The Black Hole Book
The Black Hole Book is your guide to the mysteries of Deep Space in astrological interpretation. These celestial powerhouses are revealed as important formative agents, both in our character and in the events unfolding in the world around us. With extensive interpretive material on Black Hole interaction with each planet that can be applied to the birth chart, supported by detailed examples from celebrity charts and current events, “The Black Hole Book” also delves into cutting edge astrophysical theory to explain the scientific background on how these energy transducers operate and the effect they have in our lives. Whether amateur or beginning student, novice or seasoned astrological professional, “The Black Hole Book” offers something for everyone, and opens a window into a dynamic level of celestial functioning underpinning the planetary energies of our solar system.
Astrologer Alex Miller has encapsulated more than twenty years of active research and counseling with these anomalies to provide a roadmap to the inner workings of that most elusive of celestial phenomena, the Black Hole.
The Black Hole Book, 282 pp., Crossroad Press, 2015. Available in print and ebook on Amazon.
Mark E. Clark
Great explanation of a cutting-edge subject that will change your life when you know how to use it. This is a great book for enhancing the clarity about what’s going on in our cosmic environment.
Not only is the cover beautiful enough to put on display, but this book is a fantastic read as well. It never occurred to me that there could be a connection between black holes and astrologically-determined events.
This is a wonderfully enlightening book. I need a copy to give to a friend.
Read the Introduction
Astronomically, Black Holes are the remnants of stars which have imploded, shrinking in upon themselves until they are so tightly compressed, and their gravitational forces so overwhelmingly strong, that not even light can escape them; hence the name. When a star of sufficient mass ages, and begins to exhaust its fuel, it cannot support the weight of its own circumference, and collapses in upon itself. Sometimes the star explodes in a dramatic supernova, spewing gases and elements many light years into space; at others the compression continues to a virtual pinpoint which still retains all the mass of the original star, and the Black Hole is born, a gravity well which is essentially cut off from this universe, where the ordinary laws of physics do not apply. These exist both within our galaxy and outside it, but only suns with a mass at least three times that of our own have enough gravitational force to become Black Holes at the end of their life cycle. Some are relatively small, but these deep space anomalies can also come in the supermassive variety, cosmic behemoths which power spiral galaxies such as the Milky Way, their insatiable maws slowly but inexorably sucking in the associated stars, causing the galaxy to rotate, like water coiling down a drain.
Astrologically, Black Holes promote change and transition, and can be difficult to work with. Highly mercurial, with a power base that makes Pluto seem infantile, Black Holes represent the volte face, the sudden, swift, complete reversal of the status quo, when conditions change in the twinkling of an eye to ones wholly unrecognizable from what went before, and returning to the way things were becomes impossible. In essence, you have changed universes; you can’t go home again. Many of these manifestations will seem negative, particularly to humans, who typically don’t like change, but the high drama they evoke can often elicit rags-to-riches stories, such as Harry Potter author JK Rowling (with Sun conjunct a Black Hole), or even rags-to-riches-back-to-rags stories like investment banker/fraud Bernard Madoff (with Sun in square). Wherever you see dramatic turnarounds or improbable happenings, positive or negative, Black Hole energy is there.
Black Holes act as liminal guardians, portals between realties. As such they govern stages of maturation, both physical, such as birth, puberty and death; and socio-cultural, such as losing one’s virginity, marriage, the birth of a child, the death of a parent, and divorce or loss of a spouse. But it is not just in these life-altering moments that Black Hole energies can be seen. They are active even on a daily level, any time we act to change our reality, for example, by leaving one environment for another, or deciding when to go to sleep or when to wake. At a basic level, they may be connected to the very process of choice and change itself, enabling us to choose from between opposing alternatives and then enact these choices.
Theoretical physics states that Black Holes are doorways to parallel universes, alternate realities, and higher dimensions, and making contact with one in our daily lives can often feel like that, as if we have been uprooted from the everyday reality of the Light World and thrust into an alien environment, an Underworld which, although ominous and threatening, can also be the repository of vast riches and the wealth of the knowledge of the subconscious. The Black Hole zone is one of unlimited creativity, encompassing as it does all potential realities, allowing the native who is well connected to envision, not just the way things are, but the ways they might become. Two such tapped-in individuals are Albert Einstein, whose theory of relativity forever altered our scientific perspective, and Thomas Edison, whose nearly 1000 US patents bespeak his tremendous inventiveness; both men had Sun in square to Black Holes.
Black Holes are sources of energy drain, requiring more of our focus and attention than we would often like, and they come in many forms – health crises, parenting issues, relatives or friends needing emotional support, financial troubles – depending upon the celestial body to which they are contacted, and the affairs that body governs. They can also act as sources of energy attraction, repositories of incredible reserves of power; some folks seem to have the knack of tapping these energies, others merely contribute to them. Singer Michael Jackson (Sun conjunct a Black Hole), arguably the world’s first global superstar, and Princess Diana (Sun in semi-square), the “People’s Princess,” both epitomize the type who absorb the energies, attentions and projections of millions of their fellow citizens, becoming almost quasi-divine in the crucible of their fans’ adulation.
