A quick look at Eris

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Eris recently caught my eye and after doing hours of research I realized that not many people write about this dwarf planet. Many don’t bother to look at Eris in their charts, but for those who have Eris conjuncting a personal planet or making a tight aspect to important parts of their chart, they might come up frustrated in their search for meaning.

Though Eris hasn’t been studied extensively and there are many different theories on how it plays out in our charts, it’s worth taking a look at.

Eris is known as being rather treacherous. She belongs with Mercury, painting herself as a trickster in the arena of archetypes, but also connects with Mars and Aries as she demands action. She is known to cause discord and chaos. I do not believe Eris is intrinsically bad. Just like Pluto can cause major destruction, it’s well known that that destruction is making way for better and brighter things in our lives. It’s clearing out what we either didn’t know needed to be cleared or were to scared to scared to clean out ourselves. Eris follows this same rule but in a different twist. She desires transformation in the way one approaches and thinks, and she often does it in a unique and poetic way. Being creative about teaching one harsh lessons can seem cruel, but we must let her abide by her personal flavor. You can’t take the trick out of the trickster, you can just learn what they’re trying to teach you.

Essentially, Eris is brash and unapologetic, but she is not cruel. She uses clever tactics in order to force you to think deeply about what she’s telling you. She works in metaphors and symbols, urging you to delve in rather than ignore. If she is ignored, dire consequences are to be had. The more you push her out, the harder she will strike. The earlier you acknowledge and the more flexible you are in adhering to what she’s teaching, the lighter the ‘sentence’ will be.

Take a look at your chart- planets in TIGHT aspect to Eris and the house Eris resides in shows where you likely learn most of your harsh lessons through difficult ordeals that may seem simply ‘unfair.’ These ordeals may be very shocking, seem cruel, or have you saying ‘why me?’ Perhaps on a lighter side they may be ironic or even humorous. Eris in a house can shed light on where you’ve been forced to change your mind and be more flexible. It’s possible that you will have to morph your ways relating to the house/planet for the rest of your life- hopefully with it being easier and easier as time goes on.

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Quaoar, the Dwarf Planet

Quaoar is a dwarf planet that is named after the Tongva Native American’s God or creation force. Quaoar was recently discovered, but the mythology behind it tells us of its function in our charts. Quaoar rules manifestation- it is where we bring into being that which we desire. Many don’t use Quaoar in their chart interpretations because this idea seems vague and there is not much research done on it; I find Quaoar helpful when on a spiritual journey. This life is a spiritual journey, and to those who have eyes open to this, Quaoar is there to help. We can use its energy to show where our desires can most beneficially come into play and enter our reality. Within Quaoar’s mythology, it is seen as a creation force. This force is alive and well within all of us and we use it every day (to most without conscious awareness). If we can learn to harness this energy, and work with it, we can create our own personal reality that lines up with our purest desires. We can do this by tapping into our source of intuition and letting it guide us just like when we allow the music to move our bodies without restricting the movement. This is the path of joyful creation, discovering the connection of everything, and using that knowledge to bring about a brighter future.
Quaoar is currently in Scorpio (specifically, now in 2014, at 27 degrees). As usual, when this dwarf planet hits an angle or another planet in your chart up to 1 degree, the energy will be most apparent. You can see what house it falls under as well to decide where to start utilizing your manifestation powers. Though, the divine beings we are- we are able to manifest always, in any area of life, whenever we please. We are truly magical creations.

The fixed star Algol

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Algol sits at 26 degrees Taurus. As most know, the fixed star Algol has quite the negative reputation. There’s no surprise why it is known as the star in the zodiac that houses evil considering all it represents.

Algol is terror, destruction, and mutation. Algol represents disaster and inhumane acts. It represents both literally and figuratively ‘losing your head’. It has associations with violence and terror. She strikes fear in the hearts of those who see her coming, as there is no escaping her carnage. Murder and tragic death also revolve around Algol.

The myth behind this fixed star is that of Medusa being decapitated by Perseus. Medusa, like Algol, gets a bad reputation. She actually used to be a beautiful vestal virgin before she was raped and impregnated by Neptune. Pallas Athena was repulsed by the ordeal and punished Medusa by turning her into her well known image today with her head of many snakes. The pain and injustice is represented by the poison that Medusa holds inside her. She holds the antidote as well, leading to the positive side to Algol.

