The images on which our zodiac is based are, of course, patterns drawn from constellations of fixed stars, but the constellations are no longer exactly the same as the Signs of the Zodiac. For example, thanks to the precession of the equinoxes , fixed stars in the constellation of Scorpio can nowadays be found in the tropical sign, Sagittarius.
The individual stars nevertheless have a definite influence in themselves, adding a deeper level of meaning to the interpretation of the figure in question. With regard to the interpretation of the fixed stars, the mythical significance of the star, its constellation and indeed its position in its constellation, will provide much insight into its meaning in the figure.
To get a good grasp on this, be sure to have a look at John Frawley's excellent analysis, Reading the Fixed Stars , an excerpt from his upcoming book, due in The brilliant Mr Frawley is definitely The Man on matters connected with traditional astrology — knowledgeable, articulate, and witty. Ptolemy in Tetrabiblos I:9 declares that the stars are given natures according to their similarities to planetary influences. He specifically assigns stars in sectors of the major constellations to particular planetary likenesses. He lists these without comment, other than to say that these "are the observations of the effects of the stars themselves, as made by our predecessors".
The fixed stars have an influence when in conjunction, opposition, square or parallel aspect with a planet, or significant point in the horoscope. They are particularly important when in the Ascendant or Angles at birth, or when near the Sun or Moon. They also have an effect when directed to the Angles and can be activated by major transits. Lilly states in Christian Astrology that the planets in some parts of the Zodiac do more evidently declare their effects than in others; and he conceives this to be in those signs and degrees where fixed stars of the same nature with the planet are more in number, and nearer the ecliptic.
The name derives from Arabic bahman , "root," as each was considered a source of astrological power for one or more planets. Each is also connected with a gemstone and plant used in rituals intended to draw the star's influence e. When a planet was within six degrees of an associated star, this influence was thought to be particularly strong.
Despite the foregoing, the allowed orb for fixed stars is a matter of some dispute among astrologers. Most modern astrologers lean to a very small orb, mainly based on the magnitude of the star the brighter the star, the greater the orb. Magnitude is equivalent to "class"; so Mg. Magnitudes of a negative number e.
Sirius: Mg. You may think this is weird, but science is like that For a more detailed examination of magnitudes and other factors, check out Anne Wright's very comprehensive site at Constellations of Words. Traditional astrology uses a smaller number of stars and allows a larger orb, especially for the four Royal Stars: Aldebaran, Regulus, Antares and Fomalhaut, plus Sirius and Spica. Caput Algol is also allowed a larger orb, because it is such a powerful influence for evil. Rosenberg — perhaps the greatest modern authority on the fixed stars. In my own work, I have found that an orb of 1 degree one finger's width is usually quite noticeable, though I'd allow up to 6 degrees for Algol and various sizeable orbs for the other major stars.
I generally ignore most of the smaller stars unless there is a very significant reason not to. Experience is the best teacher. Have a look at my article on the influence of the fixed stars on the September 11 attack, American Catastrophe for some insight into the way they work.
Fixed stars are also said to "cast no rays" meaning that aspects other than conjunction should not be considered, but this is by no means always the case, as demonstrated by Rosenberg. Sun and Moon have a naturally wide orb since they actually physically occupy more of the sky. This said, the closer the orb, the stronger the influence. If a star is angular, especially if rising or setting, its influence is the greatest. This requires the use of parans locationally determined angular relationships between planets and fixed stars in a chart, based on the horizon and the prime meridien, not the ecliptic.
Bernadette Brady is the best modern writer on this. Brady's Book of Fixed Stars makes a very useful and readable addition to any astrologer's library. Conjunctions of fixed stars with planets including lunar nodes in the natal chart are very significant, especially if rising, setting or culminating, and when stimulated by transits. It's now been more than ten years since I first drew up this page. Consequently, several stars in the final degree of their tropical signs have now moved, or are moving, into the subsequent sign. Examples are Scheat, which although still technically in Pisces, entered Aries by a tight orb of influence in mid; Pleiades, already in Gemini; Menkalinan, already in Cancer; Regulus, already in Virgo.
