Why Use Thousands of Asteroids ?
Asteroids — the ‘Body-Text’ of Your Birth Chart
Asteroids have been a part of my life since the mid-1980s.
And since 1993, I have been compiling Asteroid files into more than 300 specific categories for faster access to their positions in your chart as themes emerge in our dialogue.
Asteroids are indispensable. They are the body-text of the birth chart, of any type of astrological chart. They fill in astonishing details, relagating the planets to chapter headings.
Is there an art to this? Yes. As with all facets of astrology, working with asteroids is a skill. But it can be acquired.
I now work with the entire list of Named asteroids available for astrological work — that’s more than 19,000. Every writer needs an entire dictionary of words, but not every word is in every written book. Asteroids are the words of your chart. Without having access to the full set, an astrologer can miss some important information!
My decades of research in this area has involved several tools and a number of talented colleagues in other fields, whereby all results could be verified and cross-checked.
I have been able to ascertain that asteroids play a large part in human consciousness and evolution and are far more significant for our existence than what has been realised in scientific circles to date.
. . . A book is on the way!
Busting Asteroid Myths!
Busting Myth #1 :
The Feminine Principle? . . . Asteroids are NOT the ‘feminine principle’!
This misunderstanding came about due to the computer-generated astrology charts that could initially only show on the wheel either four or six of the first asteroids to be discovered.
These asteroids, coincidentally, all happened to be named for female deities. There are now over 19,000 named asteroids that astrologers can work with, one even being named for Attila (the Hun)—definitely not the feminine principle!
Asteroids are now named for just about anything, as I will explain in a moment.
Busting Myth #2 :
Too Small? . . . If it’s orbiting the sun, it matters!
Some astrologers are of the opinion that size constitutes influence in the solar system. I have one word for them: Pluto. Pluto, way out in the back stalls of the solar system, is a tiny itty-bitty little body, originally probably a moon before it was knocked into its present orbit; and sadly, no longer designated as a planet.
Yet, the electro-magnetic effects and other frequency patterns from Pluto’s orbit profoundly affect our brain chemistry. Asteroids are smaller than Pluto, but can also have profound effects on the psyche. Their own orbital positions are of course unique. Neglecting their influence due to size is like dismissing the piccolo flute in an orchestral piece because it is a physically small instrument.
When you get a particular transit from Eros, you’ll really know it!
Sometimes termed “minor planets”, asteroids can vary in size from 933km (580 miles), the diameter of Ceres (officially now referred to as a ‘dwarf planet’, since 2006), down to the size of comets, rocks, and even pebbles.
In fact, there is little difference between an asteroid and a comet: the main difference being their orbital paths, as comets swing wildly close to the sun and then way out to the back stalls of the solar system. (Comets have been redefined by the proponents of the Electric Universe model—you will find a brief video below by the Thunderbolts Project.)
Their mineral compositions vary widely, as not all of the asteroids may have had the same origin, some having possibly arrived from outside our solar system millions of years ago.
So, contrary to popular belief, asteroids may not necessarily be fragments of a once-existing whole planet
There are currently two conflicting hypotheses presented by astrophysicists today :
NASA (the mainstream view) describes asteroids as “rocky fragments left over from the formation of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago”. In other words, pieces of debris left over from the (possible) supernova explosion that may have created our solar system. These pieces of rock are largely orbiting between Mars and Jupiter (where the Titius-Bode Law indicates there should be another planet), and which apparently could not bond into a single planet-sized body during the early formation of our solar system as the gravitational field of Jupiter was too strong at that location when pulling against that of the Sun.
The Electric Universe proponents present an alternative view (which does not see the sun as a nuclear furnace). They describe asteroids (and also comets and meteoroids) as being the result of “machining” from huge electrical discharges on the surface of planets, especially Mars, which shot fragments of the planet’s surface out into space.
You may find the Space News videos interesting on the Thunderbolts Project YouTube channel, especially their episodes on comets and asteroids. There you will find the most vocal people, of many scientific persuasions, incuding astrophysicists and electrical engineers, who propound this new of the universe. (Be warned! There is a rabbit hole of wonderful stuff on this refreshing view of the cosmos on YouTube and the Thunderbolt Project team’s accompanying sites!)
