Venus in Pisces: the Muse of Artists, Poets and Mystics

Shirley Maclaine

Shirley Maclaine, with her bewitching looks and mystical inclinations, was born under the wilful and artistic Sign of Taurus, with Mars also in Taurus, and the Moon in hard working perfectionist Virgo, plus late Virgo Ascendant. Her Venus though was in changeable, emotionally susceptible Pisces, clearly expressed by her free and colourful love life. Venus was also placed in the Sixth House that, like the sixth Sign Virgo, is an area of hard work, discipline and perfectionism. Click photo for Shirley’s Natal Horoscope

The transit of Venus in Pisces

The Water, Earth and Mutable Signs are the ones who will feel more keenly the passage of Venus through Pisces, from February 11 to March 7, 2018.

Venus is now donning her Evening Star mantle and will soon reappear in the west after sunset. This is the inward looking phase of the Venus’ cycle, when we are asked to integrate in our lives the wisdom-gift of the recent encounter between Sun and Venus (Superior Conjunction on January 9, 2018), toward greater emotional maturity in all our relationships.

Pisces in particular, of course, but also Cancer and Scorpio (via trine, 120 degrees angle), Virgo (via opposition, 180 degrees angle), Gemini and Sagittarius (via square, 90 degrees angle), Capricorn and Taurus (via sextile, 60 degrees angle).

You don’t need to be born under these Sun Signs; it is enough if your Moon, any planet or Chart’s Angle (Ascendant, Mid-Heaven, Lunar Node etc.) were located in these Signs when you were born. At some point during this transit Venus will align with them bringing the briny scent of far away seas into your life. This placement of Venus could be expressed by the mythological Melusine, a divine creature of the sea, sometimes identified as a siren or mermaid, a Fish-Maiden and changeling who could never completely abandon her watery home but had to return to it after brief periods on land. The Melusine possessed the power to attract mere mortals by enchanting them into a trance of love and strange longing, while also often dooming them to lose their grip on reality and symbolically drown, in order to be united with their Muse forever.

This placement must be the epitome of the romantic Venus, soulful, dreamy, starry eyed, artistic, musical, easily led by sensual and aesthetic  stirrings, sometimes confused about the objects of her love, because at these times the world seems full of fascinating and intriguing people. There may be a tendency to idolize someone, seeing only his/her best traits and becoming selectively blind to their shortcomings. The worse scenario would be to become the victim of unreliable and domineering individuals who could take advantage of your present emotional vulnerability.

If you are in a steady relationship, and wants to keep it that way, this transit could be an opportunity to rekindle a tender flame  between you too. A vacation together will be great, just the two of you; or even dining out in a place special to you as a couple; or simply creating a romantic and sensual atmosphere at home, all things that will help you to feel passionate again, remembering why you were so attracted to each other in the first place. Venus in Pisces could also incline you to be more forgiving and tolerant of each other’s differences, letting past sorrows wash away.

On the other hand if you have been hiding away from love, too fearful to open up and take some emotional risk, this is the time to throw some of your cautions to the wind. Even if relationships you may start under the auspices of this Mermaid Venus may not pass the test of time they will help you to get in touch with emotions you perhaps thought you could not feel anymore.

If you are single and looking for love it should be easy enough to fall in love, a bit too easy in fact. To use some discrimination will be a must if you want to avoid being completely swept away by strong emotions which may not last, or give your trust to people who do not deserve it. You may regret it later, when things will go back to normal. But who can resist the lure of this bewitching Venus? Only forcibly stopping your ears and your heart you could make yourself immune to her powerful allure, like Ulysses did when he had himself tied with ropes and his ears plugged with wax while navigating the sea where the Mermaids were singing their hypnotic songs.

Artistically and spiritually I can’t think of a better Venus’ placement, combining human compassion with divine grace and inspiration. Traditionally we say that Venus is exalted in Pisces, the love, beauty and pleasure she embodies becoming in this Sign more universal than in any other.

Highlights of the Venus in Pisces’ Transits for those who have Sun, Moon, Planets, Lunar Nodes or Chart’s Angles in the following Signs and degrees.

