Fixed Star Algol 25° or 26° Taurus
The most evil star in the cosmos.
I have connected with many men, of importance to me, with Algol influencing them. Recently, I met another so I went to find information about the “most evil star in the heavens” [Robson*, p.124.].
I’m focusing on heterosexual men and their interest in women because that’s where I have the most intimate experience with Algol. If this applies to women with Algol or gay men with Algol, please note that in the comments field — thank you. In fact, note anything you like in the comments field — such as how you believe Algol manifests in women with the conjunction.
One of the online articles I most enjoyed reading (great delineation info in the Artists & Algol and Keywords section) was published by Marina of Darkstar Astrology. While reading her article about Algol, I remembered that during my Goth phase (I’ve got the reinvention aspect that Madonna and David Bowie have as we share similar chart signatures) I had done an art and poem piece on the beauty and strength of Medusa without knowing much more than what she looked like and that she could turn men into stone.
Since a young child I had a fascination with the Medusa Myth, without ever really studying it. My hair is naturally wild and is corkscrew curly. Innately I knew that I was more intense then most of the other children. After reading Marina’s article I realized I may have a personal connection to or I have been playing out the myth of Medusa with Algol men without really knowing it.
Update (November 25, 2012). See article The Fixed Star Capulus: Off with their Heads, and the Male Temperament and Sexual Energy of Capulus Women! about Capulus, the counterpart or partner of Algol.
Interesting to note, Jupiter returned to 25° Taurus on May, 22, 2012 (this year)! I wrote about Algol a day after I experienced an Algol influenced male (Article One, and two) and I didn’t even know Jupiter had conjunct Algol on that day! And the last blog post I did was on June 14th which is when Jupiter first entered Gemini at 0°. The cosmos are freaky!
Today, the world transits related to Algol are:
Mars and North Node at 26° Scorpio Opposite Algol
Venus is 27° Leo Square Algol
Astrologers usually only recognize the conjunction as having the greatest and/or purest impact; however, I read these transits as a time for the Algol male to clean up his act — face the truth, and heal through their own love, leadership, and warmth of self.
And considering in December 2012, Algol Conjunct SN. Algol may become a thing of the past.
I think the Algol men, of women who have experienced their lowest selves, will have their Algol ‘put to rest’ and thrown into the “pile of corpses” they once created. Healing is coming. It’s no accident I’m talking about all this during Saturn Scorpio — which I see as liberating and related to maturity rather than restriction.
My astrology, which may be noteworthy to this article, include: Virgo the Virgin stellium in the 8th house of Scorpio (sex, death, psychology, etc). Moon, Mercury, Venus, Pluto, Vesta, and South Node. Mercury and Pluto, not conjunct, reside in the 8th. Uranus Libra straddles the 8th and 9th with Medusa conjuncting it. Minerva and Athene are in my 7th house conjunct my Sun which is conjunct my Mars. Neptune is in my 10th.Pallas is in my 2nd house in Pisces and conjunct my North Node. I have Algol, as a degree, in my 4th house. It is not conjunct anything though the closest conjunction would be with Saturn, if it were in orb.
The Medusa Myth
There are many ways that the Medusa myth is expressed. I’m sure you’ll find many versions. This is the one I’m working from:
Legend has it that “Algol [also known as the demon star or death star] represents the head of the Gorgon Medusa who was slain by Perseus. Medusa, who was the only mortal one of the three Gorgon sisters, was originally a beautiful maiden, but her hair was changed into hissing serpents by Minerva in consequence of her having become [raped and impregnanted] by Neptune [Medusa is the mother of Chrysaor and Pegasus], in one of Minerva’s temples. This gave her so fearful an appearance that everyone who looked at her was changed into stone. [Robson*, p.123.]“.
The main players in this story
- Medusa, Virgin Priestess of Athena (Vestal Virgin) — assigned Virgo, then transformed into Scorpio
- Neptune (aka Poseidon), Rapist or Seducer — assigned Pisces
- Minera (aka Athena),Virgin Goddess — assigned Scorpio
- Mother, the missing water sign — assigned Cancer
Algol, being connected to Taurus, means that the opposite sign is Scorpio. Given Scorpio is co-ruled by Vesta, the keeper of the Vestal Virgins I liken Medusa with the sign of Scorpio as well as Virgo, the Virgin (domicile of Vesta). Algol is positioned in near the third eye of Medusa’s head. Also, Medusa is connected to Minerva who is (in turn) connected to Pluto. It was in Minerva’s temple that Medusa, a Vestal Virgin, was defiled by Neptune (Pisces).
