Asteroid Hygeia #10 is about health, wellness and nutrition. This is a large asteroid, the fourth largest in fact, and takes 5.5 years to complete an orbit of the Sun.
Known as the Goddess of health and well being, Hygiea was the daughter of master healer Asclepius and had two sisters who carried the family talent, Panacea (cure- all) and Lasso (remedy). Hygeia was known for cleanliness and preventative health. The symbol used in medicine today of the serpent twining around the staff is the symbol of this Goddess.
The cult that worshiped Hygeia also looked to dream oracles and healing dreams. Hygiea was essentially the first female Nature path. She was into complete holistic healing that encompassed body, mind, and spirit, the unconscious and the conscious, the light and the dark, the young and the old were all needed to be in balance in order to provide a solid base for health and longevity.
Hygiea was a master of incorporating all of the psyche into her wellness plan and so was a master healer, herself. Purification was a large element of this Goddesses duties. Casting out disease remains to this day a form of rite of purification. Hygiea is symbolic of this.
Where this asteroid shows up in a chart shows how we incorporate health, healing and purification in our lives. The house placement of Hygeia will show the area of life we manifest her energies, the aspects will show how we utilize her.
In transit, Hygeia can show medical intervention, surgery, sickness and imbalance.
Negative placements of this asteroid show hypochondria, fear of doctors, dislike of hospitals and chronic illness.
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