. A little further investigation makes this case absolutely rested. Asteroid Pallas conjunctions under two degrees orb:

Stephen Arroyo (MC), Nick Campion (Mars and POF), Nicholas Culpeper (DC), Roy C. Firebrace (Mercury), Axel Harvey (AC), Jeffrey Kishner (Moon), Alan Leo (POF), Rick Levine (Uranus), George Llewellyn (IC), Susan Miller (MC), Jamie Partridge (Mercury), John Partridge (Saturn), Lucy Pond (Moon), Sepharial (Venus), Robert Schmidt (Sun), Noel Tyl (North Node), Joanne Wickenburg (Sun, Venus and Saturn).

Warrior Queen

Asteroid Pallas AstrologyPallas Athena was the goddess of courage and just warfare, and we see this in the discovery chart with Jupiter conjunct Saturn opposite Mars. Here is the balance she is trying to find. Deliberating to find the truth before passing judgement and taking action. She is defensive by nature and will use her creative and strategic intelligence to avoid violence, but when all else fails she will take action, as Medusa knows only too well. The courage is not only shown by Mars, but also Jupiter (from her father) because Jupiter in the Heart of the Lion, on the royal and brave star Regulus. With Jupiter in particular it gives success, fame and honor, “especially of a military nature“.

Father Daughter Relationships

It has been said that Pallas Athena had no mother because she was born from the head of her father Zeus (Jupiter). In fact she does a mother, Metis, goddess of crafty thought and wisdom. Zeus made Metis his first wife, but he feared the prophecy that her first child, the bright-eyed maiden Athena would be “equal to her father in strength and in wise understanding[5]. So Zeus swallowed Metis after she had conceived, but he got such a great headache that one of his friends had to chop him in the head with an axe. From the wound jumped Pallas Athena, fully grown and armed to the teeth, screaming her battle cries.

So Pallas is daddy’s little girl, and signifies a close bond between father and daughter. Demetra George bases this on Pallas being the maiden, representing the “second developmental stage in people’s lives, when they look to their fathers to provide them with the firmness and independence to leave the home and go forth into the world.[1].

In the Asteroid Pallas astrology chart we see the girl (Venus) with the father (Sun). A beautiful and loving personality but Sun opposite Uranus makes her strongly independent which gets in the way of her desire for harmony and stability. The Sun and Venus are both on stars in the constellation Cepheus, the King which confirms the royal lineage. Venus is in fact on the brightest star in Cepheus, Alderamin, “It gives authority and a sober mind, sometimes making its natives judges or arbitrators, but exposes to cruel and severe trials.”

Asteroid Pallas AstrologyI talked earlier about the South Node in the stellium with asteroid Pallas, all in constellation Crater, and how that gave a link to genetics in the female line. As an example of this, plus the father daughter relationship theme, I will use my story. I have asteroid Pallas conjunct Mercury, as does my mom. Mercury ruling children means we both have some shared issue regarding father daughter relationships. Mum never had girls but wanted them, she was close to her father but tragically lost him just before I was born. I have three kids now, and being a single parent I rely on mom and she is passionate about being there for them.

All my kids have conjunctions to Pallas, even the boy with Jupiter. My youngest girl has Pallas conjunct North Node, and my eldest girl has Pallas with Moon and Uranus. Moon Uranus has meant some distance from her mother, so asteroid Pallas in there is so descriptive of this girls life. We obviously have a close relationship and she has to look for me not only for the firmness and independence that Demeter talked about, but also for the maternal nurturing of the Moon, as I have to play the mother role, to some extent anyway. This is where Nan comes in, sharing this role as we both have Mercury conjunct asteroid Pallas.

Find Asteroid Pallas in Your Chart

1. Create your chart HERE.
2. Choose “Extended Chart Selection”.
3. Select Pallas in the “Additional objects” box.

References

1. Asteroid Goddesses, Demetra George, Douglas Bloch, Patricia White, p.4.
2. Goddesses of Astrology, Eric Francis.
3. Pallas, the Goddess of Creative Intelligence, Michael O’Reilly.
4. Why Pallas Athene is the Astrologer’s Asteroid, The Oxford Astrologer.
5. The Theogony of Hesiod, @700 BC, translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White (1914), ll. 886-900.

50 thoughts on “Asteroid Pallas Athena

  1. Marina!

    How nice that you went on vacation with your mother! To Spain! (for me, it is beautiful).

    I feel that I can now become, rescue and enrich myself with my mother knowledge. I feel deeply glad that I made such a loving relation with my mother (does not mean that I have ended my inner processes with her… does this kind of work finds an end?)and now I feel soooo very and deeply thankful that I felt that deep and happy love last time I saw her!

    I missed you!

  2. I don’t usually resort to using cards but I have a pack from Doreen Virtue (who I consider to be very syrupy… however,..) which are uncannily useful! They are the ascended master cards and I use them when I want to know what quality I can employ to help my day’s work. I only draw one card then keep it on my computer screen. Today it is Pallas Athena!

