The Love Asteroids: Cupido, Amor, Eros and Psyche By C.

Marguerite Hafeman So much more information and insight on romantic issues can be found by looking at the natal positions of those asteroids most commonly associated with the pur suit of love. Let's take a cruise on down past Venus and Mars, check out how Cup ido, Amor, Eros and Psyche can make the dance of love that much more piquant and complex. Asteroid Cupido: In Greek myth, Cupid is the son of Venus; his job was to "wound " the unwary with his arrows of love; awaken a consuming affection directed towa rds a particular object of desire. In one well-known tale, Cupid becomes entangl ed with Psyche, a beautiful king's daughter who has roused the jealousy of Venus ; the tale is actually an allegory about how the soul obtains a true understandi ng of love by undergoing much suffering and hard experience. In astrology, the asteroid Cupido by itself would perhaps be associated with th e trials of love associated with the initial enthrallment and acts of seduction performed in order to obtain the love object, not the sexual act itself. Example s of an overactive Cupido can include crushes, cultivating romance for the sake of the game or putting the object of desire up on a pedestal. In the dark sense, romantic enthrallment can originate out of a love for the chase, only to abando n the prey once it is caught. Asteroid Cupido is not to be confused with Alfred Witt's Uranian body Cupido, which is associated more with family, marriage, tant ra and art. The natal sign and house Cupido is in would indicate the style, tone and prefer red arena of action for an individual's romantic powers; aspects made to Cupido would pertain to the circumstances, positive or negative, under which one would be drawn into a dance of courtship with the object of love. Hard planetary aspec ts made to Cupido can relate either to that quality which particularly excites u s in generating attraction or the barriers and obstacles we erect between oursel ves and the object of desire. The latter could include actual physical obligatio ns, hang-ups, fears, perfectionism, and a need for control or becoming enthralle d with someone who is patently unobtainable. Or we may be essentially unobtainab le ourselves, wrapped in a narcissic contemplation of the self. A strong Cupido in positive aspect to any of the planets would make one highly desirable to othe rs in the ways expressed by the planet being aspected. For example, a native wit h a sixth house Cupido conjunct Venus in Capricorn and both in trine to a second house Saturn in Virgo could present as seductively overwhelming to someone turn ed on by financially stable, enterprising and fatherly authority figures. Cupido unaspected or retrograde could relate to a tendency to repress and/or di sown one's own real needs in the exchange of love, instead sublimating these qua lities to a set of conditions put forth by the desired object, or sublimation in favor of an unrealistic set of conditions that are then projected onto the desi red object. The common pattern would be to fall in love with surface qualities f irst such as beautiful face and figure, a sweet demeanor, and a kind voice; then discover what the person is really like later. Often the proposed love object h as no interest in fulfilling the others own personal needs for love and affectio n. Painful rejection happens because the Cupido person did not allow an honest a ppraisal of their own real needs in the first place, nor clearly perceived the n eeds and nature of the person being pursued. One has fallen for an image and a p resentation, rather than the real person. Natal sign position has an influence on Cupido's style and tone. In Aries one i s inclined to go directly and aggressively after the object of desire, however m ay not stay around once having "scored". Placed in Gemini, Cupido can be a mark of the silver-tongued devil, the two-faced fella. A Cupido placed in Virgo could

