Pallas Athene

Pallas is associated with wisdom and intuition

Brought in with these attributes are those of logic and applied strategy. It is also creative of original thought, showing artistic ability. Astrologically, Pallas Athene describes how we face the issues of learning, creativity, the arts, politics, healing, alienation from relationships, competition, and the fears of success.

The warrior queen, the principle of creative intelligence and wisdom. Athene (Minerva to the Romans) was born from the head of Zeus (Jupiter), thus being the only Olympian to have been born without a mother—although he had actually swallowed her mother, Metis (wisdom), so that she could not bear a son who would supplant him, as he had supplanted his father, Kronos (Saturn). Representing divine knowledge, or wisdom, she stands for feminine expression of the divine nous, or perfect understanding. She also rules the relations between fathers and daughters, and all incestuous and abusive relationships, where an imbalance of power must be righted.

Pallas was the second asteroid to be discovered, by Heinrich Olbers, March 28, 1802. A title for Athene the Greek goddess of wisdom, Pallas means maiden. Pallas, daughter of Triton, was Athene’s childhood friend in Libya, home of the Amazons. In a mock battle, Athene accidentally killed her; in her grief she swore to take on her name, placing it ahead of her own. She carved a statue, the Palladium, which Zeus later cast to earth; it was taken up by the Trojans, later to be stolen by Odysseus, removing the protection of the goddess for Troy. She was the goddess of war, wisdom and culture—patroness of the civilized arts: pottery, sculpture, weaving, architecture and animal husbandry. Pallas, the wise, female warrior, gives meaning and direction to the struggles of women to be free from the oppressive domination of the masculine forces. “Astrologically Pallas Athene describes how we face the issues of learning, creativity, the arts, politics, healing, alienation from relationships, competition, and the fears of success.”

Pallas in the Houses shows where you have problem solving ability and pattern recognition ability. Pallas in the Signs shows your preferred style for doing these things.

Pallas in Aries

Pallas Athena in Aries charges in and tries to find the fastest solution. They get the action started for whatever purpose they need. They love competition and battle. They are innovative and inventive. They know how to mobilize the vital energy, whether it is for fighting, inspiration, artistically or for healing. They are pioneers. This is a good combination for artists, acupuncturists, homeopathy practitioners and athletes. 

Pallas in Taurus

Pallas Athena in Taurus receives information through the physical senses. They can heal through the laying on of hands. They are skilled in colour, form and texture so they can transform these things into beautiful works of music, art or landscape. They are concerned with the environment and they use common sense. They have the patience to stick with a cause over the long haul. Their ability to solve problems increases when they are fed. 

Pallas in Gemini

Pallas Athena in Gemini sees the world through words. Words can be healing. They are able to analyze feelings and put their images into poetry or stories. They are also able to fight with words. They possess knowledge. It is possible for them to work on two or more problems simultaneously. If they aren’t juggling many problems, they tend to get bored. Word puzzles are a breeze for them. Words are their medium for the majority of their activities. Healing methods they may be adept at include speech therapy, hypnosis and affirmations. 

Pallas in Cancer

Pallas Athena in Cancer sees through emotions. They provide the basic needs for life and comfort. They may be adept at the domestic arts and playing the host. They defend the family and home to the death, as well as take up causes for children, the elderly and those in need. They are very empathic. They are able to address emotional concerns and many make excellent therapists or care givers. Hospitality is a key part of their personality. Emotional support is their strength.

Pallas in Leo

Pallas Athena in Leo sees the world as a canvas upon which to impress their own vision. They are very creative. In healing, they respond best to art therapy, play therapy, psychodrama, dance therapy and reducing stress through pleasurable activities. They create in many of the performing arts and they turn romance into an art form. They may have an interest in solar power. Charismatic, they are often in the public eye. Solutions are found that are dramatic and attention getting. 

Pallas in Virgo

Pallas Athena in Virgo perceives analytically. They can separate the essence of things from all the surrounding complications. They may enjoy yoga, studying herbalism or nutrition as methods of healing. This combination is practical, and may express creativity through pottery, sewing, woodworking or computer programming. They are big on quality control, whether it is in government, manufacturing or services. They have the talent of discrimination… they can separate the good stuff from everything else. They have a talent for perceiving the tiniest patterns and they use this skill to solve problems. 

Pallas in Libra

Pallas Athena in Libra seeks balance in their composition of life. They work best with healing energies like polarity therapy, tai chi, macrobiotics, marital counseling, gestalt techniques and conflict management. They are skilled in creating interior design, graphics and fashion. They believe in justice through the use of diplomacy, meditation and legal channels. They have the ability to harmonize two different polar extremes. They can easily perceive the patterns in any social situation. They find solutions to social problems and enjoy artistic tastes. 

