Asteroid Pandora: Mischief-Maker Or Just Misunderstood?

Pandora ArtEveryone knows the story of beautiful Pandora. Unable to contain her curiosity and despite explicit instructions to the contrary, she opened the box that contained all the world’s evils and out they flew…Right at the end the little spirit of hope flitted out. There is more, of course, but that’s the concise version.

Mythologically she slots straight into the pantheon of other trouble-making females blamed for basically everything bad; Lilith, Eve etc etc.

Astrologically, she is asteroid number 55 and as with the other asteroids (see the category Asteroids for more) you can put the number into the Astroidenst expanded chart options to see where your Pandora is.

At the moment, she is at 18 Gemini so in a few days, I am about to have my Pandora Return, as my natal Pandora is 22 Gemini. Square Venus. Do i know what this means?  Not really. Pandora is one of many asteroids i go on and off studying.

Some say she operates like a female Saturn-Pluto energy, being about the opening of the box you don’t wanna open.

Others that she is more a rebellious influence, where you will never do what you’re told.

Maybe it is social activism? Erin Brockovich, Germaine Greer and Karen Silkwood all have/had super prominent Pandoras. Stirrers, the lot of them.

The few times i’ve checked out Pandora in synastry (between charts comparison) Pandora seems to be a component that really gets under the skin  of other peeps. If a significant point in your chart (eg; Ascendant, Moon, Sun, Venus, Mars) aspects your lover’s Pandora, they’re totally buzzed out and infatuated-yet-irritated by you.

Maybe Pandora is  just sexy but bats? Operating like a mental Moon?

Thoughts please guys.

Image: Michal Swider

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calypso scorp
calypso scorp

oh yes. In synastry my ex Kataka lovers’ Venus sits on my Pandora. Makes heaps of “totally buzzed out and infatuated-yet-irritated by” sense!

lolabelle
lolabelle

Just read at this site that Eris (Strife) is Pandora’s mom! I have Eris conjunct my IC…have never had a stable homelife and now maybe I know why…

http://wiki.achaea.com/Pandora

lolabelle
lolabelle

Just wanted to mention that my Pandora falls in my fourth house and I am, indeed, the black sheep of the (dysfunctional) family.

Love the artwork!

lolabelle
lolabelle

Great site and posts! My Pandora conjuncts his Venus and South Node, his squares my Mars and sextiles my Eros. I agree re the attraction/irritation. Any thoughts on my particular situation? Thank you.

scorpiontailedtongue
scorpiontailedtongue

Pandora in Virgo 11th House.
Doesn’t sound very adventurous to me.
My rebellious must come from another asteroid.
Why can I see a Virgoian Pandora say no, don’t look in the box and then list off a long list of reasons why not to take a peek.

shell
shell

Pandora in Scorp in 4th. Opposite my 10th house Taurean venus.
Can’t come up with anything about that.
I don’t have anything else in 4th and don’t pay much attention to that house. Perhaps it could be said that I decided not to open up the family of origin box. Or that it busted open years ago and now we are all scattered to the winds (I didn’t do the busting though).

Fi
Fi

Wow! How empowering to know that I am MEANT to be a very Pandora-ish kind of gal! Pandora is EXACTLY conjunct my Sun, at 13 degrees Saggo, not too far away from my mercury in Saggo, and exactly square my pluto in 10th (virgo 12 degrees) funnily enough, also at 13 degrees Saggo (12th house) in my exes chart, even though he (an Aries) was 5 years younger than me…. Weird but it has ALWAYS been me that notices, gets pissed off at, and then finally, out of frustration at everyone’s blindness or piss-weakness, points out the elephant in the… Read more »

hummingbird
hummingbird

Just had my pandora return Mystic! Mine’s at gem 11’54 in 4th house – v close conjunct my sun at 10’55, opp my mars in sag and semisq my venus in aries. No idea what any of that means either. But man I’ve had a bit of a thing with and who has def got under my skin, also has Pandora in gem – about 6 degrees away from mine..so not quite conjunct tho? I just visited him too and think had my return the day I left – it was very emotional, head filled with wild ideas of moving,… Read more »

fluidfeline
fluidfeline

Kim Falconer has a great take on Pandora and if I may quote from her fab book “Astrology and Aptitude” available on her website link at left. Pandora means “All Gifted One”. She received gifts from all the gods on Mt Olympus when they made her and she has much to offer, if one can handle the disruption that does with it. Pandora in a significant position adds curiosity, restlessness, vivacity and excitement. She adds a particular nuance, related to sign and house, that is zany, outspoken and eccentric. Audacity. Pandora was meant as a punishment for mankind from the… Read more »

fluidfeline
fluidfeline

Prometheus is asteroid no. 1809 if your are interested.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Great story/info., FF.

