Astronomical designation: Alpha Cygni
Deneb Adige is a showy and operatic star, appropriate enough for the chief star of Cygnus, the Swan. Deneb Adige takes its name from the Arabic for ‘the tail of the hen’ (i.e., bird or Swan). The Swan of Cygnus represents the shape into which Zeus transformed himself, so he could pursue beautiful Leda, Queen of Sparta. Their mythical union was a favourite motif of artists for several centuries.
The theatricality of the Zeus-Leda symbolism is fitting for Deneb Adige, a star bestowing not only artistic talents but a good deal of ‘artistic temperament’. There is a splendidly theatrical quality here, grand gestures, creativity. Lots of actors and some writers are born with this star somewhere, though Reinhold Ebertin described most of the writers in his files with this star as purveyors of romantic trash. Underneath the lush velvet charm there’s a will of iron, too. It isn’t too much of a stretch to call Deneb Adige ‘the Star’s Star’. It really is the star of the star performer, and its roll call of successful theatrical or film people is long. A small sample: Silvana Mangano (the Moon), Pier Paolo Pasolini (rising), Elizabeth Taylor (Eros), Christopher Lee (Black Moon Lilith – Lilith has been demonized as a vampire, and Lee was most famous for playing vampires in the Hammer Horror classics), and even Ronald Reagan pre-presidency days, with popular Venus and sunny Apollo here. There is often something self-indulgent, opulent and sexy about Deneb Adige: it activates the pleasure principle. At its crudest, it is like having a whole big box of chocolates to yourself; but at its most sublime, it gives you the ability to create with divine inspiration. Deneb Adige is a feeling star, and your emotions will run high with it. You are being offered a chance to experience life in a very full way, perhaps sometimes from other perspectives like an actor playing various roles. This can be a source of great illumination, even of inspiration. And once you’re fired up, with this star, there’s little stopping you.
One star performer who went so far over the top he paid with his life was firebrand monk Girolamo Savonarola, who fomented the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ before Church authorities consigned him to their own bonfire; he had religious planet Jupiter with Deneb Adige. Both William Wordsworth and Anaïs Nin lived emotion-charged lives with their hearts on their sleeves; both had Iris with this star, expressing Iridian truths in their different ways with his exquisitely romantic poetry and her lush erotic prose. Passionate painter, sculptor and architect Michelangelo had Mercury aligned, while a later artist of complex passions was J.M.W. Turner, who had rapturous Bacchus and the surrendering South Node of the Moon here. French writer George Sand, theatrically romantic and a daring cross-dresser, had Deneb Adige rising. Edgar Allen Poe with his drama-charged horror tales had both power suffused midnight lady Hekate and kiss-it-better Ceres aligned. Writer about the responsiveness of water molecules, Masaru Emotu, also had Iris here, a very different example from Wordsworth and Nin, but perhaps even more clearly communicating the importance of feelings and how they resonate and spread. Deneb Adige doesn’t seem to be quite as caught up in the ballet world as Swan stars Sador or Gienah Cygni. However, the premiere of The Dying Swan took place with a Deneb Adige link to intense, passionate Eros. And Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who composed Swan Lake amongst other great ballet works, symphonies and the famously dramatic 1812 Overture, had the intense, attaching North Node of the Moon closely aligned here.
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.