Asteroid Diary: Desiderata
Another asteroid analysis, this time for asteroid Desiderata!
Asteroid Desiderata was discovered in 1892 and named after Desiree Clary, a woman who became the queen of Sweden and Norway, was engaged to Napoleon, and was apparently the cat's meow, like the Angelina Jolie of her time.
So what does asteroid Desiderata represent?
Asteroid Desiderata in Astrology
This asteroid represents something you want but can't have unless everything were to come together perfectly. This is essentially the asteroid of yearning because it’s usually something you really really REALLY want but don’t ever get.
If Desiderata is conjunct any natal planets or other bodies, this can be an area where you struggle. You yearn to have it, but it seems like a constant battle to try and get it.
As stated, everything needs to come together perfectly to get it, and this may be largely out of your control. Try handing it over to the Gods and Goddesses and if it happens, it happens! It’ll fall into place in its own way (kind of like it did for the OG Desiderata).
In transit, Desiderata shows what you’re yearning for now. This can be in the areas of life ruled by the house in your natal chart transit Desiderata is touring, as well as whatever is ruled by any natal planets Desiderata conjuncts.
Conjunctions by transit Desiderata will bring out the most yearning, almost desperately so. You can also find any transit planets conjunct your natal Desiderata bring out some major yearning as well.
If other aspects, transits, progressions, or returns show it, then it can be a super lucky time where something important falls into place, and that thing you yearn for becomes reality. Just make sure you can handle that!
A note about Desiderata in Synastry
When your Desiderata is on something in someone else's chart, you annoy them by telling them what they need to change about themselves or their life. When someone else’s Desiderata conjuncts one of your natal planets or bodies, they do that to you. So it’s a bit of an annoying connection!
You may be pointing out something that objectively does need to be changed about them, or they may be doing the same to you, but it generally just annoys us.
I’d put Desiderata connections up there with Pandora connections (which can show really getting under someone’s skin, though it can heighten sexual chemistry) - a challenge to get over the annoyance!
Finding Desiderata in your Natal Chart and in Transit
Desiderata is number 344, so go to astro.com to look it up in your natal chart (in Extended Chart Selection, type the number 344 in the Manual entry box of the Additional objects section and then general your natal chart).
To find where transit Desiderata currently is located you can use astro.com to create an ephemeris for Desiderata (go to Extended Chart Selection, then click on Ephemeris, and type 344 in the Manual entry box in the Additional objects section). So what are you yearning for?
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