Cerberus Meaning in Astrology

Asteroid Cerberus Meaning in Astrology: Sacred Protection

In Greek mythology, Cerberus is the three-headed dog that guards the doorway to Hades – the underworld. Because of his brutality, he often appears as a terrifying creature with a serpent’s tail, razor-sharp teeth, and snakes protruding from multiple parts of his body.

As Cerberus guards the gateway to Hades, Cerberus in astrology can represent the sacred protection to our “underworld”, or the subconscious as you can relate.

To understand the innermost secrets of your soul is to dig deep down into the subconscious.

And indeed, one way to our innermost self is through Cerberus, by which you have to understand your past, present, and future, as represented by the three heads of this fearsome creature to overcome your own dilemma.

Disclaimer: The study of asteroids is still at its infant stage, so this article suggests tendencies and potentials. It serves as guidance for your self-development.

How to Find Cerberus in the Natal Chart

These are 6 steps to find the asteroid Cerberus in your birth chart:

  1. Go to astro.com (Extended Chart Selection)
  2. Enter your birth details, such as the date, time, and location of your birth
  3. Click “Additional object”
  4. Under “Manual entry”, enter “1865” – the number of Cerberus
  5. Click “Show the chart”
  6. Boom! The asteroid will appear in your natal chart as “Cerbe”

Cerberus in Astrology

Astrologically, Cerberus can represent protection, loyalty, crossing boundaries, and order in your natal chart. 

When Cerberus is activated by transits, it can indicate a time when your personal values and belief systems are being challenged or questioned, or when others threaten to strip you of your power.

In the story of Heracles‘ Twelve Labors, Cerberus was not the cause for what happened; rather, he was caught up in the quest of the hero.

When Cerberus is activated, you may find yourself drawn into a difficult power conflict that has little to do with you.

According to Serpil Mostra, a classic example of this would entail career opportunities in which your leader/manager/superior undermines your efforts for advancement in order to ensure their own survival.

You may have no connection to the person, their circumstance, or their intentions, yet you find yourself in the midst of a dramatic and intense situation.

The activation of Cerberus can also bring about the correction of past events.

As I said above, the three heads of Cerberus represented the past, present, and future symbolically, so you may infer that Cerberus in the natal/transit chart calls for inner reflections on the past to be evaluated in the present for future improvement or advancement.

An example of this is the return of a “thought-to-be-dead” friendship, companion, or opportunity.

In this situation, you may receive a message from the past seemingly out of the blue, causing you to ponder its significance in the present. Then, decisions are made regarding whether to continue with the disconnection or whether to renew the connection, thereby creating a new future option.

As Cerberus is the Guardian of the Underworld, he also protects the deepest secrets of your Hades, or your shadow self.

Perhaps we are able to claim that Cerberus represents a part of the self that few, if any, outsiders will ever see.

Again, transits of this asteroid would be quite indicative of Cerberus’s effects at this point.

Cerberus in Heracles’ Twelve Labors

In Greek Mythology, Heracles had to capture Cerberus and bring him back to the earth’s surface as his twelfth and final labor. In order to do so, he needed to obtain approval from Hades, Cerberus’ master and god of the underworld. 

Heracles traveled to Hades in the Underworld, and Hades consented to let him seize Cerberus without the use of weapons and without harming the dog permanently. As you can guess, Heracles had to fight with bare hands in order to capture Cerberus, a vivacious monster.

However, using just his inner strength, skills, and cleverness, Heracles managed to pin Cerberus to the ground and keep him there.

After completing the task, he brought the beast back to the outside world and gave it to King Eurystheus. The king was so afraid of Cerberus that he gave Heracles an instant command to send the dog back to Hades, officially declaring that the Twelve Labors was completed.

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