44 Ancient Formulas for Immortality
AR 43 Twelve
Gates of Heaven
AR 42 Jupiter
AR 41 Geometry
of the Spheres
AR 40 Saturn
in Cancer, June, 2003 to July, 2005
AR 39 The
Poles of the Zodiac
Twelfth Planet, Plutinos or
Eclipses Promise or Peril?
The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology
Children of the Gods
Wheels Within Wheels
Horoscopes of Destiny
Zodicac of Dendera
A Star Is Born
Age of Aquarius
Persia's Royal Stars of Ancients
The Lore of a Shaman
The Legacy of
Are the Royal Stars of Persia, ancient guardians
of the four corners of heaven, about to make a comeback?
a legendary Persian prophet (modern Iran). Historians say his followers
honored the agricultural cycles of the year as a religious doctrine.
Some scholars place his lifetime as early as 1,500 BC while others
believe he lived around 500 AD. His name in Greek is Zoroaster,
meaning "star worshiper." It is safe to say that Zarathustra watched
the skies and the cyclical patterns which unfolded there. Although
these gods were probably legacies of an earlier time, the stories
of Zarathustra's Persian pantheon seem to tell the tales what we
now call the four Royal Stars of Persia.
Because we have
four clearly defined seasonal events, two equinoxes and two solstices,
the year is automatically divided into four. Likewise our twenty-four
hour day has four quarters of sunrise, noon, sunset and midnight.
This quartering of the circle is an ancient and world wide practice.
The fourfold division of time seems to lead naturally to a four
fold division of space, and the custom over ages has been to denote
sunrise and spring to the east where day begins. West is sunset
and autumn. North, which most cultures think of as "above" is therefore
noon and summer, and south, is "below" the place of midnight and
The Royal Stars
of Persia are so named because roughly 5,000 years ago, during the
fabled pyramid age of Egypt, these luminaries held tremendous influence.
Endowed with almost archangelic power, these legendary stars of
antiquity are Aldebaron, Regulus, Antares and Fomalhaut, and in
the epoch of 5,000 years ago they were considered to be guardians
of the four corners of heaven and watchers of the directions, forming
a heavenly cross near the ecliptic.
In this capacity
these bright stars marked the seasonal sign posts of the year, the
equinoxes and the solstices. Regulus watched the north, Fomalhaut
presided over the south, while Antares guarded the west and Aldebaron
the east. Each Royal Star also correlates with the "fixed" signs
of astrology: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. Aldebaron is the
alpha star of the constellation of Taurus, Regulus is alpha Leo,
Antares is alpha Scorpio, and Fomalhaut is Alpha Piscis Austrinus.
The first three correlate with the fixed signs, but Aquarius is
missing from the quartet. Fomalhaut is a bright star, shining alone
in the fourth arm of the zodiacal fixed cross, and sharing the same
celestial longitude, (similar to terrestrial longitude), with Sadalmelik,
the alpha star of Aquarius, which is not as major a luminary.
Signs and Seasons
The fixed signs
play a powerful role in the theme of precession, Although these
Royal Stars once marked the cardinal points of the sky, due to the
slow backward march of precession, their seasonal anchoring waxes
and wanes. But at certain points in the Grand Year, (a full cycle
of precession, lasting roughly 26,000 years), they move to hold
the corners again. We are now approaching another of these junctures
as Fomalhaut, holding the space for Aquarius, advances to the eastern,
or spring, arm of this great cross. A brief review of celestial
mechanics might be helpful.
A lesson in
Earth wobbles as
she spins and is also inclined on her axis of rotation. This tilt
creates the seasons, and the wobble creates the phenomenon astronomers
and astrologers alike call precession. Like a slowly spinning top,
earth's wobble causes the axis to trace an imaginary circle in the
heavens. This imaginary stylus moves at the rate of roughly one
degree of arc in seventy-two years. An additional byproduct of this
wobble causes the spring equinox sun (in the northern hemisphere)
to rise due east against a backdrop of stars which slowly shifts.
Because this event occurs on the ecliptic, (the apparent path of
the sun through the year), the stellar backdrop is formed by the
slowly moving starry curtain of the twelve zodiacal constellations.
The zodiacal constellations
are divisions of space which contain stars and deep sky objects
within borders outlined by astronomers. Zodiacal constellations
are twelve of eighty-eight divisions of space recognized by astronomers
since 1930. The zodiacal "signs," on the other hand, are divisions
of time, beginning with the spring equinox. The astrological sign
of Aries is the symbolic birth of the new year. In the northern
hemisphere spring, and zero degrees Aries, begins at the vernal
equinox when the balance of light and dark achieves momentary equilibrium,
before tilting toward increasing light. Down under the seasons march
in the opposite direction.
For roughly two
thousand years, spring equinox sunrise has occurred against the
stars of Pisces, The Fishes. Soon, as the backward march shifts,
the "dawning of the Age of Aquarius" will be heralded as this constellation
moves to center stage and defines the new world age. About 3,000
years ago the stars of Aries provided the backdrop for spring equinox
sunrise. Before that the stars of Taurus held the distinction, and
it was at that time, roughly 5,000 years ago, that the Royal Stars
watched the directions and guarded the destinies of kings. As the
ages changed sacrifices of bulls shifted when Moses chose the ram
as the sacrificial animal of the new age. In our time Jesus was
both Lamb of God and Fisher of Men as the sacrificial symbol for
the age of Pisces, the Fishes.
