Not only was the news this morning sad, it was troubling, horrifying, grotesque, macabre — satanic even.
I’m referring to the murder of the American hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig and 18 unnamed Syrian troops by Islamic State. All were gruesomely killed for the camera, and the video was posted on-line.
There is a star in the sky specifically associated with decapitation. This is the “Demon Star”, Algol, named also the Medusa’s Head.
This bright star is visible in the sky right now. For directions on finding it, click here. It’s part of the constellation Perseus, named after the Greek hero who severed snake-haired Medusa’s head and used it to turn Cetus, the sea monster, into stone. Even in death, her gaze, you see, lapidified.
Algol is the eye of Medusa. According to Star Names and Their Meanings*, “the Hebrews knew Algol as Rosh ha Satan, Satan’s Head…. but also as Lilith, Adam’s legendary first wife, the nocturnal vampyre from the lower world that reappeared in the demonology of the Middle Ages as the witch Lilis…”
Algol is currently at 26’19 Taurus. Today, Saturn, Venus and the Sun are opposing the Medusa’s head, and Jupiter and Lilith are squaring. The midpoints of these groups are almost exactly at 26°. However, I wonder how long ago this video was actually shot. It may have been when Jupiter and Lilith were closer.
When Peter Kassig converted to Islam earlier this year, he changed his name, as is the custom. This was a symbolic change from “the rock”, Peter, to the “servant of mercy”, Abdul Rahman. In fact he was captured when he was bringing food and medicine to refugees within Syria, on a mercy mission. Astrologically, you might say it was a switch from Saturn to his own Sun in Pisces.
I believe Abdul Rahman Kassig’s birthday is February 19, 1988. He would have started his charity, which was bringing aid to people in Syria, under the massive emotional and spiritual transit from idealistic, self-sacrificing Neptune directly to his Pisces Sun. There is a little part of so many Pisces that leads us to believe we are saviours. Kassig truly was. He helped many people and probably saved hundreds of lives. He had the generational signature — Uranus, Saturn, Neptune in Capricorn — which is idealistic, self-motivated, and highly practical — and it exactly sextiles his Sun. These people won’t sit around wringing their hands about the miseries of the world; they’ll jump in a truck and do something. With Uranus involved, that something might be kind of crazy sometimes. This generational stellium was hit by Pluto starting in 2008 and for years afterwards.
This servant of mercy was living his Pisces Sun when he died; this is the sign of sacrifice and compassion, and he did follow his destiny; North Node is also in Pisces. Chiron, the asteroid of suffering and healing, is exactly square to his Nodal axis from Gemini. All are at 23°. It’s tempting to see personal suffering that might become news in this configuration, especially since Chiron opposes Mars (violence) in Sagittarius, foreign countries. No wonder he worked as a medical relief in war zones.
On the day, we hear of his death, Jupiter is conjuncting his natal Lilith in Leo by transit. His own Jupiter in Aries (trine Mars in Sag), the planet which pulled him into adventure, almost exactly semi-sextiles Algol. Jupiter in Aries likes to make up its own rules, go his own way. Stony Saturn stopped that with an exact quincunx, the aspect which says something’s gotta give. Saturn, death, was also trining his NN.
Cetus was sent by Poseidon to punish Queen Cassiopeia for boasting about her daughter Andromeda’s beauty. (Andromeda chained to the rock is an image of Venus in Scorpio.) The Queen dared to suggest that her mortal daughter was as good-looking as Poseidon’s nereids — a mistake.
This is the other side of Neptune, dispatcher of a terrifying force from beneath the ocean of the collective unconscious.
Neptune turned direct today, so built up energy has been released into the collective. This planet rules slander, deceit and propaganda and film. All the outer planets manifest some kind of monster. From Uranus we get Frankensteins, from Pluto we get Draculas, from Neptune we get a dread, an unnamed and unnamable fear, creeping horror.
Of course, Pluto and Mars have just conjuncted and they are squaring Uranus in the sign of the warrior, Aries. Uranus in Aries — the hooded jihadi. Pluto and Mars together account for the sheer sanguinity and cruelty of what took place.
If the birthdate I have for Mr Kassig is correct, then he would have met his killers with love and compassion. His Venus, love, had progressed to an exact opposition to his natal Pluto, death. And transiting Venus was trining his Moon.
Here is an excerpt from the letter he was able to smuggle out to his parents while he was in captivity.
“Just know I’m with you. Every stream, every lake, every field and river. In the woods and in the hills, in all the places you showed me. I love you.”
*Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning by Richard Hinckley Allen was first published in 1899. Dover reprinted it in the 1960s. If you find a copy, hang on to it.