Images of Medusa (sexual, ugly, powerful, crazed, afraid, horrific, angry, innocent, deformity)
A New & Modern Interpretation: The Heterosexual Man and the Fixed Star, Algol
Finding meaning in Algol…
“Primitive female sexuality; strangulation, beheading, danger to throat and neck, murder, violence, mass catastrophe; the “Evil One”, the Demon Star; passionate; intense; hysterical. A pulsating, eclipsing double-star also associated with extreme creativity; an expression of the Dark Side…” Rob Tillet
“Some astrologers say that Algol can indicate a person who stands up and speaks out about injustice which they feel passionately about, and who attracts dificult/intense life situations but who also has the ability to handle them. Negatively it is said that Algol folks will be cruel, harsh, brutal, destructive.” Source
“The mythological beheading of Medusa symbolizes the ultimate silencing of female wisdom and expression. It is the act which stops her growth, limits her potential movement and cultural contributions. She is obliterated and her severed head is flaunted on the Acropolis and other works of art in pride of her and all women’s subjugation by violent men. She is broken and her body enslaved. Her spirit, her mind, her spiritual powers are killed. Her once honored forces of female creativity and destruction are halted. Her role as dynamic mediatrix degraded. Her life-giving, death-wielding powers and wild forces of nature are controlled, tamed, and mastered by the male order. The cycles of life and nature are made to conform to his linear perspective.” Alicia Le Van
“The young man finds Medusa on his way to virility. The threatening image of the snake woman is a metaphor of the mother figure. The growing child has to cope with and eventually to emancipate from his mother’s gaze. The separation from the mother leads to the boy’s independence and to the liberation of his sexuality. The decapitation of the Medusa can then be seen as the cutting of the umbilical cord. The mythological story hardly casts any doubt on this interpretation. Only after he has slain off Medusa’s head, Perseus is capable of liberating Andromeda from her chains to marry her.” Laurens de Vos
“I believe “Algol Conjunct Juno” relates to having a partnership ended through abuse (Juno = marriage, partnership, tough love), an abusive marriage, or severe disrespect of dominant female energy in a partnership.” Abella Arthur
Algol Keywords by Darkstar Astrology: Creating monsters, Frankenstein, splicing, plastic surgery, mutation, genetic manipulation, playing god, weird heads, unusual hair, abnormal sex drive, perversion, warped mind, exaggerated demeanor, deformities, a creation that becomes destructive to its maker, regeneration, montaging, potency versus impotence, brewers droop, striking, stunning, spine-tingling. Darkstar Astrology
Caput Algol in Taurus at 26 degrees has long been held to be the most malevolent star in the heavens, and signals beheadings. It is now considered to be a point in your chart that shows you losing your head over something or someone. An aspect of Caput Algol to your Venus could indicate a tendency to fall obsessively in love with your paramours. If you have a tendency to be a workaholic and focus all your energies in your career, that would be shown by a placement of Caput Algol directly conjunct your Midheaven, your tenth house cusp, or your sixth house cusp, which is the sector of your day to day employment. Isabelle Ghaneh
“The overarching theme of Algol is improper conduct, and Capulus natives persecute (as in, Perseus) that conduct. Some natives, that have both Algol and Capulus, persecute their own improper conduct and this impropriety often generates shame. Capulus (with or without Algol) natives also persecute Algol or Algol type behavior in others.” Abella Arthur
Diego Rivera (Neptune 25° 52′ Conjunct Algol & Moon 20° 27′ Conjunct Capulus & Algol), & his partner Frida Kahlo (Midheaven 23° 25′ Conjunct Capulus & Algol). And while Frida’s Moon 29° 43′ is generally considered too wide to conjunct Algol, it is at a critical degree near Algol and just conjuncts Diego’s Moon.
A man with Algol in his chart fears, yet encourages the deep dark power of the woman he’s mesmerized by. He is drawn to her strength and divine beauty, yet he has something within him that wishes to see the brutality, and dark beauty in her, and he’ll draw it out by any means necessary.
He desires and admires a fiercely independent woman, especially financially and sexually (timidity being rejected as non-attractive) yet by his own unconscious actions can cause dependence, and lack of confidence that previously did not exist in her but did or does in him.
I see this as a transference. What the woman has, he wants and the only way he feels he can get it is by taking her power away and giving it to himself.
With the Algol male, he may lure the Medusa archetype in by suggesting he is benign and docile, and worships her strength, when in fact — he is not and does not. The good old unconscious bait and switch. He is a monster, and he sets out to create a monster.
The Algol man is also able to get into the mind of his woman or women of choice. He can read what motivates her, and see right through her – to her weaknesses. In many ways this also makes him quite attractive to Medusa type women who may be difficult to understand and yearn to be known.
And he can put his woman to ‘sleep’ just as easily as he can ‘arouse’ her system.
I get a sense that something traumatic (ie emotional and/or sexual abuse) happened to these sensitive men when they were children, potentially with the most important woman of their life — their mother. The Algol man is attempting to resolve his issues (often related to a denial of independence and/or a demand to take care of Mother because Father wouldn’t, wasn’t around, or wasn’t available) with Mother through intimate and sexual encounters with women. To me, this is considered a safe shift.
