Stories from the Stars

for Tendzin Gyatsho, born on 6 July 1935
Text by B.Brady and D.Gunzburg, Copyright © Astrodienst AG 2016
ETFE 16312.1-2, 14.11.16

Personal Star Map

Chapter I - Introduction

Chapter II - The Stars that Shape your Character
Alhena in Gemini Being identified with a cause
Denebola in the Lion Doing things your way
Alcyone in the Pleiades The gift of mysticism
Rukbat in the Archer Maintaining a level-headed approach to life
Sadalmelek in the Water Bearer Gaining benefit from social contacts

Chapter III - The Stars that Shape Your Vocation
Zuben Elgenubi in Libra Dedicating your life to a cause
Procyon in Canis Minor Working with transitions

Chapter IV - The Star Stories in Your Life
The Lovers: The receptive heroine and the potent hero
Self-Sacrifice: Salvation through service
Sibling Rivalry: Struggling with the light and the dark



Data Page

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Personal Star Map

The "Stories from the Stars" report opens with your personal star map. It shows in colour all interpreted stars and their position at the time of your birth.

The upper part of the image shows the eastern hemisphere of the sky, as seen at the time and location of your birth. It is centered on the east point (E).

The lower part of the image shows the western hemisphere of the sky, as seen at the time and location of your birth. It is centered on the west point (W).

The highlighted stars play a key role in this astrological reading. The red ones appear in chapter II, the blue ones in chapter III and the green ones in chapter IV.

The bright halves of the diagrams show the sky above the horizon; the dark halves show the sky below the horizon.

The horizon is indicated by horizontal lines, the boundary circles themselves represent the meridian. The planets (drawn red) move along the band of the zodiac. Dashed lines indicate the celestial equator and circumpolar circles.

Abbreviations used in the star map:
N = north
S = south
E = east
W = west
Z = Zenith
Na = Nadir
NP = celestial north pole
SP = celestial south pole
AS = Ascendant
DS = Descendant
MC = Medium Coeli
IC = Imum Coeli

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Welcome to your stars

The vault of the heavens is an awe-inspiring lace-work of stars. The starry sky, however, is more than just beautiful, it also carries wisdom contained within stories. These stories were placed onto the stars over thousands of years by our ancestors who slowly linked their risings and appearances to human spiritual beliefs and earthly struggles and joys. Amongst the vast array of stories held in the sky, a handful affect you personally. Think of these stories from the stars as the spark which is you before it engages in the journey of your horoscope. The method used that connects the stars to your horoscope is based on the turning of the earth and is called parans, explained below. By working with stars in this way, you can uncover your inner spark, your star-stuff. This spark is an essence of you that is beyond the luminaries and planets on the ecliptic. It comes from the very starry vault of the heavens itself.

Stories from the Stars gives you information that allows you to understand these stars in your life, your actions, your choices and your attitudes. For by understanding the role of your stars, you can begin to work with them to encourage their best expression. Think of this as walking with your stars, an endeavour that helps you to connect with the living cosmos and gain a deeper understanding of your life.

This report explores these stories. It contains three sections - the stars that add to your character, the stars that shape your vocation, and the star stories in which you live. Although written as separate chapters, they are interlinked, all of them considering different facets of how the stars engage with you.

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About Parans

Parans are the ancient way of working with the stars based on observation. As the earth rotates on its axis it divides the 24 hours of the day into four quarters. These four quarters are, in fact, the "turning points" in the sky where the sun will rise, culminate, set, and then move to the lower culmination point at local midnight. These four turning points, however, apply to all the objects in the sky. The planets also rise, culminate, set, and move over the lower culmination point and so too do the stars. The stars, however, are not tied to the ecliptic and thus their cyclic movement does not follow the sun or the planets. Because these turning points are the result of the rotation of the earth, they are, in fact, the way that the earth engages with the sky. When a luminary or a planet is on one of their "turning points" at the same time as a star is on any of its "turning points", then both the planet and the star are joined together by the rotation of the earth. This special relationship is called a paran and this visual observation is the original way that stars were first used to understand events on earth.

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The Stars that Shape your Character

This is the starting point for discovering your stars. Your journey begins with focusing on the stars and their myths that add their unique qualities to your character. Star qualities are particular features that contribute to your seed potential. They become apparent as your skills and resources through your life's experiences, for it is only by using them to deal with problems that you discover the potentials they offer you and how you can handle them wisely. Some of these qualities will take a while for you to master; others will be gifts that come more easily. Nevertheless, all these star qualities are of equal strength and presence in your life. As you learn to work with them so you will become more proficient at using them. Each star gains its voice in your life through a particular planet or luminary in your chart. At times it may appear as if one quality is at odds with another quality. Yet these are simply the normal contradictions with which we all live and know about ourselves expressed mythologically.

Five stars will be discussed in this chapter.

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Alhena in Gemini

Alhena is the white star in the left foot of Pollux, one of the twins of Gemini. It is the heel of Pollux where, as a divine being, he was vulnerable and this is the place where he carried a wound. In contrast the star was also known as the Proudly Marching One, and represents someone who has the capacity to step forward with determination and promote a cause or an idea. In both scenarios the quality is to step forward. That step may be difficult or it may be taken in protest. It is associated with following a cause, a belief for which one will march. This marching may bring pain at some level, but it is a pain embraced with the pride associated with the desire to promote an idea and link oneself to an ideal. Having this star in your life means that you want to be aligned with a mission or an idea which guides you and from this you learn that you have a talent for speaking out. So you are propelled by circumstances to take action and to have an opinion. You cannot ignore a situation and feel pushed into taking a stand.

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Being identified with a cause

On the day you were born, when the Sun was rising, Alhena was also rising.