Algol holds poison that tortures, maims, and kills her adversaries, but she also holds the power to heal that same poison. This leads to the idea that Algol has a light at the end of the tunnel. Though the pain and destruction are inescapable, the antidote provides immortality…or at least the feeling inside oneself of immortality. The ability to rise above all the terror. The ability to handle anything. This star puts itself in these situations, whether it’s purposefully or subconsciously attracting the situations to them. Possibly to test themselves to see if they can actually handle the darkness, possibly for masochistic pleasure, possibly just for fated reasons…but whatever reason, the fact still stands. There will be difficulty. Those with strong Algol influences in their natal chart are usually well suited to handle these difficulties. They also tend to be catalysts in their own lives and others’ lives.

Having Algol in close conjunction (1-2 degrees) with a personal planets suggests these themes regarding the planet’s area of life. Having Algol in close conjunction with the angles will affect all the angles, but will manifest most obviously on the angle it sits on. Transiting personal planets on Algol need to be observed, and high caution is recommended. Synastry aspects to Algol also need to be approached with caution…it can suggest violence, pain, and injustice.

Another notable factor about this fixed star is its relation to female empowerment. Some say it represents the ‘taking away’ of power from the feminine. This is because of the myth, where Medusa was punished for being raped, and beheaded for this punishment. It can represent female strength being repressed or punished, beating into submission.
Algol also represents alcohol, alcoholism, and trouble regarding this.

One of my favorite explanations is from Abella Arthur stating that “the overarching theme of Algol is improper conduct, and Capulus natives persecute (as in, Perseus) that conduct. Some natives, that have both Algol and Capulus, persecute their own improper conduct and this impropriety often generates shame. Capulus (with or without Algol) natives also persecute Algol or Algol type behavior in others.”

Though this fixed star is mostly trouble, the empowerment it can give can be seen as a gift. It can be used for good- a warrior who isn’t afraid to dive into the deep abyss to fight the monsters for the rest of humanity. Those who do not fear death, pain, rejection, and are willing to go through torture, to reach a specified goal. There is no second guessing, they know they can handle it. They are indestructible. They are capable. And they are dancing in their own blood.

Fixed Stars Mimosa & Acrux

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The fixed star Mimosa sits at 11 degrees of Scorpio. This fixed star has an orb of 1 degree, therefor must be within 1 degree of 11 degrees 38′. The above picture is of the Mimosa plant, also known as the sensitive plant because of its response mechanism to touch. When one touches the leaves of a Mimosa plant, they fold in toward themselves. They are extremely sensitive to touch and the reaction takes a lot of energy out of them. The more they are bothered, the shorter life span they have. This reaction is similar to the meaning of this fixed star. Mimosa hitting a personal planet in a chart will show areas of great sensitivity, mostly along the lines of spiritual and intuitive sensitivity. A deep understanding and knowing of things within oneself. The native would be able to intuitive see inside others’ intentions. This position shows wisdom. It shows deep religious or spiritual devotion and a strong connection with mythology. Elsbeth Ebertin suggests this position shows a gift of successful investigation in the hidden side of things or lost knowledge. She also suggests that this position gives the native a grasp of the inner nature of man.

Mimosa is not the brightest star in the constellation Crux in the Southern Cross, but it sits right alongside the brightest, Acrux. In this case, they work together. Acrux sits at 11 degrees 51′ of Scorpio. The orb is officially within 66′ but some use 1 degree, which may mean someone has a personal planet hitting Acrux and not Mimosa, and the other way around. Acrux is highly important, at least in my studies. It shows the mark of an astrologer, mysticist, and even shamans or successful occultists in general. The same generalities within Mimosa show in Acrux, but there is more emphasis on spiritual or religious justice. It shows positive practice in religious practices and contains a great amount of mystery and magic. Those with their personal planets hitting Acrux are seen as magical and mysterious because of this. They may feel that way themselves, even.

In general, the Crux shows much hardship. It goes through a series of trials and tribulations in order to filter through unneeded energies and constructs the native has built up over past lives and the current life. This is all set in place to help develop the natives intuition, empathy, and psychic skill. It also helps build strength, in less of a blocked off way, but a ‘I can handle anything’ way. Though this may show a lot of suffering, the suffering is usually transcended through spiritual manners or in helping others. This is also in many charts of leaders and those in positions that reach many others with their wisdom.

