Fixed Stars in Astrology2019-12-05T10:45:42+00:00

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:

Longitude(PED) Fixed star Constellation Mag. Nature
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?

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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.

References

The Fixed Stars & Constellations by Vivian Robson

Essays on Astrology by Robert Hand

Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand

The Beginning of Wisdom by Avraham Ibn-Ezra

Classical Astrology for Modern Living by Lee Lehman

Astrological Roots by Joseph Crane

Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars by Bernadette Brady

Secrets of the Ancient Skies by Diana K. Rosenberg

www.wikipedia.com

www.skyscript.com