THE PRESENCE OF THE FIXED STAR ALGOL MAKES THIS A GREAT TIME TO EXPRESS TRUE FEELINGS.
Do you fear losing your temper? I read recently that we’ve all learned to repress our anger far too well. It’s not good for us. Many say that depression is the result of anger turned inwards.
If you know you stymie your emotions too often, this is the week to let them out. The Sun and Mercury are going over a fixed star named Algol, one of the most feared stars in the sky.
Algol has long been associated with Medusa, the once-beautiful goddess who was decapitated, and who is remembered as being so hideous she could turn people to stone with a single glance.
To Arab astrologers back in the seventh century, who were largely responsible for giving Algol a bad name, Medusa and Algol symbolised the dark side of femininity – not the pretty girl who demurs to her master, but the woman with an opinion all of her own. Medusa and Algol are like the antitheses of the Stepford Wives!
To many feminist scholars, the story of the decapitation of Medusa symbolises the banishment of matriarchal rule by patriarchal society. This happened so long ago we’ve almost forgotten about it. But archaeological finds suggest that goddess worship may go back as far as 30,000 BC.
To a growing number of astrologers, that’s also what Algol, highlighted this week, represents: female power.
As fixed-star expert Bernadette Brady says: “Algol seems to contain immense female passion and power. It is the power of the feminine, or the potential power of Mother Nature, not to be called evil for being strong.”
So, where does this leave us all – male and female – this week? We have a rare chance to really express our feelings, without trying to “make nice”. This doesn’t mean we should yell and shout, but in areas where we’ve been too scared to speak up for ourselves, this is the week to take a deep breath and, as they say in the self-help classics, speak our truth, personally and/or professionally.