Alphard

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The fixed star Alphard sits at 27 degrees Leo in the Hydra constellation. This in itself is fearsome! It is the heart of the Hydra snake, poison in its blood. It is also known as the ‘backbone’ of the snake and ‘the solitary one’. Those with Alphard in an exact or within 1 degree conjunction of their personal planets or angles are given the energy of Alphard. This energy revolves around poison- this can mean physically or metaphorically. It casts trouble and disruption in the natives life. It gives raw, intense emotion that is often hurled rather than kept inside. Symbolically, it uses its fangs when it feels needed- and with strong emotions, the need may be often. There is also a point to be made about self control and Alphard. There may be low self-control which can lead to immoral actions and trouble. On a positive side, Alphard can give the native innate wisdom regarding human nature and a deep appreciation for music or art.

With Alphard in conjunction to your:

Ascendant- Can show obsession regarding women. Possibly a raw, primal passion toward women or against women if turned awry. Eventual ‘poisoning’ regarding this. There is a lack of self control and the native may go to excess and have no restraints. Anxiety.

Moon- Possible potential toward corruption- either easily corrupted or can easily corrupt others. No boundaries on lust. Trouble with women in life, especially those in the family.

Mercury- Passion gone wrong, native may be obsessed with an individual to an extreme degree. Communication often gets native in trouble, writing brings disgrace.

Sun- Easily gains enemies, but easily gains fame. Most likely to fall from grace do to enemies constantly plotting against the native. Mistakes on the native’s part can cost them dearly.

Venus- Great sorrow coming from relationships. Intense yearning and emotional attachment. Support of the one the native loves is often denied. May easily gain recognition, but needs to watch their actions in order not to sabotage themselves. Seen as ‘darkly’ alluring toward the opposite sex or just intimidating.

Mars- Scandals are often rampant. Danger with accidents or sudden deaths. Possible ruthlessness or selfishness. Obsession over partner. Difficulty having children.

Midheaven- More scandal, ‘do anything to get on top’ attitude. Obsessive needs.

Imum Coeli- Inner demons are strong and run rampant. True devil’s advocate. Inner self needs boundaries to be able to function properly in society. Obsessions too overwhelming for the individual.

Descendant- Attracts or is attracted to obsessive lovers. Possibly unfaithful do to compulsions. Lusty and attracts a lot of difficulty.

Eros

Eros is asteroid number 433. In astrology, it represents the type of love that is erotically consuming. The moon represents comfort in love, Mars is desire in love, Venus is attraction in love, but Eros is different in the respect that it can bypass all the previously and act compulsively and intensely on its own despite other factors. Eros is full bodied passion, it can be sexual compulsion or mystical obsession. It is absolutely irresistible either way.

When dealing with Eros, one’s intellect may be able to note every possible reason why the person of their desire is not right for them or why pursuing them is not advantageous, but they are still pulled to them regardless. There is an intense inner feeling of fate working its wonders, bringing them to you for some reason or another. It is the desire to merge souls and ignore the other factors that always must play in with earthly relationships. It is fantasy, the head and heart running away with each other into the sunrise with thoughts of being one with this person. Anyone who has felt Eros’s arrow plunged into their heart may say it feels exactly like an actually arrow was plunged and not a metaphorical one- because it is that intense, that physically affecting, and that real.

Most of the time Eros burns out as quickly as it flamed. With strong Eros contacts, a relationship often doesn’t result, or a quick relationship results with one partner or both needing to get away from it soon after. For those who feel Eros unrequited- these are the loves you never forget, and always wonder what beauty could have come from the union. Again, though, intellect can easily win out after the wound has been healed, as Eros doesn’t have much to back it up other than that awesome feeling of fate and the pulling of the heart. If Eros is prominent in the chart of a committed couple, the union is likely to be extremely deep and gratifying. The Eros bond brings that fated feeling and seals it with divine love, that feeling of meant to be. The sexual appetite is most likely extremely well off and tantric sex is often preferred.

There are multiple stories drawing out Eros’s beginning but the one I feel backdrops the astrological meaning is the story of Psyche and Eros. Psyche was a mortal girl who grew into the world’s most beautiful woman and therefor caught the attention of the love goddess, Aphrodite. Aphrodite was not pleased with this and sent Eros to deal with it. He took one of his arrows (dipped in his fated love potion) to shoot her with in hopes of getting her to fall in love with a monster of sorts, but shocked by her beauty, pricks himself instead and falls madly in love with her. He brings her to his home and gives her everything she could ever want except for the visage of his own face. She eventually betrays him by looking upon his face while he sleeps and is also shocked by his beauty and falls onto yet another of his love-dipped arrows, falling deeply in love with him herself. Eros is upset and leaves her- Psyche asks Aphrodite for help but fails in the tasks given- but Eros saves her yet again and brings her back to his home, forgiving her. This is when Zeus decides to grant Psyche immortality so her and Eros could wed, and so they do. This is the up and down, intense, dramatic essence of Eros (and Psyche) that is portrayed in our own lives when touched by Eros.

