While we are still working a bit more Snake Medicine, let’s talk Medusa.
Medusa was an initiate of the goddess Pallas Athene She was a temple virgin, beautiful, kind, dedicated, of service. In that place of sanctuary she was violated, defiled by Poseidon. Instead of punishing the aggressor and standing in honor of her devotee-- Pallas Athene turned on Medusa and cursed her for tainting temple grounds. (Remember Pallas Athene is a virgin goddess, Warrior Queen, birthed of Zeus's body, no earthly mama for her. Playing by the boys’ rules.)
Medusa’s curse was transformation to a serpent crowned monster whose stare could turn men to stone. Pallas sought to isolate Medusa, to denigrate and deny her worth.
The Fixed Star Algol (the Eye of the Gorgon, Medusa's Eye) is placed at 26 degrees Taurus. A blinking, binary star it boasts a serpentine shedding of skin, light to dark, dark to light. Yes, the word alcohol does derive from this sparkler.The star itself has been demonized but a closer examination (apropos with that stony stare) reveals a nuanced power.
People with Algol placements initiate shadow-play. They can act as a mirror for those projecting their submerged shadows. Taboo, mind-blowing knowledge (comes with headaches!), rides edge between life and death, sexuality as vehicle to divinity (not in an abstracted “white light” zone, considerably more earthy).
My Rising Star/Ascendant is this very star. Don’t let’ s get in a staring contest, hmm?
The way this translates to my Service to you? Willingness to meet you eye to eye and remain steady as you take a spin through Shadow. Medusa’s gaze is the mirror of Truth showing you What Is. Sometimes that hurts. But then instead of turning to standing stone, trapped in isolation and terror: we can turn you to diamond or onyx or lapis or a deep garnet. We can pull out together (with infinite Love) That Which Is.