Asteroid 40 Harmonia is a large main belt asteroid, discovered on March 31st, 1856 by H, Goldschmidt. Taking just under three and a half years to orbit the Sun, she spends roughly three or so months in a sign, retrograde and orbit dependent.
In Ancient Greek mythology, Harmonia is the Goddess of harmony and concord. Her nemesis, or counterpart is none other than Eris. In desperate need of parental DNA, Harmonia stems from unknown origins. Some claims state that she is the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite, others claim Aphrodite and Hephaestus, whilst others claim she is the daughter of Zeus and Electra. However, she was married to Cadmus – who with Herodotus was responsible for the introduction of the alphabet to the Greeks, and they bore many offspring.
Her main story, despite her upbeat naming, is one of ill-fortune. On her wedding day to Cadmus, she was given a necklace and robe made by Hephaestus, which was lovely – except it was cursed with the blessing of ill will (punishment to Aphrodite for shagging about). This necklace of doom led to many generations of tragedy, finally ceasing at the last linkage in a great blaze at Delphi. After many successful victories and domination of Kingdom’s, Cadmus was turned into a serpent and seduced a naked Harmonia to come join him in the wine. Startled by the mesmerized and naked Harmonia, wrapped in a coiled snake – Harmonia herself was turned into a serpent by the Gods and they slithered off into the sunset to live happily ever after in the immortal Elysian Fields.
To locate asteroid 40 Harmonia in your natal chart, head over to astro.com and input the number 40 in the additional numbers field. Keep your aspects major:- conjunction, square, opposition and your orbs tight, within 1 degree.
Courtesy of Free Dictionary
1. agreement in action, opinion, feeling, etc.; accord
2. order or congruity of parts to their whole or to one another
1. agreement or harmony between people or nations; amity
2. a treaty establishing peaceful relations between nations
3. agreement or harmony between things, ideas, etc.
In your natal chart, Harmonia is an area where you are agreeable and seek the company of agreeable others. It is a peaceful place, that loves freely, is the ultimate diplomat and will seek pro-active, positive solutions to all situations. This is the peacemaker, peace-seeker and ultimate, intellectual contentment zone. Obviously something so good, can’t be left alone, it has to have some sort of curse tossed about. So, aspects to Harmonia can be quite telling as to possible hurdles and obstacles one has on their search for peace, love and happiness.
In transit, Harmonia can be extremely positive and also quite difficult. Natal aspects activated in transit indicate times of peace, or disruption of the present status quo. It would be interesting to note the type of ‘atmosphere’ you find yourself in when she is activated, whether it is friendly or aggressive. One can also lay claim that since this cursed necklace was in fact punishment for actions committed by Aphrodite, not Harmonia herself, that situations that arise through transit are due to anothers interference.
In regards to romantic possibility, Harmonia had one love, who seemed to be equally as devoted to her. This is another asteroid that can be claimed as a ’safe and loving’ union, with the relevant aspect connections unraveling the reasoning as to why. However, there would be some level of negativity, be it familial upset, cultural disagreements or something similar, that would linger around the neck of this relationship.
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Artwork – Howard David Johnson
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