This stand is part of the essence of who you are and how people identify you, for you have Alhena in paran with your Sun. Thus your inherent sense of self is bound up with a goal or a mission. This mission can take many forms or find different expressions, for Alhena is not linked to a particular cause but rather is the energy which focuses your passion onto a cause. You grew up in a household surrounded by people who were passionate about ideas and had definite opinions and points of view; or you encountered and were influenced by a hero, an individual who was devoted to a cause. You bring this passion into your adult life and in order to focus it, you need to become informed so that the ideas you generate can be heard and applied. You could, however, take a more passive role, supporting someone who is the leader of a cause. It is far better for you, however, to take a more proactive approach. For with this star in paran with your Sun, without a goal or a journey you will feel lost. You are at your best when you are highly motivated to pursue a path with which you can identify, a path demanding all your energy to achieve large or difficult goals.

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Denebola in the Lion

Denebola is the bright white star at the tip of the tail of Leo, the lion. Although the constellation of the lion is associated with all that is brave and regal, this star in the lion's tail represents that which has been marginalised, ignored, disregarded or overlooked. The lion was one of Hercules' labours in his mission to remove any non-mainstream religions or thinking from the Greek countryside. Although he was successful in doing this the star in the tail of the lion represented a last-stand against being dominated, or colonised. Today this star's meaning carries the same non-conformist themes and is associated with being out of step or operating outside mainstream thought. It indicates personal strength in maintaining unconventional opinions or beliefs. It also marks out the individual who prefers to separate themselves from the establishment or reject popular opinions, finding contentment by living on the fringe. Denebola's presence in your chart therefore adds to your character the unique element of seeing the world through different eyes, holding a different philosophy and living beyond the norms of mainstream society.

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Doing things your way

On the day you were born, when the Sun was rising, Denebola was in lower culmination.

With Denebola in paran with your Sun, the philosophy that defines you comes through your headstrong, independent attitude, one where you are willing to clash with convention. You are in essence a contraire. In the past, people around you strove to be distinctive in some way, wanting to be seen as different to the established beliefs and standpoints. From these encounters you have gained a determination to fight against that which restricts you, or denies you. At times, in order to live within the mainstream system as a contraire, you have been forced to find unusual solutions to problems. Empowered by your own life experience, you are drawn to help empower those who have no voice in society and to make those voices heard. You are happiest when working for alternative, unacknowledged, or disempowered groups, or working to promote controversial ideas. In so doing you have learned that you achieve your best results by going outside conventional practice. You are an alternative person who can take centre stage, and represent the struggle for a different lifestyle, or different ideas, to that of mainstream society. So learn to walk your own path but at the same time seek to be of benefit to those who have no voice.

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Alcyone in the Pleiades

Alcyone is the small blue-green star which is the main star of the Pleiades. It is part of an asterism of seven stars called The Seven Gods by the Babylonians. Across many cultures these stars were said to contain the power to protect a person from difficulties through magical incantations. Today this magical quality is felt as a deep interest in metaphysical subjects or that which is hidden or secretive. Having this star in your life means that you can use your inner eye, your 'third eye', to experience visionary and mystical abilities. You seek an explanation of what you sense through studying metaphysical subjects or mentoring yourself with a teacher. Another outlet for this inner quality is that it gives you an artistic vision, allowing your feelings to find expression in outer media, through colour, art, sculpture, music, or dance. Be cautious of your mystical vision, however, as it carries the danger of arrogance, fuelled by over-confidence or certainty in your opinions. Such a path can lead you to become ruthless in how you deal with people. Alcyone is a strong, powerful star indicating visions and mystical abilities, but recognise that not every intuitive insight you have is correct; therefore be open to advice from others. You are a pattern-seeker and you sense the inner connectedness of things or how things will unfold. As someone who wants to throw light into hidden areas, use your visions with care.

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The gift of mysticism

On the day you were born, when the Moon was rising, Alcyone was culminating.

For you, this deep visionary star touches your Moon and you first saw all this mystical, insightful, and at times narrow-minded or judgemental, energy in your carers, the people who raised you. This had a wide range of expressions: either you were surrounded by mystics, people who believed they saw the future, or there were family members who were besieged by dogmatic extremists. What Alcyone gives you is a strong insightful figure in your life who taught you that there is more to this world than what can be weighed and measured, and who embodied for you the mystical, intuitive side of life. Today this star influences the way you reach out to others individually or collectively. For you see people's pain and have a sensitivity to the ugliness of life, thus you want to contribute to making the world a better place. Think about how you can do this. You have unique insight into human behaviour and the ways of the world. Focus this insight through your passions, whether working with local communities, engaging with networks of people, or making music or art. Remember you will still brush against the harsh side of this star in the opinions of others, so you also need to learn how to protect yourself. This is a gift of insight and mysticism, and it will lead you to encounter both the ugliness and the beauty in human nature.

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Rukbat in the Archer

Rukbat is a small blue-green star in the knee of the left front leg of Sagittarius the Archer. Rukbat's symbolism is of solidness and reliability and as such this star represents a persistent stability in your general attitude. Rukbat thus acts like an anchor in your life, giving you a sense of identity, as well as consistency and strength, particularly in times of upheaval and change. Your reliability means that you allow ideas and dreams to grow through a fixed, one-step-at-a-time approach, methodical and particular. Additionally, due to your balanced approach to life, your family and friends rely on you as the one who is solid and consistent, the calm rock in the face of a storm. This equilibrium, however, can also be a tie that binds you fast to an idea long after it has outlived its usefulness, keeping you holding on when the time to let go has long passed. This reduces your ability to be flexible and to make the most of life's opportunities. It is important that you maintain your steady passion for your dream but do not become so stubborn or rigid that you restrict the development of your dreams. The foot of the Archer provides you with the dependability and steadiness of the Archer's aim. It also gives you the ability to move.

