Hygeia Mythologically

 In Greek Mythology, Hygeia is the great-granddaughter of Zeus / Jupiter via the Apollo(n) line.  Her father Aesclepius,  another asteroid, was the Greek god of healing & is often shown with a physician’s staff & a  snake wrapped around. The cock bird was also sacred to Asclepius and sacrificed on his altar.  Chiron, the centaur, was his mentor.
Aesclepius had five daughters.  The two most famous are Panacea (cure all) and Hygeia, the root of the English word Hygiene or public health. Hygienists at one time in American history called Hygeists.
Hippocrates, the great doctor of antiquity and father of the Hippocratic oath that doctors take, was said to be a mortal descendant of Asclepius.  His promise calls upon the Greek gods as his witness, doctors still take some form of this oath today, sometimes without the ancient gods.  It begins solemnly:

I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant. …


Hygeia 10 First recorded observation April 12, 1849 by Annibale de Gasparis in Naples, Italy, we are speculating that it was 9:30 AM giving a Cancer 05.00 Ascendant, and putting Hygeia herself in the Fourth House of home and housekeeping.  Her ascendant’s symbol is an “Automobile wrecked by a train” demonstrating the importance of reorganizing one’s environment into a beneficial environment.  When afflicted, Hygeia in the chart is about reckless disregard for one’s person and environs.

Interestingly, Hygeia is conjunct Juno  (07.37 Cancer) and the Asteroid Apollon (Cancer 15.31) , which mythologically at least was her grandfather.  In such a configuration, Hygeia suggests the importance of hygiene and cleanliness as the basis of family happiness and health and is supported by her Line of Vitality trine between the Sixth House Moon and the Tenth House Sun.  There is no doubt, housework and cleanliness is hard work.  That idea is impressed upon us with Hygeia lacking a Line of Efficiency — there are no shortcuts to being tidy, and if we look at the latest list on Amazon, there is no shortage of books and methods of how to get there.

Suprisingly there is no Line of Personality, aspects betwee Jupiter and Saturn.  Perhaps this is telling us Hygiene is independent of personal preference and with no Line of Culture either, Hygeia is warning those that do not think it is important, should reverse that opinon.

Il Signore Dottore de Gaspari also discovered Parthenope, Egeria, Eunomia, Psyche, Massalia, Themia, Ausonia and Beatrix.

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 Using Hygeia

In the few cases we used Hygeia, we discovered that it works well as a public hygiene point.  Here are a few examples from our notes:

  • One native who had Hygeia in the Third House admitted that she came from a very neat family where ironing, clean windows, and presentable appearance counted.  it was also sextile her Sixth House of work and labor, and she admitted that her work appearance was impeccable.  Once out of the limelight though she dressed quite differently and when her co-workers met her were stunned by her disheveled hippie appearance.
  • Another fellow has Hygeia in his Twelfth House, admitted he was a “closet slob.” He only cleaned up when he knew he was going to have company or meet someone personally important and then shoved everything in closets.
  • President Trump who has Hygeia in the Eighth House is an admitted “germophobe.”