Juno is an element of the asteroid belt located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The asteroid was discovered in 1804 by Karl Ludwig Harding and named after the most important goddess of the Roman mythology, Juno. The orbital period of Juno is 4 years and 133 days.
Juno in mythology
In Roman mythology, Juno is the wife of Jupiter and the most important Latin goddess. Her Greek equivalent is Hera, Zeus’ wife.
According to the myths, Hera and Zeus were both the children of Cronus (besides Demeter, Hestia, Hades and Poseidon). Cronus ate all his children, fearing their power – only Zeus escaped, being hidden by his mother Rhea on the island of Crete. As an adult, Zeus freed his siblings from Cronus’ stomach and fell in love with Hera.
He asked her to marry him, but Hera refused, so Zeus turned himself into a cuckoo (a symbol of fertility in ancient Greece), in order to get closer to Hera during a storm. The goddess took the bird to her bosom to protect it. Then, Zeus returned to his true form and Hera was so ashamed of what happened that she agreed to marry him
The marriage of Hera and Zeus was not a happy one, because Zeus had a lot of affairs with other goddesses and with human women, with whom he conceived many children. Still, even if there were a lot of tensions and vengeance acts between the two, Hera remained faithful to Zeus – so she became a symbol of fidelity and the goddess of marriage. Juno had the same role in Roman mythology. Actually, many Roman weddings took place in June, the month dedicated to this goddess.
In paintings and as a statue, Juno is depicted with long hair and wearing a tiara. She is accompanied by a peacock and she’s usually holding a pomegranate in her left hand and a sceptre (with a cuckoo on the top) in the right hand.
Juno in astrology
Looking superficially at Juno, we could say that, in astrology, she represents marriage and/or the partner that we will have. But the asteroid means more than that: Juno also indicates our desire to have a happy and fulfilling relationship – no matter if we’re talking about marriage or other types of bonds (civil union, friendship etc.). It indicates if a person tends to have monogamous relationships or not, if a person likes stable long-term relationships or if he/she prefers short ones, if a person accepts to be dominated by the partner etc. Persons with a strong Juno in the birth chart will try to have long-term relationships, while – for example – persons with Juno conjunct the Ascendant will consider marriage or the “fusion” with another person as being their main goal in life.
The negative side of Juno is that the asteroid influences our dependence on the partner, the infidelity and the complexes that surface when we don’t get that “fusion” we so much desire.
Juno’s transits produce important events regarding relationships – like marriage, a breakup or a divorce.
And last but not least: Juno is an important element when analyzing synastry charts or composites. You should always take the aspects formed by your Juno and the partner’s planets (or the lack of such aspects) into consideration.