Athena's Web Weekly Column
Week of June 30th - July 6th, 2006
Taskmaster. That's who Juno is; powerful and determined. Some might even say ruthless.
We have been watching a series of conjunctions taking place in the first half of Leo, as a stellium of heavenly bodies amassed together. We first tuned in as Mars conjuncted Saturn on June 18th, but we also took note of the Vesta Saturn conjunction as part of this line up last week. This week we will note the other asteroid in this celestial series, Juno.
As this column is being written, Juno is at 9, Saturn 9, Vesta at 12 and Mars at 13 degrees of Leo. These four celestial needles are continuing to weave a design that we have been struggling with over the last month. Since these wanderers are all in Leo, these are issues of the heart; of who we love and where our creative juices are concerned.
Of these four dancers, Saturn is the anchor, lying furthest from the orbit of the Sun, and 'falling' more slowly around the Sun because of its greater distance. Saturn is therefore playing the predominate role, making love hard, or circumstances difficult. This is a testing time. We're more serious, tired, or frustrated and are having to deal with what is hard; whether it's having to wait, dealing with authorities, or trying to sweep back the sands of an incoming tide of time, these have been the issues. If you've been struggling with a central theme for the last few weeks, chances are, you have planets in the early degrees of the fixed signs, and the above alignment has been setting you off.
Astronomically, Juno is one of the largest of the asteroids found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in our solar system.
Mythologically Juno was the wife of Jupiter. Much of what she is remembered for was running around beating up on the objects of Jupiter's affections, but it goes deeper than that. Juno sets up obstacles for us to overcome, and is therefore often associated with the law, and what is right or fair. Rather than using a gavel, however, Juno uses a rolling pin.
Astrologically, Juno represents our deportment in dealing with those we are officially bound to. It is what is right, or proper. The problem is Juno can be blind to the spirit of the law, enforcing the letter of the law regardless of consequences. On the high side, there can be cooperation, diplomacy, and the appropriate etiquette. When this archetype is out of alignment there can be competitiveness, defensiveness, arrogance and judgement. Jealousy and possessiveness, bitterness, and spitefulness can be the upshot. With a haughty finger these people like to point out just what it is you ought to be doing with your time, money, power, or connections.
Because Juno is now running with Saturn, Juno is being tested by Saturn. This is a time during which relationships will be harder, more difficult or resistant. Many may find themselves at the end of their relationship rope. Saturn slows down, make more difficult, toughens up, or harden attitudes.
But the flip side to all this is that if we pass these tests, the soul can move on. The Greek counterpart to Juno is Hera. The greatest warrior for the Greeks was Heracles (Latin- Hercules), a name which translates as 'The Glory of Hera.' Hera was the cause of all Heracles labors, but because of them he at last gained entry into the realm of the gods and became a god himself.