Dear Mystic Medusa
I am so grateful that I found you – only recently; you rock astrology these rocky days!
I came across this in an encyclopedia of astrology under “V”:
“Via Combusta (or “the Burning Way”) Ancient astrologers considered that if the Moon was set at birth against a cluster of fixed stars in the early degrees of Scorpio, it was afflicted.
In modern astrology, the via combusta is from 15 degrees Libra to 15 degrees Scorpio. If the Moon is within these points, the whole chart is considered void and uninterpretable. It is crucial in Horary Astrology, for it means you cannot do anything about the problem or situation.”
Beware Old School Astrology Textbook Descriptions
Well, how ghastly is that? I have a ton of stuff in those 30 degrees as well as, most specifically, a Balsamic Moon at 24 Libra. And relationships through life with a swag of men with Mars, Pluto, Uranus or Chiron in the early degrees of Scorpio. Now, with decades of life experience behind me, I feel I am past these slings and arrows as personal insults. However, these days I am tending to ritualize the wearing of black and grey with a touch of red somewhere – scarf, or leggings, or underwear. Is the phoenix rising from the ashes?
What about all those historical martyrs burnt at the stake? Do they find simpatico here? And is this where a particular type of Love Zombie takes up residence?
Burning waiting for your answer.
Thank you! It is such synchronicity as I have wanted to do a post on the Via Combusta for ages. I was waiting till the Sun was there; Halloween, the Day of the Dead, Samhain, of course.
Via Combusta Means Fiery Road Or Burning Way
I did touch upon it briefly in this post about the actor Viggo Mortensen, who has most of his birth chart in the Via Combusta.
So what is the Via Combusta? It is Latin for “burning way” or “fiery way” and refers to the part of the Zodiac between 15 Libra and 15 Scorpio. In the olden days, they said that it was cursed and that having the Sun, Moon or anything there meant you were bad. Or, you know, that you had powers.
But I disagree entirely and not just because I have the Moon and Midheaven there. It was seen as “bad” in the same way that women with strong Mars vibes were packed off to nunneries or that Uranus was once seen as causing “deviancy” and the 8th House was sorcery.
The 8th House Was Sorcery
It was more to do with fear and superstition from a time when to dabble in magic or be accused of it was extremely dangerous.
The theory is that the Sun is exalted in Aries and depleted in Libra. Likewise, the Moon exalted in Taurus but not so in Scorpio. And then the so-called malefics – Saturn and Mars – were potent in Libra and Scorpio.
Even last century, some astrology books said women with strong Venus-Uranus aspects might “not be content with working in the home. Or that they would disrupt the family harmony by seeking to work outside of the home.” Some referred to “homosexuality” as an aberration.
Astrology is always a product of the culture we live in. For instance, since the release of The Secret, in 2006, a lot of Law of Attraction sensibility has been woven into astrology.
Being Born In The Via Combusta Means You Have Magical Powers
The term Via Combusta, this scary sector of the Zodiac, was coined in a foreboding era. People faced real evils in the form of openly corrupt clerics and rulers. There were inquisitions, crusades, and wars against pagans undertaken by local councils.
The Via Combusta is a super potent time of the year. The alchemists worked with it. Personal planets or points there meant you had a powerful affinity with magical energy. I love the sound of your Phoenix wardrobe.
Image: The Steilneset Memorial by Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois – this is so poignant, haunting and beautiful, the article here tells the story.