I remember when at the zenith of my despair of feeling off track with my path due to such distraction with the Pisces and our drama that I didn’t see that it was fitting that all of it was a part of the process. Never the less, I had lost hope in the face of these realizations but got it back even whilst groping in the dark. Growth is self initiated..

Love Kim. Thanks.

minniethemooch
minniethemooch

.. And on another topic..Where do you find these beautiful paintings Mystic? They are truly gorgeous. This is the second time I’ve had my breath taken away and I’ve only been looking at your site for about a fortnight.

Spirit
Spirit

Yes !…the Art is always so evocative, provocative.

plutonic gem
plutonic gem

okay so i have pandora 26 Aries in 6th house and right next to it chiron 19 in aries in 6th house… oh if anyone can help me with an interpretation… all i know is one with this name got under my skin a long time ago…

venus a-go-go
venus a-go-go

Oh… looky.

My moon in Libra is flanked closely by Lilith and Pandora. And all in my 12th house. Which is the same house and sign that Pluto is in.
Why does this make me to build a blanket fort and live there for the next month or so?

P.S. I only open boxes that should be left alone when sexy times are involved… or when my mother tells me not to go near it. I start off being all empowered… but then it turns to shit and pisses me off.
This chart aspect might explain this.

PonPon
PonPon

Hmm, I have pandora conjunct my MC in libra, in the 10th house. I have to say, I’m not much of an activist. I really do enjoy taking/debating my beliefs, though I don’t get much chance to. However I intend to become a kindergarten teacher. ;p I dunno what the libra aspect adds to it. My boyfriend has pandora in his 2nd house in aquarius. It also sextils with his asc. and trines his MC, lilith and chiron. I think his pandora sextils my moon. I know what bugs him the most is when I get emo and un-talkative, (especially… Read more »

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

Major aspects Pandora 13 degrees in Leo conjunct in house 3, and Leo and my Scorp moon/Neptune forming square thingys.

I’m not sure if this could mean that if I’m all sunshiney and Leo the surprise element works well….and if Pandora and my Scorp moon and some booze combine something less pleasant is brought forth, or maybe I am cautious about opening up some scorp/neptune influenced situations…

I do know that sometimes I innocently stumble into a whole heap of unsaid things by asking questions which does mostly free things up, eventually.

whatevs
whatevs

she is at 2 degrees aries conjunct my MC and chiron in opposition to uranus in virgo – suspect she is of assistance with whistleblower tendencies re health and safety.

Water Pig
Water Pig

I have pandora at 15 degrees gemini in 11th house and the only aspect is a semisextile to the sun in 9th (taurus). If Pandora is the component that gets under other people’s skin i’m in trouble because the 11th house is communities, social life, aquanitances, organisations, hopes, wishes/goals etc. All of those things are very important to me in life, and essential for work, but they are also the areas where i’ve struggled. If Pandora is at 18 degrees gem now, she must have only just done a return in my natal chart a few days ago. Every aspect… Read more »

Charles
Charles

I have Pandora at 26′ Sag and Saturn at 24′ Sag, 5th house. Also I have Pandora trine Pluto. I have no idea what all that means, especially since Pandora is right at the base of my really weird Saturn/Jupiter Yod pointing to my Sun/Moon conjunction. Yes, considering these aspects really is opening a Pandora’s Box.

Wow, Pandora has an orbit of only 4.58 years, I’ve never heard of anything so fast.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

If you open Pandora’s box that may hold the key to your “wholeness” …”Sun-Moon conjunction” at that top of your Yod as Sun and Moon is the anima/animus.

Just a thought….

That “opening” may come from 5th house activities….love affairs for one.

