ASTROLOGICAL STELLIUMS . PART TWO.
BY Hilary Bond, PhD. Copyright. © All rights reserved.
WHAT IS A STELLIUM?
Hello there again and my best wishes to you to a super-abundant and prosperous year in 2015. I just know it is going to be a great year and I hope you have so much deep and real happiness in 2015.
I am going to have to cheat here and reprint some of the material I used in my last stellium article, so please forgive me as I am running out of time.
I see a stellium as a group of three planets or more in a conjunction. I have one and it has taken me until now to realise that even a stellium of three planets or bodies in space (because I include Chiron and the big asteroids) make up an intense group of objects that affect our behaviour, our bodies and our auras.
Others say that a stellium occurs when four or even more planets fall in a House. Think about it, four or more planets in a domino- like conjunction, is nearly half of all your planets falling in one place. This obviously generates tremendous and concentrated energy in the area of that house and there is enormous energy in the area and interests of the planets in that sign. So the lives of people with stelliums are focused in one occupation or interest and they have a major talent.
When the transits of the big guys, in particular Pluto and Uranus in this case, affect a stellium big changes happen in the subject’s life, because of the domino effect. Mostly in a stellium all the planets are conjuncted so when one planet or asteroid is affected the other planetary bodies or luminaries are also affected.
TRANSITS WHICH AFFECT STELLIUMS
If you count her asteroids and Chiron Queen Elizabeth II of England has three groups of stelliums (with three planetary bodies in each) and two of the stelliums; one her house of ancestors and the other of her house of work and health, are being triggered off by transiting Pluto and Uranus. We can see that the intense focus (stelliums) of her life’s work (sixth house and Pluto in 6th) is to continue to her good work (6th house ) and her ancestor’s good work (8th house stellium) through good relationships with the public (Moon in seventh in a stellium) of her royal (Leo stellium) ancestors (last of the stellium in the 8th.) Because Pluto is part of this stellium its part as a transiting planet is highlighted.
In predictive astrology we always take into consideration the natal house of a transiting planet. One wonders though whether all the media speculation about the English Queen’s abdication will eventuate soon. She will be 89 this year and her health is bad and her husband is even older and his health is bad. She works non stop. If we look firstly at that 6th house stellium her Pluto is Cancer 12 degrees 42 minutes. It is being opposed by Pluto transiting her 12th house and transiting Uranus is squaring her natal Pluto. Transiting Uranus is going through her 3rd house of communication. They both will spend most of the year hovering around those degrees. Uranus will even move very close to her natal IC which also suggests big changes. Not only is her natal Pluto around 13 degrees, but her Moon in Leo in her seventh house is 12 degrees and its is being inconjuncted by Pluto which suggests health issues and her Moon is her body and emotions. The house that the Moon is in is the 7th house and this denotes her husband. Uranus is trining her Moon. Natally a trine is pleasant, but Bernadette Brady in her book on Predictive Astrology : The Eagle and the Lark maintains a transiting trine is like being on roller skates or on ice. Everything speeds up. So with both Uranus and Pluto effecting her Moon whatever happens will happen very quickly. Venus just happens, also to be around that 12-13 degree important point that is being affected by transiting Pluto and Uranus. Venus is in Pisces in the second house and with Venus in her house of resources and grounding we see that her heart leads to her confidence. If her husband is okay Elizabeth is okay. If he dies her dies. Venus actually rules her MC, so her balance in life is affected and effected by Prince Phillip, her husband and he is very frail at the moment.
I was astonished to read Phillip’s chart. He has 13 degree cardinal points and planets all over the place. His ascendant is 13 degrees Capricorn and transiting Pluto is sitting right on it. His Mercury is in the 6th house and it is 13 degrees of Cancer. Mercury was the only God who could enter Pluto’s realm of death and riches. Phillip also has Chiron at 13 degrees of Aries conjuncting his IC and a 13 degree MC in Libra. With Pluto and Uranus transiting them all (all planets a and points at 13 degrees in Phillip’s chart at present) it does not take a rocket scientistic t predict some catastrophic change in his life and Elizabeth’s life.
Phillip also has a 6th house stellium and he also has Pluto in the 6th house. He obviously is a martial, an athlete, an ex sailor and acerbic, even explosive person with Sun at 19 Gemini conjunct Mars 24 Gemini Athena 29 Gemini conjunct Pluto 7 Cancer and Mercury 13 Cancer. He is well known for his constant verbal gaffes, sarcasm and dry wit, but also his Duke of Edinburgh International Awards which are programs to inspire development of young people. Here Athena conjunct Sun, Mars and Pluto mean he is a mentor to inspire and coach young heroes and heroines. I leave it to you to think about what will happen to Prince Phillip and his wife Elizabeth this year.
