AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.

Manilius, ASTRONOMICA book 4

The Ram, who is rich with an abundance of fleecy wool and, when shorn of this, with a fresh supply, will ever cherish hopes; he will rise from the sudden shipwreck of his affairs to abundant wealth only to meet with a fall, and his desires will lead him to disaster; he will yield his produce for the common benefit, the fleece which by a thousand crafts gives birth to different forms of gain, now workers pile into heaps the undressed wool, now card it, now draw it into a tenuous thread, now weave the threads to form webs, and now they buy and sell for gain garments of every kind; no nation could dispense with these, even without indulgence in luxury. So important is this work that Pallas herself has claimed it for her own hands, of which she has judged it worthy, and deems her victory over Arachne a token of her greatness.

These are the callings and allied crafts that the Ram will decree for those born under his sign: in an anxious breast he will fashion a diffident heart that ever yearns to commend itself by its own praise. When the Ram emerges above the surface of the waves (rising) and the curve of his neck appears before his horns, he will give birth to hearts that are never content with what is theirs; he will engender minds bent on plunder and will banish all sense of shame: such is their desire for venture.

Even thus does the ram himself rush forth with lowered horns, resolved to win or die. Not for them the gentle ease of a fixed abode with none but peaceful cares; it is ever their delight to travel through unknown cities, to explore uncharted seas, and enjoy the whole world’s hospitality. The Ram himself gives you evidence of this: once furrowing a trail through the glassy sea, he tinged it with the gold of his fleece, when on his back he carried Phrixus, bereft of his sister (Helle) by fate’s decree, and brought him to the banks of the Phasis and to Colchis

SUN IN ARIES: Apr 16 – May 14

Aries, the last of the twelve zodiacal constellations, is aptly depicted on ancient Egyptian star maps as a reposing ram… We find that on the zodiac in the Ptolemaic Temple of Khnum at Essneh (September 26, 137 B.C.) and on the two zodiacs in the Temples of Hathor and Osiris at Denderah (April 17, A.D. 17), Aries is represented by a “ram couchant,” that is, in a state of repose or sleep with Aten, the disc of the Sun, above him. It is the only zodiacal constellation so represented, and in Egyptian symbolism, signified sunset, thus identifying Aries with the descendant or cusp of the 7th house…

As to the dominion of the 7th House, the Arabian astrologers, Aedila, Alcabitius, and Morbecca, as well as all the noteworthy medieval writers, concur that it is the house of war, battle, strife, enmity, duels, encounters with thieves, lawsuits, pleas fines, and all contentions; oppositions, contrariness, and things opposed, agreeing with the influence of warlike Aries. But since the Greeks, astrologically speaking ‘turned the zodiac upside-down,’ putting Libra on the cusp of the 7th house, the latter has become the house of marriage, unions, partner in marriage, because the rule of Libra is Venus. This is just one instance of the many glaring contradictions abounding in astrology which must be resolved by astrologers before any real headway can be made in the science – if science it is!…

The characters of those who have the SUN IN ARIES at birth will naturally bear the influence of its diurnal ruler Mars, and the Sun which is exalted in the 19th degree. (Schematicism suggests that Pluto is its true ruler.) It is common knowledge among astrologers that combinations of those two positive bodies produce the most aggressive and dominant of all characters. Mars bestows a lust for power, force, violence and conquest, whereas the Sun when illuminating the angles (ego) makes for ambition and gives a craving for recognition, supremacy, fame and leadership, and a yearning to occupy the most exalted position in the state.

In short, Aries typifies the director, boss, manager, captain, governor, overseer, foreman, shop-steward, sergeant-major and, in general, all those who exercise a position of authority or command over others. In the sphere of power politics, the Arien is in his element. Many of the world’s outstanding dictators, protectors, autocrats, tyrants and despots of history will be found to have the Sun in his sidereal Aries at birth. However, few or none has been found to have it in the purely tropical Aries, Prince Bismarck being a notable exception. Restive is the Arien who is subservient to another.

As the Sun, symbol of the ego, is exalted in this constellation, natives are, generally speaking, egocentric, proud, imperious, intolerant of rivalry or competition, and they will seldom or ever admit a mistake. Highly censorious of their fellow human beings, they resent the slightest criticism of themselves, and, although they may forgive, they will never forget an injury, and all too infrequently seek to avenge it sooner or later; like the other two fiery signs, they are as proud as Lucifer himself.

The word ‘humility’ will not be found in their lexicon. In their climb to power, some will ruthlessly liquidate anyone who stands in their way. Such undeveloped Ariens put ‘self’ first and foremost and not a few become megalomaniacs. On the other hand, when compassion puts self-interest to flight, this constellation can produce a Buddha – the flower of humanity.

So Aries holds enormous potentialities for good and evil, all dependent on how far the intelligence of the individual is unrestricted. But the undeveloped Arien is an idealist, and it is in the pursuit of an ideal – which is merely an idea – that terrible havoc can be wrought, for all ideals are an escape from reality. The present world chaos is the result of conflicting ideologists. Tending to hold extreme views on life, and for the most part unencumbered with sentiment, the diehards among the Ariens can readily produce to their own satisfaction, panaceas for all human ills.

Not a few of them are of the opinion that many sociological problems can be solved at a stroke, to the betterment of the race, if the insane, incurable, aged and criminal class, generally, were painlessly exterminated.

The average Arien is dictatorial, brusque in speech, obstinate and domineering, but withal, fitfully lazy, and, as suits is symbol of the reposing ram, he finds it difficult to bestir himself from bed in the morning. Indeed, much of his vacation is spent between the sheets. Ariens dislike all manual work and like to be waited on, hand and foot. They are not particularly dextrous with tools, nor do they like being in the kitchen, and, in the company of those who are physically, socially or intellectually their superior, they are ill at ease. They have a horror of betraying their ignorance to other people. For this reason, they chose as their companions, those less favorably placed in these respects.

The militarism of Aries is different from that of Scorpio, being more akin to the influence of Pluto, which leads one to surmise that Pluto – and not Mars is the true ruler of this constellation. Whilst the Scorpion will lead his men into the teeth of the battle, regardless of personal risk, the Arien, who is terrified of death or physical injury, prefers to direct operations from a safe distance behind the lines, well protected in an armored train, and with an air umbrella overhead.

Unless the Sun is afflicted by the malefics, the Arien will be found to be scrupulously honest in all his financial dealings, and he expects the same high fidelity from others. Having a horror of debt, he meets all his fiscal obligations promptly and, as far as possible, avoids running up accounts. Thrifty by nature, and inclined to save, nevertheless, when the mood seizes him, can be quite lavish in expenditure. But, should he think he has been cheated, even by only a trivial amount, his indignation knows no bounds. In all business transactions, he is motivated by a marked sense of fair play; he also expects other to meet him on the same level.

Scroungers, exploiters, confidence tricksters, and beggars are anathema to him, yet only too frequently he falls foul of their artful meshes. Punctual in all his assignments, he is highly impatient when obliged to wait for others. When in reduced circumstances, he is usually too proud to seek assistance of charity, preferring to be poor and independent than rich and subservient to others.

Among those born with the Sun in Aries, mention may be made of the following: Catherine De Medici, Adolf Hitler, Catherine The Great Of Russia, Oliver Cromwell, Rudolf Hess, Ulysses S. Grant, Saddam Hussien, Machiavelli, Lenin, Karl Marx, Robespierre, Vladimir Zhirinousky, Napoleon, Napoleon Iii, Charlemagne, Tito, Rudolph Hess, Hirohito Of Japan, Mahomet, Henri II, Earl of Rochester, Admiral von Raeder, Petain, Phillip III, Harry (Give ‘Em Hell!) Truman, Queen Juliana, Queen Elizabeth II, Alexander II of Russia, General Boulanger, Ribbentrop, Earl of Stafford, Dr. Benes, Louis XI, Edward II, Joe Lewis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Willie Mays, Florence Nightingale, Anatole France, Ovid, Leonardi da Vinci, Marconi, William Harvey, Freud, Charlie Chaplin, Teilhard de Chardin, Krishnamurti, Brahms, Dali, Raphael, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Peter Ustinov, Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Maclane, Julie Christy, Henry James, J. P. Morgan.

(Fagan, Symbolism)

Signifying the soft, sensuous, meek, timid, yielding, tender, diffident and effeminate elements in human nature, the Moon acquires a certain strength and alacrity of disposition when in Aries; a sign not otherwise congenial to her supine inclination. Therein she is, erotically, easily and quickly excited, and impatient for immediate gratification, and which is, moreover rarely protracted. In both the sexes, her activity in this connection is, even in the course of a single day, quite phenomenal… those who have the Moon therein find it usually difficult to be faithful, and, if the Moon be angular, they tend to succumb easily to temptation, without any apparent show of resistance.

…Always occupied, they rarely relax or take a rest. The advancing years still find them useful members of the community. But in extreme cases, they maybe found to be a little too restless, tending in some cases, to want to change their residence at the slightest whim, an often several times in the course of the year! In company, they find it hard to sit still, jumping up every few minutes to be of some service or other, and as youngsters, they are inclined to squirm so much in bed, that the condition of the bed-clothes in the morning presents a sorry sight.

When occupied, they give their complete attention to the work in hand, resisting all distractions. In the face of domestic or other tragedy, they prefer, there and then, to do something practical, rather than give vent to useless sentiment. It is for this reason that they are often unjustly accused of being unsympathetic. Their vivid imagination works overtime and always fears the worst, so that when the children do not return home from school punctually the distracted Moon-in-Aries parent will go out immediately, without prior consideration, to seek them.


On the whole, then, the character of ARIES is derived…from the rulership of Mars, but not very much from the symbol of the Ram. This is the sign of the dictator, the most political of the constellations, often full of energy and decision, with a strong and at times overbearing personality, sometimes generous and unreliable, capriciously changing and yet thinking it was right all the time.

The Arien enjoys wielding power and imposing his will, and expects to be waited on. Often he suffers from pride, but this vice has its correlative virtue, for he hates to be under an obligation. This makes him extremely scrupulous over money, occasionally too much so; he is not extravagant and always repays a debt. On the other hand no one has ever helped him to his present position; he likes to think he is completely self-sufficient and independent, so he only adopts other people’s ideas when he can take credit for them.

Similarly, he does not forgive those who have obstructed his path. No constellation is so unaware of the feelings of others, none more persistently mistakes obstinacy (a defensive weakness) for strength of character, and he even tries at time to enhance his importance by being contrary. Not for nothing is Aries opposite to Libra, the sign of harmonious relation and compromise.

Present-day astrologers seem to find this the most difficult of all constellations to praise; yet it is hard to believe that its natives are any more unpleasant than any others, although its virtues are more apparent under difficulties than in time of peace. It has great resistance to tyranny and will stand up bravely for its rights…. it may be lazy and unprogressive in its ideas. It can appear strong- willed, but this only means, with most people, to be in the grip of an inner urge, the so-called will being only the dominant desire. Aries often imagines there is some merit in getting one’s own way, whereas the more one does so, the more public blunders does one make. Hitler was an example.

In manner the Arien is straightforward and direct; he calls a spade by its name, is very punctual, hates to be kept waiting and yet is said to be bad at early rising. Being restless and impatient he is not well suited to scientific or administrative work, and may fail in marriage through lack of imagination or not making allowances. But he is generous to his friends and gives himself fully to any cause that he undertakes, not suffering much from indecision.

Of the famous characters by far the largest number are dominant political personalities. St. Francis Xavier has been included with these because converting people is a political rather than a religious activity; the main object is usually to extend ecclesiastical authority. Of the artists Charlotte Bronte is the most typical, for the defiant manner of her poems; she exemplifies how the Arien is true to himself and to his inspiration–as of course everyone should be.

Charlie Chaplin is another good example of this; he had enormous difficulty to establish himself. Like Freud, Brahms and some of the others, Dealcroix was an innovator who laid the foundations of impressionism, and though at the moment not quite so famous yet a far great painter than Dali, who might be thought to be merely putting his personality over.

One of the most amusing examples of Aries is Florence Nightingale (born 12 May 1820), who spent half her life in bed, just as Aries is represented lying down, and yet contrived to make such a nuisance of herself that she achieved a place in history as a great innovator. The curious thing is that Aries, metaphorically speaking, does not take things lying down. One of the most important Ariens was Macchiavelli, who worked out the theory of how a ruler should control the state to his own advantage–but without meaning (as people so often suppose) that authoritarianism is either desirable or inevitable. He showed how the thing should be done, if it must be done. Hitler and Lenin were his scholars, Ariens both.

Sidereal Aries In Depth

Being born in Sidereal Aries you are an essentially positive restless and idealistic character. Always ready to move on to the next thing you display a degree of energy and drive that fills your life with considerable excitement. Your super abundant energy is the envy of your friends and enemies alike. You despise everything common ordinary and mediocre. Life is an opportunity to explore new possibilities to pioneer something new and excel in it.

When young your instincts may encourage you to enter athletics police work or the military. You can easily rise to the top of these or any chosen trade or profession that requires real stamina, drive and determination. You will find the dull routine and boring side of any occupations hard to bear and will in all probability be found bucking the system and trying to change the way things are done, for the better.

You are formidable in any fight or argument and will stand your ground under the severest fire. Intellectual Aries are found at the top of large organizations and institutions. Where they can be heard saying things like “Life is war”.

You often smile somewhat mischievously when you say things like this.
No matter what your current life circumstances may be, you think big and free. If your impatience with the system gets the better of you then you will be found self employed with a valuable skill, or running your own business. In love you are super idealistic and romantic with exceptionally strong passions and capacity for physical intimacy. You like a partner that you can do things with and you like to conspire to conquer the world together. Spiritual life is important to you provided it does not involve anything vague tricky or unsure.

Your spiritual inclinations are idealistic and demanding of certainty. You need to be able to easily defend your spiritual convictions in a debate. There is some danger of fanaticism and a tendency to push your views on others. Also you may embrace a belief system simply because it is revolutionary. You can be seduced by political and spiritual ideologies that promise to save the world. With the Sun exalted in your chart you are determined to change the world, if Mars is also exalted or well positioned you might just succeed.

It is in your fate to see many of the things you aspire to and try to achieve either not measure up to your expectations or unravel altogether. In consternation and despair you will see those around you choose the ordinary, the safe and boringly secure. You will feel betrayed by their lack of faith and vision. But nothing will stop you from aspiring to the ideal and trying to change the world for the better.

The fiery Idealism of Aries is its central strength and also source of its Undoing. As ruler of the Archetypal 12th Star House Aries the exaltation of the Sun quickens all who enter it into a more intensified life. Mars in Aries is highly active impatient and intent upon getting things done as quickly as possible.

The true Idealist is naturally able to understand how any situation, way of doing things, or institution, can be improved and made more ideal. Any Planet that is positioned in or passing through the 12th house is subjected to a highly intense process of transformation. Anything that is not Ideal in that planets natal make up or its aspects will become ‘undone’ in the 12th Star House. Surely this is a good thing.

The deep impulse and demand that life obey an Ideal vision escalates and quickens the karmic process that we find unfolding in the 6th Archetypal Starhouse Libra. The Cardinal-focused action-Starhouses Aries 12th Cancer 3rd Libra 6th and Capricorn 9th are all Cadent Starhouses which is to say that here is where the end results of karmic processes appear for good or ill depending on the kind and quality of that karma. Anything that is not attuned to the Sun, which is to say the Higher Self, is quickened and purified in the Ideal Cardinal Fire of Aries.

Aries and the 12th Starhouse is without a doubt the detriment of Venus-Mercury in the sense that this twofold Planet is consumed and transformed at such fiery intensity that the Native is obliged to act first and think later in all situations. Where the Venus side is influenced by Aries the Native is highly romantic, passionate, impulsive, idealistic and usually lacking all forethought and prudence in their romantic affairs. These events unfold in such a way as to convince the Native that they are fated to them. These ardent feelings in the chart of an Artist will inspire the most wonderful creations. Where the Mercury side of the twofold Mercury-Venus planet is uppermost in Aries the Native will be highly aggressive if limited intellectually.

MARS, means you seize the initiative. Energy is up and a search for adventure ensues. You are brash, rash, and rush in where angels fear to tread. You are ready to participate in the life around you, and you have an eagle eye out for your own interests. Any provocation you offer may be returned in kind, so do be careful what you do and say. You are intolerant of other’s foibles. Emotionally you can be high strung, irritable, testy. Something or someone may really get you angry, since you are laboring under the stress of a short temper and feel the need to let off steam.
Exercise, movement and flexing your muscles both figuratively and literally in constructive ways is called for.

Take action on previously planned projects, sports, or any activity that gets you moving, but be careful not to burn yourself out. Caution with tools or machinery is needed as tenseness or nervousness can make you careless at just the wrong moment. The connection between Mars and machines is acutely illustrated in the phenomenon of “Road Rage”. With Mars, your reaction to affairs can get irritating and perhaps a bit explosive. Great physical activity is indicated, expressed in housecleaning, furniture moving, painting, extensive home repairs, and other heavy household jobs. Relations with parents or a spouse can be quite tense.

Guard against outbursts of impatience, temper and emotional agitation. Because Martian mishaps are usually the result of “too much, too fast” on the part of the individual concerned, try to slow yourself down in order to avoid them. Mars can precipitate clashes that could lead to break-ups or temporary separations, brought about in the heat of anger rather than through considered reasoning… Another usual form of Martian expression is through possible attacks from germs, e.g., virus, cold, fever, etc., or even pests from the insect world. Mars often manages to get your adrenalin flowing in a big way. Mars calls for action, excitement, aggression, and you are usually presented with circumstance to fill the bill, or you present the reaction and change the circumstance.



AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.

