Why Asteroids ? — Kerrie Redgate
Why Use Thousands of Asteroids?
Asteroids — the ‘Body-Text’ of Your 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. 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.
My research in this area has involved several tools and a number of talented colleagues, over many years, whereby all results could be verified and cross-checked: A book is on the way!
Busting Asteroid Myths!
I just have to begin by dispelling two myths about asteroids in astrology:
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 was for a time even designated as a planet. Yet, the magnetic effects and 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.
Just had to get all that out of the way!
What Are Asteroids?
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. 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.)
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 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 alternative view comes from the Electric Universe model (which does not see the sun as a nuclear furnace), that describes 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 this brief video interesting in its description of comets and asteroids, with comments by one of the main mavericks of the Electric Universe hypothesis, Wallace Thornhill. (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 at least 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.)
So What Do Asteroids Do for an Astrology Chart?
. . . If astrologers are not using asteroids, they’re guessing!
As an astrologer, I began working with asteroids in the mid-1980s. My first source of inspiration was Demetra George who I’d met at an Australian astrology conference during that time, and whose book, Asteroid Goddesses, I soon devoured. I then 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 masterpiece, The Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. 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, dependent upon its 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 astrological birth-chart.
Asteroids have been named by astronomers for:
- places (countries, cities, towns, rivers, lakes);
- people (both historical & extant);
- mythological & religious themes
from almost every culture;
- rock bands;
- abstract concepts/philosophies;
- plants & flowers;
- animals & birds;
- sea creatures & shells;
- associated business brands
- mundane objects;
- even car brands;
- . . . etc, etc
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?
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 asteroids for every chart (even though most astrologers ignore them altogether)—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 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 (something all counsellors and consultants need to develop), 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!)
“Asteroids can provide a
richer understanding of mind
to empower the astrologer further
through this fascinating system,
a bio-science of
— Kerrie Redgate
When you can see an asteroid with a pertinent name in your own chart, you are also able to relate more easily to any new 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 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, it can be taught to almost anyone.
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, strange mythologies, politics, geography, zoology, philosophies, the arts, science, a multitude of religions, and various other facets of worldly knowledge, enriching his or her personal view of our planet and its wondrously diverse people.
Can I Buy My Personal Complete Asteroid List?
Yes—if you are somewhat astrology-literate. Thanks to the good people at both Cosmic Patterns Software and Astrodienst, I can now offer you a pdf file of your complete 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 program, 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°!)
Contact Kerrie for orders. OR:
You can be emailed a FREE copy of your personal full Asteroid list after your initial Big Picture astrology session (as it has already been calculated for the session).