Archive for the ‘Fixed Stars’ Category
Have you heard that Canopus has been found under the sea? With planet Neptune now traversing its own watery sign of Pisces, I’m reading of several recent archaeological discoveries being revealed from underneath the oceans. Here’s one of them:
As for Canopus the Star, ancient cultures have various associations with what could be considered a ‘Royal’ star. In the Zodiac, Canopus is located in mid-Cancer (near Sirius–and US natal Sun) and is the Alpha star of constellation Argo the Boat (renamed Carina) from the ancient Jason and the Golden Fleece myth.
Said to be of a Jupiter-Saturn nature when affecting a horoscope (both planets link to royalty and fatherhood), Canopus denotes pathfinders, leaders, and those who take long journeys perhaps with a Golden Fleece as a goal. Yes, the Hero’s Journey is indicated–in particular when long sea voyages are taken, plus, film actors and writers often have creative Canopus linked to their natal planets.
Pablo Picasso was born with Venus (art) connected to Canopus for natal Venus was rising as Canopus culminated at Midheaven, the Career/Goal Point of a horoscope.
Yet there is a dark side to Canopus–the ‘dark father’ who eventually consumes his children, a Chronos-Saturn theme. In line with this is that in some cultures, Canopus was known as ‘Heavy-Weighing Canopus’, the weight at the end of the plumb line that defined the poles of the Earth.
Canopus, thought to be the Point of Stillness in the South, was noticed to move as the plumb line was knocked off-kilter and thus is associated with precession. Some North American tribes considered the northward movement of this southern pole star as a timer for the end of the world and called Canopus the ‘Spirit Star’ or ‘Death Star’.
As such, Canopus is closely linked to the concept of Time, a province in Astrology of Saturn, the Timekeeper (‘Father Time’), Grim Reaper, and, in Psychological Astrology, the senex, or, old man.
And in our horoscopes? The nemesis of Canopus, if linked to a planet or planets in your chart, is: “needing too much control” which, in the end, tends to damage what has been created or achieved.
Recommended reading on Canopus and other stars: Fixed Stars, Ebertin-Hoffmann, and Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars by Bernadette Brady; also see Horary Astrology Plain & Simple by Anthony Louis who relates Canopus to a potential for: “voyages, piety, *scandal, violence, trouble with father, quick temper, depression, suicide, and stubborn” (ness.)
*Note that US natal Sun (July 4, 1776–the president) is located at 14 Cancer and “needing too much control” may be precisely the problem shown by the Justice Department’s tapping of AP communications, surveillance which allegedly was not ordered by the White House to find a Neptunian leak. It didn’t have to be ordered, it could have been a “whatever you have to do, find the leak” imperative–you know how presidents do.
Then there’s the IRS ‘scandal’ (which may have been purposefully set up by –?–) and Canopus ‘tends to damage what has been created or achieved’. Unfortunately for the American people, the damage seems at this point to be the very foundation of our country’s now-eroding values of freedom and the right to privacy.
Born with a Pisces Moon myself, I was interested to read expert astrologer Mary Plumb’s take on the abundance of Pisces energy all around us this February into March. Even Pope Benedict’s resignation is denoted with Pisces the Fish an ancient symbol of Christianity.
The horoscope for his official resignation (February 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm Rome Time) shows Venus and Neptune (sub-ruler of Pisces and god of the Seas) joined together upon Royal Star Fomalhaut @4Pisces. As a pair, Venus-Neptune describes the Catholic Church with its worship of Mary (Venus) and its mystical (Neptune) rituals and masses, and Fomalhaut’s themes include mysticism, magic, and the occult, but also inherited illness and congenital effects. As you know, the Pope cites ill health as the reason for his step-down.
Another Mary, Mary Plumb’s article Pisces Takes Over details the oceanic line-up of planets with the Moon on March 9th and the implications of this Jupiter-Neptune energy along with info on when planets are viewable in the night or early morning sky.
