Unukalhai, is the brightest star in constellation Serpens the Snake and located at 22º Scorpio. Sometimes, it is called Cor Serpentis, meaning the Serpent’s Heart. It’s a 2nd magnitude, pale yellow star found in the snake’s neck. According to Ptolemy, the stars of constellation Serpens are of a Saturn Mars nature which, of course, in traditional terms means an arch-villain. Robson suggests that they give “wisdom, craft, deceit, malice, a feeble will and danger of poison.”
The main problem is the risk of poisoning, or intoxication through drugs or alcohol. It doesn’t necessarily mean the subject will be a drug addict, rather these people are unusually sensitive to toxins and suffer more than most when exposed to smoke, heavy metals, chemicals and alcohol. However, some people do crave the very thing that they are allergic to, thus giving them a fatal attraction.
This star seems to have an extremely hypnotic effect, which then draws you in with its undulating vibration. Robson has an extremely negative view of it. He associates it primarily with violence and poisoning with a crafty, criminal, and immoral subtext. 1930’s gentleman Vivian Robson (Yes, he was a man) used the term “evil environment” to politely imply a gay lifestyle. But for modern use, I would suggest he means any lifestyle choices that are basically anti-family values. So, that could include having multiple-marriages, being a radical feminist, bohemian, a non-conformist or a renegade.
Ophuichus the medicine man holds this snake, the 13th sign on the ecliptic that got left out. Serpens is considered a separate constellation in its own right and even more dangerous than the snake charmer – and he got a bad enough rap.
The snake, like Lilith, will be the forbidden fruit of wisdom. The serpent revealed to Ophuichus how to bring the dead back to life, which a mere mortal was just not supposed to do. This is the real meaning of occult knowledge. What I find really fascinating is the location of the serpent’s heart being in the neck. I noticed as I was researching, so many singers! Particularly those with very hypnotic, ethereal type voices too.
The vocal chords and throat chakra are located in the neck, so if the serpent’s heart is there these singers are indeed singing straight from there. The two Abba girls are a great example, Frida’s Sun on Agnetha’s Moon, both on Unukalhai. They did sound like one amazing voice.
Rich, successful, thieving, cunning, lying, scheming, glamorous, criminal tendencies, rule breakers, duckers and divers, forgers, fraudsters, cheeky, lovable rogues, bohemians, controversy, activists, feminists, protesters, vehemently pro or against, anti-drugs vs. drug addicts, teetotalers vs. alcoholics, eccentrics, mad hatters, shocking deaths, mysterious illnesses, recluses, co-dependant relationships, haunting voices, exquisite vocal chords, throat chakra, hypnotizing, entrancing, undulating, rhythmic, kundalini, Christian vs. Agnostic, forbidden fruit, temptation, fatal attraction, poison, fumes, intoxicating, toxic love, crimes of passion, AIDS, provocative, black humour, satire, forked tongue, drunken outbursts, speeches, spin doctors, advertising, selling yourself, prostitution, adoption, abduction, domestic violence, wife beaters, pacifists, masochists, narcissists, hissy-fits, bitch-fights, divas, acrimony, bitter after-taste, healing crisis, cold turkey, reinvention, regeneration.
Maybe some of the fear of Serpens is it’s association with sex and the Kundalini, “Kundalini power, the symbol of raising energy coiled at the base of the spine upward through the spine… Repressed or coiled in a circle, she can be poisonous both to the body and the psyche, but once risen and standing upright she is beneficent.……Bonhiem in an article on Kundalini, sees this as the primordial wave, which “developing into consciousness,…appears in the form of a snake. For what is a snake other than a single, undulating, pulsating wave motion”  We can see how it can hypnotise then, like trance music. When a talented vocalist sings, they produce harmonious, healing wave-forms. When repressed, Unukalhai will show its festering, poisonous side, the drug addictions and destructive, toxic relationships.
Unukalhai & Planet Combinations
There is no interpretation for the Ascendant specifically, but Robson gives Unukalhai generally “wisdom, craft, deceit, malice, a feeble will and danger of poison. “  Also immorality, accidents, violence… Wisdom or deceit rather depends on the souls vibration and/or afflictions from difficult planets. I see evidence of wisdom, controversy, and a fascination with sexuality. Violence and deceit plays out, as well. The Vatican is very interesting, since quite a few Popes have allegedly been poisoned.
