Fixed Stars in Astrology
Fixed stars are the center, the axis of our world. They symbolise long standing ideas, acts, events, activities which have effects over time. They may symbolise in natal charts outstanding evolution, people who will do more than others, people that can influence the evolution of the society.
It may also symbolise, if the influence is not so powerful in the natal chart, people that are participating in this endeavour to build the structure, the essence of our world, but are not in the center of actions, they are just participating, supporting the endeavour in one way, or another.
Part 1 – Constellations and Fixed Stars in Astrology
Each constellation represent a theme, a story, a myth which must be understood in order to understand the meaning of fixed stars. Even constellations are related one with each other. Even it seems hard to believe, the most experienced astrologers stated that the effects and meaning of constellations and fixed stars are related with the myths attributed.
Below are presented the constellations and their fixed stars:
|12 Aries 57||Alderamin||Cepheus||2,6||Saturn/Jupiter|
|14 Aries 28||Alpheratz||Andromeda||2,2||Venus|
|29 Aries 25||Al Rischa||Pisces||3,9||Mars/Mercury|
|0 Taurus 33||Mirach||Andromeda||2,4||Venus|
|07 Taurus 50||Hamal||Aries||2,2||Mars/Saturn|
|07 Taurus 58||Schedar||Cassiopeia||2,5||Saturn/Venus|
|14 Taurus 29||Menkar||Cetus||2,8||Saturn|
|24 Taurus 22||Capulus||Perseus||4,4||Mars/Mercury|
|26 Taurus 20||Algol||Perseus||2||Saturn/Mars|
|0 Gemini 10||Alcyone (Pleiades)||Taurus||3||Moon/Jupiter|
|02 Gemini 15||Mirfak||Perseus||1,9||Jupiter/Saturn|
|09 Gemini 57||Aldebaran||Taurus||0,85||Mars|
|17 Gemini 01||Rigel||Orion||0,3||Jupiter/Saturn|
|21 Gemini 38||Bellatrix||Orion||1,7||Mars/Mercury|
|22 Gemini 00||Capella||Auriga||0,08||Mars/Mercury|
|22 Gemini 36||El Nath (Alnath)||Taurus||1,8||Mars|
|23 Gemini 38||Alnilam||Orion||1,8||Jupiter/Saturn|
|28 Gemini 44||Polaris||Ursa Minor||2,1||Saturn/Venus|
|28 Gemini 55||Betelgeuse||Orion||1||Mars/Mercury|
|07 Cancer 21||Mirzam||Canis Major||2||Venus|
|09 Cancer 16||Alhena||Gemini||1,9||Mercury/Venus|
|14 Cancer 15||Sirius||Canis Major||– 1,43||Jupiter/Mars|
|15 Cancer 00||Canopus||Argo||– 0,7||Saturn/Jupiter|
|20 Cancer 24||Castor||Gemini||1,6||Mercury|
|23 Cancer 22||Pollux||Gemini||1,16||Mars|
|25 Cancer 57||Procyon||Canis Minor||0,4||Mars/Mercury|
|13 Leo 45||Acubens||Cancer||4,4||Saturn/Mercury|
|15 Leo 10||Dubhe||Ursa Major||2||Mercury/Mars|
|27 Leo 18||Alphard||Hydra||2,2||Saturn/Venus|
|0 Virgo 03||Regulus||Leo||1,3||Jupiter/Mars|
|07 Virgo 37||Thuban||Draco||3,6||Saturn/Mars|
|11 Virgo 26||Zosma||Leo||2,6||Saturn/Venus|
|21 Virgo 48||Denebola||Leo||2,2||Saturn/Venus|
|23 Virgo 44||Alkes||Crater||4,2||Venus/Mercury|
|09 Libra 07||Diadem||Coma Berenices||4,3||Saturn/Mercury|
|10 Libra 06||Vindemiatrix||Virgo||3||Saturn/Mercury|
|22 Libra 24||Arcturus||Bootes||– 0,04||Jupiter/Mars|
|24 Libra 00||Spica||Virgo||1,2||Venus/Mars|
|12 Scorpio 02||Acrux||Crux||0,76||Venus/Jupiter|
|12 Scorpio 26||Alphecca||Corona Borealis||2,3||Venus/Mercury|
|15 Scorpio 14||Zuben Elgenubi||Libra||2,9||Saturn/Mars|
|23 Scorpio 58||Agena (Hadar)||Centaurus||0,6||Venus/Jupiter|
|29 Scorpio 46||Rigil Kentaurus (Toliman)||Centaurus||– 0,3||Venus/Jupiter|
|09 Sagittarius 56||Antares||Scorpio||1||Mars/Jupiter|
|16 Sagittarius 19||Ras Algethi||Hercules||3,5||Mercury/Mars|
|22 Sagittarius 37||Ras Alhague||Ophiucus||2,1||Saturn/Venus|
|28 Sagittarius 55||Acumen||Scorpio||3,2||Mars/Moon|
|08 Capricorn 26||Facies||Sagittarius||5,9||Sun/Mars|
|15 Capricorn 29||Wega||Lyra||0,03||Venus/Mercury|
|15 Capricorn 56||Rukbat||Sagittarius||4,1||Jupiter/Saturn|