As you can see it’s pretty easy to read a stellium. As Queen Elizabeth belongs to a royal family her life is an open book so she makes an excellent case study.
TWO THREE STELLIUM CASE STUDIES
Another well-known royal, Queen Elizabeth II’s great-great gran, Queen Victoria is famous for her intense reclusivity and we can understand that when we realise that she had a three planet stellium in the 12th house of “hiding away” and isolation. It includes her Mercury at 9 degrees Taurus conjunct Sun at 2 Taurus and conjunct Moon 3 degrees Taurus. Taureans are known for their sexual voraciousness and Victoria was no exception. After her husband Albert the Good and Albert the Worn Out died, she ruled her kingdom through her widowed, youngest daughter Beatrice, whose husband escaped the oppression of the royal dullness to fight a war and was duly slaughtered. He had been accused of keeping “low company” by the Queen and had been reined in. [Oh please excuse me laughing. And it gets worse.] Beatrice’s husband must have been happy to escape the Queen’s neurotic behaviour (12th house stellium.) An example of this neurosis was when Queen Victoria hysterically accused all her children except her daughters Alice and Beatrice for causing Albert’ s death and frequently took Beatrice from her cot, when she was little, then hurried to her bed and “lay there sleepless, clasping to her child, wrapped in the nightclothes of a man who would wear them no more.” So the two women with their watery house stelliums (Beatrice’s was mainly in the 8th) lived in their secluded misery and intense royal dullness, ruling an empire through their volumes of royal correspondence. Beatrice had Jupiter at 22 degrees Aries conjunct 24 Aries conjunct Mercury 28 conjunct Pluto at 4 degrees Taurus and Mars 8 Taurus which spanned from the 8th to 9th house.
Watery stelliums can be odd.
THE OTHER SIDE OF A STELLIUM WHEN CHIRON IS IN THE STELLIUM
For many, many years I refused to accept that Chiron was wounded. As an academic and scholar I looked very carefully at the history, religion and anthropology of Chiron’s life. It seemed to me he was like Homer, some sort of compilation of many things. As half horse he was the personification of the totem of Thessaly . As a wise man or Merlin type figure he was the symbol of an age before Zeus’s people arrived; perhaps an age before the cataclysm of 11,500 years ago before the seas of the world began to rise. He is part of the old order that the Zeus era or Olympians swept away: and of course Chiron was the tribal shaman rather than the white coated professional doctor. Invading colonial powers who take over have always humiliated the original or Indigenous peoples and their culture. In his patheticness and the way he was treated, he was like Queen Mave . He was, I believe, the victim of the Athenian Greeks treating the Thesallians with contempt because the Persians conquered them. All that is true, but when you look at people’s charts where Chiron is dominant, there are so many that have been abused as children, who are so terribly ill or maimed or just not able to do when others do. I am also including Juno in the walking wounded. While not as victimised as Chiron and terribly alone she is constantly humiliated and she takes revenge which to me is the mark of a very, very, very hurt person.
I was just reading about some homeopathic remedies on the internet and I thought it was symbolic that one of the homeopathic remedies to treat people who are bruised physically and psychologically is star shaped. It is arnica montana. Arnica patients suffer with bruised feelings and injured pride, as well as the physical effects of trauma. They are victims of the bullies and will often say they’ve been “battered and beaten by life. The façade of coping relies heavily on masking the pain, convincing themselves and others that they’ve survived. They are racoon people with racoon as a totem. And all too often the victim is accused or even blamed. The only rational coping mechanism is to pretend they are strong. “Mind over matter” translates as “I don’t mind and you don’t matter”. They learn to live alone, relying totally on themselves and hence can appear haughty and intolerant of others in later life. For those of you who have Chiron in Capricorn don’t you hate being called haughty when in reality you are frozen and trying not to cry. With no one to listen and protect, their justified anger at the situation becomes channelled into physical activity. Many Arnica patients use vigorous exercise to defuse anger and aggression, the physical pain has an almost cleansing effect on their mood. They have a tendency to “prove” themselves by going further, working harder, indulging in dangerous sports and going beyond the limits of endurance without complaint. They can be snappy and sweep their hurt under the carpet just like Chiron when he was dying. Talking about their psychological hurt or physical hurt is just too terrible because it brings up the past. One thing about Chiron is he wasn’t a coward who drugged himself stupid with mainstream medical potiens or pschadelic drugs. There was no mention of cigarettes to stop his anxiety or alcohol, he just took it. So let’s look at some people who have Chiron in their stellium.