Nine Inch Nails: The Perfect Drug (1997), Trent Reznor, Sun Conjunct Algol
When the Algol male feels seared by a strong woman (what he encourages through his unconscious actions and desires), he will then attempt to cut her power in a musical chair dance of emotional and often, sexual abuse. The resulting effect is self-esteem and confidence busting and that makes the perceived and hidden inadequacies of the man more tolerable for himself yet he is generally fully aware of sabotaging the woman and the good relationship he actually wants but doesn’t know how to have.
A man with Algol is only fiercely attracted to the strongest of women. No other woman is worth his time or effort in subduing, and taming, yet encouraging her wild and beastly side at the same time. He wants to own the rabid yet innocent whore when all other men might view her as just the loyal virgin. He can not get this charge from any other woman for he could not then access his often unacknowledged deep desire for power and control of the woman. This is the same woman who would turn any other man to stone but for the Algol male, she will eventually submit and be at his mercy by averting her gaze.
You’ll find any man, not wanting to succumb to the archetypical Medusa female, will avert his gaze for fear of getting drawn in and fixated by her.
It is unfortunate that the Algol male feels he has to subjugate or tame his Medusa. But the lowering of her power is essentially due to wanting to regain his own lost power (held deeply within the woman of his desires, Medusa, aka his Mother) due to feelings of inadequacy and fear so he chooses and is most attracted to women who will ignite this dynamic so he can play out his myth.
Unfortunately, the Algol male is not ever satisfied. He is lustful in his pursuit of the whore while having the Virgin. Basically, at his command, he wants the woman to be powerful or docile. But can a truly powerful woman accept these commands? Wouldn’t she be considered submissive? This is the dichotomy of the what the Algol man wants — perhaps, a fantasy woman.
And after the Algol male defiles his woman, he secretly hopes she will turn back into the beautiful vestal virgin that she once was.
The object of the Algol male’s desire has intense sexual power over him that he fears yet is tremendously excited about. But he also feels he may be inadequate — can he live up to her and her desires? If he senses the woman might emasculate or leave him, he may begin to automatically and unconsciously behave in ways that are considered mean, destructive, evil, and ruthless in order to avoid that from happening or happening again (as it did with Mother or was threatened by her).
In reality, the Algol male is a sexual God, sex Guru, a Porn Star of the morning’s light. He is not inadequate, and has immense personal and sexual power irrespective of the object of his affection. The more the woman of his affection communicates this, it can help heal; however, the male is best to do his part in healing his infantile wounds.
The man with Algol is often seen as introverted, hidden, and/or reclusive.
The Algol man knows of his “dark passenger” and he is often drawn to horror, and hobbies that are violent, aggressive, or potentially lethal or one’s that mimic it. This is a safe way to excercise their demons. Speed based hobbies are also notable in the Algol man.
Dexter, a TV show speech about the “dark passenger”.
Looking through the lens of Algol, with a focus on male heterosexuality — learn of Pablo Picasso (with his wife and mistresses), Paul Bernardo (with Karla Homolka), and Jean-Paul Sarte (with Simone de Beauvoir) and their women. All these men have Jupiter Conjunct Algol.
Note that the Algol man doesn’t seem as moved by the tears of the woman but he tries to understand it. Think Pablo Picasso and the horrific paintings he did of the beautiful women he bed. He put them in so much pain and then captured the pain permanently — MAJOR Algol.
Agol Mothers Speak
When I spoke with mothers of Algol men, they suggested that their sons displayed an inability to deal with their life so they dealt with life for them even in their adulthood (such as still buying their 30 year old their underwear and socks). They said that it was their sons that couldn’t “cut the umbilical cord”. But when I witnessed their behaviour, I saw that it was the Mother who was subliminally telling the son that she needed him to depend on her so that’s what he gave or gives her. She just can’t let go, and it’s often only in death that the son feels free of her clutches. One mother finally admitted that when she separated from her son’s father, she was worried that she was leaning on her son too much since she was so used to making decisions with her husband, who was no longer around. It’s a twisted and complex web that is weaved but clearly both mother and son participate in the son’s downfall. And it is ultimately the son that must find the courage and conviction to separate from his mother by separating the mother from his wife, lover, or girlfriend without destroying the relationship he has with these women.
Note: Algol mothers often don’t want or can’t bare their sons making any mistakes so they make decisions for them. Then when these boys grow up to be men, they are not equipped to make good decisions or take care of their lives, or their wives. This is where the lover, girlfriend, wife, or partner of the Algol male takes over, and where resentment begins for the male. He, yet again, is told how to run his life and he doesn’t like it one bit. The problem? The Algol male is attracted to what he knows in a woman — his mother. He often attracts Capulus or Algol women.
Nine Inch Nails: Closer (Uncensored) (1994), Trent Reznor – Sun Conjunct Algol
Freud would find joy in me saying that even if a male with Algol doesn’t have overt sexual desires of dominance, it still lurks beneath and often rules many of his aggressive and emotional impulses towards females.
