To understand these
three heavenly bodies, one must look at the mythology and symbolism
behind the goddess they represent. They are named, of course, for
Jupiter’s dearest daughter, Athena. In mythology, Athena was not
born but rather she came from the head of her father, fully grown and
already armed. Her birth, or lack thereof, is quite meaningful.
Pallas is a goddess of the mind, and of war. She is a crafter,
teaching mortals how to weave, spin, and so much more. She is much
the same in war: Intellectual, insightful, and logical.
Ares, god of war, Athena rules over the justice and wit war involves.
This can be seen in the Iliad, when Athena used strategy
making herself invisible, and when Ares stopped to take the armor
from the fallen, she helped the warrior Diomedes attack him. She uses
her wit where Ares uses his rage and brute strength. She is a ruler
of the mind.
asteroid is considered a different representative of this mythos:
Pallas is the ego, Athene the curiosity, and Minerva the drive to
accomplish. How they differ can be interpreted by which of her names
the asteroids bear.
Greek for “maiden,” represents Athena’s role as virgin, master
of her own sexuality. It also is tied to a darker myth in which
Athena accidentally kills her foster sister and fellow student. When
they are both being taught the art of war, they sometimes battle. A
falling out leads to Pallas attempting to kill Athena. Zeus, seeking
to protect his daughter, strikes the girl with lightning. Athena
takes advantage of this moment, killing the original Pallas as she
has been taught to. She is so guilt ridden, she takes on the name
Pallas in homage to her fallen sister.
some interpretations, Pallas is a name bestowed upon Athena for her
defeat of enemies, such as a giant, bearing that name. In all
interpretations, Pallas is the title of her enemy - a title which she
takes on. This symbolism must be taken into account when interpreting
Pallas’s role in the natal chart.
this way, Pallas represents how we defend ourselves, both physically
and otherwise. She is our righteousness, our sense of justice. She is
also the mark of how we view vengeance, and respect our opponents,
even if they may feel like enemies in the moment.
we solve problems and conflicts is marked by Pallas. Some also
associate hand-eye coordination with this heavenly body.
can also reveal how we relate to the men in our lives, particularly
our fathers or father figures.
true meaning is not clear, but it may be derived from Greek for
“sharp” and “praise.” In this form, Athena was the defender,
the protector of the people, and the asteroid’s role reflects this.
Pallas shows how we defend ourselves, Athene shows how we defend and
protect others. This is the shield, the goddess who protected her
city and worshippers, who met their loyalty with loyalty of her own.
also reveals how we can teach others, and how we view wisdom itself.
In many ways, Athene is the representative of our curiosity, and how
we seek to gain wisdom.
also is associated with our need for approval.
the Roman goddess, must be viewed from a Roman perspective. Minerva
was not always equated with Athena, she began as Menrva, the
Etruscan goddess. She was also the goddess of trade and commerce in
this form, she protected heroes, and she was associated with
lightning. And Menrva stemmed from Meneswā, goddess of
perhaps more than her fellow asteroids, represents feminine power,
and in a sense duality. Minerva gives strength to our senses of equality, and inspires women to stand up for themselves.
She represents logical intuition, quick wit, and the ability to make realizations that strike like lightning. In the natal chart, she shows how and where we are perceptive.
is associated with public and political displays of ability and
purpose, while Athene is more private.