Achilles was one of the great Greek heroes of myth and legend. One of many students of Chiron who went on to deeds we talk about even today, the stories of his conquests, his leadership and most of all his handsomeness are legion. Therefore it would seem to be an odd planet to associate with issues of confidence, but if you factor in the Achilles heel вЂ” the vulnerable spot on the great warrior вЂ” you get a clue.
The delineation of Achilles, the Trojan asteroid, is not as straightforward as simply that; many minor planets have delineations that push and stretch the mythology, or which seem to bear no resemblance to it. Achilles orbits our Sun locked into an orbit with Jupiter. Jupiter is accompanied on either side, at about 60 degrees distance, by two clouds of asteroids called the Trojans. Achilles and Jupiter take just under 12 years to orbit the Sun once. Properly called (588) Achilles, it was discovered in 1906. It was the first of the Trojan asteroids to be discovered, by a German astronomer named Max Wolf.
I was first tipped off to the idea behind the asteroid Achilles about seven years ago by a reader on one of the minor planet lists, who said, вЂњjust check out this delineation and see if it works.вЂќ And that was: false confidence or false lack of confidence in women. She was specific: check the charts of women.
So, I started casting Achilles into nearly every clientвЂ™s chart, and sure enough, I could spot something interesting about how the client handled their confidence. Whether they denied themselves confidence they deserved or had confidence that seemed to have no basis, Achilles was providing useful information about where to look for the source of the feeling. That is the point of working with the minor planets: and their delineations are good only as far as they provide information that can be applied in counseling or in reading historical charts.
LetвЂ™s skip the part about this planet applying primarily to women and look at Mr. False Confidence himself, George W. Bush. LetвЂ™s see if we can find the source of his bravado. WouldnвЂ™t you know it вЂ” Achilles is one degree from his South Node, in Sagittarius. This guy is a professional; he is the embodiment of the archetype of false self confidence that emerges from that very Sagittarian theme of religion. I really donвЂ™t think he has any false lack of confidence, but you never know whatвЂ™s going on deeper. I would imagine that if he lacks confidence, itвЂ™s the real thing.
In other words, if you have every reason to be confident, if youвЂ™ve accomplished great things and you still lack confidence, that is false lack of confidence. Mr. Bush does not qualify for this distinction. Indeed, it is difficult to find someone in the public sphere who does, since everyone is there because they exhibit either confidence or false confidence.
To grasp this dimension, we would need to look at personal charts. I think that given the predominant theme of AchillesвЂ™ personal beauty, we can look to that idea for guidance. Too bad we cannot get the chart of this girl вЂ” the OnionвЂ™s fictional Anne Macais sums it up the false confidence theme beautifully:
вЂњIвЂ™m hot. ItвЂ™s natural to question why I should be promoted, admitted to the club, given that expensive necklace, allowed to use your car whenever I want, and able to expect that someone else will always pick up the check, but thatвЂ™s all settled now because IвЂ™m beautiful. And since I am advantaged, physically, thereвЂ™s no reason I shouldnвЂ™t be given free rein to do what I will in this, or any other, situation. IвЂ™m sexy. That ought to take care of any adversity, trouble, or potential slight inconvenience, to me, that might come up.вЂќ
The thing with beauty is that itвЂ™s an Achilles heel: if you have confidence based on how you appear or seem to others, you are likely to be prone to doubt that this is all they see in you; and as someone who photographs a lot of models, I can tell you that most of them are certain that someone more beautiful is going to come along and take their place; which is actually true.
False lack of confidence is more difficult to study. In some ways itвЂ™s a subjective call: you have to decide that the person has less confidence than you think they should. However, this is the kind of thing you get to do as an astrologer. So we need examples of people who seem like they should be confident, but who donвЂ™t quite pluck it up. Any ideas who?