Aldebaran Star – The Bulls Eye

Aldebaran is at 09°47′ Gemini with an orb of 2°30′
Aldebaran Star Astrology

Taurus Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Aldebaran on May 30

Fixed star Aldebaran, Alpha Tauri, is a 0.9 magnitude giant orange star in the Left Eye of the Bull, Taurus Constellation. The traditional name Aldebaran is from the Arabic word الدبران (al-dabarān) which means the follower (of the Pleiades).

Degree*

06 ♊ 52
08 ♊ 28
09 ♊ 47
15 ♊ 17
16 ♊ 50

Fixed Star

Hyadum II
Ain
Aldebaran
Cursa
Rigel

Orb

1°30′
1°30′
2°30′
2°00′
2°40′

Aldebaran Star Astrology

Fixed star Aldebaran has been thought eminently fortunate, portending riches and honor; and was one of the four Royal Stars, or Guardians of the Sky, of Persia, 5000 years ago, when it marked the vernal equinox. [1]

It gives honor, intelligence, eloquence, steadfastness, integrity, popularity, courage, ferocity, a tendency to sedition, a responsible position, public honors and gain of power and wealth through others, but its benefits seldom prove lasting and there is also danger of violence and sickness.

Aldaboram (Agripa 1531).svg  Aldebaran is one of the 15 Behenian Fixed Stars. Its image is the likeness of God, or of a flying man. Rules carbuncle, ruby, milky thistle, and “matry-silva”. [2]

This is one of the four key stars in the heavens, also called Archangel stars, Michael in this case – military commander of the Heavenly Host. It was also called “Watcher of the East”, possibly since it is the bull’s eye, though each of the Archangels is a “Watcher of”;  Gabriel (Fomalhaut) of the South; Raphael (Regulus) of the North; Oriel (Antares) of the West. At one time they marked the two Equinoxes and two Solstices. To Ptolemy, Aldebaran was a Mars-type star, and indeed the red giant can be mistaken for that red planet at times, so it is no surprise that it has been much associated with war and military careers, and “The Follower”, as its name translates, can well be taken to imply following in the steps of the celestial general, Michael. The idea put forward by some mundane-minded astronomers, that the name means only the star comes soon after The Pleiades star group, makes little sense since every star follows some other in that manner.

In astrological practice, it is not assumed that Aldebaran necessarily promises success in war – unless it is especially well aspected to other items on the horoscope, as opposite to it is the Mars-Jupiter star Antares, for the inclusion of Jupiter in the Ptolemaic styling of this star actually implies more power than Aldebaran, Any general launching an attack with one of the pair in the Ascendant for himself should remember that the other fellow has the other star in HIS Ascendant. Many generals have discounted this even after consulting an astrologer! (And have regretted it). Aldebaran has been in the sign Gemini since 1286 AD, just around the height of the Christian Crusades against Islam, an interesting indicator of conflict between two world schools of thought. Antares, for the other side in the conflict, went into religious Sagittarius in 1272 AD and showed its superiority, perhaps, since the Crusaders never did dislodge the Saracens. [3]

The star is said to presage individuals who are “restless and riotous, always stirring up popular dissent and revolution.” The star is also said to inflame the minds of the people with furious quarrels, and to be an enemy of quite and peace, ‘malady desiring civil and domestic wars.” Maternus writes that Aldebaran “…when aspected by a malefic portends sudden and unexpected involvement in riots and sedition resulting in justly being condemned by the people.” It is noteworthy that at the time of her birth Patty Hearst has Aldebaran culminating in her chart and in opposition to Mars. But this star is also considered to be one of the most eminently fortunate stars in the sky, portending riches and honor (especially in war). Its natives will always seem to be under stress and in a constant state of anxiety but they are successful in making money. Like the Hyades, Aldebaran brings rain, but if the showers do not occur at its heliacal rising the prediction is for a barren year. [4]

If conjunction Ascendant or Sun, this will point to extraordinary energy. Such a person will be able to be ahead of other people, will gain a leading position, and will be acknowledged, but also will make enemies through whom danger will threaten him or her. In world events, the conjunction of Mars or Saturn with this fixed star corresponds to catastrophe by weather conditions, floods, shipwrecks. [5]

Aldebaran rules three inches above the breast in the human body. [6]

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. [4]

Aldebaran Star, Alpha Tauri

Aldebaran Star, Alpha Tauri [heartstar.org]

Aldebaran Star Conjunctions

Ascendant and Moon conjunct Aldebaran: a good fellow, but if in conjunction with both the Lord of the Ascendant and the Moon it denotes a murderer, especially if the lord of the Ascendant is a masculine planet and the Sun is at the same time afflicted. [2]

Midheaven conjunct Aldebaran: Honor, preferment, good fortune and favors from women. [2]

Sun conjunct Aldebaran: Great energy and perseverance, high material honors but danger of losing them, danger from quarrels and the law, honor and riches ending in disgrace and ruin, liable to disease, fevers and a violent death. If in conjunction with both Sun and Mars, great liability to pestilential fevers. [2]

Danger through poison if Neptune is also lined up with this configuration [5]

Moon conjunct Aldebaran: Favorable for business, honor and credit, especially if in the 1st or 10th house, but danger of calamity. Favorable for domestic, public and religious matters; danger of a violent death. If at the same time Mars or Saturn is with Antares (opposite) the native is liable to be hanged or killed by a sword thrust. [2]

Sun or Moon, culminating or rising conjunct Aldebaran: Great honor through violence with difficulties and casualties. [2]

Mercury conjunct Aldebaran: Affects the health and domestic affairs, prominence through mercurial matters, material gain, and many learned friends. [2]

