Fixed Star Algol 28º Taurus

Algol fixed starThe head of Medusa from Greek mythology is represented by the infamous Algol fixed star at 26 degrees Taurus. Part of constellation Perseus, Algol was regarded by the ancients as the most evil star in the heavens, but is its reputation warranted? If Algol was truly so malevolent then we would find it common in serial killers. We just don’t find it there, though it is present in some dictators. But it is true that Algol has a connection with death and pain. The medical term Algology means the study of pain.

“You will not be able to ignore suffering and horror, or brush it aside… The Algol placement on a chart insists upon a confrontation and assimilation of these harsh aspects of human experience in this lifetime.….Algol, like other stars, confers tasks upon us which, if comprehended and accepted, offer great rewards of power and creativity. These stellar challenges are not to be feared, but understood and used in a positive manner.” Diana Rosenberg [1].

Algol is situated in the constellation Perseus, where this hero is depicted slaying the gorgon Medusa’s head off. Algol is positioned in the forehead of Medusa. I like to think of it as her third eye. The ancients mistrusted it’s blinking and inexplicable 8 hour disappearances. But it turns out it is a binary star, eclipsing itself every 3 days. Mysterious indeed and only adds to its allure. The poor star appears to die, but then it is reborn. Medusa’s deathly look is inspired by the appearance of a corpse. The skin dries and tightens over the bones of the face making its eyes huge, wide and starey.

Demon Alcohol

The Arab word for alcohol means “the Demon”. Alcohol comes from the word Algol. Alcohol disintegrates and dries us out, so it literally petrifies. It turns us into zombies, we loose our heads and our sovereignty. It is easy for a dictator to brainwash a nation of drunks. At the same time crime is also fueled by alcohol, giving us a false sense of bravado. Morals become loosened. The same religion that has wine on the altar paradoxically blames it for all manner of evil doing…“The shaft of the abyss, from which smoke rises like a great furnace, reeks of alcoholThat woman of the Apocalypse of Saint John, dressed in purple and scarlet and adorned in gold, precious stones and pearls, drinks alcohol. She holds a golden cup in her hands full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. That is the great whore whose number is 666.” [2]

Algol threads the fine line between life and death, madness and wisdom. Wine can make you warm and sociable at parties or turn you into a lecherous fiend. It can be a truth serum, yet it can make you tell the filthiest lies. When alcohol pierces our aura it can let in those evil spirits, they take possession of us, we have been invaded. In the Greek myth, being invaded by Poseidon (Neptune) was exactly what happened to Medusa in the first place. Neptune is of course also associated with alcoholics and the blurring of boundaries between worlds. So the God of the sea raped Medusa, but what is more horrifying was Pallas Athena siding with the Gods in condemning her. This important part of the story is often skipped over.

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Author: Marina Macario

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  1. My daughter, who is now 22, has Mars on Algol square her Ascendant in Leo and my Jupiter and Pluto in Leo. So of course there has been much drama concerning this child, dear and precious as she is to me. She bears some of the traits of mild autism (from her father’s gene pool) and has had a very traumatic life for one so young. Come to think about it, my doctor told me to abort the pregnancy because it could take my life with the chronic condition of Addisons that I had. She was an arching baby from the age of 2 months…which is a baby that screams and arches it’s back and cannot relax when it is time to nurse. I built a sling….a hammock type thing that held her snug and still I had to at first twirl around for her to be able to relax and nurse. I am told this is one of the first signs of an autistic child.

    She developed what seemed like a reflex cry and could not be consoled when she was about 18 month. Her paternal grandparents died suddenly in a car accident after driving underneath a semi that was slowed down on the highway to enter a weigh station. So I think that she knew that something very precious was taken from her and would be easily startled into this long inconsolable cry until she was unable to breathe at times….thankfully not every time.

    She became bulimic while on medication to recover from a severe case of cutting of her legs and feet at age 14. There is more to this story but not I do not wish to elaborate as she is very private….12th house Sun in 29 Cancer, Mercury and Venus in Leo.

    Her tonsils have been very problematic at times and several times she could barely breathe because they were so swollen.

    I am an astrologer and was beginning a study of the fixed stars when I realized that her Mars is very near Algol and so I am helping her to understand what it all means. She was attracting some men who were completely sick and twisted (Mars rules men and razor blades) for quite awhile. I think she has finally found someone who cherishes her and accepts her as she is. Thank you for the detailed information on Algol. I will share it with her and we will both be better informed and aware of what to watch out for. I am so glad that there are redeeming qualities to this Star!

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    • Hi Danyeal,

      Thanks for your feedback on this star. I’m very interested in Mars on Algol because my mother has this squared by Jupiter in Aquarius. What I’m thinking now about this star, is that it is SO powerful that it becomes a target for spirit possession so that the parasite spirit feeds off them. This might sound a bit “out there” but my mothers behaviour (Extreme narcissism..) can only be explained at times by thinking she must be possessed. Because she is one minute charming and lovely, then switches to a real criticising viper. Drink makes it worse with her. I’m not saying Algol is always narcissistic because you have to look at the whole chart. But I do think these people need to do more than most to set up strong boundaries so they cannot be “invaded.” These people are incredibly creative however and I think thats what saves them. If they “put-out” creatively I believe it can build up some kind of immunity to any parasites. I guess if you don’t use your gifts then someone sure as hell will!

      I hope you daughter is finding some way of expressing herself. The problem with my mother although, she was good at art, she was of the generation that got married and had kids. She put all her creativity into her appearance, she was very glam. Her sense of self was defined by how many people told her she was beautiful everyday.

  2. I just finished reading a book called Have you Been Here Before by Kiriyama and I was fascinated by it’s claim that entities from other lifetimes can take over behaviors but that in liberating them ie bringing it to light, it disappears forever. This is how I see Uranus and Pluto opportunity i guess and I hope, speaking from the 12th house. These hidden identities that seem familiar that come to light as I dialogue with them one way or another. Only time will tell if it makes a difference. Algol has had an influence in being a few degrees from my sun and my early childhood friends on top of it venus and saturn respectively – who I am still in touch with. It caused divisiveness within the family but then so did politics.

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  3. what are the connections between Lilith and algol ? if someone had lilith at 28 degrees in taurus would it have the same influences as algol or are they very separate and different from each other ???

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  4. I’m taking the liberty to respond.
    I note that it is 26 degrees tauras so I’m not sure why it reads 28 in the heading.
    If I remember right I researched Ab Lincoln and he was shot by someone with that combo. A passionate being shot him in the head. I posted it here earlier. Lovely eh who need that. sorry.

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  5. I feel like you know a lot about this stuff and I’m just now reading a lot about it. Can you reference me to further my knowledge of the suns gods planets etc. Everything. This is so amazing and interesting and I want to know more. How do you know these things about a person and know how to name them? If you have any info or books I can read please email me, Jaimie, at thank you so much

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