Alcyone Star – Pleiades Star Cluster

Alcyone is at 00°00′ Gemini with an orb of 2°00′
Fixed Star Alcyone Star Astrology

Taurus Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Alcyone on May 20

Fixed Star Alcyone, Eta Tauri, is a 2.9 magnitude greenish yellow star and the brightest in the Pleiades star cluster of the Bull, Taurus Constellation. The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, are located in the Shoulder of the Bull. The traditional name Alcyone comes the mythological daughter of Atlas, Alcyone. She is the Central One or Hen of the Pleiades sisters who was seduced by Poseidon.

The Pleiades are the daughters of Atlas. One day Orion saw them and became enamored and pursued them. Jupiter put them in the sky to save them from Orion. Though their number is seven, only six of the stars were visible to the naked eye at the time this group was named. It is said that Electra was the missing star because she left her place so that she might not behold the ruin of Troy. [2]


24 ♉ 12
26 ♉ 10
00 ♊ 00
05 ♊ 48
06 ♊ 52



Alcyone Star Astrology

Fixed Star Alcyone causes love, eminence, blindness from fevers, small pox, and accidents to the face. The Pleiades are of the nature of the Moon and Mars. They are said to make their natives wanton, ambitious, turbulent, optimistic and peaceful; to give many journeys and voyages, success in agriculture and through active intelligence; and to cause blindness, disgrace and a violent death. Their influence is distinctly evil and there is no astrological warrant for the oft-quoted passage Job (xxxviii. 31) “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades…?” which is probably a mistranslation.

Pleiades (Agrippa 1531).svgAlcyone is one of the 15 Behenian Fixed Stars. Its image is a little virgin or lamp. It strengthens the eyesight, assembles spirits, raises winds and reveals secret and hidden things. Rules crystal and the stone Diodocus, the herb Diacedon, frankincense, fennel and quicksilver. [1]

Alcyone is a class B star and of the nature of Jupiter in our scheme. It is noteworthy that all the stars of the Pleiades are also of spectral class B. Is it any wonder that Ptolemy claimed this group as having the nature of both the Moon and Jupiter ? While the Pleiades have a generally good reputation during that time of the year when they are hidden by the Sun’s rays (approximately 40 days), they can be of great harm to mankind. At this time, with other correlative indications in the chart, they can occasion the death of a great number of people.

In the charts of individuals they can presage blindness and accidents to sight at these times. Special attention should also be given to the inimical nature of the Pleiades at the time of an eclipse. But at other times the Pleiades can indeed be fortunate. They give success in agriculture and in trade conducted upon the seas. As a group they are especially indicative of events that affect the family and family life. [2]

Alcyone as representative of all Pleiades is given a larger orb than is usual. The Pleiades correspond in their influence to a combination of Moon and Mars. If well-connected otherwise, this points to ambition and endeavor, which have as their result preferment, honor and glory. The power of Mars is good in raising people to high position. However, with other relevant planetary connections, this can make for high passion and ruthlessness. The best example here is Stalin. Alcyone, Pluto and Algol are in conjunction in his nativity. Unfavorable connections bring the danger of enmity and fall from power.

The influence of the Pleiades has sometimes been noted as not a good one for eyesight. Disturbance of proper sight, injuries to the eyes, even blindness (especially when Sun and Moon are closely aspected by it) and when the Pleiades are in critical aspect to Mars or Saturn. Alcyone is not a good omen with regard to relationships to the opposite sex. Connected with Neptune, it is supposed to give inclination to homosexuality. [3]

It is doubtful if any other small star group has had so much written about it as the famed ‘Seven Sisters’. Not one culture anywhere on Earth has failed to make an important celestial station of them, and always with feminine connotation. Alcyone, η Tauri, and the whole Pleiades group, is noted in astrology for its association with deep sorrows and tragedies, bereavements showing strongly with this star. Its position by longitude soon after Algol in Perseus may account for the gloomy quality, since Algol is much connotative with violent death in mundane astrology, and that of course means bereavement for someone else.

As a practicing astrological consultant, however, the present author has found that one or both of these stars prominent, even though ‘afflicted’, on one’s horoscope makes for an excellent counselor to others in the time of bereavement, with a special gift for bring out the brighter spiritual significance of Death as the transition to Greater Life and this so very often relieves the counselor him or herself from the misery that others so commonly suffer in that area of life. [4]

Alcyone rules the base of the neck. It is the major connection to the central nervous system in the human body. [5]

Constellation Taurus was an object of worship in primitive cultures throughout the ages. To the ancient Egyptians it was the bull-god Orissi, but the star was also worshiped by the Babylonians, Chinese, Druids, and some tribes of Amazon Indians. Taurus traditionally presages the results of the beginnings of large political undertakings. The constellation also portends that which affects wild animals, especially those of danger to man. [2]

