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The Asteroid Eros can shed some light on some of our erotic turn-ons. In
mythology, Eros was the god of sexual love and desire. He was considered irresistible. In
Roman mythology, Eros was known as Cupid. "In Greek art Eros was depicted as a winged
youth, slight but beautiful, often with eyes covered to symbolize the blindness of love.
Sometimes he carried a flower, but more commonly the silver bow and arrows, with which he
shot darts of desire into the bosoms of gods and men." (Encarta Encyclopedia)

Eros overpowers the mind with love and sex. Eros represents sexual objectification, passion
and desire, and creativity. Note that Eros is not always sexual, per se, as Eros represents
creative passion as well. In the chart, it can point to areas into which we pour a lot of passion.

Eros in the Signs

Eros Ephemeris

The glyph, or symbol, for Eros quite fittingly depicts a heart with an
arrow through it, as Eros was Cupid in Roman mythology.

Sexual Astrology: Eros

Astrology of Sex: Eros in the Natal chart

Sexuality & Astrology

How can we interpret a person's sexual nature using their natal chart? Because sexuality is
complex, there isn't a simple formula for determining an individual's sexual preferences,
fantasies, and styles of sexual expression. Although instinct certainly plays a role, human
sexuality is made complex by our intelligence and the role of society, as sexuality is primarily
a social behavior. Reproduction is certainly a function of our sexuality, but humans do not
engage in sexual behavior to reproduce alone.

A major element of our sexuality comes under the domain of Mars. The sign and house
position of Mars in our natal charts, as well as the aspects Mars makes with other planets and
points, gives us some insight into our personal sexual style. However, Venus, the planet of
love, romance, and pleasure, plays a role as well. The Moon, representing our emotional
nature, affects our sexuality. In fact, as sexuality is a powerful motivator and is part of our
identities, we can safely say that all of our planets and points have something to do with our
sexuality in some way.

When exploring the astrology of sexuality, I keep in mind that the entire chart of an individual
is involved, but there are some factors that tend to play a larger role than others. Namely:

Mars. The sign of Mars shows us the style in which we express our sexual nature.

Venus. The sign of Venus shows us some of the important "trappings" and foreplay that helps
us get in the mood for sex.

Moon. The sign of our Moon shows us some of our underlying emotional needs that may
express themselves as sexual fantasies and needs.

Eros. The sign position of the Asteroid, Eros, can reveal some of our erotic turn-ons, as well
as the level of our erotic nature.

We explore the sign positions of Mars and Venus in relation to sexual styles here,
and Eros below:
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The Asteroid Eros can shed some light on some of our erotic turn-ons.
In mythology, Eros was the god of sexual love and desire. He was considered irresistible. In
Roman mythology, Eros was known as Cupid. "In Greek art Eros was depicted as a winged
youth, slight but beautiful, often with eyes covered to symbolize the blindness of love.
Sometimes he carried a flower, but more commonly the silver bow and arrows, with which he
shot darts of desire into the bosoms of gods and men." (Encarta Encyclopedia)

Eros overpowers the mind with love and sex. Eros represents sexual objectification, passion
and desire, and creativity.

Don't know your Eros sign? See how you can find it below the interpretations.
Eros in the Signs.

Eros in Aries. ( in )These people instinctively and quickly become infatuated. Their
sexual attractions are formed quickly and they get off on the sensations of the moment in an
intense manner. These lovers may seem a little erratic to others, simply because their
passions rise and fall so quickly. They are not as giving and emotional in their sexual
expression, but they are passionate while it lasts. Eros in Aries people are attached to the
sensations of the moment and may see their partner as an object, or an extension of
themselves. They often prefer to do the pursuing in relationships and may be addicted to the

Eros in Taurus. ( in )These are highly sensual lovers who may seek to own their
partners. Sexual possessiveness is often an issue with these lovers, and, unlike Eros in Aries,
competition is not a turn-on. These lovers can be somewhat primitive in their desires and not
as attracted to too much sexual intricacy. Plenty of masturbation is likely, although these
lovers tend to be most unhappy without a steady partner. Their sexual natures are rooted in
the senses.

