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 these stars 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 revolve around the Pleiades star cluster, and of course there are many websites all over the net claiming to have channeled 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 featured 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 Alcyone’s actual meaning, it really is a mixed bag. Although the star confers wisdom, there is also a bunch of really negative associations with it also. This maybe due to the Judeo-Christian habit of warning the general mob away from anything magical, but if you look at the lifestyles of some of the natives born under these stars, there could be some truth in Robson’s grim interpretations.

Bohemian Lifestyles

Pleiades ConstellationAnother 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 the unchaste 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 having an overdose of Venusian energy. Remember Venus has her dark side, since she was both the goddess of love and war in Babylonian times. Venusian style ‘war’ can be underhand and manipulative. 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 Alcyone’s 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.


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  • Jen

    In my natal chart, Saturn sits at 0Gemini along with Pallas at 29Taurus in my 12th, 8 degrees from my Ascendent at 8Gemini. Looking ahead at the May 20 solar eclipse’s transits to my natal chart, I see the transiting Sun and Moon most closely conjunct Saturn and Pallas, then trine my Pluto on 0Libra in the 5th. Then, I see the stellium in Taurus with a handful of asteroid goddesses, with all of them following the lead of the south node. This solar eclipse looks to be very interesting. I don’t know how I feel about that stellium rooting around my 12th house, with all waiting to tick by my Saturn, then past my Ascendent….. Looks like a lot of tasks in soul seaching, then to apply those positive inner changes to reflect positively in an outward growth.
    The Alcyone/ homosexuality bit has me piqued. Alcyone is not rising on my chart, but is the the “ant-rising” – being right behind the Ascendent in the 12th. It’s funny, because I am quite comfortable being a woman with a man, and after deflecting a few advances on me by some of my female friends, I have determined that I am really not interested in the same sex at all. Not even in fantasies. 🙂 What can I say? It’s probably Saturn’s effect on Alcyone – grumbling if anything goes against the norm.
    Alcyone has definitely brought me my share of grief. Losing all my grandparents by age 19 and both my parents by age 31 has taught me many different lessons in grieving and healing. Then, add to that an unsolved brutal murder of dear friend and “brother” 3 years ago. I have seen it and felt it, but I am stronger and dearly cherish the life that I have TODAY. I may not be wealthy or have much of a family, but I love the people that choose to walk with me in this life and I will never forget those that were on the road with me in days gone past.
    Thanks for your post. A good read.