Astronomical designation: Alpha Scorpii



Antares is the alpha star of the constellation Scorpius, the Scorpion; from antiquity it was called the Heart of the Scorpion. Its name means ‘Rival of Ares’, and Ares was the Greek god of war – the Romans called him Mars. Antares was one of the Royal Stars of ancient Persia, marking the autumnal equinox.


Antares is certainly a warrior star, driving, ambitious, masterful and according to the old lore, capable of violence and destruction when in negative mode. To that last assertion I offer a heavily qualified yes – but only sometimes. Antares is not intrinsically evil, and it is without any kind of petty viciousness. The issue with this star is not ill will, but the way it impels an urge for mastery. When this is directed towards self-mastery and the personal gifts cultivated as a result, it is very fine. If it stimulates unskilful behaviours and rouses the temptation to dominate or control, there can be problems. The tradition states Antares was one of the military stars; when working at its best it could be a symbol of conquest. In more modern terms, this makes Antares one of the stars for worldly success. However, this doesn’t always come easily. There is another old tradition that people born under Antares often experience times of severe stress, or major crises, in their lives, and this can still be true in a world with less conflicted social patterns than was once the case. The counter-balancing gifts are the courage and strength to overcome the challenges it poses. As with all of the great power stars, Antares asks you to be very self-aware and very mindful of how you treat other people. The Golden Rule does rule here! But with the reservoirs of strength available to you via Antares, you can afford to be generous, and a force for good.


Despite the old warrior themes, it’s easy to find a high percentage of exceptionally talented writers and communicators born under Antares. Writers – poets, dramatists, makers of fiction especially – do manifest their own masterful capacity when they conjure new worlds and characters, or re-imagine existing or past worlds, expressing almost godlike creativity. Perhaps this is what is becoming more significant with Antares as the evolution of consciousness takes ever more complex and interesting forms as it spirals upwards. Here is a little list of big names: Jean Racine had Venus, Jane Austen had Mercury, Hans Christian Andersen had Jupiter, Fyodor Dostoevsky had Mercury, Louisa May Alcott had the Sun, Emily Dickinson had Astraea, Bram Stoker had Mars, Georges Feydeau had Mercury, Lucy Maud Montgomery had the Sun, Mary McCarthy had Jupiter and Kurt Vonnegut had both Venus and Ceres. Marshall McLuhan had powerful, magical Hekate aligned to Antares, press baron William Randolph Hearst had the attaching and sometimes ravenously ambitious North Node of the Moon here, and it’s worth remembering that Winston Churchill (who had a Sun link) was not only a war-time leader but won a Nobel Prize for Literature for his many writings, especially his six-volume history of the Second World War. Taking Antares into more spiritual realms, we can find Buckminster Fuller had innovative Pallas with Antares, and Sri Aurobindo had integrating Astraea.

This work is Copyrighted: © Kidston, Roderick 2016. Text extracts are from The Magic of the Stars: How the Stars of Astrology Enrich Your Life. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Link to book on Amazon. Note the book does not contain the otherwise unpublished card deck artworks.