When considering the nature of asteroid Paris in your chart you might want to familiarise yourself with the myth of Paris of Troy and use it as an allegorical platform to help contextualise the symbolic meaning of the asteroid in your own life.
Below are some ideas about his meaning in the birth chart...
The Paris Myth at a Glance
King Priam of Troy received an oracle when his son Paris was born prophesizing that he would be the downfall of his father’s kingdom. Paris was therefore sentenced to death by his father and left on a lonely hillside where he was rescued by a kind old shepherd. Paris grew up helping the shepherd tend to his sheep and devoted the rest of his energy to his romantic conquests. (Paris had grown up to become a very charming and handsome young man).
One day a quarrel broke out on Mount Olympus between Hera (queen of the gods) Aphrodite (goddess of sensual love) and Athene (goddess of justice). They were arguing about who was “the fairest one of all” and so Zeus sent Hermes, messenger of the gods, to go and fetch Paris to judge the contest. As Paris was a seasoned womanizer, Zeus felt that he would make the best judge.
Paris initially refused the request, knowing that whichever goddess he chose would ultimately incur the wrath of the other two goddesses. His last attempt to defer the choice-making process was to cut an apple into three parts, offering a segment to each of the goddesses and pronouncing them all winners. Hermes continued to threaten Paris with Zeus’ ire until he eventually subsided and the contest was underway.
The goddesses paraded vainly before the young Paris offering to bestow him with different virtues if he chose them. Hera told him he could rule the world if he picked her, Athene offered to make him the fiercest of warriors while Aphrodite merely opened her robes and offered him the cup of love along with the promise of the most beautiful mortal woman as his bride.
Paris, in the flush of youthful passion and inexperience, picked Aphrodite. His reward was Helen, queen of Sparta and wife of Menelaus. Full of anger and contempt after losing the beauty contest, Hera and Athene walked away plotting the downfall of Troy.
The Trojan war began when Helen’s cuckolded husband had discovered this indiscretion and ended with Troy being burned to the ground and all its royal heads of state destroyed. The oracle thus proved true.
Paris as a Metaphor for Immaturity and the Inexperience of Youth
As Juliet Sharman-Burke notes:
“Paris, being young and therefore not yet clear about his inner values chose Aphrodite without hesitation… The Judgment of Paris, as it is known in myth is an image of the first of life’s great challenges to the developing individual: the problem of choice in love. This dilemma is not only about trying to decide between two women or two men. It also reflects our values because our choices mirror back to us the kind of person we wish to become. Paris, because of his youth and the driving force of his sexual needs, cannot truly choose from a mature perspective. His choice is made by his desires, rather than by himself. Here is the problem of free will versus the compulsion of the instincts.
Key Concepts: Asteroid Paris in the Birth Chart
Paris shows us where we have “growing up” to do, where we are still locked into an adolescent mind-frame and where we need to undergo a rite of passage into adulthood
Paris represents immaturity, adolescence, youthful vigour and enthusiasm
Paris represents “beauty aroused by passion”
Paris shows us where we seek pleasure and the fulfillment of our desires
Paris represents teenage lust and the nascent stirrings of one’s uniqueness and individuality
Paris represents an “initiation by fire”
Paris can represent an inescapable, inevitable “fate” that forces the person to get real and grow up
Paris represents the knock-on effect our choices can have and how they affect others
Paris represents crossing from adolescence into adulthood usually after being confronted with the aftermath of one’s choices
Paris represents the passage of man from adolescence to maturity
Paris and the Uranus Square Uranus Transit
Paris has affinities with the Uranus square Uranus transit we experience in our early 20s. “Even if you do not go through an especially rebellious phase, this will still be a time of intense and rapid change, when you go out into the world and pursue your own goals without the comfort and security of doing what your elders tell you. Doing what you are told may not always have been pleasant, but it did allow you to avoid responsibility, which you will have to take on now.”
No one can make Paris’ choice for him –it is one that he must make alone and once he has made that choice he must suffer the consequences.
A conversation between Dionne and Cher in the classic 1995 teen-flick Clueless comes to mind.
Dionne asks Cher: "Is Josh giving you shit because he's going through that post-adolescent idealistic phase?"
Well, that's what Uranus square Uranus is about -it's our post-adolescent idealistic phase where we test our ideals and values in the world "out there."
Paris and the Saturn Trine Saturn Transit
Paris has affinities with the Saturn trine Saturn transit at the age of about 18, right before we experience the Uranus square Uranus transit. 18 represents a very literal entry into the world of adults.
In most countries it is when we are allowed to drink alcohol for the first time, vote and get married. It is also the age when most people leave their childhood homes and go off to college.
This time also coincides with the nodal return (which occurs approximately every 18 years), reflecting a time of emotional maturity. A new life path often opens up to us at this age as we gradually grow more confident in asserting our independence; carving out a potential career path and testing our mettle in the world of adults.
Erin Sullivan likens it to a Jupiter-phase when the “Jupiter/Zeus within wants ascendancy. Just as Jupiter/Zeus had to liberate his siblings by disembowelling his father, Saturn/Kronos, the 18 year old also needs to do this… a graceful movement out into the world of expansion, growth and exciting new horizons.”