Manilius, ASTRONOMICA book 4

The folk engendered by the two Fishes, the last of the signs, will possess a love of the sea; they will entrust their lives to the deep, will provide ships or gear for ships and everything that the sea requires for activity connected with it. The consequent skills are numberless: so many are the components of even a small ship that there are scarcely enough names for things. There is also the art of navigation, which has reached out to the stars and binds the sea to heaven. The pilot must have sound knowledge of the earth, its rivers and havens, its climate and winds; how on the one hand to ply the mobile helm this way and that, and brake the ship and spread apart the waves, and how on the other to drive the ship by rowing and to feather the lingering blades. The Fishes further impart to their son the desire to sweep tranquil waters with dragnets and to display on shores which are their own the captive peoples of the deep, either by hiding the hook within the bait or the guile within the wheel. Naval warfare too is of their gift, battles afloat, and bloodstained waves at sea. The children of this sign are endowed with fertile offspring, a friendly disposition, swiftness of movement, and lives in which everything is ever apt to change.

SUN IN PISCES: Mar 15 – Apr 15

The exaltation of Venus (27 deg), Piscis is traditionally said to be the nocturnal house of Jupiter, but here again its characteristics seem more to resemble the influence of Neptune with its insatiable love of sensation and pleasure, its sedulous avoidance of all responsibility, [although these would also indicate Venus] and its attraction for mystery and concealment. The constellation Pisces is the antithesis ofits opposite Virgo which is ruled by the winged Mercury. The most characteristic features of the average Piscean is his placid, easy-going, unruffled, resilient and ingratiating disposition.

Piscean people will welcome strangers with open arms, pat them on the back and make an extraordinary fuss over them as if they were their most cherished friends whom they had known all their lives. And if one does detect a roguish glint in their eyes, one feels they are, at least lovable ‘humbugs,’ so one does not mind being taken in or fleeced by them. No other types are more expert in the art of cajoling, dodging, deceiving and make-believe. They know how to affect an air of injured innocence, and with a twinkle in the eye, pout their lips and shrug their shoulders.

The scions of Pisces like to entertain on a vast scale and indulge their epicurean and sybaritic tastes to the full. They delight in the choice delicacies of the table and the produce of the purple vine. In conversation they are voluble but entertaining, and in business they like to obtain their money in the easiest way possible, and with a minimum of effort. Not infrequently their income is replenished by gambling on the stock exchange or in games of chance.

They absorb knowledge without much difficulty and are adroit in juggling figures to the confusion of business opponents. Bohemian in temperament, they are attracted by all that is theatrical, glamorous, fantastic, colorful, foreign, exotic, mysterious and deceptive. Occultism and spiritualism have a particular attraction for them, and many scions of this constellation develop into mediums.

As we cannot all be geniuses and as it takes a genius to be just oneself, many Pisceans take the easy way out by being other people. Excelling as actors and as mimics, most of them are just pale editions of somebody else. As surprising number of actors, movie and TV stars were born when the Sun was passing through this constellation. They like to venture into foreign lands and explore the unknown, and they delight in thrillers and gangster stories. Oddly enough, they excel in athletics and sports generally. Piscian women make good cooks, nurses and above all, midwives.

Representative are: Paul Verlain, Emile Zola, Algernon Swinburne, Baudelaire, Washington Irving, Ibsen, Tennessee Williams, Amerigo Vespucci, Henry the Navigator, Lorenzo the Magnificent, Dr. Livingstone, Lady Hester Stanhope, Sir Richard Burton, Harry Houdini, D. D. Home (spiritualist), Adolphe Eichmann, George Brent, St Aloysius Conzaga, General Booth, Theresa Neumann, Albert Einstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Vincent van Gogh, Arturo Toscanini, Rimsky-Korsakov, Bach, Joseph Haydn, Johann Strauss, Bartok, Alec Guinness, Marlon Brando, Michael Caine, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Smiley Burnette, Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy, Betty Davis.

Fagan, (Symbolism)

The craving for subtle sensation distinguishes the psyche of those born when the Moon is in the constellation Pisces. These sensations may be so subtle as not to be obvious to the casual observer, or they may be so quickly cloaked as to escape the most discerning detection. Many celibates in “Holy Orders” having the Moon in this constellation find adequate satisfaction in “Spiritual Communion,” while pious women, being mindful of ‘the sins of the flesh’ treat their marriage as a sacrament in the real, religious sense of the term.

But those who are not influenced by religious fervor may demand of the act of union more than the partner suspects or is capable of giving. Craving and concealment go hand in hand. A “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde” sort of existence is not unknown to those who have the Moon in Pisces at birth. The writer knows many cases.

A typical one is that of a woman who married a rich man many years older than herself; he was also incapable of satisfying her. So, unknown to him and disguised as a common ‘woman of the streets,’ she used to frequent the public house of a neighboring shipping port, where sailors resort, but where she was unknown. At her birth, the Moon in Pisces had culminated. Also indulgence in acts of sadism or masochism are not uncommon.

Moon-in-Pisces folk appear to make excellent physical mediums, healers and sympathisers; they are adroit in the art of ‘laying on of the hands’ and the like, for they are very psychic. But here the native must be on his guard, as Pisces contains great possibilities for self-deception.


Pisces more typically resembles ‘the average sensual man’; it is we are told, placid, hedonistic, not difficult to please, always looking for enjoyment, a bit of a humbug and not entirely reliable, but essentially kind and good-natured; weak-willed and easy-going, but generous and quickly taken up with the sensation of the moment. Not independent and often difficult to rouse, they are talkative, fond of eating and drinking, devoted to entertainment, parties, theatricals, and amusements.

Many of them are always looking for the easy way out, so work does not appeal to them as such; yet many do work hard whenthey are intelligent enough to understand the need for it, for they are exceptionally adaptable and versatile, and once interested in a job will take great trouble to make it a success. Unlike the restrained but kindly Aquarius, Pisces can be affable but vulgar, and can also be snobbish or too much interested in money. Pleasant to meet but sometimes tricky to do business with, they are yet people against whom it is hard to bear a grudge.

The genial and pleasure-loving temperament agrees well with the rulership of Jupiter, but equally well with that of Neptune, for Neptunians love violent emotions, especially if they are unreal. The supreme Neptunian, born with it on the midheaven, was the notorious rector of Stiffkey, who, having been mauled by a lion in the circus where he exhibited himself, died murmuring, “Don’t miss the evening edition!”

Pisces is always looking for something beyond, perhaps for the reality behind appearances, and therefore has a particular affinity for the arts, religion and exploration. This too agrees with the rulership of Neptune. He feels an invincible attraction to the remote, and that is the common factor between its astronomers, its explorers, its poets, mystics, spiritualists and philosophers–between especially Bishop Berkeley and Einstein, Lady Hester Stanhope and D. D. Home.

Wordsworth’s ‘trailing clouds of glory’ express the same yearning as was felt by Omar Khayyam and Swinburne. Houdini, the handcuff king, was very suitably a Piscean, and so was Casanova, to whom every skirt was a mysterious romance. Holman Hunt exemplifies the travelling urge because he went all the way to Palestine to paint ‘The Scapegoat,’ which he could have quite well done in his back garden. On the other hand there are two members of the list who seem peculiarly unsuitable to Pisces–the hard clarity of Bach and the rationalism of Descartes.

Presumably neither was born with Pisces rising! Both exemplify the importance of ultimate meaning, which is what Pisces, like the rest of us, is after; but neither was content with the remote intimations which are usual with this sign; both must have had Saturn, exceptionally strong.

For Pisces, even more than Cancer, lives a succession of fantasies; hence his outward life may degenerate into an undisciplined chaos, and sometimes he honestly does not know the difference between imagination and fact. A superb example of this was the financier Horatio Bottomley, who never drank anything but champagne, ruined thousands of small investors and doubtless believed every word he heard come out of his own mouth. His biography is a fine example of the illusions that arise when Pisces and Neptune are pushed to the farthest possible extreme–he had Neptune setting in conjunction with the Sun.

Pisceans dislike taking decisions and making distinctions—they prefer to leave everything fluid and trust to luck. They are ingratiating and resilient, but tend to excess, especially in self-indulgence. They are often credulous and undiscriminating; hence they are easily misled and bamboozled, not so much by political ramps—not having too much sense of responsibility they can ignore those–as by unfounded scares, bogus ‘opportunities,’ and too much attention to fortune-tellers and spirit communications.

They love everything mysterious, glamorous, exotic, and sybaritic, but they also have gift for making contacts in many directions, hence they succeed in all professions requiring publicity and imagination, such as journalism, the cinema or theatre, politics and the arts. The Piscean mentality is well expressed in the poets Swinburne and Omar Khayyam, and especially in George Russell (‘AE’), whose works abound in such lines as the following:

When the breath of twilight blows to flame the misty skies,
All its vaporous sapphire, violet glow, and silver gleam
With their magic flood me through the gateways of the eyes;
I am one with the twilight’s dream.

Sidereal Pisces In Depth

We are now living in the Age of Pisces which began in 221.C.E. and will end in the year 2376. C.E.

There is of course an essential you hidden in the silence of your heart and at the back of your mind. Changes moods transformations flights of imagination and shape shifts fill your days and nights. An extremely vivid dreamer you live in the world of imagination and speculation. You alternate between the feeling of absolute solitude and the experience of complete self-forgetting as you blend into and become absorbed by your company and environment. You can make yourself highly agreeable to others by effortlessly turning into them!

Worlds upon worlds open up before you and within you as do abilities talents and interests. So many possibilities exist for you that you may fail to develop any of them beyond a superficial level. In this way you may drift through your youth and fail to fulfill any of the conspicuous potential that others admire so much.

Being multitalented you may pursue almost any line of work or occupation but your strong suits are art music design film and education. You love to spend freely and do not really mind whose money you are spending, your friends tend not to mind this as you are a very generous person.
Because you like to move freely and easily in the world you may dedicate yourself to accumulating a financial fortune. Being restless you are likely to travel a great deal.

You love novelty and change and will own and discard a vast array of gizmos and devices in the course of your life. Once you decide that you want something say a new computer car or boat nothing will do until you have it. You will even go into serious debt to get it. But a short time after you have it you start to notice all the things that are wrong with it. Then you exchange that thing or get rid of it all together. Shortly thereafter you want it back and wish you had kept it, but it is no longer available, or getting it back is going to be an excruciating hassle.You become extremely alert to the return policy of the retailers and suppliers you do business with.

Ultimately, no person, no event, no experience, can make a deep or lasting enough impression on you while it is happening for it to endure. And this is why you are always ready for something new. It’s just the same with people as it is with things. You start to admire some romantic interest and you build that person up to monumental proportions in your imagination. You pursue them with your considerable powers of shape shifting seduction until they let you into their life.

What you really want is never exactly clear though you will say anything and your pillow talk is quite fantastic. An amazing psychic aura develops, you can read each others minds, you are both in the same mood all the time and go through exactly the same mood changes. You feel exactly the same emotion when you listen to music together. Your favorite food and drink is the same and if you do drugs together its just so deep that it defies description but you both really get it. And the sex is just so sensitive intense and prolonged that it turns into a mystical experience.

You tell each other all your deepest secrets and say all those tender terrible unspoken things that you have never been able to say to anyone before. You stay awake all night planning your spectacular future together. You move in together. You make appearances around town with your new love and the whole thing is a huge success. The love affair has filled you with creative juice and new ideas you become immersed in wonderful creative projects.

Now that your energies are going to all these different places your relationship interest begins to subtly wane and pretty soon you are neglecting your significant other because you are totally involved with other things other people. Hardly surprising given how complicated you and your amazing life have always been.

In all probability only one of you two lovers, is Pisces, in which case the not Pisces who has been taking all this for real and staking their life on it is going to get really hurt. Unless it is a Virgo, Scorpio or Sagittarian who is just playing it and sport sexing you? If you have a lot of money even the Virgo means it. But after months of neglect and increasingly unhappy arguments your newfound soul mate starts to see someone else and the whole thing is over. At first you are horrified but then relieved, more relieved than horrified.

In principle this is how you live your life on all levels. You just don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. You live a lot of your life through a rear view mirror. Because of the exaggerated nature of your life events it is very difficult for you to be present. Of course the only way to be fully present is to abandon all pretense and make believe. You begin to miss your ex-beloved something agonizing. You get melodramatically nostalgic and start looking at all those wonderful photographs missing your lost love and then there is all the sudden guilt and self-recrimination. Probably you get drunk and have a really good cry.

You start hearing about the exploits and great time your ex-beloved is having with their new partner. This drives you crazy. And now you will go into overdrive to get your ex-beloved back. If it doesn’t work and turns into a humiliating hassle you persist for a while, after all don’t you deserve to be humiliated and have to grovel a bit? But if after you have groveled and sent flowers showers of emails and voice mails and even done some disturbingly exciting stalking, your ex-beloved doesn’t start to come around, then and only then do you start to level with your friends and describe all the faults and shortcomings of your ex-beloved. And so it goes. You have already started to think of someone else….

You can be devoutly religious and prayerful. Being a psychological sadomasochist you have a strong sense of sin punishment and forgiveness. If you are too brainy to swallow religion whole then you join the new church of psychologism and can develop the most amazing and intricate narratives to explain your extraordinary existence. If you are too intelligent to fall for psychologism you become a real mystic and can even end up a saint. It was that great mystic Blake who said (by now it’s a cliché but it really applies to you) “The path of excess leads to the temple of wisdom”.

The self of the human individual has grown progressively more receptive, psychic and logical, as a process of personal evolution. The modern human being admires the expansive, generous, positive and intelligent personality. As language has become more abstract, people find that the formal meaning of what someone is saying is only half of what they mean. Pisces is a dual sign. The other half of language is a form of inner listening, which involves a psychic faculty of hearing. This condition is so universal and everywhere the case that most people do not realize that the self listens with a psychic faculty to all of the subtle nuances of voice, mood and vibration coming from the other person.

The progressive receptivity to personalities of all races and cultures is due to the progress of the constellation Pisces into the 1st house of the chart. When Jupiter is well placed in the chart, the native is able to develop the self to a very high degree. The modern cycles of personal development fashions have everything to do with the transits of Jupiter through the Zodiac. Going back to Dale Carnegie’s “How to Make Friends and Influence People” and to more recent self-help books read by millions at a time, we see the Jupiter-ruled influences of the first house.

With the steady unfolding of the mutable water qualities of Pisces in the 1st house, people are increasingly inclined to reject “labels” and insist on the self’s right to change and adapt to circumstances. Peoples’ personalities have become highly changeable and, interestingly enough, people catalyze personal change through self-improvement workshops or through some kind of philosophical or religious conversion.

This need for change extends to the vast numbers of people who travel for personal pleasure, education or out of personal curiosity about foreign countries. The North American and European continents have highly transient populations. In fact, on a world scale, we see millions of people move to another country every year.



AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.

Manilius, ASTRONOMICA book 4

The youthful Waterman, who from upturned pot pours forth his stream, likewise bestows skills which have affinity with himself: how to divine springs under the ground and conduct them above, to transform the flow of water so as to spray the very stars, to mock the sea with man-made shores at the bidding of luxury, to construct different types of artificial lakes and rivers,” and to support aloft for domestic use streams that come from afar. Beneath this sign there dwell a thousand crafts regulated by water. Why, water will even set in motion the face of heaven and the starry habitations, and will cause the skies to move in a novel rotation. Never will the sons of Aquarius grow tired of the works which come in the wake of water and follow springs. They who issue from this sign are a gentle sort and a lovable breed, and no meanness of heart is theirs; they are prone to suffer losses; and of riches they have neither need nor surfeit. Even thus doth the urn’s stream flow.

SUN IN AQUARIUS: Feb 13 – Mar 14

Traditionally, Aquarius was said to be Saturn’s nocturnal house, and Neptune is exalted, or in its throne in 18 degrees. The characters of those born with the Sun in Aquarius seem more akin to the influence of Uranus than Saturn. In every phase of human endeavor and emotion, Uranus denotes all that is new, fresh, different, wayward, deviated and off the beaten track. The well-known Aquarian genius for inventiveness springs from laziness. Hating to be disturbed from his preoccupation, the scion of Aquarius endeavors to invent all sorts of laborsaving devices that will enable him to quickly get back to his pleasures. The Aquarian is addicted to putting the essential chores off, and then at the very last moment everything is done with much rush and bustle.

To obviate the necessity of tiresome and unnecessary movement, the Aquarian will surround himself with those appliances that are in constant use, keeping reference books and the like within arm’s length. Being creatures of habit, and as it is not convenient when on vacation or when traveling to have all their conveniences around them, they prefer to remain at home. Notwithstanding their reluctance to be disturbed… a considerable amount of traveling can enter the life for one reason or another…

The average Aquarian is serious minded, sensitive and sympathetic. He will listen to any tale of woe with rapt attention and will offer any help or assistance he can, treating everybody as his equal. He takes an abiding interest in the everyday life and is always ready to assist with his advice and skill. He is soft-spoken, affable, apologetic, humorous, well-informed, and is not adverse to helping in the kitchen, garden, or house generally… he is capable without any great effort of pacifying the hysterical, the excited, and the insane, and of evoking reason in them. Always sensible, he is rarely sentimental, effusive or reckless. Even when not richly endowed mentally, he proves most useful with his deft fingers, and has a keen eye to the fitness of things.

Unlike Capricorn, he tends to be longwinded, and his letters, frequently literary masterpieces, are often ponderous, long and involved. This is probably due to Neptune’s exaltation in the constellation. When given to fits of self-pity, which are not infrequent, his letters make plaintive and depressing reading. But unlike his opposite Leo, he is totally devoid of pose and affectation, and will associate with the lowest in the social scale as an equal; paying little or no attention to his appearance, he is unconcerned as to his effect on people. He is the least egoistic of the zodiacal constellations. As the barriers of religious, caste and color have little meaning for the Aquarian, he will often marry one of another race, color or of a different religious persuasion.

His interests cover almost every conceivable subject. Whatever grips his attention he approaches in a new and truly experimental manner, free of the incubus of the past; and he leaves it wholly transformed by the magic of his genius. In science, mathematics, astronomy, biology, medicine, philosophy, and the arts, the scions of Aquarius have won immortality and acclaim. In the Management of big business concerns and like ventures, the Aquarian is in his element, proving to be highly competent and capable. Keeping an eye on his inferiors and being cognizant of their capabilities and weaknesses, he knows how to get the maximum productivity from them, always spurring them on to greater effort. To his superiors he is invariably courteous, respectful and even obsequious and sometimes artfully flattering.

