I’ve decided there are more to the game than previously thought, for that, this post will become an article =]
Recently (August 23rd, 2016) I wrote on Facebook page:
“♂+ ♄ = If you are a strategic person full of knowledge and good sense, these days are yours! Mars conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius with fixed star Antares.”
Actually, can you see the astro-perfection? Mars when conjunction to Saturn boosts us with self-structure and straight up discipline, it rules the majority of ‘military’ vibration. Mercury just conjunct Jupiter in Virgo and will soon do it again as Mercury turns retrograde and Jupiter advances into tropical Libra. This is also an opportunity (Jupiter) to expand one’s best ideas and following the conjunction of Mars-Saturn to Antares, this sounds the ground for action. I wrote about it where I called it the “babel effect”:
“Mercury begins to conjunct Jupiter in Virgo. Mercury rules Virgo and Jupiter hates being in Virgo, it feels too unfastidious. Yet, glory yourself from this aspect, Jupiter-Mercury aspect is always good to think-big and outside the box. Many many great ideas come from this aspect. I had many ideas that shall be in the website soon, at least one of them. Enjoy this time to reflect upon what you wish to expand in your life, and in Virgo that shall be reflected upon the minimum details of life. Did you know Mercury rules over small pets, such as cats? My little ones are so messy today! I just got home after a week of a quick travel to the coast and found the cats very loud, and still are, so cute, so cute. Jupiter is noisy and activate the babel effect in a chart among with Uranus. Where is transiting Uranus ♅ ? Uranus is at 24°degrees Aries my people, do you realize we are about only 7° degrees away from the cusp of Taurus? Jupiter ♃ is at 24° degrees Virgo, forming an exact inconjunction or quincunx (150°) to Uranus in Aries. There you go, a babel effect. Where are Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus in your chart at this exactly momento in your life? Investigate now.”
About the Mars-Saturn conjunction I also wrote on the Facebook page and at the last Full Moon which was in Aquarius (August 24th, 2016):
“Although Mars and Saturn have nothing to do with the lunation, both planets are in August 24th in exact conjunction in Sagittarius at 9°53′ degrees, which will be the first quarter of the Moon. By December 4th 2016 Mars in Aquarius will then sextile Saturn in Sagittarius at 18° degrees. Mars-Saturn aspects are never easy to handle, although sextile can soften and trine make it seems effortless. Sue Tompkins for example, believes all the aspects among Mars and Saturn can sometimes generally take us nearly to the breaking-point once the combination gravitates people towards “situations where their capacity for strength, endurance and stamina will be tested and stretched…” (Aspects in Astrology, 2002). The transit at its best activates our capacity to deal with seriousness in life, people are strongly capable of dealing with the worst conditions or scenarios, events and issues related to government or any other form of authority over another.”
Natally I own a Sun/Mars trine Saturn and Mercury exact square Saturn, thus I am not surprised by this effect of Mars-Saturn contact. Owning such aspect makes me prepare myself better than others that lack the aspect, like millions others like me. But with Antares, there are many things new to me.
- The mysterious Lady in Red or hero Antar/Antarah?
There are at least 7 thousand visible stars by naked eyes splashed by all the celestial sphere, and millions more by an expansive telescope. Astronomically, the fixed star Antares is located at the heart of constellation Scorpius, yet it is in tropical sign of Sagittarius by astrological perspective. Giant Antares happens to be one of the brightest in our skies ranked as the 15th one in the position because of its 1.0 magnitude, yet this star also happens to occupy its gaseous body near the ecliptic, being considered one the four brightest “suns” near the path of the Sun, the others 3 are Aldebaran, Spica, e Regulus. Curiously, Antares was romantically associated as one of the four Royal Stars in the sky of Persia around 3000 BC. The star is also known since early ages as one of the four key stars in the heavens, also called archangel stars: Michael (Aldebaran) watcher of the East. Gabriel (Fomalhaut) watcher of the South. Raphael (Regulus) Watcher of the North. Oriel (Antares) Watcher of the West. It wouldn’t had been too late for ancients to correlate the stars to specific events and situations, once they were/are so obvious in the sky, having its appearance astrologically (magical works, mark of events etc.) and astronomically (navigation, point of reference etc.) as permanent points of interest.
