posted May 26, 2014 05:09 PM
These threads collate useful information gathered from other forums on LL, and occasionally other sites too. The threads will be updated with new interpretations as these become available.
Acknowledgements: All posts below, unless otherwise stated, were contributed by iQ in various threads.
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Pallas Athena was the second asteroid discovered. Named after Jupiter's daughter, Pallas Athena is intelligent and cerebral. She is the weaver of patterns, linking ideas together. She is strategic command in both the warrior and the peaceful general. Cities are her domain. She has an interconnection with Libra because of her focus on ideas. Like Libra, she can see both sides. She is not blind justice… she is only just. She is creative and artistic. She is a survivor. She expects everyone to claim their personal power.
Where her influence falls is where you will find talents in the following areas. Jupiter's daughter carries influence over many things, such as the immune system, the arts, the father/daughter relationship, intuition, justice, wisdom, defense, horses and the kidneys.
With her spotlight on daddy's little girl, Pallas Athena will help determine how you interpret your relationship with your father, and in turn how you treat all males in general. On her negative side, Pallas Athena touches on conflict, legal battles, injustice and illnesses due to a weakened immune system.
"In astrology, the asteroid Pallas represents applied intelligence: the intersection between intellect and action; the ability to apprehend cause-and-effect and karma. To the mind she grants intellectual rigor, impartiality, and the ability to employ the mind in the manifest world. To the field of action she grants ethics, strategy, and methodology. In her full splendor she is the fierce protector of truth, logic, freedom, and peace; when she is compromised, soon follow deception, violence, tyranny, and war.
As the go-between between thought and action, Pallas is an integral part of conscience: the capacity to translate into action what one knows to be true. Mercury without Pallas is an ineffectual intellectual without the capacity to apply his thought to real life. Mars without Pallas is a dumb brute.
Pallas rules wit and weapons, the art of war and the wisdom of nonviolence, the consensual anarchy of the market and the crushing centralized order of the gulag. Pallas brings illumination and clarity to the world of the mind and competence to the world of action.
Wisdom herself, the startling power of Pallas in the astrological chart is seldom looked-for but unmistakable once understood.
from - http://www.zot.net/pallas_notes.htm#summary - This is a comprehensive site: it lists Pallas aspects for many famous people.
"Pallas Athene is the civilizing asteroid.
She was for the Greeks the patroness of arts and healing, crafts and trades; a great warrior and strategist, who refused to be married. She was the one without a mother: Homer describes her as springing out of Zeus’s head full-blown, his favorite child. Astrologically she seems to be associated with politics and social causes.
It is a very particular type of intelligence... Not logical in the usual sense of the word, it is holistic and inventive: associated with whole-pattern recognition. What is noteworthy here is that we have a mental planet that is not mental in the masculine sense. It is a feminine type of mentation. And it is designed to be used in the outer world. What a concept: a distinctly feminine energy that is most at home in the career.
There is an androgynous quality to this asteroid, with humanistic camaraderie emphasized over sexuality. And the Greek stories surrounding Athena portray her as playing a pivotal role in the issue of gender-bending...........................
On the face of it, Pallas Athene can refer to the positive relationship a woman can have to an authority figure, as a professional woman might have with a mentor, or the daddy’s-little-girl type of bonding, with incestuous undertones, that is its shadow. She can be expressed positively as a pioneering career drive or, in her distorted guise, as the fear of success.
The other face of Pallas Athena can be uncovered by considering her origins before she became the protector of the State and apologist for the conquering order......
The placement of Pallas Athena in the natal chart indicates the best ways to use one’s holistic perception and intelligence..... Pallas in Gemini, for instance, in the charts of speech therapists. This asteroid’s placement also gives clues as to how the native might respond to contemporary sex-role issues such as preference for male children, educational streaming, and the glass ceiling in the work place. It may be that the newly politicized issue of sexual harassment falls under this asteroid’s rulership. A person with Pallas Athene in Sagittarius would be particularly sensitive to the moral dimension of these issues and would address them with passion; the Libra placement would be more likely to approach them through reason and negotiation.
The idea that world leadership should be in the hands of women gets heard more and more frequently these days. Whether the 21st century prime ministers and presidents will be biological women, or men who have repudiated destroy-and-conquer methods, Pallas Athene may be our model for the new face of governance."
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Pallas Athene in our charts symbolizes the process of the evolution of consciousness. Her placement in an individual chart is a sensitive point where we can become more consciously evolved. The sign, house, and degree placement of Pallas represents the richness of our inner soil…it is here where we can plant our seeds and watch them grow, or not. If our soil is not fertile (blocked by difficult planetary energy we haven’t yet integrated and worked through), we will have an extremely difficult time manifesting the life we wish to live and attaining the height of creation and regeneration we seek. In other words, we will not be able to transform ourselves without a great deal of preliminary Soul work. If our soil is naturally rich and we come into this world with a well-placed Pallas, we will have an easier time on our path if we are aware and able to use the energy of Pallas Athene. It is impossible to say whether a person is using their Pallas just by looking at their birth chart. You must have in-depth conversation with them and become a witness to their story in order to discover how they are using – or not using – Pallas’s creative polarity and potential.
from: http://www.throughnightsfire.com/PallasAthenaintheNatalChart-Unlockingdoorstoourfut ure.html
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Pallas is such an interesting asteroid as it goes beyond normal "mercury" mind matters. Mercury is all about organizing and communicating your conscious thoughts ... but Pallas is a particular specialization which takes intellect to a new level. It recognizes patterns, and indicates an ability to take many variables and hold them steady in your mind in order to synthesize them into a cohesive whole. On a more spiritual level, it is also about pineal gland activation. i.e. Third eye awakening to the higher self, wisdom and truth. (Taineberry)