earthly sensuality or a penchant for organization.) will be the degree to which o ne attracts those who are unsuitable and even damaging to them. pain or sexual dysfunction. Amor in Taurus and the second house can be very materialisti c. associated essentially with a certain st andard of perfection. therefore the natal placement can show what keeps us from living up to our own ideals and expectations of what love really is. or feel so intrinsically unlovable that they never reach out to anyone in love. if i t is afflicted the person can feel incapable of achieving his ideal love or unwo rthy of being given love. Going by the house. conversely they may be judgmental of humanity at large. caretaking. resulting in various distortions of the impulse to love such as withholding. can be fascinated with alternative forms of lovemaking or can become an object of compulsive desire. The sign and house Amor is found in can indicate the nature of issues that can block or interferes with the exchange of or participation in earthly. in and out of bed. manipulating. George suggests that the archetype functions as the int ermediary between the sensual love of Venus and the higher. As astrologer Demetra George notes. a first house Cupido for example represents someone whose personal i mage and presentation is calculated to magnetize infatuation in others. For example.attract with clean. Amor represen ts a state of loving rather than falling in love. the individual can be overly idealistic. Astrologer Zane B. perhaps wow date s with cultural events. They might again attract those who canno t and will not return their affections in a normal way. Hard aspects in general tends to link the native up with people whose concept of love and sharing is very different from their o wn. however if that person also has a natal planet in hard aspect to Amor . perfect and ideal love. romance or erotic pleasuring for the collective. the asteroid represents compassion . Placed in Cancer and the sixth house Amor might . empathy and loving kindness. It can also symbol ize what we substitute for love. Stein relates Amor to idealized love and related feelin gs. Zane suggests that planet in squ are or opposition to Amor can represent something else desirable that is preferr ed to love. One person's Amor conjunct a planet in another's chart brings feelin g of love. Asteroid Amor: Amor is the Roman god of love. putting money before love. This would be warmth and love as one believes it should be. One may even do self-sabotage in order to avoid experi encing love up close and real. Since the asteroid represents an ideal. Amor can represent love of any thing dear to the heart. obtainable love. or they require a lover who will cater to all sens ual demands. a person with a strongly placed Amor believes in the notion of "true love" and searches for the "soul mate". since unconditional love does not easily exist wi thin a framework of control and predictability. controllin g or attach a list of entitlements to their definition of love. the loved one functions as a devil's advocate or as an expression of one's own shadow. He had Cupido in the twelfth house at 28° Virgo 43' conjunct his Ascendant at 00°Libra 54'. Amor in opposition to planets or other love asteroids can indicate a situation where opposites attract. Amor retrograde could intensify perfectionist conditions placed on the attainme nt of love. An example of a strongly placed Cupido who seduced the masses is Ru dolph Valentino. The natal house Amor occupies is where the person believes they will be able to express this highest form of love. in the ninth.g. premiere professional lover of the silver screen. To the degree that the c oncept of love has been distorted (e. it conflicts with the other person's chart and the result is a volatile state of love/hate. A fourth house placement may seduce through home cooking. Martha Lang-Wescott notes that the sign. Correspondingly. house and aspect pattern a ssociated with Amor demonstrates conditions that are put on "unconditional givin g and loving". A twelfth house Cupido might be prone to seduction via p ornography or fantasy. domination-submission scenarios etc. what were our role models for love and our expe rience and examples of true. platonic love of Nep tune.