You can calculate the movements by adding approximately 50 arc-seconds of a degree per year to the position of the star as listed. The table up to epoch is now complete with some new additions, though there are some minor named stars that I have not as yet included. You can see the old version here. William Lilly, ]. William Lilly. Astronomy Facts Non-astrological selection of current scientific facts off-site. Rob Tillett, the author of this article, is a poet, astrologer and musician.
As well as being a magician, healer, dramatist and composer, he is the editor and publisher of Astrology on the Web and has written many of the articles on this website. William Lilly Astronomy Facts Non-astrological selection of current scientific facts off-site. Essence of intellect; independent thought; break with conventional thought or philosophy NOTE : The 30' orb of influence of Scheat crossed into 1st degree Aries mid This has been a very notable and ongoing event, as Jupiter and Uranus did so at almost the same time. Its effect will be prolonged until February , when Uranus finally leaves the conjunction.
Very Unfortunate. Danger of being jilted by a lover; ambition, vanity, intuition, enthusiasm, caprice, bad judgment. Laziness, self destruction, nervousness, illness, inhibitions, loss. Tail of Cetus the Whale.
Star Facts: Albireo
Ambition, vanity, intuition, enthusiasm, bad judgment. Wingtip of Pegasus the Winged Horse. Gravity, sternness, judgement, severe trials, poetry, drama. Grace, popularity, independence, honours; freedom, love of movement, speed; strong motivation; fame. Head of Andromeda. Isolation, depression, accidents, emigration, shipwrecks. Belly of Cetus the Whale. Success in public office, ecclesiastical success. Kings, rulers, judges; head injury, decapitation, severe wounds; cruel trials; talent for acting, writing, entertaining.
Preparedness, steadiness, success through determination. In cord near Tail of Northern Fish. Merciless, uncaring, dispenser of punishment; mercenary; hideous death when afflicted by Mars; blindness; weakness. M31 Andromeda spiral nebula Mg. Unifying influence with groups. Good fortune through marriage, beauty, love, talent; intuition, brilliance, creativity, generosity; inspires others, loves home. Girdle of Andromeda on left hip. Well aspected: prudence, perseverance, versatility, progressive spirit, problem-solving. Poorly placed: failures, fiascos, enmity, melancholy, suicide.
An eclipsing binary, its dramatic variability can range from invisible to peak at Mg 2. In necklace of Cetus. Violence, defeat, accidents, injury, danger, honours. A troublemaker for Islam. Violence, cruelty, brutality, also the "Healer".
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Astrology, mysticism, writing; serious demeanour combined with joie-de-vivre; requires moderation. Saturn Eridanus , "The River", traverses several Signs. Haughtiness, boastfulness, exaggerated pride; commands respect. Disease, throat trouble, disgrace, ruin, injury from beasts, unjustified enmities; sudden emergence of deep unconscious issues. Love of knowledge, science, much travel, many changes, position of authority, accidents at sea, drowning influence of Eridanus.
Melancholy, fear of death and suicidal tendencies. Primitive male sexual energy; penetrating; ruthless; adventurous; dishonesty; mass effects, esp. M34 Perseus Cluster C red Mg. Primitive female sexuality; strangulation, beheading, danger to throat and neck, murder, violence, mass catastrophe; the "Evil One", the Demon Star; passionate; intense; hysterical. A pulsating, eclipsing double-star also associated with extreme creativity; an expression of the Dark Side More on Caput Algol.
Pulsating double-star, like a winking eye. Accidents, blindness, violence, homosexuality, feminine power. Group of 7 stars in shoulder of Bull refer Alcyone. M45 Pleiades Cluster B blue Mg. Ambition, honour, glory. Trouble with opposite sex; homosexuality, disgrace. Bereavement; loss; sorrow. Events affecting large numbers of people, especially due to meteorological phenomena. Bold, adventurous, somewhat dishonest. Scandal, violence, disgrace, imprisonment; bringer of rain. Weapons of the Gods. A nebulous cluster of 7 stars in the face of the Bull. A Royal Star.
