Astronomology 101: House of Aries

Temple Borobudur

The First House

Did you ever wonder why the Zodiac Circle begins where it does?

Using Astrology to guide people safely through the labyrinths of their lives takes the same sense of commitment a medical doctor needs. In fact it takes greater commitment since everything about our lives – including our health – begins and ends in the Human Mind that resides inside our Heads.

Aries rules the Head.

You not only need to know how the planets and star energies work together. You also need to know the history of the arts and sciences that went into the making of the avocation you have chosen to take up.

Below is an excerpt from a web page that illustrates why reading the rest of the incredibly difficult article it came out of is absolutely necessary. It explains the beginning of our modern Zodiac Circle.

In the Hindu astronomy textbooks, the star Beta Arietis in the constellation Aries is the junction star (yogatara) of the nakshatra called the “Horse’s Head” (Ashvini). In the Surya Siddhanta, for example, the 360-degrees of the celestial sphere ends with the junction star Piceum in the nakshatra Revati, which also marks the beginning of the constellation Aries, the nakshatra Ashvini and the entire globe-girdling circle of the ecliptic. According to the text’s composer,  the junction star Beta Arietis is located 8 degrees in polar longitude into the nakshatra Ashvini as well as the zodiac constellation Aries. Therefore, when the text refers to the “First of Aries” it is also pointing to the junction star for Revati. It is therefore both the alpha and the omega for the entire celestial sphere.

The Ram & the Roman Minerva

Minerva | Roman Goddess of War & Wisdom

Here is a bit of Zodiac History Trivia. Aries in the Ancient World was “the Star of Minerva”.

These divinities, which we do not see among the stars, inasmuch as they do not have their own characteristic signs, share their powers with others. Just as Ophiuchus is Asclepius himself … so the Ram is recognized as the star of Minerva.

Source: Emma J. Edelstein and Ludwig Edelstein, Asclepius: Collection and Interpretation of the Testimonies, Vol. I, p. 59 citing Servius, Commentarii in Aeneidem, XI, 259.

Why was the Ram not know as the star of Mars (God of War) in those days? And more importantly, who is Minerva?

Minerva is the Etruscan and Roman goddess equated with the Greek goddess Athena. She was the virgin goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl usually called the “owl of Minerva”, symbolizing her attribute of Wisdom. She is the daughter of Jupiter and Metis.

Of particular interest to us in the context of Ophiuchus is that as “Minerva Medica” she is the patroness of physicians and medicine.

Like Athena and the other gods and goddesses with the power of healing, Minerva is sometimes depicted with a snake.

Faith Without Works is Dead: A Demonstration

As if to demonstrate the power of the gods and goddesses of the Celestial Sphere to communicate with us in Astronomology mode, it just so happened that as I was researching Minerva for this article I discovered there is an Asteroid Minerva out there — and guess where I found her at the very moment I was writing about Mars, Minerva and Aries?

July 10, 2012

  • Asteroid 93 Minerva – Ecliptic Lon. 184.4633 | Lat. -03.1377
  • Mars – Ecliptic Lon. 184.5357 | Lat. +00.2189
  • M87 Virgo A Galaxy Ecliptic Lon. 182.2337 | Lat. +14.4162

Asteroid Minerva

The main-belt asteroid Minerva and its 2 moons 93 Minerva is a triple asteroid with 2 moons.

The mysteries of asteroid Minerva and its moons

Since the discovery of its two moons, the triple asteroid Minerva has been the focus of space and ground-based telescope studies that have attempted to unravel the secrets of this intriguing system.

A multiple-telescope campaign has now revealed that Minerva is unusually round for an asteroid, and has a possibly unique structure. The campaign to “weigh” the asteroid and derive its density and other characteristics was undertaken by an international team of planetary astronomers led by Franck Marchis, researcher at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute. ***

Source: The mysteries of asteroid Minerva and its moons at

Ophiuchus relationships in Aries

As seasoned Startistics readers already know, Mars has recently been found to have a natural and organic Astrological relationship to Ophiuchus.

Although the parentage of Ares (the Greek form of Mars) is in question (see ARES: Greek God of War at the Theoi Project web site) it is clear there is a blood relationship between Ares (Mars) and Asclepius.

Here is some more basic information on Mars (Ares) that we need to establish PRECEDENT for returning Mars in our Minds to his original status as principally an Agrarian God, not God of War as a first priority but as a court of last resort.

Mars was the god of war, and one of the most prominent and worshipped gods. In early Roman history he was a god of spring, growth in nature, and fertility, and the protector of cattle. Mars is also mentioned as a chthonic god (earth-god) and this could explain why he became a god of death and finally a god of war. He is the son of Jupiter and Juno. According to some sources, Mars is the father of Romulus and Remus by the Vestal Ilia (Rhea Silvia). Because he was the father of these legendary founders of Rome, and thus of the Roman people, the Romans styled themselves ‘sons of Mars’.