Eros in Gemini. ( in )These lovers are sexually curious and interested. They like to be
knowledgeable in sexual matters, and often are turned on by the written and spoken word.
They may write letters to their lover, or enjoy writing and reading erotica. Because it is
difficult for these lovers to turn their minds off during sex, there is a voyeur within the person
during sexual expression, and it may be difficult for these lovers to simply "let go". Many Eros
in Gemini individuals enjoy talking, and being talked to, during sex.

Eros in Cancer. ( in )There is a need to infuse emotional care and nurture into the sex
act. When the self-image is low, these lovers may use others as sexual objects, probably as a
result of their fear of rejection. The breasts are a big turn-on, and many are orally fixated, and
some may be attracted to a domination theme. When the self-image is stronger, intimacy and
warmth are powerful stimulants. Eros in Cancer lovers seek to achieve psychic and emotional
renewal through sex. They can be very intuitive bed partners. Sexual possessiveness is often
an issue. Sometimes, these lovers want their partner to be relatively chaste, but they don't
have the same standards for themselves. These lovers often fall in love with their sexual

Eros in Leo. ( in )Fantasies for Eros in Leo often revolve around their partner's desire
for them. These lovers generally get off on what they believe their sex partner must be feeling
about them. They can put a lot of time into autoerotic behavior, and are often given to much
flirtation and many infatuations. Nevertheless, they can be more loyal than most. Eros in Leo
lives for love and attraction. They are threatened when passion settles down in their
relationships. They feel the need to keep passion alive, and when it settles in a relationship,
they can be addicted to flirting with other people in order to feel alive and potent. Eros in Leo
lovers have a big ego investment in their relationships.

Eros in Virgo. ( in )Earthiness and intellectuality combine in Eros in Virgo. These lovers
are sensual, especially when they are not thinking too much. Because of the tendency for
Virgo to think and analyze, however, there can be a tendency to be one's own voyeur during
sex. Vicarious enjoyment of sex is often highlighted with this placement. A meeting of minds is
important to Eros in Virgo. These are somewhat moody lovers who may have distinct phases
between promiscuity and celibacy. Virgo is very connected with--and aware of--the body and
its functioning, and Eros in Virgo often seeks renewal through sex, with an attitude that sex is
healthy and good for you. These are generally sensitive and tender lovers who do a lot to
please their partners. Some awkwardness and shyness in terms of letting themselves go is
often characteristic of this position. Virgo's symbol is the Virgin. This should not be taken
literally, although when Virgo is connected to the sexual nature, there is a sense of purity and
independence. These lovers can be promiscuous at times, and quite kinky, but emerge from
their experiences with a sense of purity nevertheless.

Eros in Libra. ( in )This is a rather flirtatious and charming position of Eros. Libra's
tendency toward a "tit for tat" attitude shows up as a desire for equality on a sexual level, but
in practice, Eros in Libra lovers often forget their own sexual needs because they are focusing
on those of their partner. Communication is sexy to these lovers. These people can be
hopelessly addicted to all of the "trappings" of falling in love, so much so that when a
relationship settles, it may seem boring. Highly romantic and charming, Eros in Libra people
enjoy the social "game" surrounding making connections with lovers, and they can be quite

Eros in Scorpio. ( in )This is an especially erotic position of Eros. These lovers can be
addicted to the thrill of getting to know a person inside and out, and to the power of love and
sex. Intensity is important to these lovers. They don't just want their partner's body, they
want a bit of their soul as well! This position suggests very little fear in the area of sexual
intimacy, and these lovers will pretty much do anything and everything with a willing partner.
They are passionate, and the more intense the relationship is, the better. Animal magnetism is
high, probably because these people think about sex and intimacy a whole lot, and others may
sense their intensity. They can easily get under your skin, tapping into others' desires.