The archangel Michael, the Watcher of the East. Eloquence, high honours, integrity, popularity, courage, war mongering, agitation; danger, loss, violent death. Mars Brightest star of the Hyades. Currents of Fate, fluctuating emotions, irreversible changes to rhythm of life, sense of oblivion.
Technical and artistic ability, inventiveness, humour, honours, riches, happiness. It brings the news of nightly frost of the coming winter. During November and December, Orion is undoubtedly the most beautiful and dominating constellation in the night sky. In February, one observes it in the southern sky at 9 p. In March and April, it is rushing furiously down the western sky. In the middle of May, it is completely gone from the night sky. The constellation Bootes is in a figure of a Kite in the sky. It rises about 8 O'clock early in March.
Bootes is easily located by the very bright star called Arcturus located in the extended arc of the handle of Big Dipper. A bright star in the extended arc of the handle of the Big Dipper that no one will miss. Following the curve of the handle about 30 degrees, or until you see the first brilliantly bright star. Its bright beam flowed down more than years ago upon the patient Prophet Job Ayub in Arabic, peace be upon him and is named by him. About 10 O'clock in the evening of February spring it first appears rises. On the 1st of March it appears 8 O'clock in the evening.
Arcturus is almost overhead in early evening of July. Arcturus and Capella are almost equally bright. Arcturus is tinged with a bit of red, hinting its surface temperature colder than the sun and Capella. Arcturus is a red giant star.
It has exhausted hydrogen as its primary fuel and now relying on secondary sources to escape extinction. Its center is much hotter than the sun, the extra heat resulted in its expansion of the size. After a few thousand years, it may explode, forming a white dwarf. It is 37 ly away. Bootes means "watcher of the bear", a title derived from its proximity to Ursa Major. It is the nearest to the north star among the 21 brightest. Draw a line through the Polaris at right angle to the pointers, you should find Capella at 45 degrees from the polaris on the opposite side of the Big Dipper's handle.
It can also be found by a line drawn from bottom corner of the Big Dipper's Bowl on the handle side, and passing the line through the mid point of the pointers to a distance of 50 degrees or to the first bright star. Capella, Vega and Arcturus are brightest stars in the northern hemisphere of the sky. Capella is up above the horizon 21 hours. This makes it possible to observe it sometime every night. Capella first appears in the evening in August at about 10 O'clock during first part of the month and stays in the sky until June, always appearing before midnight.
In October, it rises almost exactly in the northeast just as the sun is setting. Capella is a giant star yellow in color and times brighter than the sun. Yet, it has the same surface temperature as the sun. It is 46 ly away from us. Never seen separately, it is a binary star, revolving around its companion in days. Wizard spectroscope has made its family secret out. One of 21 bright stars, Capella is in Auriga constellation. In the constellation called Gemini or the twins, two closely placed four and a half degrees apart bright stars appear in the eastern gate of the horizon about the same time as Betelgeuse and Rigel.
In November, the twin stars become very prominent in the early evening sky and Castor leads the way. They reach the meridian in 8 hours. Castor and Pollux were known to the ancients as exerting favorable influence during navigation. A figurehead representing the two often formed the ship's head. The Apostle Paul, while ship wrecked in the island of Melita, sailed from it in a ship of Alexandria whose sign was Castor and Pollux that brought a prosperous voyage to his friends in Rome.
The constellation Gemini is the third spring sign of the Zodiac and is reputed to bring good weather in early June. The rainy Hyades, including Aldebaran were first to disappear, followed by stormy Orion and the ill-omened Dog star with it. It is in a comparatively serene night sky, the twin stars, beloved of the sailors, shine side by side like two eyes ever vigilant to protect the world under. The twin stars may produce immense admiration for closeness of friendship between the two.
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In reality, the two are moving in different directions without much connection or fondness to each other. Castor at 47 ly and Pollux at 33 ly, are widely separated and are different in spectral types. Pollux is yellow like our sun while Castor is white like Vega. The bond between the two is not real and yet Castor has a companion star greenish yellow in color.
The two are separated by an arc of four seconds. It was a common practice of the ancients to swear by Castor and Pollux the Gemini. Also called Northern Crown, Corona Borealis is a semicircle of stars.
