Algol Star – The Blinking Demon

Algol is at 26°10′ Taurus with an orb of  2°00′
Fixed Star Algol Star Astrology

Perseus Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Algol on May 16

Fixed star Algol, Beta Persei, is a 2.1 magnitude, rare triple star and eclipsing binary, located in the Medusa’s Head, carried in the left hand of the Hero, Perseus Constellation. The name Algol comes from the Arabic word رئيس الغول, meaning  Head of the Ogre. The English translation became Demon Star, with other names being Satan’s Head, the Spectre’s Head. In Chinese it belongs to s group of stars called the Mausoleum. Algol it appears to blink as shown in the animation below. Every 69 hours, its magnitude dips for about 10 hours before returning to full brightness again.

Degree*

23 ♉ 52
24 ♉ 12
26 ♉ 10
00 ♊ 00
05 ♊ 48

Orb

1°40′
1°30′
2°00′
2°00′
1°30′

Algol Star Astrology

In astrology, Algol is one of the most unfortunate stars. Ptolemy referred to it as “the Gorgon of Perseus” and associated it with death by decapitation: mirroring the myth of the hero Perseus’ victory over the snake-headed Gorgon Medusa. Historically, it has received a strong association with violence across a wide variety of cultures. Medieval Arabic commanders tried to ensure that no important battle began whilst the light of Algol was weak. It may be connected to the periodic lucky prognosis in an ancient Egyptian calendar for lucky and unlucky days composed about 3200 years ago.The 17th century English astrologer William Lilly regarded any planet to be afflicted when within five degrees of conjunction. [1]

Astrologers of course said that it was the most unfortunate, violent, and dangerous star in the heavens, and it certainly has been one of the best observed, as the most noteworthy variable in the northern sky. [2]

Algol represents the head of the Gorgon Medusa who was slain by Perseus. Medusa, who was the only mortal one of the three Gorgon sisters, was originally a beautiful maiden, but her hair was changed into hissing serpents by Minerva in consequence of her having become by Neptune the mother of Chrysaor and Pegasus in one of Minerva’s temples. This gave her so fearful an appearance that everyone who looked at her was changed into stone.

Of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter. It causes misfortune, violence, decapitation, hanging, electrocution and mob violence, and gives a dogged and violent nature that causes death to the native or others. It is the most evil star in the heavens.

Algol symbol (Agripe 1531).svg  Algol is one of the 15 Behenian Fixed Stars. Its image is a human head cut off at the neck. It gives success to petitions, makes the wearer bold and magnanimous, preserves the body, protects against witchcraft, and turns evil and spells back upon those who work them. Rules diamond, black hellebore and mug-wort. [3]

Algol Star Astrology

Algol Star [en.wikipedia.org]

Algol is the Head of Gorgo Medusa. This name is derived from the Arabic Al Ghoul meaning “demon”, “evil spirit”, or “devil”. Derived from the same root is “alcohol.” The dark one has the property of pure Saturn character; the lighter one corresponds not only to Saturnian influence but also to Mars-Uranus-Pluto nature. If the dark fellow is showing toward Earth’s path, the destructive invisible action is exercised. These will be the hours in which Algol is least bright. In the olden times, people were well aware of this. Dr, Lomer wrote in Kosmobiologie, August 1950: “Arabic commanders-in-chief, in times of conquest, made it a point that no important battles were begun when the light of Algol was weak.”

