Alcyone In The Pleiades

Fixed star Alcyone is the major star in the famous Pleiades Star Cluster. The Pleiades are found in the shoulder of Taurus the bull, positioned at 00°00′ Gemini*. Different cultures throughout the ages have mythology around it because this cluster is so striking in the sky. The Pleiades stars are also known as the seven sisters. In Greek myth the sisters became stars because Zeus took pity on their mourning the death of their family. In the medieval times the fixed star Alcyone (representing the entire Pleiades) was known as a magical Behenian star and in talismans is said to give magical power and knowledge.

In Esoteric Astrology the seven solar systems are said to revolve around the Pleiades star cluster, and of course there are many websites all over the net claiming to have channelled information from them.

 “The Pleiades’ role, then, is to help seekers become consciously aware of Divine Knowledge and Wisdom, which is why their etheric, astral and mental bodies must be purified before being able to integrate with that spiritual realm. The Pleiades represent a spiritual “station” where the Perfect Model within seekers is energized and comes alive on earth.” Plotinus.

So it’s really no wonder that the Pleiades feature so strongly in 2012 astrology. The Pleiades are revered up to the present day by Ufologists and they are also featured in the Cherokee Rattlesnake Prophecy . We are all expecting mass awakening but what is it about this constellation in particular that inspires such great expectation?

It is strange because when you study Alcyones actual meaning, it really is a mixed bag and although it confers wisdom, there is also a bunch of really negative associations also. This maybe due to the Christian suspicion of any thing magical, but if you look at some of the subjects, there is some truth to Robson’s grim interpretations.

Bohemian Lifestyles

AlcyoneAnother association with Alcyone is homosexuality. Both Robson’s and Ebertin’s books were published around 1930 when gay sex was still illegal. Just like any fixed star associated with wild female sexuality was demonised, so it is the case with Alcyone. I would read Robson’s interpretations bearing this in mind, which why I have set them beside Bernadette Brady’s evaluations for comparison.

So the Pleiades are generally seen as exceedingly Venusian, which seems to be a “bad thing” within old school fixed stars astrology. Stars having Mars and Jupiter qualities are deemed brave and honorable, probably because they were so useful in war. Whereas Venus? Useless in a fight it seems…. Here’s what Manilus says about the Pleiades star cluster:

 “they will smooth their hairy limbs with the porous pumice, loathing their manhood and craving for sleekness of arm. They adopt feminine dress, footwear donned not for wear but for show, and an affected effeminate gait. They are ashamed of their sex; “ [1]

Ok, there actually are few great homosexual examples in the list. The best example is the beautiful and supremely talented Rufus Wainwright, who has Alcyone rising by 42’. He is the perfect Venusian gentleman and is certainly not ashamed of his sex. He dresses occasionally very flamboyantly, but mostly tastefully and romantically, like an 18th century poet. Rufus has also had his brush with death when he was raped and nearly strangled aged 14 in a park.

Later Rufus also suffered with Alcyones threat of blindness. At the height of Rufus’s crystal meth addiction in 2002 he temporarily lost his vision. He is no longer an addict and his musical direction has matured to include his passion for opera. I note David Beckham is also in the rising list. Despite being a manly football idol, he is certainly not in the slightest bit bothered about wearing feminine garments! He has been known to sport a sarong and nail paint,which is  refreshing in the macho field of sport.

The Pleiades Constellation

“The Pleiades gives ambition and endeavor, which gives preferment, honor and glory. Not a good omen with regard to relationships to the opposite sex”. [2

I do see some evidence of “disgrace” in some of the celebrities below, usually stemming from scandalous love affairs that threatened their public profile. The effect of Venusian indulgences in the form of alcohol or drug abuse, are also observed to have a detrimental effect on some of these peoples careers and performances.