Its chief star is called Alphecca, comes into view one and a quarter hours after Arcturus. The group of seven twinkling bright stars is a beautiful sight for observation and enjoyment in the night sky. The entire constellation is only 15 degrees wide.
The shape of a tea pot, this is a remarkable shape that appears in the night sky close to Milky way. Hercules holds a bow in his outstretched arm. Just shot an arrow to the Dragon or possibly to the bird nearby. Hercules is located directly north of Scorpius. Still lower in the southern sky than Antares, the lonely star Fomalhaut is seen shining brightly. A line joining the Pointers to the pole and extended degrees beyond from the pole, it will reach close to Fomalhaut.
This star is at the end of a zigzag line of small twinkling stars that runs across the southern sky in the autumn. The small stars represent the stream of water that Aquarius is pouring from his urn. The stream runs to the southern part of the constellation Piscis Austrinus Fish. And Fomalhaut means the mouth of the Fish. It rises in Autumn and sinks in December from the night sky. Fomalhaut and Capella rise about the same time. Fomalhaut path is in a short arc. Capella takes more than two and a half hours to rise at its meridian after Fomalhaut sinks.
It is one of the four Royal stars of Astrology. Others are Regulus, Antares and Aldebaran. Fomalhaut is never quite one fourth way up towards the zenith from the horizon. It is the farthest south of all bright stars from our latitudes. It is an autumn star appearing first in August. It gives out 14 times brighter than sun. It is 22 ly away. It does not have a companion star. It is a lone star. Daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus, the beautiful princess is chained to the rock, a curse due to her mother who boasted too much of her beauty.
The two constellations Andromeda and Pegasus the flying horse are joined by one star at the corner of pegasus square. The two are about , ly away. The 15th brightest star is Spica that rises not so long after Arcturus. It rises a bit south of exact eastern point in the sky. We can find Spica by extending the arc of the Dipper's handle through Arcturus and about 30 degrees beyond the Arcturus. It can be located by a straight line starting at the pointer nearest Polaris passing diagonally through the bowl of the Dipper about 65 degrees beyond the bottom of the Dipper.
It is visible to the naked eye in the middle of March at 8 O'clock in the evening. Spica does not make a long arc like Arcturus or Capella. It stays south of the celestial equator. It takes 11 hours for Spica to complete its journey setting in the south western horizon. It takes five and a half hours to reach the highest point in the sky about 45 degrees from the zenith in the southern sky in May. It stays in night sky between sunset and midnight during February through early October. In November, December and January, it shows up in the night sky during the time between midnight and dawn.
Spica lies in Virgo constellation, close to the ecliptic, which is the apparent annual path of the sun through the heavens. Its color is bluish white, meaning its surface temperature is greater than sun, Capella and Arcturus. It is times brighter than our sun and ly away from us. Spica is receding from the earth at 1 mile per second.
Spica means an ear of wheat. It is seen in the Virgo constellation where a virgin holds a spear of wheat in her hand. Vega appears about 3 hours after Arcturus in the north eastern horizon. Its color is bluish white sand its surface temperature is less than Spica but much greater than Arcturus or Capella. To find Vega, draw a line from junction of the bowl of the Dipper to the Polaris. Then draw a line from the polaris at right angle extending it about 40 degrees to reach Vega on the same side of Dipper's handle.
Vega is on the opposite side of Capella about the pole. Vega has the distinction of being accompanied by four stars in a parallelogram. Vega like Capella is always seen sometime in the night sky during the year. Vega is the main star in the constellation Lyra. Magical Lyre in Orpheus hands gave music that tamed the wild beasts and chained the rivers in their courses.
Early in May, the star Vega rises at the same time that the sun sets and all summer long it is one of the brightest stars in the sky overhead between 9 and 10 O'clock in the evening. It is above the horizon for 18 hours and thus rises in 6 hours after it has set. Vega is 50 times brighter than sun and 27 ly away. One of the most interesting thing about Vega, is that our sun together with all its planets seemed consistently journeying towards it or nearly towards it in the constellation Lyra.