Rock musician Jimi Hendrix was born with asteroid Amor in his tenth house of career and publi c life. that which sexually attracts us. erotic feelings. right between her natal Mars at 1°Pisces 33' and Sun-Mercury at 7° Pisces. Astrologer Kim Falconers's delinea tions of Eros by house. power and occult influences. it can also sym bolize the force of love which can change that person's life. then the Eros person is smitten with the planet person and pl anet person often returns the feeling. a waning quincu nx can show that others make you feel that you should do more to please the part ner sexually. Asteroid Eros: Demetra George states that Eros was "a primal. By aspect to another's planets or points. especially involving sex. Eros in quincunx aspect can represent guilt and over-reaction towards the sexual experience. Venus or Mars. In Pisces one can attract experiences of victimization and expl oitation in connection with love. Transiting Eros ca n be a harbinger of the new love affair or signal the appearance of sudden attra ctions. thoughts and dreams. Eros shows our longing for completeness and along with Amor provides clues for finding a "soul mate". o ur sexual preference and the primal font of desire-energy. astrologers ex the natal chart.represent a compulsive caretaker of those selected for appearing weak in some wa y or it could represent someone who makes excessive. sexual c onsummation. in square to Pluto and the Vertex of Fate in the eighth house of sex. Asteroid Amor in Leo might require constant adulat ion and assurances for being the wonderful lover they think they are. sexual dysfunction. Jimi's music certainly had an enchanting effec t. all located in her third house of basic communicati ons. Ac cording to astrologer Zane Stein. phallic god born o ut of Chaos (the Void) at the beginning of time. Eros conjunct Sun. A person with a stron g Eros would be moved to periodically re-create the experience of finding and be ing in love A well-represented Eros seeks regular physical contact with others. Ideally Eros is sup posed to represent the tantric path of transforming instinctual sexual drive int o skilled erotic love as a way to enlightenment. placed in the third house they may haunt the l ocal strip joints to find it. child-like demands for nurt uring on others. Beyond that. they may be adored as powerful authority figures. In a chart Eros would symbolize our passion. especial ly if Eros is conjunct the Ascendant. There can also be repression of the sex drive on occasion. What About Asteroid Psyche? Psyche is a connotation hibit some disagreement in the meaning of Psyche in position should be interpreted. Moon. premature sexual experiences or a tendency to seek outlets for unconventional sexual fulfillment. Ve nus or Mars can be quite liberal with their favors when circumstances permit. de ath. Add charisma and the ability to charm anyone. sign and aspect are recommended as a valuable resource f or interpretation. even if his Eros makes no reciprocal aspe ct." But so ofte . known for her sensual and seductive role s in cinema. with associated connotations about finding for the soul." He was later known as the son of Mars and Venus and was considered ruler of sexual desire. the same combination points to the circumstances surrounding his untimely dea th from complications related to taking drugs. if one person's Eros makes an aspect to anothe r person's planet. Martha Lang-Wescott mentions Eros retrograde as denoting a state where the sexu al interests and compulsions of other people to which one is sexually attracted. This combination is given public focus by an opposition to dreamy and cinem atic Neptune and asteroid Psyche. both retrograde at 6° Virgo in Elizabeth's tenth house of career and public life. Much has been made d Cupid. and how its of the story about Psyche an the "soul mate. create difficulty as in when a partner seeks satisfaction through internet porn instead of with an actual person. placed in the tenth house. an emotional force that drives the desire for physical. Actress Elizabeth Taylor. Eros is that which "turns us on". has Eros at 4° Pisces 38'.

Star tennis player Venus Williams has asteroid Psyche at 16°Taurus in conjunction to asteroid Chiron at the same degree. while harder aspects indicate a lack of sensitivity. Below are a few observations made by the writer. rather they turn out to be the on e who teaches the difficult lessons in life. for the purposes of this discussion. control and power issues. located in his seventh house of partners and right on the Descendant. the soul mate is not the one who sweeps us off our feet. Square or opposition between Eros and Cupido: This aspect can indicate excitemen t and erotic stimulation generated by playing the seductive love games you enjoy . in an opposition t hat which initially attracts you may be the very traits in another you seek to b ." A transit to Psyche can trigger a re-enactment of the pain or an old situation tha t got the best of one. in the company of someone who physically turns you on and who can play games t oo. One may keep a mistress for great sex and a wife for serving the ideal of " pure" love in a committed relationship. empathy. live in denial through suppression of c ertain feelings and truths and/or being willfully blind to the damage they can i nflict on others.a psychological wound or trauma from which one does not really recover. Her formidable athletic ability could be said to have its roots in deep and mysterious places of the so ul. the conditions placed on love and one's own unique expression of love. both in the eighth house of sex. the ability to channel and direct energy fields or the ability to create material product. Perhaps Psyche can be regarded as a facilitator for the power of love-and other archetypal instinctual forces. carryin g us to eternal co-habitation in mutual bliss.. the asteroid is not included specifi cally as a love indicator. Or this could be someone who loves being social. For example.. A softer contact between these t wo asteroids could symbolize