Stellar constellations or stellar clusters represent the web of mysterious threads that create our collective destiny, as well as the individual’s fate.
This foundation is made up of primordial myths incorporated within the being or essence of the collective unconscious, therefore representing the fundamental codes of humanity. No matter how incred- ible it might seem at first, myths are the only authentic history of humanity. All other histories, events or destinies – indi- vidual or collective – always occur in con- cordance with these fundamental codes.
In the basic nature of every fixed star lives a part of the myth of the constella- tion to which this star belongs. Thus it is necessary to understand the nature of the myth of every constellation, and only then take into consideration the specific influ- ence of the star.
Although all the stars and constella- tions both create and exist within every horoscope, only those stars (and along with them the constellations) that are “touched” by planets or cusps of houses are “awakened” and put into effect in an individual’s life, through the nature of the planet or house involved. People uncon- sciously carry within themselves activated myths (or parts of myths) and their des- tinies as defined by the story of the con- stellation, whereas all the other planetary influences are just pawns in the game, manifesting the primary need of the myth.
Therefore, when it comes to interpret- ing a star’s influence on a planet, it is very important to estimate if that “stellar-planetary” combination will transmit the entire myth, or just part of it. This influence depends on whether the planet is a good transmitter for the constellation to which the star belongs. So, if the constellation is of a Venusian nature, then Venus will certainly be the best transmitter, and will easily transmit the whole myth. Whereas if that planet is Mars, which is not pri- marily connected to that constellation, it will transmit only the part of the myth to which it is particularly related.
This time Mars started its retrograde motion at the 8º 54’ of Sagittarius which is very close to the Royal Star of Antares, even by declination! More than that, Antares represents the “Heart of the Scorpio”. Its planetary nature is very Martian which makes this retrograde Mars period a powerful one.
Let’s see the nature of this star.
Antares – The Watcher of the West
Antares entered 10° Sagittarius 00’ this year! The declination of the star is 26º S 26’ which is close to the current Mars declination, emphasizing the activation of the star.
Its traditional nature is Mars-Jupiter. Its name derives from the word Anti – Ares, which means something like, The Rival of Mars. This is one of the four royal stars of ancient Persia, known as The Watcher of the West.
General influence of the star:
Fearlessness and readiness for action.
It makes a person very successful, especially in the West or in something that is related to the West.
In any affliction (including, in this case, an affliction of Mars), it can cause sud- den, unexpected events and potential accidents.
Traditionally, Antares is of a violent nature and considered to be responsible for violent deaths, either in battle or by the process of law.
WINSTON CHURCHILL, November 30.1874. 01:30 GMT, Woodstock, England
Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II, had the Sun (07° Sagittarius 43’) on Antares (at the moment of his birth at 08° Sagittarius 01’) and he represented a special Watcher of the West, which this star traditionally represents. This star has a very dominant position in his chart, which is also shown by the condition of its dis- positor (Jupiter) which is conjunct Mars.
These two planets describe the nature of the star Antares! In addition to everything else, Jupiter is placed on the star Spica, a first magnitude star giving success in affairs of state. Mars (which is conjunct Jupiter) is placed on the star Seginus (from the constellation Bootes), which is typical for politicians, therefore this combination describes one of the major figures of his time, who represented the great Antares in the astral sky in the form of a politician, statesman and military strategist.
Cultivated Land or Heart of the Serpent
At the end of June, Mars will stop again – this time to go direct! It’s going to hap- pen very close to two fixed stars. First is Agena from Centaurus constellation, sym- bolically called the Ground or cultivated land or soil.
The other star that is close to this one and has some Martian nature is Unukalhai from the Serpent, known as the Heart of the Serpent.
Agena is right now on 24° Scorpio 02’, and Mars will turn direct on 23º Scorpio 03’. The declination of this star is sou- thern, but it is very high (60° S 22’). The traditional nature of the star is Venus- Jupiter, so Mars is not really the best transmitter of it.
However, let’s look at this star’s nature.
It is said that Agena gives significant friendships and good social position, all in the symbols of the planet in conjunction with this star.