In spite of the appreciable distance from the ecliptic, this double star’s influence is strongly felt and in more cases it is a disastrous one. Primitive natives will be of the base mind with an inclination to brutality and violence, especially when Algol is found together with Mars or Saturn. It is very difficult to avoid accidents and severe injuries if Algol is conjunction Sun, Moon or the malefics. As everything has two sides, it has to be said that “high spiritual rays” are emanating from Algol also, but only those human beings can receive them who have already reached high spiritual development. Even then, it has to be noted that those particular persons will have difficulties and obstacles in their way, and they have to use much energy to overcome these handicaps. If their endeavors fail, strong counter forces and enmities will be present. [4]

Algol has the nature of Jupiter, but it also has a long tradition as a trouble maker. It is said to be on of the most unfortunate, violent, and dangerous stars in the heavens. This is explained by the fact that Jupiter takes on all of its most perverse meanings: too much heat, as it were, resulting in extremist actions that undo all the beneficial qualities of this planet. [5]

Algol, alias Caput Medusa, is the Demon herself. Indeed she is without doubt counted the most malefic of all stars in astrology, even though Ptolemy gives her the less obviously ominous Saturn-Jupiter styling. Medusa’s Head, the meaning of the Latin title, is being held in Perseus’s hand, which is she is star β in his constellation.

What seems to have been missed by the old school is that Capulus and Algol each have a very positive side to them. The sword did remove a monstrosity from our world, and the monstrosity’s head did, in its turn, rescue Andromeda – and by the same token, all of us – from yet another monster of great evil. True that Algol comes from an old Arabic word meaning particularly nasty spirit but then, as we have noted, we all too easily look back and within ourselves only to be halted at our traumas and ‘nasty bits’, failing to penetrate further to the glory beyond them. Lilith is not Medusa at all, not the ugly blockage in us but the beauty beyond it. Once we pass the ‘ghoul’ in Algol, we find the pure Spirit in that word, just as its modern derivative, Alcohol, which does so much damage if used irresponsibly, is also the background material of the Universe, without which nothing else exists at all.

How Capulus, and more especially Algol, signify on horoscopes depends entirely on how the person concerned does or does not live life with an honest sense of purpose to it, a desire at least to try to live up to some kind of philosophy, religion or ideal. If that be present, in the person or question or event for which the chart is drawn, then all will go well. The author has seen this happen so often, once the superstition about these stars is dropped. If purpose and intent be ‘shady’, then we don’t really need stars to tell us that things are likely, with good reason, to go wrong.

Yes, we know that Algol often does show up in disastrous accidents with death as their climax, but we must remember that our too-common state of disbelief in life beyond the one event since birth that is the lot of all of us. We fear because we do not believe, and we fear to overcome our fear, lest to be fearless of death should somehow cause us to love mortal life the less. We fear to let go of the past because we lack faith in the Hand that holds the future. With Algol poorly aspected in our charts we may well repeat the popular but obscene: ‘Better the devil you know that the devil you don’t’ , but those with the Star of the Spirit better placed, we find the person who knows better than to slander the Hand as a devil. May a fine counselor and healer has Algol thus placed.

Alcyone, η Tauri, and the whole Pleiades group, is noted in astrology for its association with deep sorrows and tragedies, bereavements showing strongly with this star. Its position by longitude soon after Algol in Perseus may account for the gloomy quality, since Algol is much connotative with violent death in mundane astrology, and that of course means bereavement for someone else. As a practicing astrological consultant, however, the present author has found that one or both of these stars prominent, even though ‘afflicted’, on one’s horoscope makes for an excellent counselor to others in the time of bereavement, with a special gift for bring out the brighter spiritual significance of Death as the transition to Greater Life and this so very often relieves the counselor him or herself from the misery that others so commonly suffer in that area of life. [6]

Algol rules one-quarter inch up the base of the neck in the human body. [7]

I have found that a strong Algol placement in the natal chart corresponds to very distinctive facial features and hair. There may be a striking beard or glorious long hair. The teeth, nose or ears may also be striking in some way, either extremely beautiful, large or deformed.

Constellation Perseus is like Jupiter and Saturn. It is said to give an intelligent, strong, bold and adventurous nature, but a tendency to lying. [3] The constellation is indicative of events effecting large numbers of people, especially those events caused by major meteorological phenomena. When prominent in a natal chart it is said to denote adventurous individuals, but also those who are less than honest in their dealings with others. [5]

Algol Star, Beta Persei

Algol Star, Beta Persei [astropixels.com]

Algol Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Algol: Linda Marshall 0°28′ plus Uranus.

