Named for the Goddess of Marriage, This Asteroid Points to What You Need in a Relationship
What do June, weddings, and money have in common, besides summertime and possible travel? Since ancient times, all of these have been closely linked with Juno, the Roman goddess of love and marriage. In fact, the entire month of June—the traditional month for weddings and marriage—is named after her. And while we often associate marriage with merging of finances, we can thank Juno for our word “money.” In early Rome, Juno’s temple where money was made, and in this role, she was referred to as “Juno Moneta” and protector of funds.
Mythologically, Juno—Hera to the Greeks—was the queen of the gods and was only one of two legally married women in all of Olympus, along with Venus. In this way, Juno’s importance was tied to her husband Jupiter, the king of gods, and embodied traditional ideas of monogamy and marriage. A more modern version of Juno would include anyone who feels very identified with their partner or with being in a relationship.
While often Juno was represented in stories as a jealous wife, her astrological influence goes far beyond that stereotype. Juno in astrology refers to the third asteroid discovered in our solar system in 1804. Currently, Juno sits on her throne in Cancer and is in close conjunction with the north node, trine Neptune and opposite Saturn. This current placement speaks to our collective movement towards emotional connections and intelligence in both business and romantic partnerships.
The Juno placement in our natal astrology chart reveals our key motivators for being in a relationship as well as our core wounds related to attachment. Through a comparison of its placement at our birth and current transit, we can come into a deeper understanding of how to navigate our cosmic connections. Because Juno presides over lasting marriage and business partnerships, the asteroid can offer clues about the type of person we marry or find it easy to commit to. These energies help us differentiate between being attracted to someone and short-term satisfaction versus what is a good long-term fit for us.
In the more positive expression in our chart, Juno shows us what balanced partnership can be and how we can create both togetherness and individuality in close relationships. This archetype assists us in finding ways to honor both personal purpose and connection through commitment, equality, and loyalty. However, the shadow side of Juno can be similar to the mythology, and include power struggles, jealousy, or manipulation. Through considering Juno’s impact in our chart we can come into a deeper awareness of our wounds around partnership and the larger lessons surrounding relationship dynamics.
Knowing Juno’s placement in sign and house offers clues to our main needs in partnership as well as possible places you might meet your future person. I tend to think of the sign placement as the main motivating factor for relationship and the house as a possible location of where you may meet them. As Juno often deals with building a life and home, the house placement holds more importance in exploring this part of the chart than with other asteroids.
Below is a basic guide by sign and house to uncovering Juno in your natal chart and coming more into contact with your future or current cosmic connections:
Aries or in 1st House: Partners who keep you inspired and active. Keep an eye out for passion that leads too far into drama (Juno and Jupiter were both known to take things too far…even after 100 years of marriage). Keep your eyes peeled at the gym or while you are out and about.
Taurus or 2nd House: Craves partnership centered on stability and physical security such as financial resources. Beware a possible materialistic desire instead of one focused on grounded connection. Ideal long-term partners may pop-up through friends of friends or a matchmaker.
Juno in Gemini or 3rd House: This placement seeks mental stimulation as well as someone else to bounce ideas off or communicate often with (possibly even too much). Shadow side of Gemini Juno could be social without one-on-one relating. Learning environments could be prime places to meet a partner.
Juno in Cancer or 4th House: A key desire is finding a nurturing partner to build a deep emotional connection and home life. Sometimes too much Cancerian energy moves into being a parent instead of partner watch out for that tendency. This could be a relationship that happens over time or meet through family friends or religious institutions.
Juno in Leo or 5th House: A want ad for this Juno may mention wanting to start an empire with someone and who helps you feel seen or inspired to build an empire. Think twice about someone who is just charming but not able to see you as well. Possible meeting spots could be anywhere with the best and brightest, the hot new restaurant that is hard to get in to.
Juno in Virgo or 6th House: Someone who works and functions well in day-to-day life whether it be washing dishes or simply eating a meal together makes this partnership world go ‘round. Keep an eye on patterns of getting too obsessed with intelligence that it loses an emotional bond. This person could very well be right under your nose, as a neighbor, or someone you see at the grocery store.
Juno in Libra or 7th House: An equal and complement would be the qualities that motivate Juno in Libra most. Beware that equal doesn’t always mean just in terms of financial success or superficial version…but instead, someone who gives you a sense of equilibrium. This sign is closely connected to Libra so aesthetically oriented places such as an art museum or shopping mall.
June in Scorpio or 8th House: Deep soul and intimate bonding create the drive for this asteroid placement. However, lack of intimacy can be mistaken for intensity or power struggles, so keep an eye on the difference between the two. These partners could be found at an empowering workshop or another place of vulnerability.
Juno in Sagittarius or 9th House: This combo craves a vision keeper and idealist, or someone to wax poetic about philosophy or travel the world together. The mundane day-to-day relating could feel less interesting with your partner, though a necessary part of bringing it into reality. Perhaps you meet them while traveling or at a mind-expanding conference.
Juno in Capricorn or 10th House: Capricorn Juno is motivated by stability and security in a partner, both financially and emotionally. Things to watch out for would be wanting someone who acts as an authority over instead of a balance of power. These ideal long-term connections could show up in work situations or related events.
Juno in Aquarius or 11th House: A quirky or inventive person who keeps you on your toes or helps you lean you more into your creative side. The downside of this placement might mean someone who could be a bit off in the clouds in their own endeavors. Community connections are ideal for Aquarius energy to expand so attending Meetups or other similar events could be key to meeting this special someone.
Juno in Pisces or 12th House: A dreamer or someone with whom you can cultivate more of your spiritual connection. This placement may be prone to a fantasy lover versus something more real, so stay on top of projections and illusions. Attending meditation retreats or nature immersions offer opportunities for coming into contact with the divine…and a potential partner.
Art by Olivia M. Healy