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Maintaining a level-headed approach to life

On the day you were born, when Mercury was rising, Rukbat was setting.

You have the steadiness of Rukbat in paran with your Mercury and hence you are seen as a person who is thorough, even cautious, in your thinking. You are drawn to matters to do with history, tradition and investigating the original ways of doing things, from exploring castles or medieval cities, to engaging in calligraphy. You will happily spend hours in a library or archive, sourcing books or papers. You do this one step at a time, working slowly and steadily, resolving small details so that you gain the fullest understanding. You prefer groups that have long traditions and established reputations and in such groups you become a rock of consistency, maintaining the conventions of the group, or its purpose, in some way. The difficulty is that you can become bogged down in your thinking and unwilling to listen to alternative ideas. Such rigidness blocks you. Fortunately the solidness of the Archer's stance is only one facet of this star, for it also embraces the ability to move rapidly to a new position. Thus to shift to a new perspective in your thinking all you need to do is change your physical position, and you will find that your mind has shifted a little, also. You have the mounted Archer's steadiness and this steadiness is also linked to mobility. So remember to take this into account whenever you are jammed.

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Sadalmelek in the Water Bearer

Sadalmelek is a distinct orange star in the right shoulder of Aquarius the Water Bearer. Sadalmelek is one of a pair of stars in the constellation of Aquarius. Both stars are named as a form of luck, Sadalmelek being translated as Lucky One of the King, and Sadalsuud, its twin, meaning Luckiest of the Lucky. They form the shoulders, and thus the power and responsibility of the Water Carrier. Each star brings life and fertility - Sadalmelek in the right shoulder is associated with opportunities that are of your own making. This is a blessing in life, for it implies you have the ability to water your own ideas and nourish your own thinking, as well as the ability to bring those dreams to fruition. Optimism is your key word and the only difficulty connected with this star's quality is in you being over-confident, in neglecting to forward-plan or to consider what you will do if things do not manifest as you would like. Remember that while you are blessed with the bountifulness of this star and will always have options to help you work your way out of difficulty, not everyone is in the same position, and this could present complications you would be wise to anticipate. You are an optimistic self-motivated individual and you can use this facility for the wider benefit of others.

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Gaining benefit from social contacts

On the day you were born, when Venus was in lower culmination, Sadalmelek was culminating.

You have Sadalmelek in paran with your Venus, so you are successful in your social life. As a child you were busy with friends and companions, sharing, talking, planning, and creating social events together. From this you learned to value good friendships and now you happily help your friends as they, in turn, help you. For you, life is about social networks and you enthusiastically challenge any injustice inflicted on a friend or a group of which you are a part. Whether this is at a local community level or a national matter, you will march or protest, to support them. You also have a love of colour and an ability to see patterns and shapes within groups and the environment. This combination, when applied to any work you undertake connected with colour and composition, fabric and fashion, or in graphic art, indeed any area where you can use your natural sense of and appreciation for beauty, brings you success. So the luck that this star's quality adds to your life is the luck of being blessed with good friends and being well-connected to your community. Whenever life pushes you down, all you have to do is to reach out to old friends but it also helps you make new friends. It is this social activity that sparks your fire.

These are your five seed stars, the qualities that give you skills and resources, the unique attributes that you can rely on and develop. Learning about them is the first step on your journey of meeting the stars. Revisit them often and become familiar with what they represent for you. Each star quality has a heading to help you remember it and these are listed as a summary on the Contents page. Carry these stars forward in your mind as you read the rest of your report.

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The Stars that Shape Your Vocation

This chapter focuses on your vocation. See your vocation as your different desires or passions that pull you towards certain activities and lifestyles. These are the activities or causes that you care about, the areas in which you will allocate parts of your precious time, and they provide you with a sense of purpose and direction. The themes of your vocation stars are fundamental to your idea of what you stand for and what is important to you and how you spend your life, far more than just your job or career. It could, however, become your career or surface in your life as your passion or a cause to which you devote your free time. Hence your vocational stars suggest how you can lead a meaningful life. Pursuing the themes suggested by these stars may not bring you riches but they will allow you to feel that you are in your proper place, living a life of purpose. No matter what other paths you take in your life, your vocation stars will always pull you back to their themes. Over time these stars will become your compass, steering you towards the activities that give you your deepest fulfilment. They have a unique relationship to you, for they shape what influences you and how you influence others.

Now at this stage of your life your vocation should be visible, either as your career or through your other activities. You will recognise your vocation as being that area where you gain a sense of purpose and direction. In this regard these vocation stars will confirm the path that brings you fulfilment or help you focus more clearly on it.

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Zuben Elgenubi in Libra

Zuben Elgenubi is a small white star in the southern pan of the scales of Libra. These scales used to be known as the claws of the Scorpion, and it was only around the time of the Greeks that they were given the name The Scales. Zuben Elgenubi is found on one side of the scales. Its counterpart, known as Zuben Eschamali, is located in the northern pan of the scales. These two stars share a common theme, that of social reform or social justice, and their combined image, the scales of justice, are still used today to represent the law and courts. Zuben Elgenubi symbolises a more idealist attitude than its northern partner, being linked with the desire to benefit the group rather than the individual.

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Dedicating your life to a cause

On the day you were born, when the North Node was rising, Zuben Elgenubi was culminating.

With this star focused into your vocation there is a strong theme of you being a volunteer, from devoting a great deal of time working unpaid hours to a cause in which you believe, to giving extra hours of time to aid in administration, to working hard helping to reform or improve the issues the group represents.