In about 2377 A.D., the vernal equinoctial point will have retrograded into the 30th degree of the constellation Aquarius, when the time known as THE AQUARIAN AGE will technically commence.

The following are representative of Aquarius: Emperor Hadrian, Copernicus (“Nevertheless, it does move!”), Galileo, Tycho Brahe, Le Verrier, Flammarion, Simon Newcomb, Karl Schock, Thomas Edison, Bell, Charles Darwin, Francis Galton, Henry Burton, Dr. Gall, Emile Coue, Cardinal Newman, Schopenhauer, Rudolf Steiner, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Marlowe, Victor Hugo, Longfellow, W. H. Auden, and Vaslav Nijinsky, John Barrymore, Kim Novak, Eileen Farrell, Rex Harrison, Elizabeth Taylor, Edward Albee, Harry Belafonte, Enrico Caruso, Handel, Chopin, Michelangelo, Renoir.

Fagan (Symbolism)

Deviation of the sexual impulse seems to be the most marked characteristic, when the Moon is in the constellation Aquarius, even to the extent of a complete physical change of sex, which is more common in the East than elsewhere. The attractions are wide and considerably varied, and rarely do they conform to normal expectations. Sometimes, the attraction is to woman many years older; and just as frequently the other way round.

There is always something unusual about the mating instinct and the chosen menage. Even in everyday life, those who have the Moon-in-Aquarius tend to be peculiar and difficult to pigeonhole. Frequently self-made men and women, their tastes verge on the peculiar and their imagination inclines to the fantastic or bizarre. They prefer to mingle with ordinary folk, shunning the society of those of their own status, adopting ordinary dress and avoiding publicity. Not a few have married morganatically or consorted with those of humble birth.


AQUARIUS being the sign of the scientist, one sees from this what the scientific temperament was like before science was invented; there is more than a touch of the absentminded professor, who cannot manage a wife and family, although he is much respected for his intelligence.

The vices of Aquarius are not many. He is misunderstood through being insufficiently expressive; he trusts to time and truth to explain themselves, but they are rarely in any hurry. He may also be insufficiently expressive of love. But his virtues include honesty and patience, he takes people and things quite seriously for what they are, without being impressed by pomp and other extraneous considerations. Equally he does not take advantage of his position to impress others.

Aquarius has certain things in common with Capricorn, namely patience, honesty, scrupulousness, and interest in profound thought and a sense of his own weakness compared to others… On the other hand, where Capricorn is like a crystal, Aquarius is like a great crumbling rock; he seems massy and solid and may look it physically, but in fact is easily hurt… sometimes absurdly touchy, but since he does not readily express his feelings one never discovers this until too late.

For the same two reasons, Aquarius is not very good at human relations… Aquarius is touchy, hates to be criticized, weeps easily and tends to nurse grievances. Aquarius is timid, even if not shy, hesitates to commit himself. Though his outlook is in theory broad and impersonal, he is sympathetic to tales of distress in others and will do what he can to help. He ignores barriers of class or race, but does not much care for social life; he neither talks nor smiles easily, and often takes time to express himself, speaking slowly as he gropes for his ideas; so his style can be rather involved.

He is kind, generous, considerate and truthful, but a little slow off the mark. Because the opposite of Leo he is averse from swaggering or extravagance of any kind; his manner is unaffected, he dresses quietly, talks in a gentle voice and is not in the least impressed by grandeur or officialdom. He acts calmly even if radically.

He is often interested in ideas, absorbs them readily, or at least is a great reader. No sign has more inventive genius or scientific ability; he is interested in how things work and how they are made, for like Capricorn, he is intrigued by the mystery of creation and destruction, but… he is more often agnostic than religious. This is the scientific constellation, but that does not prove it to be ruled by Uranus, for forceful and dramatic action in the Uranian style is not much practiced by Aquarians. They are not violent doers, but somewhat reserved, with more humor than they are given credit for, and not infrequently a little apologetic.

Sidereal Aquarius In Depth

Aquarius is the waterman, who stands on high pouring the Etheric “waters” of life into the growing body of humanity. Aquarius is the archetype of the perfected human being, whose nation is Universal Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, status or color.

In the 7th starhouse we discover our experience of other individual beings, through the various states of mutual or antagonistic desire, creating thereby an astral climate into which the yet-to-be-born freely play. The yet-to-be-born are involved in this way with the archetypal triangle and constantly seek to attune the world to their entry into it. The archetypal triangle is in this way manifest in its microcosmic aspect.

The yet-to-be-born, as beings, are overwhelmed by an erotic desire to manifest themselves in the world of physical sensation. The man and woman in the 7th starhouse experience this as yet “invisible” third point in the triangle as a profound desire for each other. Birth, being this overwhelming need for corporeal existence, is indeed a fall out of the spiritual world – with the result that the man and woman fall in love. The love began in the 5th starhouse, receiving there all the higher grace-filled perfection of a romantic mystical longing to consummate the original Osiris and Isis and to bring into creative manifestation the new Osiris and Isis, who are able to love straight through into eternity.

No state on Earth is more hope-filled and ardently creative than this “being in love” that would take all humanity to heaven with it, if it only could. But unfortunately – and by the mysterious impersonal will of the Solar Logos – lovers and the world are in the cycle of rebirths under the Law of Karma, and so before their love can manifest fully in the world it must pass through the total content of the 6th starhouse. In this context we may observe that the 6th rules Karmic relations that must be “worked” upon in this lifetime – in other words “the path of true love never runs smoothly”. Should the mutual love be greater than the activated 6th starhouse content, then all goes well.

The third factor is, of course, the yet-to-be-born, who, at this stage, having joined itself, through the grace-filled love of higher spiritual worlds, with the man and woman in the fifth, is now actively engaged in attuning its family Karma and facing the emotional, spiritual impact of the life to come. The vibration of resolve permeates all aspects of the lovers’ lives and everything between them becomes a matter of moral integrity.

The Venus-Mercury beings in the 6th embody their capacity to co-ordinate their individual lives in such a way that they are in every way more and higher human beings joined than apart and the yet-to-be-born is filled with the longing to make this new lifetime in every way better than the last.
When the resolve has reached the appropriate stage (depending upon the Karma involved) on the part of all three beings, man woman and yet-to-be-born, conception takes place.

The Karma or destiny is a twofold process in time, in as much as the human being, upon realizing itself as an individualized beings, always finds itself with a past or pre-existence and, simultaneously, with a future filled with the psychomagnetic energy of Karma yet to be fulfilled. We can see the 6th house is quite clearly the starhouse of Karmic manifestations, whereas the 8th is the starhouse of Karmic fulfillments.

The 6th is “realism” in every sense of the word; it is where we first discover ourselves as “Being” in the context of a pre-existing world. The 8th is the power and scope of where our Karma carries us to in the wide world, seeking to experience the future, tempered by whatever grain of wisdom is at our disposal. In the 7th starhouse we are the word made flesh, bound together by forces not always under our control. New worlds seek existence in shared creativity.

Every successful marriage or partnership is a force that heals and recreates the surrounding world, becoming a magnetic centre for “family” in the widest sense. The 8th starhouse is that larger shared Karmic content, hence, it also determines the partner’s resources at every level. The quality and magnitude of what may yet be created in mutual accord is determined by the success of the process begun in the 5th. In the 9th, we discover, if the union is mild, a creature of one or two lifetimes of superficial Karmic adjustment, or, if the union is intense and profound, a deep and ancient connection grounded in eternity with many lifetimes behind it, yet ever present.

Aquarian consciousness is ‘pneumatism‘, which, in this context and simply put, means the capacity to enter into conscious relationship with human beings, angels, gods and the Spiritual Sun through the perfection of the “I am” as presence in the world. Aquarius rules the Etheric, [just a simplified term for all life animating energy] the life state immediately above the mineral. A major aspect of Uranian consciousness is the formation of mutually aware etheric relationships. Mankind as the Solar Logos, who is the full perfection of the macrocosmic “I am”, or archetypal human, in the etheric that we meet the being knows it.

In the past, an exemplary 10th starhouse condition meant the sustaining of what had been realized in the beginning. It was an awareness that looked back to a golden age for guidance. Religions, such as, Hinduism, and, with modifications, Islam, have this memorial quality. Buddhism is the full realization of the importance of NOW as a central mode of man’s spiritual being. The Bodhisattvas of compassion were beings vibrant in a humanness freed from the past and unconcerned about the future.

The first phase of Christianity, with its stress upon the second coming, has imparted to humanity the faculty of being able to actively “FUTURE” and focus psychomagnetic forces upon the new. The Aquarian human being will be able to focus all three modes of time simultaneously. Such is the nature of higher mind that it is able at will to be past / present / future in any combination. The truly human being is a body of time. And so at the dawn of the age, an awareness of reincarnation and Karma flourishes in a still somewhat surprised Western World.

As we outgrow the darkling enigma of death, we enter into a transformed experience of time and, thus, gain eternity. There will soon come a time when only individuals responsible to the past, present and future will occupy any position of status or rank in society – individuals whose life work or career will embody the next stage of planetary evolution.



AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.

Manilius, ASTRONOMICA book 4

In her shrine Vesta tends your fires, Capricorn: and from her you derive your skills and callings. For whatever needs fire to function and demands a renewal of flame for its work must be counted as of your domain. To pry for hidden metals, to smelt out riches deposited in the veins of the earth, to fold sure-handed the malleable mass—these skills will come from you, as will aught which is fashioned of silver or gold. That hot furnaces melt iron and bronze, and ovens give to the wheat its final form, will come as gifts from you. You also give a fondness for clothes and wares which dispel the cold, since your lot falls for all time in winter’s season, wherein you shorten the nights you have brought to their greatest length and give birth to a new year by enlarging the daylight hours. Hence comes a restless quality in their lives and a mind, which is often changed and floats this way and that; the first half of the sign is the slave of Venus, and that with guilt involved, but the conjoined fish below promises a more virtuous old age.

SUN IN CAPRICORN: Jan 15 – Feb 12

Capricorn, the horned goat, is the throne of Mars (28 deg) and the diurnal house of Saturn, the two traditional malifics among the planets. It is a curiosity of astrology that more deformed people appear to be born when the Sun is passing through Capricorn than when in any of the other zodiacal constellations, and although many superb geniuses are born under this sign, yet the intelligence of the average Capricorn seems below normal… He finds it difficult to assimilate new conceptions, without their being translated into the framework of his earlier conditioning, thus destroying their essential worth.

Fundamentally, he is a doubter and a pessimist, and he cannot believe that his lot will ever be other than what it is. More at home in the shadows, he evades the glare of publicity. He usually finds his greatest interest in the creations of his lugubrious fantasy, and it is therefore that in the telling of ghost stories or in depicting the weird and uncanny that he is unsurpassed.

More than most, they are attracted to the uncanny and the bizarre and are often found active as magicians, astrologers, occultists, and sexologists, as befits their symbol of the Sabbatical Goat. Probably, the least ambitious of the zodiacal family, the Capricorn will undertake jobs and chores that others mostly shun. At some period of his life, not a few Capricorns suffer extreme humiliation, hardship, neglect, ill treatment, brutality and even abject poverty, the memory of which darkens the rest of their days. As Saturn, Capricorn’s ruling planet, is inimical to the young, their worst time is usually childhood, when they frequently suffer at the hands of their elders. Such memories all too often leave their scars in the form of resentment, callousness to the suffering of others, entire lack of sympathy and compassion, and in extreme cases, even a hatred of humanity at large.

By no means a ‘gad-about,’ a Capricornian will live almost in monastic retirement, or as a recluse, and in the most economical way possible, rigorously denying himself the simplest of social amenities. His clothes are usually somber, old, ill-fitting and often threadbare. Obsessed with the idea of economy, he brings this to bear on every phase of his existence. He makes a severe and exacting husband, and as a father he disciplines harshly. Seldom does he lavish the luxuries of the world on his family.

Abstemious in his eating habits, he often is undernourished and underdeveloped. He abhors waste in any form and is adverse to innovations unless Uranus happens to hold a prominent place in the natal theme. His correspondence is noted for its extreme brevity and clarity of style, often done on postcards. Cheaper to mail! Addicted to the study of serious literature, they also are fond of good music, mainly of the classical variety. Many Capricorns have exceptional talents in this direction.

The average Capricorn is not fond of entertaining or being entertained. When obliged to meet strangers he welcomes them with cold reserve, and keeps his distance; he permits no familiarities, and his handshake is not noted for its vigor or geniality. Rarely does he praise, much less flatter, and seldom does he appear to get enthusiastic about anything; he can hardly be classed as generous or sympathetic. Despite the discomfort associated with old houses, he prefers these, often isolated buildings to modern homes; if a farm is available to him, he likes to potter about in the garden. Capricorns make excellent farmers and can also be found working in real estate, insurance, or as property owners renting out their places. Their investments are usually in gilt-edged securities. This one takes no chances!

Typical of this constellation are: John Gadbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Byron, Robert Burns, Louis Carroll, James Joyce, Jules Verne, Moliere, Havelock Ellis, Charles Dickens, Somerset Maugham, Henry Irving, Havelock Ellis, Titis, Benjamin Franklin, Wilhelm II, Frederick the Great, General Gordon, F.D. Roosevelt, Francis I, Adlai Stevenson, John Ruskin, Francis Bacon, Stonewall Jackson, Martin Luther King, Swedenborg, Jeanne d’Arc, Paul Cezanne, Franz Schubert, Motzart, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Eddie Cantor, Leontyne Price, James Dean, Vanessa Redgrave, Mia Farrow, Babe Ruth, Charles Lindberg.

Fagan, (Symbolism)

According to tradition, the Moon is not happily situated when placedin the summer constellation Capicorn.. Because it was identified with the Greek Satyr and Italian Fauni, the pastoral gods of midsummer, natives of this constellation were presumed to indulge in all forms of sensual pleasure to excess. Rightly or wrongly, the ‘goat’ became the symbol of carnality, and the practice of ‘The Black Arts,” generally. Frequently there is a marked association of ideas between one’s soubriquet (if not one’s personal name), and the symbol of the constellation that contained the Moon at birth.

Thus Joan of Arc’s soubriquet, “The Maid,” finds a fitting association with the constellation Virgo which contained the Moon at birth. Napoleon I was known among his partisans as “The Eagle,” whilst his son, the King of Rome, was known as “The Eaglet,” and at both births the Moon was in the constellation Capricorn which is in juxtaposition to the constellation Aquila, “The Eagle.” To associate the eagle or vulture with Scorpio is a common error, as the “Serpent” is its associated extra zodiacal constellation.

Being ruled by Saturn, Capricorn is an austere and parsimonious constellation, which imposes severe restrictions and hardships on its children. In the exercise of their professions or work, those who have the Moon-in-Capricorn at birth are often called upon to endure many trials, privations and discomfitures. Indeed, they may live a barrack sort of existence, such as soldiers, explorers, excavators and the like. But even when the necessity does not arise, these people by choice, tend to adopt such a mode of living in their private lives, stinting themselves and sometimes their families, in every direction.

Generally speaking, the Moon-in-Capricorn does not object to working, often laboriously, in his studio, laboratory or cabin, and under conditions that would drive others to seek the comfort of their fireside armchairs. Should Saturn configurate the Moon in Capricorn, a tendency to indolence, depression, and even melancholy is not unlikely.


So Capricorn is not gloomy and saturnine, despite the modern textbooks. It may be that his humor and wit were originally developed as a defence against melancholy, but in social life he is gay and friendly, though never effusive; for being the opposite of Cancer, he is very little dependent on the feelings of others. There are of course gloomy Capricornians, especially in youth, but they grow out of it.

This constellation is the typical introvert, determined by its own ideas far more than circumstances. Being ruled by Saturn he is always conscious of his own limitations, has a slightly ascetic tendency, does not expect to enjoy abundance, but tries to be not ungenerous though always feeling that the gods keep him a little short. So though he like to get rid of useless encumbrances, there is little that he feels he can afford to part with.

Capricorn is interested in all profound subjects such as religion and philosophy, and in youth is often too serious, not spontaneous enough, not a good mixer. He does not care to express his real feelings, for he knows when he is not being understood. He is not ambitious, not political (contrary to the modern textbook), and does not bother to show off because he cannot believe that people really want or admire him.

In many ways he is the direct contrary of Sagittarius, for where Sagittarius cannot help enjoying life, Capricorn cannot help thinking it all very uncalled for. Sagittarius hopes for the best while Capricorn prepares for the worst. Sagittarius trusts the generosity of the gods, but Capricorn builds on what he has, expecting from them neither food, money nor luck. He is essentially disillusioned and plans everything accordingly.

Capricorn is the best explainer because his words are few, and also because his instinct is to get down to bedrock and work up from there. This is because Saturn gives neither faith nor hope. If Capricorn has faith, it is the true faith born of experience, not pious trustfulness born of emotional hunger. He is capable of great devotion, great concentration of mind and will on a chosen subject, patient, secretive and far-sighted, but not flamboyant, and gives nothing away.

Economy is an important keyword of Capricorn, not so much in money, for that depends on his circumstances, and he is too self-aware to be deliberately mean, but in energy, words, and effects. He crosses the street at a cross-road to avoid mounting the pavement twice. His letters and speeches are brief and signed with a mere initial. He waits to address a meeting until the more gassy speakers have made their unimportant points, and then penetrates to the heart of the matter with brief elegance.

For his thought seeks the core of whatever subject interests him, and it does seem to be true that more intelligent people are born in the winter, when the Sun is in the Saturnine signs of Capricorn and Aquarius, and next to these the signs of Jupiter, Sagittarius and Pisces. Birth is rarest when the Sun is in Sagittarius, hence that constellation may not equal the other three in numbers of famous names, but Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces are all rich in high intelligences.

