In the days when all we knew about our world was whatever we could see, when we stepped outside and looked up at the heavens, and beheld the vast array of stars, it was (and still is) such an uplifting experience. In time, as people began to notice that cycles in our lives coincided with certain patterns of the motions of the heavenly bodies, and this was the birth of Astrology. One might say that we have projected our meaning of life onto the objective stars in the skies – and one must ask oneself why did people do this? And why has it lasted over thousands of years and is still being practiced today? For anything to stand the test of time, there most definitely is something deeply relevant to it in our lives.
As people observed the stars and earthly phenomena, they collated experience and noted down about 30 of the most brightest or most influential stars in the sky. One of those stars is the star called Spica. Astronomically we know that it is a binary star system, but I will be referring to it as “a” star.
Spica is the bright bluish star in the wheat stalks held by the Lady in the Sky – the constellation Virgo. It is regarded by all sky cultures as one of the most positive stars in the sky. In most cultures, the constellation Virgo was seen as the Goddess. In ancient Egypt, particularly the later periods, it was seen as the Goddess Isis, and the star Spica represented or embodied her son, Horus. In later Christian traditions, the constellation was associated with the Virgin Mary and Spica with the Christ-child (there is much research into the possibility that Spica was the biblical Star of Bethelehem). Others have the constellation representing the Goddess with Spica the star in Her hand or upholding some form of produce of the earth (most usually wheat).
An anonymous astrologer/priest in ancient Rome in 379 BC lists the star Spica as being of the nature of a mixture of Mercury and Venus, and produces high priests or hierophants among men, and priestesses of the various Goddess cults of the ancient world.
Other ancient Greek astrologers (including Ptolemy) said that Spica indicates those who are learned, philosophical, eloquent, creative, clever, artistic, pleasure-loving, high-minded and successful, with a tendency to also be promiscuous and fickle. In Hindu tradition, the star Spica is part of the lunar mansion called Chitra (the Bright), and indicates those who are elegant, charming, charismatic, sensual, clever, eloquent, and self-centred.
When I wanted to choose a name for my astrology service and the website, I wanted to use the name of a fixed star that was of positive influence. I also wanted a name that ended with the letter “a” so that I could merge it with the word “astrology”, thus symbolically and visually merging the energy of that star with my practice of Astrology. So I quickly decided to use the star Spica for this.
I also had a reasoning for the symbol of Spica Astrology as being the union of the Moon and the Sun. The Chaldean order of the planets is: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. Since Spica is the star of the nature of Mercury and Venus, it pointed out to me the purpose of my astrology work visually i.e. on either side of Mercury and Venus are the Moon and the Sun, and so the aim of Spica Astrology is to embody both ways of knowing and both sides of Wisdom – the Solar ways as well as the Lunar. There was a sense that somehow through Spica, the solar and lunar, male and female, east and west, would be merged and offered as the fruit and abundance of the Goddess. This took on a very real significance when I later learnt that the star Spica is the precise starting point for the zodiac used in Jyotish (the astrology of India).
In my personal life and spiritual practices, the Goddess energy is emphasized. I lost my biological mother when I was about 1.5 years old, and ever since then, I have always encountered great mother energy from women in my life – wherever I seem to go. This is another reason for choosing Spica, the star of the Goddess, for my astrological work. Spica Astrology is a dedication to the Goddess in gratitude for the guidance and abundance I have received in my life.