Midheaven conjunct Algol: Murder, sudden death, beheading, prone to murder and mischief. If at the same time in conjunction with Sun, Moon or Jupiter, gives victory over others in war. [3] Donald Trump 1°03′.

Hyleg conjunct Algol and angular: decapitation or a murderer who meets with a violent death. [3]

Part of Fortune conjunct Algol: poverty. [3]

Sun conjunct Algol: Violent death or extreme sickness. If also in no aspect to a benefic, or there is no benefic in the 8th house, and the dispositor of the Sun in a day nativity or if the Moon in the night one is in square or opposition to Mars, the native will be beheaded; if the luminary culminate he will be maimed, mangled, wounded or torn to pieces alive; and if Mars is at the same time in Gemini or Pisces his hands or feet will be cut off. [3]

Moon conjunct Algol: Violent death or extreme sickness. [3]

Moon conjunct Venus conjunct Algol opposite Neptune: This energy point causes a multitude of problems connected with the neck. These people are unable to look down to see their feet, and when under stress, are unable to bend the neck forward or in any direction. Their energy is blocked up to the pituitary gland thus interfering with spiritual development. A great deal of the problem here is the lack of spiritual development as these individuals wish to remain fixed on the mundane and material areas of their life. These beings should consult spiritual healers who can make life a bit more comfortable for them as it will help open up the energy at this point and balance it with the rest of the system. Other parts of the body can be affected here, especially the thymus gland which in turn affects the lymph nodes. Contrary to popular belief, the thymus gland does not discontinue functioning after puberty; it does continue to function and affect the lymph nodes and spiritual development. [7]

Mars conjunct Algol: or if Mars be elevated above the luminaries when Algol is angular, the native will be a murderer who will come to an untimely end. The same is caused by Algol angular or with the hyleg. [3]

Mars or Saturn conjunct Algol and Moon with Sadalmelik: hanging or decapitation by royal command; if the Moon is with Denebola death by judicial sentence; and, if the Moon is with Alfard death by water or poison. [3]

Jupiter conjunct Algol: This is the best placement for Algol. It gives wonderful creative talents such as music, from which one can make a good living.

Uranus conjunct Algol: Linda Marshall 0°25′ plus Ascendant.

North Node conjunct Algol: Hillary Clinton 1°52′.

Algol and Evolution

From the mythology of Medusa we can see her as a mutant. As mutation is the driver of generic evolution, it is no surprise to see the Algol star prominent in the history of the Human Genome Project.

On June 1 1866, Charles Benedict, the father of the American eugenics movement was born. Mercury was conjunct Algol. He sterilized 60 000 “unfit”, or mutant Americans and “strongly influenced the Holocaust in Europe” [8].

On July 16 1945 we exploded the first nuclear bomb, the Trinity Test in Nevada. Mars was conjunct Algol. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that followed killed over 200 000 people and mutated countless more.

On April 25 1953, Watson and Crick published their groundbreaking discovery on the structure of DNA, the building block of our genes. Jupiter was conjunct Algol.

On December 9 1984, research on casualties at Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to the Alta Summit, the beginnings of the Human Genome Project. North Node was conjunct Algol. “If genome projects prove important to biology, then historians will note the Alta meeting” [9].

On June 25 2000, president Clinton announced the completion of the Human Genome Project [10]. Saturn was conjunct Algol.

On May 18 2006, the sequence of the last chromosome was published in the journal Nature. Sun and Mercury were conjunct Algol.

On May 21 2008, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act became law “To prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment” [11]. Venus was conjunct Algol.

Recommended Reading

Medusa’s Head, Diana Rosenberg.