THE THEORY OF STELLIUMS.
I suggested in my last article on stelliums that some charts are cool and gentle; that the splash has a scattering of individual planets all over the chart, but it lacks focus. The planets and the talents are like a butterfly, gently fluttering from flower to flower. So a splash person and a stellium person are opposites. But so will the planets that make up a person mould a stellium person.
The stellium person has a configuration that generates way too much power and drive in that house and the sign that those planets are in. The person with the stellium may see themselves as just enthusiastic about something, but the stellium generates a fanatical energy and the person with the stellium becomes compulsively focused on the activities of that House.
We can see this in a different light when we realise that great accomplishments take single -minded focus. While Neptune on the MC will bring glamour and the North Node on the Ascendant often brings fame a stellium can also bring success because of the focus in one area. We can think of a compulsion as washing one’s hands again and again, but we also can see an obsession to finish a project or to rise to the top of one’s career (the stellium in the tenth) as something healthy and positive if you don’t abandon your wife and children.
One of the things that shines through with stelliums is their individuality. They all are different. They have different planetary patterns. Some patterns like Ted Bundy’s are twisted. He has Sun conjunct South Node conjunct Mars conjunct Moon in Sagitaris opposite Uranus which is connected to other conjunctions in Scorpio. It feels like he has a past life pattern (South Node) of being violent (Mars) and the violence and anger (Mars) is deep inside his core or spirit (Sun.) Emotionally (Moon) he thrives on his anger and it may have originally been anger against his mother or family. There certainly seems to be some emotional blockage towards women because he has Chiron 2 Scorpio conjunct Jupiter 13 Scorpio conjunct Venus 20 retrograde in Scorpio conjunct 24 Mercury retrograde in Scorpio and conjunct Juno 16 Scorpio . Then the Stellium jumps to 2 degrees Sagittarius. That is 8 planetary bodies plus the South Node is just too much energy. Uranus opposes the Sagittarius planets and gives him a chaotic, jittery (Uranus) need for freedom or what he wants to do (Sagittarius) at all costs. Saturn at 8 conjunct Pluto at 13 Leo in the 12th gives him a compulsive, neurotic (12th house) need to seek some sort of giant (Jupiter), wounded (Chiron) unconscious, obsessive need for revenge (Pluto square Chiron conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio.)
That is a brief astrological explanation of his planets but his short life biography reveals a person who was showing sadism at 3 years old. He lived with his grandparents because his mother couldn’t look after him and his grandfather was a violent bully who used to beat up his grandmother and hurt animals. Ted Bundy studied ways of killing until he knew he was perfect and then he killed at least thirty women. He decapitated twelve of them and kept their heads. He was a professional thief. He was a necrophile, a serial killer, and rapist. He admitted before he died he did not understand human relationships. His biographer called him a sadistic sociopath and his defence lawyer said he was the “definition of heartless evil.”
As Mars rules Scorpio and Chiron is in Scorpio it seems to me that Chiron and Mars are very important players in his stellium. With Mars conjunction Moon in Sagittarius , just like his violent grandfather, he loved depriving women of their freedom. The fact that both his Mercury and Venus are retrograde stands out to me . It seems he failed his life lesson in learning how to communicate nicely with women.
STELLIUMS AND TRANSITS
Lyn Koiner in her great article “The Stellium- 4 or more planets in the same House” maintains that it is critical that the person with the stellium begin activities that come from the opposite house so firstly, they have a choice; second because they have a trapped feeling and may become obsessive and third, the subject’s stellium house activities will be distressed and even traumatised for long periods when any planets have challenging transits the stellium. People need time to heal.
I want to share with you the chart of an Irish friend Danny who is a part time actor. Danny is a positive Chiron person. He has a stellium that stretches from his 11th house into his 1st house. It begins with Neptune (the planet of charisma and glamour) at 8 Libra conjunct Sun at 13 degrees Libra in the 12th house conjunct 25 degrees Chiron in Libra conjunct Mercury at 29 degrees Libra conjunct Ascendant at 00 degrees Scorpio conjunct Jupiter 2 degrees Scorpio conjunct Mars at 8 degrees Scorpio and conjunct Juno 10 degrees Scorpio in the first house.