Alcyone“The Pleiades causes bereavement, mourning, sorrows and tragedies.” 3.  Alcyone is a cluster, so it is also said  to give blindness or accidents to the face, but the modern interpretation of eyesight problems is inner vision. There are a fair few fatal car accidents and drug-related premature deaths on the celebrity list, so the proximity to death is clearly there.

This star is also associated with judgement of the dead and fate. Because this cluster rose at sunset around November, in many countries a day was set aside around this time to mourn those who died in battle. So this star has connections with passing over to other dimensions, this is where the mystical side of it comes into it and the attainment of occult wisdom. The judgemental side of this star can be quite harsh though, because it dishes out karma with no mercy or compassion.

Gruesomely, in common with Robson’s more negative findings, Alcyone with the Sun gives us one subject who truly did possess an “Evil disposition”. Serial Killer Jeffery Dahmer took the lives of 17 men and boys. His murders involved rape, mutilation, necrophilia and even cannibalism.

Alcyone Keywords

Wise, magical, scandalous, rocky relationships, disgraced, immoral, visionary, insightful, intuitive, ruthless, fated, judgemental, critical, criticised, insightful, fascinated by the occult, fascinated with the deep soul, gothic, homosexuality, gay icon, idolised, passionate, in touch with the anima, being true to yourself, vain, venerated, indulgent, spoilt, easily flattered, flirty, beautiful, romantic, tragic, mournful, artistic, melancholic, melodramatic, poetic, ritualistic, ambitious, talented, theatrical, ravishing, handsome, well dressed, aesthetically aware, designer, dandy, destined.

Alcyone & Planet Combinations

Alcyone Rising “The rising Pleiades are indicative of those who are homosexual, like to be flattered, and (with a poorly positioned Mercury) impudent in speech.” 4. “To have artistic or intuitive vision, but recognizing that such vision has the shadow side of giving and receiving harsh judgement” 5.
• Rufus Wainwright, Jessica Savitch, Dionne Warwick, David Beckham, Jacky Chan, Anna Freud.

Alcyone Midheaven “Disgrace, ruin, violent death. If with the luminaries it makes its natives military captains, commanders, colonels of horse and emperors.” 6. Bernadette Brady says if this star is on a pivotal point at birth (the angles) that it gives “A strong sense of knowing, a strong vision of destiny, a desire to walk the correct, if not the popular pathway”  5. In the past I think not following the “popular” pathway could well result in “disgrace” or even “ruin” (if homosexual). These days we can be more true to ourselves.
• Edwin Hubble, Montgomery Clift, Pebbles Santiago, Patty Hearst, Erik Menendez, Donna Summer, Eddie Fisher.

Pleiades AstrologyAlcyone Sun
 “sickness, disgrace, evil disposition (used to be a term in astrology for homosexuality), murderer or murdered, imprisonment, death by blows, stabs, shooting, beheading or shipwreck..” 6. “The ruthless visionary, a passionate but potentially arrogant person.” 5.
• Cher, Harvey Milk, Jeffrey L Dahmer, Dale Winton, Morrissey, Malcolm X, Laurence Olivier, Bertrand Russell.

Alcyone Moon “ Injuries to the face, sickness, misfortune, wounds, stabs, disgrace, imprisonment, blindness,” 6. “Insightful to the darker side of life.“ 5. A fascination with societies underworld may indeed put you at risk of “stabs” I guess.
• River Phoenix, Frida Khalo, Katherine Hepburn, Ian McShane, Edith Paif, Dionne Warwick, Juan Manuel Fango.

Alcyone Mercury “Many disappointments, loss of possessions, much loss from legal affairs, business failure, trouble through children”.6.“To be insightful and brilliant, but struggling with the darker side of human nature” 5.
• Anna Freud, Tammy Wynette, Cilla Black, Bjorn Borg, Audrey Hepburn, Natasha Richardson, Mary Wollstonecraft.

