Asteroid 2 Pallas was discovered May 28th, 1802 (a Gemini) by astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Natthaus Olbers. Originally considered a planet like the rest of the goddess asteroids, this was discounted with the discovery of the other asteroids in the main belt. She is a large asteroid and exhibits a highly unusual orbit, likened to that of Pluto. Pallas takes just over four and a half years to orbit the Sun, spending around four to five months in each sign.
Pallas Athene is the Ancient Greek Goddess who was the patron of civilization, wisdom, strength, strength, strategy, craft, justice and skill. She was the companion of heroes and heroic endeavor. When philosophy was introduced into the societal psyche, Pallas’s role of wisdom was pivotal. Her weaving skills extended to that of weaponry and she swiftly became the figurehead in tactical warfare. Where Ares was known for his harshness in combat, Pallas Athene was notorious for her cunning intellect. Visuals of Pallas show her helmeted and wearing a goatskin aegis, often toting an owl by her side, or accompanied by the Goddess of Victory, Nike. She was a virgin Goddess, with no record of her ever marrying or taking on a lover. Even though Pallas was a patron of war, she had no interest in battle without a purpose. Her endeavor was to ultilise the mind over the sword and she would exhaust all avenues before delving into bloodshed.
To locate Pallas in your natal chart, head over to astro.com and the extended chart selection. Keep your aspects major – conjunction, square, opposition and your orbs tight, within 1 degree.
In your natal chart, Pallas is the strength of your inner wisdom. Exploring the rulership of Pallas unlocks the key to wisdom expression. For example:- Pallas in Aries will be rapid fire response, Taurus will be instinctive, Gemini will be educated from numerous sources, Cancer will rely on tradition, etc and so forth. Here, you find natural creative talent and heightened intellect. The Pallas individual with planetary aspects, no doubt has extreme talents in one of the artistic of creative fields. For example:- David Bowie has Pallas conjunct his rise, Stephen King has Pallas parallel his Sun and Freud had Pallas conjunct Vesta.
One cannot ignore the virginal reference and can safely assume that sexual connection is not of paramount importance to the Pallas individual. With connection to Pallas, you are far more invigorated by intellectual attraction and pursuits, rather than pleasures of the flesh. Unlike Eris, who is also a tactician in the natal chart, Pallas is not confrontational and approaches problems with an analytical mindset, seeking the peaceful and less disruptive course of action. There is no lingering resentment with Pallas and no desire for retribution. However, she IS a patron warrior, so it is an area of your chart where you do not shy away from battle but it is not even a blip on your radar without just cause.
In transition, aspects to Pallas indicate a time where there is heightened talent, especially regarding creativity. But it is also time where the creative mindset and inner tactician are being encouraged or even forced by another’s actions to jump into action.
Possible Keywords: inner strength, wisdom, sense of conviction, inner warrior but without war, mental strategy, learning by experience, logical reflex, inner knowing, intellect, intellectual attraction, lack of sex drive, crave intellectual stimulation, creative talents.
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