Singer-songwriter Lisa Scott Lee (02’), Dictator Benito Mussolini (05’), Reclusive poet Emily Dickenson (24’), Explorer and naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews (37’); Collected snakes. Inspiration for Indiana Jones. Painter Frederick Walker (34’) died of TB. Madeleine McCanns Abduction (41’); Was she drugged? West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein (47’); Social activist was blacklisted. Johann Wolfgang Goethe (55’); Writer of “Faust”, Explores sexuality, metaphysics, good and evil. Artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec; drew prostitutes. Musician Keith Richards; Has a platinum nasal septum due to cocaine use. Singer Diana Ross, Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller; Five marriages, took up swimming to combat childhood polio. The Vatican.
“If with the MC and in conjunction also with ‘malefics’ it is damaging to the social position, often there will be many difficulties in the professional life.” 
Maybe damaging to reputation, or I think may make someone controversial. Derek Jarman had Saturn opposed the MC, but even the homoeroticism in Caravaggio did not stop him receiving public acclaim. None of the subjects below had malefics on the MC though, but there are less celebrities here than in the other sections.
Actress Jane Fonda (27’), Singer Tammy Wynette (30’), Elizabeth Taylor/Burton Davison. Gay activist and Film maker Derek Jarman died of AIDs related illness, Barry “Dame Edna” Humphries, Actress Susan Sarandon, Talk show host Jack Paar.
“Many quarrels and disappointments, unfortunate life, seriously affected by death of family or friends.”  The list below seems to show people who have had very dramatic lives often accompanied with controversial and outspoken views. A number of their deaths have been violent or shocking, true to Unukalhai’s nature and a couple were “seriously affected by a death”. We even have toxic smoke inhalation as a cause of one. Heiress Barbara Hutton must have had the most unfortunate life ever, despite inheriting a huge fortune. She died with only a few thousand to her name. I know two people with Sun Stelliums on Unukalhai. Sun/Venus/Neptune is a very rich and successful art Director, who likes a drink and has just gone through a very bitter divorce. Sun/Mercury/Neptune is a violent alcoholic and cocaine addict who beat his wife while pregnant and rammed her with a car. His children (Mercury) have been on the child protection register. I still think you can be very successful with the creative Sun here, but you will always be courting controversy. Lots of daring firsts below too, but even Whoopi Goldberg admits to have been a “high functioning drug addict” CNN and married three times.
One of the first black art directors, Georg Olden (03’); Sued his ad firm for discrimination. Shot dead by girlfriend. Virginia Mae Brown (16’); first female to head an independent federal agency. Heart attack at 67. Edward Higgins White (18’); First US Astronaut to walk in space. Killed by smoke inhalation in training. “Thinker” sculptor August Rodin (18’); Raw, expressive work controversial at the time. Hunky soap actor Dack Rambo (20’); Admitted bi-sexuality when diagnosed HIV positive. Died of AIDS. Barbara Hutton; Woolworth Heiress, lavished her money on seven husbands who never loved her. Alcoholic, only son died in plane crash. Grace Kelly; Died in car crash age 52. Albert I Prince Of Monaco; Oceanographer, Palaeontologist and pacifist. Charles Manson; Incited people to murder on his behalf. Singer songwriter. Macabre pop bands have covered his songs. Joseph McCarthy; notorious for spreading the fear of communism. Neil Young; Singer-songwriter, outspoken environmentalist. Prince Charles; unpopular after death of Diana. ABBA singer Frida Lyngstad, Mega personality Whoopi Goldberg.
“Clever, evil environment, hatred of authority, involved in intrigues and plots, banished, imprisoned or hanged for crime probably by poisoning.”  The evil environment is literal here with child killer, Myra Hyndley and child murder victim, James Bulger. Otherwise controversy again and successful singers. Intrigues with reclusive Abba singer Agnetha and satirist Chris Morris, who also stays enigmatically out of the public eye.
