For this asteroid article, we’re going to focus on asteroid Achilles (like your Achilles heel!).
About Asteroid Achilles in Astrology
Asteroid Achilles is named after the Greek god Achilles, and it was discovered in 1906 by German astronomer Max Wolf. In the story of Achilles, he was pretty indestructible, except for that pesky part of his foot (hey, if the rest of us only had one bad body part, I think we'd all be pretty happy!).
In astrology, Achilles shows an area where we can have too much confidence or not enough confidence and it's to our peril. If we can avoid that, we can use the energy to our advantage. This can be focused on the areas of life ruled by the natal house your natal asteroid Achilles is located.
Sextiles and trines by natal asteroid Achilles to the other natal bodies can make it easier for you to have balanced confidence. Squares and oppositions can make it more challenging, and you may sway one way or the other until you consciously fix that.
Conjunctions by natal Achilles to other natal bodies can show whatever the body rules, you have either way too much confidence that needs to come down, or way too little and that needs to come up. Whatever the body rules can be your Achilles heel, and you have to work on that.
In transit, Achilles can show where confidence needs to be improved, and where you may have an Achilles heel at the moment. This can focus on the areas of life ruled by the natal house transit Achilles is touring. Sextiles and trines by transit Achilles can make it easier to manage, while squares and oppositions might make you sway too far in one direction or the other.
Conjunctions by transit Achilles can bring out major Achilles heel energy, and you have to work on controlling this, otherwise you may experience a downfall in some way. This piece by Alex Miller for The Mountain Astrologer details how transit Achilles can trigger an afflicted Achilles in your natal chart and bring your downfall. Great read!
It takes about 12 years to orbit the Sun. This means you have an Achilles Return roughly every 12 years (when transit Achilles returns to the exact position it was at when you were born). The Achilles Return can be a great time to work on the Achilles heels you know you have, and try to balance confidence.
How to Find Asteroid Achilles in Your Natal Chart & in Transit
Achilles is number 588 on astro.com, if you want to check where your own is. To find your natal Achilles, go to ‘Extended Chart Selection’, then click on ‘Additional objects’, and then type number 588 in the ‘Manual entry’ box, and then generate your natal chart.
To find where Achilles currently is located you can use astro.com to create an ephemeris (go to Extended Chart Selection, then click on Ephemeris, then Additional objects, and type 588 in the Manual entry box, then generate the ephemeris).
Suggested Reading: Asteroid Diary: Apollo