Mars, the planet of war is Aries’ rulership and was always seen that way by our ancestors, the same for Ares being the god of war. The ancient perception was categorical and logical by the visual effect the stars emitted when compared, and for that, the name Antares is believed to be focused on the resemblance of the same brightness and reddish color planet Mars emits, therefore being pictured as the rival of Mars, an Anti-Ares star yet still having its same attributes or even more dangerous then Mars or completely opposite – beneficial once also attributed to Jupiter as said above. An astronomical curiosity is the fact little is known and talked about but there are actually 2 Antares stars in that region of the Scorpius constellation once we are pointing out to a binary system of stars, it is usually called Antares B, a greenish color makes contrast to Antares A, but its brightness (magnitude) is so low near the A that B is invisible by naked eye, yet B is more luminous than our Sun, the life-giver. Antares B is about 2.9 arc-seconds, or 550 AU apart from Antares A. So whenever you are searching in the skies for Antares, you will be in reality looking at 2 big celestial and gaseous bodies, and not just one big yellowish ball. The light Antares emits is about 10,000 times the luminosity of the Sun, having characteristics enough to be a future supernova.
- Astrological Antares – A military Star
“A Mars nature, in which the powers of Mercury and Jupiter and Saturn are also added. Antares makes people tough, belligerent and pugnacious. This is an important star for military personnel and is said to convey mental alertness, strategic ability and courage and to make dare-devils, especially if tied up with the MC, Ascendant, Sun or Jupiter. If associated with Mars, courage is said to become foolhardiness, leading to increased dangers. Natives with this particular configuration have to be prepared at all times for sudden incidents, unforeseen events and potential accidents. According to tradition, Antares is of violent character and is credited with being significant for a violent death, either in battle or by process of law. On the other hand, danger may come about by fire, weapons or machinery. Antares is also said to be unfortunate for the eyes, if in conjunction with the Ascendant, Moon or Sun and this has proven to be the case by later researchers. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.70-71.]”
For astrological purposes, Antares in its geocentric celestial longitude is now positioned at 9° degrees and 46 minutes of Sagittarius ( at 9°46′ tropical Sagittarius), but apparently it can vary from material sources. In the 1900’s Antares was at 8°22′ degrees. This fact alone tells that fixed stars are not actually fixed but always slowly moving, not enough though to be witnessed in a lifetime, thus the term “fixed stars” is only a way of saying how slow or the stationary display they seem to appear relative to Earth. Annually around December 2 the Sun passes 5° degrees of Antares, for that reason Antares is said to be less than 5° degrees of the ecliptic and can be hidden by the Moon (as it did in July 31st of 2009) and rarely by other planets. Although ruthless, violent and dangerous in nature, astrological fixed star Antares has no direct impact in someone’s life direction if not conjunction by the closest orb as possible to the Ascendant or Midheaven, not even conjunction to personal planets can influence that much on the life’s path. However, when in severe contact to personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and even social Jupiter and Saturn), it can drastically change its nature, overcoming the ability of the other planet to fully express its condition accordingly to its own’ energy. Having this in mind, stay away from the evil mind that drags you down to the hell. This is not to encourage though, blind spots. The Mars-Saturn conjunction is already a hard to knock it down combination, it is prevailing, persisting and can be extremely annoying to many people. Curiously, huge star ball Antares is said to be characterized by the nature of Mars and Jupiter as once classified by Ptolemy. Supermassive Antares is part of the 15 Behenian Fixed Star in our skies (in the article ahead I explore more of it). The majority of these stars are bigger than the Sun itself. Actually if you place the star Antares in the place of the Sun it would reach its outer parts between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Surely, the lady in red is seductive in may forms, it needs to appear!