February 16: Pisces Venus is sextile Saturn in Capricorn (6th degree). These are great days to accomplish something, finding pleasure and satisfaction in being organized and efficient, finding practical, realistic channels for our creativity and vision, and also to conceive or form durable, committed relationships, based on mutual support and realistic expectations. It could also be auspicious to start saving money for a big project or to budget in view of an important purchase.
This transit is active for about three days (from yesterday to tomorrow included).

February 17: the Pisces Crescent Moon is conjunct Venus (7th degree). Today we can best express our caring feelings for family and loved ones, putting others first and enjoying acts of giving and sharing. Our psyche could be particularly open and receptive.
This transit is active for a day or so.

February 22: Pisces Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces (13th degree). This must be the most important transit of Venus while in Pisces. Neptune is in fact equated to Venus’ higher octave, meaning the higher expression of the love/attraction principle embodied by Venus. While Venus talks of personal love and attraction, Neptune talks about universal love and spiritual communion. When they are together like now we have a chance to experience the more subtle and selfless aspect of love, recognizing within the ones we love our own spiritual essence, and thus gaining a glimpse of unconditional love, when merging with the other in spirit becomes possible, if for a short time. Our psychic channels are more fluid and open at this time so that paying closer attention to our dreams and day-dreams could prove very rewarding. If you are an artist you could experience a surge of inspiration.
This transit is active for about three days (from yesterday to tomorrow included).

February 25: Pisces Venus is square Mars in Sagittarius (18th degree). Your love life could become highly charged during this transit, with both strong attractions and strong differences becoming more apparent in your relationship. You will be faced with performing a difficult balancing act, between being assertive about what you want and independent of other people’s influence, while maintaining a just and diplomatic attitude in order to build bridges with your loved ones; your own emotional needs versus those of others; your desire to share versus your more self-centered drive.
This transit is active for about three days (from yesterday to tomorrow included).

February 27: Pisces Venus is sextile Pluto in Capricorn (20th degree). This is a passionate aspect, awakening depth of feelings that could be fascinating but sometimes a bit too intense, even scary. If you are prepared to face some truth in your love life this is an ideal time to do it, because Pluto will help you to be emotionally more resilient and prepared to accept greater honesty from others and yourself.
This transit is active for about three days (from yesterday to tomorrow included).

March 1: Pisces Venus is in trine to Jupiter in Scorpio (23rd degree). This transit could enable you to see the bigger picture and the universal, philosophical  implications in your relationships. An encounter of higher minds could occur, showing you potentialities you were not aware of before. It is also a transit that could be used creatively to accomplish much in a short period of time, helping you to see things in a more optimistic light thanks to a boost of self-confidence.
This transit is active for about three days (from yesterday to tomorrow included).

March 5: Pisces Venus is conjunct Chiron in Pisces (27th degree). Another important alignment: positively this is a strong healing energy, with love proving its power to heal the deepest wounds. Negatively this transit could make us feel inadequate and unlovable because of unresolved hurts from the past. This could then be an ideal time to look into these issues of past hurts, to understand the weight they have on our present relationships problems and how we may be able to tap into our inner wisdom to let them go for good. We could now offer them as sacrifices to the creative energies that guide our lives.
This transit is active for about three days (from yesterday to tomorrow included).

HERE is a link to an earlier post about people born with Venus in Pisces

Shirley Maclaine

The Crescent Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Aldebaran, the Pleiades, Orion, and the Perseid meteors shower, worth getting up early on 11, 12, 13 of August!!

August 13, North East, 5 am: Moon, Venus, Jupiter, with Aldebaran, the Pleiades, Orion and Perseus with its meteors showers. Click to view larger image

Venus in Scorpio, October 9 to November 2, 2011

~ christinerobinsonart.com ~ courtesy of Christine Robinson ‘Afternoon Embrace’, detail

Last evening Venus was splendid, becoming more diamond like while setting behind the line of  western hills, facing the near Full Moon in the East. Entering the glow of the Sun she acquired a sparkling golden hue, promise of more brilliance to come. Mercury was also in the picture but sadly too close to the Sun to be visible. We will have to wait until the end of October for a look at Mercury close to both Venus and the Moon (October 28 and 29).