Alcyone Venus “Immoral, strong passions, disgrace through women, sickness, loss of fortune.” 6. “A love of theatre, art or rituals; The poetic soul” 5.
• Dame Nellie Melba, Kylie Minogue, Marlon Brando, Karl Marx, Gregory Peck, Nancy Reagan, Giuseppe Pelosi, Amy Dumas.

Alcyone Mars “Many accidents to the head, loss and suffering through fires” 6.To be aware and sensitive to difficult social issues. The critic” 5.
• Andy Warhol, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Tammy Faye Bakker, Helena Bonham Carter, Glenda Jackson, Eddie Fisher,  Griffith/Banderas Davison,

The Pleiades in Your Chart

If you don’t have a chart, yet get a free one here: To work out the exact position of Alcyone, stars move forward through the zodiac at one degree every 72 years. You can find all the star positions here: The Fixed Stars in Longitude Order. *Alcyone positions:

1900 – 28° 48′ Taurus*
1950 – 29°18′  Taurus
2000 – 00°00′ Gemini

1. Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, book 5, p.310-313.
2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.26.
3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.39.
4. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.28.
5. Star & Planets Combinations. Bernadette Brady. p 88-90.
6. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. p 193..

120 thoughts on “Alcyone In The Pleiades

  • January 12, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I have long suspected that Beckham is gay and that Victoria is “bearding’ for him. This information of your certainly confirms that theory in spades. There is a reason she’s always bone-thin and sporting a boyish haircut!

    I’d bet the kids (all boys, you will notice, until recently; I suspect a certain amount of pressure was brought to bear on Becks by Victoria after he was caught with a (undoubtedly male) prostitute yet again!) were all conceived by “artificial insemination”, too!

    • January 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Alcyone is the Great Group “point at center” for the One Cosmic Hierarchy and the center of the sweep of the circle of the Seven cosmic Initiates, the Lords of the Seven Great Creative hierarchies. Alcyone is seen as the seven faceted atomic Jewel at the central Hub of the Great Wheel. It is the supreme symbol of Synthesis, consummated light expression and the cosmic Whole. All Seven of the cosmic Paths eventually lead via the Seven Centers to the central Hub of the Great Wheel and all Seven strands of the Great intra-cosmic Antahkarana emanate from it.
      From HP Blavatsky.

  • January 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Overall it probably depends where your soul is rather than your body. In esoteric astrology, i.e the astrology of the soul, Alcyone is said to be the central star around which the solar system revolves – – the scientific jury is out on this one! I’ve found both proof for and against – there is pgysical measure and there are “lines of force” which are totally different and which as an astrologer, make more sense to me. It was after ploughing through A Treatise on Cosmic Fire I sudden;y realised that the influences are “electric” in nature and as such, physical positions are irrelevant. Alcyone as the star which pulls the solar system around it is exerting an electromagnetic force. Its this force which creates the lines of influence.

    This is from Alice Bailey’s Esoteric Astrology

    “Aquarius, Alcyone and Humanity constitute a most interesting triangle of force. Alcyone is one of the seven Pleiades and is called the “star of the Individual” and sometimes the “star of intelligence.” It was potently active during the previous solar system wherein the Third Person of the Trinity was peculiarly omnipotent and active, just as today the cosmic Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, is peculiarly active in this solar system. The energies coming from Alcyone impregnated the substance of the universe with the quality of mind.” – This is an article which links the PLeiades to the photon belt – something else to ponder on!

