Posts Tagged ‘Canopus’
Have you heard that Canopus has been found under the sea? With planet Neptune now traversing its own watery sign of Pisces, I’m reading of several recent archaeological discoveries being revealed from underneath the oceans. Here’s one of them:
As for Canopus the Star, ancient cultures have various associations with what could be considered a ‘Royal’ star. In the Zodiac, Canopus is located in mid-Cancer (near Sirius–and US natal Sun) and is the Alpha star of constellation Argo the Boat (renamed Carina) from the ancient Jason and the Golden Fleece myth.
Said to be of a Jupiter-Saturn nature when affecting a horoscope (both planets link to royalty and fatherhood), Canopus denotes pathfinders, leaders, and those who take long journeys perhaps with a Golden Fleece as a goal. Yes, the Hero’s Journey is indicated–in particular when long sea voyages are taken, plus, film actors and writers often have creative Canopus linked to their natal planets.
Pablo Picasso was born with Venus (art) connected to Canopus for natal Venus was rising as Canopus culminated at Midheaven, the Career/Goal Point of a horoscope.
Yet there is a dark side to Canopus–the ‘dark father’ who eventually consumes his children, a Chronos-Saturn theme. In line with this is that in some cultures, Canopus was known as ‘Heavy-Weighing Canopus’, the weight at the end of the plumb line that defined the poles of the Earth.
Canopus, thought to be the Point of Stillness in the South, was noticed to move as the plumb line was knocked off-kilter and thus is associated with precession. Some North American tribes considered the northward movement of this southern pole star as a timer for the end of the world and called Canopus the ‘Spirit Star’ or ‘Death Star’.
As such, Canopus is closely linked to the concept of Time, a province in Astrology of Saturn, the Timekeeper (‘Father Time’), Grim Reaper, and, in Psychological Astrology, the senex, or, old man.
And in our horoscopes? The nemesis of Canopus, if linked to a planet or planets in your chart, is: “needing too much control” which, in the end, tends to damage what has been created or achieved.
Recommended reading on Canopus and other stars: Fixed Stars, Ebertin-Hoffmann, and Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars by Bernadette Brady; also see Horary Astrology Plain & Simple by Anthony Louis who relates Canopus to a potential for: “voyages, piety, *scandal, violence, trouble with father, quick temper, depression, suicide, and stubborn” (ness.)
*Note that US natal Sun (July 4, 1776–the president) is located at 14 Cancer and “needing too much control” may be precisely the problem shown by the Justice Department’s tapping of AP communications, surveillance which allegedly was not ordered by the White House to find a Neptunian leak. It didn’t have to be ordered, it could have been a “whatever you have to do, find the leak” imperative–you know how presidents do.
Then there’s the IRS ‘scandal’ (which may have been purposefully set up by –?–) and Canopus ‘tends to damage what has been created or achieved’. Unfortunately for the American people, the damage seems at this point to be the very foundation of our country’s now-eroding values of freedom and the right to privacy.
Just as the universe would have it!
Tuesday, June 3 is the day of final Dem primaries and also the day of a ‘Super Moon’ in Gemini, sign of the writer, communicator, spokesperson, scribe, reporter, young people–you get the picture.
Mercury, now seeming to move Rx (at 19Gem18 in the New Moon chart and headed all the way back to 12Gem59, conj the US natal ASC or DESC depending on which version of America’s natal chart you prefer)…..sparks things such as voting, ballots, speeches, negotiations and agreements, travel…anything you can turn your Geminian hand or mind to.
Astrological Mercury reminds me of tofu because picks up the flavors of its contacts. Mercury’s ‘tofu principle’ helps makes propaganda and mind control possible in our dualistic world along with Mercury’s rulership of our senses.
Thinking, the thought processes (re-thinking one’s choice may be popular on Tuesday), and style of oration also fall within Mercury’s purview so there are obvious links to 2008′s almost endless going going gone primary season during which highly trained and vetted candidates usually have managed to direct the topic du jour as best they’d been taught.
And they have appeared on TV and promotionally posed for as many charming snoot shots as their handlers could schedule for the cameras. (Scheduling–also a Mercurial past time.)
We know that elections held when Mercury is Rx are surprising if there aren’t do-overs or recounts in some way, or sneaky tricks (including hacking) whether uncovered or not. Having no ride to the voting booth also describes a Rx Mercury period.
So if you’re interested, you’ll find more details, chart included, on June 3rd’s New Moon by clicking the link below, with notes on the significance of a ’Super Moon’ in case you’ve forgotten:
This New Moon perfects just as three Fixed Stars of some report shine at Midheaven, the most public point in any chart (Career, Social or Public Status, and Aspirations and Goals.)
These 3 Stars culminating over the White House at the New Moon are:
Alhena, ‘to have a mission,’ Canopus, ‘A Pathfinder’ or “Navigator;’ and Sirius, ‘The Scorcher’ (will McClellan’s ‘scorching’ critique of the Bush White House still be on everyone’s minds Tuesday? Hey! Mercury is Rx…will books be returned to book stores everywhere? Of course, McClellan’s book may be considered a re-thinking on his part of the the Bush adm’s actions leading up to their ill-advised war.)
Sirius as goddess lies deep within esoteric Egyptian star lore and within the founding of our nation. ‘The Dog Star’ is the barking dog archetype expressing itself as ’The Announcer’ so we may assume that America has an announcing role in the world–announcing the New World Order as some (including this grumpy astrologer) say. Or perhaps I should say, warning of intent.
Canopus has been used in Arabia as the South Pole Star for navigating purposes and was aka The Bright One or The Wise One. Being very bright (the Alpha Star of Carina), Canopus was considered the South Pole Star by many cultures. Another name for this Star: the Heavy-Weighing Canopus because it was considered the weight at the end of the plumb line used to define the poles.
Alhena (Gamma Gemini) is a Star of movement and determination and in Arabia was called, The Proudly Marching One. Having ‘a cause for which you will march’ is part of Alhena’s lore as marches and protests (which are happening in Washington today outside the Dems’ Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting about FL and M’s well-orchestrated primary-rescheduling naughtiness) are on the rise and in the news.
(Star details: Brady’s ‘Fixed Stars.’)
The Dem meeting and DNC “Unity” Dinner this weekend are shaded within the dark of the Balsamic Moon (just before a New Moon) so we may never know what really transpired within their thinking and discussions (which makes me wonder what the waning Republican Party’s bosses are up to in the meantime.) Yes, Dem muckedy mucks are discussing the sassy ‘re-scheduling’ of FL and MI primaries–astrologically quite appropriate!
Well, I don’t know if a balm of calm will be meted out from this New Moon although some political decisions must be made in the next few days. Will this Super Moon’s superdelegates ‘re-consider’ their backing of Clinton for Obama’s sake? Will political quakes follow?
How soothing the outcomes will be remains to be seen as the Moon’s rays grow in strength and intensity toward the Full Moon of June 18th to reveal more fully the path America now treads so precariously.