Astronomical designation: Omicron Ceti
Stella Mira is another star of Cetus, the Sea Monster. The name comes from the Latin stella mira, ‘wonderful star’, where ‘wonderful’ means strange or odd. This is on account of its extraordinary behaviour as an ‘oscillating binary’ which varies enormously in brightness over a 331-day cycle.
Stella Mira seems to make people under its influence a little like Kipling’s cat – they prefer to walk by themselves. As a star of independence, sometimes of the kind qualified by the adjective ‘rugged’, this drive to fly solo can run the gamut from inspiring individualism through various degrees of difference, eccentricity or even to a sense of alienation. People, en masse, don’t always know how to take the sons and daughters of Stella Mira. There is something weird and wonderful about the effects of this star. When it’s good it is very good, but it can also stimulate a tendency to melancholy if you separate from the herd altogether because you can’t stand any rules except your own. Learning to compromise is a Stella Mira thing… If you have Stella Mira shining now bright, now dark, you are likely to be very determined and persistent, maybe a bit moody, and probably self-contained to the point of aloofness. But – there is something perennially modern and up-to-date about this star, syncopated and super cool, and one of its gifts is real artistic talent in some form or other. Another is a keen, even crazy, sense of humour. If you are a Stella Mira person you are a one-off original, proud of your uniqueness, and entirely happy to play solo if nobody ‘gets’ you. After all, it’s the other people who have the problem, not you, right?! But the truth is, the world does need you, with your unusual way of perceiving and interpreting it. Opt in, not out!
The sublime artistic talent possible with this star was revealed fully in the work of Michelangelo, the great Renaissance painter, sculptor and architect, with his beauty loving, artistic Venus here – though he was prone to very dark moods. American author Edith Wharton had Amor linked; the asteroid of Love aligned with Stella Mira took many twists and turns in her keenly observed stories of the weird and wonderful ways people relate to each other, find each other, miss each other, lose each other, damage each other and just sometimes, get it sort of right. Visionary painter Nicholas Roerich had Neptune aligned. Highly individualistic Allen Ginsberg, Beat poet and spokesman for the counterculture (Stella Mira on steroids) had both Venus and wound-healing, transforming Chiron here, offering up a very quirky view of life, the universe and everything. The weird sense of humour with Stella Mira is exemplified by the kind known in Britain as ‘Goonish’ because of the Goons, whose act was a mix of silliness, punning, odd sound effects and the utterly surreal. The Goons were Michael Bentine, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers, and three of these four were sons of Stella Mira: Bentine had shape-shifting money-making Midas, Milligan had creative, truth-speaking Iris and was the main creative force behind the team’s emergence from conventional sketch radio to full-on, full-blown comedy; while Secombe, perhaps the happiest of the Goons, a popular singer and religious presenter as well, had Seraphina, the asteroid of inspiring angel fire and zeal. On another but related track, celebrity chef Julia Child played to the hilt a sort of oh-shucks what-fun humour when she was cooking on camera. She had the asteroid Diana with Stella Mira; this Diana is all about finding the social fulfilment of mature emotional drives, along with well honed skills. If Julia had a little accident, if a concoction fell on the bench, say, she cheerily picked it up and tidied it back together, warbling that after all, nobody else had to know. Diana is good at keeping secrets, too…
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.