Pallas in Scorpio

Pallas Athena in Scorpio can see through issues and beneath the surface. They are strong healers with a talent for getting to the root of the problem. They may use psychological methods like primal scream therapy, hypnosis and past life regressions. They may also dabble in sex therapy and cellular regeneration. They love artistic expressions in the form of mandalas, double meanings and tantric practices. They are fearless in the face of danger and ruthless in battle, using considerable skill at espionage and strategy. They love solving mysteries and problems the more obscure the better. Their insight helps them gain advantages in many situations.

Pallas in Sagittarius

Pallas Athena in Sagittarius can see the big picture. They do well with mental healing, using imagery to make change happen. They also may heal with spiritual means. They want to create art that shows universal principles or emphasizes the unique qualities of different cultures. They are a knight in shining armour, ready to defend truth and righteousness. They may act as advisor to those in power or forge links of unification. Their skill at seeing the large patterns can help them teach others. 

Pallas in Capricorn

Pallas Athena in Capricorn can see the underlying structure in any form. In healing, this is expressed in the skeleton, so modalities like posture therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, deep tissue massage and dentistry may be most appealing. They want to create precise molds to form their creative energies. Architecture, sculpture and drafting may be some of the creative arts that work well for this combination. They have the ability to be in the right place at the right time. They defend law and order and have a strong need to be in authority. They are excellent organizers and planners. 

Pallas in Aquarius

Pallas Athena in Aquarius sees all the future possibilities. They may find healing with the electrical energies in the body like vibration, colour, crystals, sound and light work best for them. They want to create something new and exciting. They may focus their creativity on computer graphics, science fiction art or new wave music. These are the artists who teeter on the cutting edge. They are the revolutionaries defending humanitarian causes around the world and who organize protests from grass roots. This combination makes patterns that are sheer genius, or maybe a bit insane. They are gifted in solving the most difficult of problems with unusual solutions. 

Pallas in Pisces

Pallas Athena in Pisces deals with the fantastic, the mystical and the interpretation of reality. They may be psychic healers, using techniques like guided imagery, fantasy and the interpretation of dreams. Meditation, spirit guides and other spiritual practices may serve them well. They are poetic and inspirational. They have a way with light and shadow and ethereal sounds that speak to the inner being. They are fans of non-violent resistance and pacifism. They are also willing to give themselves for the cause. They are compassionate and want to heal the universal suffering.

Pallas in 1st House

Pallas here gives superior ability to see patterns and solve problems, especially if it is within eight degrees of the Ascendant and in the same sign.

Pallas in 2nd House

This placement is good for organizing money and possessions. It can also give the ability to recognize financial trends. Remember though, that the 2nd house also deals with what we value, and Pallas placed here simply helps to organize and arrange those values, whatever they may be.

Pallas in 3rd House

This is the house of communications and short journeys. Pallas here makes it easier to solve problems while you are walking around the neighborhood, taking short trips, or communicating. The problems you deal with are more likely to concern immediate, day-to-day matters.

Pallas in 4th House

If you have a difficult problem to figure out, go home. Pallas in the 4th house means that your ability to see patterns and solve problems is greatest when you are in the house. Since the 4th house also shows the last third (or so) of our life, your problem solving abilities will probably become stronger with age.

Pallas in 5th House

This is good for your creativity. Artists with this placement would tend to have a good sense of form. In sports and games, Pallas in the 5th house is good for working out strategy. In matters of gambling and speculation, there will be a tendency to find patterns rather than just blindly rolling the dice. When it comes to children, this placement can make it easier to think up all sorts of new games and activities for them.

Pallas in 6th House

The daily work activity is where the pattern spotting ability comes into play. This can be a good placement for finding new ways to arrange and rearrange things on the job. It also favors jobs that demand the ability to deal with patterns.

Pallas in 7th House

The tendency with Pallas in the 7th house is to attract marriage and business partners who are good at recognizing patterns, solving problems, and arranging things. But it frequently happens that the person with Pallas in the 7th house finds it easier to do these things when there is someone else around. The other person doesn’t even have to say a word. Just having another person there will make it easier for a Pallas in the 7th house person to solve problems and see patterns

Pallas in 8th House

A good placement for those engaged in healing professions, including therapists (the 8th house rules rehabilitation). It is also favourable for those who manage other people’s money. The 2nd house rules your values. The 8th house, which is opposite, rules the values of the groups to which you belong. Pallas in the 8th house increases the chance that the patterns you see may change those group values.

Pallas in 9th House

This is the house of higher education and philosophy. You may tend to be more concerned with large-scale problems than day-to-day matters. An excellent placement for a college professor or a diplomat (the 9th house rules long journeys and foreign places).

Pallas in 10th House

This is the house of career and the “public.” If you are having trouble solving a problem while at home, get out of the house. Pallas in the 10th house will tend to increase pattern recognition and problem solving abilities in connection with the career. Albert Einstein, who made a career with his ability to see patterns, had Pallas placed here. 

Pallas in 11th House

Once again, it becomes easier to solve problems and see patterns if there are other people around. In this case, it’s friends. But a group of people would do as well. There could also be a tendency to attract friends who are clever at solving problems.