Your life is driven by this willingness to be swept up in an ideal or a mission, working towards a goal that you want to achieve on behalf of a group. This star does not dictate the nature of your mission, just that groups are a part of your life. The group could be your family, your friends, or a club or association, and the reform could be focused into improving the group's social standing or promoting its collective achievements. There is much you can achieve with this star and although you seek no personal reward from your work, what you gain is a meaningful life, a sense that you are achieving something useful for others and that your life therefore has a purpose. This link between a meaningful life and working to help a group is a feature you need to understand about yourself. If you find that you are aimless, and that life is becoming futile, then look for a local organisation with an ideal or need that could do with some help. Getting involved and helping in whatever way is possible gives you a focus. Furthermore, if you are involved with a team but feel drained or frustrated in trying to achieve its goals, remind yourself that you personally acquire a great deal by being involved with such a group and, although those gains may not be monetary, the ideals of the group satisfy your need to devote yourself to a cause. Eventually the drive of this star will find you fully involved with a particular group, helping it achieve its goals or improve its standing in the community.

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Procyon in Canis Minor

Procyon is a bright green star in the hind parts of the little dog, Canis Minor. Canis Minor is known as the sitting dog or small dog and was associated with Gula, the Babylonian goddess of healing. In the northern hemisphere Procyon rises before Sirius, and thus its main claim to fame is the fact that it heralds the rising of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky apart from our sun. As it comes before Sirius, The Shining One, it suggests a quick rise to success or fortune. It is, nonetheless, success that cannot be relied upon, for this star is linked to transitions and change.

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Working with transitions

On the day you were born, when the North Node was culminating, Procyon was in lower culmination.

For you the quality of this star is linked to your vocation, the ideas that drive you through your day, and as such it connects your vocation to dealing with states of transition. You are sharply aware that life is cyclic and always in a state of change. You have learned, through experience, to harvest early gains because you understand that nothing stands still and what goes up can also come down. In finances this makes you a good trader, maintaining diversity and moving quickly from one opportunity to the next. Financial activity, however, is not the only option open to you, for Procyon is about transition, and although this applies to notions of money and fame, success and failure, it is also central to the cycle of life. So, with this star linked to your vocation you instinctively understand that being alive is also about being in transition and that if this process is halted, then life itself is in jeopardy. With this deep understanding you could place your skills and knowledge into the healing profession and help individuals make transitions in their health, or move gently into the arms of death. You could also be drawn to working with individuals who are forced to make job changes. In contrast, you understand transport systems and how a city runs, for a city is a living system in a constant state of movement and change. It is these living systems, or the needs of living systems, to which you are drawn and you excel at removing obstacles to restore the smooth running of the cycles that underpin life. On a daily level you prefer not to let time sort out problems. Instead you have found that your best approach is to be highly adaptable to any changing situations and to make your decisions on the move.

This chapter has focused on the vocation stars in your life, your different desires or passions that pull you towards certain activities and lifestyles. These vocational stars are with you your whole life and it is never to early or too late to engage with them so you can create a more meaningful life. Consciously applying these vocational stars to your world, as a career option or lifestyle choice, will give you a sense of being in your proper place and doing your correct work. Your life has meaning; these stars help you find that meaning.

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The Star Stories in Your Life

Your star stories are the narrative which provides the stage for your star qualities and your vocation stars. The cultural historian Thomas Berry believed that story was sacred and formed the foundation of all life. He saw life as the force of the cosmos that produces the order of the world, even our daily rhythms. In this way stories are never-ending and always repeating, like the waves on a beach. Some of these stories come from the stars and, like all stories, will make themselves apparent through re-occurring patterns of events, where you find yourself revisiting situations, or falling into old habit patterns. Knowing your star stories enables you to be alert at the beginning of the cycle before you find yourself slipping into old habit patterns with their predictable outcomes. Each story contains different characters but not all will be active all the time. People will step into and out of your story, seeming to take on various roles, just as you play different parts in their star stories. Being aware of your stories means that you can recognise these characters as they emerge and therefore you can engage with them in a far more resourceful manner. You also have more than one star story and at different times one story will take precedence over another. Hence as you read them, one story will probably be more obvious to you than the others. At another time a different star story will be of greater importance to you. All of them, however, are you.

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The Lovers: The receptive heroine and the potent hero image

Essence: Action and self-expression versus passive acquiescence.
Challenge: Balancing the need for action and being receptive.
Your Approach: When you seek a balance between action and receptiveness in both yourself and others, then your creativity flows.

This is the story of the two lovers in the sky, and like all stories of lovers, it is complicated. The constellation Andromeda, the fertile Princess of the heavens who eagerly awaits the arrival of her young suitor, is one of this starry pair. Perseus, the hero fresh from battle, is the other. The Greeks, however, turned this beautiful narrative of love into a tragedy by threading it with stress and calamity. They saw Andromeda as a defenceless young woman, chained to a rock, about to be eaten by a sea monster. The only option she had was to wait for a saviour, her lover, Perseus. The Greeks depicted Perseus as the champion, willing to take on the challenge of rescuing his beloved Andromeda from certain death. In this Greek version of the tale, the characters are two-dimensional, offering only one pathway ahead for each of them. Yet the story is far deeper than this Greek version and although it contains drama and crisis, most importantly it has a happy ending. These two constellations represent creative potential, biologically as well as intellectually, and it is this creative tension between the masculine and feminine that produces life, ideas, actions, and events.