Neptune rules Pisces. When we think of Pisces, we may think of words like submissive, docile, and uncertain yet Neptune (aka Poseidon) raped Medusa and that delivered her to the fate of being turned from a beautiful, chaste, loyal, servicing, and pure woman (Virgo) into an ugly, defiled, betrayed, and rabid whore (a side of Scorpio) who has been marked with pregnancy.
Scorpio is the opposite of Taurus! Taurus is in Algol.
Algol is like Mercury or Venus in aspect to Pluto especially as a square or opposition.
“In 1940, Sigmund Freud’s Das Medusenhaupt (Medusa’s Head) was published posthumously. This article laid the framework for his significant contribution to a body of criticism surrounding the monster. Medusa is presented as “the supreme talisman who provides the image of castration — associated in the child’s mind with the discovery of maternal sexuality — and its denial.“ Psychoanalysis continue archetypal literary criticism to the present day: Beth Seelig analyzes Medusa’s punishment from the aspect of the crime of having been raped rather than having willingly consented in Athena’s temple as an outcome of the goddess’ unresolved conflicts with her own father, Zeus.” Source
God Control & Domination
What’s intriguing is that Pisces is below Scorpio as it’s a mutable sign and Scorpio is a fixed sign. Was Neptune trying to reach (dominate) Minerva (1) through the acquiescing Medusa? If Medusa is to be considered connected to Virgo, then Medusa and Neptune were opposites (by sign) and that indicates vacillation between two extremes yet a mindful merging can sear the two together. In that way, Neptune could cross over to Minerva’s domain and merge with her. (2)
Playing Out The Myths
I don’t have all the answers. It’s through discussion and experience with Algol men, as well as learning about famous Algol men and connecting it back to my own experiences and insights, that I’ve come to understand as little as I have today.
I feel like there is something deeply psychological about Algol and how to heal it. I’m not trained in psychology so if you have the knowledge, please share the technical terms and meaning when you see it in this article. I would greatly appreciate that as it kind of feels like I’m feeling my way through the dark.
Can Algol possess or respect both the virgin and the whore in one woman without lowering her self-esteem and power? Does the Algol man reach deeply into the archetype of Medusa within the woman? Can he heal her? If he does, does he then destroy her? Does he have deep insight into what makes her tick? Is it asking too much of the woman to be loyal and gentle yet be a sexual whore and have the strength to be self-reliant all the same?
By the end of this article, I did manage to come up some suggestions…
The Algol male is a sexual God, sex Guru, a porn star of morning’s light. He is not inadequate, and has immense personal and sexual power irrespective of the object of his affection. The more the woman of his affection communicates this, it can help heal; however, the male is best to do his part in healing his infantile wounds.
If the Algol male wishes to end the cycle and heal his wounded experience with his mother or early powerful female caregiver, he can consider completing his separation of mother through taking full control of his life. Through demonstrating he can take charge of his own life, any woman in his life can destroy the role of mother and focus on being the girlfriend, lover, or wife. If the woman continues to take on the role / archetype of mother with an Algol male, she will eventually experience pain and heartache as he attempts to resolve his mother issues with them by cutting off her head or getting to cut her own head off (her ego power) so-to-speak before she castrates him with help and nurturing he can not consciously stomach even if he subconsciously desires and encourages it.
To the Algol male: You’ve got a set of balls, USE them. Self-control or be controlled. Raise your own power without taking away the power of another. Mother yourself, and maybe even mother your lover. Your mother or the woman you love, who engages in the Mother / Medusa archetype with you, can not let you go or allow you to be the adult you are until you prove that you’ll be safe and can go it on your own. No blame. No victimization. Claim your place as a separate and distinct adult, making your own healthy and successful decisions without pushing away the Medusa — face her head on, as an equal. And don’t cut corners, also known as being lazy.
To women attracted to Algol men:
In the end, a relationship with an Algol man will be one of the deepest connections you can ever make as you represent Mother! An Algol man isn’t for the faint of heart — only the strongest of women will do for him. And he will respect you as long as you keep strong no matter how much he might try to chip away at you but we all have our breaking point!
You like to serve and are receptive to being influenced, as was the case with Medusa in the temple. In your core, you are innocent and naive but as a child you were hurt and left alone to fend for yourself far too often — unprotected and inappropriately used by a strong and hard-to-access female figure (such as your Mother). As an adult, you’re working out the Medusa myth.
Know that the Algol male desires your nurturing, attention, and firm hand, but while that’s comforting (like being back in the womb), it can be overwhelming, intrusive, and block his man-hood.
As hard as it may be, it is incredibly important that you be his girlfriend, lover, or wife — not his Mother.
Just get out of his business, and if he cries about that — tell him that the only way you’ll get back in is if he doesn’t resist or try to control you (that which he feels you’re doing with him!). He has to stand up and face you head-on if you’re the one he really wants — no tricks (like he mirror with Medusa), and in a disciplined and strong way.
Mother yourself or as strange as it may seem, ask the Algol male to mother you — giving you both an opportunity to experience what you missed out on. You need some tenderness now and then too. You also need some motherly direction.