The actions of Capricorn are carefully aimed to produce the maximum effect with the minimum effort. In controversy he does not bother to leap to his own defense, but leads the opponent on to commit himself, tempting him to build up a complicated structure of argument; and once he has gone too far to withdraw, Capricorn denies the basic assumption on which the whole structure was founded, and brings it crashing to the ground. Unfortunately this technique requires too much intelligence to be effective in the hands of, or even against, persons who do not know the rules of reasoning, or are too prejudiced to use them. This is why many dogmas, which have been a million times disproved, still go on being ten million times believed….

On the other hand he is not prejudiced in his own favor, hence he is quite capable of changing his views for any operative reason; his self-criticism may in youth be emotional and excessive, but later it has a practical aim. Hence the most typical professions are scholars, thinkers, inventors, musicians, priests, but not as a rule anything to do with young children.

Ideally Capricorn is like a crystal, compact, impervious, brilliant, reduced to the smallest possible space, and having nothing superfluous about it. This is exemplified to perfection in the concise lucidity of Bacon’s Essays, in the pure clarity of Mozart, in the epigrams of Landor and often in the poetry of Yeats, who makes such direct and lapidary statements as:

The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work.

Alex Blaire
Sidereal Capricorn In Depth

A stranger in a strange land you look out into the world clear eyed and free of all illusion. You know that all you really have is yourself your vision, your goal and the determination to get on with it. Others mistake this for ambition, not understanding either your utter inner solitude or your determination to remain self reliant free and independent.

You like to control things situations and people, and you are well used to hearing yourself described as a “control freak”. Because you know who you are you really don’t care what others choose to think of you. What you do care about is having your life work really well. When you find yourself sorting out and imposing order upon the confusion and chaos that others so easily lapse into you notice that they don’t call you a “control freak” then. Or if they do it’s with affection and gratitude.

Endurance is a big word in your lexicon. You are able to walk into a new situation or job and at a glance see who is really who and who is still going to be there in a years time. This is one of the reasons why you so rarely have to fight for what you want. With you it’s all about timing patience and endurance. You don’t suffer fools easily and characteristically you deal with them by ignoring them. And you are so good at this that they rarely even notice. You like to move through the spaces in the world quietly surreptitiously without ever wasting energy or time in pointless encounters or confrontations.

Being essentially cautious you are rarely the first one to adopt a new method or technology, preferring to let others be the experimental test market. Once a new method or technology has proven its worth, you will adopt it, master it and get the best out of it.

Sometimes you appear cold to those who mistake worthless emotionalism and histrionics for true feelings. What you have, you hold, protect and cherish. Your feelings are deep and contained within a determination to keep what is private from the eyes of the merely curious and profane. Profoundly aware of deep spirituality you choose with care those you will discuss these matters with. You see clearly that traditional religion is a cultural and social affair, the embodiment of history, which is why you participate in it.

But authentic spirituality belongs to the few. Mysticism and occultism come naturally to you and you are fearless in these areas. Often you live in a haunted house without mentioning it out of respect for the Ghosts privacy. When you begin to learn how to meditate you take to it naturally. Transcendence is not your problem you are already innately enlightened, no the problem is whither or not you are going to fully embrace this Earth and this Humanity and stay until everyone goes free.

The 9th starhouse is ruled by Saturn. Capricorn is traditionally known as the Night Starhouse – the purely spiritual home of Saturn. Whereas the 10th house of Aquarius is the Day Starhouse or more public objective, manifest in the world of man – the archetypal image of the human being appearing in the world. The ruling planet Saturn is philosophical Gnosis – as in the words diagnosis and prognosis – meaning true and certain knowledge. Thus, we are also here dealing with “revelation” or direct vision and perception of the spirit.

The sphere of Saturn governs the great cycles of Karmic time and it is revealing in this regard to note that ancient Hindu astrology calls Capricorn (Saturn) Makara, which is an anagram of the word Karma. Here we are looking at spiritual Karma. If the 9th Starhouse is Higher Mind, then, of course, the Karma is to do with the native’s religious and ethical upbringing – the spiritual / cultural traditions and institutions of the family and nation to which the native is born.

A lower function of Saturn in the modern age is its rulership of computer memory capacity and the preservation of data banks, which are the core of the perpetuation of all modern institutions and corporations. The expression of philosophy and religion into society at large takes the form of art and exhibitions. Historically speaking, all art throughout the world was fostered by philosophies and religions. From a 9th starhouse point of view, art, which does not express the spiritual, is quite obviously not art.

The sense associated with the Capricorn-ruled 9th starhouse is Vision. This encompasses the whole function of spiritual perception, its expression in a visual medium and the physical eyes able to regard and appreciate it. Illuminated sacred texts are an exemplification of the 9th starhouse. The association of this starhouse with education and institutions of higher learning, such as, universities, seminaries and centers of spiritual learning, will strike the reader as obvious. All of the above determines the native’s true position in the world of humanity and in the world of the spirit.



AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.

Manilius, ASTRONOMICA book 4

As for the Archer, when the foremost portion of his cloak rises, he will give birth to hearts renowned in war and will conduct the conqueror, celebrating great triumphs in the sight of all, to his country’s citadels. Such a one will build high walls one moment and pull them down the next. But if Fortune favors them too generously with success, the mark of her envy is to be seen on their faces, for she works cruel havoc upon their features. So was it that a dread warrior* paid for his victories at the Trebia, Cannae, and the Lake, even before the hour of his retreat, with such disfigurement.

But they whose lot it is to be born under the Centaur of double form delight in yoking a team, in bringing a fiery horse to obey the pliant reins, in following herds which graze all over the grasslands, and in imposing a master on every kind of quadruped and taming them: they soften tigers, rid the lion of his fierceness, speak to the elephant and through speech adapt its huge bulk to human skills in a variety of displays. Indeed, in the stars of this constellation the human form is blended with a beast’s and placed above it; wherefore it has lordship over beasts. And because it carries a shaft poised on drawn bow, it imparts strength to limb and keenness to the intellect, swiftness of movement, and an indefatigable spirit.


When the Sun is passing through this constellation the effects are like a conjunction of the Sun with Jupiter (its diurnal ruler) and Uranus (exalted in Sagittarius’ at 9 degrees). It is well known that configurations of the Sun, Jupiter and Uranus, when angular, symbolize royalty, scions of noble houses, aristocracy and those who hold the reins of power. Jupiter signifies the element of quality, and indicates all that is accounted valuable and best, spiritually, socially and materially. In its loftiest expression, Jupiter came to represent God, deification, orthodoxy, spiritual ambition and aspiration.

In its worldlier guise, it denoted the hierarchical principle – the letters patent of nobility, titles, rank, decorations and uniforms, racial purity, academic distinction, fortune, social standing, reputation and moral worth. Its vices are pride, hauteur, intolerance, exclusiveness, snobbery and the urge to segregate the ‘chosen’ from the ‘bourgeoisie’; attitudes inevitably leading to oppression and war. The predominant characteristics of the average Sagittarian is his respectability, fear of public opinion, pronounced sense of right and wrong, and detestation of the devil and all his works.

Socially ambitious, they are like to associate with the ‘best’ people, either in church or state, when the occasion presents itself, they will parade in processions and the like, wearing their medals and regalia. Their acute sense of morality prompts them to become members of religious organizations or of vigilant societies, and the womenfolk are often found to take a keen interest in discussing their neighbors’ morals (although their own private lives are not always impeccable). Sagittarians delight in rewarding the righteous and punishing the wicked: it is for this reason that many of them occupy the ‘bench’ in our law courts.

The typical Sagittarian wife will work the flesh off her fingers to advance her husband’s position and give professions to her children. If not drawn to the Bible, she will at least study Burke’s Peerage or master the Almanac de Gotha. Even if unhappily married she will remain with her husband for the sake of appearance, social ambition meaning more to her than Cupid’s wanton play. Favoring period furniture and lofty rooms, she usually manages to make her home look stately and even imposing, and she is not a little house-proud.

Sagittarians are usually refined and cultured and spotlessly clean in their home and habits, dressing neatly and with a taste a la mode, avoiding all eccentricities. Children of this constellation are well-behaved, tractable, docile and law-abiding, and dress with the same care and attention to detail as their elders. Being of a happy and sunny disposition, the Sagittarian is nevertheless prone to serious and edifying reading, especially in the realms of philosophy. The Greeks identified Sagittarius with Chiron, the wisest and most just of all the Centaurs, who was the teacher of the distinguished heroes of Greek mythology. He was renowned with his skill in medicine, gymnastics, hunting, music and the art of prophecy.

It is interesting to note that many of the world’s greatest divines, philosophers, academicians, scholars, physicians, surgeons and professional men generally are scions of this constellation. Not only do Sagittarians make efficient disciplinarians and guardians of children, but they also excel as trainers of animals and make capable horsemen, preferring the glories of the rugged mountain with its majestic tall trees and open life, to the artificiality of city life. The Empress of Austria (“Sissi”), a native of this constellation, had her own team of circus ponies, which she rode as skilfully as any circus hand; an intrepid horsewoman, she was seldom absent from the hunt.

The Romans identified Sagittarius with Diana, “The Huntress” that is, with the Moon as she ‘hunted’ among the zodiacal constellations. In Egyptian mythology, the regent of Sagittarius was Min, the ithyphallic god of Panopolis and Koptos. He is depicted naked and standing erect. Crowned with the lofty plumes of Amun, he holds high a flagellum, in the act of striking. In Graeco-Roman astrology, this present constellation is portrayed as the trainer of fiery animals and the subduer of unmanageable boys (Gemini).

Notable among those who have the Sun in Sagittarius may be mentioned: John Bunyan, John Milton, St. Ignatious Loyola, Bernadette of Lourdes, Father Damien of leper fame, St. Theresa of Lisieux, Swami Vivekananda, Joseph Smith (founder of the Latter Day Saints), Matthew Arnold, Hermann Goering, Benjamin Disraeli, Richard Nixon, Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Alexander Hamilton, Woodrow Wilson, Hannibal, Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Newton, Cecil Rhodes, Rudyard Kipling, Carl Sandburg, Thomas Grey, Shelley, Simone de Beauvoir, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Gustave Dore, Sulamith Wulfing, Monck, Beethoven, Marlene Dietrich, Humphrey Bogart.

Fagan (Symbolism)

When the Moon is Sagittarius, the native is usually popular in personality and likely to prosper. Moon-in-Sagittarius people are addicted to ‘churchianity’ and the study of theology or philosophy, and they delight in attending meetings where such subjects are discussed. Generally speaking, they live a life of rectitude and decorum, many becoming vegetarians, non-smokers and non-drinkers. Being prone to moralize, they feel they have a divine mission to perform: there is an ‘itch’ to ascend the pulpit. They firmly believe in disciplining the young and are the first to clamor for ‘the return of the birch.’ (Spare the rod and spoil the child!)

Among those who have the Moon-in-Sagittarius are the following: Victor Hugo, Billy Graham, Field Marshal Montgomery, Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler, Prince Aly Khan, Thomas Alva Edison, Mary Queen of Scots, Bismark, Ruebens, Marshal Foch, George Washington, Adolph Eichmann (27deg27′) and Peter Kuerton (27deg55′).


…this is probably the most fortunate of constellations, for it expects good luck and therefore very often gets it. On the other hand, since it never expects anything else, and cannot be bothered to work out the actual probabilities of the case, it encounters what the more cautious types would consider avoidable disappointments. Sagittarius, however, is not discouraged by them; he considers it rather silly of fate to let slip the opportunity of gratifying his wishes, but he takes it all in his stride and always thinks it worth while to give a hundred-to-one chance the chance of being realized, in stead of grousing at having recently failed at three or four to one.

The less sporting type of Sagittarius is extremely professional and well-behaved–it knows how to organize its life with attention to reputation, and accumulates much skill and knowledge; but it is insufficiently demonstrative of affection, and the women are sometimes tiresomely ambitious for their husbands and children, and do not caress them enough, not being highly sexed.

In general the Sagittarian enjoys travel, and adventures of ideas no less. He is fond of speculation, whether about the meaning of the world or the result of a race, and is attracted to any new theory so long as it is not pessimistic. In style he tends to be rambling, with long sentences which flow on as his thought flows on. He is on the side of growth, progress and cheerfulness, and his enjoyment of life is obvious, like that of Leo and Scorpio.

Sagittarius is the constellation of faith and can never be deterred from hoping for the best; now and again he becomes wildly imprudent and his gamble fails to come off. He is naturally generous, for being ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion, he cannot help believing that money will be forthcoming, that everything will get better, and that even the most unlikely flukes will happen twice. He is therefore deceived at time through thinking the best of people when he ought to have known better.

But the principle of expansion certainly does seem to rule the Sagittarian mind, for its motto is ‘On & on and up & up.’ It believes that everything is improving–not only that it can be made to improve but that it will improve naturally of itself. Apparent setbacks are explained away as not really harmful, or as necessary to consolidate the future, and Sagittarius can be superbly indifferent to the kind of evidence that delights the heart of the pessimist. For our Sagittarian always believes in progress, his own even if not that of the whole world.

Most of them are incurable optimists, and those that are not will express their expansiveness in some other way, perhaps in snobbery and social climbing, or else in ambition, for they must always better themselves, whether by evening classes, or by knowing the right people, or at best by working on their character from a psychological or religious point of view. A most typical Sagittarian was Emile Coue, who invented the mantra: ‘Every day and in every way I am getting better and better!’

Sagittarians are excitable, and in bad cases irascible and boastful. They are clean and house proud, sometimes too proud of their family, and have a moral streak which likes to see wickedness punished and goodness rewarded. They care for social standing, respect public opinion, and are inclined to preach and interfere with the opinions of others. Typical professions are connected with religion, teaching, sport, and travel.

The aspiration of Sagittarius is strong; Jupiter is the planet of growth. The typical Sagittarian is the enthusiastic optimist who is ready for anything, impatient and acts with gusto. But Jupiter is also the planet of wealth, snobbery and ambition, and can be very conventional, so in countries where ideas have become fossilized by religious or political dogma Sagittarius tends to be a supporter of the establishment and to get on well in the world, the Church, the party or business. In freer societies, or when intelligence is higher, aspiration works out less materialistically; there is an interest in ideas and exploration of all kinds (but not in the plodding type of research), in philosophy, education, philanthropy and religion.

Aspiration, idealism and progress are keywords of this constellation, and this makes it extremely dangerous in public organizations, for there it may produce the unscrupulous idealist who thinks that everyone should be forced into obedience for their own good. This explains how Stalin and Loyola come to be under the same constellation. On a higher level we find the disinterested mystic, whether trained or merely aspiring; and religion is often an effective influence on the thought of Sagittarians–for instance, Kepler and Newton, Gustavus Adolphus, Milton and Bunyan, or even Charles V, who abdicated an empire to enter a monastery.

Sidereal Sagittarius In Depth

In the flux and swirl of the dervish dance of life you seek yourself. Going everywhere with the flow, against the flow, always in the flow. Who can say how things really happen? Isn’t it enough that the whole world is a vast happening? Where everything that is happening is just simply happening and most amazing of all it is you happening?

The overwhelming variety and diversity of experience the sheer abundance of existence and there is more always more and more. And just what a fantastic drama your life is. And if there is no drama, no excitement, you always know just how to create some. Then why do you never find what you are looking for? Why does nothing satisfy? Do you know what you are looking for? Do you know it is yourself? The Self that remains forever concealed from itself inside the constant flux that is you?

You go to extreme lengths to appear sophisticated worldly cultured and deep. But the truth will out right out of your own mouth. There is nothing you can do to control this crude and savagely self centered streak deep inside that always betrays you by announcing itself without any warning. You said it! And oh the embarrassment the consternation, the fast talking glossing over flattering babble and doubt. The looks they give you!

What you crave constantly is attention. And the truth is almost any kind of attention will do. Of course being a megalomaniac you prefer admiration and will exaggerate lie and plagiarize to get it. Always on the run you move through places people interests jobs. Stability is death staying is nowhere.
Because you are haunted by the knowledge of your unfathomable Self you have learned to just accept the changes. But there is a deeply troubled look that fills your eyes in unguarded moments. As if you have forgotten something really important. Like your true purpose in this life?

Professionally you want to be where the action is. The positive friendly you can make a great spokes person promoter sales person or just plain huckster. Naturally cosmopolitan you know people from all over the ethnic map. That’s no guarantee that you’re not a bigot at the same time. Nearly everyone loves you in small doses and you make a terrific first impression when you manage to keep your foot out of your mouth.

People like your abundant energy and often like the way you keep things lively. When educated or trained you can rise in life through a mixture of hard work and sheer audacity. Because you have a “been there done that” attitude you tend not to build on your gains and will even self sabotage to get out of boring successful situations. You have managed to convince quite a number of people that you are a bit crazy.

If there are stabilizing factors in your chart that allows you to pick a path and stick to it you can achieve almost anything you set your heart on. You are an able thinker, academic, management and marketing consultant, a natural globalist. Technical skills are also indicated.

In love you are as romantic as it gets but in a completely over the top fatal attraction kind of way. When aroused you are all sexual fire and have terrific sexual endurance. Being a sensation and adrenalin junkie you can also easily become sexually addicted to someone you don’t even like. And when you are not having sex you are fighting like cat and dog. Nothing satisfies you.

Spiritually you really get it but you can only learn from experience and not so much from “teachings”. Real spiritual teachers don’t want you because you are extremely self-important arrogant and unruly. You can though, travel the path of the “self initiated”. After a very long confused journey a great deal of self deception and suffering you enter the eternal now within the flux and swirl of the dervish dance of life where you find yourself.



AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.


By virtue of his tail armed with its powerful sting, wherewith, when conducting the Sun’s chariot through his sign, he cleaves the soil and sows seed in the furrow, the Scorpion creates natures ardent for war and active service, and a spirit which rejoices in plenteous bloodshed and in carnage more than in plunder. Why, these men spend even peace under arms: they fill the glades and scour the woods; they wage fierce warfare now against man, now against beast, and now they sell their persons to provide the spectacle of death and to perish in the arena, when, warfare in abeyance, they each find themselves foes to attack. There are those, too, who enjoy mock-fights and jousts in arms (such is their love of fighting) and devote their leisure to the study of war and every pursuit, which arises from the art of war.

