Algol ~ Birthdays May 16 to 18

The head of Medusa from Greek mythology is represented by the infamous Algol fixed star at 26º Taurus. As 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 Algol’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 the eyes huge, wide and staring.

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 fuelled 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.

Medusa Myth

Algol fixed starMedusa started out as a temple Virgin. She was beautiful, charming and admired for her glorious, long, glossy hair. Poseidon, overcome by lust, ravished her in the temple. Pallas Athena was not amused so she cursed Medusa for defiling her sacred grounds. Out of jealousy or maybe just to prove she was one of the boys, Pallas turned Medusa into the hideous serpent headed gorgon with the petrifying stare she is famous for. Brave Perseus succeeded in decapitating her and returned her head to Pallas Athena for use as a powerful shield in battle, the Aegis.

Medusa became even more powerful after her death (see Diana), together with her rival Pallas Athena she became invincible. Maybe there is a message here, when former adversaries are united they become stronger. Algol is also definitely a star of transformation. The blinking binary star goes from light to dark in cycles, like Persephone. So she is another resurrection Goddess and like Persephone she was also raped by a God…

The serpents in Medusa’s hair connect her to the Ophiuchus constellation (the snake charmer) also known as the medicine man. I wrote that “Medicine comes from the same root as Medusa, the name of the sorceress Medea also comes from this root. The blood from Medusa’s left side was poisonous and the right side was used to heal.”

So the paradox again, if you dabble in shamanism it can kill you or enlighten you. Medusa’s blood also gave birth to Pegasus, where lies another story about hubris. Both the Lilith star and the Lilith constellation of Ophuichus have the darkest reputation within the fixed stars. And both feature…serpents. What is it about serpents?

With Ophuichus the serpent is about linking sexuality to enlightenment, and that seems to worry Christianity. With Algol it is more about taking that wisdom and becoming your own god. Now science is the worry. Nowhere is this Medusa hubris more evident than in the medical profession, where we have doctors playing god with genetics.

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  • m

    I don’t think everything we need is within ourselves on the earth plane, at least, but sometimes we are all we have : ) So in times when we have no one, maybe it’s good to have yourself to rely on for strength and nurturing. Some people can’t nurture themselves no matter how much they want to, but if you can you’re lucky. Saturn is Scorpio cannot lose control, not really. My Saturn is unaspected but I have Sun/MC and Moon in Cap. Have always struggled with reality in a way. Saturn in Scorp is also stagnant sexual energy to me, and in my 3rd house can make me crazy if pent up. I tend to have obsessive thoughts. Exercise, orgasms, and work help. With so much energy but no suitable place to aim it or person to share it with, seems like it would make you feel mentally unwell. How do you move the energy in a consistent and smooth way, breaking through your blocks? I have wondered why I am unable to do this for a long time. Maybe some people are just more balanced or grounded in their bodies. Maybe you need to experience being a lone wolf and see what the energy you might put into relationships and thinking about other people does when there’s nowhere else for it to go. I haven’t been properly alone for 6 years, since I had my son. No idea what it would feel like to actually be alone with myself for an extended period. What is your birth date, if you feel like sharing?

  • debbie

    It is just a suggestiong based on my own beliefs that everything we need is actually on the earth plane, yet we arent able to see what we dont know or havenet experienced, thus we need to see the resources within ourselves when alone, see it manifest into form in our imagination (only vision that doesnt require something already seen) before we see it in the outside world, I have found this to work, its just hard to get our minds to grasp it as it is not only foreign from what we were taught to believe, it is actually opposite our trained thoughts,.

    Just sharing what i have experienced and open for consideration if it feels good to 🙂

  • graeme johnson

    interpretation of moon is soooooooooo spot on. mine at 25 taurus. 1 deg aquar asc (28 11 36)