While missing out on nurturing and guidance aided you to become a strong and independent woman, with the freedom to make her own strong opinions and desires, it’s left — below the surface — a woman who desires to be lead and be taken care of.
So now, due to that deficiency in yourself, you’re overcompensating by nurturing and guiding the Algol male; however, do know that while initially they find it loving and enjoy the attention, eventually they’ll turn on you — resent you — for doing it. That’s the dichotomy. They desire to be mothered but what they really want is to grow up, and you’re holding them back — just like their mother did.
So what will they do: Resist and subjugate you.
When Algol is involved, the myth played out between you and your person of interest is quite twisty and messy. It can be hard to wrap one’s head around it. It’s like a labyrinth.
If you believe the Algol male is not viable (won’t get his sheat together) in a partnership with you, is unwilling to stand up and be the strong and leading man that he truly is without having to cut you down (in the process) — it may be time to rethink being with this type of man for you’re likely only to end up destroying yourself, while loving him.
There’s also another side to being attracted to an Algol man and that’s that the woman of his affections realizes how powerful he really is. Perhaps she wants to turn the tables too and have him mother her (as I mentioned above as a solution). But instead of him doing that, he is self-focused on getting YOU to stop mothering him.
Quite frankly even if there are only you and the Algol male in the union, there’s a third presence (even if that presence is within you because you’re playing two roles — Mother and Lover).
Algol men have edge, and many women are attracted to dangerous men.
And these men have an ability to see great beauty in your imperfections. In fact, the Algol male often love scars, and other deformities and differences that the woman may consider ugly.
In the end, what’s in it for you? And how can you complete your Medusa myth once and for all — with or without the Algol male you may be with at this time?
Please take some time, as I have, to share your experiences, insights, and knowledge of Algol. It’s the best thank you I could receive in thinking of and writing this article. And it will hopefully give you more insight when other readers see your comment and decide to post their own for all of us to benefit from.
Algol & You
Do you or your loved one have Algol? Yes, you do. Fixed stars usually have a 1-3° orb. Algol is currently at 26° and moves very slowly. Go see where on your chart 22-29° (depending on when you were born) Taurus resides. You may not have any planets, or celestial items connected to it; however, the house the degree resides will tell you about how and where Algol can manifest in your life — it isn’t all overtly sexual (as is the focus of this article). Do note that Zauruk, Capulus, and the Pleiades are the next closest stars and are currently at 24, 24, and 29°.
Sun Conjunct Algol natives seem to have integrated their Algol in a “what you see, is what you get”. There seems to be nothing hidden and they can ooze sex appeal in a strong and dominating manner. They don’t seem to make any excuses for who and what they are. They tend to celebrate their fierceness and/or intensity.
If you want me to delineate an aspect or angle that is made with Algol, please book a session. I know a lot more about Algol than I’ve written here.
Basically I just wanted to make a point with the aspect above that the native with Algol can be very aware (conscious) of their power and natural control (or influence) over others and can use it constructively and without apology.
Eye Color of Algol & Capulus natives. I wasn’t sure where to put this as it’s a small but notable characteristic of Algol and Capulus natives that popped out at me while doing research on these fixed stars. While the ascendant, and Sun often describe how a person will look or appear, I have found that Capulus natives tend to have very dark brown (appearing as almost black) eyes and Algol natives have light eyes in this order of frequency: Blue, Green, and Hazel (least likely, light brown) with odd flecks and coloring near the iris. It doesn’t matter their ethnic background either. If the native has both Capulus and Algol, eye color depends on which star is closer in orb that will determine their eye color. Often Algol is the stronger influence so if this is the case, the Capulus (with Algol) native will often have dark blue eyes if not still dark brown. I have no idea why this seems to be the case! If you have a theory, please share it in the comments section.
1. Minerva is also Athene or Athena. Athena is known to be ruled by Mars. Mars co-rules Scorpio. Isabel M. Hickey wrote of Minerva being connected to Pluto.
2. Having realized that Neptune was seeking control over Minerva (Athena, Pluto) I decided to do a search on the two of them and excitedly found this:
“Poseidon vs Athena”
Poseidon and Athena (the goddess of war) were competing with one another for the ownership/control of Athens. Both of these powerful gods strived to win control of this land. To win over the Athenians, Poseidon threw his spear at the ground and produced the spring at the Acropolis. Poseidon was sure that providing the Athenians with this spring would win them over. Poseidon’s donation to the Athenians was good, but Athena’s was better. She won over the Athenians and reigned victorious after her ingenious contribution of the olive tree. Poseidon was so angry at his loss that he flooded the Attic Plain. Eventually, the two gods came over their differences and worked together to combine their powers for the greater good. For example, Athena built the first ship which was used to sail upon the sea belonging to Poseidon.
And after finishing the article and going over some finer points, I found this:
“Pallas Athena and Poseidon had a long-standing animosity. Medusa was caught in the middle of their grudge.” Source Apparently Neptune didn’t stop at his antics with only the above. In some ways, he comes across as a whiny baby — how unbecoming of a God or is that quite expected?