In her Evening Star’s incarnation since mid August, Venus will become brighter and brighter until her maximum elongation in April next year. As she slowly separates from the Sun she will spend more time in the evening sky, becoming a conspicuous object for observation and meditation in the coming months.

The yearly passage of Venus through Scorpio heralds a period where feelings are deep and intense, and attachments are often tested, together with our capacity to relate in meaningful ways. No time for superficiality and flirting with life or love, unless it be ‘serious’ flirting.

Venus in Scorpio seeks to awaken the hidden layers of our emotions, revealing often thorny truths about our love life and relationships. At other times we may choose to avoid looking at these concealed depths, concerned about their intensity and the involvement and commitment they demand of us. When Venus is in Scorpio though it is difficult not to look within or to deny what feels so strong and compelling.

Mercury will be transiting Scorpio too, from October 13 to November 3, close behind Venus until the end of October. This combination brings the energy of Scorpio to bear not only on our emotional life (Venus) but also on our mental life and attitudes (Mercury).

These transits could prove an emotional eye opener,  and/or a return to ‘real’ passion, not just in love but in life’s purpose too, a time for searching mysteries and revealing secrets. Hopefully not too much of an emotional roller coaster (the dark side of this luminous medal), if we let feelings dominate unhindered (Water), losing sight of practicalities (Earth), logic (Air) and faith in Self (Fire).

The Water Signs of Scorpio, Pisces and Cancer, and the Fixed Signs of Taurus, Leo and Aquarius will feel this Venus’ effect more keenly. Not only if your Sun happens to be in one of these Signs, but also your Moon, Chart’s Angles or any planet.

There is always a story to a  planet’s transit through a Sign, and the story always involves other planets. Relationships amongst celestial bodies are formed and dissolved rapidly when planets like Venus or Mercury are involved. A planet’s transit through a Sign can never be looked upon in isolation, even if we tend to do so when we describe the potential effect of any Planet-Sign’s combination. Here I follow the transit of Venus through Scorpio, listing her encounters with other celestial bodies, as a guide to your Venus’ journey this month.

A reminder here that the transit of Venus through Libra ended with a harmonious aspect to Neptune in Aquarius (trine), on October 8, a psychic opening to unending possibilities in the realm of relationships, love, art and spirituality;  and also that Venus’ first contact while in Scorpio has been the trine to Chiron in Pisces, on October 10, an aspect promoting physical and psychological healing through love, cooperation and acceptance of our and others’ failings. Let’s see now what Venus has in store for us in the near future.

October 12 to 16: on October 13 Venus reaches a distance of 60 degrees from Pluto in Capricorn (sextile), aspect that will enhance Scorpio’s natural ability to deal with emotional difficulties, and its potential to become reborn after a crisis. Positive few days, brightened by the visionary Aries Full Moon on the 12th, to test the power of your inner resources, and with honesty and integrity deal with those aspects of your relationships that you perhaps consider irksome or taboo. Time for acknowledging your true feelings, not in a threatening but rather in a creative way, by building trust with others, clearing old resentments or, at least, come clean with them. This aspect is intensified, as I said, by the Full Moon climax, and also by an opposition the Moon in Taurus will form with Venus on October 13, and finally by another opposition between Venus and Jupiter in Taurus, exact on October 15.

After the encounter with Pluto, whose key words could be emotional courage and honesty, the opposition to Jupiter will stimulate vision and faith in future possibilities, especially in the area of relationship, art and finances, perhaps encouraging some to aim a bit too high or to fall into wishful thinking. Jupiter always magnifies the effect of the planetary energy he comes in contact with. Key words for a Venus-Jupiter’s contact could be ‘big love’, ‘big luck’, ‘big creativity’, or ‘big expenditures’, depending where your focus is at the time. Some realistically promising developments may arise from this, but also the tendency to take excessive risks, especially if Jupiter is a leading planet in your Birth Chart. With caution we can all enjoy the ride and become a bit exhilarated by all the new prospects in view, in our emotional, financial and creative lives.

October 18 to 24: the Moon and Venus are still dancing together. They will form at first a harmonious trine, from Cancer to Scorpio (October 19), enhancing feelings of family, emotional security and comfort; then a challenging square, from Leo to Scorpio (October 22), pitting against each other our individualistic needs and  our emotional attachments; and finally a creative sextile from Virgo to Scorpio (October 24), helping us in our practical pursuits, daily tasks and habits.

