“You will not be able to ignore suffering and horror, or brush it aside… The Algol placement on a chart insists upon a confrontation and assimilation of these harsh aspects of human experience in this lifetime.….Algol, like other stars, confers tasks upon us which, if comprehended and accepted, offer great rewards of power and creativity. These stellar challenges are not to be feared, but understood and used in a positive manner.” –Diana Rosenberg
“Arabic commanders-in-chief, in times of conquest, made it a point that no important battles were begun when the light of Algol was weak.” -Dr. Lomer
Algol is a three-star system known as the Demon Star, and it is regarded as the most inauspicious star in astrology. It corresponds to transformation, the creation of monsters, black magick, death, and violence.
Algol is the first eclipsing binary that we discovered, and its eclipse creates the illusion that the star is changing colors. Algol also includes a third star encircling the binary.
Algol is part of a constellation called Perseus, which depicts a man holding Medusa’s head. In oriental astrology, it’s part of a constellation called Da Ling [Mausoleum].
Algol can be called upon to make the witch bold and magnanimous and redirect hexes cast upon her. It can be called upon to increase the witch’s magickal powers in general, for it is an auspicious star to those of the Left Hand.
Algol rules diamond, black hellebore and mugwort. Mugwort can be mixed with tobacco by those who roll their own cigerrettes. Vibrate the names of Algol over the cig with the intent of strengthening your magickal, psychic, or wampyric powers.
For the black magickian, calling upon the power of Algol always has an evolutionary effect. A causal location can be saturated with the energies of Algol, causing its inhabitants, corporeal or incorporeal, to gradually attain a darker nature. Animals and people in the area will gradually become cruel. The star’s influence will be a burden upon the uninitiated, but it will be a source of pleasure to one experienced in the dark arts.
Algol is associated with rain and snow. Its astrological influence is like Saturn mixed with some other planet, be it with Mars, Uranus, or Pluto depending upon the author, perhaps with all three in a lesser degree. It is strongly associated with violence, as well as death and decapitation. It corresponds to black magick, black magickal enantiodromia [alchemical transformation], mutation, enlightenment, and plastic surgery. It is one of the Behenian stars, and is thus particularly useful in sorcery.
Names of Algol
Beta Persei, Beta Per, Beta Perseus: (The Second Star of Perseus)
Rosh ha Shaitan: Head of Shaitan
Caput Larvae: Head of the Spectre
Caput Medusae: Head of Medusa
Caput Algol; Ra’s al Ghul; Caput Algol: Head of the Ghul
Ri’B al Ohill: Head of the Demon
Tseih She; Die Shi: Piled up Corpses
Al Ghtil; Algol: the Ghoul
Da Ling Wu: (the Fifth Star of Da Ling)
Oh, and the Hebrews named it Lilith after the Empress of the Black Moon.