This article was inspired and received enlightenment through the Piries and Sexy Beast — you know who you are!
What Others Say
Constellation of Words | Marina – Darkstar Astrology | Dr. Z on Medusa & Scorpio | Yahoo Answers | Kozmic Kitchen – Elizabeth Hazel | Kiberstar – Nick Kollerstrom | Wikipedia – Medusa | Wikipedia – Algol | Eros Astrology | Falcon Astrology | Godlike Productions | Algol through the Ages | Yasmin Boland | Diana K. Rosenberg | The Evil Eye | Classical Astrology | Science of Algol Minima | Yahoo Groups | Renaissance Astrology
Could Algol be a “necessary step in the development of the Self”. Source
Maureen .B. Roberts says “As a second parameter in the assessment of the overriding effect of pathology, placing woundedness in its mythic context, it’s worth bearing in mind, for instance, that Osiris and Dionysus were dismembered, that Psyche had to journey to the Underworld, that Prometheus had his liver repeatedly torn out by Zeus’s eagle, and that Medusa was beheaded. As well, in terms of the psyche’s ultimate goal of attaining wholeness, centredness and integration, fragmentation is a blow to the hubris of the stable ego, which must relinquish its sense of a fixed identity and must eventually step aside in order to allow the paradoxical Self to displace it as the centre of consciousness.” Source
“So here we see the fate of Medusa as a product of patriarchy and also as a process to individuation and enlightenment. If that is the case, Caput Algol in the chart may indicate an place where the scared feminine is most potent and along with her honoring can come a more complete sense of self–this isn’t benefic or malefic–it is energy, just as it is.” Source
“The name Algol, says Richard Hinckley Allen, comes from the Arabic Ras Al-Ghul, which literally means the Mischief Maker.“
Bernadette Brady wrote: “This star seems to contain immense female passion and power. Algol represents a strong consuming passion that may devour you with anger and rage. If one can contain an unconscious compulsion to take revenge, and from that passion return a more productive outcome, Algol is one of the most powerful stars in the sky. Whatever planet it affects in your chart will be charged with strong, intense sexual energy that has the potential to be wonderful, of if repressed, to lead to rage or violence.” Source
“The Madonna/Whore complex and the dark side of the feminine: … the nitty-gritty, everyday issues women face when they try to own their desire and their sexuality. Patriarchy has a million and one ways to cast us either in the role of the mother or the whore, with little room in-between. How do we carve out our own space and create a more just and creative world for women in the process?” SaturnSisters
“Caput Algol in Taurus at 26 degrees has long been held to be the most malevolent star in the heavens, and signals beheadings. It is now considered to be a point in your chart that shows you losing your head over something or someone. An aspect of Caput Algol to your Venus could indicate a tendency to fall obsessively in love with your paramours. If you have a tendency to be a workaholic and focus all your energies in your career, that would be shown by a placement of Caput Algol directly conjunct your Midheaven, your tenth house cusp, or your sixth house cusp, which is the sector of your day to day employment.” Llewellyn
“The Algol placement on a chart insists upon a confrontation and assimilation of these harsh aspects of human experience in this lifetime. The polarities of bigotry or tolerance, violence or kindness, cruelty or compassion, war or peace are issues that are unavoidable and must be dealt with under Medusa.” Diana K. Rosenberg Note: This, to me, is the polarity of Pisces-Virgo. Medusa was Virgo, turned into Scorpio, and raped / seduced by Pisces (Neptune).
Famous Men with Algol
Sexual predators, Artists (musicians, vocalists, actors, writers, etc), Royalty, Religious leaders, Sports figures, Psychologists, and Astrologers have shown to have Algol feature prominently in their chart.
Sun Conjunct Algol
Women shining with Algol influences: Megan Fox. Debra Winger, Janet Jackson, Ann Boleyn, Madeleine Albright, Tracey Gold, Ira Einhorn, Joan Benoit, and Deborah Houlding (Astrologer).
