I first intend to lay out the significations and astronomy of Sharatan and its constellation of Aries. Add a definition for the word meaning and some musing of its mythology as many star names and their mythology appear to be significant in the stars signification and at very least worth taking into consideration. I will mention past astrologers significations of the star and explain my own research and give some conclusions on Sharatan’s overall signification.
Astronomy of Sharatan
Sharatan or Beta Arietis is 58.66 light years from earth and found in the left horn of the ram in the constellation Aries it’s currently at the tropical zodiacal longitude of 4’15 Taurus with a declination of 20 N 54 it’s a magnitude 2.64 blue to white dwarf star and can be found in various star catalogues under the numbers HR553, HIP8903 and HD11636.
Sharatan name meaning
Sharatan also known as sheratan or Al Sharatain is commonly called the Ram’s horn, the Persians referred to Sharatan and the close star Mesarthim as the protecting pair or two butters. The Persian word Al Sharaain is the dual word for Al Shara, the word for sign. So, they also came to be known as the signals or the two signs meaning an indication of aggression and instigation with a dual purpose.
Sharatan and its Constellation Aries
The constellation of Aries consists of 17 visible stars the brightest being Hamal at the base of its eastern horn. But also, Sharatan and Mesarthim two stars at the tip of the left horn of the Ram. These two stars were well known to be the stars near the cusp of Aries and marked the vernal equinox at a time when the tropical and sidereal zodiacs where aligned at 0 Aries. Ptolemy said the stars at the head of Aries where of the nature of Mars and Saturn. Robson, Ebertin, Hoffman and Rigor all agreed stating various stars at the head of Aries to be either of a premeditated, brutish, impulsive, perverted or aggressive nature.
Public Domain Griechische Heldensagen für die Jugend bearbeitet”. Berlin: Verlag von Neufeld & Henius, 1902
Mythology of Sharatan
There are a few myths regarding the Ram Aries but one in particular I feel maybe relevant to Sharatan and its close star Mesarthim the two they call the signals. My reasoning for this is the duality contained in the myth is not a factor in other tails of the ram. The myth of Phrixos and Helle who escaped upon a ram with golden fleece to the land of Aietes. Phrixos had been falsely accused of rape so the brother and sister fled on a ram with golden fleece, however along the way Helle was allowed to fall from the ram over the Hellespont, now known as the Dardanelles, she was saved by Poseidon who then raped her and fathered her child. While Phrixos managed to arrive in Aietes and upon his arrival the ram removed its golden fleece and gave it to the land of Aietes before placing itself in the heavens, this is why the ram is dully lit in the sky. But some say he sacrificed the ram to Zeus and placed its fleece in the temple. While after that Nephele placed the ram in the heavens to mark the start of the season the grain is sown.
Sharatan conjunct the MC
1 - Charles McAteer Scotland
Head of teachers association of Scotland, has dealt with severe cases of teachers being bullied by students. Made a speech to the teachers association in 2006 stating that head teachers were being expected to be responsible for to many things out of there control. Here we see he has to indirectly deal with issues of abuse and the demand of perfection. As well as having a dual roll as a head teacher and the representative of head teachers.
2 – Simon Ramo USA
Head scientist in USA ballistic missile program. Has dual degrees in physics and electrical engineering from Caltech university. He co-founded Ramo-Wooldridge which developed the Atlas, Titan and Minuteman ICBM,s that where later used for defence, research and space exploration. In 1983 he was awarded the presidential medal of freedom.
3 – Sir Alan Campbell MacDiarmid Scotland
Scottish steel manufacturer from Glasgow and son of Alan MacDiarmid a partner in James Anderson an Co. He was educated at Kelvinside Academy. He was multitalented and found chosing a career difficult but once he found his path was driven with a single minded ruthless attitude in his business of producing steel between the first and second world wars. He treated business as a game of personal superiority and had a fascination on perfection at all costs.
A multitude of Lives ISBN-978-0-9556514-1-0
4 – Garland (Knobby) Lawing USA
American baseball player was a right handed catcher he broke into class D in pro baseball in 1938 and reached class A1 now AA in 1943, before he reached his 25th game he was recruited into the United states Army and served in Europe during WW2. He missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons respectively. On his return in 1946 he got a major league contract with the Cincinnati Reds but was sold off after just two games to the New York Giants where he played eight games for the remainder of the 1946 season. He returned to the minor leagues until 1954 when he retired from pro baseball.
