Last year, I was often asked about the effect of Juno, so here's a piece about the asteroid of contracts and marriage.
In ancient Roman mythology Juno was the Queen of the Gods - the wife of Jupiter. That's why this asteroid symbolises marriage in a chart. The position of Juno indicates the type of person you are likely to marry. Or, to put it another way - the type of person you should marry if you want a successful union. For that reason, Juno represents who you'll end up making a commitment to. Although Venus traditionally symbolises marriage, it is more about partnerships - romantic or platonic. Venus represents who we are attracted to, but Juno symbolises what our ultimate committed partner will be like.
The sign that Juno occupies in your natal chart will describe your ideal long-term partner. So, for example, if you have Juno in Virgo, this shows that your ideal partner will possibly - although not necessarily - be born under the sign of Virgo. It's important to remember that the Juno sign isn't always the ideal partner's Sun sign - it can be their Moon sign or the Ascendant too. The sign of Virgo could also indicate occupation, so this could show someone who works in the medical world, a journalist, an accountant, or a person who performs some sort of service.
However, it's not only the sign Juno is in that gives clues to the life partner, it's also any aspects being made to it by other natal planets. A married couple I know well have some stunningly good Juno stuff going on. The husband is a Sun sign Gemini. He has Venus conjunct Saturn in Cancer which suggests he'd be attracted to an older woman, a mother-figure.
His wife is six years older than him and she already had a child when they met.
His Juno is in Gemini (the sign of the Twins) and it has one aspect - an opposition from Neptune.
His wife is a twin, and she used to be married to a Piscean.
So, this guy's Juno sign literally described his life partner as a twin, and the opposition aspect from Neptune (ruler of Pisces) indicated her former husband.
The wife is a Sun sign Virgo. She has Venus conjunct Mercury which suggests she'd be attracted to a younger man. Her Juno is in Virgo and is also conjunct Mercury. This reveals her life partner to be someone younger who has Mercurial traits.
He's a Gemini, six years her junior.
Another very interesting component to use when analysing Juno's chart position is to use the Duads. I'll explain these in a future astrology article, but basically when each sign is divided into 12 equal sections these are called Duads. In the case of this couple, the husband's Juno is in the Gemini Duad.
His wife is a Gemini.
Using another couple as an example, this time a very famous couple - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince William's natal Juno is in the sign of Capricorn.
Kate's Sun sign is Capricorn.
Kate's Juno is in Sagittarius.
William's Ascendant is in Sagittarius.
So, despite the fact that Kate's birth time is not accurate and therefore her Ascendant is not definite, we can still see that both their Juno positions make them ideal partners.
However, it's crucial to remember that whatever connections you have to someone's Juno, it doesn't mean that your partnership will be perfect, culminate in marriage, or last for ever. First and foremost, you need attraction and compatibility - and that comes from other areas of your chart.