Plus, we’re hearing an increase in news events related to Pisces such as oceans, ships, water, fishing, oil and gas, dancing, footwear, negative escapism like alcohol and other drugs…well, here’s a good example–the cruise ship stuck in the Gulf of Mexico which is being tugged to shore–landfall sometime this evening.
And naturally a mention of the Piscean habits of secrecy, deception, and confusion is in order, right?
Notes for Monday January 30, 2012 and May 2012
by Jude Cowell
It is reported that the US sees May 2012 as the month to attack Iran which makes this astrologer wonder if the May 20, 2012 Solar Eclipse @ 00Gem21 may herald such an obscene and over-reaching event, a bad decision which may top All Bad Decisions.
The May 2012 Solar Eclipse triggers a difficult Fixed Star Alcyone 00Gem00 with keyphrases: something to cry about; exile; sorrow and suffering–Alcyone is one of the Seven Weeping Sisters and relates to vision or lack of it–and since the Pentagon has an inperial habit of opening Pandora’s Box even though its unintended consequences and ills spill out upon all Mankind–if indeed the consequences of war are ever ‘unintended’ by the old men who start them for young men and women to fight–then this Solar Eclipse may be a potent influence.
Click the eclipse link above for a view of the May 20, 2012 Solar Eclipse horoscope set for Washington DC along with a few chart details written by this particular dissenting American of a peaceful disposition.
In Campaign 2012 news, have the Republicans “sealed their fate” with Hispanic voters as the Obama camp suggests?
And check out today’s astro-peek concerning Monday January 30, 2012 from Robin Hood to Beaujolais at Stars Over Washington, as you wish.
Well, apparently today the US Congress acted in time to avoid a shutdown of the US government tonight at midnight so that we the people can avoid being extinguished for a while longer–we survived our own ‘solar plunge’ in spite of the massives egos operating and battling for control on Capitol Hill.
The horoscope for that hour and date tonight set for DC shows US natal Neptune 22Vig25 rising, and as you know, Virgo is the sign of Work, Service (including military and police), and Health; plus, the stars of Virgo are very important to the cosmic founding of America and our Ceres-Venus-Columba-goddess archetypes and obsessions (ex: Statue of Liberty.)
Consider Fixed Star Denebola, now @ 22Virgo: keywords: ‘to go against society; against the mainstream’ which seems to me to be just what politicians are conspiring to do when they fiddle faddle around and neglect the creation of employment opportunities and programs that could put Americans back to work and which would help boost the US economy.
Instead we get such frothiness as light bulb efficiency regulations and reaffirmation of our national motto even though it was reaffirmed as recently as 2002.
Yes, it’s time and dime wasting on Capitol Hill! And of course, transit Neptune @ 28AQ is still within orb of US natal Moon (we-the-people) which brought us floods, fraud, and home foreclosures with the resulting homelessness, sense of rootlessness, and loss.
Besides, any chart with Neptune rising describes unstable and/or deceptive conditions so with a rising spiritual, idealistic, and inspired yet confused Neptune, planet of fraud, dissolution, oil-gas-water, and poisons, I hope the megabus bill passed today doesn’t have what’s called “poison pills” hidden secretly in Neptunian fashion within its 2,300 pages.
And with President Obama’s natal Mars (motivation; desire nature; energy ;action principle) veiled by US natal Neptune, can we depend on Mr. Obama to veto what the majority of us don’t want such as indefinite detention? Doubtful–also a Neptunian word.
Anyway, here’s a SpaceWeather News update for you about a comet that avoided being extinguished in spite of all the Sun could do:
Space Weather News Dec 16, 2011
SUNGRAZING COMET SURVIVES: Sungrazing Comet Lovejoy has confounded the experts and survived its close encounter with the sun. Last night, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded amazing movies of the comet entering and exiting the sun’s atmosphere.
Comet Lovejoy’s scorched remnant is now receding from the sun in full view of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Visit SpaceWeather.com for the latest movies and discussion.
