Zeus & Hera were the ruling couple on Mount Olympus, but they weren’t always the happiest pair. Their rows were, naturally, epic — and caused all kinds of problems for us humans crawling around on Gaia’s skin. Those Greek myths, at least the ones we still know, focus on Hera as a jealous wife — and no wonder, Zeus had a deal of trouble keeping his chiton down.
However, when Zeus and Hera were taken up by the Romans, Hera got a major promotion. Her duties and powers multiplied. As Juno, she became the protector of the Roman State itself, and possibly the most powerful god on Olympus with a wider range of titles than any other.
“Her various epithets thus show a complex of mutually interrelated functions…: as Regina and Moneta she is a sovereign deity, as Sespeis, Curitis (spear holder) and Moneta (again) she is an armed protectress, as Mater and Curitis (again) she is a goddess of the fertility and wealth of the community in her association with the curiae. — Wikipedia
Astrologers are still getting to grips with the meaning of the asteroids, and most of the emphasis on the interpretation of Juno has been on her role as Jupiter’s (the Roman Zeus’) consort, so she is called the asteroid of marriage. And indeed she does come up in marriage and partnership charts. I particularly recommend having a look at Juno in the composite chart to see what kind of marriage you’re dealing with.
But there is far more to Juno than that to be understood.
For example, of the past five Popes, two have Juno exactly conjuncting the Ascendant and one has Juno conjuncting Jupiter, the planet of the papacy itself. (See also Ceres and the Papacy). You might argue that this is about celibacy. Juno on the Ascendant equals a marriage to oneself. That works, but there’s something to do with public office too.
Barack Obama, the first African-American president and the first American president to have a “foreign” name, has Juno at 0° Aries, the very first degree of the entire Zodiac. His presidency has opened a new book in the saga of American leadership.
Or perhaps Juno telling us about public service. Mahatma Gandhi has Juno exactly — to the minute — on his IC, his roots. It’s the object closest to any angle in his chart, therefore strong. So maybe Juno is about serving the nation. Serving the people we’d see through the position of the Moon, but the state might be Juno’s domain.
According to Roman astrologer Manilius (who would, of course, never have heard of an asteroid called Juno), Juno is the “tutelary deity” of Aquarius, the sign of community.
If serving the interests of the state is Juno’s realm, then surely the Queen ought to have a strong Juno. Indeed, you could argue that she is the embodiment of Juno. You would be right. The Queen’s Juno is conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius. Now if we were to combine Roman astrological practice — the use of tutelary deities — with asteroids, we might assume that Juno is very strong in Aquarius. And indeed Elizabeth Windsor is the longest serving English monarch — and has been exemplary in terms of public service.
Her grandson, Prince William, has Juno Rising conjunct his Part of Fortune (how he earns a living) in Capricorn, Saturn’s sign. He was born into this, with no choice in the matter. It’s a duty that defines him.
Another person who exemplifies public service is US President Jimmy Carter, who has dedicated his long life to serving the common good. He has Juno Rising conjunct Saturn, the planet of longevity, at 0° Scorpio, a very brave and determined man.
In Britain, TV presenter Esther Rantzen has dedicated her fame to serving the public, first setting up Childline, a helpline for children and now Silverline, a helpline for the elderly. Her Juno is within a degree of her MC in Gemini, the sign that rules… telephones.
So you see, it’s likely that Juno is not just the asteroid of marriage and partnership, but that she might show us how we serve the community also.
Why am I telling you about this now? Because Jupiter and Juno are close to conjunction all month. And this is quite a rare occurrence. I’ll write more about this tomorrow.
I leave my UK readers with this to ponder.
Opposition leader Ed Miliband has Juno at 1° Aquarius in the 10th, the house of career and ambition.
Prime Minister David Cameron has Juno at 28° Cancer in the 10th in an out of sign conjunction with Jupiter at 1° Leo, conjunct the Moon at 6° Leo.
Their composite Juno — here’s a bit of fun — is at 29°52 Aries. Any agreement they make is not going to last.