Eros in your natal chart

Eros is individualized per person regarding house and sign. The house that your Eros is in shows where passion easily bubbles up inside you and where you’ll find the partner that may match your Eros (again, this is not necessarily a good thing for just because your Eros is flared doesn’t mean the other person feels it, too). It can show where potential for a deep connection with the divine is as well. The sign regards how your Eros works through you. Eros is spontaneous in any sign but it can act more intellectually, physically, or emotionally depending on what sign it is in. Reading a generalized report on your Eros in sign or Eros in house is not going to get you very far because Eros tends to show itself more validly in synastry charts. Though it can provide you with an idea of where potential hides. When Eros is in conjunction to a personal planet or an angle it can show you energy being fed into that area or special attention others see in your regarding that part of you. For example, Eros in conjunction with your sun shows a person who is seen by others as extremely sexually appealing and may find that others project their fantasies onto them. It can show someone who is highly sexual or passionate in other ways, and possibly one that is in love with love or has incessant infatuations.

Eros in a synastry chart

Those who find themselves obsessively attracted to another individual yet can’t talk themselves out of it even when they decide they’d go above and beyond for the person (without anything promised in return) are most likely suffering from the stray arrow of Eros. When your Eros falls on another’s personal planet, this fated attraction will occur and be nearly impossible to rid yourself of if it is unwanted. The feelings will be there, and they will be strong, until Eros has reflected to someone or something else. This is less to affect, but still in affect, with other major aspects. In a synastry chart of a couple, Eros in a harmonious aspect is beneficial and can create passionate feelings. Eros in conjunction can sometimes be too much for couples not able to handle the intensity of an Eros type relationship. Often Eros in conjunction with another’s Psyche is the ultimate fated expression, no doubt leading to many ups and downs just like their story. The energy given by the signs and houses of each partner’s Eros will show how the erotic play will unfold and how the sexual flavor of the relationship will span out. If sex is getting dull in the relationship, finding the house, aspects, signs of Eros (and Mars of course) can show where to add some flavor to get things spiced up again.

Overall, Eros is an important part of our charts to get to know. Especially in order to find whether we are truly going crazy falling for someone who is definitely not the type of partner we have always wanted- or if it’s just pesky Eros shooting his arrows into you and getting you all love drunk. I know in my own life, this has been a real eye opener and I always look out for those in the same degree and sign as my Eros just in case those ‘crazies’ pop up again! Eros is great in moderation, but too much can be…well…too much!

 

Regulus

Regulus is one of the most benefic fixed stars in a chart. If you have an orb up to 5 degrees (most astrologers use up to 2 degrees however to be more correct) then you were born with the metaphorical blood of royalty in your veins. This is said because Regulus is one of the brightest stars in our sky, as well as laying on the ecliptic. In ancient times, Regulus was seen as the fixed star of royalty and the giver of great riches and success. He is the heart of the lion. The embodiment of Mars and Jupiter’s combined energy. He is fierce, but fair. Generous, loyal, and deeply respected. Though there is risk of going to far- those with Regulus strong in their chart may be too tempted by ego and let it get the best of them. In their rise to fame they may falter because of arrogance. If they do reach successful heights and let fame get to their head (either ignoring Jupiter’s goodwill or pushing boundaries too far) a steep decline can take place and a fall from grace. This can be avoided by being true to your heart and using your passion for the benefit of others instead of feeding your ego.

There is definitely an aspect of courage and honor associated with Regulus. This can be open, physical bravery, and the urge to jump into action when you or another is in danger. It can show military honors or intense respect by others for things you have accomplished that others dared not to try. This is especially so when this fixed star is in conjunction to your Midheaven. It may be more of an internal energy when coupled with your moon, yet the desire is still strong to be recognized for that internal bravery since you may not have the means to show it. Either way- you’re a great person to have around in high pressure situations.

For those who don’t have Regulus in aspect, the house placement will show where you will use this Mars/Jupiter combination energy- therefor where you can be successful and find motivation to expand this area of life. It will add a destined sort of vigor to that house and its affairs.