Charles
Charles

Funny you should say that, I was just reading some Jung material on anima/animus. I decided I should study Jung in more detail rather than just relying on my probably-mistaken impressions gathered from uncertain sources.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

“mistaken impressions gathered from uncertain sources”

Yeah, sounds shaky at best..lol…..I wouldn’t want “uncertain sources'” mistaken impressions either…. 🙂

Charles
Charles

Well I only say that in the sense that I learned about Jung so long ago I don’t even remember where I learned it. I figure I learned it properly at the time, I’m no dummy, but I just can’t be sure. Time for a refresher course.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

“Pandora has an orbit of only 4.58 years, I’ve never heard of anything so fast”

She has to work fast as so much shit in the world…. 🙂

olyalyalya
olyalyalya

Thanks Mystic, love Pandora. There was a beautiful metaphor I read about her somewhere. Say you have a family going about their daily bussiness, but something is wrong, it’s almost as though there is a big pile of rubbish in the living room that no one talks about and everyone tries to cover up. Then comes aalong Pandora, sits herself next to the rubbish heap and starts throwing it around the living room. She is digging deaper and as she does it the family turns hysterical as piecces of dirt start flying around the living room damaging their belonging and… Read more »

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

That’s absolutely true in my experience Olyalyalya. Some people really fight to not see the rubbish but I think once you open “the box”, it must be delt with even tho others will fight you to not open it.

And, if one deals with what’s in the box successfully, there can be a gift!
For sure…

Your Pandora is conjunct my Eros in 12th Mystic. Sounds intense, eh? 🙂 Yes, Happy Return and may you enjoy your box of hidden treasures.

olyalyalya
olyalyalya

My nanna MUST have a massive Pandora influence, this is how she makes me feel all the time, like I’m not dealing with my merde.

Pandora in 12th house for moi, in Scorpio. 12th house Pandora sounds intense. Like I need anymore intense lol.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

My Pandora was in the Pisces 12th with his Sun, Jupiter and Chiron.
Anything 12th is going to be heavy duty esp. if we’re digging the merde! Agree with the intense, O.

The Empress
The Empress

Love your description of Pan oly. I am one of those that see the things that are wrong and cannot ignore.

Definitely feel the Plutonic vibe with her. I see her as undying curiosity in areas which both challenge and repel us yet we can’t help ourselves.

My Pandora is 15 deg Libra in the 11th. She trines my NN by 2 deg and is semi-square my MC 0 deg.

olyalyalya
olyalyalya

Actually now I think about it, it does rather feel like I live in a confession booth, knowing people’s deepest darkest . I don’t mind.

Scorpi pandora trine Crab and sextile Moon, conjunct Pluto at 1 degree and sextile Neptune at 0 degree. PHEW!!

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Think it was in order that I opened “the box” but glad I didn’t know what I was getting into at the time.

My Pandora conjunct the ex Pisces Sun.

Sassy
Sassy

Classic example of Pandora with Germaine Greer, right on her MC in Scorp. She delves into places where people are just too afraid to go. She has certainly opened many a boxes in her life time!!!

whatevs
whatevs

O thanks I wondered if it would be MC with GG.

Sassy
Sassy

Thnx for clearing that up Mystic..haha see previous post on Virgo Composure. Pandora in Virgo. “Infatuated-yet-irritated” with Virgos huh..

Its is my curiosity that opens the box that they dont like?.. 😛

Lucy
Lucy

My younger sister recently told me I like to ‘stir the pot.’ Not something I do on purpose, just purposefully. How can you not ? Who wants to hang out with the perpetually unstirred, unmoved, unmotivated ?

The sludge is going to come up sooner or later. What are you waiting for ?

At what age are Leos the most Leo because I’m feeling very Leo these days.

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

Throughout my life I have surges of leo-ness lucy. I mean it’s always there but sometimes as you said I feel very leo. I’m not sure if there is just one age where we are the most leo. I’d love to know how other leo people feel too.

whatevs
whatevs

where is your uranus? A uranian leo would be quite something.

shell
shell

I’ve a multiple leo friend, merc, sun, moon, asc, uranus, NN. No amount of superlatives could describe how amazing she is. Sun conj Moon in 12th, 2 degrees off her Leo Asc, Merc in 12th also. Then Uranus conj NN in the first, loosely conj her Asc also. Amazingly self-aware, generous, very open about her psyche/good/bad bits, brilliant at cutting through crap and giving advice. Open to all sorts of new adventures in her life, particularly now she’s done with marriage/child rearing. Has also sorts of public service type art plans, like docos, sustainable housing developments etc that she launches… Read more »

LemonfreshLeo
LemonfreshLeo

Because I’m special Pandora 0 Leo 29′ 12″ what does this mean?

prowlncat
prowlncat

at zero degrees it’s exact which adds intensity. What house is it in and is it aspecting or near any other planets?

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Kim has a great article on the Aries Point: “0” degrees of the Cardinal signs.

http://www.falconastrology.com/aries_point.htm

prowlncat
prowlncat

haha cool Sweetpea … I have Cancer Venus at 0 degrees. This is what Kim has to say about it: “Venus-AP Can mean our sensual, accommodating ability to connect and bond with others moves out into a greater social arena. People see us for our capricious, artistic and ingratiating qualities. The famous artist.”