Singer superstar Beyonce Knowles (04’), Two year old James Bulger (18’); Abducted, tortured and murdered by two ten year olds. Singer Agnetha Faltskog (33’); Married her stalker. Child killer Myra Hindley, Chris Morris; Creator of spoof current affairs Brass Eye special “Paedogeddon!”. Most complained about TV show in British history. Singer Robbie Williams, Singer Katy Perry, Spoon bender and self-branded “mystifier”, Uri Geller.
“Dishonorable, accused of forgery or theft of papers, ill-health, narrow escapes”  Yes, there is the potential for lying and the snake’s forked tongue is here. Possibly brings some misfortune with siblings or children, but equally can be about helping unfortunate kids. Comedy and singing featured with Mercury, having the ability to charm through the vocal chords.
Actor Kevin Kline (02’); Anti-Hollywood, dubbed Kevin “De Kline”. Gay fashion designer Gianni Versace (03’); Shot and killed his doorstep. “Weird Al” Yankovic (22’); parody singer. Kahlia Chamberlain (43’); born in jail, mother accused of the murder of her sister in outback. Cowboy actor Roy Rogers (45’); adopted kids and founded children’s charities. Astronomer Edwin Hubble (46’); Christian turned agnostic. Opera Opera singer Jose Carreras, Australian Pro-life Politician Tony Abbott, Surreal comic John Cleese, Singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley; distinctive tenor voice, died accidental drowning. Psychedelic psychologist Timothy Leary “the most dangerous man in America”. Child-killer couple Fred/Rose West Davison.
“Enmity, jealousy of own sex, bad for domestic matters, favorable for gain, secret death probably by poison.”  Can make one rich through the arts, singing, drama, journalism and speaking out about women’s matters. Not sure about “jealous of own sex”, seems more like feminism to me. However when warped, the powerful mothering/feminine instinct becomes treacherous, both Rose West and her Davison with Fred have Unukalhai here. Can be co-dependant relationships if drugs are involved.
Joan Ganz Cooney (09’); Sesame street creator. Childless. Paid alimony to her alcoholic ex-husband until his death. Suffragette Edith Rigby (12’); founded a women’s school. Jailed for arson several times. Singer Annie Lennox (13’), Child killer couple Rose/Fred West Davison (20’) see Mercury. Actress Winona Ryder (24’); Shop lifting, Depression, accused of using oxycodone without prescription. Journalist Dan Rather (32’), Mesmerising serial killer and rapist Ted Bundy (41’), Child serial killer Rose West (48’), Beach boys singer Carl Wilson (52’), Singer Dionne Warwick, Journalist presenter Janet Street-Porter, Actors Demi Moore, Leonardo DiCaprio and Denzel Washington, Richest man in the world Bill Gates, Spoon-bending Uri Geller.
“Violence, quarrels, lying, crime, violent death probably by poison”.  Mars makes these people racy and again there seems to be a great deal of alcohol abuse. Although Gandhi was non-aggressive, Mars ensured violence followed him. Toxic sexual relationships here too.
Lesbian singer K.D Lang (15’); sublime voice, Soldier Roy Kyle (18’); Diary of his war experiences in Galipoli, Vocalist Milton Brown (23’); founded western swing. 1990’s Photographer Herb Ritts (37’); HIV positive died of pneumonia. Feminist first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (38’); health declined rapidly after been hit by a car. Actress Sean Young (41’); alcohol problems. Actor Mel Gibson; Accused of sexism, homophobia and racism. Battling alcohol addiction. Singer John Philips; accused by his daughter Mackenzie having a drug fuelled,10 year incestuous relationship. Singer Bobby Brown; Ex husband of Whitney. Drug addiction. Poet Dylan Thomas; alcoholic. Mohandas Gandhi; The non-violent activist. Assassinated. Politician Jay Rockefeller, Grand Prix Motorcyclist Barry Sheene; Rich from endorsements. Cheeky cockney accent used to full effect. Astrologer Robert Hand.
“Hypocrisy, deceit, banishment, imprisonment or exile.”  In low vibration, criminals. In high vibration we get talent with the voice again, successful actors and musicians. The snake power of re-invention and regeneration is shown in Bowie, Andrews and Parker Bowles.