- Pierce Brosnan
- Jean Gabin
- Swami Muktananda
- Henry Fonda
- Brian Eno
- L. Frank Baum (Wizard of Oz)
- Jeff Jawer (Astrologer)
- William Lilly (Astrologer)
- Claude Moss (Psychiatrist)
- Mark Zuckerberg
- Dennis Hopper
- Trent Reznor
- Che Guevara
- Ayatollah Khomeini
- Montreal, Canada
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Hamburg, Germany
- William Emerson (mathematician)
- C.C. DeVille
- Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria
- Marshal Applegate (Cult leader, mass suicides)
Moon Conjunct Algol
Women shining with Algol influences: Lindsay Lohan, Elle MacPherson, Kathy Griffin, Frida Kahlo, Lisa Bonet, Carrie Fisher, Sarah Brightman, Carol Burnett, Dionne Warwick, Jane Curtin, Julia Parker (Astrologer), Florence Nightingale, Elle MacPherson, Kristen Dalton (Miss USA)
- Tommy Lee Jones
- Jackson Pollock
- Mick Jagger
- Peter Sellers
- Howard Sasportas (Astrologer)
- Jimmy Hoffa
- Sergey Brin
- Lee Iacocca
- Pope Innocent IX
- Zomba, Malawi
- David Crosby
- Isaac Asimov
- Prince Gabriel of Belgium
- Jean-Luc Thierry
- Tony Banks (American football)
- San Antonio (Texas)
- Pope Innocent IX
- Edward Fox (actor)
- Alexander Thynne
- Tom Park (swimmer)
- Diedrich Bader
- Boo Boo Stewart
- Culiacan (Mexico)
- Louis Bertrand (novelist)
- John, King of England
- Jim Miller (outlaw)
- Archduke Leopold Joseph of Austria (1700-1701)
- Micah Alberti
- Marshal Applegate (Cult leader, mass suicides)
Mercury Conjunct Algol
Brooke Shields, Joan Collins, Ella Fitzgerald, Susan Atkins, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Susan Lynch
- Johnny Depp
- Sigmund Freud
- Marquis de Sade (4° orb)
- David Beckham
- Colin Farrell
- Saddam Hussein
- Kanye West
- Mark Wahlberg
- Jet Li
- Dean Martin
- Tony Curtis
- Jay Leno
- Gabriel Byrne
- Bruce Boxleitner
- Billy Cunningham
Venus Conjunct Algol
What is notable here is how many royals have Venus Conjunct Algol!
Diana, Princess of Wales, Liv Tyler, Debbie Harry, Tracy Chapman, Patti Labelle, Imelda Marcos, Oksana Kazakova, Rhea Perlman, Catherine of Siena, Princess Carolina, Marchioness of Sala, Queen Sonja of Norway
- Johnny Depp
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Luka Rocco Magnotta
- Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
- Chris Brown
- Michael Phelps
- Michael Moore
- Sid Vicious
- Al Gore
- Billy Joel
- Abraham Maslow (Psychologist)
- Louis XVII of France
- Edward VIII of the United Kingdom
- Jean Charest
- Dida Diafat
- Theo van Gogh (art dealer)
- Edward II of England
- Mick Fleetwood
- Carl Lewis
- Frank Oz
- Leo Buscaglia
- Jack Klugman
- Prince Arthur of Connaught
- Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester
- Lyon (France)
- James I of England
- Tim Berners-Lee
- Charles XV of Sweden
- Jean Thibaud (physicist)
- Sweden, first Constitution
- Ottoman Empire
- Tibor Varga (violinist)
- John Davidson (poet)
- Fort Worth (Texas)
- Salem (Oregon)
- Manaus (Brazil)
- Gérard Debreu
- Taipei City, Taiwan (China)
- Henry Baker (naturalist)
- Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein
- Infante Philip of Spain
- Igor Kenk
Mars Conjunct Algol
Charlize Theron, Mina (singer), Nancy Pelosi, Louisa May Alcott, Carnie Wilson, Kelly Lynch, Jillian Michaels, Eva Herman, Anita Bryant, Elena Kopylova, Mindy Kaling, Caroline Bonaparte
- Tom Cruise
- Robert de Niro
- Salvador Dalí
- Osama bin Laden
- James Caan
- Abraham Maslow (Psychologist)
- Jerry O’Connell
- W. C. Fields
- Rick Schroder
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Dane Cook
- Pope Paul III
- Harvey Korman
- Léon Bruel
- Bob Mackie
- John Irving
- Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
- Byron White (Supreme Court justice)
- Roger Lewis (businessman)
- François Blondel (bishop)
- Ben (humorist)
- Don Maloney (ice hockey)
- John McEntire
- John II Casimir Vasa
- Infante Philip of Spain
Jupiter Conjunct Algol
Monica Bellucci, Sarah Jessica Parker, Virginie Ledoyen, Diane Kruger, Mary-Louise Parker, Melinda Gates, Rosie Perez, Trisha Yearwood, Princess Helena of the United Kingdom,
- Keanu Reeves
- Paul Bernardo
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
- Pablo Picasso
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Rodney King
- Clive Owen
- Jean Paul Sarte
- Chris Martin
- Jean-Paul Sartre
- Vladimir Lenin
- Dean Martin
- Ritchie Valens
- Fred Savage
- Albert Hofmann
- James Van Der Beek
- John Locke