If you’re not overly wary of Political Astrology, you may wish to check out my freshly updated blog Stars Over Washington, or, for briefer posts and what could be groanworthy verses, I promise to tell nary a soul if you simply mosey on silent paws to Woolly Mammoth Chronicles while no one is looking!
And from one blogger, here’s a very special message:
Welcome Home to All US Soldiers!
COMET 103P/HARTLEY AT ITS BEST:
For backyard stargazers, the next few nights are the best time to see green Comet 103P/Hartley 2 as it approaches Earth for an 11-million-mile close encounter on Oct 20. Set your alarm for the dark hours before dawn, go outside, and look straight up. You will find Hartley 2 not far from the bright star Capella.
Although the comet is barely visible to the unaided eye, it is easy to locate using binoculars and looks great through a backyard telescope. Sky maps and more information may be found at SpaceWeather News.
Lovely Capella! Alpha Auriga in the constellation of The Charioteer, this Fixed Star has a nurturing yet free-spirited flavor and is associated with the ‘fertile goddess’ archetype which links to the horse by way of Macha, the great Celtic horse goddess. She embodies movement and action and is connected by paran to the natal chart of aviatrix Amelia Earhart.
Airplanes may be said to be modern-day ‘chariots’ and with Capella associated with Earhart’s natal Venus, she is seen as a woman (Venus) breaking speed records, and was known for her love of the freedom of flight.
Other Capella-linked examples are astronaut John Glenn (Saturn) and comic book hero Superman who was created with his Mars rising with Capella! With Capella there is need for freedom and independence, and must I say it? A need for speed.
So look up! Superman may just be on the way to save the day…it’s a bird, it’s a plane, etc…
Star Lore source: Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars
Today isn’t only the 70th birthday of John Lennon. October 9 also marks 406 years since Supernova 1604 was first spotted in the Milky Way. German astronomer (and astrologer) Johannes Kepler first spied it himself on October 17 yet October 9 is the official anniversary of the star’s very first sighting in the constellation Ophiuchus.
Whether the 8-day difference in the dates is due to the historic calendar change from Julian to Gregorian, I’m not certain. Perhaps so. Suffice it to say, it’s been a while since ‘Kepler’s Star’ or ‘Kepler’s Supernova’ came into human consciousness. His book on the celestial discovery, De Stella nova in pede Serpentarii may be translated as, On the New Star in Ophiuchus’ Foot.
Ophiuchus is a very interesting constellation and is considered by some to be the Thirteenth Sign in the Zodiac. Here’s some info on the mythology of the constellation from Bernadette Brady’s excellent Book of Fixed Stars:
The stars of Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder and Serpens the Serpent are now spread between three constellations: Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder, Caput Serpens, and Cauda Serpens. Ophiuchus occupies a larger area across the ecliptic than the modern constellation Scorpio. From November 21 to December 16, the Sun is actually among the stars of Ophiuchus rather than in Scorpio yet most modern astrologers make no differentiation in this matter. Debates continue.
To the Greeks, Ophiuchus was known as Serpentarius the Healer which points to snakes shedding their skins, an archetypal symbol of new life. Serpentarius was also known as the god Asclepius, son of Apollo, the Sun god; in Astrology, the Sun represents our vitality. Asclepius was taught the healing arts from Chiron and is usually depicted holding a stick about which a serpent is coiled, a modern day motiff of Western medicine.
You, of course, note the Scriptural similarities with the uplifted coiled serpent along with modern Astrology’s use of Chiron as an archetype of Christ, the Key, and Healer of all our woes.
Legend says that Asclepius was ship’s surgeon on the Argo and the story goes that his skills improved until he could raise people from the dead so the gods, always jealous of their exalted dominion, smote him with one of Zeus-Jove’s thunderbolts and placed him in the heavens as Ophiuchus.
Then in 1604, the excellent Johannes Kepler came along with his telescope, bright intelligence, knowledge, and what must have been rather good eyesight…and the rest, as they say, is history.
The constellation’s primary star used in Astrology today is Alpha Ophiuchus, aka Ras Alhague whose keywords are: ‘the healer; one who strives to create balance; to repair that which is damaged’ (including ideals.)