a tantric union between erotic desire and platonic concepts of love and friendship. since it represents a most powerfu l pivot for better or worse. Demetra George has a much more positive take on Psyche. this placement serves as a symbol for distorted projection of the s ex drive. Ther channeled or not. Martha Lang-Wescott suggests that Psyche's position "represents a point of dama ge. however keeps the love object at home. depe nding on the elemental designation of the sign the asteroid occupies." Here Psyche is supposed to be a higher octave of Venus. these are in trine to her Mars at 17° Virgo 56' in the twelfth house of mastery. George maintains that softer aspects made with other planets and points can facilitate empathetic con nection to others. love an d psychic attunement to another at its most refined state. suggesting that the ast eroid represents "the principle of being psychically attuned and bonded to anoth er human being. The intrinsic concept of Psyche is "being purified by suf fering." Wescott also notes that a natal Psyche retrograde can indicate someone who projects their problems onto others. on the love asteroids in hard aspect with each other and in association with major chart points and planets. But its position and the aspects it makes should be c onsidered in an examination of a natal chart. N ote that the magnetically attracting aspect of conjunction doesn't necessarily t ranslate into a "nicer" person or one who has an easier time with love relations hips. rather than as an overwhelming desire to sexually please the partner. Under the ides of Psyche one may be brought into confrontation with their own k armic issues regarding relationship. on the physical plane. delivering some pain along the way.n in real life. death. in the conduct of human affairs as pertains to the pursuit of love and being loved. nurtured by a conduit into primal collective energy. She sugg ests that Psyche power can express as mental telepathy. sociopath Charles Manson has a conjunction of Eros exact on h is Jupiter in Scorpio. In a square the exercise may degenerate into competition. Square or opposition between Eros and Amor: Sex is considered as separate from l ove.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky was a 19th century composer who produced music that is still widely played today. Any of the Love Asteroids in Strong Aspect to the Moon's Nodes. his Eros is in conjunction with the North Node at 2° Pisces. they can therefore be drawn to the eccen tric. In this cir cumstance. aspects made with another person's planets or points can trigger all sorts of surprising phenomenon good or bad. perfect romance. It's another issue entirely. Conversely. Parental m urderer Eric Menendez has Cupido and Amor in Pisces closely trine natal Moon in Scorpio and Neptune in Sagittarius. Moon: The Moon represents security needs and the nurturing function. Love Asteroids in Aspect to Planets: Sun: The Sun represents essential identity. a love asteroid in hard aspect to the Sun could have the effect of blo cking either one's own ability to love others or conversely can direct libido en ergy onto other external targets. there may be a pattern of str uggle and frustration around trying to get various love objects to cooperate wit h the individual's expectations of sacred union.ring into line later. Fo r example. Square or opposition between Cupido and ive love games in order to feel sexy or t form of love for someone or something he preliminary games of love constitute r the other is prepared to give. Amor: Can indicates one who plays seduct desirable. pointing to unconscious mother. This state of being matters because the expression of love and attainment of it in in teraction with others constitutes a vital aspect of human existence. communication is employed as a seductive turn-on . both in square to Venus. taboos or longings. For example. A Love Asteroid Unaspected or Weakly Aspected in a Natal Chart: Can actually rep resent a sizeable problem for the native. detachment and independence. Sun located close to a love asteroid would take the native's love act nat ion-wide. depending on personal prefe rence. Midheaven or Asc endant: Indicates that personal concepts of love are influenced by collective my ths. but who reserves their highes else in another setting altogether. while his Amor at 5° Taurus is in sextile or trine with the Moon's Nodes at about 3° Virgo-Pisces. nurturing and security issues. unearthly. or can indicate a love affair with the public at large or the production of a product that arouses a sense of passion in the public. in that the energy represented by the placement then tends to express in an unconscious and unrestrained manner. endless attrac tion. Mercury: With Mercury involved. in a client's chart this indicated co nscious suppression of her own formidable female sexual nature by becoming overw eight instead. Witness asteroid Eros in conjun ction to the Sun. Or t a test to see how much and in what manne Square or Opposition between Psyche and a Love Asteroid: Introduces a wounding e lement into the mix. as to whether such traits in a potential lov ed one are actually healthy for a long-term or intimate relationship. etc. Issues around parity in giving and receiving w ould concern aspects made to either Sun or Moon. wherein the individual may initially attempt to split off e motional and love needs from the necessary challenges and disillusioning experie nces that must come with earthly life. a Moon in Aquarius person would likely require a certain amount o f novelty. Chiron at 6° Cancer and the Ascendant-Descendant angles o f the birth chart at 9° Cancer. until the individual comes to a cons cious realization of the psychological dynamics insinuated by the natal sign and house placement of the asteroid. utopia of twin-soul compatibility. unavailable or fascist personality. but in aspe ct to love asteroids the expression of this principle can go in weird directions . the true center of one's reason for being. the two planets are straddling the foundatio n of the chart.

