Minerva Astrology Cycles
Minerva is the daughter of Jupiter. She is the asteroid which reveals where the answers are in life – where the knowledge is. The Roman goddess of wisdom was his counsellor and when she was imported to Great Britain by the Italians, she quickly became a familiar sight with her helmet and shield. Minerva is a symbol of female intellect. She was found in 1867, the year that Marie Curie was born. Curie won the Nobel prize in Physics in 1903, and in chemistry in 1911.
When will the cycles of Minerva appear in your life to help you solve problems? Minerva often appears in the same zodiac sign as the slow-moving outer horoscope factors, so she can deepen and intensify what you are experiencing in life – and give answers. Astrology is all about timing, and using asteroids, you can reach specific, time-stamped, date-stamped prediction.
Minerva and Owls
I am sure you know that both the name ‘Minerva’ and the symbolism of the owl is central to Harry Potter. Of course, J.K. Rowling is known to have written at least one horoscope. As you will see when you begin working with modern astrology and the family tree of Roman-named asteroids, omens often appear. I have lost count of the times I have been giving workshops or lectures on Minerva and people rush to tell me about owl synchronicities or sightings.
Why is Minerva always pictured with an owl? Part of this comes from the popular idea that owls watch and wait, silently, for their prey. They time it right, before they make their move. It is probably more likely that the owl’s helmet appearance reminded both the Romans and also the Britons under their rule, of Minerva’s famous helmet. Wander into the British Museum Enlightenment Room any time you like, and you will see her, watching the room, with that strange owl-like visor on her head.
Minerva Cycles in 2018 – Minerva in Aries
On Wednesday 30th May at 8.08am in London, Minerva enters Aries. She joins Chiron, also in Aries, and will immediately make a statement to you about self-promotion, branding, labelling, presentation, packaging, profile, reputation, title, name and image. Using the Natural House system, Minerva will enter the First House of your chart and immediately start showing up as smart women, female professionals, or male advisors with a particularly feminine brand of wisdom. It’s Minerva time!
The British identified Minerva so much with strong, intelligent women that even Wedgwood made matching Britannia and Minerva cufflinks (below). Her name has become a byword for all that is reliable, trustworthy and dependable. It’s interesting that Britain has produced so many female leaders, from Boadicea, to Queen Elizabeth I, to Queen Victoria, to Margaret Thatcher and today Prime Minister Theresa May. Perhaps it’s because Minerva took up residence in the British Isles.
Minerva/Britannia is such a part of the United Kingdom that she has appeared on the coins of the realm for centuries, most recently turning up on a new £2 coin (below). Thus, your Minerva cycles are really like a combination of Queen/Prime Minister leaning over to advise you.
Sometimes the answers on a new Minerva cycle will come, not from particular women, but just out of the ether – tune in, close your eyes, think about the issues that Minerva is raising, by her tenancy in a particular zodiac sign and house – and see what comes to you. This is a really interesting way of working with astrology. I’ve set up a Minerva board on Pinterest for inspiration.
Key Dates for Minerva in Aries in 2018
The aspects, or patterns, that Minerva makes as she travels through Aries are useful. This is when you are most likely to find the grand solution you are looking for, or the right person to work with (or work for).
Thursday 1st November
Minerva 1 Aries trine Mercury 1 Sagittarius
This is quite an interesting day (you may experience it within 24 hours either side). Mercury is the messenger of the gods, and responsible for news of all kinds, usually via letter or e-mail – and sometimes in the media. Here he makes a stunning trine to Minerva. Diana is also in Aries this day, and we find Aesculapia and Salacia there too. It’s an Aries stellium, populated by the asteroids. You probably know that Diana is Minerva’s sister and Aesculapia is also in their family tree, so this is a key day.