References

1. Stars in Astrology – Algol, Wikipedia.
2. Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889, p.333.
3. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.56, 123, 124, 232, 242.
4. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.14-16.
5. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.21.
6. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.38, 130.
7. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.21.
8. Charles Davenport – Wikipedia
9. The Alta Summit, December 1984, Human Genome Project Information.
10. White House Press Release, Human Genome Project Information.
11. Public Law 110–233 110th Congress, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

* All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

65 thoughts on “Algol Star – The Blinking Demon

  1. I have 26 degrees of Taurus on my 8th house cusp. My Sun is in the 8th house and is also in 26 degrees of Taurus. Pluto squares my Sun from the 10th house. I’m not sure where Algol itself is in my chasrt.

    As far as hair….I’ve never had short hair in my life, except when I was a little child and had no say in the matter.

  2. I would think it would be meaningful only if you have a planet (especially a luminary or personal planet) or point conjunct Algol. I have Moon(0°)/Juno(0°)/Saturn(5°) conjunct and Algol aspects every planet in my chart except Jupiter (which, however, is conjunct asteroid Medusa). I definitely feel it in the trine (to Mars/Pluto) and sesquiquadrate (to Uranus), but I think that’s mostly because of the Algol Moon.

  3. just a note: Not sure if Algol conjunct one’s node pertains. Example: Albert Einstein had Algol conjunct his North node and surely he was a good man. But when he died, his head was cut off so that the scientist could examine his brain. This was not Albert’s request as he wanted to be cremated. So it seems Algol reacts even upon death.

    • Great information Thank you Judith. People aare always asking about the lunar nodes with fixed stars. This is one more piece of excellent qualitative evidence in support.

  4. 24 degree’15 Midheaven so would this be considered conjunction because Algol is 26’10. How close does it have to be? 29 degree Asc.

    • I believe there was at least one prominent ancient astrologer who used an orb of up to 5° with Algol because it’s an especially powerful star. But an orb 3° seems more typically used, and only 1°30′ is common for most fixed stars—the closer they are to your planet or angle, the more likely that you’ll feel their influence. At an orb of 1°55′, I’d say your MC conjunction is in the ballpark. Also note that 26°10 is where Algol is now, as opposed to the date of your birth, so your actual conjunction is going to have a slightly tighter orb. For instance, Algol was at 25°46′ when I was born, conjunct my Moon at 25°27′ for a 0°19′ orb, but now the orb in its current position has increased 0°43′. I don’t think your Asc would be affected as conjunctions are the most powerful aspect for a fixed star (and the only one some astrologers use for these), and IMO any other aspects would need to be very exact to factor in.

  5. Just a note: Algol will figure prominently this year as it is square Trumps mars in Leo where the eclipse will occur.. I think Algol has a lot to answer for for sheer destruction: Recently OJ Simpson is being considered for release from prison and I looked at his chart and there you are: His Venus is conjunct Algol square moon in aquarius. No denying if you study Simpson’s chart it shows clearly he was a murderer and its too bad because he was a great athlete and star. Trump is busy destroying “killing” most laws that protect the environment, education, women’s rights, research medicine and scientist research, etc. but instead sells guns to countries which speeds up more killing.

    • Good point, Judith! I hadn’t considered the Algol square before—and not only that, this solar eclipse will be with Regulus, conjunct Trump’s Mars and Ascendant—plus visible along a path that spans from coast to coast of the U.S. for the first time in I think 218 years? or that Mars will be approaching a natal Mars conjunction in the 12th (that natal Mars in the 12th along with Pluto, and Mars conjunct the Asc, is such an apt descriptor of him) with the transiting NN between them, plus a Jupiter return squaring his natal Saturn, the long-term Pluto transit square his natal Jupiter and quincunx his Uranus, transiting Saturn opposing his chart ruler Sun/NN/Uranus conjunction in the 10th from the 4th, and on and on. Seems the conditions are right for something big (dare I say huge?) to boil over in this presidency. Interesting times we live in, indeed…

    • hi Judith,
      Can you please tell me how to find Algol in a chart ? I have nio idea and have tried looking up how to find it,without any luck.