If well-placed, it could indicate going into the field of research, and even teaching that on the nature of the planet which is in conjunction with it (and its dispositor as well). Any affliction (its position, malefic aspects or dispositor) indicates an injury, wound, sacrifice or in other words – the native’s weak point.
ABDUL AL BIRUNI, September 09, 973. 05:05 LMT, Kath, Uzbekistan
Al Biruni is a great name of medieval Islamic astrology. He was the court astrol- oger in service to one of the greatest Muslim rulers of that period, the sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi. His Moon, the ruler of the 11th House (astrology), is placed in the 3rd House (thinking) in conjunction with Uranus (another indicator of astrology) and is on the star Agena (at 09° Scorpio 32’). It indicates significant friendships and a good social position through the symbol of the planet which it conjoins. Since the Moon is the ruler of the 11th House in conjunction with Uranus, it is obvious that this position made him earn his astrological skills. Agena also indicates a field of research which is symbolically associated with that planet, therefore it is also confirmed here that its nature is about astrology, especially because everything is related to the 3rd House (learning).
The Heart of the Serpent
The other star that is going to be activated, maybe even stronger than Agena, is Unukalhai. This star is now at 22° Scorpio 19’, even closer to the Mars station than Agena. This star similar to Mars because its nature is of Mars-Saturn.
General influence of the star: Traditionally, it indicates a danger of poisoning, violence and also a danger of snakes. It is essential that the person represented by the planet placed on this star has something exceptional in himself and in his nervous system to be able to put someone’s life in danger, as well as to heal them. It is said to give wisdom and knowledge, therefore if this is given to the right person (if it is well-placed in their chart, as well as its dispositor, and if Neptune, Mars and Saturn are also well-placed) then an exceptional healing transformation is possible. It is of great significance for doctors, surgeons, and all other healers as well. Generally, all those who are in service to others by healing or teaching according to their observations could only receive good fortune from Unukalhai. If afflicted, this star could cause deceit, lies and treason, and it could also cause chronic illnesses which are quite difficult to diagnose. Thus, perfidy, conspiracies, deceit, forgery, poisoning, contagion, suffocation, and violence are its main negative manifestations.
There is a tendency to be involved in politics.
There is another significant association with this star. It is the symbol of a woman, and it is also the symbol of a multitude of women in general.
Therefore, if a woman is described then she is a seductress, lover, passionate but most frequently an adulteress with a certain power over men (usually it is power of an erotic nature). It also describes other women, usually those whose “love” could be paid for or bought. A woman’s love and passion are mixed here in the form of a dangerous dance, which depends only on the rest of the female factors in one’s horoscope, like Neptune along with everything else.
Generally, all those who are in service to others by healing or teaching according to their observations could only receive good fortune from Unukalhai.
AKBAR THE GREAT, December 03, 1542. 00:30 LMT, Umarkot (India/Pakistan)
Akbar the Great is one of the greatest kings (rajas), who is also well known, among many other things, for his enormous harem of 5,000 women (of course, besides his wife and three children). A harem, as a place for fun and love, is represented by the 5th House, and also by the planet Neptune. Such an enormous harem as this one must have been noticeably represented in his horoscope. The ruler of his 5th House is Saturn, which is placed on the star Unukalhai. At that time, all fixed stars were placed 6° 22’ backwards from their current positions (or more precisely, from their positions on January 1, 2000). At the moment of his birth, Unukalhai was at 15° Scorpio 43’, in conjunction with Saturn (at 14° Scorpio 50’), and both are in conjunction with Venus. Since one of the descriptions of Unukalhai (particularly if it is associated with a symbol of the 5th house) is a multitude of women, especially in a sexual sense – and along with the position of Venus at this same degree – the illustration of a great harem becomes obvious.
Certainly, we can raise the question of, “Why is a harem represented by the conjunction between Saturn and Venus on Unukalhai, and not, for example, by Jupiter and Venus placed on the same star, which would be much closer to the symbolism of a joyful picture of a large number of women, whose moral is in doubt?
The answer is in the fact that the harem was not “an institution willingly gathered by women.” Instead, they had to (Saturn) be involved in the harem if they were chosen by the sultan or raja. It is interesting that probably because of that, even now, the entire area of the Middle East and India carry the typical mark (seal) in the collective unconsciousness expressed in the symbol of the Venus and Saturn conjunction!
