Asteroid 3 Juno is the tenth largest main belt (Mars/Jupiter) asteroid. Once considered a planet, this was discounted due to the discovery of other asteroids and the reclassification of planet actuality by their physical size. She still remains as one of the celestial bodies with the most erratic of orbits. Discovered on September 1st, 1804 by Karl Ludwig Harding, she takes around four and a half years to orbit the Sun, spending roughly four months in each sign, orbit and retrograde dependent.
The patron Roman Goddess Juno is the daughter of Saturn, wife of Jupiter, and mother of Mars, Minerva and Vulcan. Her Greek equivalent is none other than the extremely fascinating, Hera. In worship, Juno was the ‘one who warns’, the one who guarded over the finances, and the patron of marriage. Juno was also supportive of her warriors, shown wearing their war garb in many of her representations.
In Roman Mythology, one must consider the ‘genius’ when considering Juno. The Genius was the male ancestor who resided in the Underworld, sending messages and intelligence to the oldest living family member who remained in the mortal world. Juno was considered the female genius equivalent –
Women had their own genius, which was called a juno. The juno was the protector of women, marriage and birth. It was worshipped under many names: Virginalis (juno of the virgin), Matronalis (of the married woman), Pronuba (of the bride), Iugalis (of marriage), etc. Juno was also the name for the queen of the gods.
To locate asteroid Juno in your natal chart, head over to serennu.com or astro.com and input the number 3. Keep your aspects major – conjunction, square, opposition, sextile, trine and quincunx and your orbs tight, within 1-2 degree.
In your natal chart, Juno symbolises the feminine roles in your life, the bride, the wife and the mother. It also indicates your role in the financial, whether you are the controller, or prefer to leave that duty to your partner. One can also lay claim that those who share a tight aspect with Juno, also experience intense connections with the passed over generation within the family.
In transit, Juno will hold more significance and be a stronger informational player. Transits to Juno, especially involving Venus, Mars or Jupiter indicate a time when relationships or childbirth can be a factor with a positive outcome. This can also expand to the career and financial improvement. Transits involving the Moon, Mars or Saturn can indicate a tougher time, where hard work is needed for improvement or loss is experienced. Where Neptune is involved, one can expect Juno transits to be difficult and confusing but also a time where their intuitive flow and connection with the other world is extremely strong.
Keywords:- please also read asteroid Hera, mother, wife, bride, intuition, mediumship, financial gain or loss, career aspirations, attitude to the material
Artwork – Annabale Carracci
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