New Moon in Taurus

On 18 May 2015 the Moon will be conjunct the Sun in Taurus. Both planets will be conjunct fixed star Algol, the ‘daemon star’.

NM May 2015 chart

In the legend, Algol represents the head of the Gorgon Medusa who was slain by Perseus. Medusa, who was the only mortal one of the three Gorgon sisters, was originally a beautiful maiden, but her hair was changed into hissing serpents by Minerva in consequence of her having become by Neptune the mother of Chrysaor and Pegasus in one of Minerva’s temples. This gave her so fearful an appearance that everyone who looked at her was changed into stone. It is said that if fixed star Algol is:

  • in conjunction with the Sun, it indicates a violent death or extreme sickness; if the luminary culminate he will be maimed, mangled, wounded or torn to pieces alive; and if Mars is at the same time in Gemini or Pisces his hands or feet will be cut off.
  • in conjunction with the Moon, this indicates a violent death or extreme sickness.
  • culminating, it suggests murder, sudden death, beheading, prone to murder and mischief. If Algol is at the same time in conjunction with Sun, Moon or Jupiter,  it gives victory over others in war.

NM May 2015 From the perspective of mundane astrology, fixed star Algol is also connected with explosions and fires, eruptions, earthquakes and storms.

  • In 1790, a solar eclipse (Sun conjunct Moon) was aligned with Algol; soon after the French Revolution began and a plague killed 80,000 in Egypt.
  • In 1855, a solar eclipse took place during the Crimean War’s Siege of Sevastopol, causing great hardships that led to Florence Nightingale’s famous mission.
  • Algol was on the IC when the Titanic sank.
  • Algol was rising when the Massacre of the Huguenots took place, on Bartholomew’s Eve, 1772.

The map below shows the paths of Sun, Moon and fixed star Algol:

New Moon path May 2015

(click map to enlarge)

Update: Vulcano on Hawaii could erupt:

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