Considering that today’s starry anniversary falls upon a certain Beatle’s birthday, it’s interesting that John Lennon’s natal Venus culminated as Ras Alhague rose. Abraham Lincoln is another historical Ras Alhague figure with the star linked by paran to his natal Mercury.
If it isn’t in your library of very interesting books, you may wish to check out Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars on Amazon where you may notice a novice’s review I wrote about the book years ago!
On Dec 21, 2009 at 12:46:35 pm est in Washington DC, we reach the time of year of the Winter Solstice (Sun 00Cap00:00), the shortest day of the year.
The Sun will rise with Fixed Star Altair, the Alpha Star of Aquila, The Eagle; keywords: boldness, courage, dogged determination, and risk-taking, but anyone influenced by Altair may be guilty of bloodshed. (Robson.)
Considering the further trek America is about to take down the war path in Afghanistan, perhaps a link to violence is to be expected.
Besides the Solstice, Dec 21, 2009 happens to be the day of a US Moon Return (Sibly Moon 27AQ10) with the astrological Moon in a mundane chart representing the people, the public, the masses. Our nation’s Lunar Return occurs a mere ten minutes after the Winter Solstice becomes exact!
Dec 21 is also the day of the third and final Great Conjunction of the speculator pair, Jupiter and Neptune, occurring upon the US Sibly Moon – quite a celestial pile-up of synchronicity for the American people which indicates the importance of this particular Winter Solstice.
You remember the midpoint picture being formed on top of our noggins:
Jupiter/Neptune = US n Moon: becoming involved in speculation, instability, wastefulness; uncertainty about what is real and what is not; going with the wind; a desire to dream; losing oneself in plans.
Sounds familiar, yes?
So let’s check out the Sun-Moon blend of 2009′s Solstice chart to see if anything resonates for you. This is an Earth-Air blend which together describes productive, rational, efficient energies; at its best Earth-Air melds absract thought with talent for dealing with practical matters. Objectivity and a scientific approach are evident for this is an elemental blend of practical idealists with far-reaching goals in mind.
Sounds pretty good unless a ‘dry as dust’ flavor is allowed to creep in because emotions and the ‘unquantifiables’ of life may be lost touch with.
When Sun is in Capricorn and Moon in Aquarius we have insight, diligence, and professionalism; personal ambition mixes with respect for the rights and well-being of others; privacy is required yet an up-front friendliness and independence are shown in elegant fashion; music, dance, art, and poetry are much appreciated and perhaps pursued.
Noel Tyl gives this blend as: ‘Ambition finds fresh applications, probably through humanitarian or social service channels; there is stability of purpose and performance that brings success; innovation is the goal, significance the prize.’
If any of this reminds you of President Obama, I agree – especially since he travels to Oslo Dec 10, 2009 to collect his Nobel Peace Prize. Whether you think he’s done much yet to deserve it or not, the president receives a ‘prize’ of ‘significance’ although the ceremony occurs 11 days before the Winter Solstice we’re considering here.
But as you know in Astrology, sometimes things happen ‘early’ and it’s possible that other significant prizes are on the Universe’s menu as well…
Sun Cap-Moon AQ’s ‘Images for Integration’ are: ‘A prophetic poet is awarded high honors…Having struggled unaided to the peak, a mountaineer hitches a ride on a passing helicopter…An historian points the way to the future.’
(‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ Charles & Suzi Harvey.)
Well, realistically that’s about as ‘sweet and light’ as I can get with the Winter Solstice 2009 chart with its subsequent sway over US and world events. (Guess I hang out with Politics too often and long.)
If you wish, you may read more details in the Political or Mundane Astrology vein and see an image of the chart set for Washington DC along with my notes which mainly concern war escalation into Afghanistan, for I believe it shows all too well in the horoscope for Winter Solstice 2009.