    • BTW – Doreen has the meaning as “detach from drama” – “you have been drawn into the world of human egos by focusing on a drama” … and “let go of attempts to make everyone happy, allow others to make their own choices, don’t delay your life’s purposes by focusing on other people’s issues. She’s about wisdom rather than weapons.

  3. The original story of Medusa as told by Hesiod in Theogony around 700 BC mentions nothing of Pallas Athena punishing Medusa, only that

    “Ceto bare to Phoreys…the Gorgons who dwell beyond glorious Ocean in the frontier land towards Night where are the clear- voiced Hesperides, Sthenno, and Euryale, and Medusa who suffered a woeful fate: she was mortal, but the two were undying and grew not old. With her lay the Dark-haired One (Poseidon) in a soft meadow amid spring flowers. And when Perseus cut off her head, there sprang forth great Chrysaor and the horse Pegasus.”

    It is not until the 1st century AD that the Roman Ovid in Metamorphoses embellishes the story. Originally Medusa was the dreadful creature as shown in the ancient Greek vase below. It is not until the Roman corruption of the story that she starts out beautiful an then is punished by Pallas Athena.

    Interestingly in the discovery chart for asteroid Medusa, she sits directly opposite the mother Ceres. Sad Pallas and Juno sit on Zosma just a few degrees from Ceres. Pluto is on Algol. Perhaps a more accurate interpretation for Medusa is on of being the outsider, different as she was the only mortal one of the three girls. Sibling rivalry and this was also suggested by Maya del Mar:

    “Medusa is one of three sisters. Two are immortal. Medusa is not. Talk about your Cinderella syndrome—to say nothing of feeling picked on! Or was she? Maybe Medusa felt special and unique? Whatever else this says, it plainly puts Medusa on a tighter rein, requiring that she be more careful. More responsible. More aware. Her sisters could survive things which Medusa would surely die of. At the very least, it likely that this difference created a little tension. Some sibling rivalries.” http://www.daykeeperjournal.com/2009/11/asteroid-medusa/

    I would also think that given the opposition from Ceres to Medusa in the discovery chart that there is a mother daughter rivalry.

    • Interesting about the three sisters. And also about the fact Medusa was the only mortal one because I find stuff to back this up from Demetria George. Pg 84 Asteroid Goddesses

      But lets go back even earlier then 700BC.

      ” The Separation of Pallas Athena from her Matriarchal heritage ~ Pallas, Athene and Medusa as maiden, mother and crone were the triple Moon emanations of the Libyan snake goddess Neigh. Originally, Athena was one and the same with Pallas and Medusa. However by the time she entered Greek Culture, she had become a symbol of the new patriarchal order and is hence portrayed as assisting in the destruction of her matriarchal antecedents.”

      The three sisters?… Then she says

      “The slaying of Medusa ~ From a historical perspective the classical myth of Perseus’ triumph over Medusa, with the aid of Athena, represents actual events during the reign of historical King Perseus (Circa 1290 BC). During this period the early Moon goddess power were usurped by patriarchally dominated invaders of mainland Greece. The hellenes (Neptune) overran the goddess’s chief shrines, stripped her priestesses of their gorgon masks (Medusa) and took possession of the sacred horse.”

      Now do we see where Neptune’s raping of Medusa in Pallas’s temple comes into it? To quote you from my Algol post:

      “Medusa was innocent and naive. Her fate was to suffer at the hands of the Gods. Poseidon raped her, then Athena mutated her into an ugly monster. Perseus slew the monster, transforming Medusa, liberating her through another mutation into Pegasus and Chrysaor. The fixed star Algol, as Medusa, represents evolution through a series of mutations. This evolution of Medusa is reflected in humanity. We were innocent and naive, then…..” You give examples of some mundane events, Eugenics, research into DNA, genome project etc then.“It started out innocent and beautiful. The Gods mutated it into something ghastly. It has evolved into something powerful and beautiful which puts our destiny in our own hands” http://darkstarastrology.com/algol-medusas-head/

      Lovely words Jamie :)

      Pallas, Athena and Medusa were one! What patriarchy has done is divide and conquer. You mention “Rivalry” a lot. Like a lot of ancient triple goddesses, these sisters were split up and the crone element was demonised. We have come full circle, the modern myths are more accepting of the witch.

    • I’m sorry if I was a bit harsh on Pallas, and by extension your post. It’s just the Medusa in me gets rather riled at the arrogance of the gods sometimes!

  4. After reading all these over and over again, I felt Marina and Jamie is my sister and bro.
    Also, Julian Assanage :o
    Lilith and Pallas explain a lot to me in the mix of 29′ planets. Hwv, I stil think the mother-children’s live or die bickering thing is more on chiron-moon hard aspect, esp., so when the hard aspect relates to any having independent disposition.

    In my chart, Juno in the mix with the experimenting Aquarian planets, I am more like a baby monk who bends the spoon as in the Metrix.

    Father and daughter connection made me to think alot. My Pallas in Gemini at the very top dabs with Saturn. I was the apple of my father’s eye, any father who could be defined as ‘nickpicky’ or ‘stern’. My Juno was on my biological father’s Sun-exact. . His meanness was like Karl Lagerfeld. Who likes him? He liked me. He always whipped at me but I was the only one who froze him.