While the wise Waning Moon carries Venus’ message of love, through its highs and lows, Venus will enter in contact with Uranus in Aries, on October 23, via a 135 degrees angle (sesqui-quadrate). The meetings Venus-Uranus are always exciting, promoting independence in the area of relationship, but, when negative, creating emotional alienation and isolation. A good day to assert our independence, hopefully not expecting too much from our selves and others by forcing the real to match the ideal in our heads.

October 25 to 29: intense time for Venus, with some serious challengers coming her way, in the shape of Pluto the Transformer (semi-square on October 26) and Mars the Warrior (square on October 27). Many of us will feel like we need to stand our ground in relationships; it could be difficult to reconcile our need for relating and cooperating (Venus) with our personal desires and drives. How much is too much love? What sort of boundaries we need to establish in order to love without being swallowed up by the people we love?  There is a masculine/feminine tension here that could be sexual or simply emotional and need facing up to.

After the storm Venus, the young Waxing Moon and Mercury will become close to each other in conjunction, on October 28, crowning Venus’ passage through Scorpio. This transit will be a great show to witness soon after sunset, and astrologically a promise of harmony between the heart and the head, feelings and logic, secret of creativity and joy.

Waxing Moon in Scorpio, with Venus and Mars, daily transits for October 10 2010

The Moon, established in Scorpio since yesterday, will be conjunct Venus and Mars today, the two still very close to each other.

If you are lucky enough to enjoy clear skies tonight (it has been raining non stop in our region) the first Crescent, a beautiful slither of a Moon, will form a magical triangle with Venus and Mars in the Tropical or Seasonal Sign of Scorpio but against the backdrop of the Scales Constellation (Mars is conjunct the alpha of this stars’ formation). Navigate to my CURRENT NIGHT SHOWS PAGE to view a picture of this event.

The Moon always works as a medium of the energies of the further away celestial bodies, galvanizing those energies and thus manifesting them in our lives and psyches.  So today the Moon will be the catalyst of some powerful Scorpio stuff, in an ambivalent landscape, implying some duality or confrontation or longing for wholeness and unity, the energies of Mars and Venus still mingling from their recent close encounter now led closer together by the rays of the Moon moving from one to the other. The intensity, the depth, the knowing that goes beyond words or pretensions or wishful thinking.

The Birthday people more likely to keenly feel this lunar transit are Scorpio born between November 5 and 12; Taurus, May 3 to 11; Leo, August 5 to 13; Aquarius, February 2 to 9.

And also anyone with Moon, Ascendant (or one of the other Angles) and Planets (especially Mercury, Venus and Mars) between the 12 and 19 degrees of the above Fixed Signs; or the same degrees of the other two Water Signs, Cancer and Pisces.

This is a bit of a special day for all of us really. The intensity is there for all to plug into, the emotional depth too and the focus on very personal matters. The way each of us will experience it would depend on many factors: the area of our Natal Chart the Moon and Venus-Mars are transiting at present, and also the place and aspects of our Natal Moon, Venus and Mars. Are they in harmony with this transit, are their energies compatible? How you think they would fair today or during the long transit of Venus in Scorpio?

The Moon’s transits today is giving us perhaps a taste of things to come.

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JESSICA WATSON, young Medusa and Venus with the Moon

As many Sydney residents and visitors are anxiously waiting for the return into Sydney harbour of Jessica Watson, the sixteen years old who has been sailing around the world solo, I have been scouring the net to find her date and time of birth. I managed to find the date, but so far, no time. If anyone has this information I would appreciate it.

Missing the birth-time I have cast a Sunrise Chart for the day and place of birth, usually my choice in such cases. You can find her Sunrise Chart at the bottom of this post or here.

The Birth Chart of this modern heroine has not disappointed.

Jessica was born with the Sun and Mercury in Earthy Taurus, one of the most determinate and even obstinate Sign of the Zodiac. To add to this her Sun and Mercury were also in opposition to Pluto in her Natal Chart, an indication of resourcefulness and even ruthlessness. She has the power to make things happen and a great charisma, but she could also attract enmity in her life, getting involved in tugs of war or battles of will with other people.

