Goddess gone wrong – how to spot a “mean girl” in Astrology

When Rosalind Wiseman wrote the book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World , she missed a whole world of ‘mean girl population. Mean girls exist in schools, workplaces, and in the PTA. Mean girls are everywhere and all ages.

 

What is a mean girl? The Urban dictionary describes them as “Girls who are bullies and use ‘girl aggression’ (nasty comments, trickery, deceit, excluding people from events, spreading rumors, stealing boyfriends,etc.) to manipulate other girls”

 

A mean girl is Pallas Athena gone wrong.

Pallas in astrology is the asteroid representing feminine wisdom and justice. She represents creative intelligence and is good at seeing patterns. As the goddess of war and the protectress of the state, Pallas types will fight for and defend political causes. There is no doubt about it, a Pallas woman is powerful.

In Greek mythology there are many stories that tell of her nature, but here are just a few that highlight her potential for being a ‘mean girl’.

Pallas Athene
First of all, Athene is also called Pallas Athene. The two are recognized as the same. This is because in a “friendly” (or was it?) fight between the two goddesses Pallas was killed by Athena, and out of sadness and in rememberance of Pallas, Athene took Pallas’ name.

Competition for men’s attention. 

The Goddess Medusa was very beautiful goddess and pursued by many men. One day she was in Pallas Athena’s temple and overtaken by one man in particular, Medusa was violated becoming pregnant and gaving birth to twins. The mean girl came out in Athene! Jealous and blaming, Athene turned Medusa’s hair into snakes causing her looks to turn men into stone if they glanced at her.

 

Trickery

Athena was known for her skills with weaving and the loom. A woman from a village named Arachne was also good at the loom. She became very well known for her skill and claimed that it was a gift she was born with and not learned.  When Athena heard this fist she disguised herself as an old woman to get the ‘real dirt’ out of Arachne regarding where she learned the loom. When she got nothing, Athena then challenged her to a public contest to let all see who was best. When Arachne showed Athena up in the competition Athena turned Arachne into a spider.

Undermining

Finally there was a trial of Orestes. Orestes was accused of matricide. Athena, who was presiding over the matter, declared that he was not guilty because there was no sanctity of a blood relationship with a mother and child (it was a crime only to kill blood relations in those days). Athena reasoned that because she was not born of a mother (she sprang from the head of Zeus), that men not women were the rightful owner’s of the child. In so doing she undermined all women and declared male supremacy.

Pallas types can be very successful or they can fear success. They can be fear competition, being competitive to the point of being ruthless or embrace their feminine strength as being their rightful gift.  They can downplay the need for men’s attention, or they can own their power not fearing what others might think or do. In the school ground a Pallas type may be the girl who trips you in front of a boy, or positively the one who will stand up to the group of girls bullying you. In the workplace a Pallas type may be the women who undermines your work to make herself look good, or positively she could be the one fighting for changes to the Human Rights policy and for more women in leadership positions.We all have the potential to be mean girls, but if Pallas is dominant in your chart the potential will be strong. Knowing what aspects Pallas forms can help with understanding your areas for growth, and because Pallas is such a powerful woman, knowing how to use your powers for good.Tools to help you connect with your Pallas: Raising your self esteem. Some books to help include, Self Esteem, and The Self Esteem Companion by Matthew McKay. Since Pallas is a wise and intellectual type, unlearning the patriarchy in Woman who run with the Wolves.Order the goddess report at www.threemoongoddess.com If you are interested in finding out where Pallas is in your chart or what aspects she makes.

Juno – The good news about marriage

Remember Eat, Pray, Love? Remember how we all ran to the bookstore after seeing Elizabeth Gilbert on Oprah, bought and devoured her book? (okay some waited for the movie with Julia Roberts). The story was a woman’s search for herself after a horrible divorce. How she did it? She hopped on a plane, ate herself silly in Italy, went deep within in India and found love again in Bally! And then she wrote her next book Committed, A skeptic makes peace with marriage. Well we didn’t hear much about that one. Most, including myself, only made it half way through the book. Does she make peace by the end of the book? Honestly…. someone will have to let me know! The marriage picture historically and across cultures was so depressing that I had to put the book down!

