Asteroid Bacchus in Astrology
There are thousands of asteroids in astrology, and one is called Bacchus, after the Roman adaptation of Dionysus, the god of wine, fertility, and ecstasy/madness.
Every asteroid links to something specific. What does Bacchus represent?
If you want to look up Bacchus in your own natal chart, in extended Chart Selection on astro.com, you can search for Baccus in the asteroid list, or input the number 2063 in the Manual entry box and generate your chart. You can also create an ephemeris for Bacchus.
What Asteroid Bacchus Rules in Astrology
Bacchus is a party asteroid. It's heavy into frenzy and mayhem. Bacchus is a little mischievous, a little primal, and a little wild. So, it does rule huge parties, orgies, drunken madness - hey, that sounds fun! Ha, j/k ;)
Bacchus doesn't like rules, so it's a little Uranus like that. Bacchus doesn't like boundaries, so it's a little Neptune like that. Bacchus does like indulgence and carnality, so it's a little Venus-Pluto like that. Bacchus is kind of self-centered, so it's a little Sun-Mars like that. Bacchus gets whipped up into a frenzy, so it's a little Moon like that. Bacchus goes to excess, so it's a little Jupiter like that.
Bacchus is a little bit of everything except Saturn! Saturn wouldn't like Bacchus very much. Saturn is responsible and disciplined, and Bacchus is the teenage wild child Saturn secretly wants to murder.
Asteroid Bacchus in the Natal Chart
Your natal asteroid Bacchus can show where and how you let go, get lost, and get in touch with your inner wild woman/man. If you have a strong natal asteroid Bacchus, you may be someone who parties hard, at least in your younger years, and has difficulty stopping once you get going.
A positive manifestation of this is creatively. Many super creatives have a strong natal asteroid Bacchus. They get lost in what they're creating, frenzied and wild. Bacchus tends to be strong for performers who are really good live, as well as painters or other artists like that who get caught up in the creative frenzy.
A negative manifestation of this is substance abuse problems. Bacchus is also usually strong in the charts of people with addiction. How fitting that so many super creatives also suffer from addiction! Bacchus may be partly to blame. Though Bacchus usually on its own won't do it, and you'll usually also see some strong Jupiter/Sagittarius and Neptune/Pisces (Jupiter/Sagittarius gives the feeling of, I'm invincible and nothing bad will happen to me if I go too far; while Neptune/Pisces gives terrible boundaries, and also rules drugs themselves).If you've got that in the natal chart, you may want to abstain.
Not everyone manifests the wild side of Bacchus though. Some people completely hold back their Bacchus (usually with prominent Saturn/Capricorn or Virgo). If there's a fear of letting go, of letting loose, Bacchus is stifled. But if your Bacchus is prominent, this isn't a great thing for you, and you can go through life feeling like you're being held back, and there's a lot more inside of you that you need to let out. You can only cage the wild beast for so long. Work on manifesting your Bacchus in positive ways, and you won't need to be afraid of letting loose.
If you were born with Bacchus retrograde, how you let loose and get wild may be different from most, and you may struggle at times with letting go. You may have some blocks you need to work through in order to learn to let loose.
If your natal Bacchus is anaretic (at 29 degrees), you can play up the frenzied side to Bacchus too much, or reject it completely. The anaretic degree always demands some balance be struck, and if you can harness the energy of your asteroid Bacchus, you can make great use of the energy.
Asteroid Bacchus in Transit
Transit asteroid Bacchus can bring this wildness out of us in the areas of life ruled by the house it's touring, and with the aspects it makes to our natal charts. Again, the positive would be using this energy creatively, and finding balance under the harder aspects.
Transit aspects to your natal asteroid Bacchus can impact your ability to let go, to be creative, or to get wild. Beneficial aspects (sextiles and trines) can help with using the energy easily, while challenging aspects (squares and oppositions) can make it difficult, and conjunctions can make it much stronger.
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