SUN IN SCORPIO: Nov 17 – Dec 16

Scorpio is Mars’ nocturnal home and it evinces all the fighting, rash and outspoken qualities of this planet to perfection. In the heart of the constellation is the brilliant fixed star known as Antares, “The Rival of Mars,” or Cor Scorpii, “The Heart of the Scorpion,” because it is almost in the heart of this constellation, actually in Scorpio 15deg04′. Whereas the Arian strains to lead the world in power-politics and dictatorship, the Scorpion fights for the sheer joy of it, and exults in personal combat, taking pride in his many conquests. If he cannot fight with weapons then he will stir up a controversy and prove that he is as skillful with his tongue or with his pen as with the sword.

It is however, only in extreme cases that his combats are tainted with malice. Even the girls are roguish and apt to play the tomboy, challenging any boy in tree climbing and the like. If the Scorpion had not somebody or some institution to fight, he would die of sheer inanity; and he is prepared to close with friend or foe, cleric or layman. Adventures and dangerous assignments appeal to Scorpions immensely, and their daring knows no bounds. They are particularly attracted to the navy, army and other fighting units, especially if Scorpio should hold the midheaven; and when Mars in configurated with Jupiter, they excel in most sporting contests.

But because Scorpio is ruled by Mars, it is the accident-prone constellation ‘par excellence,” taking the largest toll of victims from gunshot wounds, or those suffering lacerations and broken bones. Being addicted to speeding and reckless driving Scorpions meet with many mishaps on the world’s highways. They are said to be natural snake-charmers and they are skilled in the use of medicine and poison… (Scorpio is adjacent to Ophiuchus The Serpent Bearer.) The Egyptians of the New Empire period identified this constellation with Rert, a giant female hippopotamus, standing erect with a crocodile on her back.

Because this constellation has dominion over the throat, it is little wonder that many fine vocalists (Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Mary Martin) and orators were born when the Sun was passing through it. Typical of Sun-in-Scorpio people were Tiberius, Benvenuto Cellini, Martin Luther, Charles I, William Pitt, Voltaire, Jonathan Swift, Spinoza, Jakob Bohme, General Custer, Billy Sunday, Winston Churchill, General Montgomery, General Franco, General de Gaulle, Captain Roehm, Indira Gandhi, John Milton, William Blake, Mark Twain, James Thurber, William F. Buckley, Jr., Toulouse-Lautrec. The portraits of Edward G. Robinson, Buck Jones and Boris Karloff illustrate the type.

Fagan, (Symbolism)

A valuable clue to the interpretation of the constellations is to regard the Sun or Moon as the case may be as being in conjunction with the ruler of the constellation wherein it is placed. Thus, when the Sun or Moon is in Scorpio, either one should, for purposes of interpretation, be construed as being in conjunction with Mars, Scorpio’s ruler. When a luminary or planet passes through a constellation, it imparts to it its own unique attributes. Thus the Sun imparts to the constellation wherein it is placed, masculine qualities of integrity, uprightness, honesty, candor, majesty and magnificence with a complete absence of sordidness of any kind.

The Moon, on the contrary, softs the constellation she is in by making it feminine, alluring appealing, magnetic and desirable. In short the Moon sign signifies the source of a person’s sex appeal, its development and the nature of its attractions. The charms of those who have the Moon in Scorpio at birth proffer a great challenge to the adventurous, reckless daring, militant and sea faring, and accordingly their amorous escapades are liable to be heated, turbulent and passionate, thereby conditioning their lives in the same vein.

Ancient authors were not at all complimentary when considering the characteristics of those who had the Moon in Scorpio at birth… They considered that a malicious streak motivated their moods and humours, and that their jealousies and envious traits drove them to make mischief in devious way, usually by innuendo or sarcasm. In extreme cases, i.e., in cases where the Moon is configurated with the malefics but holds no configuration with the benefics, their talk is venomous and their behavior outrageous… Because of their daring, freedom from taboos, social convention and the like, women with Moon-in-Scorpio often make conquests with men where more attractive women may fail.


To begin with, the genuine native of Scorpio is ruled by his energy; he wants to act, not brood, and hence is frequently athletic and impatient. To the uninhibited Scorpio nothing is too much trouble: his aim is to do, he sees no point in boggling and hesitation, little in compromise and none at all in shirking. He is admirably thorough and does not stop work as soon as he can say, ‘That’s good enough’; on the contrary, he believes in finishing the job and finishing it properly, not giving the minimum of work for the maximum of money.

He is not lazy enough, in fact, to make a good trades unionist. Work, after all, is enjoyable for one who has energy, provided that it is work one has chosen for oneself. From the Martian point of view to work for money is slightly dishonest–it drags in an ulterior motive which should be absent. Work should be the natural expression of one’s own energy; it should flow out of one spontaneously as it does with animals; and of course with creative artists and craftsmen and with anyone who enjoys gardening or flying an aeroplane or any other kind of work. The attempt to turn work into a burden, a grievance, or an opportunity for exploiting one’s employer, is offensive to the Martian spirit, even though housework and factory work have little in them to release creative energy.

The Scorpio native therefore brings into life a generosity which cannot be had without energy, and is altogether absent from those who plod drearily from wage claim to wage claim, from resentment to resentment, never admitting to themselves that they dare give anything for nothing. Human relations are far easier with the positive attitude of Scorpio, who is not perpetually on the defensive, not grasping, not full of forethought for self, but selfish if at all, only by lack of attention to the timidities of others.

There is something very satisfying in the thoroughness of Scorpio. It does not merely play at doing things but really does them, in a properly adult and professional manner. The obvious contrasts here are with Gemini, which plays at things; Virgo, which is content to satisfy the formalities; Pisces, which only does as much as it enjoys; and Sagittarius, which whizzes on to the next job without finishing the first. The signs which agree with Scorpio’s thoroughness are Taurus and Capricorn, and in principle Leo and Aquarius.

But of course where Mars rules, the thought of war and armies is never far away, and in this profession the list of successful Scorpios is a long one. Partly this is because Scorpio never says: ‘Oh, well, that’ll have to do!’ Partly, however, there seems to be a genuine affinity for iron and steel, and a Scorpio person would sooner keep an iron-monger’s shop than a draper’s or a coffee-house.

Another quality of Scorpio, not much mentioned in the textbooks is its humor. Geniality is associated with Pisces and Cancer, and to a lesser extent with Sagittarius, while wit is most typical of Capricorn. In Aries, the other Martian sign, humor is strong, and that of Scorpio is often satirical and biting, but a good deal of credit is due to the constellation which produced Voltaire and Swift, Laurence Sterne, W.S. Gilbert, Thurber and Mark Twain. Wit and humor are not just the overflow of good nature; on the contrary, they are commoner in signs ruled by the malefic planets, Mars and Saturn. Thus the ancient astrologers were not so wide of the mark when they thought that a malefic ruling planet made a bad character. The conclusion would seem to be that self-criticism now goes further than ever it did in Rome, bad temper is less acceptable and Scorpio people are more fun than they used to be.

Any quality that confers benefit on others is a virtue, and the benefit we derive from Scorpio people is that they take on themselves the dark, dirty and disagreeable tasks. The correlative vice is a tendency to overdo things: they sometimes lack discretion, are too outspoken and do not know where to stop. They would rather do something than nothing, and this leads, to the typical faults of the surgeon and the soldier, who dare not let well alone. Radical interference is an irresistible temptation to Scorpio faced with a tiresome situation. ‘Let’s do something about it!’ he says to himself. A worse vice is the tendency to stick to his own decision as if the mere fact of having made it were a virtue; where intelligence is not high this results in Scorpio becoming just stupidly intractable. Such people think they have a strong will when in fact all they have is a strong won’t.

On the whole, then, the ancients were quite right to make Scorpio quick to act, adaptable, proud, courageous and generous, whereas modern books make it deep and mysterious, obstinate, hard-working but not very active. None of the ancients suggest that Scorpio is in any way mysterious or profound, and doubtless the notion was invented because so many Scorpios failed to show the typical forthright and courageous Martian character. A sidereal astrologer would say that these Scorpios are not deep and mysterious at all–they are just simply Librans.

Similarly the supposed connection of tropical Sagittarius with sport is largely explained because its natives are really children of Scorpio and therefore enjoys using energy and their muscles. Scorpio is of all constellations both the most athletic and also the most sporting, except in so far as Sagittarius is even more ready to take a chance.

At its most typical (but of course no constellation is unmixed with others) Scorpio is the straightforward honest-to-God man of action, openhearted and trustworthy, direct and tactless, generous but not good at making allowances for others, and a great despiser of underhand methods. On any subject his view will be whole-hearted, whether for or against; hence he prefers action to caution, and makes the mistake of being too unqualified, too insistent, too easily certain and too uncompromising. The emotions are strong, but if imprisoned in their own rigidity the result is misfortune. Delays excite thee people to active protest, for they are impatient and hurt themselves by rashness, but they take pride in their toughness and have outstanding powers of endurance and survival.

Sidereal Scorpio In Depth

Burning restraint and implacable intentions vibrate in the depths of your deeply magnetic being. It is you against the world no matter how you present yourself outwardly. Your position in the world is a power position, even if you don’t have any, which is unlikely. You think that doing things the hard way is the right way. But that isn’t always true as life is slowly teaching you.

Early in life you realized that most others are unable to read you. Equally early you awakened to adult desires. This encouraged you to test the limits of people’s intelligence, patience and vulnerability. You discovered that you could get away with almost anything. Except disastrously sometimes you run into someone who can see straight through you and this always at the most inconvenient moment. If you turn to crime you will definitely do time.

You are perceived as secretive because as previously mentioned you are very hard to read. But you are also actually secretive and have a rare talent for telling the ‘truth’ but leaving out crucial details. Part of the irony of being Scorpio is that you keep many secrets from yourself. This produces a mental climate of enigma and mystery and can imbue your life with a kind of X Files feeling.

You have physical and psychological courage and may turn to athletics the military, police work, or security in the real or cyber world. If Mercury is well placed you are a good detective, hacker, research scientist, or corporate leader. If you enter the military with an education you become a general. Deeply insecure socially you may seek higher education in order to gain a title to protect you from your painful social identity crisis.

Vendetta is a word that you understand and woe betide the one who wrongs you and waits too long or fails to make humble and sincere reparations. The saying: “revenge is a dish best enjoyed cold” was probably coined by you. So intensely felt and held are your partnerships that if there is betrayal as there inevitably is sometimes, then you become the dark avenging angel. And what if you believe that they deserve whatever you have decided to have done to them? Haven’t you heard? “Evil must come into the world but woe betide the bearer of it”. It is important for you to remember that justice and revenge are rarely if ever the same thing.

Being actually loved can make you rage because you don’t want to be constrained and you see love as a trap. You fear that the one who truly loves you will also see you as you really are. Should this happen it will bring on the dark night of the soul and ego death. This you know. No one is good enough for you and you always think you can do better, so you secretly keep your options open. As more than one Scorpio has put it “my spouse is married I’m not”. But you are virtually helpless without the right partner. And no matter how much sex you explore or have, you discover that lust is death. And the kind of desire you have can never be actually satisfied but only overcome.

If you actually fall in love and it goes badly you can loose your inner balance and attempt to obliterate yourself in alcohol or drugs. At bottom you are trying to kill the physical world. The spiritualization of sexual energy is crucial to your wellbeing. You react to magic and the occult. Because of your terrific powers of concentration and magnetic energy you can invoke occult powers and penetrate mysteries. Your thoughts turn into energy and actions with unusual intensity. If your motives are not pure you can destroy yourself and those connected to you in this way. And compromise yourself for lifetimes to come.

If you are an emancipated Scorpio you have overcome the psychology of sex and death to discover love and immortality. In this case you are a tremendous influence for good. You are a centre of purposive and ethical work in the world. You have a genius for turning wealth into more wealth.
You can see into the motivations of everyone you meet. Many people will seek your advice and the circle of your good alliances will grow. There is a good marriage of honesty monogamy and loyalty. There is no limit to what you can achieve, but oddly and appropriately at exactly the same stage when you can have the world you loose interest in it.

You see the ultimate emptiness of mere worldly wealth and power and turn your eyes towards eternity. You may do this while maintaining some power position in the world because you detest being imposed upon or interfered with in any way. It is in your fate to spend the last stage of your life in inner if not outer solitude. You can meditate and fast for prolonged periods with ease and calm intense endurance. If you have an actual spiritual awakening you will acquire a large following without even trying. Your spiritual magnetism is potentially world shaking. As an enlightened being you would be a revolutionary activist.

The seventh starhouse has always been associated with partnerships of all kinds, particularly, marriage. We have only to realize that all couplings and unions are based on desire to understand that the seventh Starhouses natural ruler is Mars in the constellation of Scorpio.

Marriage union is of necessity sexual union. The capacity for romantic love is shown by the fifth starhouse, ruled by Mercury-Venus. The seventh and its ruler – depending on the ascendant – in relation to Mars and its other house, the 12th, reveal pure sexuality. So, we see here the classical union of Venus and Mars. Scorpio is the psychological side of desire, or, to put it in spiritual terms, the seventh starhouse of Scorpio determines the Astral-Etheric chemistry between individuals.

We note also that here the expansion into the outer planets takes place – the adult native’s involvement with an outer world, the intensified involvement with other individuals. The emotional forces of sympathy and antipathy – like and dislike – determine the basic activity of the seventh starhouse. Here, again, we come to understand why the ancient sages of star wisdom attributed open enemies to the seventh starhouse and secret enemies to the twelfth starhouse, as both starhouses are “ruled” by Mars, the classical god of desire, action and war.

The philosophy of Dynamism is grounded in the conviction that magnetic forces of attraction and repulsion are the animating principle of life. In reply to the question: “What is God?” – the native with a predomination of planets in the constellation of Scorpio will reply: “God is energy!”

Substance is manifest energy. It astrologically follows that partnerships are shared potential energy with the mutual conviction that beneficial substance is being generated. Where the attempt to share dynamically polarized energy breaks down, conflict and enmity are the natural outcome. Energy is the content of substance. Beings act upon substance in order to produce forms of all kinds. The central issue in a potential marriage is: ”What substance is potential or available out of which a lasting union can be formed?” A central goal of a marriage union is increase of life substance in the form of finance, social connections, shared domestic facilities, etc.

The detriment of Venus-Mercury in Scorpio shows an over involvement in imaginary and actual sex of all kinds. Also when the Mercury side of Venus-Mercury is emphasized and unsupported by benefic planets the Native will tend to be an inveterate liar and deceiver. Here the negative side of Scorpios “secretiveness” comes through with a vengeance and the Native will lie by omission.

The changeable and fluid Moon is considered to be in its fall in Scorpio for two reasons one is that Scorpio is the Starhouse opposite the Moons exaltation in the Constellation of Taurus; the other reason is that the element of Fixed Water over intensifies the emotions. In an intellectual or creative Sidereal Birth Chart the Moon in Scorpio will intensify the Natives concentrative and investigative abilities.

It is easily seen that the seventh starhouse determines personal magnetism and, by extension, is indicative of the native’s relationship with the public. Public life is a multiple partnership with many individuals. The power of benefic planets in the seventh and positive aspects to them from the rest of the chart reveals the extent to which the public can recognize the native. Needless to say, the 10th starhouse and its ruler determine whether the native becomes famous or notorious. Does it not make sense that the traditional house of “open enemies”, the 7th, is ruled by the warlord Mars?



AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.

Manilius, ASTRONOMICA book 4

Balancing night with the length of day when after a year’s space we enjoy the new vintage of the ripened grape, the Scales will bestow the employment of weights and measures and a son to emulate the talents of Palamedes, who first assigned numbers to things, and to these numbers names, fixed magnitudes, and individual symbols. He will also be acquainted with the tables of law, abstruse legal points, and words denoted by compendious signs; he will know what is permissible and the penalties incurred by doing what is forbidden; in his own house he is a people’s magistrate holding lifelong office. Under no other sign would more fittingly have been born, who in interpreting the law framed legislation of his own. Indeed, whatever stands in dispute and needs a ruling the pointer of the Balance will determine.

SUN IN LIBRA: Oct 18 – Nov 16

It is without question that this constellation which has the pacific Venus as its traditional diurnal regent, produces the most beauty-loving and peace-loving types of humanity….when handling the paint brush, pencil or sculptor’s chisel, they are unexcelled. Their aesthetic sense is pronounced, and it is as decorators, fashion designers, florists, and music-hall artists that they lead the world. The sense of joy and gaiety inherent in their natures finds full expression in the waltz tempo of Johann Strauss and the rousing marches of Sousa who were both natives of this constellation. They are perfectly at home in the elegant art salons of the elite and love to roam at leisure through elegant fashion salons.

The apparent sullenness and taciturnity which one notices often in natives of this constellation is due to the powerful influence of Saturn… Due to the influence of Saturn, which is exalted (in 21 degrees Libra) therein…of all constellations, Librans are cursed with the poorest of [short-term] memories although their powers of recollection remain unimpaired. Unless particularly indelible, the events of yesterday…leave no lasting imprint on the mind and so it is difficult for them to commit anything to heart. Even in the small things of everyday life their absentmindedness is phenomenal.

In this respect they differ greatly from their opposite number, the Sun-in-Aries folk, who not infrequently top their forms by dint of their wonderful memories alone. …Librans are not particularly ambitious or egotistic, being much more interested in others than in themselves. Only rarely can they be induced to talk about themselves and their achievements. Here again they are the reverse of Aries who are only interested in self and family–rarely in others.