      If you have any insight into these details please let me know ? Thanks –
      I have 26 degrees of Taurus on my 8th house cusp. My Sun is in the 8th house, and is also in 26 degrees of Taurus. Pluto squares my Sun from the 10th house.

      • Anne, you need a couple of books that show where the fixed stars are. Try Vivian Robson on fixed stars. you might want to watch both the new moons and lunar returns as well as solar returns each year and month as having algol conjunct your sun depends on careful watching. don’t forget progressed sun. And scrutinize your living arrangements.

        • hi Judith,
          Thanks very much for the book suggestions. I’ll certainly look for that author.

          I was finally able to find a site where I could compute a free chart that shows where Algol is my birth chart.That was fascinating. If I computed it correctly Algol is in my 7th house in 25 degrees of Taurus. Which is odd since the Sun itself is in 26 degrees of Taurus and so is the 8th house cusp.But I’m not an expert.

          I agree, keeping an eye on current astrology is a good idea. I have some software so I’m able to compute lunar charts,solar and progressed charts, hit lists of daily aspects. I also purchase solar reports every year.
          I’ve been pretty safety-conscious since losing an older sibling when I was 12 years old,{but of course as you grow older you get better at being safe than you thought you were when you were younger}.

          I’m not sure why you mentioned living arrangements ?, but I do avoid unsafe areas and have always been
          lucky as to having nice places to live. I keep my doors locked and so on. I’m not into having room mates or house guests.

          I have a lot in my astrology that’s concerning. Not just my Sun being in 26 degrees of Taurus,in the 8th house with the 8th house cusp also in 26 degrees of Taurus {whew}, with Sun opposed by Pluto in
          10th….but also Mars squares my Ascendant. And Pluto opposes my Part of Fortune in the 4th house. My 4th house is opposed by both Uranus and Pluto in the 10th.The 4th relates to the end of life, how it ends or conditions at the end ,as well as home life and so on as you probably know.

          I had an extremely psychic friend who,years ago, accidentally let on that she was concerned about me. But refused to say why. But I could see she was upset.Great, right ?! I knew she was afraid to say anything in case it made things worse or brought it closer. But I wish she could have given some sort of advice anyway.She refused to.

          I’ve had plenty of near-misses in my life as far as my safety goes but as I get older I’m more aware of all the things that can suddenly come up and catch a person unaware, and so I avoid far more situations than I used to. I’ve learned to think ahead as to what all can go wrong before I even get involved in anything or go anywhere. As a parent you do that for your children too, so that also helped me get into the “what if” mindset because I’ve raised children of my own.

          Again thanks very much for the reply and the advice ! I didn’t know New Moons would have anything to do with an Algol type. New Moons are potentially an especially dangerous time for Algol types ?

          Since most astrology people are curious types who compute almost anything they can, I’ll just post my birth info in case any of this has touched off any curiosity;

          “Anne” {not my real name}
          17 May,1959
          04:59 PM
          Mesa,Arizona

          {As if all this wasn’t enough, I’m a birth date 17 and an 8 in numerology. 8 being especially unfortunate ! }. Oh well ! LOL

  6. OH NO…my heart just dropped into my stomach after reading & learning about this…my natal Moon is at 26°29′ Taurus/2nd house which is pretty much right at the exact starting placement of the dreaded Algol – and I just read here that an Algol/Moon conjunction means that I’ll (possibly)suffer from a “Violent death or extreme sickness.”😲😦 – my moon is also exactly opposite my 26°Scorpio Uranus in the 8th house which both are part of a T-square with 1°Virgo/5th house, if that may indicate something else, please, ANY KNOWLEDGE, FEEDBACK, INFORMATION or OPINIONS of ANY KIND about this disturbing new Algol aspect that I just spoke of, ANY REPLIES WILL BE IMMENSELY APPRECIATED!!! Thanks a ton…..