The deal is simple. Mars with Antares promotes success in battle as well as can indicate a violent death, assassination and the down fall for the one involved, yet, it foresees a great strategic person full of courage to act in the name of Antares which can cause lots of disaster along the way, banishing demons have physical consequences. Moreover, Mars-Antares is associated to success in war. It is like having double Mars attached to the chart altogether, and the Jupiter-association is highly viewed by astrologers as the factor of “lucky” in war as well as success by well strategic plans. If contact with Jupiter, there could be a great fortune, career success and other joys of life in expanded manners, or in its downfall – it brings instantaneous false hope, hypocrisy and huge fraud.
Now, what about the other planets in astrology and sensitive points? How can we relate that? In her book entitled “Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, 1923” – author Vivian E. Robson explores the world of the fixed stars in detail format. Here are her hints about Antares conjunct each of this points or planets in the chart:
*, p.137.]Riches and honor, violence, sickness, benefits seldom last. [Robson
*, p.137.]Honor, preferment and good fortune. [Robson
*, p.137.]poverty. [Robson
*, p.137.]Pretended religion, insincere, honor and riches ending in disgrace and ruin, military preferment, danger of treachery, violence committed or suffered, fevers and sickness, injuries to the right eye, violent death. If rising or culminating, great honor through violence attended by difficulties and casualties. If with Mars also, pestilential disease. [Robson
*, p.137.]Popular, broad-minded, interested in philosophy, science and metaphysics, liable to change religious opinions, influential friends, favorable for business and domestic matters, active in local affairs, great power, honor and wealth but benefits may not prove lasting, danger of violence, sickness, drowning or assassination. If in 1st or 10th houses, honor and preferment but many dangers and calamities. Liable to blindness or eye injuries especially if at the same time Mars or Saturn be with Regulus. If Saturn be with Aldebaran, danger of a violent death probably by hanging; but if Mars be with Aldebaran death by a stab, blow or fall especially if in angles. If a malefic be with Aldebaran in the 4th, 7th, 11th or 12th houses, death by a sudden sword-thrust, stab or fall (operations can be substituted for stabs nowadays). [Robson
*, p.138.]Suspicious, wrongfully accuses friends, unpopular, uses ecclesiastic influence in business, money obtained slowly and with much difficulty, danger of sickness to the native and his family, and death of a relative at home or away. [Robson
*, p.138.]Insincere, dishonest, energetic and able but selfish. [Robson
*, p.138.]Detrimental habits powerfully affecting the life, quarrels with friends and relatives, fairly favorable for gain. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson
*, p.138.]Great religious zeal real or pretended, ecclesiastical preferment, tendency to hypocrisy, benefits through relatives. [Robson
*, p.138.]Materialistic, dishonest through circumstances created by environment, religious hypocrisy, many disappointments, loss through quarrels and legal affairs, trouble through enemies, many failures, hampered by relatives, unfavorable for domestic matters, much sickness to and sorrow from children. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson
*, p.138.]Abnormal and extreme ideas, hypocritical, lies and exaggerates, extremely socialistic, incites to riot, lawlessness and anarchism and in danger of imprisonment on this account, occasional poverty, disharmony with relatives, more than one marriage, unfavorable for children, violent death. [Robson
*, p.138.]Shrewd, cunning, unbalanced and mentally unsound, secretive but apparently candid, dishonest, tendency to theft, economical, untruthful, strange religious ideas, evil environment, gain through hard work, sudden and unexpected death brought about by treachery or through enemies who will escape retribution. [Robson
As concerned above, saffron-colored Antares in astrology has only potency when in strong contact with the chart according to certain prior considerations. First of all, fixed stars should never be treated like a planet in any astrological method, for astrological purposes, fixed stars ‘cast no rays’, therefore the conjunction (0° degree) aspect shall be only considered among all the others aspects.
At the website astrology.king author Jamie Partridge writes about known people with Antares prominent on their charts: “Antares was conjunction Ascendant in the birth charts of Ghandi, who died by assassination; general Schleicher, murdered by Hitler; Helen Keller. A conjunction with the MC has been recorded with boxer Ten Hoff and Bormann, minister under Hitler. A conjunction with the Sun can be found in the charts of British Prime Minister Churchill, Field-Marshall Kesserling and the former Reichsarschall Goering. Antares was conjunction the Moon of Copernicus, and bound up with the lunar Node and Moon of the philosopher Nietzch, who at age 45, became an imbecile. The Austrian Kulturphilisoph, Rudolf Kassner was bornwhen the fixed star was conjunction Mars. because he contracted infantile paralysis, he had to use crutches all his life.” – (Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.70-71.)