Fixed Star Alcyone Star Pleiades Star Cluster Astrology

Pleiades Star Cluster

Alcyone Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Alcyone: Blindness, ophthalmia, injuries to the eyes and face, disgrace, wounds, stabs, exile, imprisonment, sickness, violent fevers, quarrels, violent lust, military preferment. If at the same time the Sun is in opposition either to the Ascendant or to Mars, violent death. [1]

The Pleiades rising are indicate a person to whom luxury and lust play an important part in his or her life. They are likely to drink too much, will desire to be well dressed, and even misuse beauty aids, such as using an excessive amount of perfume. The rising Pleiades are also indicative of those who are homosexual, like to be flattered, and (with a poorly positioned Mercury) impudent in speech.

Midheaven conjunct Alcyone: Disgrace, ruin, violent death. If with the luminaries it makes its natives military captains, commanders, colonels of horse and emperors. [1]

Descendant conjunct Alcyone: The Pleiades setting can have just the opposite nature. If aspected by benefics (when setting) the indications are of a pleasant death and if aspected by both malefics and benefics the native is said to be fond of arts and perhaps even become a painter who will acquire great honors in his lifetime. As an example of the fortunate nature of the Pleiades, Josephus, the great Jewish historian (37?-100), wrote that during the investment of Jerusalem by Antiochus Epiphanes in 170 B.C. the besieged suffered from a severe lack of water but the city was finally relieved “by a large shower of rain which fell at the setting of the Pleiades”. [2]

Sun conjunct Alcyone: Throat ailments, chronic catarrh, blindness, bad eyes, injuries to the face, sickness, disgrace, evil disposition (used to be a term in astrology for homosexuality), murderer or murdered, imprisonment, death by pestilence, blows, stabs, shooting, beheading or shipwreck. If in 7th house, blindness, especially if Saturn or Mars be with Regulus. If with Mars and Venus the native will be a potent king obeyed by many people but subject to many infirmities. [1]

Moon conjunct Alcyone: Injuries to the face, sickness, misfortune, wounds, stabs, disgrace, imprisonment, blindness, defective sight especially if in the Ascendant or one of the other angles, may be cross-eyed, color-blind, or the eyes may be affected by some growth. If in the 7th house, total blindness especially if Saturn or Mars be with Regulus and the Moon be combust. [1]

Mercury conjunct Alcyone: Many disappointments, loss of possessions, much loss from legal affairs, business failure, trouble through children. [1]

Venus conjunct Alcyone: Immoral, strong passions, disgrace through women, sickness, loss of fortune. [1]

Mars conjunct Alcyone: Many accidents to the head, loss and suffering through fires. If at the same time Saturn is with Regulus, violent death in a tumult. [1]

Jupiter conjunct Alcyone: Deceit, hypocrisy, legal and ecclesiastical troubles, loss through relatives, banishment or imprisonment. [1]

Saturn conjunct Alcyone: Cautious, much sickness, tumorous ailments, chronic sickness to family many loses. [1]

This causes great difficulty by upsetting the energy flow through the nervous system, the head area and the shoulder blades. The difficulty would begin as blurred vision, and if Saturn is poorly aspected, there would be no vision at alol. For this to occur, Saturn must be placed directly on the degree with no orb allowance. Numbness and sharp pains through the shoulder blades would occur at times. Both the eyes and the shoulder blades are affected at this point and those attempting to diagnose the problem will not be able to determine that the problem stems from the central nervous system.

There is no cure for this problem, but it can be alleviated if these individuals will accept the opinions of others and turn to the spiritual. They are the ones who care nothing about the opinions of others and they would be the chronic complainers, especially when help is offered them. If they would just turn to the spiritual, they will find some relief but with Saturn on this degree it would be very, very difficult for these individuals to change. [5]

Uranus conjunct Alcyone: Active mind, deformity from birth or through accident in childhood, many accidents and troubles, many unexpected losses often through fire or enemies, marriage partner proves false especially if female, troubles through women, occult interests, unfavorable for children, if any, and lack of harmony with them, heavy losses at end of life, violent death. [1]

Neptune conjunct Alcyone: Bold, military preferment, honor, wealth, help from friends, many serious accidents, many travels, somewhat dishonorable occupation involving secrecy, ill-health to marriage partner and peculiar conditions respecting parentage, bad for children, may lose everything at end of life, violent death, often abroad while following occupation. [1]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.119, 182.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.34.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.17.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.38.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.22.

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

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4 thoughts on “Alcyone Star – Pleiades Star Cluster

  1. Omg – one of my ex’s has this star conjunct his Sun – this is him! Spot on with liking to be well dressed, the luxury, drinking too much and I believed him to be a “closet gay” to be honest! Or bisexual – I’ll most likely never know?!

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