The North Is Nice

Image courtesy of the RWS tarot. Note the scales!

Benefic Jupiter has just passed over Fixed Star Zubeneschemali for a second time due its current retrograde motion – Zubeneschemali represents the North Scale of the constellation Libra and Jupiter passing over it is considered a fortunate influence for writing and public speaking, for finding favor with the courts or clergy, and gaining influential friends.* Because there’s also a South Scale (its counterpart Zubenelgenubi; situated about 4 degrees earlier in the zodiac), when I first started learning about the Fixed Stars and their effects it was easy to mix the two up.  So I came up with a nifty little mnemonic device to help me remember which was which – “The North is nice”.  The North Scale of Libra – which actually used to be the pincers of Scorpio until mankind decided to re-assign this parcel of celestial real estate – is considered the fortunate stellar influence of the two.  It was thought to be “The Full Price” side of Libra’s money-weighing scale.  By contrast, The South Scale – Zubenelgenubi – is the Insufficient Price of decidedly malefic nature.

There’s nothing not to like about the North Scale, though – “It gives good fortune, high ambition, beneficence, honor, riches, and permanent happiness.” *  Love that last bit – “permanent happiness”….!  It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?  Jupiter passes over this point for a third and final time during September’s second week; a blessing from the heavens if you need to give any kind of presentation, if you’re working on a research paper, thesis, or novel, and certainly if you could use a little help from friends in high places.  Sagittarius and Pisces benefit strongly from this energy since Jupiter is the ruling planet of both signs (Modern vs. Traditional rulership), as do Scorpios born near the 10th of November and/or those with planets/points around the 19 degree mark of Scorpio.

05/03/2018

Jupiter Conjunct Unukalhai: Big Snake Medicine

With Jupiter retrograde and passing over Fixed Star Unukalhai (AKA Alpha Serpentis; the primary star in the constellation of The Serpent), we definitely have some Big Snake Medicine in the air at the moment. Jupiter magnifies things, and in this particular case it’s the Serpent’s Heart being blown up for our view.  We’ve already seen big headlines hitting recently re: Donald Trump’s Alpha Serpent fixer lawyer, Michael Cohen, getting raided by the FBI – Jupiter has long had an association with lawyers and when near this Fixed Star it brings the crawling King Snake variety of attorney into view in a way that simply cannot be ignored. Per Fixed Star authority Vivian Robson, Jupiter conjunct Unukalhai presages “…deceit, banishment, imprisonment, or exile” – looks like somebody’s going to jail.  We’ll have to see what further developments arise when Jupiter makes a third and final pass over this star in late September/early October.

But nefarious political implications aside, Jupiter near Unukalhai can be looked at in a much more neutral context via animism.  Snakes have long been symbols of knowledge, occult wisdom, sex, kundalini energy, death & rebirth, “shedding” things in order to grow, and metaphorically keeping low in order to avoid detection – perhaps some or all of these themes benefit us now with benefic Jupiter within range of this star.

Interestingly enough, in Traditional astrology Jupiter is associated with dreams and several nights ago I was paid a visit by both a King Cobra and an Anaconda in the same dream – Alpha Serpent Medicine indeed!

Image credit: Michael Allen Smith

 

04/10/2018

Antares In The News

LOL, NASA scientists love kicking sand in the direction of astrology and yet somehow just as cosmic courier Mercury (known as the Messenger Planet for a reason!) aligns with Fixed Star Antares, they elect to launch an “Antares” rocket to carry supplies up to the International Space Station. Coincidence? I think not!  Astrologically, Mercury also = news and it sure is awfully funny that we have headlines hitting about “Antares” as a result of Mercury’s conjunction with said star/NASA’s hijinks.

Eye see you, NASA – you knew what you were doing there! 👁😉

And PS: You might want to wait until it escapes that square with Neptune.

11/11/17

Vintage Mars In Leo Vibe

This one comes to us courtesy of the (Violent) Femmes:

 

“Day after day
I get angry
And I will say
That the day
Is in my sight
When I’ll take a bow
And say goodnight!”

LOL, I think it’s cute that he omits the part involving the spectacular fanfare which tends to accompany this “Exit, stage right!” – when Mars in Leo is angry, the one thing you can be sure of is there will be some kind of “scene” just before that bow.  😛

On a hunch, I felt compelled to run a chart for Violent Femmes lead singer/songwriter Gordon Gano. While he was born mere days after Mars exited Leo, he *does*, however, still have Mars located adjacent to über Leo star Regulus; flagship star of this constellation sometimes referred to as the Heart of the Lion whose literal astronomical designation *is* Alpha Leonis – I knew the lyric sounded familiar and had that Mars in Leo-like “ring” to it.

08/28/2017

Literal Astrology: Kathy Griffin vs. Donald Trump

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 –

Contrast & compare to the pic Kathy Griffin posted, keeping in mind that she is the Capulus figure while Trump is the representative from Algol. You really can’t get much more literal, can you? And no, I’m not going to provide a side-by-side image comparison.

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.

06/03/2017