Asteroid Circe #34 is one of several asteroids used to see where magic lies in a birth chart. Circe (pronounced ker-kee) was the daughter of the Sun God Helios/Apollo and either the Goddess Hekate or the sea nymph, Perse. Circe lived alone on an uncharted island where she practiced witchcraft, necromancy, shape shifting, shamanism, herbalism and illusion. She was multi-talented and was especially known for her knowledge of potions.
When Odysseus landed upon her island with his men, she turned them into swine with a powerful brew and proceeded to mess with Odysseus for about a year. Odysseus was warned this witch would steal his manhood if he blinked an eye and he required Circe to promise that she would not before he gave in to her love potion and became her toy. Hermes lent a helping hand and eventually, Odysseus's men were changed back into what they were before Circe had her fun. Odysseus knew Circe had the information he needed to reach his goal and he had to play his cards right to get it. Under the enchantment of Circe, Odysseus lounged on her island and in her bed while his men ate and drank and waited for orders. Finally, he was released and went on to ultimate success.
Circe in a birth chart represents how we use magic, herbs, and alchemy to arrive at an end. Where we can cast illusion is seen with Circe. Talent with Paganism, energy moving and causing or assisting in the transformation of others are all elements of Circe. Some negatives associated with this asteroid are: (1) the desire and talent to manipulate, (2) a propensity for cunning, and (3) our hidden selfish motivations.
Circe was a lusty figure with an agenda. In a time where women were married and kept under wraps, she was all about being on her own and getting what she saw as her due. That dude (Odysseus) washed up on her beach and she was gonna get laid--I mean, paid. Circe has a shameless side to her. This asteroid can show us where we are not about to bend to the judgments or limitations of others.
Men with their Sun or Venus in conjunction with this asteroid are often drawn to witches or women who are knowledgeable in the occult. Women with Circe in strong aspect to the Sun or Venus have a decidedly "witchy" way about them. Circe by house placement will show what area of life her powers show up in. Aspects to Circe point to how we use the energies of this asteroid.