Librans are also the world’s greatest Romeos and people soon fall under the spell of their attention. Since Venus is regent of this constellation, it is not surprising to find its natives addicted to all sensuous delights, rarely resisting any temptation coming their way Above all, they are the world’s greatest peacemakers, and they are frequently called upon to mediate in the cause of peace. Some of the most famous peace-makers throughout history were born when the Sun was passing through the constellation Libra. Little wonder it has been designated “the first gentleman of the zodiac.”

It is interesting to note here that Armistice Day, November 11th 1918, occurred when the Sun was in Libra 25 degrees. Leopold III of Belgium’s crime was that he declared peace too soon. Virgil, Liszt, Samuel T. Coleridge, King Edward VII (the “Peacemaker”), Agha Khan (who mediated frequently in the cause of peace), Paderewski and Will Rogers (another ambassador in the cause of peace who said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.”) are typical examples of those who had the Sun in the constellation Libra. Marie Curie, Jonas Salk, Jewaharlal Nehru, Charles Prince of Wales, Grace Kelly, Richard Burton, Katherine Hepburn, Dylan Thomas, Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Andre Malraux, Dostoevski, Marie Antoinette, Billy Graham, Mickey Mantle.


Those born when the Moon is coursing through the constellation Libra, the diurnal house of Venus, and if there are no planetary configurations at the time, are suave and polished in manner, charming, gentle, and courteous. They move easily, softly and without apparent effort among people, and this is all the more so the case when the malefics are in the background, and are unconnected with the luminaries. People having the Moon in this constellation are somewhat addicted to finery, stylish attire and even ‘fine feathers’- sometimes, excessively so – but in good taste.

Not given to exertion, they tend to be easy-going, and love idling in elegant ease, being prone to dalliance and poetic utterances when the mood takes them. As Saturn is exalted in Libra, those having the Moon in this constellation tend, betimes to be reserved and somewhat despondent… Liable to be pushed aside and ignored by the ruthless and ambitious, they often suffer, at some period of their life, the ‘slings of outrageous fortune.’ Rather than endure the unpleasant consequences of a refusal, women allow themselves to be imposed upon, and, under certain circumstance, may even welcome it. Whilst, at the time of crisis, men sometimes find themselves deserted by their erstwhile supporters, and defenseless, are left to stand to face alone the full brunt of the attack, often being made the sacrificial victim.


There seem to be two aspects to LIBRA, and two types of Librans, corresponding to the symbol of the Balance, and the ruling planet Venus. Venus produces, just as one would expect, people interested in art and beauty, painting and costume and in every kind of elegance, collectors of china or pictures, of antiques and curios of every sort, connoisseurs, and people who take unusual pains to beautify their home. The spirit of competition is not unduly strong, but there is room for plenty of expertise regarding the date and provenance of precious pieces. In Libra, by contrast to Taurus, the love of beauty is not too closely connected with sex; it often appears disinterested and detached, and exemplifies the saying that women dress to please themselves.

The other type of Libran is connected with Venus only as the planet of peace. All its symbolism is concerned with the pair of scales, with fair exchange and recompense, and its aim is to hold the balance. For peace to be preserved everyone must be satisfied, so far as this is simultaneously possible, and so the task of Libra is to reconcile conflicting demands and see that as much as possible shall be granted to all claimants. This sign is thus the ideal or at any rate the typical civil servant, continually occupied in balancing rival claims, and trying to see that strife shall not arise because of unfair concessions or lack of concessions.

Its function is of the greatest social value, but exposes it to a certain amount of obloquy because of the notorious fact that one cannot please everyone. Libra therefore is not always admired; it is accused of weakness because compromise, although often highly desirable, can become through habit merely the easiest way out. Librans should not be troubled by this accusation, which is usually self-interested.

Libra is the type, which is called in to arbitrate when quarrels seem imminent and differences irreconcilable; but correspondingly it is not the type which changes the whole situation by importing into it a new force. It will think of a more sensible attitude than anyone has yet adopted, but it does not invalidate the presuppositions of others or make them no longer tenable.

There is usually a strong contrast between one constellation and the next, but between Virgo and Libra this is not so; both are modest and often artistic, with a desire to please and a genuine interest in others. The scales, after all, are held in the Virgin’s hand, and after Virgo Libra was the sign most generally admired in ancient times–and not without reason, for it is the symbol of fair play, which was even less common then than now. The British, though champions of fair play in the recent world, at any rate in their own opinion, have never been put under Libra, partly because they were supposed to belong to Aries, and partly because the notion of fair play grew out of the realization that law by itself is not enough; laws can be harmful, unreasonable and unjust, but it has taken civilization quite some time to come to this understanding.

Before rulers attained to the stage of applying the law justly and fairly, it was a virtue to have a law and to apply it at all, instead of ruling by capricious and arbitrary anger. Law in fact is a less primitive notion than arbitrary rule, but more primitive than fair play, which shows a growing consideration of the consequences to sufferers from legal action. Libra therefore, like Virgo, has a weakness for the letter of the law when its native lacks energy, intelligence or imagination; but in other cases it will take much trouble to be fair to everyone, and tries very sincerely to understand all points of view.

Statistically Librans do excel in the legal profession. This means that in the tropical zodiac the largest number of them are born under Scorpio, the sign of warfare; and law exists primarily to prevent warfare. Tropical astrologers would justify this by speaking of ‘legal battles,’ with other metaphorical double-talk. But the sign of law has always been Libra; Libra stands holding sword and scales on the roof of the Old Bailey and other legal temples, and the success of a barrister depends on his ability to foresee and sympathize with the point of view of the other side; he must charm and convince the judge and jury with smooth words, not annoy them with aggressive ones.

Scorpio therefore is peculiarly unsuited to the law. Libra on the other hand almost never makes the mistake of unprovoked aggression, and if he does it is invariably due to some other influence in the horoscope. Hitler, for example, had Libra rising, but he was strongly under Aries (Sun) at the same time, and so although he committed unprovoked aggressions, he tried to arrange and time them so that some international document or agreement should appear to condone them.

…In fact, however, Libra is modes and does not feel that authority originates in himself…and so Libra, again like Virgo, but unlike Leo and Aries, does not want to be thought to act in his own name. This is why he would rather take refuge in the text of regulations, and will please everyone as an escape from having to make his own mind up and accept entire responsibility…. But the legal association goes right back to Babylon. This sign is the exaltation of Saturn, and Saturn in Babylon was the planet of righteousness, apparently because at retrogradation it does not wander away making loops to the north and south, as the other planets do, but remains sternly at the same distance from the ecliptic….

But although Libra is often the administrative type, perpetually holding the balance between regulation and regulation, or between regulations and people, at the same time many painters and other artists are born under it, and the love of beauty, order and seemliness is very marked. Being ruled by Venus, Librans are presumably guided at all time by their affections, but less obviously so than Taureans. There is a certain conventionality, except among the more original and artistic types.

Among the famous artists born under Libra there is, of course, no lack of originality. Cezanne’s work was for a long time found shocking, Picasso’s equally, and the Irish painter Francis Bacon sets out frankly to horrify; yet all three were born under Libra. The poets too show that libra is not all conventional harmony, despite the presence among the composers of Johann Strauss and Sousa.

Libra was called by the ancients the fourth and last political constellation, the others being Aries, Cancer and Leo; but whereas the others like to lead, Libra likes to administrate, and is therefore more often found in second place. It is dependable and does not object to routine work. One of its keywords is compromise, and we know that in politics this is the most constructive method. One may also expect from Libra tolerance and indecision (as from Aries intolerance and decision); but this is at least an intelligent fault. Libra has of course tact and social sense, but in speech and writing is sometimes obscure through being too formal or too timid; for formality does appeal to Librans. They excel in law because they can see both sides, and perhaps in business for the same reason, but not in religion and rarely in the learned professions; they often have a bad memory or are absent-minded.

The outstanding Libran quality is love of peace, and the use of compromise to bring it about. A good example of this was Leopold III of Belgium, who lost his throne for having made peace too soon (in the tropical zodiac he was under Scorpio). But the most typical of all Librans was Erasmus, to whom all Europe looked as its peacemaker and who twice failed to bring peace because he was too modest. (The excellent biography by Stefan Zweig also gives a good portrait of Luther as Scorpio plus Leo.) Like Erasmus, Gandhi, the apostle of non-violence, had Virgo rising with the sun and moon in Libra; but in the tropical zodiac both these men had Libra rising with both the lights in Scorpio, and tropical astrologers try to explain this by saying that they ‘fought for peace.’

Sidereal Libra In Depth

For all you are a sparkling social and sociable being you are also deeply serious. You gravitate naturally towards the good the true and the beautiful. Acutely aware of cultural trends and movements you know where you are and how to play it most of the time.

You have a marvelous sense of timing but unfortunately you also procrastinate. This means that you spend a lot of time trying to figure out weather you are procrastinating or exercising your brilliant sense of timing. You are just so naturally nice that members of the opposite sex often mistake your warmth and receptivity for romantic interest. You always look like you have a lot of potential partners but in fact you are not at all easy to match with a potential spouse.

You love conversation and storytelling if the conversation is meaningful and the story carries wisdom. You can do small talk brilliantly but it bores you and you only use it as a device to either get what you want or to lead into more serious territory.

Being extremely well read and possessing a good memory you sometimes don’t let on to the extent of your knowledge, preferring to let the other do the talking. You are a natural practitioner of active listening and employing well chosen questions. It often happens that the verbose other will suddenly realize that they are being humored. That is when you save them from embarrassment by appreciating the one true if obvious thing that they have said. If needed you see no harm in throwing in a little flattery to save the day. You probably wrote the desiderata “Avoid loud and aggressive persons for they are a vexation to the spirit”.

You have a natural psychological sophistication and can hear the hidden meaning in what people are saying or rather not saying. You perceive complexity nuance and context all at the same time. You dislike taking sides because you see the whole situation. This leads some people to accuse you of sitting on the fence. But you know well that most of life’s day-to-day problems solve themselves in time or just simply disappear.

You are a master of strategic delay and avoid a lot of problems simply by postponing them until they are forgotten. You can be found sitting around apparently doing nothing but usually you are thinking deeply about how you are going to do something. You will often jump up at the last minute and get whatever it is done in the twinkling of an eye before lapsing back into your apparent laziness. The fact is you are also really lazy. This is why as time goes by, your life, which can be messy, gets more and better organized. It takes less effort that way.

You show a marked tendency to drift in a quagmire of indecision particularly if you must face something disagreeable or just plain awkward. In this way you appear to be letting life just happen to you and not following any thought out plan for your future. You for instance will put off marriage to any of your many admirers until they all marry other people and you end up alone. If the marriage house in your chart is afflicted then none of them really wanted to marry you, which is why you really didn’t want to marry any of them.

With you everything is in the balance of your existence. With the exaltation of Saturn in Libra you quite like your own company up to a point. You like to read and write you are also a really good artist and designer if you try. And people will buy your work if you go into any of these fields.
You are also well suited to retail sales at the high end of the market place. But you may end up stuck in some boring but secure administrative or executive assistant post.

It is not so much that you actually want to be alone but you want to be left alone. Because of your acute sensitivity to the vibrations of others you may have shut down and become a superficial person. But if you are still intact you will like a deeply intimate relationship with moments of extremely high erotic intensity followed by long lulls and periods of calm everydayness. You should get married.

Because of the current confusion (produced by the “tropical zodiac of signs”) many Libra people think they are Scorpio and mistake their highly developed Venusian eroticism for the raw primordial sexuality of Mars ‘ruled’ Scorpio. But if you are Libra any crudeness or savagery in the sexual realm disgusts and repels you. It is the mythic poetics of romantic love that calls to you. If your chart combines Libra and Scorpio elements then you are an extremely intense sexy creative individual.

Work is your salvation the moment you get your attitude towards it realized in the right way. This means taking pleasure in the task itself rather than dwelling upon what it might or might not lead to. Or what social image or prestige is implied by the current work. When you embrace responsibility you are invincible.

You are naturally over concerned with what people think of you. It is important to think about one of the natural laws of life and it is this. One third of all people love you on sight, one third of all people are indifferent to you, and one third of all people hate you. With your charm and talent it is easy to get the indifferent third to also love you. At that point the third who hate you will plot your downfall. But the two thirds who love you will also protect you. That’s life.

At your best you are a brilliant team player able to get everyone positively motivated and feeling good about getting the job done. Your natural diplomatic skills come into play and you can often get the most unlikely people to cooperate. Your beautiful home can also be a centre of cultural and social life.

Because of your deep seriousness and periodic melancholy the meaning and purpose of life is on your mind. Spiritual meaningfulness engages you and big picture spiritual philosophies that can speak meaningfully and subtly to all aspects of life are your natural home. In the later part of your life you will attain enlightenment by the depth of your understanding.



AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.


The temperaments of those whose span of life she pronounces at their birth Erigone will direct to study, and she will train their minds in the learned arts. She will give not so much abundance of wealth as the impulse to investigate the causes and effects of things. On them she will confer a tongue, which charms, the mastery of words, and that mental vision which can discern all things, however concealed they be by the mysterious workings of nature. From the Virgin will also come the stenographer. His letter represents a word, and by means of his symbols he can keep ahead of utterance and record in novel notation the long speech of a rapid speaker. But with the good there comes a flaw: bashfulness handicaps the early years of such persons, for the Maid, by holding back their great natural gifts, puts a bridle on their lips and restrains them by the curb of authority. And (small wonder in a virgin) her offspring is not fruitful.

SUN IN VIRGO: Sep 17 – Oct 17

Virgo, the ‘Cinderella’ of the constellations, is the dirunal house and Exaltation (at 15 degrees) of Mercury. It is the only one of the constellations to be featured with the wings of an angel, and, as a class, Virgos are credited with being pure in heart and deed, as befits the nature of the asexual Mercury. Conscientiousness in all dealings and firm adherence to principles are among their most treasured qualities. Highly intelligent, gifted, apt at learning, versatile, encyclopedic in knowledge, expert with fingers and toes, mechanically dexterous, capable of seeing through machinery, and industrious, children of Virgo are nevertheless, frequently lacking in ambition, personal drive and independent action. Poor masters, they make excellent servants.

Virgo is, par excellence, the constellation of the civil and military engineer, the draftsman, the cartographer, the mechanic, the strategist, the tactician, the craftsman, the factory hand, the librarian, the professor, the orator, the clerk and the school teacher. One of the most glaring anomalies of the tropical zodiac is that many of the most successful military commanders in the field and captains on the high seas, have had their Sun at birth in tropical Libra ruled by peace loving Venus [which is sidereal Virgo]. These include such names as: General Eisenhower, Marshall Foch, Lord French, General Gamelin, General Hindenburg, Lord Nelson, Lord Roberts, Walenstein, and many others.

What a flagrant contradiction of one of the fundamental doctrines of astrology, which avers that those who have the Sun in a sign ruled by Venus are essentially peace-loving in disposition, eschewing war and turmoil on all possible occasions as being completely alien to their nature. Adherents of the tropical zodiac have been at a great loss to explain this contradiction away, and have been much embarrassed in consequence. They usually end up by ignoring the solar position altogether – the prime significator of character and interest – and put the emphasis on some less convincing feature of their natal chart. In all these cases, the Sun falls into the Sidereal Virgo, precisely where one would expect to find it, thus affording a most satisfactory reason for their military predilections.

Adept in big schemes, Virgos nevertheless excel in minutiae and in the splitting of hairs; they take as much delight in mending a child’s toy as in planning a military campaign. Whilst perfectly at home in their offices, studios and workshops, they are less at ease in society and in the salons of the elite. If forced to appear in society, they sometimes become absurdly respectable and meticulous over their appearance conscious of it all the time. Although excellent about the house and in the kitchen, they make poor Romeo’s, and when expected to make love, feel embarrassed and behave awkwardly. For this reason, many Virgos prefer the company of their own sex… As a class, Virgos are not predisposed to marriage, and many of them pass through life single.

As is the case with the other Mercurial constellation, Gemini, native of Virgo are highly nervous. An unexpected noise or touch will make them ‘hit the ceiling,’ and their limbs are not infrequently found twitching in a state of nervous agitation. Easily worried, they lack the unruffled placidity of their opposite number Pisces. Concerned about their physical well-being, many Virgos diet to excess, or resort to physical culture, and sample most nostrums. Despite their tendency to stage fright, they can, when animated by deep emotion, make superb orators, and on the battlefield are astonishingly brave.

Their features are usually pyriformed and the color nondescript. Representative of the extraordinary versatility of this constellation are: Cornelius Agrippa, Marcus Aurelius, Dr. Annie Besant, Crowley, Marc Edmund Jones, Clemenceau, Julius III, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, Queen Elizabeth I, Michael Faraday, Nietzche, Upton Sinclair, Oscar Wilde, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Graham Greene, George Gershwin, Guiseppe Verdi, Helen Hayes, Deborah Kerr, Marcello Mastroianni, Truman Capote, Greta Garbo, Julie Andrews, John Lennon, Caesar Borgia.

Fagan, (Symbolism)

In thought, they are too serious and impersonal to be socially acceptable, and they prefer solid study or experimentation to a life of frivolity and worthless gossip….Moon in Virgo folk are gentle, patient, tactful, discerning and unusually intelligent, yet withal simple and unaffected…. But they seldom make ideal husbands or wives, as the frivolity of social life is inclined to bore them. They find it impossible to whisper sweet nonsense in the ear of the beloved. Nor are they ‘given’ to gushing sentimentality or expressions of sympathy, which is the stuff social life is woven of.


…Furthermore Virgo people are attracted to a career in the civil service or the armed forces, which are often known as the ‘services,’ so there is a real emphasis on service. Proud people will not like this; they think one should live to oneself and be a success at the expense of others. But pride is not a vice of Virgo, tiresome as its natives can be in other ways, by being fussy and managing. And if we were all unwilling to serve one another the world would fall to pieces. Virgo therefore is a very useful and helpful constellation–indeed the ancients thought it the most pleasing of all, though modern astrologers have often gone to the other extreme and made it the most unattractive.

