Pallas Athene -> Libra (Nov 5th - August 2019/ Retrograde from Feb -> June 2019)
Pallas Athene is the Goddess Asteroid that represents the Warrior Queen within. She is Political. She is Creative Intelligence. She takes our vision and helps us create it. She uses raw material to manifest. She tinkers and solves problems. She is the negotiator, the advisor in conflict. She is the Strategizer - showing us the path to success also showing us how we ironically evade it out of fear. She is able to see Patterns, recognize them and make assessments from that. She weaves. She happens to have governance over Libra as well.
It seems we have forgotten that Libra is Justice and Justice is not always kind - Pallas Athene can help us out with executing the Justice part. She prefers to avoid violent conflict so she calculates moves with stealth - but she can and will deliver the sword, clad in armor as her duty calls her to - she is fiercely protective and a great defender. ( I think of Brienne from Game of Thrones).
Pallas will be in Libra for a long while…until August of 2019 - stationing retrograde during this time.
Her entrance into Libra is timely with the US Elections - perhaps she is the push for Justice that marginalized groups are so in need of. She gives our vision breadth - we know this is a battle that is far beyond elections - Voting is one step in the plan.
At her entrance she joins Venus Rx and Ceres whom are bonded at the moment - there is no lack of Goddess energy. Yet, Pallas can bridge the conversation between the masculine and feminine - especially in Libra - the sign of relationships, equality, balance, harmony - peace. Yes, Pallas’ myth tells the tale of living & adapting to a patriarchal world & she did “betray” her fellow women in some ways (be reminded though that many myths have changed as they were written in mans hand but in modern terms you can think large groups of white women that support Trump) - but she is in such a position of influence - her effect could be great depending on how she plays it. Many of us may be womxn navigating a systemic patriarch but doesn’t that position us to give voice to the fellow oppressed - to infiltrate the minds and systems that govern us?
Use what is before you, use the systems in place, use the “facts” to your advantage. The funny this is…Myths change, as the society does; I wonder what myths we are weaving right now - we are primed in a historic moment to rewrite them, perhaps more than ever.
Pallas for women can connect us to our inner masculine, for men - the inner feminine (likewise it shows how we fight it). We could spend this transit exploring the healing of these polarities, finding healthier ways they want to express within each of us. We could flip the whole gender dynamic on it’s head - who knows.
A Passage from Asteroid Goddesses (by Demetra George) to ponder upon “The protective suit of armor that Pallas Athene wore to ease her entry into the masculine world later becomes the barrier that prevents access to the world of emotions. The defense system of intellectualizing and rationalizing acts to put distance between the self and others and keeps one from experiencing feeling and pain. Pallas Athene represents the need to balance male and female polarities within us as well as the difficulties that result when this harmony is not achieved.” In AG it is also written “Pallas’ over identification can lead to an estrangement from one’s intrinsic nature, giving rise to a personality expression that alienates others and presents intimacy with the opposite sex.”
How I see this is not as achieving some sort of exact 50/50 polarity of masculine and feminine within each person - rather finding the percentage that IS of our personal nature - not one influenced by the “outside” or “expectations”.
This coupled with the North Node moving in nurturing Cancer for the next year - there is massive healing to be done that is demanding the presence of the masculine within us all. Again menfolk - this won’t be pleasant if you try to resist it.
Pallas Athene comes with less heavy, more beautiful gifts as well in Libra. Libra, as we know, relishes in relationship, beauty and art - you know Venus like things. Pallas as a mechanism of pattern recognition can support our efforts to see and mend patterns we keep playing out within relationships - it may become quite obvious to us the common theme we’ve kept in tact through them all - for better or worse. Her presence means we may finally put something to bed and break a pattern to establish a new one.
Pallas as Pattern Recognition in Libra can also help those that are designers, stylists, event planners, artists, craftmakers. Libra loves to beautify and create ambiance - we can improve our environment to be more aesthetically pleasing by finding all the right pieces, or consulting with someone who can support that effort. OR some of us may also embrace our inner stylist and learn a new skill. Pallas Athene also encompasses our learning abilities, so it is a good time to take up classes of some kind that expand your repertoire and enhance your creative flow - and connect you to people. You’re more likely to just go for it because Libra wants mental stimulation, Pallas Athene wants to “see” the creations - this is the perfect combination.
There is no doubt in my mind that this particular Pallas Athene transit of Libra is lasting as long as it is so that we can do some major healing around masc/fem polarities that will support the State and Society in the long run, as WELL as healing our approach to decision making (Libra can be hella indecisive and could do well with learning more about strategy and “seeing” patterns), as well as be something that helps us indulge in the part of us that likes to create beauty and harmony. There is an internal and external sense of “peace” to focus upon with this transit. I hope we embrace it.