    David

    • I have an Algol Moon as well. Don’t let it worry you—every factor and aspect in your chart can be manifested positively or negatively; it just depends on how you work with it. Traditional and Vedic astrology interpretations are often fatalistic, but you always have to look at the whole picture to get a sense of how each chart factor plays out in your own life. Also, the Moon is naturally exalted in Taurus, so we have that going for us even though the degree itself is considered challenging.

      And, too, the Sabian degree symbol (another fatalistic system and again, not to be taken too literally) for 26° Taurus is by no means a negative one: “‘An alchemist works in his laboratory. A heap of gold coins are on his table. The window overlooks a field covered with wheat.’ Ingenious, simple, and noble character. Success and wealth are achieved in an unusual profession or in activities dealing with metal. It is most likely that a major discovery or invention is rewarded by a prestigious prize. Even though one earns a lot of money, one does not change one’s frugal lifestyle.”

      I recommend really digging into the myth of Medusa and thinking about how it manifests in your life…I’ve found plenty of “gold” in that study 🙂 Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in Star Wars) was a famous Algol Moon person, btw, who did not die a violent or extreme death. Her hair certainly did become iconic, however! And I think her long-term struggle with substance abuse was more indicative of the Algol influence than her manner of death.

      I’m not sure I understand the “T-square with 1°Virgo”—do you have a planet or point at 1° Virgo, or is that just the 5th house cusp? I don’t tend to use aspects to house cusps other than conjunctions, and even those I take with a grain of salt since there are numerous house systems and the cusp degrees differ depending on the system you’re using. Even if you do have a planet at 1°Virgo, it would be a 5° orb out-of-sign square and thus less powerfully felt than an in-sign square (i.e., 26° Leo or Aquarius).

  7. I’m really freaking out after reading this article and how it indicates that having my Moon/Algol exactly conjunct eachother will equal a “Violent death or extreme sickness” for me! My retrograde 26°Scorpio Uranus in the 8th house is EXACTLY opposite my 26°Taurus Moon/2nd house and those 2 form a T-Square with my Venus in 1°Virgo/5th house, if that could maybe be indicative of something? ANY FEEDBACK, OPINIONS, INFORMATION, KNOWLEDGE or replies would be immensely appreciated! Thank you….

    David

    • Also;
      With Uranus in the 8th house you are likely quite psychic.And Uranus in the 8th can mean a sudden,unexpected demise but don’t worry about that so much, When you think about it, very often people have no clue when they’ll pass away. Unless they’ve got an incurable illness, you know ? But that’s some of what I know about Uranus in the 8th house. With Uranus opposing your Moon, likely you are not “straight”,just saying. I hope you enjoy your creativity and I hope it helps you with any stress. I’m creative too, I can’t do without art.
      I have something that seems scary as well, I know the feeling… and I wish people would give me their opinions – I have 26 degrees of Taurus on my 8th house cusp. My Sun is in the 8th house, and is also in 26 degrees of Taurus. Pluto squares my Sun from the 10th house. I’m not sure where “Algol” itself is in my chart. I need to find out more about how to find it. Do you know how to find Algol in a chart ?! I don’t know how.

      • Anne: There are several books that will show you how to find fixed stars in your chart. Try Fixed Stars by Vivian Robson to start.

        • hi judith,
          OK thanks very much I’ll look for the book.

          Do you think having 26 degrees of Taurus on the 8th house cusp is a worry ? Plus I have my Sun in the same degree of Taurus, and it’s in the 8th. A lot of emphasis on 8th house and the 26 degrees !