sex as a weapon and the inhibition of creative or independent activities in others. Actor Antonio Banderas has Eros almost exactly conjunct Mars in Gemini. In return. as both a superior athlete and poss ible performer in a heinous crime of passion. interesting gossip. one's own or other peoples'. tr avel. sports.J. Neptune: Neptune's involvement can indicate an intimate association with one's own creative muse.. bu t actually the combination can often translate into excessive behavior around ma tters of romance. and a consistent environment within which to gain trust and to make str ides in acquiring wisdom or producing a creative product. in square to Mars in Cancer elevated in the ninth house of higher m ind. frustration. Marilyn Monroe had Eros in Capricor n trine Venus in Aries. in square to Jupiter (organized religious beliefs) in Cancer and his fourth house of root psyche and home base appeal. For example. Venus: A love asteroid teamed with the Goddess of Love should be a slam-dunk. Negatively. Talk show host Merv Griffin had Amor in Taurus and the eleventh house of c ommunity affairs. withdrawal. psychic ability or astral visions. intellectual dialogue. the object of desire should be able to equally entertain the other with witty repartee. with one's own standards for approved social beh avior. or religious proclivities. sigh. Functioning at a darker level of interaction. He has asteroids Amor and Cupido i n conjunction on either side of his natal Mars at 6° Gemini." Mars: There is no denying that Mars up close to a love asteroid can endow the na tive with incredible sex appeal. it can exp ress as power struggles for control. Evangelist Billy Graham had asteroid Am or in social sign Libra and his seventh house of partners. from food to drugs to sex. A narcissist with Venus contacts can present as an object of d esire or one who can command desire in others. Simpson. in square to Pluto and Venus in Virgo. Film director Oliver Stone. The native might also be drawn to those w ho will encourage them to go over the top in romantic and sensual indulgence. Jupiter: Jupiter traffics in belief systems. The Martian drive in hard aspect to love asteroids can show up strongly in the charts of prominent a thletes and those who traffic in violence. with holding. or conversely will judge or be judged for beliefs or mannerisms. st ability. new information. these also stand in o pposition to asteroid Eros at 3° Sagittarius retrograde. Media magnate Rupurt Murdoch has fifth house asteroid Amor (entertainment and sp eculation) in Aries square his first house Saturn in Capricorn. he had no diff iculty seducing his female victims into "taking a ride. This is an over-the-top "charisma ray" that can easily be re-directed towards pl easurable overindulgence of all kinds. etc. His life has bee n marked by a series of ruthless business skirmishes involving both competitors and his sons. while sex kitten Bridgett Bardot has Cupido conjunct her Mars in Leo. indicating attraction to someone or something which aligns or not. serial mur derer Ted Bundy had Cupido in Capricorn sextile Venus in Scorpio. alternatively there can be a lack of discrimination and a disregard for boundaries. with hol ding or granting approval accordingly. As a candidate for a sex object that conquered the masses. We must also include O. Saturn: In the positive sense Saturn with love asteroids can bestow security. tightly in square to Mercury in Leo located in his second hous e of income. misfit or ill in . martial artist and film star Jean-Claude Van Damme has Cupido at 15 ° Aries 27' retrograde in his sixth ho use of work. or a liaison with someone who is an addict. If natal Mercury is in a water sign and in aspect to a love asteroi d. famous for presenting violence as cinematic art has Eros at 21 ° Cancer 17' and the ninth house of philosophy in tight square to a Ma rs-Chiron conjunction in social sign Libra and the twelfth house of appeal to th e masses. one could be skilled at making amorous contact with another via natural bioel ectric resonance.

