Astronomical designation: Beta Pegasi



Precessing near the very end of the ecliptic band, where the segment called Pisces is about to change to the segment called Aries, is another notably challenging star. It also belongs to the constellation Pegasus, and its name is Scheat. Its name comes from ‘Seat Alpheras’, derived from Said (or Sad) al-faras, which means ‘the upper foreleg (or Lucky One) of the horse’.


Scheat is one of the traditional disaster stars: it was one of those which held sway over the launching and sinking of the Titanic. It symbolizes great storms and tidal waves, but less literally, it signifies stormy emotions, which is a better way to read this star for people rather than events. The challenge with Scheat is to work skilfully with its contending forces of heart and head, feeling and intellect. It can and does bestow the mental acumen required to gain detachment, and rise serenely above the turmoils of the ocean like Pegasus riding the element of air. Scheat is another of the stars we need to re-vision if we aren’t to be dragged down into negative self-fulfilling prophecies driven by fear. In a more positive way, Scheat can stir up deep creative wellsprings as well as tidal waves, giving those born under it a unique awareness of the emotional depths of the psyche and a keen sensitivity to suffering. The crucial character test with Scheat is being able to maintain your poise when confronted with adversity. With Scheat, you need a skilful control mechanism. Mindfulness, active meditation techniques or yogic breath practice could be especially helpful. If you can gain a degree of detachment about the storms in which you are caught, you can turn any suffering to good account by drawing on reserves of deep creative inspiration, and making something beautifully ordered and balanced out of the chaos. Much of the world’s best art is wrought from emotional suffering. Even to be able to control emotional excess is to express great life artistry.


Some contrasting writers with Scheat links were serious, high-minded E.M. Forster with Saturn; dramatic, sometimes fiery poet John Milton with Mars; Thomas Hardy with his tragic heroes and heroines with Gilgamesh; Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) with her acute awareness of the horrors of life and the possibilities for remedy with Hekate aligned; and the poke-a-stick black comedy and satire (with its undertow of tragedy) of Kurt Vonnegut, who had the letting-go South Node of the Moon and agent provocateur Eris both here. Photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams used black and white techniques to masterful, dramatic effect with technically brilliant Pallas linked to Scheat. Karl Pribram, who did pioneering work on the limbic system of the brain and went on to develop a holonomic theory of brain function (wherein the brain works as a holographic storage network) had both Venus and Eris with Scheat. This was a complex synergy, meshing Venus drives for harmony, Scheat-Pegasus themes of feeling and intellect (various aspects of brain function including the work on the primitive, impulsive limbic system) and the Eris movement towards higher consciousness with the holographic model.

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.