About Darkstar Astrology
I am a self taught astrologer and illustrator based in London. UK. My 20 years of working with symbols and archetypes form the foundation of my astrological approach. For reading charts, my technique uses the tropical zodiac divided into decans. The fixed stars within those decans determine how the archetype of the zodiac sign is filtered out through the persona while the aspect patterns in ones birth chart represent the geometry of the soul. I like to blend the ancient with the ultra – modern through Chiron, the bridge between Saturn and Uranus. My stellium in Aquarius is futuristic like Uranus, but its ancient ruler is Saturn. I have Chiron opposite Uranus exact and it squares my AC by a degree!
The name of the site Darkstar is itself an oxymoron and describes my approach to astrology and life in general. You can only see the stars in the dark of night and we can only become enlightened by going through the nigredo (Blackening) stage in alchemy. This means facing our shadow. The Lilith (Dark Moon) archetype and Persephone’s journey to the underworld describe the alchemical process very well I think. I focus on the Moon phases because of their importance in keeping us connected with Mother Earth and its cycles. The fixed stars take us away from the earth and into another dimension, but it’s important to keep a balance between the heavens and the earth. That’s why the Sol/Lunar relationship is so important to my work. More about the Moon Goddess.
I continue to research for my future book on Lilith and Eris. I am glad now that I did not rush to complete it because I realise that the Dark Goddess archetype is much bigger than just Lilith. It is really all about the Persephone myth and what it means for humanity. It probably relates to the Gaia-Sophia myth also and connects to the Gnostics since one of their gospels was by Mary Magdalene. I’m still figuring this out! Meanwhile the first stage of the decans is finished, but I have now decided that I will add the meanings for the personal planets to them over the coming year starting with Aquarius in January. I also intend to add a section on tranists through the decans looking at the transpersonal planets. I will start with Saturn in Sagittarius since that is where we are at currently.
A few people have asked about the illustrations on this site and yes they are mostly my own work recycled from when I was an illustrator. I create them using a mix of photoshop, collage and pencil drawings. Otherwise I use the art of Gustav Klimt, John William Waterhouse and Pamela Coleman Smith’s illustrations for the Rider Waite Tarot deck. ~ Contact Marina