Further Study

If you want to do detailed work on the fixed stars in relation to a birth chart, the chart must be fully calculated. If you are simply experimenting, and using a less detailed chart - such as one made by following the instructions in this book - your findings will not be sufficiently accurate.

However, each sign is divided into three 30° sections, each representing 10° and, when consulting our tables, you will see that there are corresponding divisions. The first third (i°-io°) is palely coloured, the middle section (ii°-20°) more strongly coloured, and the third section (2i°-30°) most strongly coloured. From this, you can estimate the detailed star position. But bear in mind that the orb should not be more than i°.

first point of Aries) appears to move backwards through the constellations, completing a circle in some 25,920 years - a period known as "the Great Year". A shorter period of 2,160 years - during which the movement is 30°, the equivalent of one zodiac sign - is known as an astrological age. From this term comes the idea of the Age of Aquarius, which was preceded by the Age of Pisces and is to be followed by the Age of Capricorn.

Regulus, one of the most important stars astrologically, is the bright object at the bottom of this picture.

Regulus, one of the most important stars astrologically, is the bright object at the bottom of this picture.

Fish are a traditional Christian symbol, and here they have been used decoratively in the architecture of an Early Christian basilica in Greece.

The theory is that each astrological age has its own characteristics, the Piscean Age being identified broadly with Christianity (Christ has often been symbolised as a Fish, and drawings of fish have been found in the earliest Christian tombs); the Age of Aquarius, associated with its ruler Uranus, will have very different characteristics. Given Uranus's traditional association with disruption, sexual excess, and rebellion, the Age of Aquarius is argued by some to have already begun.

The phenomenon of precession has been recognized for centuries -Hipparchus wrote about it in the 2nd century CE, for example. It was only over time, however, that astrologers began to understand the significance of its effect: that the sections of the sky named after the zodiac signs no longer coincided with the positions they were in 2,000 years ago.

Sceptics argue that this makes a nonsense of astrology - that someone born in this age and said to have had the Sun in Gemini at the time of birth, was actually born when it was in

Taurus. While it is perfectly true that the Sun may today be placed against the background of the zodiac pattern previous to the one named by astrologers, the fact is that the zodiac names, as understood today, are merely a convenient way of assigning a label to a particular 30° section of the sky; the zodiac figures are only, as they have always been, convenient tags.

the stars

William Lilly identified about 50 fixed stars in his writings. They were those that were then most obvious because of their brightness. Among them were Polaris, Betelgeuse, Castor, Pollux, and Regulus; later astrologers identified well over 700. Obviously, with such a great number, they have had to discriminate and, when working with the fixed stars, use only those that make contact with the planets known to the ancient astrologers - that is the Sun and Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Hipparchus studying the stars

Hipparchus studying the stars


the most important stars

Any star that closely conjuncts, opposes, squares, or trines a planet in a person's birth chart is potentially significant and so worth consideration. It is the conjunction, though, that will have by far the greatest influence.

Here, we list some of the stars with which William Lilly is known to have worked, together with their positions, the planet or planets with which they are associated, and keywords to suggest their influences.

Caput Algol (26° 10" Taurus) Saturn, Jupiter; very negative; "the Evil One" - murder, danger to the neck, strangulation. Alcyone (0° 58" Gemini) Moon, Jupiter; impartial; ambition, difficulties with the opposite sex.

Aldebaran (9°47" Gemini) Mars; negative; success, popularity, and honour, but possible chicanery.

Rigel (i6°50" Gemini) Jupiter, Mars; positive; artistic ability, humour, ingenuity, happiness. Bellatrix (21°28" Gemini) Mars, Mercury; negative; accident-prone, talkative, humiliation.

Alnilam (23°49" Gemini) Jupiter, Saturn; positive; short-lived fame, humiliation, irritability. Al Hecka (24°42" Gemini) Mars; positive; honours, authority, self-indulgence, aggression. Polaris (28°34" Gemini) Saturn, Venus; negative; ill health, trouble, loss, spirituality.

Betelgeuse (28°45" Gemini) Mars, Mercury negative; mishaps, danger, aggression.

Sirius (i4°05" Cancer) Jupiter, Mars; positive; aspiration, self-importance, celebrity, leadership, emotional.

Canopus (14°51" Cancer) Saturn, Jupiter; negative; indignity, violent behaviour, devoutness, travel by sea.

Castor (20°51" Cancer) Saturn, Mars, Venus; negative; violence, waywardness, sudden celebrity or sudden loss.

Pollux (23°13" Cancer) Mars, Moon, Uranus; negative; boldness, destruction, scandal, misfortune, thoughtful, interest in astrology.

Prxsxpe (7°i2" Leo) Mars, Moon; negative; withdrawn, but with good inner drive, possibility of violence. Danger from fire.

Alphard (27°08" Leo) Saturn, Venus; negative; sexual hangups, possible drug addiction, fear of the sea.

Al Jabhah (27°4i" Leo) Saturn, Mercury; impartial; intelligence, self-regarding, talent for finance, good judgement.

Regulus (29°53" Leo) Mars, Jupiter, Uranus; positive; dignified, gracious, watchful, ambitious, and authoritative, but possible downfall.

Seginus (17°39" Libra) Mercury, Venus; positive; good at business and astrology, but untrustworthy and makes bad friends.

Spica (23°50" Libra) Venus, Mars; extremely positive; known as "the Fortunate" - brings wealth, respect, and beauty.

Arcturus (24°14" Libra) Jupiter, Mars; extremely positive; motivation, recognition, respect, profit from foreign travel, and success in career. Alphecca (12°16" Scorpio) Venus, Mercury; positive; respect, gravity, poetic, but difficulties with sex life and with children.

Zuben Algenubi (i5°04" Scorpio) Saturn, Mars; negative; suffers pain through others, seeks revenge, has possible involvement with crime, and sexually transmitted diseases. Alpha Serpentis - 22°04" Scorpio; Saturn, Mars; negative; achievements marred by difficulty; emotional instability; difficulties with relationships.

Antares (9°46" Sagittarius) Saturn, Venus; impartial; a strongly adventurous nature brings fame and admiration, yet obstinate and wary, and possible difficulty with sight.

Rastaban (i7°58" Sagittarius) Saturn, Mars; negative; impetuous and principled, possible success in literature, sports, the arts, astrology, but beware of short-sighted actions and a criminal tendency.

Vega (i5°i9" Capricorn) Venus, Mercury; positive; said to be "lucky", open-handed and sensible, with possible but transitory success in public life.

Altair (i°47" Aquarius) Mars, Jupiter; impartial; reckless, audacious, susceptible to accidents - unexpected notoriety, albeit brief.

Algedi (3°46" Aquarius) Venus, Mars; impartial; lucky, promiscuous, generous, overtaken by unexpected events.

Sadalsuud (23°46" Aquarius) Saturn, Mercury; positive; a creative thinker with an original mind, possibly psychic, with an interest in astrology; successful in spheres of business. Fomalhaut (3°52" Pisces) Venus, Mercury; positive; an interest in the occult, possibly subject to some addiction; likely to be well-known, and prone to associate with unhelpful companions. Deneb Adige (5°i6" Pisces) Venus, Mercury; positive; gifted and resourceful, but perhaps immature; connections with public life, and a fear of dogs.

Markab (23°29" Pisces) Mars, Venus; negative; respected by all, eager for possessions, likely to have legal problems, and somewhat accident-prone.

Scheat (29°22" Pisces) Mars, Mercury; negative; said to be "unlucky", with a tendency towards melancholy, and possible connection to crime.

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