Pallas in 12th House

The 12th house shows what we may suppress. Someone with Pallas placed here may hold back their own problem solving and pattern recognition abilities. On the other hand, this could indicate increased ability to analyze and handle the restrictions of others. So it is also should be good for those whose work deals with “restrictions,” such as therapists and social workers.


This person will tend to be good at problem solving and pattern recognition. If the aspects are harmonious (conjunction, sextile, or trine), these abilities will tend to be easily accepted both by the person themselves and those around them. If the aspects are stressful, then the solutions and patterns they come up may cause a clash with authority figures.


These folks can be just as good as those with Sun/Pallas aspects at problem solving and pattern recognition. The difference is the process will be more instinctive and less conscious. Stressful aspects (square and opposition) can show a clash between the problem solving abilities and the emotional needs (similar to stressful Moon/Mercury aspects). The harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile, or trine) tend to have an easier interchange between the intellectual abilities of Pallas and the instincts of the Moon. Albert Einstein, for example had the trine.


The harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile, or trine) are excellent for solving problems and communicating the solutions so that they will be accepted. This is an excellent position for anyone who has to work with words for a living (I have the sextile myself). The stressful aspects could indicate difficulties in communicating the results of your problem solving and pattern recognition. The house and sign positions will indicate the areas where this would be the biggest problem.


Another good placement for an artist. The harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile, or trine) link the Venusian love of beauty with the pattern recognition ability of Pallas. The stressful aspects (square and opposition) could lead to blockages in this area. The pattern recognition ability has problems integrating with the artistic sense. There could also be a tendency to be excessively critical (Pallas) of those with whom we are romantically involved (Venus).


Not bad for a military strategist or the coach of a sports team. If there is a conflict (Mars) this combination can help you figure out (Pallas) how to win. In fact, any task requiring lots of energy, physical activity, or will power can be rearranged and improved with this aspect. The harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile, or trine) can smoothly integrate physical activity with the intellect. The stressful aspects (square and opposition) can indicate a tendency to rush to judgment when solving problems. These aspects also make it more likely for one to argue when the solutions they come up with are not immediately accepted.


With the harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile, or trine) there is no problem getting the big picture. This increases the ability to recognize big patterns and solve large-scale problems. The stressful aspects (square and opposition) can easily give someone an over-inflated opinion of their own intellect. Many people with a stressful aspect between these two are always right and never wrong. Just ask them!


The effect of Saturn, like Jupiter, is to focus on the big picture. Saturn though, tends towards pessimism rather than optimism, and caution rather than opportunity. When it comes to problem solving, those with Pallas/Saturn aspects will tend to take their time. Learning is also slowed down because the effect of Saturn is to fear mistakes. Once something is learned, however, it will likely be learned well. The harmonious aspects (sextile and trine) simply add a cautious and practical streak to problem solving and pattern recognition. The stressful aspects (conjunction, square, and opposition) put obstacles in the way. Someone with these may feel stupid (even if they are really brilliant). To develop their problem solving and pattern recognition abilities, they (more than anyone else) have to practice, practice, practice. It also wouldn’t hurt if they worked to boost their self-esteem.


The patterns you see will tend to be unusual and highly original. The solutions to problems will be, well, different. The effect of Uranus is to make us believe that “If everybody does things this way, it must be wrong.” If the aspect is a stressful one (conjunction, square, or opposition), the ideas they come up with may shock others. The harmonious aspects (sextile and trine) can be just as original when it comes to problem solving and pattern recognition, but are less likely to cause people to be upset.


Neptune rules dreams (and illusions). The harmonious aspects (sextile and trine) between Pallas and Neptune increase imagination and are very good for artists. But scientists can benefit from this as well because of the increased powers of visualization that it confers. The stressful aspects (conjunction, square, and opposition) can get lost in imagination. This combination can make it difficult to tell the difference between reality and delusion.


Those with this combination can notice things that seem hidden to most others. This is a good combination for a doctor, therapist, detective, or spy. The harmonious aspects (sextile and trine) are good for solving problems connected with healing or personal growth, “transformation” in general. They are also good those who deal with large sums of “other people’s money” (venture capitalists, for instance). The stressful aspects (conjunction, square, and opposition) tend to cause intense concentration on problems to the point of obsession.


Any aspect will tend to increase the mental side of your nature, particularly the problem solving and pattern recognition abilities. This is especially true of the conjunction aspect. The harmonious aspects (sextile and trine) will, in addition, make it easier to solve problems together with others (there will also be an aspect to the Descendant). The opposition to the Ascendant is really a conjunction to the Descendant, so Pallas placed here could attract partners who are good at problem solving and pattern recognition. Conversely, your own abilities in these areas could come out more strongly when there is someone else around, especially a partner. The square aspect will tend to bring problems when it comes to solving problems with others.


Problem solving and pattern recognition will tend to be an important part of the career. One or both parents were likely to have been strong in these areas. If the aspect is a square, then they might have tried to over-organize your life while raising you.

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