Asteroid 6 Hebe is an asteroid that is located in the main asteroid belt that sits between Mars and Jupiter. It is the thirteenth largest asteroid and the fifth brightest asteroid behind Ceres, Vesta, Iris and Pallas. Asteroid Hebe is also deemed the mother of around 40% of the meteorites that strike Earth. She was discovered on July 1st, 1847 by Karl Ludwig Hencke, who also discovered Astrae. Asteroid Hebe takes 3.78 years to orbit the Sun, spending around 2-3 months in each sign, orbit and retrograde dependent.
The daughter of Zeus (Jupiter) and Hera (Juno), Hebe (or Juventa in Roman equivalent) was the Goddess of youth, and the cup bearer for the Gods and Goddesses. She happily served nectar and ambrosia to the Gods and Goddesses, until she married Heracles (or Hercules in Roman equivalent) and was succeeded by Ganymede. She was also known to draw baths for Ares and assist Hera into her chariot. But after leaving court, she was content to be the wife and mother to her two children, whom she bore with Heracles.
To locate asteroid 6 Hebe in your natal chart, head over to serennu.com or astro.com and input the number 6. Keep your orbs tight, within 1-2 degrees and your aspect major – conjunction, square, opposition.
From the mythology, we can glean that Hebe symbolizes a youthful element in the chart and a sector where we feel we must serve others due to our age and a sense of duty. Here, you know what needs to be done and you perform those tasks without fuss or future resentment.
Another interesting possibility of Hebe relates to her symbolism of the wineglass. As she left the office of alcohol servitude once she married and had children, one can surmise that transits to or from Hebe can indicate a time when a less ‘partying’ attitude is adopted and a more mature outlook is obtained.
In the natal chart, asteroid Hebe can indicate where you will always feel young, or be tied to habits and attitudes from childhood. This spot in the chart can also be a problem spot for co-dependency and hesitation in leaving abusive relationships, due to the intense amount of pressure focused on serving others, and a strong sense of personal duty
Keywords:- alcohol, youth, subservience, minor responsibility, short term position, life position changing once married, immaturity, sense of duty, co-dependency, dependency
Artwork – Jean Marc Nattier
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