A Journal of Inner Work and Therapeutic Arts
Immanence and Identity in Plural Personality
Richard Dagan

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Minerva-Pallas, 10-4 : An orientational axis.
Identifying direction in context of active archetypal influences and dynamics.

23-28 July 2014

A Minerva-Pallas orientational axis found at midpoint of a novile between the north poles of inconjuncts, shown in context of important archetypes and psychodynamic patterns.

The chart at right identifies a 10th-4th Minerva-Pallas axis. Minerva is midpoint in a novile between the north poles — Mercury N Venus, and Moon N Venus — of three inconjuncts. Minerva is conjunct Hephaistos and Asclepius, and Hephaistos is apex of a kite formation focused on Pallas Athene, similarly conjunct the Saturn/Chiron midpoint. Resonant imagos, archetypes, and key psychodynamic patterns are also shown.

Minerva is Roman goddess of wisdom, medicine, commerce, handicrafts, poetry, the arts in general, and later, war.1  Though the Romans identified her with the Greek Athene (Pallas Athene), her Etruscan name is known to be indigenous to Italy, derived from the Etruscan.2 Menrva is goddess of wisdom and the arts. She has chthonic connection3 and divinatory function, prophecy; is associated with healing, nursing and mothering, protection; and she is a powerful weather god who wields the thunderbolt.4
Minerva and Athena are parthenogenetic offspring, born from the brow of their respective fathers, Jupiter and Zeus. They are similar in many respects, but Minerva is apprehended as more egalitarian and accessible, a guardian of life, preserving the intellectual and spiritual principle through her protective power and under providence of divine intelligence.5 Minerva is part of the Capitoline Triad Jupiter, Juno and Minerva (similar to the Etruscan triad of Tinia, Uni and Menvra). Note also that Mars is the parthenogenetic son of Juno, as is Minerva the daughter of Jupiter — these are important factors in radix dynamics.

Authors of Asteroid Goddesses (1986;2003:31-2) Demetra George and Douglas Bloch write that

[i]n the symbolism of the astrological wheel, Pallas Athene corresponds to the Midheaven where visible, socially useful accomplishments are realized. Astrologically, Pallas Athene represents one's mental creativity and the capacity to create and control one's reality. When a person becomes clouded by ignorance, Pallas Athene's cycle takes them through the transformative process of destruction and renewal of their life structures. [...]

Locus of Pallas Athene in the 4th, as focus of the kite formation with Minerva at apex, Jupiter and Uranus at wings, makes this stabilizing influence fairly clear, as well the universalization of its reach.

Pallas is on the midpoint of :
Mars / Chiron R (0°1'4")  •  Galactic Center / Juno (0°48'53")
Node / Co-Asc[Koch] (0°50'1")  •  Sun / Vesta (0°53'1")

... and is :
Semi-quintile Vertex (36°20'45")  •  Novile Ceres R (39°57'48")  •  Sentagon AC (100°21'47")

What can we say about Minerva?  Well, the Sabian for Aries 9º is interesting; I appreciate the symbol Jones (1969:158) presents, A crystal gazer, but prefer a partial combination of his explication, and Rudhyar's (1974:56):

The development of an inner realization of organic wholeness.
The crystal sphere symbolizes wholeness. Within the sphere images take form. These images may reveal future events, but more significantly they picture "the situation as a whole" — the situation which the clairvoyant is meant to interpret. Implicit is the concept of the world and the individual as irrevocably in partnership, each reflecting the other...

We're thinking of the 10th, though not, in this case, the Midheaven, using whole signs; still, the locus goes to the realization of socially useful accomplishments. Any clues here?  The kite formation we've been discussing more precisely shows Hephaistos at apex, a strongly constellated archetype (Asclepius, too, is proximal), and Hephaistos (the Roman Vulcan) is sextile Osiris, the EqAC, and Uranus → Minerva. In the 11th harmonic, Minerva is biundecile Osiris (65º27'16.4"), which is binovile Chara Atmakaraka Mars (80º10'), in turn biquintile Minerva (141º10').