Finally, in order to have such an enormous harem (which was really enormous in those times as well, even for one raja), one must have a particular inclination toward a lot of women. His fascination with women could obviously be seen in the conjunction of his Ascendant (himself) with Zavijava (which gives a remarkable fascination with women and an incli- nation towards them). In those times, Zavijava was placed at 20° Virgo 48’ not only in conjunction with his Ascendant, but also forming an occultation with it, emphasizing even more the influence of this star upon him.
The extremely powerful passion of this king is seen in the position of his Mars and Pluto in the 5th House, forming a square to that conjunction of Venus and Saturn. Pluto is the most concrete dispositor of Venus and Saturn in Scorpio and it forms an exact square to them. On the other hand, his wife is represented by Neptune (which is placed in the 8th House) and Jupiter (in Libra), which are in opposition, and their dispositors form the already described dangerous square. This leads us to the idea that his wife could have accepted “his amusement” only to a certain degree, and only by that part where she is represented by Jupiter in Libra but not as Neptune in the 8th House (which is already subconsciously working on his death). The position of that Neptune in the constellations is significant since it is placed on the star Kurdah (then at 17° Aries 51’, just a few minutes of arc from Neptune) which is in the constellation of Cepheus (The Ethiopian King) and it represents his left arm. Since in this story there is also a king (even though he is not the king of Ethiopia, but of India) this already becomes personally related to him – or even more to her – his Neptune, the ruler of the 7th House. It is known that the Ethiopian king Cepheus had serious problems caused by his wife (Cassiopeia). In this case, Neptune is the represen- tative of Akbar’s wife and it is placed on the star representing the left arm of Cepheus, which is traditionally the female side – in combination with the 8th House, it becomes obvious that his wife, because of her passion/lust (dispositors – Venus square Mars), will be the cause of his death! King Akbar died on October 16, 1605. His death remains a mystery (Neptune on the cusp of the 8th House), but it is believed that he was poisoned. There is no doubt about it, because it is known that that kind of death is brought by Neptune in the 8th House. Certainly, the star Unukalhai itself in his horoscope represents a typical energy of poisoning (at first “poisoning” as the result of his passion getting out of control, and after- wards a literal poisoning). It only takes looking at his secondary progressed chart for October 16, 1605 and there is the most direct answer:
Secondary progressed chart of the king
Akbar for October 16, 1605.
His secondary progressed Ascendant reached Unukalhai. The star which is most well-known for poisons, conspiracies and treasons. The secondary progressed Sun (in his natal chart it is the ruler of the 12th House and therefore represents poisons as well) forms an exact conjunction with natal Pluto and an exact square to natal planets placed on Unukalhai! It is certainly sufficient to make the confirmation in this “historical detective work” that the cause of death was poisoning, and to confirm that the mastermind behind everything was his wife, and finally to learn the lesson that he who wants to rule serpents, must first and foremost control the serpent within himself, his own kundalini or sexual energy in order not to be controlled by that serpent.
Stars – the framework of mythological fate
The myth given by a constellation is the basic framework of reality and the deeply encoded fate that the native bears within himself on his path toward realizing the myth or part of it. The planets complete that illustration, giving tangible solutions and directives to the mythological possibility. In fact, through the planetary influence, the myth could also be completed in this lifetime in a different way than it was in the story – a person could live just a part of one myth, and another part of that person’s life is carried by some other mythological fate.
Aleksandar Imsiragic (ISAR CAP) is ISAR Education Director and founder of the Johannes Kepler Astrological Institute in Belgrade, Serbia.
He has been an astrologer for more than 25 years, teaches meditation, has written eleven astrological books, and has organized annual International Astrological Conferences in Belgrade since 2001.
His work is based on a synthesis of Western and Eastern traditions of knowledge, and his special interests are in the fields of fixed stars, karmic astrology, and astro-healing.
He is author of the book “Pillars of Destiny – The Fixed Stars in Astrology” and more about that you can see at his website: www.keplerunited.org or email him directly to firstname.lastname@example.org