Venus conjunct Aldebaran: Honor through literature, music or art, creative abilities, favorable for health and marriage. [2]

Power directed wrongly and abnormalities in love life. [5]

Mars conjunct Aldebaran: Great military preferment but attended by much danger; liable to accidents, fevers and a violent death. If at the same time the Moon is with Antares, especially in an angle, death will come through a stab, blow or fall. [2]

Jupiter conjunct Aldebaran: Great ecclesiastical honor and high military preferment. [2]

This position brings recognition or glory to these individuals that is not earned. They have not rightfully worked to earn it. Unless they have pursued a conscious path with this configuration, all will be lost eventually. Generally, these persons use the negative side of this position and become very lazy. The negative side of Jupiter is laziness.[6]

Saturn conjunct Aldebaran: Great afflictions, strange mind, great wickedness, sarcasm, eloquence, good memory, studious and retiring nature, legal abilities, domestic and material success, losses through mercurial friends. If at the same time the Moon is with Antares there will be a violent death, probably by hanging. [2]

And if linked in an unfavorable manner with other stellar bodies could bring danger and loss through water, e.g., by floods, storm, shipwreck, drowning. [5]

Uranus conjunct Aldebaran: Scientific, a nature lover, critical, just, domestic and political success, public honors, fond of occultism but may meet with disfavor through it, lingering death. [2]

Extraordinary energy and capacity for work, whereby the native gains prestige and appreciation. On the other hand, the opposition of opponents is evoked by it. [5]

This planet causes considerable disruption in the veins and arteries surrounding this part of the body that leads to and from the heart. There are spasmodic actions in the blood flow from the heart to the arm. This circulatory problem affects the nervous system so that these persons experience palpitations in the heart and tremors through the left arm. This is not necessarily heart failure, but they do feel the lapse of energy in the arm so that they are unable to lift it at times, sometimes not over six inches. This action depends largely on the stress that the person is experiencing in the life. Feeling this restriction, many take blood thinners to open up the flow in the arm, and many try surgery to cure the problem. Surgery aggravates the condition as the energy flow would become more difficult, and they then must live with pain pills. [6]

Neptune conjunct Aldebaran: Connected with science, art, occultism and medium-ship, good intellect, loss through fire, electricity or speculation, but gain through metals, military or scientific instruments, especially if Mars is strong; many journeys, obstacles to domestic happiness, unfavorable for children, danger of accidents and sudden death. [2]

Pluto conjunct Aldebaran: This causes the collapse of the blood vessels as the elasticity of the vessels is lost. The use of the arm, therefore, is completely lost. In a previous age, tiny tubes were put in the arm to keep them open, but in our present age, this technology was not available when Pluto was in the sign Gemini; however, it is available now. Although it will be many years in the future before Pluto returns to the sign Gemini, this will be helpful to those who are living in the next age. The fixed stars affected those in prior ages and they will affect those in forthcoming ages. Those who have good aspects to Pluto at this degree will see the spirituality of the problem and attempt to balance out their bodies. Persons with poor aspects will experience a complete breakdown and become incapacitated for they would be on a negative path. Those choosing the higher road would therefore not experience a complete breakdown. [6]

Part of Fortune conjunct Aldebaran: Poverty. [2]

A malefic in the 4th, 7th, 11th or 12th house conjunct Aldebaran plus Moon conjunct Antares: death by a sudden sword thrust, stab or fall. [2]

References

1. Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889].
2. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.119-122, 233, 242.
3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.35,36.
4. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.34.
5. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.22,23.
6. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.26.

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

23 thoughts on “Aldebaran Star – The Bulls Eye

  1. Can I copy and print this page to use with reference to you? (Aldebaran Star – The Bull’s Eye)
    The Moon makes 12 conjunctions with Aldebaran this year, so I am researching what that might signify.
    Thank you.
    .

  2. Thank you Jamie. This is for my own research, but I will keep your name and website (and date accessed) on what I print off. There are quite a lot of other astronomical events coming this year, should be an interesting year.
    Best wishes.

  3. When you put the idea of a part of fortune together with Aldebaran and say ‘poverty’- does this imply that one is at (or feels) their best when without material belongings? Or is there a different way to interpret that conclusion?

    • Good question and I’m not sure about the answer. Seeing you are the one with this conjunction I would believe what your instincts say about it. Perhaps we will get more comments from others over time.

    • Plus you also have to take into account your whole chart. Other aspects and stars may contradict or over ride this interpretation by Robson.

  4. I do have a few thoughts to offer.
    Since Aldeberan is a royal star in ancient tradition, I would have thought that the Part or Lot of Fortune in conjunction would show good results. The Taurean influence can give a love of possessions and beauty, so the Bull’s eye is not always baleful, it is sometimes calm and contented. Taurus is a strong fighter when aroused but then, it is not often nor easily aroused. Only when that red flag is raised!
    The Part of Fortune itself can bring about good results, even from unknown strangers, if well placed and in good condition, and I am going by observation of this as well as from my schooling. House placement is always a consideration, of course.

  5. What exactly do you mean when you say “Aldebaran … [5000 years ago] … marked the vernal equinox” ?

  6. Hi Jamie

    I’m wondering is this degree for ALDEBARAN on Part Fortune in a composite or synastry chart applicable.

    Thanks

    • I would say so if it were a Davison chart. They seem so much more accurate than other composite chart.

    • Same for any of these major fixed stars. I include the cardinal house cusps, POF and Vertex. Some say only Sun, Moon and planets but not me.

  7. Hello Jamie,
    How about Aldeberan conjunct North Node? What would that be like ?

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