The Fixed Stars

Thousands of years ago astrologers placed great stock by the constellations and certain stars within them, so-called "fixed" stars (which are not truly fixed). Because medical astrology is in its infancy, there is very little adequate information on these stars and their effects in natal charts. To date the only scientific study has been conducted by Reinhold Ebertin, of Germany, in a small book called Fixed Stars and their Interpretation — an excellent study guide and jumping off point for investigating fixed stars in terms of medical astrology. Since so much research needs to be done on these stars in relation to illness, it is my hope that by making notes on the pertinent stars, medical astrologers will begin to determine their actions and influences.

A fixed star in and of itself is not a primary indicator of health conditions; the entire chart must lean in a certain direction for the fixed star to exert any influence. For example, when a natal Saturn has three or four hard aspects to it as well as a conjunction with a fixed star then the medical astrologer has reason to suspect that the star may influence a health situation at some point in the person's life.

In addition, a fixed star must be conjunct a planet or angle to influence the individual. It should ideally be exactly conjunct the position, although a 30-mtnute conjunction will probably also cause the star to influence the individual. Because of the distance between the earth and the stars, the fixed star should also be in exact orb to activate potential ailments: the tighter the orb, the more influence it will have. The declination of a fixed star does not affect its influence, no matter how close or how far from the ecliptic it may range.

Since an exact conjunction or opposition is usually necessary to activate a star's influence, a fixed-star sitting in an empty house without a conjunction can be ignored except when the fixed star is in the Sixth or Twelfth Houses and is triggered by transits or progressions. Then the star should be noted and the progressed chart examined to see if midpoint structures, conjunctions, etc., are taking place at the same time that there are indications of poor health. If there are, then the fixed star is probably tied into the vibration. Eclipses may also affect a fixed star's power in a chart. And fixed stars on the Midheaven or Ascendant should be carefully noted, since they seem to exert a fairly consistent influence. Finally, a fixed star conjunct any

"malefic" planets, such as natal Mars, Saturn, Uranus or Neptune, should be especially noted.

It seems that some fixed stars have characteristics of certain planets, and these stars tend to be the most dangerous in terms of bodily impairment. For instance, a star that has the traits of Venus might influence blood disorders in general, including blood poisoning. A star with the qualities of Mars might bring on hasty or impulsive actions, accidents injuries that may or may not involve operations and animal bites. A star that is like Saturn might induce chronic, long-termed illnesses or weakening or wasting away kinds of disease. A Uranian kind or star might help bring about accidents caused by haste, operations and mental problems. And a star with the features of Neptune might influence the bites of insects that cause severe allergic reactions, drug habits or proclivities for the overuse of drugs and poisons in the body.

Based upon Ebertin's observations, the following stars seem to have direct tie-ins with medical problems. (All positions are as of 1950.)

Deneb Kaitos (1 Aries 51)

This star has Saturnian characteristics. It may bring on bodily and mental inhibition.

El-Scheratain (3 Taurus 17)

This star has the traits of Saturn and Mars. It may cause impulsiveness that results in injury.

Et-Nath (6 Taurus 59)

This star has characteristics of Mars and Saturn. It may bring on severe injury at some time in the life of the individual, particularly falls.

Menkar (13 Taurus 38)

This star has Saturnian qualities. Throat or larynx problems are possible if it is conjunct malefic planets.

Zanrak (22 Taurus 50)

This star is also Saturnian. It may bring about chronic illnesses or possible suicidal tendencies.

Algol (25 Taurus 28)

This is a double star: one star is said to have Saturnian characteristics; the other has a Mars/ Uranus/Pluto personality. Probably most deadly of all the fixed stars, Algol may exert a tragic influence that could affect individuals. It may bring on chronic illnesses, dental problems or arthritis.

Alcyone (26 Taurus 19)

Alcyone is part of the star cluster known as the Pleiades. It has Moon/Mars characteristics. It may help cause eyesight ailments, including blindness or poor vision in general. ; v

Praesepe (6 Leo 34)

This star has the qualities of Moon/Mars/Neptune. Sitting extremely close to the North and South Aselli, Praesepe is believed to bestow poor eyesight, especially weak eyesight at an early age.

North Aselli (6 Leo 50)

This star has Sun/Mars characteristics.

South Aselli (8 Leo 01)

South Aselli also has Sun/Mars characterstics. Both these stars are linked with poor eyesight. South Aselli may also produce rashness or impulsiveness that can cause injury.

Kochab (12 Leo 24)

This star has the traits of Mars/Saturn. A person under its influence may be extremely tense or nervous, suffering mental anguish.

Alphard (26 Leo 36)

This star is like Saturn/Venus/Neptune. Alphard may cause an individual to be extremely sensitive to any sort of drug or drug habit. It may also influence the outcome of bites by animals or insects, blood poisoning, possible poisoning from toxins and poor eating habits. , ■ r : -

Alioth (8 Virgo 09)

Alioth has the traits of Mars. It may cause problems during delivery as weii as birth complications.

Zosma (10 Virgo 35)

With the characteristics of Venus/Saturn, Zosma may cause buildup in the body, resulting in disease. It also seems to influence melancholia.

Denebola (20 Virgo 57)

This star has Uranian characteristics. Mental gyrations may occur if Denebola is conjunct Mercury or Uranus in the natal chart.

Algorab (13 Libra 12)

With the traits of Mars and Saturn, Algorab may cause various illnesses, ranging from mental to organic and chronic problems.

The Southern Scales (14 Scorpio 23)

This double star is like Mars and Saturn. If conjunct a malefic planet, it may present health problems.

Unuk (21 Scorpio 23)

This is a Mars/Saturn star. It may induce chronic illnesses, which may not be diagnosed for a long time if the star is conjunct natal Neptune. It also appears to rule operations. ,

Antares (9 Sagittarius 04)

With the characteristics of Mars/Mercury/Jupiter, Antares may influence various health problems, including eye troubles. It may induce impulsiveness that could account for bodily injury.

Ras Alhague (21 Sagittarius 42):

This star has the traits of Venus/Saturn/Neptune. It may produce toxic conditions that affect the body. It might also affect the results of animal and insect bites and other infectious states,

Fomalhaut (3 Pisces 09)

With the characteristics of Mercury/Venus/ Neptune, this star may help bring on problems with drugs, including addiction.

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