Black Holes tend to extremes, and are often active at times when record-setting or precedent-breaking events occur. They can produce manifestations which are polar opposites, a seemingly contradictory pattern of providing both the best and the worst of any given situation, and predicting in advance which way the cosmic cat will jump is virtually impossible. On March 12, 1992, with Venus exactly conjoined the Black Hole at 28 Aquarius, two high profile relationship shifts were announced: Tammy Faye Bakker had filed for divorce from jailbird televangelist hubby Jim; and longtime, notorious bachelor Warren Beatty, aged 55, had finally married, to Annette Bening, both dramatic changes in relationship status evoked by Venus’ deep space contact.
Any celestial body contacted by a Black Hole is susceptible to its influence; in the natal chart, these conditions will form a lifelong pattern, providing manifestations at appropriate developmental levels as the individual ages and matures, allowing the native to adapt to their effects over time and essentially form a working relationship with these energies, however lopsided. In the transit sky, planetary interaction with Black Holes provokes random, often shocking or extreme, sometimes one-of-a-kind manifestations, watershed events which are life-altering for those involved, and which reverberate far beyond their origins. The 9/11 attacks, the start of the Iraq War, the massive Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, and Hurricane Katrina’s New Orleans landfall all occurred with Sun conjoined or in hard aspect to Black Holes, to name just a few from recent memory.
Relative size and distance have no effect on astrological interpretation; no added weight is given to Venus’ proximity to earth, nor to Jupiter’s vastness, and Pluto’s recent demotion by astronomers to minor planet status has not altered its psychic impact one whit. Similarly, the almost incomprehensible distances between us and these deep space anomalies has no bearing upon their effectiveness. Their position in the Tropical Zodiac is computed just as with Fixed Stars which lie above or below the ecliptic, and they “transit” at the same rate, shifting one degree approximately every 60 years. Moreso than any other recent scientific theory, except perhaps for relativity in the early decades of the last century, Black Holes have captured the imagination of the general population and entered the cultural lingo with a startling impact. Seen as a metaphor for alienation, disempowerment, waste and dissociation, Black Holes have emerged as a powerful image of our times.
Several major themes emerge in the lives of those whom the Black Hole touches, although the ways these manifest are as unique and individual as the lives they affect. Predominantly, these involve changeability; personal magnetism/repulsion; extreme instability/unpredictability; unique perspective; attraction of unparalleled, singular, often bizarre experiences; energy absorption, transmutation, or depletion; and a greater than typical impact on one’s environment or peers.
“Interdimensionality” is a term I’ll use to encapsulate the quality of changeability or differentiation with which Black Hole natives grapple, no matter which area of their lives it affects, and this is best illustrated by using the example of the Black Hole Sun individual, as central to one’s being and thus reverberating throughout the entirety of the native’s life. This quality is an adaptive mechanism which enables these individuals to blend into their surroundings, chameleon-like, and assume traits or characteristics enhancing their image or facilitating their interactions with their current audience. This “all things to all people” quality effectively splinters the native’s primary reality into many sharply defined alternate realities, depending on the circumstances they encounter, in each of which they appear and act differently. To some extent we all do this, it’s termed “compartmentalization,” but for the Black Hole native these divisions and the manifestations they evoke, culled from the infinity of nonphysical parallel universes, alternate dimensions, and potential realms which open out from the tear in spacetime which the Black Hole creates, can be especially dramatic and extreme.
This quality is more useful for some than others. Actors notably benefit from Black Hole contacts in adapting to various roles, and making them believable. Meryl Streep, with Sun squared a Black Hole, and Albert Finney, with Sun conjoined, are acknowledged masters of this ability to become the parts they play. Heath Ledger, with Sun opposed a Black Hole, was cut from the same cloth but tragically lacked the internal mechanism to separate himself from the character, and ultimately succumbed to this inability to extricate himself from the parallel reality of his performance. Examples of actors who embody the star power they convey, adapting the role to themselves rather than themselves to the role, include Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Joan Crawford and Cary Grant, all with Sun opposed a Black Hole. Elizabeth Taylor, in particular, also personifies the disruptive, extreme manifestations which can constellate about Black Hole Sun personalities, with her eight marriages and highly public divorces, dramatic weight fluctuations, and several severe illnesses bringing her to the brink of death, only to rally via the recuperative powers for which Black Hole Sun is often noted.
Although they often prefer to operate behind the scenes, Black Hole Sun natives are noted as magnetic and compelling, both attracting and repelling others, but always feeding on their energies, which are directed towards them almost against our will. Often seen dramatically differently by various audiences, these individuals can be deified by one group and demonized by another, to the extent that finding common ground between these disparate views, or persons who are neutral in their opinion of them, is virtually impossible. They tend to absorb others’ energies, reflecting back whatever is expected of them by their audience, and can prove highly catalytic players on the world stage, galvanizing both support and opposition, and turning whatever they touch topsy-turvy, creating an up-is-down, black-is-white alternate reality wholly different from what pertained previously. To a lesser, but more narrowly focused, extent, these same patterns apply to any planet contacted by a Black Hole, as applied to the areas of the life ruled by that celestial.
Black Holes and other deep space anomalies form a vital part of the celestial fabric of our lives, the cosmic warp and woof underpinning the more obvious manifestations of the planets and asteroids of our own system. Their effects are still to be noted daily, in our personal lives and the great events of the wider world we inhabit.
The Black Hole Book, 282 pp., Crossroad Press, 2015. Available in print and ebook on Amazon.