          • You can also go to Astrodienst (astro.com), where you can find almost any element, including fixed stars and asteroids, in your natal chart (and a wide variety of other chart types besides). Hover over Free Horoscopes at the top of the home page for dropdown menu > choose Extended Chart Selection from third column under Drawings and Calculations > click on Add a New Person > plug in your birth info > scroll down to near the bottom of the page > click on List of fixed stars > check the box next to Algol (or just type Algol into the text window just above the list link). You can create a free account to save up to 100 birth and/or event profiles, which you can then use to create any number of charts.

      • Pluto square Sun can be an indicator of a difficult childhood, sometimes in relationship with the father in particular—who, especially with your 8th house Sun, may have been quite rigid in his attitudes and beliefs. But people with this aspect can also attain a high degree of personal power and capability as they learn to overcome early challenges. Both the Sun placement and the Pluto square to it are strong signs of personal transformation—you grow by repeatedly reinventing yourself throughout life.

        Youtube is a great resource for delving into the meanings of house placements and aspects. I personally resonate with Jewel Mayberry’s videos, but there are many others out there to choose from as well.

        Jamie, I hope it’s okay to link to another astrologer’s videos here, since as far as I know you don’t make videos? But please delete, with my apologies, if it’s against comment rules.

        Links for Jewel’s videos on Birth Sun in the 8th house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POs0CJ8opdw&index=5&list=PLy5ALGDNJwOQUItAFZJMwf9BU0urer5c2

        and natal Sun square Pluto:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q7RnudGI5s&t=2s

        • Hi Elle,
          You’re right. My father was an “authoritarian” type, and I never knew him very well even though he retired early by the time I was born and I spent a lot of time with him when I was small. He was great with young children. I realized after he passed on that I knew very little about him, although I went through a period of time of asking questions so I did find out some things – but only because I asked. After I started growing up he didn’t seem to know how to relate.

          Odd thing is, despite the Sun square Pluto my childhood difficulties mainly came from my mother instead.Although my father growing distant didn’t help much either.

          The Sun-Pluto thing for me mainly manifested in a personal way through the types of men I’ve fallen in love with or married. Also, I lost an older brother when I was young. All 3 of my brothers had difficult lives. So I guess it may have “described” my brothers too, and I had “difficulties” with my younger brother.

          My father was rough on my half-siblings but far more neutral with “his” children. Myself and my youngest brother. We weren’t treated in a heavy-handed way at all. Confusing growing up seeing my older half-siblings treated differently. Sad,too.

          Yes that’s right about re-inventing myself. I’m fairly “aware” or at least think I am,and enjoy learning things, With Neptune rising in Scorpio “transformation” is emphasized again.

          Thanks, I’ll check out Jewel Mayberry videos, I know right, YouTube is a great source of all sorts of info.

          I also collect astrology books of all kinds and studied it to a degree by taking courses.

          Thanks for the links and everything !
          🙂

    • hi David –
      Don’t worry too much,I know it seems frightening though. I think a good astrologer would tell you that benefic or “good” parts of your chart can help to combat or protect you from negative areas of your astrology. At least to some extent, so don’t let it worry you too much until you get some thorough chart readings. If you focus only on a negative area you’ll miss the better parts of your astrology. Perhaps get a few good chart interpretations or readings. Don’t go with only one opinion or one astrologer, since opinions can vary. Often too, “negative” aspects have various meanings,not just one and not all are usually horrible.

    • Oh, now I see, Venus is at 1°Virgo…Moon square Venus usually indicates that your emotional needs and your desires are quite different and this can cause internal friction as you try to satisfy them both, but in this case with the out of sign square they’re actually trine by sign (both in earth signs) and probably get along quite well. Remember, too, that “difficult” aspects like squares are places where we have been working with the competing energies since we were born; they may be places where we struggle, but by the time we’re full-fledged adults we’ve often learned how to integrate them quite well. A natal chart is something to both learn from, and eventually in many ways to depart from, although it’s always part of us—in much the same way that we learn from and are nurtured by our parents, and eventually grow up and leave them; their DNA and the things they taught us will always be part of us, yet we no longer rely wholly on them to feed and shelter and clothe and teach us. Your chart is a picture of you at birth, but you are not your chart, if that makes sense.