Read the chapter on Juno in Demetra George’s, Asteroid Goddesses  and you have a similar experience. The asteroid Juno in one’s chart show’s how, where and with whom we are likely to show our commitment within relationship and our style of relatedness. However in Greek Mythology, Juno, who was the wife of Jupiter, though committed, never attained the relatedness she so desired. One account of their marriage tells of a rape and resultant guilt of Juno (or Hera) as the reason for the marriage, and another tells of a forced marriage. Curiously, in pre-Greek (Pre-Hellenic) times, the Goddess Juno (Hera) ruled alone and had no consort (or spouse). At that time she was called Three Moon Goddess. More on Three Moon Goddess in future posts… but for now we can note that somewhere between between Egyptian times and Greek times, a great female wound occurred in commitment and relatedness.

Though Astrology was developed in many cultures and across time, it was the Greeks who brought it to the form it is currently in. This is why all of the planets are named after Greek gods and goddesses. Before Greek times, the constellation of Libra, which describes relationships and marriage, didn’t exist. Libra was a part of Scorpio; the tail end of it. The Greeks created Libra, and the 7th house during the rise of patriarchy. This she is told in Libra, she cannot do unless she signs a contract. And in the marriage contract (the 7th house also rules business contracts and other partnerships) the contract is steeped in the patriarchal history of marriage.

I hope you are not depressed by all of this because thankfully, this is a wound that is healing.  It is my feeling that we are are in a time where relationships are finding a deeper connection and deeper purpose. There are whole sections of bookstores, programs, talk show and so on that are making sure of that. Astrologically, there are many who have Juno and the principles of relatedness well integrated in their birth charts and then there are those who struggle. And as women in this day and time we have been able to step into our power both economically and to a power within ourselves. As a result relationships have been forced to develop away from marriage as a contract in law, were women are regarded as property etc to marriage as soul contract, which has the potential to really transform the self and the world. I see this as Scorpio reclaiming and reattaching it’s Libra tail. As we are in the midst of this transition, finding out where Juno is in your chart and what aspects she makes will tell you lot’s about your own style of commitment and relating and quickly give you hints on how to heal.

Tools that will help Juno on her path: Check out the Goddess Report on my website www.threemoongoddess.com. There are many books and programs that are fantastic in helping to heal Juno, but some of my favorites are,  Marianne Williamson’s book Enchanted Love, Katherine Woodward Thomas’s book Calling in the One and 7 week program. Also helpful is the crystal, rose quartz.

When Juno is in her flow her gifts are: loyalty, steadfastness and the willingness to work it out (separate and return within relationship).

Note: Maybe you do not resonate with the Greek names of the Goddess Energy… One of my goals in explore the feminine in Astrology, is also to explore what names, goddesses, archetypes in other cultures and times describe the same energy… more on that in later posts!

Aleph – A Vesta Story

VestaI just finished reading Aleph, Paulo Coehlo’s latest book. A friend lent it to me and I devoured it in a day.  In the book Paulo takes a journey across Russia and encounters a past life love. Hilal who is without doubt Vesta. In a post earlier this month when describing the goddess asteroid Vesta and the essence of who she is, I referenced Paulo’s book Eleven Minute’s, I hadn’t read Aleph yet.

Hilal in Paulo’s book is a woman who in her past incarnation was burned for being in touch with her feminine power and Paulo is partly responsible. In this incarnation his Karma is to be in service to the feminine and in this book he has a beautiful description of the injustice to the feminine, describing it in a way so as to right the wrong.

There is also a beautiful description of how Hilal transmutes her devotion and love into music.

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