Your first sense of the presence of these two lovers comes through your desire to build family. Yet such creative tension is bigger than just fundamental yearnings. The lovers offer you the gift of turning discord and disharmony into a resource simply by taking action. This occurs when you are beset with worry, pressure, and even crisis, for it is then that your ingenuity rises to the surface. Look at your life and you will recognise this theme. Although distressing, such a state tells you that you are about to make a breakthrough, so learn to recognise these times and step forward, rather than pull away from them or continue to be surrounded by stress, for it leads to a positive outcome and something precious is gained. It doesn't always have to be intense, however, and by acknowledging these starry lovers you can begin to change your times of personal crisis or drama into minor tensions that naturally lead to you a truly creative space. For at its heart this story is about being original and creating something where nothing existed before.

The difficulty is that you can become swamped by one of the characters. If Andromeda dominates your life, then you become the helpless individual who must wait for her saviour, becoming a victim to circumstances, anticipating in vain a potential inheritance or the goodwill of another. So if you are Andromeda-driven, work on your independence by making some of your own decisions and acting without help from others, even at the simplest level of daily life. If, on the other hand, you are overwhelmed by Perseus, the highly-energised aroused lover who is the protagonist and rescuer, then you contain an enthusiastic desire to save others, whether they wish to be saved or not. You feel the need to interfere in situations just to experience the challenge. You rush in when cooler heads take pause. If you are Perseus-driven, learn to accept assistance from others by asking for help with small daily tasks.

These starry lovers give you a talent for originality and creativity, and the more you strive for a balance between these two characters, the more your creative energy can flow. Always remember, however, that this creativity comes from tension. If you are proactive with your life and engage with the struggles that problems present, then you will encounter your most creative insights.

Your connection to this story is through your natal Venus, which was rising while Mirfak was culminating.

With Perseus as the hero of this star story in your life, your socialising and networking abilities are direct, focused, and sharp. This has been a trait that was carried by one of your parents who saw relationships as challenges. You saw one of your parents as the more dominant one, staunchly individualistic in their views, brusque and abrupt with others and unwilling to see the other person's perspective. When you were younger, you too struggled with relationships, seeing them as mountains to be conquered, rather than as mutual influences where both offer unique attributes. Now love, pain, and beauty are still a confusing package. On the positive side it has made you candid in your associations and dealings with others, moving directly to the point of an argument without beating around the bush. This can be a plus where clarity of language is required, such as in contracts, legal documents or finances. You even find that you are an advocate for beauty, being drawn to the field of cosmetics, colour, fashion, and design, either as an entrepreneur or as a maverick. Nevertheless in terms of personal relationships, if you can learn to listen to others, then your relationships will deepen and you will begin to appreciate the input that another can give to you. Your best relationships and associations are those where your direct approach can be incorporated but where you are also willing to let another show you a different perspective.

Another connection is through your Saturn, which was rising while Mirfak was also rising.

Having this star story mixed with your life brings you into conflict with other people. You are a strong overpowering personality unafraid to go out into the world and fight. This is a trait that you have inherited and you feel is a worthwhile trait to have, since you experience times when you feel restricted and hemmed in, either as a bodily limitation, such as a physical disability, or you have monetary or financial limitations. However these difficulties manifest in your life, you are not afraid to challenge the structures in which you find yourself. Setting the parameters high for what you want to achieve, you are someone who works slowly and steadily to gain your targets, for you have learned that wisdom and steadiness are the keys to success. Furthermore, once you have gained your objective, you apply a philanthropic approach to life that allows you to give back to others. You are drawn to creative areas, such as song writing or film, as well as physical sports like boxing, trekking or abseiling. Likewise, you can choose to use this desire for conflict in areas of advocacy, challenging legal structures through the justice system as a lawyer. However you use this starry story in your life, you achieve and gain as much as you put into it. Aim low and you will achieve your goals. Aim high and you will gain the heights you desire.

Another connection is through your Mars, which was culminating while Mirach was in lower culmination.

You are a thrill-seeker, pursuing situations and events that will give you peak experiences. You live a life without responsibilities, engaged only in pursuits that are pleasurable and stimulating. For you are an adventurer, and can become totally self-absorbed in whatever attracts you, paying little heed to others. You seek the pleasure of sensual engagement for the thrill without the commitment. Yet only now do you realise that such physical situations dismiss the needs of those who rely on you and that such a lifestyle carries consequences. For unless you are a natural loner, following a regime of achieving the next sensual or sexual conquest just for the adrenalin hit will never really fulfil you. You think that what motivates you is the rush of conquest but what will nurture you in the long run is finding ways to make such encounters within a framework of commitment and allowing yourself to be accountable for your actions. When you set yourself these tests, such as leading mountain treks or parachuting expeditions but still being part of a team, then you begin to learn how to make commitments that can contain the full range of your sensory and competitive needs. For such actions also take into account the needs of others, allowing you to recognise that these needs do not inhibit you but enhance your life instead.

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Self-Sacrifice: Salvation through service image

Essence: A willingness to sacrifice your energy for others.
Challenge: A tendency to undervalue your life and thus your own needs suffer.
Your Approach: Thoughtfully choose those to whom you willingly give, so can feel quiet satisfaction without exhaustion.

The main character of this star story is Berenice, a young Greek woman deeply concerned for the safe return of her beloved husband from the battlefield. To ensure his protection, Berenice sacrifices her hair to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The goddess is so touched by this selfless act that she not only grants Berenice her wish and returns her husband unharmed but also places the sacrificed hair into the sky as a constellation. Berenice's act of surrendering her hair may seem minor and unimportant to us today but in the time that she lived, a woman's hair was a sign of her strength, her virtue, and her honour. By offering her hair Berenice surrendered everything that she stood for, her dignity and her status in society, so that her husband would be given safe passage home. At its heart, then, this is the star story of a hero. Unlike the popular idea of superman, however, whose noble feats are performed in blazing moments of glory, this is the act of one who is unobtrusive, who works behind the scenes, whose mission of courage is undertaken away from the public eye and whose success is gained slowly through hard work over a long period time. Berenice never gives up on achieving her goals, but instead maintains a focused dedication to her cause.

