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Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, crafts, commerce, strategy and magic, the counterpart of Greek Athena. She was born from Jupiter’s head, fully grown and armed to the teeth. After Jupiter had impregnated the Titaness Metis, he was reminded of a prophecy that his own child would overthrow him. So he swallowed Metis whole, who set about forging armor and weapons for her soon-to-be-born daughter. All that racket gave Jupiter a god-sized headache, so Vulcan came with a hammer to cleave Jupiter’s skull, to relieve the pain, and from this crevice Minerva emerged, ready for battle.

Astrologically, Minerva represents wisdom and courage; the ability to analyze and strategize; perceptual knowledge and its application; facility with math and numbers; dexterity and manual skill.

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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