5 – Nicole Duclos France
Three time French track and field national champion, 400 metre world record holder 1969 and shared 4 x 400 metre world record holder along with British women’s team and represented France in 1972 Olympics. In one instance after making the final of the European athletics 4 x 400 medley relay the French team she was in failed to finish.
6 - Jean Marie Poumeyrol France
French erotica and hallucinogenic artist of fantasy, he has broadened his repertoire to include landscapes over time. Many works show the duality of death and sexuality from a darker fantasy realm.
7 - Ziegler Henri France
Henri was a French aerospace engineer and later air force officer and test pilot, a fighter in the French resistance during WW2 becoming the commander of the free French air force and later chief of staff to the entire French forces. After the war he become CEO of Airbus in which he was a lead developer of the A300B at its conception. He gained numerous honours such as order of the British empire and officer on the US legion of Merit.
8 - Princess of Japan Mako Japan
Her Imperial highness Studied English at the university of Dublin and received a bachelor’s degree from Mitaka University Tokyo in art and cultural heritage and received a national certificate in curation. She later received a master’s in museum studies from Leister University (see my Blog on the fixed star Princeps as its relevant to her and Princess Beatrice) She has been long engaged to a commoner and once the marriage takes place, she will rescind her title and place in the Imperial family. At this time there are financial disputes between the groom and his family which the imperial household disapproves of. After appearing in a Sailor uniform fans created there own fantasy art or anime of her featuring on the site Nico Nico Douga which was a viral hit, the palace where unsure of what to make of the attention as it wasn’t slanderous, they made no comment. She has made efforts to help the deaf following her mothers work with Japanese sign language and has spent time anonymously volunteering in the effected areas of the Japanese earthquake and Tohoku Tsunami disaster.
9 - Johnny Depp USA
Johnny Depp is an American musician and actor who is well know for roles such as 21 jump street, Edward scissor hands, the Alice in Wonderland franchise and Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to name a few. He has a naturally quirky and eccentric personality that has made his roles in horror and fantasy films a niche for him over the years. A string of marriages have ended in separation and legal problems around his misuse of violence have been a theme in later years. In early life he was susceptible to self harm and had a estranged relationship with his farther after his parents divorce.
10 – Andrew J Evans
Andrew J Evans was an American air force Major General who was shot down and taken prisoner for 6 months during the Korean war in 1953. He gave up information to his captors about the US biological weapons program being implemented on the Korean peninsula this kept his captors happy all the while he kept the secret that it was a small part of a strategic atomic weapons program the US was readying for the Korean peninsula.
Sharatan conjunct the ASC
1 – Henri Francoi Aal Pomares
Of Flemish Spanish origin A Spanish, Belgian news anchor, was the Minister of French language and Belgian culture and the MP for Brussels. Initially a reporter for French speaking Belgians on the Cuban missile crisis the Kennedy assassination, the independence for the Belgian Congo, Whalen Buiten of the Catholic university of Louvain and student events in May 1968. He later became a professor at the university of Spain. Here we see journalism and the striving for accuracy in reporting on violent and dangerous events and possibly becoming entangled in them at some risk.
2 – Allan Bell
From Edinburgh the Scottish born motorcyclist died of road death on 01/08/2003. Although a generalisation there is a large element of risk in riding motorcycles and a majority of fatal accidents are also the result of risk taking.
A multitude of Lives ISBN-978-0-9556514-1-0
3 – William Deacons
From Glasgow Scottish born died of drug overdose on 03/06/1992. Taking drugs is another form of elevated risk taking as we know not all overdoses are intentional and are sometimes mistakes or wrongly prescribed. The reports don’t mention suicide so I will assume that this is not the case with William Deacons.
A multitude of Lives ISBN-978-0-9556514-1-0
4 – Michele Sindona
Committed suicide/murdered cyanide poisoning
An Italian American banker who laundered Mafia and Vatican money, he was arrested in the US in 1979 and extradited to Italy to serve a 25 year sentence. He hired hitmen to carryout murders and was surrounded by connections that where murdered. He died of cyanide poising putting him into induced comma he never recovered, and police are unsure weather it was suicide or foul play. The element of risk in swindling such powerful entities is rather clear and his brashness at having others carrying out hits must have exacerbated this. If risk or intention was used at his death is unclear but either way it didn’t go to plan as he didn’t die for some time after.