Eros in Sagittarius. ( in )These lovers have an enthusiastic and exuberant appeal. Sex
is meant to be fun for Eros in Sagittarius, and some roughhousing and plenty of hearty laughs
are turn-ons. Sexuality is sometimes viewed as if it were a sport by these people. They may
surprise you with a very open and almost innocent attitude toward sex and intimacy. Sex is a
bit of a game, and how this attitude is received will depend a lot on the audience! There can
be a bit of an addiction to the chase, and avoidance of intimacy when it feels restricting in any
way. Tenderness and romance are not the kinds of expressions that come as easily to these
lovers. Laughter and fun are aphrodisiacs for this position of Eros. Sexual exploration and
freedom are important, as well as a need for sexual honestysex without the frills and
trappings that these lovers may find to be unnatural and even dishonest. Eros in Sagittarius
can show up as passion for knowledge, hunger for new experiences, and a love of travel and
exploring new lands and cultures.

Eros in Capricorn. ( in )These natives are sensual and earthy in their sexual desires.
The libido is strong, but controlled. Saturn-ruled Capricorn is a sign that likes to be in control
not necessarily in control of others, but in control of themselves. Many Eros in Capricorn
people channel much of their desire nature into accomplishing something significant.
Eros in Aquarius. ( in )These lovers are intrigued by the unusual, finding variety
exciting. The detachment of Aquarius can mean finding sensuality in non-contact scenarios in
addition to contact ones. Sexual creativity is one of the strengths of this position. Their open
minds with regards to sex can stimulate creativity in their partner.

Eros in Pisces. ( in )There is a chameleon in this position of Eros, as these lovers are
very adaptable to their partner. This is not to say these lovers don't have sexual preferences
or possess a strong identity. Instead, the Pisces compassion, and ability to understand and
accept virtually every color of the rainbow shows through in a sexual/romantic way. They tend
to be most comfortable and at ease when their partner is expressing him or herself
confidently. This position also suggests a passion for Pisces-ruled subjects.

Eros in Aspect.

When Eros is prominent in the chart (for example, if Eros is conjunct the Ascendant, or if it
conjuncts the Sun, Moon, Venus, or Mars), Eros themes are strong in the individual's life.
Often, the individual oozes sexuality in some way. The mind is often focused on sex and

Famous people examples: Justin Timberlake has Venus conjunct Eros ( ) within a 2
degree orb (in Capricorn) and square to Pluto. Elizabeth Taylor has a particularly powerful
Eros: her Eros is in Pisces, conjunct both Sun and Mars, and opposing Neptune! Pamela Lee
Anderson has Eros conjunct Moon (in Aries) opposite Mars, square Mercury, and trine Venus.
O.J. Simpson has Eros in Sagittarius opposite Mars. Marilyn Monroe had Eros (in Capricorn)
square Venus. Prince has Eros in Pisces square Sun and Saturn.

Eros in Love.

Eros represents our awareness of our mortality. Because we know we are going to die, we
continually recreate feelings (confirmation, if you will) of our own vitality. We can so do in a
Leonine wayfor example, through romance, bearing children, and creativity. Eros love is
very self-centered. Eros is, indeed, turned on by the idea that they are arousing someone
else, but this kind of "feedback" is very much used to feed our own need to feel alive and vital.

Finding Eros in Your Chart.

Because Eros is a minor asteroid, finding its placement in your chart isn't quite as
straightforward as finding that of your Sun, Moon, and so forth. The books referenced below
contain ephemerides for Eros. You can also find the placement of Eros in a chart online:

The sign positions of Eros and Psyche can be found on our site here: Eros & Psyche Sign

The position of Eros can also be approximated by using the ephemeris tables on our site (this
is best for those who are familiar with using ephemerides). See the monthly positions of
Eros, Psyche, and Sappho by sign.
An ephemeris for Eros (Asteroid # 433) is available through Astrodienst here. This ephemeris
shows the position of Eros every 5 days, which is generally sufficient for finding the sign of
your Eros. Another online source is's Asteroid Ephemeris Generator which can
be found here. At the same site, there is an Asteroid Position List for any date of birth. You
must input your time of birth, time zone, and the latitude and longitude of your place of birth,

You can also use Astrodienst's free chart services by selecting "Extended Chart Selection" and
moving down to the bottom of the page where the number of the asteroid you would like to
insert into your chart can be inputted. Eros is Asteroid # 433.

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