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Exploring Antares: The Astrological Significance of the Behenian Fixed Star

Known as the alpha star in constellation Scorpius, Antares is a bright red star that has captured the imagination of astronomers, astrologers, and even ancient civilizations.

In Greek, Antares means “the rival or equivalent of Mars,” a name that was probably given because of the star’s red color and brightness. This is particularly fitting, as Antares shares many of the same characteristics as Mars, which is also the traditional ruler of Scorpio.

Astrologically, Antares is located near 9 degrees of Sagittarius and represents a spirit of challenge, courage, adventure, transformation, and passion. It is also a fixed star that is associated with malevolence, destructiveness, liberality, broad-mindedness, evil presages, and danger of fatality.

Now I see why I often dream fatally when moon is in Sagittarius. The moon passing over Antares can bring about intense emotions and feelings of restlessness. This can translate into our dreams, causing our dreams to become more vivid and potentially destructive. The energy of Antares can also bring about a desire for change and transformation, which can bring unsettling themes in our dreams.

Despite its ominous associations, Antares also has positive qualities, such as its ability to provide understanding of past (life) memories. It is also said to help protect against evil spirits, giving its followers the power to drive them away and bind them.

For those who are drawn to the energy of Antares, it is important to approach its influence with caution and respect. While its power can be harnessed for good, it is also associated with danger and potential harm. By working with the energy of Antares in a mindful and intentional way, it is possible to unlock its potential for transformation, growth, and spiritual evolution.

In astrology, the position of Antares in a birth chart can also reveal important insights into an individual's personality and life path. Those with Antares' energy prominent in their chart (9º 47′ Sagittarius) may have a natural inclination towards adventure, risk-taking, and transformation.

However, they may also be prone to impulsiveness, aggression, and a tendency to push boundaries. It is important for those with Antares' energy prominent in their chart to balance its energy with mindfulness and self-awareness, harnessing its positive qualities while avoiding its potential pitfalls.

In addition to its astrological significance, Antares has played an important role in many cultures throughout history. In ancient Egypt, it was associated with the goddess Serket, while the Babylonians viewed it as a symbol of death and rebirth.

Today, Antares continues to capture the imagination of astronomers and stargazers alike. Antares is the alpha star in constellation Scorpius and one of the 15 Behenian Fixed Stars. Its bright red glow and mysterious energy serve as a reminder of the vast and wondrous universe that surrounds us, and the power and potential that lies within us all.

Antares is a stunning star that shines brightest during the summer evenings, when it is at its highest point in the southern horizon. However, if you are trying to view Antares from more northerly latitudes, it can be quite challenging due to the lack of bright or famous stars in its vicinity. Most of the neighboring stars are only of 2nd and 3rd magnitude, making it difficult to locate Antares without proper guidance.

But don't worry, Scorpius, the constellation that houses Antares, is easily recognizable and can be used as a guide to locate this magnificent star. Its position in the south can make viewing a challenge, but with a bit of patience and persistence, you can catch a glimpse of Antares and its neighboring stars.

Another helpful tip for locating Antares is to keep an eye out for the Moon, which makes a monthly visit to the vicinity of Antares. The Moon can act as a guide and help point you in the right direction, making it easier to locate this beautiful star.

Eventually — and it could theoretically even happen tomorrow — Antares will run out of fuel. When that dramatic moment occurs, the force of gravity will exceed that of the Antares’ internal pressure. Antares will implode, then re-explode with the phenomenal force of a supernova, leaving behind a neutron star or black hole. Supernovae within our own galaxy are rare, even as the recent dimming and subsequent brightening of Betelgeuse had us on the edge of our collective seat. But if Antares ever does become a supernova, you can be sure it will be one of the most amazing astronomical events in modern history!

So, if you're looking for something to do on a warm summer evening, or crisp winter-spring morning, take a moment to look up and appreciate the beauty and majesty of this remarkable celestial body. Pay attention to your dreams when the moon transits (which is practically every month) over the mysterious star, Antares.


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