3 Pisces 56
The Fish's Mouth
Alpha Piscis Australis
The Southern Fish constellation has considerably less mythology behind it than the star groupings holding the other three Royal Stars. In any case, Pisces Australis extends from about 15 degrees of Aquarius to 5 degrees of Pisces zodiacally, and Robson connects the constellation to "the transformation of Venus into the shape of a fish while bathing."(27) This registers astrologically, as Venus is exalted in Pisces. Yet the Southern Fish is neither the sign nor the constellation Pisces. The mouth of the Fish lies in a part of the sky connected to the waters of life. The mouth opens toward the water, gesturing a receptiveness to this source of fertility. We can also relate this image to the water that flows from the Aquarius' urn and the dispensation of knowledge.
Fomalhaut is from the Arabic "Fum-al-Hut," the "Fish's Mouth." Fomalhaut is the bright red star that the Persians used to mark the Winter Solstice; it was the Watcher in the South, the sentinel Hastorang.
Fomalhaut contributes to the order of the world through creative inspiration. It gives the ability to inspire through the means of ideas and aesthetics, especially music. As a Royal Star, Fomalhaut dictates the need for us to communicate and share our spiritual convictions with others through the finest of expressions. In a natal chart, those who have planets touching Fomalhaut can put these energies to use by some form of artistic or healing service. What emerges are forms that connect the material-spiritual dimensions.
Commentators on Fomalhaut all mention the spiritual nature of the star, while others discuss its materialistic or addictive properties. For example, Brady finds "charisma, ... a touch of the mystic, a sense of magic" as some traits of Fomalhaut. However, if these qualities become influenced by the nemesis materialism, "all that was gained by the person will be lost."(28) Rosenburg says that Fomalhaut symbolizes a battle between idealism and cynicism. Yet Fomalhaut people have the strength to overcome their difficulties "...to become teachers of succeeding generations."(29)
One example of Fomalhaut in action is in the horoscope of Sybil Leek, the astrologer-witch. Leek had the Sun conjoining Fomalhaut, and in her book My Life in Astrology she recounts her difficult path as a popular occult practitioner and teacher. Fomalhaut combined with her Sun to produce an idealism that manifested in many books on astrology and other subjects like reincarnation, fortune telling, and spell crafting. Early in her career Leek did horoscopes for royals like Aga Khan, but later graduated to heading an astrological consultation service for business people while publishing a successful magazine that helped to promote a widespread interest in astrology during the late sixties. In these two endeavors Leek used the spiritual-material proclivities of Fomalhaut to teach "succeeding generations."