Back in late July I had my Astrology chart read by an Astrologer and friend whose work I greatly admire, Smiljana Gavrancic. Even though I am an Astrologer, Smiljana has years of experience and techniques that I have not learned. I recommend that every Astrologer have their chart read by another Astrologer because they are able to provide a subjective perspective using techniques that may be different than one’s own.
The most startling thing that was pointed out in my chart was that my Venus at 17 degrees Aries is conjunct the fixed star Baten Kaitos in the Cetus constellation at 21 degrees Aries. This star is known as the “chained princess” star. According to Smiljana this star represents “the intestines of the sea monster, the whale, and here we have the story of Andromeda, the chained princess, who is saved by Perseus.” I was not familiar with the story of Andromeda, but upon further research, I was astonished to learn that this story was very personal.
Who is Andromeda?
Andromeda is the daughter of the Aethiopian king Cepheus and his wife Cassiopeia. When Cassiopeia’s hubris leads her to boast that Andromeda is more beautiful than the Nereids, Poseidon sends the sea monster Cetus to ravage Andromeda as divine punishment. Andromeda is stripped and chained naked to a rock as a sacrifice to the monster, but is saved from death by Perseus. Andromeda and Perseus then went to Perseus’ kingdom in Saifos, married, and had children. Andromeda lived happily ever after by establishing a kingdom far away from her controlling mother Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia was then condemned to be chained to a chair forced to wheel around the North Celestial Pole on her throne, spending half of her time clinging to it so she does not fall off.
Perseus and Andromeda by Joachim Wtewael
I AM ANDROMEDA
This story happens to perfectly represent the relationship I have with my own Mother. Cassiopeia was a suffocating Mother. She didn’t think anyone was good enough for Andromeda which is why Poseidon punished her. Poseidon being the God of the sea, which is representative of our emotions, knew that the only way to punish Cassiopeia for her arrogance was to affect her on a very deep emotional level. All Andromeda needed in her life was a sense of freedom which she could not have under the domain of her Mother. It took a prince- Perseus, to come and rescue her away from the sea monster- the emotional disturbances. This is why Andromeda was known as the “chained princess.” She had to escape from the arms of her controlling mother, and go far away where she would have the opportunity to have a life of her own.
My relationship with my Mother is the relationship Andromeda has with Cassiopeia. We are extremely close (due to some other planetary alignments) and sometimes it feels as though she is preventing me from truly living my life. She always says to me “I have to live for myself,” yet she unconsciously guilts me into doing the opposite. Smiljana said the only way that I can break from her chains is to move far away from my Mother…another city, province, or country. She told me the man who will take me far away to his kingdom like Perseus, is the man I need to be with. So far no one is in my life, but as soon as I am completely self-sufficient, I know this is something I must do, even though it would break my heart.
When in Rome…
Audrey Hepburn also had her Venus in Aries conjunct Baten Kaitos, and her film ‘Roman Holiday’ also exemplified the story of Andromeda. Audrey played Princess Anya and she wanted nothing more than to escape from her role as Princess and live a normal life. So she decided to sneak out of her castle in Rome and wander the streets at night without anyone recognizing her. In her adventures through the eternal Rome, Audrey suddenly meets Gregory Peck, who plays an American journalist who falls in love with her. Here we can see Audrey Hepburn as Andromeda and Gregory Peck as Perseus- a foreigner who is able to help Audrey escape.
It’s no coincidence that ‘Roman Holiday’ happens to be one of my favourite films. I’ve always had a fondness for Audrey Hepburn, but seeing as we both have the same “chained princess” syndrome, my fascination with her and this movie makes perfect sense!
The story of Andromeda can also be seen in the story of Demeter and Persephone. Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and had to remain in the underworld for 6 months of the year. Demeter being the goddess of the harvest, was so grief stricken that Autumn and Winter befell the Earth for 6 months. When Persephone was able to return to Earth, the following 6 months were Spring and Summer, hence why Persephone is the goddess of Spring.
My Mother happens to be born in the Autumn, while I was born during the Spring Equinox, so once again we can see the chained princess energy playing out.
My name means princess….coincidence?
Cassiopeia was believed to be the most beautiful goddess and constellation, and my Mother has always been complimented for her beauty.
My Mother has the fixed star ‘Shedir’ which is the Lady in the Chair star which is the main star in the Cassiopeia constellation conjunct her natal Moon (motherhood). Thus, we can say that my Mother has the ‘Cassiopeia syndrome.’
The Return of Persephone by Frederick Leighton- 1891
Do I feel like a chained princess? Yes. I have had a privileged life, but freedom is all I crave, and I’m afraid it’s going to take a handsome foreign Prince to whisk me away. Is it wrong to wait to be rescued? Of course, but if I don’t, the monsters are going to eat me.