ISSUE NO. 51.
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Sirius, the fire of immortality
The brightest and red star in the face of Canis Major
A very British example of this came in the news just recently with the leader of the Conservative Party in Britain, David Cameron. Although Cameron's story has been made public by his position in British politics it is a story that is played out at all levels of society, in all cultures.
On Wednesday 26th February, 2009, his eldest child, six-year old Ivan, was taken ill during the night and died just forty-five minutes after being admitted to hospital. Ivan suffered from Ohtahara syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy characterised by spasms which start in the first days of life and which then required round-the-clock care. Some children can suffer as many as a hundred seizures every day. Cameron described Ivan’s death as a "hole in our life so big that words can't describe it."
been in politics for less than a year when Ivan was
born in April 2002. His response to Ivan's disabilities was: "The news
hits you like a freight train. You are depressed for a while because you
are grieving for the difference between your hopes and the reality. But
then you get over that, because he's wonderful."
Diadem, a woman’s sacrifice
Ivan Cameron (8 April, 2002, London, UK, birth time unknown) has his Sun in Aries conjunct Mercury. The fixed star connected with his Sun is Diadem:
his wife have two other younger children and their unique connection with
Ivan will impact on all their lives their whole life. How Cameron handles
his grief will define how his children handle loss in years to come and
how they, in turn, teach their children how to handle loss.
The star in the back of the Lion
J.K.Rowling (31 July 1965, Greenwich, UK, birth time unknown) has her Mercury, Saturn and Moon in paran with Zosma. Her Mercury is at late degrees of Leo conjunct an early degree Venus in Virgo, and her Saturn opposes a Moon-Uranus conjunction. This suggests someone with an inspired ability (Mercury in Leo) to write about non-establishment social networks (Venus in Virgo), as well as someone who knows the pain of feeling emotionally isolated and separated (Moon-Saturn).
Having suffered from a deep black melancholy and an intense feeling of
rejection and separation from all that was good in life, feelings which later
became brilliantly personified as ‘The Dementors’ in her series of books
about Harry Potter, a young wizard, Rowling found she had the gift to
speak and write effectively on behalf of those who were powerless in
society ? young people (Zosma-Mercury). Her books offered them
ways of handling difficult emotions (Moon-Saturn-Zosma) through
non-establishment techniques - magic spells - in effect teaching them how
to handle their internal reality. The deep anguish and pain she
experienced, exacerbated with her mother’s death just as she was beginning
to write the first Potter book, reflects the pain and anguish of Zosma.
Alphecca, the crown of flowers, the gift with thorns
The bright star in the flower crown
The ultimate British example is the story of a second crown in the sky. Corona Borealis is a crown or wreath with its imagery being predominantly a woman’s crown or garland of flowers. However, it is a crown that contains thorns, and advancement in life always comes with a price. Alphecca's presence in a chart can indicate that one is being offered a change in social status or community standing that comes through love or luck. However, this gift or possible advancement implies that it may be accompanied by a dark or heavy period as a result.
Queen Elizabeth II has her Saturn in paran with Alphecca. Her Saturn is in Scorpio conjunct her MC forming the apex of a T-Square with Mars-Jupiter in Aquarius in the 1st house and Neptune in the 7th house. She has the ability to steadily (fixed) and effectively solve problems (angular T-square) through taking on responsibility (Saturn) which she initially feels is beyond her but which gives her respect and credibility (Saturn conjunct the MC). Whilst she was born into royalty, having Alphecca in paran with her Saturn suggests that she will be offered a change in social status but will, in some way, pay a price for this.
Queen Elizabeth II was never meant to be queen. Her father, George VI, was second in line to the throne, a man who stuttered and felt inadequate to handle public life. When he died, Elizabeth was only twenty-six years old. As a young woman at the start of her reign, Elizabeth was depicted as a glamorous "fairytale Queen”. However, in the 1980s public criticism of the royal family increased, as the personal and working lives of Elizabeth's children came under media scrutiny. Her popularity sank to a low point in the 1990s. Under pressure from public opinion she began to pay income tax for the first time, and Buckingham Palace was opened to the public. Discontent with the monarchy reached its depth with the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and only faded once the Queen made a public broadcast to the world. Perhaps this is the clearest expression of Saturn in paran with Alphecca and on her M.C., that her position as monarch came through luck but it slowly and determinedly (the fixed T-square) forced her to undergo change through several dark or heavy periods.
That she has been able to do so effectively is shown by polls taken in 2006 which revealed strong support for Elizabeth. The majority of respondents desired that she remain on the throne until her death, and many felt that she had become an institution in herself.
Loss and the pain of loss is a part of all our lives. However, some people’s lives are deeply influenced by fixed stars that bring loss and pain, hardship and anguish. You may know people with such stars and such lives, or this may be your pathway. These stars do not stand alone and there will be other fixed stars connected with your horoscope which may soften their expression. They are powerful stars and deserve our compassion.
1. Fixed star meanings have been taken from: Brady, Bernadette (2008). Star and Planet Combinations. Bournemouth, UK: Wessex Astrologer.
2. The Independent UK, online, 1st March 2009 - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-and-ivan-cameron-father-and-son-1634759.html accessed 2nd March.