ISSUE NO. 23
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|The Great Southern Fish - The Royal Stars of Persia, Fomalhaut.|
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This month we are completing our work on the Royal
Stars with a focus on Fomalhaut. Darrelyn has now given us all a detailed
look at all four Royal Stars over the course of the last twelve months
and they make fascinating reading. This month we focus on a solitary
Saturn in the sky and we were amazed to see its links to an earlier time.
Also I would like to thank a reader (whose email got lost in our IT melt
down, so I cannot name them) for pointing out that Japan has already had
female Empresses in the past, in particular the 5th and 7th centuries. So
the little princess Aiko will not be the first Empress but I still think
she will be a trail-blazer. Reader feedback is always welcome as visual
astrology is a learning curve for all of us.
Finally, with the completion of the Fixed Stars Volume II Studyshop - "Charts and Stars" - we have a very special sky-chart-and-star self-learning package offer at the end of this newsletter. Check it out when you have a minute.
The King stands alone…
Strange echoes from the past are not unusual within astrology. Indeed they are the nature of cycles - that curious blend of repeating themes, always a little different but also always similar. The feature of the visual astrology for this coming month is the isolation of Saturn. In the predawn light Saturn will be seen culminating as it slowly approaches the great Lion with its beating red heart of Regulus. No other planets will be visible in the night sky until Mercury makes a dim reappearance in the dawn light in the middle of the month. The Moon will join Saturn and quietly pass over the top of him (for the northern hemisphere, or just below for those of you watching from the southern hemisphere).
In searching the translations from the Mesopotamian astrologer/priests from around the time of 600 BCE they seem to be silent about the meaning of such isolation. However, the astrologer priest Balasi did send this message to his king:
As we have seen before, the image of the planet Saturn as it moves through the constellations represents the king and when joined by Sin, the moon god, it was considered a good omen. But what of the king’s isolation? With this question in mind, and not finding any ancient text to help with the interpretation, I decided to scan for earlier times with similar sky stories.
In scanning over a thousand years of history, I found only one other time with a similar sky map. The last time we had a solitary king anywhere near the stars of Leo with no support from any other planet was in October-November 1946 - sixty years ago. In that month (on 1st October, 1946) the big news story was the final verdict of the Nuremberg Tribunal which sentenced to death by hanging Hermann Goering and eleven other Nazi war criminals. A firing squad was ruled out as it was considered to be too dignified for the convicted Nazis.
The current night sky is similar to this time of 60 years - a sky with Saturn near the stars of Leo and no other planets visible. Of course the main news story of this month is the sentencing to death by hanging of Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity.
Next month all this changes, and for those of us
learning the craft of visual astrology, we will see the return of Jupiter
rising before the sun but now amongst the stars of the Scorpion. Next
month I will focus on this potential new contender to a throne, this
possible candidate who walks onto the world stage. But for now, if you are
up early and can see a sky, have a look at that isolated king. It does not
happen too often but it does, I think, carry a strong message.
The Royal Stars of Persia - a
focus on Fomalhaut
The Royal Stars of Persia. The name suggests temples whose rooms are lined with porphyry, necklaces of lapis lazuli, rugs of intricate symbolic patterns, richly-coloured silk scarves and the extraordinary Achaemenid gold work of Persian architecture. It opens doorways in our imagination which lead down corridors of palm trees, the smell of exotic perfumes, the touch of silk and the sensuality of wool shawls.
However, in fixed stars terms, the Royal Stars of Persia refer to four particular stars - Antares (see January 2006 issue of V.A.N.), Aldebaran (see May 2006 issue of V.A.N.), Regulus (see February 2006 issue of V.A.N.) and Fomalhaut - each one guarding one of the four compass points of the heavens and each one embedded with Persian mythology. All four Royal Stars are connected with the supreme Persian deity Ahura Mazda, father of Spenta Mainyu, beneficent spirit, and Angra Mainyu, the destructor. Thus to have your chart connected in some way with a Royal Star means that there will always be this duality between light and destruction interwoven into your earthly journey. Great glory, achievement and success are promised to you but only if you can overcome each star's particular nemesis which can destroy.
In this issue of the Visual Astrology Newsletter I am focusing on the great star in the southern fish, Fomalhaut, the Watcher in the South.
Fomalhaut as the natal Heliacal Rising Star
Lying close to Aquarius in the part of the sky which Aratus named the Water, this is the fish who drinks the flow from the urn of Aquarius. This stream-drinking fish is an earlier symbol of life and fertility, for it was the one who carried the egg, drinking the sperm or river of life. This is also the fish in Celtic mythology which holds great wisdom and has gone through many incarnations as the fish that swallows the ring and the fish which is encountered on the journey the hero takes through the whirlpool.
Persians in about 3,000 BCE, however, did not see it as a fish but rather
considered its alpha star, Fomalhaut, as one of the Royal Stars and called
it the Watcher in the South, as it marked their winter solstice. Fomalhaut
contains a touch of the mystic, a sense of magic, and is based on high
ideals or lofty visions. Being one of the Royal Stars, it contains
charisma and its version of this charisma is beauty or perfect harmony.
With this great star touching your chart by paran you need to be very
clear and honest with yourself about your motives in the pursuit of some
goal and as you start to achieve your outcome, it is imperative that
personal glory does not become the main driving force. If recognition is
forthcoming, it is also important that it is not manipulated for personal
I used Starlight to scan my files for charts that contained Fomalhaut as the heliacal setting star (see August, 2005 issue of this newsletter for more information concerning the heliacal rising and setting stars) and found the following names:
The heliacal rising star is the star that has been walking the path of the
underworld and has now emerged to be visible in the world of humans
bearing gifts from the land of the person’s past, their family or their
genetics. This gift or treasure is handed to the person at birth. The
heliacal rising star is a theme in the person’s life. It helps build the
person’s philosophies and can,
at times, take on a vocational pulse. To have
as one’s heliacal rising star indicates that you
are born with the touch of the
and seek expression of your
or lofty visions.
You will be challenged to maintain clarity about these goals and as you
begin to achieve them, it is imperative that
and personal glory are not the main driving forces.
We get a glimpse of how this has manifested in the lives of the people
Starlight to search for people who had
paran with a planet or luminary found the following people:
of the people above have been able to generate integrity in their work,
pushing into areas where their best talents lie and achieving success. One
would have to look at each person’s chart in order to understand the
nature of the theme being expressed by that planet / luminary and hence
the way that the
nemesis of Fomalhaut has tempted them in their lives.
necessarily be privy to the times
when personal glory
had to be thrust aside. One thing, however, is certain
they will have been there and caused a dilemma for each of these people in
connection with the planet or luminary or angle with which
contact. For the Royal Stars concretize this duality between Spenta Mainyu
and Angra Mainyu and in the case of
the shadow side embodied by Angra Mainyu, the destructor, takes the form
of the desire for
personal glory. For the beautiful mystical charisma contained within a
chart touched by Fomalhaut must exist for its own sake and not as
something you may want to manipulate for personal glory.
1. Brady, Bernadette. (1999). Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, Samuel Weiser Inc: York Beach, Maine. ha
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