The Asteroids—Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vesta represent the four feminine archetypes. The large circle in the mandala represents the Moon, the fundamental feminine principle. Behind the Moon resides the Sun, the embodiment of the fundamental masculine principle. The union of the Sun God and Moon Goddess symbolizes oneness. These asteroids represent the primary relationships of a woman's life: that of mother, daughter, wife, and sister.
Venus embodies the feminine creative, magnetic, sexual, reproductive, and vital life force. Venus is surrounded by Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta. Each uses the creative sexual energy of Venus to express the feminine principle as it operates in both women and men.
The basic symbolism of these four great goddesses is as follows:
Ceres, the archetypal Mother and the Goddess of Agriculture, gives birth to the world of physical form, bearing children and providing food for their survival. She stands for the principle of unconditional love and nurturing support in both women and men
Pallas Athene, the Goddess of Wisdom, generates mental and artistic creations from her mind. She represents the principle of creative intelligence. Her place in the mandala is at the MC, the "head" of the chart, the uppermost point, which symbolizes one's ambitions and one's visible, socially useful accomplishments.
Juno, the Goddess of Marriage, fosters and sustains union with a partner. She symbolizes the principle of relatedness and commitment to another over time.
Vesta, or Hestia, was Zeus's elder sister who never married. In mythology she became the protectress of the hearth and the sacred altar flame. The archetypal temple priestess, she is a virgin in the original sense of being whole and complete in oneself. In the system of goddess symbols, she represents the principle of spiritual focus and of devotion to following one's calling.
Design by: Joseph Masselli