Asteroid 93 Minerva is a main belt asteroid, discovered on 24th August, 1867 (a Virgo) by James Craig Watson. Minerva takes just over four and a half years to orbit the Sun, spending three to four months in a sign, orbit and retrograde dependent.
In Roman mythology, Minerva was the virgin goddess of wisdom, commerce, crafts, magic and her main claim to fame is that of medicine and doctoring. Like Pallas, Minerva is an intellect and her symbolism can be found on many the academic institution paraphernalia to this day.
To locate asteroid 93 Minerva in your natal chart, head over to astro.com and input the number 93 in the additional objects field. Keep your aspects major – conjunction, square, opposition and your orbs tight, within 1 degree.
In the natal chart, Minerva can indicate a natural predisposition for working in the health and medical fields. There is superior intellect indicated here and the Minerva individual will feel the most comfortable working within the institution type environment, be it practical or theoretical in nature. What can be extended here, regarding health, is the Minerva individual’s uncanny knack for tapping into the ‘health’ of those around them – and themselves of course. This is a double edged sword, as the Minerva individual will feel the relentless need to assist others, which is noble, but leaves them prone to emotional highs and lows of others mood swings.
Like Pallas, the Minerva individual is wise beyond their years, which can be tiring. The Minerva individual will often take the role as the ‘emotionally strong one’ and attract those who are emotionally disconnected and just plain lazy in providing the depths of emotional commitment needed in a sincere relationship. Here, there needs to be firm boundaries in place, which is part of the lesson process of Minerva.
Minerva was also pertinent to commerce and creative expression. Natal aspects will indicate enhanced natural talents, with rulership and house positioning key elements in defining these gifts and earning potential.
Transits with Minerva indicate a time where health, natural talent expression and emotional boundaries are in question. This could indicate actual physical illness, but will definitely indicate when connections that are imbalanced are causing frustration and fatigue. Minerva connections are times where the intellectual approach must prevail over any and all emotional attachment. This can be difficult, due to the natural, empathetic nature of Minerva – but with the end goal being the healthiest option for self preservation; it is the only path to follow. It is also a positive time for business endeavours. Minerva in transiting aspect, indicates wise choices based on intellectual and educated grounds. There is enough critical attitude and practical forethought to ensure that the process, if followed, produces utmost success. One could also lay claim that Minerva in transition brings about connections with medical and education institutions, courses to be studied or health concerns to be dealt with.
Possible Keywords:– wisdom, medical career aspirations, interest in natural healing avenues, intense empathy, prone to meeting emotionally draining others, difficulty in separating self concerns with others moods, imbalance in health and exercise regime, teaching, learning abilities, interest in further studies, student/s.
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