5 – Charley Whitman
From lake worth Florida USA Walt left home at 18 to join the Marines to escape an abusive father who demanded perfection. He was a crack shot and was made a sharpshooter and sent to Guantanamo bay. He returned and married a student from the university of Texas where he studied then was redeployed when his grades failed. He was honourably discharged in the mid 60’s and returned to the university of Texas. He complained of headaches and sudden bursts of anger to a college psychiatrist but didn’t continue to see them for long. Weeks later he killed his mother and wife before climbing a tower on campus and going on a shooting spree killing dozens of people. He was eventually shot by police. A note he left behind asked for the police to examine his head and blamed his anger on his uncontrollable mind. The coroner did find a tumour in his brain but where unsure if that could have really been the cause of such violence. Again, in this case we see elements of perfection and risk in his accuracy with a gun and the fact he did little to help or prevent his self identified health concerns. We also should note anyone who joins the military is taking a risk also and somewhat like some of the others this was also essentially a suicide knowing he would attract the police who would take him eventually out.
6 – Jean Guillaume Beatrix
Jean is from Saint Priest France and a Ski Biathlete who has been competing since 2005 he has an Olympic bronze medal in the pursuit and many world championship silver and bronze medals to his name. This is a sport that requires multiple skills and if you ski with a riffle then there must be a risk factor also. There is also again an element of perfection required to do well at this sport as every missed shot ads to your time or trip.
7 – Gilles Leroy
From Bagneux France Gilles was a journalist turned novelist who wrote predominately fiction laced with autobiographies within them the most famous on Nina Simone his novels deal with underlying issues of homosexuality, jealousy, abuse and mental issues. He is openly gay and has been a leader in the fight against AIDS, in 2009 he put the case to the Pope to remove and address his remarks regarding the use of condoms as being ineffective. His argument was based on the reality of the many deaths that could arise by Catholics not using protection he won that case in 2010. His notable work in journalism and autobiographical work rings true of someone seeking accuracy. There is also a risk taking element here but it appears it has manifested as his work in preventing risk taking and not so much him taking risks himself.
8 – Pierre Max Rosenberg
Pierre is a Parisian born art historian and essayist. He was a professor of fine art at Cambridge university in 1986 and graduated from Ecole du Louvre in France. He became the curator of the Musee de Louvre in 1962 and later its director in1984 he served in this role until 2001. His own literary works were that of monographs that being works that write on a single subject in detail and often in a series. In his case it was historical French art and again here we see a manifestation of perfecting in the form of his literary work and his curation of art.
9 – Stephane Lambiel
Stephane is a Swiss figure skater a coach and choreographer, an Olympic silver medallist and nine time Swiss champion. He is credited in developing and popularising some spin positions and was one of a few people who could jump and spin in both clockwise and counter clockwise directions. He retired from competitive skating due to knee issues and now coaches, choreographs and skates in ice shows and performances where there is less stress on the knees. Here we see both obvious risk taking and the seeking of perfection in figure skating. But also, the seeking of perfection in his role as a choreographer and coach.
10 – Sirkar Van Stolk
A Dutch Author of one and only one known biography (memories of a Sufi sage) the life of Hazrat Inayat Khan a northern Indian classical musician that become the western world’s leader of the Sufi movement which was formed as an international organisation in Switzerland in 1923. Although this is only a small part of his known career it is striking that he wrote a biography as this type of writing as mention above is driven by striving for accuracy and the element of detail to write a good one. And as it’s a well know one of biography it looks like he was successful at that.
The MC and ASC conjunctions were not so different in manifestations although I would say the MC conjunctions with the star Sharatan are in general more of well known people or in general what they accomplished was seen by more people. However, the star Sharatan itself does not appear to manifest particularly different from one point two the next. The star Sharatan manifest themes of risk, perfection and fantasy while the military, sport, art and forms of writing are predominant occupations. I found at looking at the 20 above natives lives the star to have a predominant Mars nature with strong Saturn and Mercury influences. It also has a duality or two part manifestation in nearly every case unfortunately unconfirmed in two cases, but I believe this is due to a lack of biographical information on my part. Mercury was not mentioned by the ancients in regards to Sharatan but I believe it to be self evident in the above research to confirm its influence remembering it bonds with either malefics and takes on their characteristics naturally, so its effect is subtle but evident in all of the above natives dual manifestations. I would also like to mention Neptune I think it has a strong affinity with Sharatan but would not go so far to say its nature is of Neptune itself, however there is definitely a strong affinity evident in the above natives lives.
Final delineation of fixed star Sharatan
The fixed star Sharatan is of the nature of Mars with Saturn and Mercury influences it manifests dual outcomes involving risk, perfection and fantasy.
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This blog was written by William Lamont Bellingen astrologer Australia on the fixed star Sharatan.