This story of the quiet hero is your story and you, too, are drawn to supporting a loved one to succeed with their ambitions. You do this because you feel that what they offer is worthy of your assistance and because you think that others will benefit from their advancement. In this way their successes become your successes. Your desire to help can also be focused into a cause within your community where you will take on the jobs that need to be done, without ceremony or glory - invisibly, soundlessly, and with concentrated diligence. You are the one who works silently in the background in your place of work, willing to do the simple but necessary jobs that keep the group or workplace running. You are also involved with organisations that rely on volunteers and the goodwill of others in order to function efficiently. Each of these expressions gives you a sense of personal fulfilment and adds meaning to your life.

Indeed so strong is this story for you that you struggle to find meaning and satisfaction in your own successes unless they also contain a sacrifice, where you give up something precious. Deep down you recognise that nothing is really gained unless you make a personal sacrifice, that all things in life have a price and this price must be paid so you can move forward. Yet in truth this price is negotiable, for although sacrifice is a part of your story, you can choose its format, such as volunteering a few hours of your time on a weekend to help a charity. Such an act allows you to adopt the mantle of this story, the theme of selflessly giving your energy to others. Yet in wearing this mantle this star story suggests that you can make a real difference, for Berenice's action leads to the safe return of her beloved husband. So while you find personal satisfaction in lending support to another or a cause through your own discreet actions, it is for you to choose how and whom you help. By giving such support, you also pave the way for your own successes. You are a quiet hero.

Your connection to this story is through your natal Mars, which was culminating while Diadem was also culminating.

This quiet hero story of sacrificing something of yourself for the benefit of another is revealed in the way you leap to the aid of another person. Your instinct is always to lend a helping hand or to use your own physical skills to set something right. Thus for you, actions speak louder than words and even louder than money. Literally or metaphorically, you are the rescue worker, someone who puts themselves at risk to help others. You are the helping neighbour, the one who leaps first to clean up after a party, the one who is there to assist others. Nevertheless giving too much of yourself to a cause or putting yourself at risk with little regard for your own physical well-being can push you into becoming a martyr, giving too much of yourself. Remember if you are drained or injured, you cannot be of service to the people around you.

This same desire to jump in and help also gives you the skill of understanding and creating solutions to physical problems. You have the capacity to know how things work, to clarify behaviour for people, and how to help them achieve more effectively what you think they can achieve. So you would do well to remember the airline safety script: 'Put your own mask on first before helping another.' For you, balance is the key, the balance between the idea of self and the idea of helping.

Another connection is through your Jupiter, which was setting while Diadem was also setting.

This star story places you between two extremes. You are either a generous individual who flows like a river of energy, helping your family or community. Or you are someone who shows little concern about the impact your spending has on others. If you look back on your family's stories or the stories you are drawn to in literature, you find grandparents or other larger-than-life male figures in your family who represent these two expressions. One was overly selfish, misused the family or business income through habits of self-indulgence, and expected the world to give him a living. In contrast the other man was a benevolent, gregarious individual whose generosity was so great that it left him and his family struggling for resources. Both of these traits are your challenges and your lesson is to find the middle ground, to understand that life doesn't have to be all-consuming, but neither is it all to be given away. One way to ease these extremes is to tithe regularly, giving small donations to those in need, or supporting a charity of your choice. By donating small amounts you learn to pay attention to the detail of your finances, to recognise that for others a little money goes a long way and that this applies to your own life as well, and therefore you do not need others to contribute to your personal needs. Indeed one of the lessons of your life is to understand the old adage that life is a process of give-and-take.

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Sibling Rivalry: Struggling with the light and the dark image

Essence: Having a polarised perspective and thus seeing the other as directly opposite oneself.
Challenge: To avoid irritation with either over-optimism or over-pessimism in others.
Your Approach: Make the effort to understand the other's perspective as the resulting insight will enrich your position.

This is a story of the twins of the heavens. They have many different names but the Greeks knew them as Castor and Pollux, the two brothers that make up the constellation Gemini. They are symbolic of all polarities, the point of balance between black and white, the fragile nature of competition, and the understanding of antithesis. One twin is blessed living an uncomplicated life, never worried by internal conflict and full of self-assurance and optimism. The other twin is destined to wrestle with private demons that lurk in the shadows, plagued by self-doubt, and always struggling to be optimistic. You may not have any siblings, and thus have no blood sibling rivalry; nevertheless with this star story in your life you experience this tension between yourself and another or between you and a group. If you carry the role of the optimistic twin, then you handle life's difficulties with clear logic and reason, taking stock, rolling up your sleeves, and getting on with the job. Yet this ease does not come for free as you will encounter rivalry or competition in your life from a sibling, a friend or a colleague. This person is envious of you or dismisses you as shallow, accusing you of not understanding the deeper or more complex issues of the human psyche.

In contrast, if you take the role of the more sensitive twin who is forced to look inside to the shadows of an intricate and complicated soul, then you handle life's difficulties through art, music, poetry, drama or some form of self-expression to understand the events around you. Thus you are annoyed and angry, even envious, of those who seem to walk through life without the burden of emotional turmoil and inner-outer crisis. You find yourself constantly bumping up against individuals who are blissfully unaware of the emotional tensions, fears, and anxieties that plague your every step. This person infuriates you with their superficial attitude to life, as well as their seemingly endless good luck. While at other times, taking the other side of the polarity, you become frustrated by an individual or a group of people who appear to slow you down with their worries or anxieties, their apparent over-concern with issues of emotional well-being and their seeming inability to get on with the job at hand and move forward. On a larger, less personal note, this star story is also about those who have money, power, talent, health, and love and those who do not, the privileged and the underprivileged, those blessed by the gods and those plagued by them.

