Asteroids, Dwarf Planets & Small Bodies
Some asteroids have been found to have astrological value, especially with relation to women’s issues and the development of influences more related to the feminine side and the power of the goddess. These tiny planetoids are generally found orbiting the Sun in a belt between Mars and Jupiter comprising thousands of cosmic boulders, some as little as a few meters across and some reasonably large, Ceres, for example, measures almost 1000 km in diameter, so it would fit nicely into Texas and is slightly larger than France. However, their orbits are variable and those described in this article have been found to be useful in modern astrology.
Interestingly, Bode’s Law predicts that a planet should be found where we now see the asteroid belt and in 1801 Giuseppe Piazzi, following Bode’s formula, discovered Ceres—thinking he had found a new planet. Indeed, the first four asteroids to be discovered were classified as planets, though they were later demoted to minor planets, or asteroids, in the 1850’s when it had become clear that there were so many of them. Speculation has it that the asteroid belt may be made up of the remnants of a large disintegrated planet; or it might be that these are the pieces from which a planet will one day coalesce. Science is unsure. Chiron, on the other hand, orbits much further out, between Saturn and Uranus, so is not usually called an asteroid, because it is not in the “belt” between Mars and Jupiter.