She has needed indeed all her staying power and ability to withstand opposition with firm resolve to get through the difficulties and antagonism she faced at first, when she decided to sail. It looked as if it would not go ahead. She persisted and went through with it.

Saturn was also in aspect to her Natal Sun and Mercury, with a perfect 90 degrees angle (square) to Mercury and forming square with the Sun, while at right angle with transiting Pluto too (T square). This shows the more ambitious side of Jessica’s character. With Saturn so prominent she is out to prove something, to become an authority in her own right.  And she will work very hard to achieve her goal.  A ‘father complex’ of some description works to push her constantly ahead of herself, for ever trying to out-do herself to gain approval. Strong self-criticism will always help Jessica to counter-act the more boisterous aspects of her personality, anchoring her down to the earth plane. She may have already a bit of the workaholic in her. Both Sun and Mercury are in the last Decan (ten degrees) of Taurus belonging to Capricorn, Saturn’s Sign, giving more power to this serious, responsible and ambitious energy. Saturn in Aquarius also suggests someone who may feel fundamentally alone, no matter how many friends and admirers her popularity may gain her.

Her Mind Planet, Mercury, was in transition from Taurus to Gemini, at the time of her birth, an interesting cusp, giving Jessica both the mental concentration and practical outlook of Mercury in Taurus and some of the versatility, quickness and manual dexterity of Mercury in Gemini.

Apart from the all important aspects to Pluto-Saturn the Sun and Mercury are also forming a trine to Jupiter in Libra. This is a traditionally fortunate influence, giving Jessica support from high places, with persons of importance and influence helping her advance her career. Jupiter also adds more confidence to her carachter and a positive outlook on life. Jupiter’s position in the Houses of her Horoscope will provide more information on this placement, when her time of birth becomes known.

The Moon and Venus’ positions in Aries surprised astrologers the least, because this is the Sign of pioneers and brave, often fearless men and women who are able to open new ground, daring to follow their passion, no matter what everyone else think. The function of the Ram in the Zodiac is to push ahead of all the other Signs, to lead them into uncharted territories, with the innocence and self-centredeness of a child. Adventure and conquest appeal to these types who need to exert a lot of physical energy in order to find calm and be able to relax. Aries is one of the most active Sign, even restless at time, constantly in search of new excitement.  Taurus will keep this fiery energy well grounded and somewhat slow it down too, a plus for Jessica, adding purpose to her need for activity and challenge.

So Jessica has a strong, direct, uncompromising personality and, like many girls with these sorts of placements, she a bit of a tom boy, competitive and pugnacious. The Moon and Venus are found in the Leo Decan of Aries. This is Jessica’s more playful and histrionic side that may lap up the accolades. The Leo Mars adds considerably to her courage, pride and desire to have as much fun as possible. In this fiery Sign Mars also denotes a strong will, self-centredeness if not selfishness, and the potential to shine and become successful. This is confirmed by the harmonious and well wishing Grand Trine (providing both talents and opportunities) between Mars in Leo, the Moon-Venus in Aries and the Lunar North Node in Sagittarius. The position of this Node, the one that points to the future of the individual, in the Sign of quests and adventures, Sagittarius, just makes this configuration so perfect considering Jessica’s achievements.

To add to the whole configuration I noted that also Ceres (Greek Demeter), the largest asteroid, was in Aries and also conjunct Venus and the Moon. Ceres was the Goddess of the Harvest, insuring fertility of the soil and of people, one of the most ancient ever worshipped in Greece and other countries. In her myth the determination of Ceres/Demeter to see her abducted daughter Persephone returned to her was unshakable, bringing her to deprive the planet of rains and harvest, condemning people to starvation, rather than renounce her wish. So Demeter is another symbol of woman’s strength and personal power. The figure of Ceres/Demeter has also been connected to environmental issues of our present times, the growing awareness of the need to respect and live in harmony with our Mother Earth. It is possible that the three-Godesses’ Aries conjunction will prompt Jessica to embrace environmental issues and perhaps become an international campaigner for environmental and wild life protection.