Tuesday 6th November – Uranus Enters Aries Alongside Minerva
This is quite a big deal, because Uranus has been in Taurus since May 2018 and now he moves back one sign. Again, if you use the Natural House system, this is about you ‘flying the flag’ for a particular belief that you have, or something that matters to you. It’s about how you present, push yourself forward and go upfront. Uranus is a symbol of quite radical change and often, a revolution or rebellion. On a world prediction level this day is about Facebook. Why? Aries rules the face and head. Facebook is about self-promotion. Watch how Minerva with all her wisdom and advice works along Uranus at this time.
On Friday 23rd November the Sun at 0 Sagittarius trines Minerva at 0 Aries, which is another important aspect. If you have Aries factors in your First House around 0, 1 degree then November is really important in terms of your relaunch, rebirth and reboot for 2019. As we approach January we go into the zone for New Year’s Eve resolutions and – often – diets or new fitness goals. If Minerva is sitting on, or conjunct, anything in your chart at 0, 1 Aries then listen up. Wisdom is on tap then.
This is an ancient goddess (around 2000 years old) and yet she keeps time with us. In her year of discovery, 1867, the asteroid Minerva found herself coming to prominence, just as the National Society for Women’s Suffrage was created in Britain by Lydia Becker. This took place in response to the rejection of the motion to give women the vote, in the House of Commons, proposed by John Stuart Mill. Fate decreed that in the same year, the first woman to vote (because her name was accidentally added to the electoral register) made history. Her name was Lily Maxwell. In the United States, 1867 was the year that the first women’s fraternity (sorority) was formed.
The synchronicity around asteroid Minerva is powerful. It goes back to 1672 when Britannia (looking a lot like Minerva) began appearing on coins in Britain under the reign of King Charles II. Minerva takes around 4.5 years to orbit – going through all the 12 zodiac signs. When she enters a new sign, as she does – into Aries – from May 2018, by all the laws of astrology you’ll feel it.
Minerva in Your Chart – Where is Your Inner Wisdom?
I discuss this in my book 2020 Astrology, but Minerva in your chart by sign and house shows you where you have the answers. Where you were born ‘knowing’ and find it easy to work as a go-to source for people who need solutions. It is very common to pursue a degree, or career, based along the interest areas, represented by your Minerva sign. If you’re a Premium Member you’ll have your personal birth chart with Minerva clearly marked, so you can see at a glance.
Using the Natural House System we find that Einstein had Minerva in Leo in the Fifth House (where you lead a younger generation) – and this is common in the horoscopes of lecturers, teachers and professors. You also find it in the charts of wise parents who give their children what amounts to a home education, alongside their school education.
Einstein was born on 14th March 1879 at 11.30am in Ulm, Germany. Super teacher!
Thomas Edison also had Minerva in the Fifth House and created the first industrial research laboratory. He held 1093 patents and gave us the lightbulb. The younger generations who came through his laboratory were also the heirs to his wise Minerva in Leo throne.
Minerva’s symbol in your horoscope looks like a lightbulb. It’s the one that hovers over your head when you have a great idea, or crack the solution to a problem.
If Minerva makes aspects to other horoscope factors in your chart, she becomes more important. Your wealth of knowledge about a particular area of your life (shown by Minerva’s sign and house) may dictate many other things too.
Johannes Kepler, who lends his name to the American astrological college, was born with Minerva at 0 Cancer making a spectacular pattern with the True North Node at 1 Leo and True South Node at 1 Aquarius. He came into the world on 27th December 1571 at 2.30pm in Weil der Stadt, Germany.
Note the Leo signature again – a younger generation who inherit Kepler’s influence.
Marie Stopes was the first female science lecturer at Manchester University. She was born with Minerva at 1 Capricorn in the Tenth House of career aspecting Apollo at 2 Leo in the Fifth House of youth. More teaching!
Simone de Beauvoir, born on 9th January 1908 at 4.00am in Paris, had Minerva at 6 Capricorn in her Tenth House of career aspecting Aesculapia at 6 Leo in her Fifth House of youth. Her book The Second Sex has educated generations of young feminists.
