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 encyclopaedia 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 as severely affected as if it was eclipsed. In modern astrology the via combusta is measured from 15 degrees Libra to 15 degrees Scorpio, and if the Moon is within these points the whole chart is considered void and uninterpretable. This is important in Horary Astrology, for it means that nothing can be done about the problem or situation.”
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 some 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 ritualise the wearing of black and grey with a touch of red somewhere – scarf, or leggings, or underwear. The phoenix arising from the ashes?
What about all those historical martyrs burnt at the stake? Do they find simpatico here? And is this where a certain type of Love Zombie takes up residence?
Burning waiting for your answer.
Thank you! And this is such synchronicity as i have wanted to do a post on the Via Combusta for a while now but was going to wait till the Sun was there – Halloween, the Day of the Dead, Samhain time of year, of course.
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 in old school astrology (because this IS kind of a medieval concept) refers to the part of the Zodiac between 15 Libra and 15 Scorpio. In the olden days, they said that it was accursed, that the Sun or the Moon there spelled shitty times and so on.
But i disagree completely and not just because i have the Moon and Midheaven there. I think that it was seen as “bad” in the same way that strong Mars vibes in women would have them packed off to nunneries or that Uranus – when it was first discovered in the 18th Century – was seen as causing “deviancy” or the 8th House was viewed as this repository of seething evil.
It was more to do with fear and superstition borne of a time when to even dabble in magic or be accused of such could lead to a vile persecution, trial and public execution.
The theory is that the Sun is exalted in Aries and (according to old fashioned lore) depleted in Libra – likewise the Moon exalted in Taurus but not so in Scorpio. And then the so called malefics – Saturn and Mars – were strong in Libra and Scorpio.
Even last century, astrology books were out there saying things like that women with strong Venus-Uranus aspects may “not be content with working in the home and could disrupt the family harmony by seeking to work outside of the home.” Or referring 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.
The term and the concept behind the Via Combusta, this scary sector of the Zodiac, was coined at a term when there were many foreboding paths, real evils in the form of openly corrupt clerics, rulers, crusades and wars against pagans undertaken by local councils.
My theory is that the so-called Via Combusta is a super potent time of the year (the Alchemists worked WITH it) and personal planets or points there mean you were most probably have a powerful affinity with magical energy. I don’t think that the Love Zombie syndrome is linked at all, although you could probably access the dark Phoenix power strengths of this time to vanquish naff yearnings. I love the sound of your Phoenix wardrobe.
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