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Dictionary of Astrological and Astronomical Terms

Compiled by Julene Packer-Louis, Evan Bortnick, and Jackie Goldstein

Copyright 2000-2020 OCA, Inc. All rights reserved. No portion of the dictionary may be reproduced in any form without written permission.



An asteroid is a small body, sometimes called a planetoid. There are thousands of asteroids, many of which have been identified and named, whose orbits lie between Mars and Jupiter in the asteroid belt. Some of them have irregular orbits which carry them relatively close to Earth.

Astrologically, we are just beginning to research the significance of asteroids in the natal chart since they are mainly invisible to the naked eye and were not discovered until the 19th Century. In modern times we have studied the big four, Ceres, Pallas Athene, Juno and Vesta, and many astrologers now include them in their work.

Astrologers who are carrying on the research today are looking into the synchronicity of the asteroid names, and the events with which they may correlate, such as Icarus which has been noted in the charts of many aircraft crashes, or Winchester in the charts of events which were gun or weapon related.

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