By one of those amazing coincidences (the mysterious phenomenon of synchronicity often revealed to us through Astrology) on May 16, the day she is landing back in Australia and two days before her 17th birthday, the transiting Moon and Venus will again be conjunct (together) as at the time of her birth, but this time in Gemini. It will be actually an occultation of Venus by the Moon in certain parts of the world (see Eye on the Southern Sky’s page for a snapshot of this event), meaning a conjunction during which the disk of the Moon (a tiny crescent in this case) will hide (occult) for a while the bright evening star Venus. This is a great symbol for Jessica’s life in general (her birth conjunction) but also a testimony of the brightness and beauty of her triumph at the present time. A star may have indeed been born. Searching further into the history of the occultations of Venus by the Moon I found out that in 1993, the year Jessica was born, one of such occultations occurred on April 19, just a month previous her birth, also in Aries!

With all her navigational skills in handling a boat and obvious love of the sea, in Jessica’s Chart the Water Element is not too strongly emphasised.  This means that she is not overly emotional and may even be difficult for her to understand strongly emotional people. She may also experience problems understanding her own feelings and depth, tending too often to brush them aside.

So from where her passion for sea voyages stems in her Birth Chart? There got to be a specific indicator, not just the generic ones of courage, love of adventure, questing spirit (Aries Moon-Venus-Ceres trine North Node Sagittarius trine Mars in Leo trine Venus-Moon-Ceres, Sun-Mercury trine Jupiter). I have found this Oceanic signature in the positions of Saturn, cusp Aquarius/Pisces, and Uranus-Neptune in Capricorn. Here we have two Mutual Receptions (Saturn-Uranus and Saturn-Neptune) and a very significant generational conjunction (Uranus-Neptune). Mutual Reception is a term indicating two or more planets occupying each other Signs, thus creating synergy (Wikipedia = a synergy is where different entities cooperate advantageously for a final –mutual – outcome).

In Jessica’s Birth Chart these planets are Uranus in the Earth Sign of Capricorn ruled by Saturn, and Saturn in the Airy Sign of Aquarius, ruled by Uranus. Due to the fact that Saturn is on the last degree of the Sign Aquarius (Anaretic or Cusp Pisces) this planet is also in Mutual Reception to Neptune, because Pisces is Neptune’s Sign. The Mutual Reception Uranus-Saturn provides Jessica with the potential to integrate Saturn’s practicality with Uranus’ genius for discovery and unorthodox, non linear  thinking. The Mutual Reception between Saturn and Neptune, on the other hand, could help her integrate the down to earth approach to life of Saturn and the loftier, idealistic and romantic Neptunian drive, this being the planet of Dreams and Inspiration, aiding her to manifest her dreams and ideals into reality.

Even more remarkable is the fact that now, as she concludes her voyage, the transiting Neptune is becoming conjunct her Natal Saturn (cups Aquarius-Pisces), while the transiting Uranus, close to enter Pisces at the end of May 2010, is now in perfect semi-sexile (30 degrees distance) from her Saturn. Both these Transits are greatly stimulating the two Mutual Receptions I discussed before.

Of course of great interest here is the historical conjunction in Capricorn of Uranus (Sky God) and Neptune (Sea God), the aspect manifested in the whole generation of young people born between 1988 and 1995. In the words of Alan Meece, an expert in Generational Astrology, these are “The committed ones (Generation Y-b, Uranus conjunct Neptune in Capricorn, Pluto in Scorpio). This is a group with outstanding potential. It is a very precocious generation, but won’t burn itself out in youth. They are steady, persistent, determined, ambitious and passionate. They have great talent in the arts, politics and organization, and they may be the great leaders who lay down lasting foundations for a new age of civilization. On the other hand, some might consider them too cold, calculating, rigid, worldly or obsessed with their own goals.” I found the article that contains this paragraph here.

Well, after reading this, Jessica seems to embody really well the spirit of her generation!

The conjunction of Vesta and Pallas, two Goddess Asteroids, in the Sign of Pisces seems also a fitting symbol for Jessica’s passion for the sea and her commitment (Vesta) to remain loyal to it throughout her life. Like the conjunction Moon-Venus-Ceres this conjunction too points to the possibility of Jessica becoming an environmental warrior or activist.

