Here at Pseudo-Intellectual Astro Bitch Central we LOVE our bad girl biblical upstarts – Jezebel, for instance. Not to mention Lilith.
So how about asteroid Herodias – number 546 if you want to use the Astrodienst Extended Chart options to to throw her into your chart.
She is currently at 23 Taurus – opposite Saturn – and is natally conjunct my MOON.
Who was she? It depends who you’re asking. Christians/the Bible have her on a feminine badness scale up there with first-wife-of-Adam Ms Lilith (see Bitchcraft for more on her) the above-linked Jezebel and the Whore of Babylon herself. AKA the Goddess Ishtar. Keen biblical scholars will recall that she rocks up riding a Dragon, wearing a crown with the 12 signs of the Zodiac on it.
ANYWAY – Herodias is accused of several schizzy deeds in the Bible – getitng her daughter Salome and/or herself to seductively perform the Dance of the Seven Veils so as to distract someone or rather (it is honestly really vague and yet complex) long enough to have John the Baptist killed and his head served up, Game of Thrones style.
Other charges against her: Being a divorcee who nonetheless got King Herod to marry her. Adultery. Being a witch. Being actually a Supernatural Evil Feminine being. Inciting lascivious crap amongst the decent womenfolk. Worshipping the Moon Goddess Diana and that her real name was Herodiana.
She inspired a cult devotion, with some even saying she was Hecate, the Queen of the Witches herself. In 943 AD, long after her time, the Bishop Of Verona was threatened enough to formally denounce “those who believe that Herodias rules one third of the world.” Some Christian myths say she was made into a sort of immortal bitch bird, permitted to rest only on treetops between midnight and dawn.
Asteroid 546 Herodias – who wants to go there?
Image: Paul Delaroche – Herodias