The “Star of Zeus” is more sexual in ancient astrological texts. Zeus took 115 lovers outside his marriage with Hera, including a boy named Ganymede. First, we will explore Zeus in Homer and in the astrological treatises of Vettius Valens to reconstruct how sexuality was originally essential his delineation. We will confront how many subsequent texts have sanitized Zeus’s sexuality, queerness, and his blended family of divine children by different mothers. Then, we will examine how a sex-positive and queer-identified Jupiter placement can inspire queer clients during counseling.
Danny Larkin is Vice President of the Association for Young Astrologers. In 2007, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University, earning a BA with special honors in Art History. Other areas of study include ancient Greek art and temple architecture; the origins of greek religion; Roman art, imperial religion, and ancient mystery cults; medieval illuminated manuscripts; and the humanist revival of retelling classical pagan stories during the Renaissance.
In 2016, he learned how to erect a horoscope by hand, immersing himself in studies with Demetra George, Chris Brennan, and Austin Coppock. 2017 promises another ambitious learning schedule including the Faculty of Astrological Studies Summer School, another intensive with Demetra George, and a weekend on Carl Jung with Liz Greene. Danny lives in New York City.