The Confusion Over Pallas and Pallas Athena/Athene
You will sometimes see people using the Greek-named asteroid Pallas, mistakenly called Pallas Athene or Pallas Athena, in horoscopes. She is actually the forerunner of Minerva, who replaced her. This muddle usually arises when there is a misunderstanding about the nature of our modern astrology, which is Latin – it comes to us from the Italians, via Britain.
We don’t use Greek symbols, as astrology today is an Italian system of thought, based on their Roman deities and religion.
As with all modern astrology, the Romans took Greek gods and goddesses and renamed them, and gave them new characteristics. When Rome conquered Britain, these archetypes took hold in the culture and found their way into astrology, as the nature of Jupiter, Saturn and the rest was slowly developed and defined, over time. The astrology we have today is British, from the Roman.
Pallas was found in 1802 and is Greek. Later on in 1917 another asteroid was found, named Athene, the other half of her name, adding to the confusion.
I say this a lot to teenage astrology students in workshops and lectures, but if you begin using Greek asteroids instead of Roman asteroids, you’ll end up with a seriously messed up chart.
Here’s why. Asteroid Aphrodite, found in 1935, is basically our Roman Venus, in her primitive Greek form. They are the same goddess, moved on, developed and renamed.
It’s the same with asteroid Hermes found in 1937 – this is the raw form of our Mercury. And how about the asteroid Poseidon found in 1987? If you begin using this Greek-named asteroid then bear in mind he’s actually the forerunner of Neptune.
Modern astrology is based around the family trees of the old Latin/Italian/Roman gods and goddesses, which is why we use Jupiter not the asteroid Zeus, who was found in 1988.
Jupiter’s daughter was Minerva, not Pallas, or even Pallas Athene. And she still is. Asteroid 93 – Minerva, daughter of Jupiter!
Astrology is like Tarot or the I-Ching in that it is a system of divination, with its own inner logic. Everything is related to, or connected to, every other thing. That’s why you won’t get very far mixing up Greeks and Romans.
It’s the same with Lilith, who is a Hebrew goddess from Jewish mythology. She’s just not in the family tree that began with Mercury, Venus, Mars and the rest. It’s the same with Haumea, who is the Hawaiian goddess of childbirth. The Romans would not have known who you were talking about, if you tried to slip her into a horoscope. Eris is Greek (not Roman – Discordia was her later Latin version). And Makemake? Well, that comes from the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island. A long way from Rome.
The modern (since 1781) convention of adding new symbols to a horoscope as the family tree of Roman gods and goddesses is added to by astronomers, comes to us from Johann Bode, who helped astrologers find new inspiration, when he declared that the brand new planet found by William Herschel, in his back garden in Bath, should be called Uranus.
Bode’s thinking, was as follows –
“In mythology Uranus, the god of the sky and husband of the earth, was the father of Saturn, and grandfather of Jupiter. Furthermore, Mars, Venus, Mercury, and Apollo (or the sun) were children of Jupiter. Thus, if the new planet were named Uranus the solar system would represent one mythological family.” (The Naming of Uranus and Neptune, O. Gingerich, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Leaflets.)
As astrologers took their cue from astronomy in the exciting new pursuit of a reborn, rebooted, horoscope, post 1781, they found logic in the idea of adding to Jupiter’s family tree. Thus Ceres in 1801, Neptune in 1846 and Pluto in 1930. All were considered planets at one time or another.
Asteroids filled the gaps. But only a select few who fitted with astrology’s Italian roots. After all, it was the Roman Emperor Constantine in AD 321 who gave us Saturday – dies Saturni – the day of Saturn, father of Jupiter. We still look forward to Saturn’s day, in the 21st century.
The planets themselves acquired their personalities and symbolism because of Roman thought. The Gazeteer of Planetary Nomenclature (Batson and Russell, 1994) makes interesting reading in this regard.
Mercury was Mercurius, the messenger – because he moved so swiftly across the heavens. Venus was the goddess of love, because she was the brightest and most beautiful object in the sky. Mars became linked to the Roman god of war because of his blood red colour. Jupiter was the largest of the planets and came to represent excess, growth and abundance. Jupiter Optimus Maximus, the Romans called their god.
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