    Herewith quotes from Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine on the Pleiades –

    The Seven Sisters, the Pleiades

    References in The Secret Doctrine

    1. The Pleiades are the supposed wives of the seven Rishis of the Great Bear. They are also the nurses of the God of War, Mars, the commander of the celestial armies.” (Vol. II, 579)

    2. “The Pleiades are the central group of the system of sidereal astronomy.

    a. They are found in the neck of the Bull, the constellation Taurus.

    b. They are therefore in the Milky Way.

    c. They are thus considered (Alcyone, in particular) as the central point around which our universe of fixed stars revolves.” (Vol. II, 582)

    3. “The number seven is closely connected with the occult significance of the Pleiades, the six present and the 7th hidden.” (Vol. II, 654)

    4. “The Pleiades were at one time the Atlantides and connected with Atlantis and its seven races.” (Vol. II, 811)

    5. “One of the most esoteric cycles is based upon certain conjunctions and respective positions of Virgo and the Pleiades.” (Vol. II, 454) [658]

    This is a quote form A Treatise on Cosmic Fire – “The Pleiades are to the solar system the source of electrical energy and, just as our sun is the embodiment of the heart or love aspect of the Logos (Who is Himself the heart of the One about Whom Naught may be Said) so the Pleiades are the feminine opposite of Brahma.” (The third aspect) (156)

    Here’s the whole page anyway for anyone who wants more on the Pleiades and Alcyone.

    There’s a lot more to Alcyone than men wearing skirts!!!

    • January 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Hiya Uber,
      I was really hoping you would add the esoteric meaning here. Because that’s the side of it I know nothing about and I knew there must be something exciting hiding underneath the Gay red herring. Just like people are scared off Algol. The fixed stars are rather like Scooby doo arent they? The villians always still a gooly ghost in front of the most important stuff that “they” don’t want you to know about. It might also just be because it will blow your mind…..

    • January 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      I have finally around to reading the links. The first one. Very interesting , but yes I always thought this idea of us revolving around the Pleiades rather fanciful, plus I’m still rather skeptical about channeled information. Alice Bailey is connected to the Huber school which as you know I have been inspired by, but I don’t practice their technique to the letter. The point that our Solar system is older than the Pleiades, therefore how could we revolve around it make sense to me. I think the whole theory must be mythical and symbolic, a meme. Lilith too is a hypothetical point….
      Galactic center 26 Sag is galactic center and thats how it stands with me. As for the photon belt, I have heard about that too, though I have to look into that further.
      I have a lot of respect for Barbara Hand Clow as an Astrologer, I didn’t realize she was so big on the Pleiadain thing too! I will take on channelled info if it resonates. Will read later.

  • January 13, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Marina, as i see it, The GC remains the same. Our solar system is a system within the galaxy and esoterically, the connections are electric in essence between points. So Alcyone doesn’t change what’s at the GC.
    The esoteric system wasn’t entirely the produce of AAB’s relationship with her ascended Master DK as her predecessor Blavatsky had also touched on it in The Secret Doctrine.
    I don’t use the word channelled for their work, rather, received. I think there are actually very few people who have actually channelled. I think most people who claim to have, have either contacted low grade spirits on the lower astral or they are having self dialogues.
    It was A Treatise on Cosmic Fire which swung me as I had just started looking at the plasma universe and electric universe theory when I read it. It was written in 1930 but was absolutely consistent with what the most modern cutting edge science is saying about how things really work in space rather than how maths models fudge them.
    It’s a massive subject to explain but the more I read, the more it works.
    I’m not sure about the photon belt, need to read more. It maybe another of those things which are calculated rather than ben observed.
    The issue with calculating the age of stars uses the thermonuclear/ gravity model which more and more astronomers are saying is not what they actually observe. so using a different method, the Pleiades may be much older than the Earth, or older than we have been led to think.
    I ordered the book you recommended on Huber astrology and promptly lost it!
    In the esoteric system, it’s the reverse wheel which is studied, the return of the soul to source. The planets and signs are differently related and all of them are filters for what was called Ray energy. For me, I like to study both because where the personality struggles in the everyday world, the soul is doing work often at odds with it, which creates the conflict. I’ll mail you a link to a very good site which you can reference for esoteric rulers of each decan within a sign on both exoteric and esoteric wheels. It’s very interesting to compare.
    With the groups of stars such as The Pleiades or The Bear, these filter huge influences on the whole of mankind and are essential in our evolution. Influencing stars are believed ton have phases of influence I.e they can be highly active on the whole human race at specific times and not others,,which is not to say there aren’t minor influences on the personality level…
    I’m now reminded of the Mayan Tzolkin system too which adds another slant…
    Oh dear! So much to know… So late at night… So snug in bed! Big hug down there in Oz!