In short, the journey for you with this star story is for you to understand the other side. First, find the balance, the point of equilibrium, by understanding the role that you play and which side of this polarity you tend to occupy. Then appreciate or be sympathetic to the other. You will always favour one side of the story but both sides have merits. Those who appear to be blessed move forward easily, exploring ideas free from emotional complexity, external in their outlook, yet offering compassion. Those who are immersed in the emotionally complex issues of human life have the skill of the artist and can offer insights into human nature that the other never reaches. Both roles in this story of the starry twins are important for you.

Your connection to this story is through your natal Sun, which was rising while Castor was also rising.

You come to this story of polarities through the role of the optimistic twin and you take a proactive approach to everything you do. This means that you move forward and achieve your goals with clarity and the path ahead of you opens up without demanding too much pain or inner turmoil. You are a writer or a talker and from an early age you have had the skills of a wordsmith. In your youth you wanted to explore the world through reading and talking to others. Nevertheless, you also encountered rivalry, a clash with someone who seemed to be more dramatic, more sensitive, subject to emotional highs and lows. Their story also contained a competitiveness, seemingly challenging you. Thus the journey for you is to look at what is causing conflict, inside or outside the home, and then to become interested in the position of the 'other' and give it a voice in your work. In this way you reduce the raw tension of this rivalry. For you are in essence a storyteller, a poet, a narrator, someone who weaves together a magic carpet of words, and the more you understand the 'other', the position of the person who struggles with all the complex shades of grey in their lives, the more successful you become at communicating this position in your creative work.

As you keep living these stories and recognise the roles you play, so you can use the star stories' momentum to empower you, steering rather than being steered. Remember your stories are like the waves on a beach, they visit the shores of your life frequently and you are always offered the chance to respond differently. So think about your stories and look around your life, at the events and the people, so you can to learn to recognise the themes. Invested with that knowledge, you can then actively make different choices, rather than allowing old patterns to reoccur. The waves on the beach help shape the beach, thus if you become an active part of your own stories you can help shape your own life.

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The Stories from the Stars report is the voice of stars in your life. The information contained in this report represents a different view of your astrological links to the heavens. These stars are the spark which is you, their qualities, their vocational attributes, and the narratives of the star stories, all filtered through the lens of your horoscope. You are, in a sense, born from a field of stars, and your natal planets, luminaries, and nodes touch part of this field by the turning of the earth, known as parans. It is through your horoscope that these ancient star themes colour your life. Sometimes the stars complement or expand on what you already know about your horoscope. In many cases, however, the stars add insights into your understanding of who you are.

This report therefore is a resource. The best way to make use of it is to focus on one or two of the stars that seem to apply to your current circumstances and then consciously take actions that use the stars' meanings in a positive way. As events occur in your life, return to this report for advice on how to deal with a situation, a recurring pattern, or decisions about your vocation.

When you look up at a starry night you may feel small, but by understanding your relationship with the stars, you can begin the journey of walking with them. Such a journey will give you the sense of what it is to be a part of a living cosmos. As you come to understand your stars through this report, go outside on a clear night and learn to see them in the night sky. Visually connecting with the stars can help you to understand your personal alliance with them.

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The journey of the "Stories from the Stars"

The stars have been a part of astrology from the very beginning. Their intermittent use, however, has meant that today, in contemporary astrology their meanings are covered with layers of cultural dust. This has led to their older meanings being judged as obscure or even fatalistic. As a result, the stars have tended to linger in the background of astrology as if they did not exist. Yet despite this fact, most people interested in astrology do look up at the starry night and wonder at the meanings of the stars and the constellational patterns, often developing a personal affinity to a star or constellation.

It was this awe at a starry night that begin the journey in the 1980s that has eventually lead to this report. In re-exploring the astrological role of the stars the original method of working with the stars known as parans was employed. Parans were used for the stellar theology of the Egyptians in the period of the Old Kingdom in the third millennium BCE, also by the astrologer-priest of the Babylonians in the seventh century BCE, and then much later by the astrologer-scribes and astrologer-mathematicians of the Hellenistic era in both weather and astrology. In working with parans thousands of charts and biographies were used to gain an understanding of the meaning of each star in a contemporary framework.

Parans, the original method

All the star meanings in Stories from the Stars are based on this research and using the method of parans. The full name of the technique as used by Vettius Valens in the first century CE is paranatellonta. He used the term to talk of constellations that rose, culminated or set at the same time and thus formed a sky narrative. Another important work in this period was by the first century polymath Claudius Ptolemy who wrote The Phases of the Fixed Stars by taking each individual star’s unique pattern of rising a setting. Later, in the fourth century CE, the astrologer simply known as Anonymous of 379, also wrote of parans, suggesting that the best way to work with stars and natal planets in the horoscope was by looking for the times when planets or luminaries were on a turning point - rising, culminating, setting or on the lower culmination point - at the same time as stars.

Star and planet parans are therefore not new to astrology. Parans, however, fell into neglect, for although they are visually quite logical, they are impossible to list in a simple table format for general use, even for a set date, as they are sensitive to latitude shifts. Today however, since computers can easily reconstruct the sky for a time of birth, parans can be returned to the astrologer’s tool kit.