Space Weather News for April 25, 2009
SUNSET CONJUNCTION: When the sun goes down on Sunday, April 26, step outside and look west. An exquisitely-slender crescent Moon is lining up with Mercury and the Pleiades star cluster for a three-way conjunction in the sunset sky.
Click here for the full story and a sky map.
UNEXPECTED SOLAR ACTIVITY: The sun produced an unexpected burst of activity on April 23 when an enormous prominence rose over the northeastern limb and erupted. A coronal mass ejection (CME) billowed away from the blast site, but the billion-ton cloud is not heading toward Earth.
Visit SpaceWeather News for movies of the event.
Well, April 26′s Moon-Mercury-Pleaides conjunction at Sunset sounds lovely visually and astronomically – but perhaps not as lovely astrologically due to the mythology of the Pleiades.
Plus, first view of the slender Crescent Moon begins the Lunar Calendar month in the East.
The Pleiades is a small cluster of 7 stars which takes up less than one degree in the heavens (about the width of one finger) at the end of the zodiac’s sign of Taurus, the Bull.
There are centuries’ worth of myths associated with the Pleiades, aka the ‘Seven Sisters,’ and themes for the cluster vary slightly: ‘a Narrow Cloudy Trail of Female Stars (Manilius), the Seven Sisters of Industry (China), the children of Atlas, the seven daughters of Pleione, and the seven doves who took Zeus his divine ambrosia.
The Celts (my clan for the most part) link them to the Fates and the achronycal rising of the Pleiades marked their month of mourning for lost friends. (This relates to the first of our month of November which pre-echoes what we now call Halloween, and Nov 1 which some call, All Saints Day.)
In India, the Pleiades myth was linked with seven mothers who judged men and could wound them with their moon-shaped razors, if so judged.
Crescent Moon (symbol of the Middle East), Mercury, and the Pleiades…Iran’s lady captive, Roxanna Saberi, set free perhaps? (Moon is out-of-bounds of the earthly plane and having to manage on her own for now….sign petition below.)
In ancient Greece, the stars of the Pleiades were part of a cult of Aphrodite who gave birth to seven daughters only to turn them into a flock of doves which became the seven stars of the Pleides. The leader of the doves was dove-goddess Alcyone, who brings good weather for the planting season.
Nowadays Alcyone is positioned at 00Gem00 Gemini, and the star’s keywords are ‘something to cry about’ (‘Horary Astrology’, Anthony Louis.)
This difficult star is associated with exile and suffering; water and/or flooding may be connected as well with sorrow ensuing.
Hopefully, the Crescent Moon and Mercury at Sunset on April 26 amongst the beautiful stars of the Pleiades will bring the world dried-up tears and joyful ambrosia sans sadness!
Sign an online petition to release Roxanna Saberi here.
Apr 26, 2009, Washington, DC, Sunset 7:51:36 pm edt:
ASC 6Sco52, Sun 6Tau52…’7 Taurus’…’A Woman of Samaria Comes to Draw Water from Jacob’s Well.’ (’360 Degrees of the Zodia’ by Lynda Hill.)
Hour of Jupiter (23AQ23 – 4th house with Chiron and Neptune 26AQ12), Moon 1Gem43 just barely into 7th house with Mercury 27Tau06 conj Fixed Star Algol, a star with one of the more vicious reputations in the sky.
In fact, Diana Rosenberg has connected Algol’s prominent activity in charts of harmful fires.
At Midheaven (MC) of the Sunset chart set for DC is 13Leo30 which displays Pres. Obama’s natal Sun position.
The 5th house line-up of Uranus 25Pis00, Venus 00Ari46 (AP), and Mars 3Ari25 have asteroid Atlantis there also at Aries Point…keywords for Atlantis: ‘where we feel doomed; abuse of power.’
Venus and chart-ruler Mars are engaged in an ‘opportunity aspect’ (sextile = 60 degr) with the Moon in Gemini, sign of travel, esp air flights, and I pray that all captives may be returned soon to their sorrowing families as world leaders’ accustomed ‘abuse of power’ be transcended by doing what’s right for a change!