Danny was badly abused as a child and suffers from tremors to his hands and head. When he arrived in the world Britain would not have been a welcoming place. In 1946 Britain was bankrupt. In economic terms, Britain lost the war. Britain was bombed out and demobbed. Standards of living were very low. Most people rented, rather than owned their own homes and every household, from manor house to maisonette, was restricted by not just food rationing, but also by clothes rationing that ran until 1949. The most severe problem was demobilisation. By the end of the year 4,300,000 men and women out of the 5,100,000 who were serving in the Armed Forces on VE Day had left the forces. Many complained the process was too slow; the RAF mutinied in the Far East, over the failure to let them return home. And when they did come home, there were not that many jobs to go to, as tank and munition factories took time to readjust to becoming car and tooling plants. The reconstruction boom, which saw millions of new homes built and war damage repaired, had yet to start properly because the country did not have the resources to fund it. American had turned off the tap of Lend Lease, the scheme to lend materials to Allies, and Britain was suffering from its own post-war credit crunch.
It looks very much like his father (Sun) was never there or simply wasn’t around when he was born or the father could have been an alcoholic. As he is in the 11th house we can say he is not honest and we cannot trust him. With Sun conjunct Chiron the father is very wounded in some way; possibly post -traumatic stress. The nervous problem show up as Mercury conjunct Chiron, but it is also a tendency to prefer healing (Chiron) in a natural way. He goes to a homeopath. Danny may also enjoy communicating with other Chiron people. Mars in his first house at least gives Danny the ability to stand up for himself, but as Mars is squared by Pluto and Saturn we see violence, again from father and its public. The violence may have caused the nervous exhaustion and tremors.
Interestingly both transiting Pluto is squaring Danny’s Sun and transiting Uranus is opposing his Sun . Uranus will be in his sixth house of health and Pluto will be in his third house. Danny has a great opportunity to bring this out into the open and transform his life. Pluto can work well in the third house because it tradionally is ruled by Mercury. Maercury rules the nervous system. The combination of transiting Pluto and Uranus plus homeopathy can bring great insights and healing for Danny. Good luck Danny.
PEOPLE WITH STELLIUMS AS INNOVATORS, CREATORS AND INITIATORS
Astrolada suggests that people with stelliums are pioneers. And one looks at the characteristics of a person with an Aries Ascendant, Moon or Sun it stands to reason that an astrological configuration with an Aries vibration will be a pioneer. I have a family full of them and the Aries Sun or Ascendant people inevitably have stelliums. They dominate, but they are not good together. Only one rooster can be in a yard of hens. They are far too competitive and loud to be together. Even if they are “well bred” they have an icy intensity that makes them psychically loud.
I want you to consider all the adjectives and adjectival phrases that describe Aries energy and I suggest that it is this energy that describes a stellium person. . I’ll put a positive sign where the Aries energy is positive and a negative sign where the Aries or stellium energy is downright toxic. It is:
1. +Living in the present consciousness
2. +Pioneering energy
3. +Dynamic energy
4. +Quick, vital energy
5. + A whole lot of independence in your character
7. +Executive in temperament
2. Quick witted
3. + – Competitive
6. – A need for urgency
9. + a need for regular exercise
10. – Domineering
11. – Over-quick reactions
12. + A need for lively partners
14. Enthusiasms will fade quickly and there is little follow through
15. Little patience
16. A hatred of restrictions, control, discipline and regulations
17. Hatred of a boring routine job
19. Lacks follow through
21. Can be violent
22. Quick tempered
24. + Passionate
So yes, we can see the pioneering side of stelliums, but only if a person has self-discipline. We would be looking for Saturn in the stellium to see self-discipline. Astrolada maintains that often people with stelliums are born into stale or spiritually bankrupt families that need new life, a new, different and revitalizing soul to end the old patterns, to break away with conventions of the past and start a new karmic cycle for the whole clan or even participate in social and global new innovations and ideas.
AN EXAMPLE OF A STELLIUM PEOPLE WHO WERE LEADERS
A stellium of planets correspond energetically to the number 1 and the sign Aries. So they will be leaders, motivational figures, and warriors of their culture.
Such a man was my mentor and best friend for many years. He was to my knowledge the last or one of the last true Indigenous healers of the top end of Australia and the last true High Ceremonial leader who knew all the scared songs, all the scared knowledge and all the sacred dances of his people. He could speak to the birds and animals in his language which was very similar to the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in Africa. Although he was my co-researcher in my Doctorate of Philosophy dissertation on the relationships between non-Indigenous outsiders in the community and the Aboriginal Elders and people of that community he only gave me profane knowledge, not sacred knowledge. Although I knew what I considered was a great deal about the spirit world. BJ as I will call him told me, “You know chicken feed compared to me. I have a whole library of knowledge in my heart and head.” He was one of those souls who was a receiver of the invisible Divine.
