Acumen Star – The Ptolemy Cluster

Acumen is at 28°45′ Sagittarius with an orb of 1°00′
Fixed Star Acumen Star Astrology

Scorpius Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Acumen on December 21

Fixed star Acumen, M7 Scorpius, is an open cluster of stars above the sting of the Scorpion, Scorpius Constellation. Acumen is a companion cluster to Aculeus, the Butterfly Cluster. M7, or Messier 7, is also known as the Ptolemy Cluster. M7 was first recorded by the 1st-century Greek-Roman astronomer Ptolemy, who described it as a nebula in 130 AD.

Degree*

25 ♐ 44
27 ♐ 58
28 ♐ 45
29 ♐ 45
01 ♑ 04

Fixed Star

Aculeus
Etamin
Acumen
Sinistra
Spiculum

Orb

1°00′
2°10′
1°00′
1°40′
1°00′

Acumen Star Astrology

Fixed star Acumen is of the nature of Mars and the Moon. It effects the eyesight and causes blindness of one or both eyes if in conjunction with an afflicted luminary, or in conjunction with a malefic that afflicts the luminaries. The opposition seems to be equally effective. [1]

Aculeus (M6) and Acumen (M7) are multiple clusters, not single stars. They are of immense size, as comparable to galaxies as to stars, but very far distant and very faint, when visible at all to the naked eye. Ptolemy listed them both as Mars-Moon stars, probably unaware that they were clusters, and both names echo Lesath, meaning Sting.

Both have a notorious reputation in astrology as ‘Blind Stars’ and are said to inflict blindness for certain on the one unlucky in having them prominent on the horoscope. Leaving aside the suggestion that any star ‘ inflicts’ anything at all, yes, the author has found that people with these and/or other ‘ blind stars’  prominent do have eyesight problems, but then so has he, and he does not have them prominent on his own chart.

But he has noted a number of cases of clients asking his advise about forthcoming eye treatment, especially operations, and showing excessive worry about the outcome, unaware that one or other of these stars really was going to be strong on their charts on the date in question. it does no harm at all then to advise the client to seek another date, or a second medical opinion, if only because their nervousness may communicate itself to the surgeon and actually precipitate and error in that way. Beyond that, one must allow that the presence of the stars upon the event may indeed be a sign that the client has indeed pre monitored an unfortunate outcome, by whatever mode of intuition may be working within him or her.

Apart from that ominous portent, these two star clusters do show up a negative Mars-Moon quality in people who have them poorly aspected, with a tendency towards a morbid outlook, seeing the worst rather than the best in everything. If their religious views are affected, as so often with anything in Sagittarius, there is a tendency to be either the ‘hellfire and damnation brigade’ or to take up a fierce anti-religious and even anti-God stance. But at their best, well aspected, they can have very sharp minds and a perception well above average as though, perhaps ‘blind’ to what we see and take for granted, they see what we do not, at levels where eyesight does not reach. Not for nothing has the word Acumen come down to us as a term for a sharp mind. [3]

Acumen rules the left side of the groin in the human body. [4]

Constellation Scorpio was the dreaded symbol of darkness in the region of the Euphrates. Comets in this region of the sky were said to portend plagues of “reptiles” (read as locusts or other insects harmful to agriculture). In Classical Scientific Astrology the fruitful nature of Scorpio was mentioned. This attribute also applies to the constellation. The constellation of the Scorpion has been considered unlucky from earliest antiquity. [2]

Acumen Star, M7 The Ptolemy Cluster

Acumen Star, M7 The Ptolemy Cluster [www.sci-news.com]

Acumen Star Conjunctions

Venus conjunct Acumen: Tony Abbott 0°46′.

Mars conjunct Acumen: This point is far more painful to these persons than the star Aculeus, but its affects on the health are similar. There is an over-heating of the blood vessels at this point that causes them to perforate and bleed. The pain is far more difficult to control and these individuals will notice it to a far greater degree. Golden Seal Root in very small amount, ¼ of a cup three times per week, skipping a week periodically, and alternating with peppermint tea would be very beneficial. Peppermint tea would soothe and lubricate the blood vessels. [4]

Pluto conjunct Acumen: This affects the same way as Pluto in conjunction with the fixed star Aculeus. Many will be born with this configuration and all will have a weakness in the hip area. It will not be understood as to why so many individuals have the same problem. This causes a decided weakness in the tendons so that they have a difficult time with complete mobility of the left leg. This becomes more serious as the individual ages. Their diet should include green lima beans, green peas and broccoli. These three vegetables will greatly help to strengthen the tendons. They should not exercise this area until the strength returns. [4]

References

1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.117.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.47.
3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.86.
4. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.115.

* All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

5 thoughts on “Acumen Star – The Ptolemy Cluster

  1. Yesterday I had to guide 2 sight impaired people around my work place, and it occurred to me how much TRUST they must have, even in total strangers – for help to navigate in a world unseen.
    I realised how it has parallels with the spiritual journey, how the unseen is seen- not always through the physical eyes but the eyes of the soul- through the inner knowing, observation, a listening to self and a change of perspective.

    I found an interesting article on (h2g2 website) about the birth of Queen Victoria- which I wondered has links to the ‘blind’ myth’:
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    New Star Heralds Royal Birth
    On 13 April, 1819, during the time when our Moon hid from the sight of man the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius, the scorpion, Antares, Professor Bürg of Austria made an astonishing discovery. As if a veil had been removed from his eyes, a new star could clearly be seen. Antares was no solitary star after all, but had a much-less-bright companion. The existence of Antares B was reported to the appropriate authorities and news of the exciting discovery reached London some weeks4 later. On 24 May, 1819, a daughter was born to the Duke and Duchess of Kent at Kensington Palace, London.
    ———
    Wasn’t going to post again, but I think I’m getting a fixed star obession- Holy Moly there in lies the true magic!!!!! Wow.

    • Sounds like you’ve caught the same bug I got about 20 years ago. Just checked Queen Victoria’s chart. She has Uranus conjunct Neptune in the Sting of the Scorpion. Uranus conjunct Aculeus and Neptune conjunct Acumen.

      • Indeed I have 🙂

        Interesting as there was a story about Queen Victoria (it was said) that she refused to approve making a law against lesbians illegal, as it was her opinion that such things would be a physical impossibility between women- so the law was never passed, in other words – She refused to SEE them!
        I think it’s since been proven to be a myth, but still it travelled..perhaps the energy played out in that way.

  2. I have natal Moon conjunct this star plus a trine from natal Mars 25 degree Leo

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