Darrelyn Gunzburg
January 2006

The Royal Stars of Persia. The name alone suggests temples whose rooms are lined with porphyry, necklaces of lapis lazuli, rugs of intricate symbolic patterns, richly-coloured silk scarves and the rich Achaemenid gold work of Persian architecture.

But in fixed stars terms, the Royal Stars of Persia refer to four particular stars – Antares, Aldebaran, Regulus and Fomalhaut – each one embedded with Persian mythology and each one promising glory, achievement and success. 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 is promised to you but only if you can overcome the nemesis which can destroy. In this issue of the V.A.N. I am focusing on the Royal Star of Antares.

Antares as the natal Heliacal Rising Star

Antares is known as the Heart of the Scorpion and is the alpha star of the constellation Scorpius. Linked with obsession, it is a star that brings intensity and probing. I used Starlight to scan my files for charts that contained Antares as the heliacal rising star (see August, 2005 issue of this newsletter for more information concerning the heliacal rising star) and found a raft of names, some of which were:

Composer Ludwig von Beethoven.
Poets John Milton and Emily Dickenson .
Deborah Sampson, US soldier and the first female lecturer in the USA.
Louis Pasteur, pioneer of the process known as pasteurisation.

Novelist Jane Austen.
Gustave Eiffel, designer and builder of the
Eiffel tower.
Melvil Dewey
, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System of Classification of Library cataloguing.
Actresses Liv Ullman and Jane Fonda.

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 a 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 the Persians, Antares, the Watcher of the West, was the god of the dead, Yima, impelling a person to generate success by encountering a cleansing life-and death experience. To have Antares as one’s heliacal rising star indicates that you are so strongly focused that you can not only be obsessive but also potentially abrasive and ruthless in the pursuit of your goal [1].  

Antares in paran with a planet

I also used Starlight to search for people who had Antares in paran with a planet or luminary and found the following people:

 Antares with the Sun:
       “Someone who is intense and focused, the potential to be obsessed”

Joan of Arc,
French heroine and saint.

Emmeline Pankhurst,
champion of women’s suffrage.

Actor Christopher Reeve,
known for his role as ‘Superman’ and his huge contribution towards research into paralysis
caused by spinal cord injury as a result of his horse-riding accident.

 Antares with the Moon:
“Emotional turmoil, willing to face drama.”

Isadora Duncan,
known for her interpretative dancing and as an advocate of natural rhythm.

Horatio Nelson,
naval hero known for his courageous victories, especially at the Battle of Trafalgar which ensured the safety of Britain from invasion.

Joseph Pullitzer
one of the most powerful journalists in the USA with extensive influence in both politics and journalism who established the Pullitzer Prizes for fiction, poetry, drama, music and various categories of newspaper work. 

Antares with Mercury:
 “Mental obsession with a subject or a person.”

Crime writer Agatha Christie.

South African political activist Nelson Mandela .

Novelist Jane Austen
(who has also has Antares as her heliacal rising star).

Antares with Venus:
“Breaking down social or emotional barriers.”

Charles I,
English monarch whose autocratic rule and disputes with Parliament led to civil war and
his execution.

Elizabeth Anderson
the first English woman doctor.
Henry VIII,
Tudor king of England, noted for his number of wives and for breaking away from Roman Catholicism and establishing the Church of England.

Antares with Mars:
“To act, fuelled by inspiration or obsession.”

Writer James Barrie, creator of .Peter Pan’.

Actor Harrison Ford, known amongst others,
for his roles as Han Solo in ‘Star Wars’ and the ‘Indiana Jones’ series.

Actress Mae West.

Actor Martin Sheen, currently starring as President Jed Bartlett in the TV series
‘The West Wing’.

Antares with Jupiter:
“The engineer, a person who can envisage a structure, material or social.”

Hans Christian Andersen,
collector of children’s fairy stories.

Alan Turing
the main person behind cracking the German Enigma code machines of WWII and creating
the first early computer.

James Watt
Scottish instrument maker and inventor whose steam engine contributed substantially to the Industrial Revolution.

Antares with Saturn:
“Black versus white, a life full of the struggle with polarities.”

Fyodor Dostoyevksy,
Russian novelist, author of ‘Crime and Punishment’ and ‘The Brothers Karamazov’.

William Harvey
best known for his study and discovery of
the circulation of blood.

Erich Maria Remarque
best remembered for his novel ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ which detailed the life of soldiers
in the trenches during World War I. 

Actress Bette Davis.

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 intensity and obsession underwrote that theme. But this general look at Antares, either as the heliacal rising star or in connection with a planet / luminary in the charts of the well-known, gives us an indication of the nature of Antares, the Royal Star, the Watcher of the West, that promises glory through a clear-eyed focus. All of the people above have been able to generate that focus into their work, either taking on the roles of obsessive characters as actors or writers or by looking at what lay beneath the surface of life as inventors, researchers and political activists. Others, such as Joan of Arc and Charles I, paid the price for obsession with their own lives, leaving us the legacy of their preoccupation.

All of the Royal Stars concretize the duality between Spenta Mainyu and Angra Mainyu. In the case of Antares, fulfilment of the promise of glory takes a person through an encounter with passion, mania and compulsion and the shadow side embodied by Angra Mainyu, the destructor, takes the form of intensity and obsession. With other Royal Stars the form is different and we will meet these in future editions of the V.A.N.

If you have Antares in paran with a planet in your chart it can give you glory, the glory metaphorically symbolized by rooms lined with porphyry, necklaces of lapis lazuli, bracelets of carnelian and rings of turquoise, a market place of magic carpets, tapestries and silks and the magnificent decorative reliefs, glinting mosaics and the rich gold work of ancient Persian architecture. But beware. Tread lightly and with clear eyes for your nemesis is destructive obsession.

 [1]Brady, Bernadette. (1999). Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, Samuel Weiser Inc: York Beach, Maine.

  Note: All the meanings of star and planet parans quoted are taken from Starlight Software. © Barnswood Ltd and Bernadette Brady.