    With the help of BML- I adore, I’m no longer under his power but, natal chart’s. Those kind of Father authority always works in a same way…

    what about your Diana??

    • Pallas is Pallas Athene, which is also an asteroid, and also the Roman equivalent, Minerva, which too is an asteroid. Minerva does tend to lean more towards the creative and intellectual aspect of the mythological possibility, rather than the warrior possibility, especially in the education, lingual and literary sense.

  5. pallas vs sedna in view of father -daughter

    how come the opposite story so relevant to me at the same time?

  6. I hope a late comment is ok. I have Pallas 2 minutes away from my sun in sidereal Aquarius in the 9th and I am female.

    I have a much different view of Medusa and the type of feminine energy she represents. What was she doing in Athena’s temple in the first place? If Athena is just and tactful and only goes for the kill when necessary, then what did Medusa do to cause her to act this way? I do not think that she was raped in Athena’s temple. Perhaps she betrayed Athena in some way? Had sex with another god in Athena’s temple without thinking how disrespectful that was? Then ran around crying “rape” when she was found out?

    Medusa could represent the type of woman who feels victimised and yet clueless to the part her own actions play in the enfolding drama. She may have once been innocent and wronged but as portrayed by her hideous countenance, she has allowed her sense of injusticed to turn her into a nasty, bitter old woman who has now become the threat. We all know malevolent women like that who stop you stone cold with their joy sucking being and their malicious lies. When these women are spotted, they play victim and appeal to your pity in order to immobilise your defences. Strategist Athena has armed you with a mirror, so you look at the actions, not the person and are not distracted by pity plays.

    Athena should be applauded for the courage shown in cutting out this cancer before it spreads, knowing full well that she would be accused of being a traitor to her sex by some. Just like some feministas accused the late Margaret Thatcher of not being female. I don’t know what Pallas aspects Thatcher had and regardless of whether you agreed or disagreed with her, she showed great leadership by doing what needed to be done at the time, even though it made her unpopular.

    • OMG thank you for that pithy, meaty, veracious story version of medusa and pallas athena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are right ON, gf. Wow. Spot on. Beautiful. Perfect. Love it. I concur. All the rest. Well said. Bully. And, thank you! Wow. :))

      • Especially the pity factor of medusa, and her lack of innocence, as well as pallas’s reasons for attach. It all mirrors PERFECTLY my on situation with these energies in such a perfect technicolor way, it’s amazingly parallel a story as I live (I being pallas and dealing with this exact version of medusa). it’s simply uncanny. Thought I should share that here considering. thanks again

  7. Nice feedback Pink and Ruby. I copped a bit of flack when I first posted this because of giving Medusa a bad write up. There really is hostility between Athena and Medusa, you can still see this play out in the archetypes, in relationships.

    • You didn’t always give Medusa a bad write up. Your words from http://darkstarastrology.com/algol-medusas-head/

      “Medusa was innocent and naive. Her fate was to suffer at the hands of the Gods. Poseidon raped her, then Athena mutated her into an ugly monster. Perseus slew the monster, transforming Medusa, liberating her through another mutation into Pegasus and Chrysaor. The fixed star Algol, as Medusa, represents evolution through a series of mutations. This evolution of Medusa is reflected in humanity. We were innocent and naive, then…..”

      You give examples of some mundane events, Eugenics, research into DNA, genome project etc then…

      “It started out innocent and beautiful. The Gods mutated it into something ghastly. It has evolved into something powerful and beautiful which puts our destiny in our own hands”

      Your last sentence could be talking about Persephone. We all go through a ghastly phase (The Underworld) after being wronged, it’s HUMAN. But we forgive and evolve, not all Medusa’s stay monsters as your rightly point out..

  8. I am planning to add more to this post at some stage, with reference to the Warrior Queen Boudica. Her world turned to crap once her dad had died. She also lost the guidance of the father archetype when the Romans slaughtered the druids on Anglesey. She went on the rampage immediately after that extermination in 61 AD, or even perhaps in a last ditch effort to draw the legion away from the druids.

  9. I really do like this post and look forward to the Warrior Queen Boudica update when you have time, Jamie. My mother’s birth time is not known to me, but our charts correspond to what you have explained. My mother idolized her father, who was an alcoholic and unexpectedly died when she was sixteen, just a few years after her mother had died. Mom had a stellium of Chiron, Neptune and Pallas square Saturn. I have guessed the birth time based on comments from her sister which may or may not be right of course, and with the birth time she proposed for Mom, the Moon is conjunct the Chiron/Neptune/Pallas stellium. Then as for me, I work with my father, who has been a guide and a support to me for my own success. I have a Pallas stellium with Sun and Venus in the sixth house. His Pallas is in my 8th house, and the work that has bound us together relates to toxins in the environment.

  10. Thanks for this Jamie, I have Pallas conjunct Juno in 5th, thus no support in fact both my parents were brilliant role models, of what not to be and do lol! Grateful anyway :) I do however currently have transit Pallas conjunct my nth Node, so this helped me to understand it a little, excellent as always!

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