    • January 14, 2012 at 7:11 am

      So much to know indeed…. I did start reading “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire” on the net, but I find it hard to read off the computer. I really should buy the book. Hugs to you too! My time here is nearly done and getting quite sad :( . But I AM looking forward to starting my planetary magic course when I get back. That will keep me out of trouble….
      I remember listening to Etta Jackson on Redice and she said similar things about groups of stars teaching humanity. The Great Bear, Pleiades& Sirius each had something different. I cant remember which was which but it think one was Law.

  • January 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Wow MArina! Etta JAckson – what a find! I’m just reading a sample from her book, Understanding Your Choice and have downloaded some podcasts.
    A Treatise on Cosmic Fire is impossible to read on a computer!!! It would benefit from diagrams too! I took a copy into the African bush where time stands still and was able to crack most of it there. Who is doing the planetary magic course – sounds brilliant on title alone!
    I’ll have a glance through Esoteric Astrology by AB and see what I can distill to post here on the PLeiades.
    Re the photon belt – from what I’m learning about stars and electricity is that as the charge ramps up in the star or star system, the environment changes – i.e in dark current mode, planetary or stellar ionospheres do not emit light except during auroras (interacting with other electromagnetic fields).
    In normal glow mode, the strength of an electric current is evident and the entire plasma of the star glows. The brightness of the star then depends on the intensity of the electricity in the star and the density of the plasma. The colour depends on what gas is being ionized.

    In Arc mode the strength of the current is very high so the plasma radiates brilliantly over a wide spectrum including UV and radio frequencies. So with the Pleiades, perhaps what is thught to be the photon belt is an increase in charge to the system’s plasma which means they may well be ramping up in their influence, that of course being electric.

    Plasma is apparently an ideal medium for conduction of electricity (but apparently not perfect!) and if we take our kundalini, chi. prana etc to be fundamentally electric (using this word in the more cosmic sense rather than a hairdryer!!!) it would make sense that the kundalini of certain stars is so important to us and can effect our evolution as suggested in Esoteric astrology etc

    The Ancients – Cicero, Horace, Ptolemy and Seneca described Sirius as being coppery red – in the days of Nero, Seneca described it as “redder than Mars” and Jupiter as “not at all red” but in the 10th C, Al Sufi did not describe it as red. So by then it may well have changed from red to the brilliant blue- white it is now??
    We know of at least 7 examples of stars whose evolution contradicts the thermonuclear fission models of stellar evolution –
    FG Saggittae – which has changed form blue to yello since 1955! Its evolution can be seen in my lifetime!!
    V605 Aquilae and V434 Sagittarii, V 838 Monocerotis – went from invisible to 10th mag in 2 weeks!! – then to mag 6.5 then faded away again and is now 16th mag. For a short time it was brighter than any star in our galaxy! Shortly after its discovery ot was noticed that Monocerotis was surrounded by a glowing cloud – a plasma. Maybe similar to what is called the photon belt?
    Other stars which defy standard models and therefore models of age etc are – Sirius, Capella, Castor.

    Back to the PLeiades – if they are as esoterics suggest, the designer of the human mind, it maybe that the mind is read for an evolutionary leap and hence the system is gathering charge to transmit.
    The PLeiades, Sirius and Great Bear work in a triplicity – a triangular flow of energy/rays to influence Earth. I found some great little refs to this in Etta (want to call her Etta James!!!) JAckson’s work.
    So! Another afternoon on the sofa with a library to immerse in! Thank god I walked in the deep frosted woods this morning! Stunning! One and a half hours… now I’m lame!


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