Nazi leader Ernst Roehm (02’); executed by rival Hitler. Actress Jackie Weaver (02’): Matriarch in Australian gangster film “Animal Kingdom”, Australian “Thornbirds” actor Bryan Brown (09’), Disco drag-queen singer Sylvester (12’); Died of AIDS. Kahlia Chamberlain (13’); See Mercury. Vicious/Spungen Davison (14’); Toxic punks and heroin addicts. Singer David Bowie (18’); Master of reinvention. Bi-sexuality. “Mary Poppins” Singer Julie Andrews; Alcoholic step-dad, has “absolute pitch.” Singers Jim Kerr and Sonny Bono, Composer Richard Straus, Erik Menendez; Murdered his wealthy parents with his brother. In prison. Camilla Parker-Bowles; hated for her affair with Charles, now respectable. Roy Rogers; See Mercury. Madonna/Penn Davison; Dubbed Poisons Penns for hitting out at paparazzi.
“Secret insanity, drug taker, secret crime and poisoning often for no reason, shrewd, cunning, intelligent, studious, often physician or nurse, usually unmarried, may commit suicide or be confined in an asylum or prison.”  Intelligent and studious, yes as Gates and Ginsburg proove. But the drug taker is rife here, probably because of Saturns tendency to melancholia combined with Unukalhai’s acute sensitivity to toxins and…Jazz. There is willpower to beat the addiction however.
Millionaire Bill Gates (08’); See Venus. Brigadier Rich Klumpp (16’), Beat poet Allen Ginsburg (17’); Political activist, Buddhist, casual sex and sexual swearing in his work. Lesbian feminist artist Cath Philips (18’); fined for unveiling obscene art. Charles/Diana Davison (20’), Marilyn Monroe (23’); Dependant on alcohol and addicted to a cocktail of prescription drugs. Died of barbiturates overdose. Actor Bruce Willis (33’); pro-gun and action hero. Jazz innovator Miles Davis; successfully conquered heroin addiction, sombre, mysterious whispering voice. Jazz singer George Melly; Went from gay to straight. Reefer Smoker. Jazz Saxophonist John Coltrane; Heroin addict then quit. Died of liver cancer age 40.
“Spasmodic insanity, wealthy and luxurious environment, often fails to obtain inheritance, bad for marriage, may commit crime, sudden death often by suicide.” Said to cause accidents here, or I’d say shocking happenings like Azaria. “Spasmodic insanity?” and “Bad for Marriage” for F Scott Fitzgerald, but otherwise Uranus adds inventive and original talents and wealth.
Australia’s first test tube baby Candice Reed (16’), Tennis ace Venus Williams (25’), Rock heir Jack Osbourne (36’), Azaria Chamberlain (38’); Baby stolen and killed by Dingo in Australian outback. American author F Scott Fitzgerald; Co-dependant alcoholic marriage with schizophrenic wife Zelda. Astrologer Dane Rudhyar, Psychologist Anna Freud, Footballer Michael Owen, Sculptor Michelangelo.
“Shrewd, ingenious, courageous, persistent, intuitive, evil environment, often criminal, trouble through opposite sex and marriage, violent death.”  Said to cause susceptibility to infectious diseases and poisoning. Since Neptune makes one so sensitive to drugs, then here one can be either extremely for or totally against them. Success and glamour, mixing music with visuals. Presentation and spin are strong. “Evil environment” here could be a sexually licentious, decadent or bohemian lifestyle. Or all three!
Australian politician Christopher Pyne (00’); Anti-drugs. Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss (11’); Substance abuse, empathy dysfunction, developed attachments to her 25 Macaws. Pamela Anderson Lee (14’); Pin-up girl, You Tube home-sex video star and animal activist. Actress Singer Nicole Kidman (26’), Singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley (26’); See Mercury. Bobby Brown/Houston Davison (42’); Co-dependant relationship, Marijuana and cocaine abuse. Gothic, kooky actress Helena Bonham-Carter. Eccentric singers Bjork and Alison Goldfrapp. UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
1. “Dancing In The Flames. ” Marion Woodman & Elinor Dickson. Pg 71
2. “Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology”, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. p.62 p 214.
3. “Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation,” Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.67, under the name Unuk.