Source: Crystalinks

To top it all off, it now appears Mars enjoys a brother-sister relationship with Minerva-Athena. And as a bonus we find Minerva and Athena are both pictured with the Serpent (see photo above of Minerva with a snake wrapped around her arm).

As a consequence, the Aries-Ophiuchus personal relationship should facilitate accelerated soul growth for the Aries and be powerful, beneficial, and transforming for both parties.

For the seasoned Ophiuchus native, the pairing with Aries should quicken the pace and spark constant activity.

For the awakening Ophiuchus male, the Aries relationship is just what he needs to trigger his memory as to what he is supposed to be doing here on this planet. The active fire of Aries metaphysically brings Ophiuchus out of the darkness of his womb in the sky and into the Light of Day in his incarnation.

The Aries-Ophiuchus pairing involving the Ophiuchus woman is just plain powerful as the combined energy of the relationship’s Vesica Piscis acts upon both partners in purely mystical ways.

The warrior instinct keeps the family protected as if by a fierce mother bear who is gentle until threatened while the owl and serpent of wisdom totems bring primordial wisdom and healing energy to the surface for use in all aspects of life.

Exaltation & Polarity: Aries Sun & Moon

If you know your Astrology you probably know the Sun is “exalted” in Aries. Here is our Ophiuchus connection to the Sun: Asclepius’s father was Apollo, God of Light (the Sun). According to the principles of orthodox Astrology the Moon is handicapped in Aries because the Sun is exalted there.

As Apollo was virtually the Greek God of the Sun and the Cultural Arts, so was his Twin Sister Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Moon and the Nature Kingdoms. So why would the Twin Sister be disadvantaged in the House of Her Brother?

In medical astrology Aries is associated with the Head. In Western Hermetic Qabalah the Hebrew letter Resh (the Sun) relates to the Head as the Moon (Qoph) has the back of the Head, representing both the Solar and Lunar lights as aspects of consciousness: waking consciousness and the unconscious and subconscious levels of Mind.

The Head of the Gorgon Medusa

Aries Moon aligns with Algol (10-14-2011)

Whenever one of the orbiting bodies is transiting the end of Constellation Aries it will come into alignment with Beta Perseus, “Algol”.

This is the second of two special Power Points in the House of Aries — the first of course being Beta Aries for the reasons described above.

Also, you should know that the Solar System is located in the Perseus-Orion arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. So the folks among these stars are our close neighbors.

As we know, in Greek Myth Perseus the Hero was the rescuer of the Princess Andromeda. The weapon he used to defeat the Kraken (the sea monster that was sent to take Andromeda as a sacrifice) was the head of the Gorgon Medusa. Algol is the star in the head of the Gorgon Medusa. It has a long history of many other demonic associations as well.

Algol has mythology of its own, none of it complimentary. Its full Arabic name is Ras al-Gul, the Ghoul’s Head. Algol has also been known as the Demon Star and the Blinking Demon. The Jews called it Rosh ha-satan, Satan’s Head, while in the Talmud it is labeled Lilit, Adam’s legendary first wife and a demon. The Chinese name is certainly the most gory, “Tseih She”, which means the Piled- up Corpses. Perhaps people in ancient times were uncomfortable with a star that refused to behave itself and shine with a nice steady brightness. Info source: Circumpolar Constellation Perseus

I hate to give any celestial body a bad rap. I am as some of you well know an ardent “No Bad Stars” advocate. Be that as it may, here is the science behind the star with the demonic reputation.

Lifted from Wikipedia,with comments of my own and emphasis added.

Computer simulation of how Algol may rotate

Algol A and Algol B are an eclipsing binary, because their orbital plane coincidentally contains the Earth’s line of sight. To be more precise, however, Algol is a triple-star system. Studies of Algol led astrophysicists to develop the Algol paradox in the theory of stellar evolution: although components of a binary star form at the same time, and massive stars evolve much faster than the less massive ones, it was observed that the more massive component Algol A is still in the main sequence, while the less massive Algol B is a subgiant star at a later evolutionary stage. Scientists have theories on how this paradox is resolved. But keep in mind, these are speculations until they are proven.

Likewise the nature of Algol’s considerable stellar activity. This system also exhibits variable activity in the form of x-ray and radio flares. The former is thought to be caused by the magnetic fields of the AB components interacting with the mass transfer. The radio emissions may be created by magnetic cycles similar to sunspots, but, as the magnetic fields around these stars are up to ten times stronger than that of the Sun, these radio flares are more powerful and longer lasting. Note again the phraseology used that admits the scientists are speculating.

Info source: Algol – Wikipedia

Basically, how Beta Perseus works is still pretty much a mystery.

The only metaphysical attribute of the Gorgon Medusa (as we think we know her) that is shared with the Beta Perseus star system so far is the astronomical fact that Algol is a Triple Binary star system. The Gorgon Medusa had two sisters, Sthenno and Euryale.