To conclude this astrological portrait of Jessica Watson, I like to point out the fact that the Sun in Taurus in her Birth Chart was conjunct in longitude to Algol, the binary star, alpha of Perseus. This Star was depicted by the ancient Greek sea travelers as the severed head of the monster-woman Medusa, in the hand of her slayer, the Solar Hero Perseus. Now this is a star that has very much interested me and about which I talked at length in some of my previous posts, mainly in reference to natural and man-made disasters (if interested, please type Algol in the search box to find all those articles). We cannot deny here that traditionally this star hasn’t received the best press, but has been considered rather dangerous, being held responsible for creating mayhem and generating violence. Fixed Stars’ interpretations from ancient sources paint many of them in very dark colours, identifying them as cause of much pain and suffering for human kind. We got to remember however that also other astrological factors were in the past considered wholly negative and irredeemable. Squares or Oppositions from Mars or Saturn, for instance, were certain harbingers of doom and gloom. In our modern times we have gained a more rounded knowledge of everything astrological, so that to us present-time seekers a square from Saturn or a conjunction with Algol may still be seen as difficult, but are also viewed as opportunities for great experiences and for growth of spiritual awareness.

All Stars are living lights, therefore symbols of spirit: the light we receive from them coming not only from the depth of space but the depth of time as well, a chain in the endless circle of life, past, present and future. How a Star can be evil?

Medusa (Algol) is for us modern people a symbol of the way female power was perceived in the patriarchal societies from which our own western culture stemmed. The Goddess of the Neolithic, having lost her power to the patriarchal male Gods brought by conquering tribes in search of new lands and resources, was in a few centuries transformed from a life-giving Mother into a Goddess of Death and Malice. Women’s power to generate and nurture life  was more and more vilified and made inferior to the loftier Gods who resided in the sky, far away from human concerns. It didn’t take very long to create the terrible gulf between Nature and Spirit that still divides our modern psyche. Medusa with all her terrible attributes needed to be killed by the male hero, but her legacy of power survived in historically more recent versions of the Goddess, like in Pallas Athena, daughter of Jupiter, who used to carry with her a shield over which she had placed the powerful head of Medusa, to help her in her war against injustice.

In modern times Medusa is again changing. Now we tend to view her as the embodiment of feminine power, not wicked, but creative and passionate. In my post on the Haiti Earthquake I wrote: “Algol-Medusa is a power Star and one that many can indeed wear as a badge of honour and charisma, and not a mark of doom or a sign of wickedness. It is described by modern astrologers Bernadette Brady and Diana Rosenberg as: feminine wisdom, creative power, consuming passion, intense sexuality; confrontation and then assimilation of the  dark side of life and human nature.”

In male-oriented societies certainly the power of the feminine will be considered evil and punished whenever it tries to raise its head. And even in more liberated places, like the Western world, we still view women in a certain way, a different way that we view men, if unconsciously. And this is indeed true for both men and women. Proof of it, I feel, is even in the applause and big deal we are making in Australia about this girl’s achievements. Would we go so much over the top if a sixteen years old boy had obtained the same goal? Probably no. The fact that it was a girl, sailing on a boat called Pink Lady, seems particularly special, because obviously girls are not supposed to do these things, to be fearless and not afraid to be alone in the dark. She is considered a rare exception

It is like the hidden racism in people who are not racist at all in priciple, but find an exceptional event the fact that a black man has been elevated to the United States’ presidency. Would we really be surprised if black men and women had had the same rights as white men and women from the beginning? No, we would not, because we wouldn’t see the difference.

With this powerful star on her Sun Jessica can embody for the world the power of the feminine, women’s courage, independence and resourcefulness.

Below is Jessica’s Natal Chart calculated for Sunrise on her date of birth, in Buderim, the Ginger growing capital of Australia.


I still don’t have Jessica’s time of birth that will provide me with the Signs occupying the Horizon and Meridian axis (her Ascendant-Descendant and Midheaven-Lower-Heaven).

Added at a later date: if interested in Jessica’s story, please check HERE for my post on the Transits and Progressions active for her at the time she received the Young Australian of The Year Award.