But now there is that lonely, unaspected Saturn 15Vir15 Rx, 10th house, acting as the ‘bucket’s handle’ once again but with Luna on the verge of ‘spilling out’ of the bucket and meeting up with transiting Midas 7Gem50 Direct in 8th house…could this indicate ransom money being paid for a certain detained lady?
And on another level a Moon-Midas contact could indicate more relating to our current financial issues (8th house) as money (Midas) is made available to the people (Moon.)
Well, bring it on – it was ours to begin with!
All in all, I’d say that April 26′s celestial display has more meaning in the Lunar Calendar than in our Solar-based world…because most of the info we get from our culture concerning such celestial events is simply ‘lovely.’
Have you any thoughts on the subject?
Symbol of Sirius, the Dog Star, worshipped in ancient Egypt; also called, the Nile Star.
Harry Potter has turned up again in The Scotsman:
http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1201052007 has an interesting article about an upcoming conference (of grown-ups!) who are intent on figuring out hidden symbols and deeper meanings in J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
Wish I had that kind of leisure time and nuthin’ else to do!
But I suppose the ‘Sirius Black’ character is worthy of study because of Fixed Star, Sirius, the Dog Star’s symbolism and importance through the ages…and changing into a dog did seem to help him in the plotline, didn’t it?
Fixed Star, Sirius (Canis Major) has keywords: ‘the fires of immortality’ (‘Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars.’)
Constellation, Canis Major, the Big Dog, and Canis Minor, are the two dogs of Orion, the Hunter. In the sky they are chasing Lepus, the hare, and are harassing Taurus, the mighty bull.
Anciently and in Christian mythology, Sirius represents the guarding quality of a dog along with a judging flavor such as St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Faithfulness is thus an integral quality as well, and the announcing or heralding function relates to the annual life-giving floods by the River Nile which brought agricultural largess and hot weather, yet was thought to cause the madness of rabies in dogs.
Alternate names for Sirius are “The Scorcher” and “The Shining One” and the star’s risings and settings were so regularly recorded in ancient Egypt that they formed the basis of their calendar. The dog symbol may be seen all through Egyptian hieroglyphics, suggesting the star’s religious and cultural importance.
The measly rendition you see above is the symbol for the goddess, Sirius Isis. The goddess Isis was the wife of Osiris (constellation Orion.)
In a natal chart, a connection to Sirius indicates ‘great deeds’ when the mundane (ordinary) becomes sacred. It shows where a small act can have a larger effect on the collective. The individual may be sacrificed to the collective, and/or may gain fame and glory.
This blast of energy can burn you or help you achieve levels that seem to be impossible. Sirius may bring immortality on its bearer, but the price may be the burning away of mortal flesh.
Case In Point:
In early August, 1945, Pluto and Sirius arose together. During this time, Hiroshima nd Nagasaki were seared by nuclear attacks as ordered by President Truman (and whoever commanded him that it was the only course – puh!)
Since 1776, Sirius has been linked with the natal Sun in the US chart (13Cancer+), and in a national chart, Sun signifies ‘the leader.’ Thousands had their flesh burned away, and the horrendous results reverberate through the decades, as indeed they will forever, as long as this incarnation of our Earth endures.
(I love America dearly, but she hasn’t always been on the side of good, in spite of justifications given for dropping nuclear bombs upon innocent people. You may disagree, or think that ‘collateral damage’ is dandy fine as long as it isn’t you or your loved ones, but this is how I roll on the subject…ends do NOT justify means, and an ‘eternal flame’ on a memorial doesn’t improve the deed - for the victims, their families, or descendants)
So, in a natal chart with a planet connected to Sirius, you may gain far more than is usually expected. But Sirius energy is not easy to manage for it demands expression somehow in your life, and the huge success it can bring may ‘burn’ you in some way.
Two ‘immortals’ with Sirius linked to their natal planets are Abraham Lincoln and Princess Diana, whose life stories with great achievements but tragic ends, tell the story of the burning rays of Sirius.