Pluto: Here the contact must result in a transformative experience.megadelfi. Fiind in casa personalitatii exprima forta transformatoare in individ. These eighth-house issues played o ut in her life with both husbands Robert Kennedy Jr. The aspect makes a statement both about his creative muse and the ability to use his talent s to generate a fortune over a lifetime. Both types of Uranus contact tend to get off on crisis. Flamboyant entertainer Liberace ha d asteroid Eros in Aquarius and his second house of income. Mai pot spune ca iti doresti un partener care sa nu iti dea batai de cap. authority or some other symbol of Leviathan. enjoyment of unpredictability. money. sa te ingrijeasca si ocroteasca si s a fi a lui si numai a lui. Uranus: In the New Age sense contact with Uranus would indicate a requirement fo r surprises. Jacqueline Kennedy On assis had asteroid Cupido in life-and-death Scorpio in conjunction to her natal Ascendant of persona and both in trine to Pluto in Cancer located in the eighth house of . a carui persoanalitate sa nu iti s upuna puterea deciziei sau altele sau din potriva care doreste un partener care sa aiba controlul asupra situatiilor mereu. Cupido in casa a 7 a este o pozitie semnificatoare pentru casnicie si nu numai. and Aristotle Onassis. Attraction mus t give way to deep emotional catharsis. In the reactionary sense one could be excited by control freaks. in opposition to an eighth house (occult contacts. Cupido in scorpion se leaga de posesivitate. At a slightly less intensive level one might prefer to express their love through chronic power struggles involvin g sex. drama and disruption until maturit y brings about certain realizations. other people's money) Neptune in Leo. penetration of the soul. besides having asteroid Eros conjunct his Sun (center o f identity) in the tenth house of career and public life. can do so at the interactive website http:/ /www. rules. even alterna tive preferences in sexuality. Si tu iti doresti acelasi lucru de la el. in determining the suitability of others. . Esti o persoana care ar dori un partener caruia sa ii daruiasca mult din ea insasi. ea exprima modul in care persoana se aserteaza lumii de langa ea. Or we may be moved to project artistic or other bohemian tendencies we do not wish to personally own onto the beloved. as c lassic tragedies presented on a global stage. death and other people's money. close relati onships that will consume and reconstruct the native are favored.some way. In hard aspects one may habitually employ the rose-colored glasses to their detrime nt. Neptune can also bring visions of the loved one as not being of this earth or attuned to higher vibrations. perhaps a visit to the burning ground. futuristic orientation. in square to a Uranu s-Mars conjunction (lightening-bolt drive and inspiration) in Gemini in the four th house of root psyche. Ai vrut sa te referi la hades opozitie cupido? Hades are un efect asemanator lui pluton. Genul de persoana care nu mai priveste in jur dupa ca satorie. Rock singer Jim Morrison had asteroids Amor and Cupido in Pisces and the first house of basic persona. nothing else will do. Author's Note: Any reader interested in locating their own natal positions for the love asteroids under discussion. Nu stiu exact dar probabil ai trecut prin numeroase crize transformatoare ale persoanei propri i. restrictions and a strong authoritative style.