Historically, it was not until January 1st 1801 that a relatively small spherical body was found in a regular orbit between Mars and Jupiter, by astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi at Palermo in Sicily. He named it Ceres after Sicily’s original patron goddess.
Many more asteroids were discovered in the years to follow, and continue to be discovered to this day!
Thousands of asteroids have predictable orbits just as the planets do. There are now several astrological software programs available for asteroid calculation, one handling the full and ever-increasing list of more than 19,000 named asteroids. (There are many more asteroids that have not yet been given names, being known only by number-letter combinations, and so are not yet conducive to astrological work.)
My Initial Inspiration
My first source of asteroid inspiration came from the mysterious glyphs of the first six asteroids in my astrology computer software in 1986. I began to investigate them through their mythology stories, being especially fascinated with Hygeia, still an important asteroid in my work today.
Soon after, also in 1986, the inspirational Asteroid Goddesses book by Demetra George was published (I still have a personally signed copy of the first edition).
And in 1995, Jacob Schwartz’s book, Asteroid Name Encyclopedia became available, covering some 4,000 asteroids. This latter book opened me to the many possibilities for the use of asteroids that were not named for myths.
I was aware of the earlier Dictionary of Minor Planet Names by astronomer Lutz D. Schmadel, but its price had been out of my reach at the time. I now realise that the position of the asteroid #2234 Schmadel (named for Lutz) in my own birth chart is right next to my Chiron’s position, so is an important clue to my life’s work! (Asteroids never lie!)
In the mid-1990s, I began to buy small sets of asteroid computer calculation files from Mark Pottenger in the USA, asteroids I’d hand-picked from my investigation of Jacob Schwartz’s book.
The asteroids were working marvellously in my clients charts! And I became ever-more fascinated with exploring their possibilities.
As each asteroid has its own orbital frequency and charge, and exact distance from the sun (more on this in one of my forthcoming books), I believe each one uniquely affects all nervous systems in subtle ways. The exact effect will depend on the rest of the patterns in the individual astrological birth-chart.
Hygeia, Greek Goddess of Health & Healing
(detail of the painting ‘Medizin’ by Gustav Klimt, 1900)
Asteroids have been named
by astronomers for :
- places (countries, cities, towns, rivers, lakes, mountains);
- people (both historical & extant);
- religious (“mythical”) themes from almost every culture;
- rock bands;
- abstract concepts/philosophies;
- sea creatures & shells;
- plants & flowers;
- company brands;
- car brands;
- mundane objects;
- animals & birds …
… even a Pandabear (#263251) !
So What Do Asteroids Do for an Astrology Chart ?
. . . If astrologers are not using asteroids, they’re guessing !
And asteroids in the birth chart have always proven to resonate with their namesakes, as do the planets in our solar system with their own mythological themes. (I will explain this phenomenon in detail in one of my forthcoming books which is focused entirely on asteroids.)
There are many life-themes that can be assisted through asteroid analysis. Also, past-life issues, as subconscious mindsets, are normally involved in any area of our life, and are included in my Astrology consultations where relevant (another facet of my research).
What this means for you is that asteroids fill in the gaps of information only suggested by the planets. Each planet is very general: Venus, for example, can relate to your personal relationships, your attitudes to the Arts (and this is all of the Arts in general), to the notion of fairness (the Law), to balance (physical, numerical as in accounting, colour balance as in design or healing, etc). The rest of the chart can give us some clues; but, without asteroids, the real detail is missing.
If you are a musician, for example, with a lack of confidence in your own creative talent, finding links in your necessarily Venus-laden chart to asteroids such as ‘Jimmypage’, ‘Rolling Stones’, ‘Santana’, etc, can assist you to realise you are destined to follow these icons of Rock music history (not to forget the asteroid ‘Rocknroll’!) And, yes, as a prior professional rock singer and musician, these and other similar asteroids are strongly placed in my own chart.
In another case, as a classical musician, you may have an abundance of classical musicians triggering your chart, all making significant aspects within the particular geometry of your entire chart.
This works for most professions.
Yet, asteroids can help with any type of interpretation, whether practical, psychological, spiritual, career-based, mundane, even financial. They can also be used with skill in Electional Charts, Horary Charts, Relocation Charts, even Cosmobiology. And, as I found through my own research, they are superlative for useful Past-Life information.
How Many Asteroids Can Be Used in One Chart ?
