My name is Marina Macario. I am a self taught Brit-alian astrologer and illustrator based in the UK. 25 years of working with symbols and archetypes form the foundation of my astrological approach. For reading natal charts, my technique uses the tropical zodiac divided into decans and incorporating the fixed stars. Aspect patterns are very important to me and represent the sacred geometry of ones soul. I recently completed an Horary course with Deborah Houlding owner of the amazing site Skyscript. ind I am moving more towards traditional techniques since they are based on natural law, visual astrology and make use of the fixed stars. Read more about my transformation…. Re-Learning Astrology.
The name of the site Darkstar 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. 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. More about the Dark 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 far greater than Lilith. It is really all about the Persephone myth and what that 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 which will go on sale into and throughout 2016.
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 photoshopped screen shots, the art of Gustav Klimt, John William Waterhouse and Pamela Coleman Smith’s illustrations for the Rider Waite Tarot deck.