Or, to quote Robert Hand:
“When Saturn trines Saturn you have often reached a stable understanding of what you are and you can take control of your world and prepare to achieve your goals in life.”
This is part of the process that Paris represents and if he features prominently in your chart (closely aspecting your Sun, Moon, MC or Ascendant) then the process of individuation via the decision-making process will be a marked one for you and a recurring theme in your life.
Get Real, Grow Up
The world will constantly ask that you "get real" and "grown up." Saturn trine Saturn also marks a time when we become aware of our inherent limitations.
The world opens its arms to us and through a process of discernment we discard that which does not come easily to us and nurture and grow that which does come naturally and easily to us (trines are the aspects of "ease"). Like Paris, we must make choices and eliminate that which does not support our growth and concentrate our energy on that which reflects our inherent talents and capacities.
Paris represents entering the world of adults through an unavoidable “fate” that forces us to grow up –this can be something “grand” like a love triangle or something as “simple” as going away to college and having to properly fend for ourselves for the first time.
Paris represents choices and the decision-making process and therefore shares an affinity with the Cardinal Air sign Libra (which is ruled by Venus) and the Mutable Air sign Gemini (whose esoteric ruler is Venus). Note the pivotal part that Aphrodite (aka Venus) plays in the Paris myth.
Paris Corresponds to the Tarot Card "The Lovers" and the Number Six in Numerology
The story of Paris of Troy can be likened to the Path of The Lovers in the Tarot, the 6th card in the Major Arcana. The card's exoteric ruler is Mercury and its esoteric ruler is Venus.
The Lovers card depicts a man faced with a choice between two women.
In most decks one woman is often depicted as an old crone and the other a beautiful young seductress. Clearly, Paris' choice is an archetypal motif that has been articulated in a variety of ways over the centuries.
The Lovers correlates to the 6th lesson on the path of the Tarot and in the Chaldean numerical alphabet the number 6 vibrates to the planet Venus. It is the number of love and romance.
The 6 vibration is said to be able to attract others with its magnetism and is said to be the number of idealism and affection with a strong antipathy towards discord, jealousy and general unpleasantness. The number 6 is also about balance, responsibility and harmony. If you tot up the value of the word "Paris" using the Chaldean numerical alphabet you get the number.... you guessed, it, 6!
It is interesting to note that in the natal chart of France the Sun is in Libra. The Sun, representing one’s essence and core personality, fits France and especially its capital, Paris, like a glove. France's natal Venus is also in Libra strengthening and reinforcing its effect on this nation famed for its lovers, painters and musicians (all Venusian domains).
Paris has long been associated with glamour, love, beauty, opulence, refinement and desire. It is seen as an epicentre of art, haute couture, fine dining and exquisite architecture (as one might expect given its Venusian rulership). The numerical value of the word Paris, as we have seen above, is the number 6, which corresponds to the planet Venus, harmony, balance and love. Paris is known as the city of romance and its beauty and charms delight and please the senses.
Uranus, as the esoteric ruler of Libra, underpins the inner needs and motives of the nation. As a hotbed of political and social reform over the centuries, France has long been synonymous with strikes and revolutions -no one does protests quite as well as the French even in the modern age.
From the French Revolution in 1789 to the student riots of 1968, France takes its national motto LIBERTÉ, ÉGALITÉ, FRATERNITÉ seriously.
Interestingly, Uranus was discovered in 1781 and its sighting ushered in a time of great global upheaval and the demand for political and social reform. The discovery of new planetary archetypes always coincides with its energies being awakened in the collective and when Uranus made its presence known, revolution was definitely in the air.
Note the similarity between the onset of the Trojan War and the French Revolution (indeed, revolutions in general). Wars and revolutions upset the status quo bringing in a new sense of balance and order to the world.
Paris, France vs. Paris of Troy
It’s funny how astrology and by extension, myth, can sometimes play out in a very literal way in our lives. For me, the asteroid Paris seems to have been embodied both literally (through the city) and in the youthful and naïve qualities of the mythic Paris of Troy (I was a horribly naïve 18 year old and experienced a lot of "reality checks" when I moved to Paris –most notably through my poor choice of roommates -the relationship theme again!).
The Sun represents the continuing process of who we are becoming and my Sun-Paris conjunction was constellated very literally when I moved to Paris at the age of 18 to attend university.
As we have seen above, Paris of Troy represents a very specific phase of growth from adolescence to adulthood and is one of many mythic images that represents the Hero on his solar quest for individuation.
Paris became a key player in my specific life myth (Sun represents the unfolding life myth) and the process of independence and individuation (Solar themes again).
Any planetary object aspecting the Sun relates to a very specific archetype that will be activated as we start to move into our unique life destiny (Sun).
The city inspired me creatively (Sun) and I went through an extremely charged time of creative self-expression during my years there thus helping give voice to my emerging self-expression (Sun).
It is important to look at all planetary bodies you have that aspect that Sun as their energies will give you clues about how to go about manifesting your unique life path -they "serve" the Sun and so serve you and who you are becoming in this life.
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