Asteroid 78 Diana is a large, dark main belt asteroid, discovered on March 15, 1863 by Robert Luther. It takes Diana over four years to orbit the Sun, spending 2-4 fours months in a sign, orbit and possible retrograde dependent.
In Roman mythology, Diana was the deity of the hunt, wild animals, woodlands and the moon. As the daughter of Jupiter and Latona, her twin brother was Apollo and together with Egeria the water nymph and Virbius, the woodland God, Diana formed a triad of mother nature protection and worship.
Unlike many of the mythological Gods and Goddesses who seemingly transcend into the mortal world with the tales of their actions, Diana is one of the few that still remains untouchable by man and is associated with chastity, light, ascension, woodlands, living in high places and inaccessibility. She was worshiped as a midwife and as the protector of the countryside.
To locate asteroid 78 Diana in your natal chart, head over to astro.com and input the number 78 in the additional objects field. Keep your aspects major – conjunction, square, opposition and your orbs tight, within 1 degree.
In your natal chart, Diana is an extremely sacred place, a place that no one will touch. This may or may not be religious, but it is spiritual, and private, a sacred and personal element of the psyche. Much detail would be revealed by rulership considerations, as well as house positioning.
Diana in transit indicates a time of protection and withdrawal into the home environment. It indicates a deeper connection to the natural world, a getting back to basics approach and a tightening of the personal faith connection. You would also look towards Diana transits for the prospect of pregnancy and childbirth.
Artwork – Guillaume Seignac
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