5,000 years ago
Aquarius held the winter position in the seasons of the Grand Year
while the influence of these Royal Stars held maximum sway. Now,
due to the gradual movement of precession, Aquarius has advanced
to the spring time place in the northern hemisphere. As these famous
stars once again move to positions of prominence, their ancient
lore may come to the forefront.
Lore Fomalhaut, The Solitary One
Fomalhaut held the
southern seasonal anchor in antiquity and is now advancing toward
spring equinox. The constellation of Piscis Austrinus, The Southern
Fish, is home to this star. This constellation is most often shown
as a fish, seeming to swim upstream in the waters of Aquarius. Sometimes
called the "Solitary One" Fomalhaut stands like a brilliant but
solitary beacon in an otherwise undistinguished region of the sky.
This bright star, whose name derives from the Arabic for "mouth
of the fish," is depicted on old star charts as drinking the water
which flows from the Water Bearer's urn.
The eighteenth brightest,
Fomalhaut is a blue white star which culminates at midnight in late
August, and has traditionally been a star of navigation. Fomalhaut
is in the watery portion of the celestial ocean. Occupants of this
area include the Water Carrier, the Sea Goat, the Crane, the Whale,
the River, and the Fishes.
One source traces
Piscis Austrinus back to Egyptian mythology as the infamous Nile
fish who swallowed the phallus of Osiris. Some scholars view this
constellation as the parent fish of Pisces, The Fishes. As such,
swallowing Osiris's creative appendage may well be a precessional
symbol of the shift from the age of Aries to the age of Pisces.
Fomalhaut was equated
with the Persian god Zal, and is said to bestow charisma and to
engender the test of remaining true to our ideals.
Antares was the
ancient watcher of the west and is now shifting to the southern
corner. Inhabiting the heart of the scorpion, the name Antares is
almost universal for this star and is believed to derive from the
Greek, meaning anti Ares, or "rival of Mars." Antares is a red supergiant,
four hundred times larger than our sun, culminating in June. According
to R. H. Allen in Egyptian astronomy Antares represented the goddess
Selkit, the Scorpion goddess, heralding sunrise at her temples at
the autumn equinox about 3,700 BC and was also the symbol of Isis
in the pyramid ceremonials.
Brady says as a
star of an equinox, Antares was considered one of four gateways
to the otherworld, a bringer of darkness, for as the Sun entered
this constellation, it moved into the southern hemisphere and the
dark part of the year.
Antares was equated
with the Persian god of the dead, Yima, and is believed to convey
passion and the test of addiction to intensity.
Aldebaron was the
ancient watcher of the east, now moving to summer. A pale rose beauty,
Aldebaron is the "Follower" of the Pleiades because this star rises
and sets just after these asterisms, (star groupings within constellations).
Aldebaron is a member of the Hyades cluster, marking the red eye
of the bull and is probably linked with the term, "hitting the bull's
eye." Allen says the name was originally given to the entire group
of the Hyades asterism and the Vedic lunar mansion which, as Na'ir
al Dabaran, the Bright One of the Follower, our modern star Aldebaron
marked. In all astrology Aldebaron has been thought eminently fortunate,
portending riches and honor.
The Apis bull of
ancient Egypt was an actual creature chosen to serve as the earthly
vessel of the spirit of Osiris. The Serapeum at Memphis once housed
the mummies of sacred bulls. Aldebaron culminates at midnight in
Aldebaron was equated
with the Persian god of light, Ahura Mazda, and is said to endow
integrity and to engender the test of honor.
of the Lion
of the north, now shifting to autumn, Regulus means "little king."
This blue white star is the faintest of the first magnitude stars.
Regulus forms the Lion's Heart, and culminates in mid April. The
Lion's head and mane are formed by an asterism which is known as
Regulus lies on
the ecliptic, and according to G. Cornelius, was the leader of the
four royal Stars since the Egyptians connected Leo with the heliacal
rising of Sirius and the beginning of their new year.
The stars we call
Leo were recognized as a lion by the Sumerians, Syrians, Greeks
and Romans. The Chinese zodiac saw these stars as a horse, and some
scholars believe the Incas saw a springing puma. One theory of how
the shape of a lion was seen was because lions cooled themselves
on the banks of the Nile during the hottest days of the year. Sky
watchers connected them with the constellation through which the
sun passed at that time.
Regulus was equated
with the mythical Persian king, Feridun, and is said to bestow success,
power of position and the test of withholding revenge
Takes a licking,
and keeps on ticking
As the march of
ages measures its slow movement, the four Royal Stars will once
again advance to positions aligned with the seasonal quarters. Based
on Fomalhaut's celestial longitude, and the projected rate of precession,
the perfect equinox alignment won't occur for nearly another millennium,
and maybe coinciding with the stellar beginning of the Age of Aquarius.
Perhaps by then humanity will have learned our lessons, be able
to live in peace, and another golden age might dawn.
But what might be
the role of these stars in an individual life? B. Brady assures
us that the four Royal Stars of Persia are powerful stars, and each
one offers the possibility of glory, success, or happiness, but
only if a particular nemesis can be overcome. An accurate astrological
birth chart is necessary to determine if your life is linked to
a royal star. The rising, culminating and setting positions of these
stars are compared with planets or "angles"in your horoscope. If
a connection is found, fate may have something special in store