Asteroid Hygeia

Snake WomanAsteroid Hygeia is the fourth largest of the asteroids and takes 5½ 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 (Aesculapius), 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 dietitians, 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.

147 thoughts on “Asteroid Hygeia

  1. Thank you Jamie! Always appreciate your articles and this one is all the more fascinating!

    It’s somewhat of a relief to read the Mercury opposition at Hygeia’s discovery as I have her opposite my natal Mercury! I suspect that this is not too fixed if the Progression is considered. I may see if I can get that at

    Bright Blessings!

  2. Hi! Great post!! I have Hygeia at Gemini (9º 13″) in he 5th House. Any idea what that might mean??

  3. Thank you Jamie for a really great post. I have only discovered/heard about Hygeia today and a blogpost I read about it mentioned this post as really in-depth. I agree.
    My Hygeia is right at the cusp of 7th house in Sagittarius, opposite Taurus Ascendant and T-Square to Chiron in Pisces in 11. It also has a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn in 10.
    In transit it is just at the cusp of house 9 today.
    This finding Hygeia was brought on by researching Early Childhood trauma (ACEs) and Traumahealing and me considering becoming a Trauma therapist. have been into Natural Healing since earliest childhood, don’t do medication, and your Hygeia keywords descibe me to a T! Especially fear of doctors, fear of getting a diagnosis, even as a child I remember hiding from the doctor who came for a home visit, and nothing did bring me out of my hiding hole until he had left! My father dies from misdiagnosis, my nephew suffered disability brought on by childhood vaccination, so I did not vaccinate my son, I treat him myself with homeopathy and he was never seriously ill in all of his 15 years, aprt from when he was born in hospital against my wishes, treated with antibiotics against my wishes and suffered candida overgrowth, still does. The only thing which does not fit is drug abuse, but if you class sugar as a drug, which it really is, then that does fit too.
    So yes, I will be definately take some more time to look into Hygeia now. Thanks for that information.

  4. Hi Jamie, how would you see a Saturn transit (conjunction) to Hygeia playing out? Thanks for sharing any ideas you have on that.
    PS how has the Pluto conjunct ascendant process been going for you (we share the same Asc!). My life is somewhat unrecognisable these days from even 1 year ago…

  5. I got Hygeia on my moon in Virgo. Bit hypochondria maybe, not about health though. No medical profession, but I do Reiki. Cured quite a few back problems over the years. Hands on and remote.

  6. Announced Discovery of Ozone Hole, Antarctica, May 16, 1985

    Natal chart, progressed and transits May 16/85

    10 Hygeia
    27Cap32, prog 6th house cusp
    13Ari00, transit conj. Venus and Moon

    North Node, interesting
    18Tau01 prog
    18Tau13 transit

    If you do any research on the Halley research centre, there’s a video on their website that says they look at global population dynamics in atmosphere conditions.

  7. March 2, 2021 between 12 noon EST and 1:00 pm EST, for the Ozone Hole post, if you are tracking Algol phase.

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