  8. Don’t worry too much,I know it seems frightening though. I think a good astrologer would tell you that benefic or “good” parts of your chart can help to combat or protect you from negative areas of your astrology. At least to some extent, so don’t let it worry you too much until you get some thorough chart readings. If you focus only on a negative area you’ll miss the better parts of your astrology. Perhaps get a few good chart interpretations or readings. Don’t go with only one opinion or one astrologer, since opinions can vary.

  9. My father…who has always been terrifying for me…I just discovered that he has a triple conjuction with ALGOL in his 4th house His Moon is perfectly conjuct..and his moon is conjuct Uranus (think jumpy tazmanian energized demon), conjunct Saturn

    Could this mean ..that my father’s mother….was Algol like? She is remembered as a calm, religious, tolerant woman…practical..she kept a very dry journal that was just a record of daily events..for decades.

    My father’s moon is trine Mercury (he was very verbally abusive)…his pet name for me..when he was happy with me..was “shit for brains”

    Moon square Chiron (he was very sensitive…anything that you would not imagine would be meaningful..would cause a deep personal wound and cause rage as though you had stabbed him in the back…with vile intention.) ..like if you didn’t follow his casual advice…this could happen and cause him to hold a grudge on this for a decade..

    Moon opp MC

    He was of course an alcoholic which I always knew that he drank in order to put the demon to sleep…And when he was drunk..he would be very sorry for the actions that he did when he wasn’t drunk. It was horrible to witness..and it happened almost every night. To offset the fatigue of heavy drinking…I think he took uppers…which as you can imagine put the nightmare parade on fast forward…

    I have always observed my father with appalled curiosity..not understanding how a man like this could be a functioning doctor…and how he could even drive a car… He was finally fired for drinking…but I never hated him…I was more afraid of what was going on with him. Because I couldn’t predict him..and I prided myself on spotting patterns and predicting (virgo sun)…and he would still suprise and astonish me. Mostly when he would become outraged over things that he imagined…and he would harass and harangue and punish and yell and become violently indignant over things that DIDN”T HAPPEN! and I had the opportunity at this time..to go deeply within into a very still place….while facing the storm. So this was a valuable if terrifying ability…to learn to stay calm in the face of a raging bull like this..

    Right now…he has Pluto transiting his ASC..and he has Natal pluto opposite his ASC…

    So…after learning all of this..I just have to say…considering the challenges…I would have to say that it is a miracle that he turned out as well as he did. He is not in jail,he hasn’t killed anyone, he functions roughly within normal parameters from an outside view..which I think is like a Astrological Olympic feat really…

    • Moon conjunct Uranus, he could have bisexual tendencies, or repressed tendencies. I’m only focusing on that because I’m tired at the moment, and that was what seemed obvious to me. So that would also add to his drama queen/hissy attitudes. He sounds a bit dramatic for a straight man. No offense. He does sound very complicated too.

    • P.S. He might also have psychological issues, sounds like at the least he could be a Narcissist. They’re usually abusive.

  10. Great article! I’m realizing Algol has some higher meaning with female empowerment too. I have Jupiter conjunct Algol and my Jupiter is conjunct my MC. I’ve had my fair share of women who’ve shouted, “off with her head!” But I always get through. One even wore my head on her shield like Athena- she stole my ideas (my head) from a proposal I had made and claimed them to be her own (her shield).

    Something interesting: I notice you wrote about Watson and Crick and DNA. There was a woman just as involved in the research. Rosalind Franklin had also discovered that DNA was a double helix. As a female, she was eclipsed from the credit, which was given to 2 men (Watson and Crick).

  11. Ok, so the Sun joins Algol on the 16th of May.
    My questions is simple: when does Algol leave the Sun?

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