“Eros has sex for the intimacy and power it brings and for the potential to transform by touching the divine soul of another, at whatever cost”(Falconer, 2004). It is Eros who soars all over the earth, equipped with his bow and arrow, “bewitching” all the arrow strikes. The symbolism is such that erotic love and passion strikes us when we least expect it. The way we respond to these sudden feelings are dependent on our temperament and how evolved we are. Do our lives become chaotic and unpredictable? Do we become obsessed and possessed by these passions? When Eros transits our birth chart, it may indicate areas of our lives where erotic love and passion may awaken and have the power to transform us.
Martha Lang-Westcott’s Mechanics of the Future~Asteroids, says this of Eros: “Eros represents what turns us on and defines sexual interest. It is the essential element of the survival instinct, and for this reason, it is often prominent in death charts when the “drive to love” is shadowed by transit and/or directions or progressions".
Do you know where Asteroid Eros is located in your birth chart? In synastry; chart compatibility, if your Eros is conjunct or opposite your partners, Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto or their Name asteroid (yes, most people have an asteroid named after yourself!) this will prove another indication of erotic/sexual attraction/love.
When Eros is conjunct (in the same degree) as Psyche, you have found your Soul Mate as Eros and Psyche were mythical ancient Lovers. According to Guttman and Johnson (1996), theirs is a story of love (Eros) in search of a soul (Psyche) and a soul in search of love. This myth is highly symbolic of marriage even in contemporary times. With stars in our eyes we find our mates. After awhile we dare to look and see them as they really are; disillusionment sets in. Whether the separation is emotional or physical, it somehow occurs. The partnership goes through tests, trials, and challenges and thus discovers how strong the bond or union actually is. If strong, it survives these challenges, and becomes better than ever. Like Eros and Psyche at the end of their story, we are happily reunited as equals in the mating game (Guttman & Johnson, 1996).
Asteroid Eros is currently transiting 10 degrees of Gemini.