Ingratiating??? I DON’T think so … capricious .. well yeah.

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

Sagg moon cancels out ingratiating. 🙂

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Well, I told you all those things (about 0 Cancer Venus in 1st.) about yourself many, many months ago if I recall…. 😉

But.. I think Gemini rising probably is (as one myself you see… 🙂 )…Gemini rising can be ingratiating to their own favor as they weave their mentally lovely webs….hehe

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

We will let you keep your dignity Scorpalish… 🙂

prowlncat
prowlncat

damn straight scorpy!!

Yes you did Sweetpea … I remember that convo. Tho still don’t reckon “ingratiate” fits … irritate, quite possibly! hahaha 😉

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Hmmm. My Pandora is conjunct Pluto in Libra at the very tail end of my 1st house. I don’t know what that might mean but I like it!
Although, seeing as I am a professional social activist, I’m a little concerned that Pandora squares my Natal Cappy Sun.

Pandora is currently floating around my Midheaven – perhaps not a good time to go opening cans of worms on the vocational front…? Hell yes, wish I’d picked up on that one earlier…

virgo cat
virgo cat

Also almost conjunct my Pluto in first house (in Libra).
I also have strong activist bent.
Interesting.

prowlncat
prowlncat

I have Pluto in Virgo in the 5th and Uranus conjunct Pandora in Libra in the 5th!!! So what’s that like … a completely bats but charming hell raiser who has some pretty twisted ideas on what constitutes fun??? .. hell I resemble that remark.

Addicted to Mystic
Addicted to Mystic

Ohhh I adore the idea of Pandora as the troublemaking stirrer, opening boxes she shouldn’t!
I have her in my 6th house 27 deg kataka, trine my sun and square my venus…6th house? Everyday stuff? Not sure

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

A trouble maker at home? Domestic shit-stirrer? Medical sooth-sayer?
Beware the over-stocked and unevenly packed kitchen cupboard?
Avoid self-diagnosis of medical issues via the inter-webs?
I’m just riffing on a tangent here…

zeb
zeb

Interesting… my Pandora is 11 deg Virgo in the 10th house hanging out with my Sun, Pluto and Mercury. This may account for my professional intellectual curiosity and strong social activism bent. In my personal life I do have a tendency to ask an important man in my life endless penetrating questions. I have an intense need to know where he is at. I have to admit I am not always able to deal with the answers when I get them.

Steph
Steph

My Pandora in 16 Sagg trines my Venus in 16 Aries. Interesting, since everything from Jupiter to Neptune squares my Venus in Aries. Perhaps love is my Pandora’s Box?

It also trines my ex’s Venus in 15 Leo. He always said I was the kind of girl he shouldn’t be with because we’re 8 years apart and I was still a bit too young when we first met. But of course we were together. His Pandora moment, I guess.

Andromeda
Andromeda

Hm, I have Pandora conjunct my natal Sun in Leo.
Just the other day, hubby said I was a pro at intuitively finding people’s vulnerable point and zapping it! Worried, I asked him if I did that with him and he said not at all.
His Pandora and mine are in houses where the other has no action (his Taurus, mine Leo).
Guess that could fit then MM!

Andromeda
Andromeda

Both our Pandora’s trine our own NN’s and in my Mars trines his Pandora, whups. Not sure what that would signify..? My Virgin Mars likes opening his Taurean Pandora’s Box?

Michelle
Michelle

My Ceres is 18 Gemini. I guess I’ll have a Ceres/Pandora conjunction.

My natal Pandora is 29 Scorpio in the 3rd house.

I think another possibility is that she represents the willingness to follow your curiosity and the faith that you can handle whatever you uncover.

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

liking your pando interp

virgo cat
virgo cat

Indeed!

spmalr
spmalr

My natal Pandora is 29 Scorpio 4th house. I agree with your interpretation, I am resilient.

FireyBovine
FireyBovine

o this is very funny if I have it right: as soon as I read ‘infatuated-yet-irritated’ by you my internal voice went ‘uhoh’ …

He has venus kataka 23 degrees
I have pandora kataka 25 degrees

his fave catch cry is ‘you are SO difficult!’ and it’s at my shit stirring, niggling, teasing especially re our relationship – his pissweakness and my arien impatience to get on with it for FS … I love this dynamic tho, it always ends in laughter