Astrology can be easily feared by this point, that’s why professional astrologers are here to help students of the art and science to progress fearless. By such intense interpretation from Ebertin over said by Jamie is terrific in essence. You read those sentences and you actually get to be scared by the effect of such tragic correspondence. Reading about Gandhi does bring a comfort to the idea Antares can also be spiritual in nature, but the assassination followed can give people a chill. A brighter side of Antares by itself and only can be interpreted as a constituted association to the 16th manzil which stands for Arabic Moon Mansion or Al Kalb (the Heart), which is said to be one of the fortunate stations, but this is something out of my jurisdiction. This is a serious study that demands detached quality of the mind.
- Astrological Fixed Stars and the Behenian World of 15 Stars
In astrology, the Fixed Stars (also called that way to distinguish them from planets) prove to be a collection of source that ultimately brings a deeper understanding of astrology in its various methods of application such as astro-meteorology, mundane astrology, elective, time and Natal. “The first catalog of Fixed Stars was compiled by Timocharis and Aristyll about 250 years BC in Greece”; Ebertin-Hoffmann (Fixed Stars and Their interpretation), therefrom we easily deduce its application in astrology and occultism in general comes from really ancient times, Hoffman also claims in his book (ibid) the name of the Fixed Stars has its origin in It was Babylonian.
“The strength and efficacy of the Fixed Stars is to be considered from their magnitude, their splendours, their natures or properties, their nearness to the Ecliptic, their place in the World, their multitude, their first oriental appearance, the purity of their place, the similitude or agreement of the body or rays of a Planet with them and their circle of position.” — The Seven Segments of Cardan
However, most of the ancient students and practitioners of the art used fixed stars preferably and mainly from Horary astrology to magical preparations of itens such as metal rings and talismans, also the making of rituals for casting spells of whatever the nature of intention – all by the occultists of those times, and being an astrologer was considered one. But among all those seven thousand visible stars, the occultists had a time correlating some of the mainly ones accordingly to their logic, to specific happenings in humanoid’s affairs, and that happened to be chosen 15 of them all, which are known as the Behenian stars. The cool part is that each one of them may represente a planet, two to more, like if each one was a result of conjunctions of planets accordingly. They also have a glyph for each other, some are complex while others are very simple but never alike the glyphs of the Zodiac’s signs and planets.
The Behenian fixed stars are the selection of the ‘finest’ of all the visible stars in the sky, fifteen stars chosen to represent powers of nature unknown to humans but which can be detectable by astrological methods and investigations, they were so luminous, bright and conspicuous to the point of needing a special treatment from people sensitive to reality in other forms than the majority. The 15 stars are: Algol, the Pleiades, Aldebaran, Capella, Sirius, Procyon, Regulus, Alkaid, Gienah, Spica, Arcturus, Alphecca, Antares, Vega, and Deneb Algedi. Astronomers, magicians, occultists, and surely astrologers did used the behenian stars as a meaningful source of interest since early ages of humankind. As for magicians and the occultists, those specific stars were especially useful for magical applications in variety of rituals, artifacts and charms, believing the fixed stars were correlated to certain gemstones and planets, these people used to put heavy weight and concerned when exploring the world of astrology in the physical world, attracting or repulsing accordingly to each star’s symbolism and nature by one’s own will. Thus, the name these stars were derived from Arabic bahman word which means “root”. Perhaps, whenever we want to reach to the ‘root’ of a situation, occultists of those amazing times knew the power of the behenian stars had in order to reach out for the event, creating eventually a chain of attraction when utilizing them as symbolic representation of power in the making of spells, talismans and other kinds of magical interpretation given by older magicians.
When a planet was within six degrees of an associated star, this influence was thought to be particularly strong.
- Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923