- Christopher Wren
- Edward III of England
- Piers Morgan
- Cecil B. de Mille
- Steve Bing
- Jack Dorsey
- Frédéric Lenormand
- John III of Portugal
- Byron White (Supreme Court justice)
- Norwich (United Kingdom)
- Portsmouth (United Kingdom)
- Munich (Germany)
Saturn Conjunct Algol
Sofia Coppola, Aretha Franklin, Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, Bridget Moynahan, Tammy Faye Messner, Linda McCartney, Vikki Carr, Twyla Tharp, Carol Hemingway, Rosa Parks (Martin Luther King had North Node Conjunct Algol), Martha Stewart, Barbara Streisand
- John Wayne Gacy
- Milton Black (astrologer)
- Art Garfunkel
- Wayne Newton
- John Adams (politician)
- Bela Lugosi
- Beau Bridges
- Jacques Perrin
- Michael Eisner
- Charles VIII of France
- Edward V of England
- Charles the Bald
- Hans Geiger
- Eddie Large
- Oaxaca (Mexico)
- Tom Fogerty
- Toluca (Mexico)
- Charles-Guillaume-Ferdinand de Brunswick
- Joseph Anthony (director)
- Michael Howard (British politician)
- Michael Savage
- Louis Martin (blessed)
- Paul Tall (DJ)
- Paul Ehrlich
- Honolulu (Hawaii)
- Richard Tuttl
- Bernard Murat (film director)
- Sterling Hitchcock
- Joan of Arc
- Arthur E. Powell
- Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria
- Frederick, Prince of Wales
Uranus Conjunct Algol
Nikola Tesla, Raquel Welch, Julie Christie, Ann-Margret, Vivienne Westwood, Nancy Sinatra, Tammy Faye Messner, Carole King, Dionne Warwick, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, Martha Stewart, Barbara Streisand
- John Lennon
- Bruce Lee
- Bob Dylan
- Muhammad Ali
- Ringo Starr
- Stephen Hawking
- Genghis Khan
- Ryan O’Neal
- Lou Reed
- Martin Sheen
- Tom Jones
- Ritchie Valens
- Patrick Stewart
- John Gotti
- Richard Pryor
- Mike Bloomberg
- George Bernard Shaw
- Brian de Palma
- Pope Pius XI
- Theo van Gogh (art dealer)
- James Brolin
- Winston Spencer Churchill
- Constantine II of Greece
- Thomas Moore (spiritual writer)
- Michael Eisner
- Richard Dawkins
- Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester
- Prince William, Duke of Gloucester
- Alfonso XII of Spain
- Michael Elphick (producer-director)
- Harvey Fisher
- Stuart Henry (DJ)
- John Davidson (poet)
- Terry Jennings (composer)
- Walter Hill (filmmaker)
- Steve Wynn (entrepreneur)
- Willem (cartoonist)
- Pat Stapleton (ice hockey)
Neptune Conjunct Algol
Interestingly, Neptune was not only the least aspected to Algol but also there were hardly as many recognizable celebrities that have it in their charts.
Coco Chanel, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Zena Dare, Emile Guyenot, Madame de Pompadour
- Otto Klemperer
- Bela Lugosi (horror film star)
- C E O Carter (Astrologer)
- George Patton
- Diego Rivera
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
- D.H. Lawrence
- Ezra Pound
- Alfonso XIII of Spain
- Chico Marx
- Fatty Arbuckle
- Jimmy Gold
- Marcel Dupré
- Christian Wirth
- Tomoyuki Yamashita
- Albert Kesselring
- Howard Jones
- Yram (theosopher)
- Bernardo Alberto Houssay
- Heinrich Hoffman
- Paul Drouot
- Gottfried Benn
- François d’Astier de la Vigerie
- Johannesburg (South Africa)
Pluto Conjunct Algol
Mata Hari, Isadora Duncan, Anna Pavlova, Elsbeth Ebertin, Elizabeth Arden, Isabella of Valois,
Madame de la Fayette, Ka’Iulani, Princess of Hawaii, Hélène Dutrieu, Laura Bullion, Louise Dresser, Elizabeth Stuart (1635-1650), Mary Eastey
- Albert Einstein
- Carl Jung
- Karl Abraham (Psychoanalyst)
- Joseph Stalin
- Aleister Crowley (Occultist)
- Paul Klee
- Leon Trotsky
- Jean Baptiste Lully
- Guccio Gucci
- Douglas MacArthur
- Christopher Wren
- Elisabeth of Bavaria (1876–1965)
- W. C. Fields
- P. D. Ouspensky (Occultist)
- Will Rogers
- Ivar Kreuger
- Aga Khan III
- Augustus John
- James II of England
- Calgary (Canada)
- André Caplet
- Auguste Louis Fauchard
- Llewellyn George (Occultist, Occult publisher)
- Flagstaff (Arizona)
- Otto Meissner
- Guglielmo Zorzi
- Wichita Falls (Texas)
- Paul Faure (politician)
- René Pottier (cyclist)
- Rudolf Friml
- Hartford (Connecticut)
- Louis Trousselier
- Saint-Georges de Bouhélier
- Massimo Bontempelli
- William Reid Dick
- Aspen (Colorado)
- Joe Mack (actor)
- Emperor Zhongzong of Tang
- George Matthew Adams
- Frank Marshall (chess player)
- Sam Crawford (outfielder)
Chiron Conjunct Algol — Luka Magnotta, accused of beheading victim in a sex crime!
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