Parans, however, are a little different to the other components of a horoscope in that they are not sensitive to changes in your moment of birth but are instead based on your day of birth. To find all the parans for a given day all the planets and luminaries are moved through an entire 24 hours. The actual day is taken from sunrise before your birth to sunrise after your birth. In that period every time a planet or luminary is on one of its turning points then the sky is checked to see if a star is also on one of its turning points. If so, then that natal planet or luminary is in a paran relationship to that star.

The Stories of the Stars report is created first by finding all these parans but also by filtering them using the features of your own natal horoscope and then combining them with the star’s current position with its own annual cycle with the sun. This unique blending produces the significant parans for your horoscope on the day you were born.

The Stars used in this report

On a clear moonless night in the country you may be able to see around 9,000 stars. A key question to ask, however, is what stars are important for astrology. There are 15 quite bright stars in the sky with a magnitude of 1 or less —the lower the magnitude the brighter the star, -1 is very bright, 1 is bright, 6 or more is dim-to-invisible to the naked eye. It is easy to think that the brighter stars or those in the zodiac would have more meaning. However, research into people’s lives and their stars revealed that it is the stars that are heavy with mythology which carry the greatest astrological significance.

Hence of the 9,000 stars in the sky, there is a set of sixty-four stars, all rich in mythology, which appear to share their myths and meaning through parans to the planets or luminaries of a natal horoscope. It is this set of sixty-four stars that has been used for Stories from the Stars.

Learning the sky and finding your special stars

Once you start thinking about your stars, you may wish to see if you can find your special stars in the sky. An easy way to do this is to use your smart phone or tablet, for there are many inexpensive apps that you can download which enable you to simply point your phone or tablet at the sky and turn it into a sky map and identify the names of stars or planets. These will also help you learn the sky. If you do wish to learn the sky, then start with an obvious constellation, for example Orion, and learn to find it at different times of the year along with the constellations that are located near to it. In this way, using this gate keeper constellation, you can slowly begin to widen your knowledge of the sky. You can also download the free planetarium software call Stellarium by typing its name into a search engine on the web. This will allow you to play with the sky and animate it for any location which also helps you become familiar with the sky.

If you wish to do your own astrological research into fixed stars and parans, then consider the software Starlight, ( which is the software which Bernadette Brady developed out of her research work to help astrologers learn to work with the night sky.

Images used in this report

The image on the front cover of the report is Johann Bayer’s Capricorn, Uranometria, 1607. The images of the constellations for Chapter II and III have been adapted from those of Sidney Hall (1788 – 1831). The images in Chapter IV, the Star Stories, were created by the authors.

Further reading for exploring the stars

Current Astrological Texts on Stars:
Brady, Bernadette. Brady's Book of Fixed Stars, 1998.
Brady, Bernadette. Star and Planet Combinations, 2008.
Non Astrological Texts on Stars:
Allen, Richard Hinckley. Star Names Their Lore and Meaning, 1963.
Cairns, Hugh, and Bill Yidumduma Harney. Dark Sparklers, Yidumduma's Aboriginal Astronomy, 2003.

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Data Page

Astrological Data used for Stories from the Stars
for Tendzin Gyatsho (male)
birthdate: 6 July 1935 local time: 4:38 am
place: Tengster (Qinghai), CHINA U.T.: 21-38
101e12, 36n32 sid. time: 23:14:36

Planets and Selected Stars and Parans
planet ecl.long. rectasc. decl. phase paran
Sun 12°54'57 0°00'S 104°02' 22°49'N
Moon 37'34 3°54'S 159°43' 4°20'N
Mercury 25°31'01 4°14'S 85°16' 19°08'N
Venus 28°14'03 0°52'N 150°43' 12°54'N
Mars 18°16'01 0°31'S 196°39' 7°38'S
Jupiter 13°28'21 1°04'N 221°21' 14°52'S
Saturn 10°03'21 1°46'S 342°16' 9°26'S
Uranus 58'14 0°30'S 32°52' 12°43'N
Neptune 12°16'48 0°57'N 164°02' 7°50'N
Pluto 25°15'46 1°51'N 117°35' 22°54'N
Moon's Node 22°24'27 0°00'N 294°12' 21°35'S
Ascendant 38'54 0°00'N 97°14' 23°17'N
Medium Coeli 17°39'35 0°00'N 348°39' 4°53'S

Alhena 12'11 6°45'S 98°30' 16°27'N Sun (Rise-Rise, 0° 2')
Denebola 20°43'29 12°16'N 176°27' 14°56'N Sun (LCul-Rise, 0°33')
Alcyone 29°05'32 4°03'N 55°55' 23°54'N Moon (Cul-Rise, 0° 7')
Rukbat 15°44'39 18°22'S 289°52' 40°44'S Mercury (Set-Rise, 0° 9')
Sadalmelek 27'40 10°40'N 330°38' 0°38'S Venus (Cul-LCul, 0° 2')
Zuben Elgenubi 14°11'27 0°20'N 221°50' 15°47'S Jupiter (Set-Set, 0°16')
Node (Cul-Rise, 0°34')
Procyon 24°53'41 16°00'S 113°59' 5°24'N alh Node (LCul-Cul, 0°14')
Mirfak 10'53 30°07'N 49°56' 49°38'N Venus (Cul-Rise, 0° 3')
Saturn (Rise-Rise, 0° 3')
Mirach 29°30'30 25°56'N 16°32' 35°17'N Mars (LCul-Cul, 0° 3')
Diadem 03'31 22°59'N 196°43' 17°52'N Mars (Cul-Cul, 0°14')
Jupiter (Set-Set, 0°32')
Castor 19°20'27 10°05'N 112°37' 32°02'N Sun (Rise-Rise, 0°13')

Explanation of codes in the column 'phase': "alh": The star is in a period where it is above the horizon only during the daylight hours (Ptolemy's "arising but lying hidden").