In case you hadn’t heard, comedian Kathy Griffin just made headlines (ugh, forgive the unintentional pun!) for posting a photoshopped picture of herself holding the severed head of the current president of the Unites States of America, Donald Trump. Setting opinions on this incident completely aside, it actually presents an incredibly interesting astrological case study of 1) How literal astrology can be 2) Why Fixed Stars matter from an interpretive standpoint. I will explain –
If you look at important Fixed Stars in Donald Trump’s chart, you will note the Midheaven of his chart – an angle of the chart relating to the public persona, image, reputation, career, and one’s “branding” – splitting the middle between Fixed Stars Capulus and Algol. Let’s talk about Algol first since it is the more significant of the two stars, which is found in the constellation of Perseus and specifically in Medusa’s head. Algol has long been considered *the* most malefic star in the sky and to say Trump has made a rather hideous and infamous name for himself would be accurate. Why? The name “Algol” comes from the Arabic “Ras Al-Ghul” (fans of Batman will recognize this name), meaning “Head of the Demon/Ogre/Ghoul” and one with such a highly visible part of the chart featuring this star can (rightly or wrongly) expect to be Demon-ized precisely because the Midheaven of the chart is very much associated with public image and reputation. Slap that star prominently in a nativity and people will tend to react with (justified or unjustified) fear and loathing. Incidentally, it is worth pointing out that Trump is notable for his (bad) hair and if we revisit the mythos of Medusa we are reminded of how this Gorgon did have very distinct tresses, which were actually snakes.
Turning our attention over to Capulus, it is located in this constellation as well AND in the hand of Perseus that is swinging his severing sword, no less! Capulus isn’t as significant a star as Algol and has little more than a referential footnote regarding eye problems attached to its effects, but check this out: Guess who has her Moon on Capulus (thus activating the dynamic between these two stars)? Yup, the now infamous comedian who just posted a photoshopped picture of herself holding Donald’s decapitated head – Kathy Griffin! It is mind-boggling just how literal astrology can be at times, no?
This is a great example of why the consideration of Fixed Stars is important, folks – if you’re not considering them in your astrological interpretation, you should be.