Vega is approaching us at 10 miles per second. Lyra appears as vulture in some old maps. Vega means the "swooping vulture. A little more than hour after Vega has risen, a bright twinkling star appears in the north eastern horizon at point 45 degrees from the pole. It is called Deneb that rises about the same spot on the horizon as Capella.
It stays for 20 hours in the sky only obscured by day light. The highest point a star ever reaches in its daily course is called its meridian. A line drawn from the Polaris to Deneb and to Vega forms a right angle triangle in which Deneb lies at right angle. Deneb lies in the constellation called Cygnus meaning the Swan, an easily identifiable figure of stretched wing flying swan in the sky. Deneb is the brightest star at the head of the figure also called Northern Cross.
In the spring when it rises in the north east, the cross is upside down. At setting in the north west, it seems more nearly upright and Deneb at its head sets last of all in the cross. Deneb means "tail" for its position being in the tail section of the constellation. It is sometimes called by its Arabic name Arided meaning the "hindmost.
Deneb is 60, times than our sun's actual brightness and ly away. It is white in color and its surface temperature same as Vega. It is a member of a class of stars called Super Giant for being so large. Deneb arrives in Spring in the east one hour after Vega. It rises after sunset in middle of May and sets one hour after sunset in early March. The star at the foot of the cross is called Albireo, is a fine double star.
One of them is deep blue and the other is bright orange. Deneb means "the tail", because it appears in the tail section of the constellation Cygnus.
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It is an Arabic translation of the word Arided meaning "hindmost". It is 60, times brighter than sun, ly away, white in color, of a class of stars called Supergiant, appears in the middle of May Spring just after sunset and sets in early part of March one hour after sunset. The star at the foot of the Cross is called Albireo, a fine double star. One is deep blue and the other is orange, easily visible with the help of ordinary telescope.
About 80 degrees from the pole towards south, halfway between Deneb and Vega, is the brilliantly bright star called Altair. It is 20 degrees directly south from Albireo at the base of the Northern Cross. Altair is seen in the constellation Aquila meaning the eagle.
Altair is the middle of the three bright stars in a line. Altair means "the flying eagle. Altair at its apex is in the south. A brilliantly white yellowish white star located by moving down the Cross from Deneb to its tail to Albireo and about 20 degrees more to the first bright star is ALTAIR. About 10 degrees northeast from Altair is the well known Constellation "Dolphinus," also called Job's coffin.
Altair rises about 8 degrees north of the exact eastern point on the horizon. An interesting figure near Altair is in the shape of a diamond with a short tail, lying about 10 degrees northeast of Altair.ps-fe-api.gsenergy.io/art-key-contemporary-thinkers.php
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This group is called Dolphinus. It has a popular name called "Job's coffin. In the shape of a Dolphin, this constellation also called Job's Coffin consists of 5 stars. It contains a variable star, a double star and a spectroscopic binary star. One seldom sees Altair during the first four months of the year. It takes about 13 hours for Altair to make its journey across the sky. Its color is white or yellowish white.
Its surface temperature is less than Vega but greater than Capella. Altair is actually 11 times more luminous than sun and 17 ly away from us. Altair is approaching the earth at a speed of 16 miles per second. Constellation Scorpius meaning scorpion that stung the Orion is where Antares can be found. It is considered the hissing snake from which Spenser represents Orion as "flying fast. The two Orion and Scorpion never appear together in the sky. The name Antares signifies "Rival of Mars. Antares is a red giant. It is ly away. It is an old star cooler than sun as the red color suggests. Most stars get their energy from fusion of hydrogen atoms into helium.
After spending all its hydrogen fuel, the internal core tends to contract, star becomes hotter, for a brief period of its life it lives on secondary sources of energy. The outer layers then swell up and become very luminous. After thousands of years of this spendthrift activity, the secondary sources are exhausted. The star collapses on the inside and explode on the outside, becoming a Nova or a new star. Gravitational forces then attract the fragments back into smaller size feebly shining star of the type known as White Dwarfs, e.
Antares is at its highest point meridian in June 22nd at 10 O'clock in the evening. At its highest point, it is only one quarter way due south from the horizon to the zenith. It is one of the south stars which always lies south of the celestial equator. It appears farther south from Altair. Antares is one of a binary system.
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