(A page section among more than 300 pages
of one birth-chart list of asteroids)
Answer: As many as the astrologer can handle, to relate the unfolding story or related stories!
I have often used up to 200 in a lengthy in-depth session. After my own past-life investigations, I had a chart that was completely filled with relevant asteroids—and I mean the entire A4 page was covered, not just the wheel!
I have now started printing the charts in A3 format so I can fit more asteroids onto the wheel without cramping them! This is also handy for later Progress Sessions where an entirely new set of asteroids may need to be added to the same chart to cover a new personal theme.
Asteroids also work in Synastry and Composite relationship charts, revealing often long-term, specific past-life connections and present potentials between individuals (professionally or romantically).
Once you have a session with asteroids, your astrology chart will seem vague and empty without them!
Seems Like a Lot of Work—
Are There Benefits for the Astrologer?
Yes, it takes quite a lot of extra time to research relevant asteroids in a birth-chart, which is why not many astrologers around the world work with large sets of asteroids.
However the rewards are enormous for the client! So this is well worth the effort.
Some astrologers work with only short lists of their favourite asteroid groups for every chart they prepare (even though most astrologers ignore them altogether)—but this is like trying to use a dictionary with 80% of its pages torn out!
Apart from a richer evaluation of a client’s chart (and of the astrologer’s own chart, which is always the best place for an astrologer to begin, with any new astrological research), the addition of asteroid information can deepen the astrologer’s work in the process of assisting the client, and so becomes much more rewarding.
Working with asteroids can also improve an astrologer’s intuition, taking the guess-work out of chart interpretations by validating one’s own intuitive hunches, as one probes for clues among the asteroid files. (I have the asteroids ‘James Bond’, ‘Sherlock’, and ‘Holmes’ all strongly placed in my own astrology chart!)
When you can see an asteroid with a pertinent name in your own chart, you are also able to relate more easily to any associated information being imparted to assist you.
This actually makes the work easier for the astrologer, as this helps to negate any subtle sabotaging resistance you may be harbouring; and it also helps to dissolve the ‘mumbo-jumbo’ reputation that astrology had gathered, sadly, in the 20th century.
We astrologers no longer need to look like psychics (not that there is anything wrong with that!)—astrology needs to be appreciated as a science and, as such, that it can be taught to almost anyone, and should be!
Apart from a richer evaluation of a client’s chart (and of the astrologer’s own chart, which is always the best place to begin with any new astrological research), the addition of asteroid information can deepen the astrologer’s work in the process of assisting the client, and so becomes much more rewarding.
Asteroids can provide a richer understanding of mind to empower the astrologer further through this fascinating system, a bio-science of resonant frequencies
Quite apart from the practical astrological benefits
from working with asteroids,
there is an unusual added bonus for the astrologer:
Through the study of asteroid names, the astrologer is drawn into the realms of history, legends, strange mythologies, politics, geography, zoology, philosophies, the arts, sciences, a multitude of religions, and various other facets of worldly knowledge, enriching his / her personal view of our planet and its wondrously diverse people.
Buying Your Personal Asteroid List
If you are somewhat astrology-literate, or simply want to see what asteroid names are out there:
Thanks to the good people at both Cosmic Patterns Software and Astrodienst, I can now offer you a pdf file of your personal list of more than 19,000 named asteroids, in Zodiac order positions (from Aries to Pisces) for AU$20; or in both zodiac and alphabetical listings for AU$35.
NOTE: Alphabetical listings are not strictly necessary as you can use the ‘Find’ button in your pdf viewing app, such as Preview on Mac, or Adobe Reader and even the Kindle app on Windows, to search for the names of any asteroid you’re looking for—you can try at first by typing the first few letters, as some spellings are in foreign languages, as are surnames (such as ‘Devine’) which do work phonetically in the chart. Zodiac order is vital, though, as it allows you to find the pertinent asteroids aspecting your planets and Sensitive Points.
Important: Contrary to popular practices, non-aspecting asteroids to planets are not relevant. And keep all orbs to within 2°!
The Asteroid Order Form is HERE
OR : You will be emailed a FREE copy of your personal full Asteroid list after your initial Big View astrology session (as it has already been calculated for the session).
If you have already bought your list before your astrology session, you’ll receive a free updated copy.