…This (Firmicus’) is quite the most flattering description we shall find of any constellation; and Rhetorios too makes Virgo modest, pious, and discreet….These ancient descriptions are really a little too flattering to be plausible, but in substance perhaps not far out. Virgo is supposed to be the modest expert, good with the hands and useful about the house, who reluctantly appears in society, very quiet and neatly dressed. He is not cold or argumentative, but on the contrary friendly and tactful, conscientious and high-principled, clever with figures, but rather nervy and lacking in ambition. For this reason history is not rich in famous Virgonians, though two of notoriously shy disposition are Greta Garbo and T.S. Eliot.

A striking character of Virgo, no explainable by either the symbol or the ruler Mercury, is its courage. It is attracted by all forms of public service, including the armed forces, has a good sense of tactics, sometimes also of strategy, and the force to carry out its plans. But though cool-headed in danger, in peace it may become fussy and turn respectability into a vice; it also provides hidebound administrators with a mania for routine. The secretarial tradition persists in both zodiacs, though the character is very different, sidereal Virgo being gentle and always willing to help.

To provide a few vices for this overpraised constellation, its love of exactness does not always make it either honest or truthful; for meaning rarely comes from acquaintanceship with detail, and too much information can make a false pretender to knowledge. Another Virgo habit is to ask questions and then verify the answers. They think, for instance, that it matters who said what to whom, or where people get their money. This inquisitiveness can lead to needless gossip, and to others often seems superfluous, or even ill-mannered and tactless;…Its besetting sin appears to be officiousness, and it seems likely that Virgo people, when they commit their social inelegances, feel they are not acting on their own behalf but rendering some kind of official or unofficial service.

Outstanding fame seems rarer under this constellation than under others, doubtless because the natives are modest rather than pushful, and tend to the scholarly professions. There is often a talent for maps, mathematics, machinery or languages, and Virgo makes a good teacher, accurate but kindly, and a good but not flamboyant orator. The average Virgonian is not unduly modest or averse from sexual experience, but those who are will often turn out to be under Virgo.


Even though no one really understands you it doesn’t bother you most of the time. The main thing is that you manage to pass for normal everywhere even though you are deeply eccentric. With your highly developed imagination you are privy to many unusual things outside the mainstream where you live. Things are simply the way they are, then they change, you see no need to turn this obvious fact of existence into a crisis. You like to preserve an unruffled exterior to mask the inner turmoil of your highly self reflective subjective existence. You have many different interests many different acquaintances. And you also have many different faces to go with them. You always have somewhere else to go, other people to be with but you discretely keep this to yourself.

You enjoy working and usually make yourself indispensable to some high powered individual or prestigious organization. You really like being the adviser behind the throne, in on every detail, party to every secret. You may have several skills and excel at turning hobbies and part time interests into careers.

You are a natural designer graphic artist photographer and coder. Work involving painstaking research, analysis and writing also suits you. You have a very good eye for the unique detail and can take interesting photographs or render equally good drawings.

You are sexually responsive to a truly remarkable degree but are equally able to remain at an emotional distance. This confuses your lovers who feel rejected and then reject you. You are very attracted to the company of the wicked provided they maintain a passable veneer of civilization and respectability. Though otherwise cautious to a fault you can become embroiled in scandal through your wicked associates. No sooner do you feel that your mask has slipped than you leave town and begin a new life elsewhere.

You hold a very high opinion of yourself and can project an air of superiority based upon nothing more than your attitude of polite self importance. At pains to appear knowledgeable and well informed you are always listening out for the opinions you should adopt. When challenged in a debate you will seize upon some irrelevant detail and insist upon discussing that, in an attempt to mask your ignorance. You are a great one for invoking intellectual authorities and quoting books you have incompletely read. Your opinions tend to change with the tides of public opinion and the last bestseller you have read. Higher education is crucial to your mental well being and standing in the world. If you do train your mind you are capable of almost heroic intellectual feats. Genius is not entirely out of the question.

In love you are deeply insecure and tend to analyze the life out of your romance before it gets a proper chance to get started. This makes strong initial sexual attraction all the more important. Material considerations are very important to you and if you’re prospective spouse has a lot of money and the right social profile it makes all the difference. Your natural capacity for self discipline makes meditation and prayer possible but your main source of spiritual inspiration comes from your extremely vivid dreams and visions.

As Mercury-Venus also governs the arts, it is easily seen why the ancient astrologers attributed creativity and artistic intelligence to the fifth starhouse. The Aristotelian category of Virgo is Appearance. Here we can see the fifth starhouse association with self-expression. This allows the astrologer to determine the strength and well being of the native’s sense of self. This naturally combines with the other Mercury-Venus-ruled house, Gemini, the second starhouse, which governs Ego.

Further, we will notice that the beings existentially present in the constellation of Virgo are immersed in the activity and consciousness of Phenomenalism – which is to say all creativity and artistic endeavor involves the production of phenomena.Whereas Leo is the primal existence of all life, Virgo is the creative response to it. In this way we can perceive how Virgo is the sense of Transformation wherein life becomes art through the self-expressive creativity of individuals. Needless to say, the creator is transformed by the act of creation.

At the highest level of Mercury-Venusian life, we find the Ego of the native, motivated by selfless-love and striving for perfection as an individual. In the chart, a well-positioned or elevated Mercury-Venus finds the native in love with the uniqueness of the self and capable of loving the uniqueness of others without projection or the desire to re-design the other’s being. This, of course, is true love of the other. This love spills over into the world at large and we see here the cultural benefactor, either through participation in direct creativity or the enthusiastic support of same. When the planet Mercury-Venus is in the fifth and well or powerfully aspected, we find the endlessly creative and mystical individual. Devotion is a word that applies here.

The fifth starhouse of Virgo is a feminine constellation in the element of mutable Earth. The myth is that Diana / Venus leapt fully formed from the brow of Zeus / Jupiter. Diana is the goddess of the arts. She is not, as such, evolving – she is predestined to her own perfection. Venus has nothing to receive from the world except its worship and devotion. Venus is motivated by the conviction that the world ought to be more exciting, artistic and wonderful than it is.

Venus is extremely seductive. Proud of her lofty attainments, she stands in the glorious light of her perfection. In her perfect creative powers there is nothing in all the world that she is unable to transform into a higher perfection. To this extent, Venus loves the Earth with ardent enthusiasm but she loves it in order to replace it with her own world, which is not what the Spiritual Sun has in mind for us.

Venus is the agency of humanity’s higher destiny, her longing for the ultimate consummation of the good, the true and the beautiful. How she has inspired us down through all ancient time. Constantly bringing change and new life to humanity, so that our souls do not grow weary of life, she brings us always something new and exciting to look forward to.



AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.


Who can doubt the nature of the monstrous Lion, and the pursuits he prescribes for those born beneath his sign? The lion ever devises fresh fights and fresh warfare on animals, and lives on spoil and pillaging of flocks. The sons of the Lion are filled with the urge to adorn their proud portals with pelts and to hang up on their walls the captured prey, to bring the peace of terror to the woods, and to live upon plunder. There are those whose like bent is not checked by the city-gates, but they swagger about in the heart of the capital with droves of beasts; they display mangled limbs at the shop-front, slaughter to meet the demands of luxury, and count it gain to kill. Their temper is equally prone to fitful wrath and ready withdrawal, and guileless are the sentiments of their honest hearts.

SUN IN LEO: Aug 17 – Sep 16

Shamash, the Sun was assigned as regent of Leo. As the Sun is the significator of the ego, Leo symbolizes egotism, pride, vanity, regality, splendor, sumptuousness, magnificence, parades, showmanship, ostentation, display, and lust for glory, honor and renown. Unlike the Cancerian, who largely relies on his vivid imagination to make himself a hero, the Leonian, however humble or obscure his birth, takes it for granted that, in one respect or another, he has been born a monarch, and is destined for high honors.

The Leonian’s faith in himself is immense. At heart, he is convinced he has a divine mission to perform, and only he can do it. Is he not the chosen one? Rarely is he an agnostic, much less an atheist. For the most part, his faith in the Supreme is unshakable, and the existence of an afterlife a verity to him. Allying himself to the prophets of yore, conviction and loyalty are astonishing. There is a story told about Napoleon I, a native of this constellation. When made Emperor, many journalists and would-be biographers sought an audience. Wishing to flatter him, they asked him from which great kings he was descended. The Emperor glared at them for a moment and then rapped, “Gentlemen, I am the first of my line. Good morning!”

The principle fixed star in this constellation is Sharru, or Regulus, ” The Little King,” in Leo 5deg06′ which is at the end of the “Sickle.” Many men of outstanding eminence were born when the Sun was in conjunction with Regulus, such as Alexander the Great, & Napoleon I. Among others born with the Sun in regal Leo, mention may be made of: Albert, the Prince Consort, King Baudouin, Sir Roger Casement, Emperor Claudius, Charles de Foucauld, Count d’Orsay, Madame du Barry, Emperor Frederick William I of Germany, Llewellyn George, Czar Ivan IV, Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Emperor Karl Josef of Austria, Lavoisier, Lorenzo the Magnificent, Louis XIV the Sun King, Louis XVI, Ludwig II, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth I, King Peter II, Cardinal Richelieu, Lafeyette, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, King William IV, Lyndon B. Johnson, William Howard Taft, Huey Long, Sir Walter Scott, Stowacki, Joann Wolfgang von Goethe, Orville Wright, T.E. Lawrence, Dorothy Parker, John Varley, D.H. Lawrence, Ingrid Bergman, Leonard Bernstein, Peter Sellers, Maurice Chevalier, Mae West,

As a class Leonians are large-hearted, liberal, generous, honorable, lordly and brave, disdaining any mean or sordid act, and averse to taking advantage of their opponent’s weakness or defeat. But they are egocentric, with a thirst for constant recognition, and is frequently offhand with money. Their prime interest is in themselves or their achievements, and they become disinterested and listless if the conversation is not about themselves or their forbearers. If the Arien be the captain of Society, the Leonian must surely be its chief ornament and centre-piece, i.e., its king. In company they identify themselves with the Olympiads, and reinforce their conversation with copious quotations from the writings of the great and mighty so as to impress others with his importance.

Generally, however, they speak with brevity, and what they say is spoken with an air of authority, dignity and finality. They entertain with true regality, though not infrequently leaving others to ‘foot the bill.’ Even the poorest scion of Leo dreams of the day when he will come into ‘his own’ and will reward all who have stood by him in his days of trial. Many natives of this constellation take an abiding interest in the study of pedigrees, heraldry, old castles, and fortifications; some of the greatest builders of palaces were born when the Sun was transiting through the constellation, Leo. They are immensely interested in architecture, generally. They lose themselves in awe when within the ‘sacred’ precincts of old ruins, ancient temples and monumental wonders of antiquity.

In matters of occupation they are attracted to all dangerous work. They have an almost fatal fascination for fire; as children they loved to play with it, much to the terror or their parents. Often they follow an occupation where fire is chiefly involved, or electricity, such as the manufacture of explosives, smelting, nuclear-fission or electro technology generally. But it is when taking the chair at some meeting, or presiding over a function that they are most at home, their names usually figuring among the lists of company directors, and the like. They excel as platform speakers.

…Sartorially, the preference is for rich and elaborate ornamentation, especially with regard to the Lady Leonians, usually attracting immediate attention when, with a flourish, they sweep into the room. When this happens, one naturally expects the trumpets to blare out a fanfare. The ‘Sun King’ and builder of the Palace at Versailles, Louis XIV, is a superb example of the Leonine signature. An absolute monarch and one of France’s greatest, he was born under the rising of Libra, with the Sun in the constellation of the “lion” in the 10th house, and the Moon in Cancer in the 9th house, both luminaries being in their dignities. Typically enough, surmounting his gilded throne, is a colossal representation of the Sun, shooting forth rays of glory in all directions.

Fagan (Symbolism)

Those who have the Moon in the constellation Leo at birth are noted for the strength and dynamic force of their personalities. Seeming to overawe and ‘cow’ wherever they go, it is generally found that others make way for them. Although the center of attention, they are fully self-contained, and seem to fill the picture. Demanding attention, they immediately get it. Seldom can they be pushed aside. When they talk others listen and make obeisance.

Often in their rather sweeping statements and tendency to generalize, they strike terror into the hearts of their listeners, and they appear to talk as from the rostrum. Rigidity is noted in all their actions. Rarely can they be soft or sybaritic. Always one is conscious of a certain ‘bigness’ about them. To converse with them is seldom easy or simple; they are too prone to judge prematurely, condemn, exaggerate or castigate, and their prejudices are pronounced.


The nobility and idealism which modern writers have attributed to tropical Leo is noticeably absent from these accounts. This may be because the standard of behavior in the modern western democracies is higher than it used to be under the Roman Empire. Tropical Leo used to sound like a good figurehead, a painted king of beasts who has forgotten his beastliness in the effort to be kingly. Sidereal Leo is no mere painted lion; he enjoys throwing his weight about, is often imperious, and in speech and writing is sometimes long-winded and pompous.

He has however, great capacity for work and is the typical general who can endure all the sufferings of his men–which Aries would not want to do. His fiery temperament carries him on in the face of whatever risk, he despises slovenliness and weakness, but in spite of the traditional connection with the heart he is often too much the man of action to be outstandingly affectionate. He is reliable, not afraid to take decisions and abide by them.

But his idealism is genuine. As will appear in the Appendix, Leo is the most religious of the constellations, at any rate among Protestants. This must be because his ruler is the Sun, the most obvious divine symbol in the whole of creation; and this gives him a real desire to bring the divine inspiration into expression in himself. The correlative vice is found in the less imaginative type of Leo, who fails to make allowances for others because he is too conscious of his own inner drive to feel the reality of theirs.

The contrast between Leo and Cancer is instructive. Cancer succeeds by playing up to the situation nd the public, Leo by imposing himself upon it. Thus many famous Leonians owe their eminence less to their talent than to the force of personality. A good example of this is Dr. Johnson, who was born early in the day with the Sun in Virgo (the right constellation for a dictionary-maker), but with Leo on the Ascendant.

Like persons born strongly under the Sun, Leonians have large ideas, sometimes too large. Having much faith in themselves, they turn up as presidents, prime ministers, chairmen, managers, heads of departments and industrial bosses. Unlike Gemini, they take these positions entirely seriously, not just as a gorgeous game. Their choice of friends is often not uninfluenced by snobbery or ambition. They are not as rule good judges of character because they are somewhat insensitive and too complacent about their own beliefs; hence they can be imposed on. Most of them are physically robust, and tend to the vices of extravagance, unimaginativeness and ostentation. As acts of kindness they prefer to do deeds with a flavor of patronage, and within the limits of a taste, which is usually conventional, they like bright colors, large jewels and massive displays.

The most famous of all Leonians was Louis XIV, the ‘sun king ‘ who made the remark “L’etat, c’est moi. In the tropical zodiac he is supposed to be under Virgo, which is very had to believe! Napoleon and Alexander the Great were typical Leos, and Henry VIII, judging by his appearance, probably had this constellation rising, although, of the two horoscopes known of him, Gadbury gives an hour of birth a little too late for this, Cardan and Gauric a little too early. But although Leo is the type men choose for a king or president–the only American president to be twice re-elected had Leo rising–yet he is not always successful because he overrules others too often and too unthinkingly. This fault cost Charles I his throne, and was very obvious in the South African premier Verwoerd.

Luther, like Churchill, was Leo plus Scorpio, and this combination of constellations is the most indomitable of any, because its native never think it too much trouble to go on fighting. Time therefore is always on their side. And since people prefer authors who are born under the same sign as themselves, it is not surprising that Churchill in 1940 quoted Henley to the people of Britain.

Since the Sun is the center of life, it is perhaps rather difficult for Leo to understand death. He cannot merely accept it, as Taurus does, nor take it in his stride like Scorpio and Capricorn. The dark does not seem quite natural to the children of light, hence the poignancy of some of the poems of Housman and Sassoon, of Les Fleurs du Mal and The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Indeed Oscar Wilde was another of the most highly typical Leonians. Having the Moon in Cancer he never ceased to play to the gallery, and his Sun was on the borders of Virgo and Libra, combining the influences of Mercury and Venus, which are necessary to art; but with Leo rising he, wherever he went, was the center of the circle.

Sidereal Leo In Depth

Radiant you alternating between absolute self-confidence and abject insecurity, the world surely is a much better place with you in it. You are a world bearing being unto yourself. Those who are allowed to know you well understand this. Respect is the very substance of your being.

Your importance cannot be estimated. Any individual or thing gains in importance simply by gaining your attention. At your best you take up a great and worthy work at the center of many and for the good of all. Thus you enjoy all the good in life without guilt or self-doubt.

Your reputation precedes you everywhere and many people you will never know discuss your every move. You like to hold gatherings and surround yourself with interesting creative gifted and witty people. You also insist on being invited to the main event. Celebrity comes naturally although you might disdain it if you can’t have it on your terms. There are many things in life that are just quite simply and naturally beneath you.

You notice everything but choose to overlook a lot of what you see. Those things you overlook have a way of coming back to irritate or embarrass you. The day you stop overlooking and start overseeing and in turn directing is the day your life takes a big turn for the better.

The people around you are expecting you to lead, and are even disappointed if you don’t. The main thing is to overcome the mere feeling of self importance and actually become actively and functionally important. You have terrific energy and can accomplish more in a day than most people in a week. You also have an absolute genius for getting people to do things for you. If inclined towards business or corporate life you are unstoppable and can build a personal empire with an ease that often causes those less gifted to cry foul.

Your innate sense of entitlement and freedom from guilt makes you a natural entrepreneur. Much as you demand wealth it is never only the money you are after, it is the glory and the admiration of your few peers. When offended you can be extremely vindictive, and arrange some legal form of revenge but you usually relent before carrying it out. You disdain the petty the mean and the small minded. You believe in fair play and never try to keep anyone down. In fact you always challenge those around you to do their best. That rare one can appear who is a marvel of intelligent efficiency and loyalty. That one is your protégé.

