Ex­press YOUR­SELF!


The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - Cosmic Girl -

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.

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