He had three planets and four asteroids in one stellium and three planets in another stellium. The three planet stellium included Sun 19 in Scorpio conjunct Mars in Scorpio conjunct Mercury 2 Sagittarius. The other stellium included Athena 18 Virgo, Jupiter 20 Virgo, Vesta 24 Virgo, Chiron Virgo conjunct Neptune 5 Libra conjunct Ceres 7 Libra conjunct Moon one degree Libra. It is hard to say what the Alpha planet was in each stellium. I feel the Sun in the Scorpio stellium was as he was a shining leader with a magnetic presence. He had quite a few enemies, but he was respected world -wide and he was an authority in his field of traditional Aboriginal Law and healing. He made me promise that I would never become a “medicine woman” as they were desert people and their Law, which was a combination of religion and legal authority and ethics, was totally different. It was this religious-ethical side that makes me think he had not one alpha planet in the big stellium but three. His belief was in the old earth- mother religion rather than a patriarchal way of living, so Ceres was strong in him. A great tribe of children and orphaned people followed him. He never was without children clinging to him, sitting on knees, clambering all over him and just loving him. He also was very Chronic in his teaching-healing, martial arts, celestial knowledge abilities. He was also Neptunian in his profound clairvoyant, clairaudient mediumistic abilities and his ability to tune into the land, the skies, the animals, birds, fish, the waters and the stars. He could look at me and tell me who I had been associating with, what they said, how they stood and whether they were to be trusted. Even though he passed away from this world he still protects me. He is now one of my spirit guides; no not a ghost; a guardian. But to continue the Neptunian side he did smoke his durries (roll your own cigarettes) til he passed on and until he was forty and he drank hard he had many children from many women. I would sit in church with him while he spread light all over the island and he used the energy of the hymns and prayer to help his people.
Yet Athena looms large too. He had such a strong sense of the patterns of life and nature and of mentoring young heroes and yet when he died he passed none of his knowledge on. Like Athena he was a healer and a serpent man. He was also Vesta because his home, his land, his community was everything to him and he was the Moon in Libra personified because he loved beauty, and balance, joy and laughter, good relationships and pretty women. He was a man for all seasons. He was a brilliant horseman, a brilliant tracker, a brilliant tracker. He spent a lot of time in America discussing horses and ceremony and environmental issues with different Elders. He loved America and he bought American horses and saddles back with him.
True to type and especially with Neptune in the major stellium without Saturn he spent the first part of his life; maybe until forty as an alcoholic. He was initiated as a man who reached high degrees first when he was around 25 years old before his father died. He was the youngest child. The other children were not suitable and he became a famous healer and ceremony-man like his father. But up to fifty he was still easily frustrated, agitated, aggravated and lacking inner peace and contentment were not his. When he was fifty, at his Chiron return he was voted in as mayor and he changed completely and stopped drinking and stopped roving away from the marital bed. He frequently complained that the Christian missionaries have interfered in his culture. In the old ways High Elders had many wives. The Christians only had one. His wife was a devout Christian and I found that except for a few words of Indigenous language she knew nothing about her own culture. He also became a roving ambassador for Aboriginal ecological conservation. He spoke fervently all over the world to save the dugong and turtle. He was a salt-water man rather than a desert man and creatures of the sea and estuaries were dear to him.
It really is very hard to say a stellium is one thing accept intense. We have the exceptional pioneers who all seem to need Saturn in their stellium and we have the amazing people, who stand out; we have the people who struggle valiantly with the energy and then we have the addicts, the misfits and the evil stellium people.
You can see that I have not talked about houses in BJ’s astrological houses, mainly because I had no idea what time he was born. He wasn’t born in a hospital. He was born under a tree in the old traditional way with a smoking ceremony. So I am going to, in the next article on stelliums talk about houses because they are rather fun. My own three planet stellium is in the 11th house and it helps my knowledge to write about others. It is a very creative medium.
I do hope you have gleaned something from this article or at least enjoyed it. I wish you and your loved ones a really brilliant new year in 2015. And I pray from the bottom of my heart that all your dreams come true, even your wildest most unlikely dreams. Don’t be afraid to ask today for what you really want and love. Life is too short to accept second best.
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