|01 Aquarius 55||Altair||Aquila||0,77||Mars/Jupiter|
|17 Aquarius 10||Sualocin||Delphinus||3,9||Saturn/Mars|
|23 Aquarius 56||Sadalsuud||Aquarius||3,1||Saturn/Mercury|
|24 Aquarius 00||Deneb Algedi||Capricorn||3||Saturn/Jupiter|
|03 Pisces 56||Sadalmelik||Aquarius||3,2||Saturn/Mercury|
|04 Pisces 02||Fomalhaut||Pisces Australis||1||Venus/Mercury|
|05 Pisces 26||Deneb Adige||Cygnus||1,3||Venus/Mercury|
|15 Pisces 29||Achernar||Eridanus||0,46||Jupiter|
|23 Pisces 39||Markab||Pegasus||2,6||Mars/Mercury|
|29 Pisces 32||Scheat||Pegasus||2,6||Mars/Mercury|
Part 2 – Fixed stars in astrology: history, celestial latitude, parans
As the planets, fixed stars are a visible presence on our sky, so there has to be a meaning for them too, fixed stars symbolize something and astrologers want to know what.
The first fundamental problem with which we have to deal in our way to understand the meaning of fixed stars is to determine their position. The big difference from planets is that fixed stars are not on the ecliptic, but they have celestial latitude. What this means?
As one can see in the left picture, stars generally are not on the ecliptic, but they have celestial latitude, which means that they are south or north from the ecliptic. We use the ecliptic as reference because this is the plane where planets and the Sun are, they are all aligned in that plane.
How do we measure fixed stars position?
The simple method used by Ptolemy was to draw a line from the fixed star to the ecliptic and to assume that projection on the ecliptic is the position (the degree). This is the position we find in almost all books, the fixed position: Antares – 9,54 degrees in Sagittarius, Regulus – 0 degree in Virgo etc.
The problem is that this is not a real position, but just a projection on the ecliptic. One immediate, visible weakness for that system is that, on the sky, the real fixed star and the degree assumed to her will not rise in the same time for the most fixed stars (depends on their celestial latitude).
What is the solution? One solution claimed is parans.
Parans in astrology
Parans is a totally different technique to measure the position of the star, because it matters when the star rises, culminates, sets or is on the Nadir. The result depends very much on the latitude of the observer, his place on Earth.
There are four points where a paran can occur: (1) the rising side of the horizon, (2) the setting side of the horizon, (3) the upper part or “culminating”, (4) the part below or “on the nadir”. If any planet or fixed star is any of this four points in a 24 hours period they make a paran relationship which can be: both rising, one rising, other culminating, both setting etc. Of course, the most important position is if the fixed star is angular at birth.
The use of parans is rejected by many astrologer, including Diana K. Rosenberg, so must be done carefully. Especially, connecting different angles in order to get a relationship (example: one planet rising and one star culminating) seems a little awkward.
Tips when using fixed stars in horoscope
1. Use small orbs, no more than 1-2 degrees;
2. When using parans the angles symbolise the age: Ascendant symbolise early age, MC symbolize middle life, the Descendant symbolize later years and the Nadir symbolize the end of life and the period after death;
3. In a fixed star – planet aspect, the fixed star symbolize the type of influence on your life, while the planet symbolize the area of life where the influence is perceived, your actions, activities, processes that are changed by the influence;
4. We must understand the meaning of constellations in order to understand fixed stars; everything is related.
Secrets of the Ancient Skies by Diana K. Rosenberg