If she has mysterious powers analogous to those of the Algol star system, then it is that the Gorgon Medusa is incognito and hidden from view as surely as knowledge of her true form and nature was erased in ancient times. Hm. That sounds like the Eclipse phase of this Algol Triple eclipsing binary star system, doesn’t it? In emerging from the Eclipse phase, will the Gorgon Medusa’s great powers return with the re-cognition of Goddess Spirituality?

As you can see from the screen capture above, Astronomers also located  and named a second, third and fourth Gorgon star close to Algol. However, there is no fourth Gorgon sister in Greek literature. So perhaps this refers to the three sisters before the Medusa lost her head to Perseus in the myth.

Gorgon Medusa of Corfu

Gorgon Medusa of Corfu

The Gorgon Medusa

Gorgon blood had magical properties: if taken from the left side of the Gorgon, it was a fatal poison; from the right side, the blood was capable of bringing the dead back to life.

Gorgons were vicious female monsters with the fangs and skin of serpents and hair of living, venomous snakes. Two of the three Gorgon sisters, Stheno and Euryale, were immortal but Medusa was not. Similar to the dragon-serpent “Python” whom Gaia sent to protect sacred sites, the Gorgons were the protectors of the most ancient ritual secrets. Since the gaze of the Gorgon was said to turn a man to stone, images of the Gorgons’ heads were also used as amulets and protection objects to be hung on objects and buildings to counteract the evil eye and to ward off evil.

In Sanskrit the name “Medusa” is translated as “Medha”, in Greek “Metis”, and in Egyptian “Met” or “Maat”. These names are all forms of words referring to wisdom, which as a matter of tradition was symbolized by and embodied in goddess form.

What we’re being told here in a manner of speaking is that the Medusa (or Greek Metis) was Athena’s mother, and that Athena’s mother was a Serpent or Serpent Goddess.

From The Quintessential Ophiuchus ~ 8. The Serpent

I don’t want to spend a prolonged amount of time on the subtopic of how in the process of overthrowing Goddess Worship in ancient times the Patriarchy perverted many myths and stories to turn Her (and the Serpent of Wisdom) into an evil figure. However, I will point out that hidden in the ancient literature and sacred texts is the underlying story about the Medusa and many other profaned figures from our deep past. So I would not be too set on holding onto these demonic connotations that are attached to our lovely star systems and their related divine and sacred feminine figures.


(Intensive Care Unit)


Caduceus, Angel of Healing by Dec. 1 Ophiuchus Sculptor James N. Muir

Planet Earth & Humanity Need Your Wisdom

Instrument for dispensing Healing, Wisdom and Life Path Guidance, or Mind Control Device?

This is the section in which I’m going to introduce elements of Orthodox Astrology that don’t make sense to me because they seem to be at odds with the goal of Astrology, which we have been led to believe is to guide us toward health and happiness.

Let’s have a discussion. Just keep in mind that somebody or bodies put this system together the same way computer programs are written. It does not necessarily follow that it serves the intended purpose of a new age.

So now that Ophiuchus has introduced itself as a great agent of change and demonstrated its value and ability to perform as advertised, let’s look at the rest of the Astrology system as critically as we’re looking at our local and planetary governments.

Orthodox Astrology











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I understand the principle of dignity, detriment, exaltation and fall. But at the same time it is a fact that our world is changing along with our dictionary of terms and how we want to live in the world. We are learning that the future is a blank page waiting for us to write on it.

So here’s what I think, and since this is a Journey we’re all on together, I want you to think these things through for yourself too. Just make up your mind and feed your decision to the Hologram. Here’s my issue:

I don’t know why Venus has to be in detriment in Aries, the House of Self, let alone a detriment anywhere. She is Love. Now, I know things are occultly more complicated than that. But maybe that’s part of the problem that is causing so many people to suffer from lack of Love. Love of Self (or the lack of it) is a real problem around here.

Secondly, we haven’t gotten to the Tenth House yet but in the House of Capricornus Mars (the “ruler” of Aries) is exalted. So my question is, why isn’t the ruler of Capricornus exalted in Aries? One would think there would be a reciprocal Contract between Houses to be Excellent to Each Other.

That’s what I think. Frankly, the nature of Saturn being that it is deliberate, organized and discipline oriented, could be of good use in Aries. That would tend to check our egos and cause cooler heads to prevail in intensely hot situations.

Think about it.

The series Ophiuchus & the 12 Houses is a bubbling of thoughts, a work in progress. Until you see this red flag disappear, please keep checking back for additions and updates.

Posted: July 15, 2012
Last edit: July 17, 2012.

About Donna Provancher

I initiated my mysticism & occult path with a course in Astrology from the Rosicrucian Fellowship in 1970. In 1987 as I was preparing to become a professional Astrologer I bought a sky atlas for fun and found constellation Ophiuchus walking along the zodiac belt. I was shocked. I've dedicated myself to evolving Astrology for the New Age ever since then. Let those with the ears to hear, hear. Take what resonates. Leave the rest.