Antares is the alpha star in constellation Scorpio. It is literally found in the heart of the scorpion at 9º 47′ Sagittarius. Fixed star Antares represents one of the important four Archangels stars. He is Oriel, the watcher of the west. Befitting its lofty angelic status, Antares also looks awesome, a flaming red binary star that occasionally glimmers emerald from its tiny green sibling. At 883 times the size of our sun, Antares is the 15th brightest star in the sky and second only to fellow super red giant Betelgeuse in size. All red stars have a passionate nature, and like the sign of Scorpio generally, this powerful star has a dangerous and fearsome reputation.
Robson says: “It causes malevolence, destructiveness, liberality, broad-mindedness, evil presages and danger of fatality and makes its natives rash, ravenous, headstrong and destructive to themselves by their own obstinacy.”
Antares or anti-Ares, means the rival or equivalent of Mars. This could be because, like Mars, Antares shimmers a blazing red colour in the sky and by all accounts its nature is similar to Mars. Mars is also the traditional ruler of Scorpio and this Mars energy is a night energy. It is more subversive than the raw Aries Mars.
The Ebertins say “Antares makes people tough, belligerent and pugnacious. This is an important star for military personnel, it is said to convey mental alertness, strategic ability and courage to make daredevils” [3.]
Scorpios fearsome reputation could originate from its position in the south, regarded as the gateway of the Underworld. Other deathly associations for the Scorpio Sun sign period are the pagan festival of Samhain or Halloween. The Mexican day of the dead (November 1-2.). The Catholic “All Souls”, (or I Morti. “The Dead” ) is celebrated on November 2.
The constellation of Scorpio was originally much bigger than it is in modern times and spanned both Scorpio and Libra. The two Librian scales used to be the Scorpion’s claws. For the Egyptians the scales are also used to weigh the souls of the dead before they pass into the underworld too. Generally in mythology then, Antares represents that difficult transition from life to death, and then death to life again and the burning off of karma.
Antares & Scorpio Mythology
Scorpions are feared and revered throughout mythology. There is a recurrent theme of a fear of nature from these heavenly gods. The Egyptian Solar god Horus was stung by a Scorpion and sent to the Underworld to reign as green skinned King Osiris! In Greek myth Orion was stung in the foot ( The site of Star Rigel) by a Scorpion sent by Gaia for his boasting. In Christianity the solar god Jesus is tempted by the devil and betrayed by Judas, both depicted accompanied by poisonous snakes or venomous Scorpions.
Back to Antares then, we can see why it has such a difficult time of it. Antares works at the root chakra, survival level. If a lioness kills a poor sweet innocent Bambi of a deer to feed her cubs, we don’t say she is cruel, callous or a psychopath. She is just operating in survival mode in order to protect her family.
Antares has a beastly side and must learn to harness these primal urges. He is most often triggered by opposing royal star Aldebaran, (Archangel Michael and God’s soldier.) Through facing his nemeses, Antares is pressured to engage his logical, solar mind. This is the battle that lies at the heart of the Scorpion.
Like with Aldebaran there is a “Good versus evil” theme with this star. But if Antares has been honoured with the title of a royal star then it must have some redeeming qualities. Aldebaran could just be a little too good to be true, and maybe just a tad too worthy. Aldebaran is “the enlightened”, but I think Antares’ purpose is to remind Aldebaran that he isn’t quite a god yet, and to keep in touch some of the harsh realities of human life. This might burst Aldebaran’s balloon somewhat, but that’s Antares’ job, smashing sickly meringues!
So Antares will always play the baddie, will always take the rap, will tend to play out the collectives demons for them. It is the man or woman you love to hate. Antares will gladly play the red-eyed monster in the corner with a long black cape going “mmmwwaaahhaaahhhaaahaaaa.” Ok, maybe thats way too obvious a stereotype, but if you look an Antares rising, they probably really do have a wicked grin or a devilish twinkle in their eye.
Back to mythology again. Horus was stung by the scorpion and became Osiris God of the underworld, he is interestingly depicted as green from then on. This inhuman colour is of course associated with reptilians, demons, green eyed monsters, envy, rivalry, little green men. Whether we subscribe to the notion that the world is secretly run by reptilian psychopaths or not, we are still all in possession of a reptilian brain.
“The limbic system is part of the old mammalian brain, inherited by our ancestors as we evolved from reptilian creatures into warm-blooded, feeling, social, furry creatures. It is also the central relay center responsible for conveying neurotransmission messages from the old reptilian/hindbrain through the midbrain and into the higher cortical centers.” primals.org.
We could easily over-simplify Scorpio stars and brand anyone who has them strong in their chart as a budding psychopath. A badly afflicted Mars maybe a problem, as this will only inflame the more aggressive side to Antares. Otherwise, the psychopath tendencies were actually found more commonly in Scorpio stars Lesath, Acrab and Dschubba. (In the stinger and forehead). These stars came up with great frequency in my Psychopath Astrology research, but I would say it simply means that this very potent sorcery must be used responsibly. Antares is found in the Scorpions heart which may actually give it some heart!