You love natural surroundings and wilderness areas. Horses and dogs are often important to you. And you can mourn the passing of a beloved creature as if it were a real member of the family. Leo’s have been known to keep a Lion as a pet.

In love you are devoted passionate and deeply sensual reveling in every detail of the love affair. You can be extremely generous and almost sickeningly doting towards the object of your affections. Rhapsodic music and extravagant outbursts of passion are the order of the day. Extravagant gifts the best seats in the theatre, that special private table in the exclusive restaurant.

You may entertain doubts about whom or what god is but you don’t doubt that there is a supreme being. You can be profoundly religious and devoted to the external trappings of your religion. The architecture of cathedrals and temples appeal to you, and you will design or contribute to their construction. You are sure if there is a god/dess that it is aware of you.



AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.

Manilius, ASTRONOMICA book 4

Shining at the hinge of the year by the blazing turning-point which when recalled the Sun rounds in his course on high, the Crab occupies a joint of heaven and bends back the length of day. Of a grasping spirit and unwilling to give itself in service the Crab distributes many kinds of gain, and skill in making profits; he enables a man to carry his investment of foreign merchandise from city to city and, with an eye on steep rises in the price of corn, to risk his money upon sea-winds; to sell the world’s produce to the world, to establish commercial ties between so many unknown lands, to search out under foreign skies fresh sources of gain, and from the high price of his goods to amass sudden wealth. With heaven’s favor he also sells seasons of idleness at rates of interest to his liking, wishing the swift passage of time to add to the principal. His is a shrewd nature, and he is ready to fight for his profits.

SUN IN CANCER: Jul 17 – Aug 16

Cancer is the exaltation of Jupiter (15 degrees), August 2, and it is ruled by Delilah, the Moon. According to Manilius, it signifies merchants, traders, and those intent on amassing money by barter and exchange. It tallies with the 10th house of the mundane sphere… noon…the busiest hours of the day, when business of all descriptions is transacted. It is the time when marketing and shopping is at its greatest swing, and the buying and selling of merchandise at their maximum tempo. Like the flow and ebb of the tides, during these hours much money changes hands. But according to medieval tradition, the 2nd house holds dominion over “Money and the Means of Livelihood.

Ptolemy also averred that the midheaven and the Moon ruler of Cancer signified the mother, and here there is agreement. To Cancer, as stated, the ancients allotted the Moon, the Babylonians Sin, as regent because this constellation reflected its characteristics to a remarkable degree. Interalia, the Moon is the significator of the imagination and those born when she is placed in the foreground of their nativities have a hypernormal imagination and sensitivity. This image-creating faculty may be so strong as to cause natives of this constellation to mistake their own mental projections for reality, and accordingly, they sometimes tend to suffer from delusions. One can be moved to action by strong feelings of love or hatred, by never by pure thought. Demagogues know this and so they work upon the feelings and passions of an audience rather than on its common sense.

It is small wonder, therefore, that Cancer has produced some of the greatest imaginative writers, dramatists, actors, painters, poets and reporters….The unintelligent ones live in an imaginative world of make-believe, and fancy themselves playing all sorts of roles from the heroic to martyrdom. If introduced to strangers, unacquainted with the facts of his life, a Cancerian will narrate, with excited gestures and grimaces, a series of episodes from which he always emerges as the modest ‘hero.’ Like Mussolini, he is forever acting a part, trying thereby to inflate his ego; or else he visualizes himself as a Mahatma, wielding potent powers. Sometimes these stories are believed, and they gain wide circulation until the day comes, as it must, when they are exposed for what they are worth, to the utter dismay of the native…

Seeing that Cancer signifies the mother principle, the Cancerian finds his greatest joy in his home, his children, his relations, the mother church, the mother country and the Alma Mater: hence his marked sense of patriotism. A lover of sports…when, as a spectator on the sports field, he identifies himself with the home team, shouting and cajoling it on to victory. Always generous, to his children he is generous to a fault and for this reason he is often accused of nepotism. He takes the greatest pride in their achievements, and is disconsolate at their failures, because he has identified himself completely with them. When they succeed he has succeeded, but when they fail, it is he who has failed.

As Jupiter is enthroned in this constellation, Cancerians are generous to a fault and cannot refrain from helping the seemingly undeserving. In any activity that brings them face to face with the general public, catering to its needs, especially if the fair sex is involved, such as working in hotels, supermarkets, coffee bars, night clubs and so on, the scions of Cancer are in their element. Generally speaking, Cancerians make shrewd and usually successful business people, with a flare for organization and expansion.

With the imaginative Moon as ruler, it is not surprising to find that the mysterious and occult hold a strange attraction for natives of this constellation. The Cancerians’ most characteristics signature is their ‘rubber’ faces. When photographed they always pose and distort their faces into some strange grimace. Seldom does one catch their features in repose…. Hypersensitive to a degree, he is touchy, moody, soon angered and soon moved to tears.

Among those who have the Sun in the constellation Cancer, mention may be made of the following: Balfour, Hore Belisha, H.P. Blavatsky, Emily Bronte, Rupert Brooke, Hiram Butler, Calvin, John Dee, Guy de Maupassant, Alexander Dumas, (Pere et Fils), Amelia Earhart, Henry Ford, George IV, Haldane, Harpignies, Max Heidel, Emile Jennings, Carl Jung, Keyserling, Harry Lauder, Alan Leo, Louis XI, Henry Lunn, Marquess of Queensbury, Dag Hammarskjold, Fidel Castro, Mussolini, R.H. Naylor, Walter Pater, Oswald Reeves, John Reith, Rembrandt, Reuter, Reynolds, Dawson Rogers, George Bernard Shaw, Shelley, Phillip Snowden, Southey, Thackeray, Tennyson, David Yule. Marshall McLuhan, John Glenn, Aldous Huxley, Alfred Hitchcock, Jacqueline Kennedy.

Fagan, (Symbolism)

When the Moon is in Cancer she is, as the ancients would say, ‘in her own house,’ and therefore perfectly at home and at her ease. So placed and in proximity to the angles, she makes the native soft, super-sensitive, tender, gentle, delicate, timid, yielding, graceful, dependent and somewhat effeminate, reacting to every shade of emotion which is instantaneously reflected in his expressive features. For this reason, Moon-in-Cancer people are popular, as they are willing to listen, patiently, to any tale of woe, and to tender their sympathy.

Such men readily find favor with the opposite sex. Despite the Cancerians timidity, they ‘long to be the darling of the crowd’ and are best suited for a career which brings them into close contact with people. Many scions of royal families were born with the Moon near the middle of Cancer, that is near the 15th degree, which is that of the exaltation of Jupiter. Provided there is no influence to the contrary, Moon-in-Cancer folk are very conscious of their appearance, and many noted dandies will be found among them.


The Moon then probably received the rulership of Cancer when Greek traders in the Levant discovered that this constellation was not after all simply a tortoise, belonging inevitably to Hermes, but on the Syrian coast was a crab, which belonged equally plainly to the Moon. For although the actual formation of the zodiac owed probably nothing to the Greeks, there was a time before planetary rulerships were invented, and these may well have been devised when Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek influences were all becoming blended together, soon after the conquests of Alexander; and he died in 323 B.C.

So the character of Cancer ought to be determined, like that of any other sign, by its ruler as much as anything else. In recent times astrologers have tended to see Cancer as ‘the maternal sign,’ but in rather a sentimental way, as though all mothers were necessarily sloppy. The Great Mother, however, is much more than a bosom to weep on….

Two thousand years ago there was nothing sentimental about the Moon and the sea; they suggested travel and trade, and to knock about in the world of those days it was no use being thin-skinned. So it was the crab’s hard shell, which was, emphasized then, not the half-hidden sensitiveness on which modern writers have laid stress…. Here is the complete politician! The Moon’s rulership is obvious in his dependence on the public and on circumstance, and the word translated ‘affected’ implies that sidereal CANCERians love showing off, telling stories and playing to the gallery. A good example of this was Mussolini, who was always strutting about pulling faces and trying to look dignified. A more surprising case is the severe Calvin. Perhaps this is explained by the fact that extreme Protestantism arose among the people as a protest against the misbehaving Church; and the Moon traditionally represents the people.

The advertising profession illustrates the artificial jolliness needed to evoke a good response in the public nowadays only too plainly, which is typically Cancerian. But even if bogus charm and hypocrisy are the profession vices of advertisers and politicians, it does not follow that Cancerians are insincere….

Cancer became ‘the Ascendant of the world’ not because of the basic importance of the Moon and the people, nor because this puts the ambitious Aries on top of the world horoscope, but because the ancient Egyptian year began with the rising of Sirius; and although the sidereal longitude of Sirius is always 19 degrees Gemini, Sirius lies south of the zodiac, and hence the actual Ascendant, when Sirius rises at Memphis or Alexandria, is in Cancer.

Cancer, like Aries, is easier to describe by its vices than its virtues. This happens to some extent with all signs, because the vice is often only the exaggeration of a quality which if it were not exaggerated would not attract attention. Cancer, like the Jungian ‘sensation type,’ appears to be more interested in phenomena than in their meaning; he likes to know what happens, by contrast to his opposite sign Capricorn, who is sometimes a little careless about what actually happens if he things he can fathom why it happens. Cancer, though sometimes a dreamer, is very rarely out of touch, because he likes to know what is going on; he may be guilty of misinterpretation, but his theories will not be remote from facts. He is affable, popular, familiar, and does not feel that in agreeing with others he is having to make allowances for them.

So the ancient notion of a Cancerian was not a timid creature hiding his sensibility under a shell of hardness, but rather the cheery commercial or travelling salesman type, the circus tout or company promoter who says with great assurance whatever he thinks will please and lives entirely by his relation with the public. In fact the Leo native who now finds himself attributed to Cancer need not imagine that he is being put under a weak and watery constellation; sidereal Cancer is often a manager, and excels as the popular comedian, the convention organizer, the public relations officer.

For whereas tropical Cancer was maternal, sentimental, devoted to children and the sea, superficially sensitive but possibly rather hard within (which agrees quite well with sidereal Gemini), sidereal Cancer… wears his shell on the outside. He is thick-skinned, not as sensitive as he appears, but easily influenced by emotional situations. Being ruled by the Moon he is changeable, but only on the surface. Cancer wants to agree with people, to be one of the clan, to be in the swim, and consequently plays up to every situation, so much so that he is accused of insincerity and hypocrisy.

From his point of view this is unfair; he wants to give others the opportunity of being right, even if they disagree among themselves. His face is rarely in repose, and he is a bit of an actor, the typical politician in a democratic country, just as Aries is in an autocracy. But whereas Leo imposes himself on a situation by sheer force of personality, Cancer incarnates the popular feeling and thus becomes the natural mouthpiece of the people….Cancer also, thanks to his imaginative sympathy, makes a novelist and story-teller, and is always ready to make or to hear confessions about the private lives of himself and others.

But underneath this lunar changefulness Cancer knows what he wants and is getting it, and in order to have some element of security in his mind he is usually obliged to be conventional in his ideas and firmly attached to his family, country, employer, political party or some other anchor. He is often also a journalist, a gossip and flatterer, the universal joint of social life who knows a little of everything and gets on well with everyone. In Europe one has the impression that the noisy popularity-seeking type is especially common in the U.S.A. and is well liked there.

As parents, Cancerians are too indulgent and too possessive; in later life they tend to become fat, lazy and badly dressed. They dislike militarism, but are said to have very good memories…with a taste for history, antiques, and knickknacks. As a compensation for self-doubt they live in a fantasy world and readily identify themselves with some mother figure such as the Church or State, the party, country or local footfall team. They seem to suffer easily from inferiority feelings, and this is the reason why they project their ego on to an organization; others pose, boast or get drunk and other again make out that if they are not much themselves at least their family contains some clever people. They practice nepotism and expect others to be sympathetic and let them profit by it; but their pride is easily punctured. In spite of this they are good at business, conscientious and not mean.

Extraversion and introversion occur, of course, under all constellations, but Cancer is typically the extravert who finds truth outside himself, just as Capricorn is typically the opposite. Dr. Jung himself, though an introvert, took great trouble as a Cancerian to conciliate the prejudices of the conventional and pretend that he does not trespass on Tom Tiddler’s ground. And this is wise in one who has ideas to put over.

A most typical Cancerian was George Bernard Shaw, since he as both a dramatist and political worker, and sold himself to the public as a picturesque personality. Another was General Douglas MacArthur: he had the Moon in Cancer by either zodiac, and one would think that his Ascendant must from his character have been Leo, but his Sun was in Capricorn.

Sidereal Cancer In Depth

A really good loaf of bread is a fine thing. You worship security comfort and wealth as a means to sustain and protect the many deserving and undeserving people you care about. It is the mood music of life that you listen to and play moment by moment day by day as you pass in and out of each person’s atmosphere. Life is a soap opera starring you and featuring everyone you know.

You tend to absorb a lot of heavy emotional energy and carry it around with you to the point of depression. Being a natural busy body you forget where your boundaries are and interfere in things that you do not understand. But so convinced are you that your feelings are real information that there is no talking to you once you have made up your mind about what the ‘problem’ is.

Super sensitive to rejection you tend to protect your inner feelings from possible damage by being on guard all the time. You can be irritable and easily offended. In this way you reject others and hurt the ones who love you. You easily substitute emotional fulfillment with a job or career that absorbs all your time and energy. Respect is extremely important to you and you are willing to work very hard to gain it.

Like everyone else you enjoy good news. But what really engages you is bad news, the worse the better. Empathizing with people in trouble is a special natural talent which you possess; if you add real training to it you become a highly skilled councilor. Highly interested in Theatre Art and Film you like to collect books artifacts CDs and DVDs. Youre always upgrading your iPod because you just need more music. You may also be engaged in any of the many careers related to these fields.

You are interested in the world to the extent that it can impact upon your personal life your family your friends. And it sometimes happens that you find yourself personally involved in an issue that concerns the community as a whole. In this case public life and politics come naturally. Celebrities interest you and if you happen to become one yourself then you really don’t mind.

In love you seek emotional security and must be convinced that you are deeply understood before you give your emotional loyalty. You may be obliged to go through a series of harrowing emotional disappointments before you gain the inner stability to sustain a long lasting relationship. At your most intensely involved the romantic passes over into the mystical and you enter a kind of heaven of love.

Religious and spiritual concerns engage you because you carry a deep need to believe that there is a god/dess watching over you. When young you are likely to explore many different spiritual paths but as you grow older it is the god/dess of your childhood and ancestors that is likely to gain your final allegiance. Yet there is a much deeper level to your spiritual longings and if you can find the actual courage, you are able to go there and become a “twice born” member of the Elect.

With the ever changing and moody Moon as ruler of the Constellation of Cancer the Key Word is inevitably: Emotion. As the third Star House in the Archetypal Zodiac Cancer has everything to do with ones Mother and of course also ones siblings. The third Starhouse is also the scene of ones capacity to communicate to and empathize with others in an immediate and spontaneous way. The very first person anyone communicates with is Mother and that communication begins in the womb. The connection with siblings and spontaneous communication makes the Third Starhouse a house of Friendship and convivial self projection.

With the Exaltation of Jupiter in the Constellation of Cancer we find it’s Natives capable of being happy expansive and generous. Jupiter also endows the native with a strong interest in religion and to an extent in philosophy and the occult. The Moon if dramatically configured and strong will incline the native towards music acting and a public life. Though innately shy and defensive Cancerians love to be the centre of attention and bask in the warm feelings of their family friends and the public. Because of the connections between the Moon Jupiter and the effects of Saturn in Detriment in the Constellation of Cancer its Natives are very often deeply concerned with issues of Security and Safety.

Most immediately this need for Security is the need for Emotional Security. Many a Cancerian has terminated a relationship or employment position simply because they felt insecure. Whether this feeling of insecurity is rational or not will depend upon other factors in the Birth Chart such as the position of Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn. Natives of this Star House can be extremely intense emotionally and sexually. Often romantic to a fault they personalize every aspect of life, and can indulge in the most outlandish displays of self pity and melodrama. They also have a rather overdeveloped sense of guilt and when not busy making others feel guilty are indulging in it themselves.

The fall of Mars in Cancer can make its Natives sexually demanding and emotionally explosive with a pronounced weakness for alcohol and drugs. But should Saturn be stronger in the chart than Mars then the native will be abstemious controlling and miserly. It is often the case that Control as the afflicted extension of the need for Security can become the dominant theme in the Natives life. In this case the Native is moody withdrawn and uncommunicative and can drive others to distraction by subjecting them to the “silent treatment”. But so variable are the moods of Cancer that in due course the victim of the “silent treatment” will be subjected to an unending litany of complaints and grievances. If these are ignored the Cancer throws a big tantrum which can easily end in tears, with or without a remorseful confession of guilt.

There is a highly developed Native of Cancer who is capable of meeting and calmly confronting every kind of emotion come what may. These aristocrats of the Constellation of Cancer are able to become the central character in a very large “extended family” composed of a very wide variety of distinctly different human individuals who oddly are able to get along on a good humored “agree to disagree” basis. We can also find these individuals as the Heads of Corporations and Organizations enjoying the unflagging love and loyalty of their employees and associates.

These rare exalted Cancerians can also be found as spiritual teachers. The planet Jupiter carries the meaning of “spiritual teacher” and indeed it is true that by observing the position of Jupiter and its aspects in any Sidereal Birth Chart we can see the quality and worth of the Natives spiritual teacher. This kind of Cancerian will be found preserving and fostering a spiritual tradition rather than setting the world on fire with any unseemly or eccentric innovation. We should not forget that even at this level the need for security will make itself felt and the wise Cancerian will seek the most reliable and well tested spiritual knowledge and practice.

If Mercury and Saturn are also strong and in a positive position the Native will become an extremely effective spokes person for their spiritual tradition. There will be a natural talent for writing, public speaking and the ability to face any spiritual challenge. Being well able to understand the emotions that move and change people they are able to communicate with a very wide variety of people. There is a sound and sensible concern for the physical as well as spiritual needs of people and pragmatic social activists are found amongst the natives of this Star House.