Alhena Star – The Shining One

Alhena is at 09°06′ Cancer with an orb of 2°20′
Fixed Star Alhena Star Astrology

Gemini Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Alhena on June 30

Fixed star Alhena, Gamma Geminorum, is a 1.9 magnitude brilliant white star located on the left foot of the Southern Twin Pollux in Gemini Constellation. The tradition name Alhena comes from the Arabic word الهنعه (Al Han’ah) which means The Brand (on the neck of the camel). Another name was Almeisan, from the Arabic المیسان (Al Maisan) which means The Shining One.

Degree*

03 ♋ 26
05 ♋ 18
09 ♋ 06
14 ♋ 05
14 ♋ 58

Orb

1°40′
1°40′
2°20′
2°40′
2°40′

Alhena Star Astrology

Fixed star Alhena is of the nature of Mercury and Venus. It bestows imminence in art, but gives liability to accidents effecting the feet. Often called Bright Foot of Gemini. According to Bullinger it means “hurt, wounded or afflicted”, and it has been called “the wound in the tendon Achilles.” [1]

The bright star Alhena is of the nature of Venus. it is said to give eminence in art. [2]

Alhena, which is situated on the base line of the constellation Gemini, is supposed to have a Venus nature with a Jupiterian influence. This will confer a spiritual orientation on people thus effected and also give an artistic inclination, with interest in the sciences. [3]

Alhena, γ Geminorum, means an identifying mark on a horse or camel, made with tar-paint. An earlier name was Almeisan – one who marches proudly – but this was apparently dropped as several stars carried the same name. Nonetheless, it seems right for a prominent star in the Feet of the Twins. Popular astrology has associated this star especially with accidents to the feet, loving to make the worst of every star it can blame for something or other, but it seems quite unnecessary to use Alhena for this purpose, since right opposite to it in the Zodiac is Facies, equally associated with accidents – and with more reason, since Ptolemy rates it a Sun-Mars type whereas Alhena is a more peaceable Mercury-Venus. We should perhaps have remarked sooner that in astrology a star is found to show its influence both at its own location and right opposite to it.

From a combination of Alhena’s placing in its Constellation and in Sign, (Cancer), and the Ptolemaic simile for it, it is not hard to guess that this star should show up our artistic skills, especially with the written or spoken word, and abilities to negotiate a peaceful solution to disputes among people. And so indeed it does. We get to the roots of problems and move matters forward from there, and gaining ‘identity’, distinction, that is, for our efforts.

All three stars, the two Tejats and Alhena, fill the first 10°, or Decan, of the Cardinal Sign Cancer, into which they entered in 1349, 1621 and 1755 A.D. respectively. Each of these dates, within a year or two, was significant in the rise of European thought and literature from the Renaissance onwards. [4]

Alhena rules one inch to the right of the breastbone in the human body. [5]

Constellation Gemini is said to cause trouble and disgrace, sickness, loss of fortune, affliction and danger to the knees. [1]

Astrologers assigned to this constellation guardianship over human hands, arms, and shoulders; while Albumasar held that it portended intense devotion, genius, largeness of mind, goodness, and liberality. Considered the House of Mercury and a fortunate sign. Chinese astrologers asserted that if this constellation were invaded by Mars, war and a poor harvest would ensue. [2]

Alhena Star, Gamma Geminorum

Alhena Star, Gamma Geminorum [it.wikipedia.org]

Alhena Star Conjunctions

Sun conjunct Alhena: Pride, love of ease, luxury and pleasure. There may be martial honors but danger of losing them. [1]

Moon conjunct Alhena: Good health, honor, riches, pleasure and society, domestic benefits. [1]

Mercury conjunct Alhena: Popularity, benefits from opposite sex, musical and artistic ability but little fame, domestic harmony, business adversely affected by pleasure and society. [1]

This is the nurturing personality. These individuals are concerned with the needs of others. This is generally overdone since it is on their minds continuously. It is difficult for them to discuss other topics other than the needs of others. For example, their conversations would dwell on what someone had for dinner, what they are going to have for breakfast, and what they may have the next day for lunch. The topic of conversation would involve food. These are the persons who would delight in writing a cookbook. [5]

Venus conjunct Alhena: Material concerns, love of dress, pleasure and flattery, artistic and musical ability. [1]

Mars conjunct Alhena: Superficial nature, fond of pleasure, ease, luxury, ornament and display. [1]

Jupiter conjunct Alhena: Social advancement and success, philosophical mind, love of ostentation. [1]

Saturn conjunct Alhena: Caution, reserve, studiousness, prominence in science or art, some domestic discord, sickness to the children, unexpected losses but possibility of wealth, ill-health at the end of life. [1]

This can be a difficult problem. These persons deny themselves security in order to give their children everything. This is the nurturing parent who does without; denying themselves self-expression and material things in order that their children may have all the things they demand. This can lead to depressions after forty years of age when they find they have denied themselves many things in life, and now their children have little t do with them. [5]

Uranus conjunct Alhena: Timid, suspicious, selfish, economical over small things and extravagant in large ones, emotional, vacillating, unpractical and much influenced by habits, easily hypnotized, occult interests and secret psychic ability, afflicted with Cancerian ailments, two or more marriages, one very early and extremely unhappy especially if female, unfavorable for home and children. If a woman, good-looking and many friends but enemies among women. [1]

Neptune conjunct Alhena: Easily influenced, suffers through indiscreet actions, mediumship, very sympathetic, often domestic disharmony, death brought about by own acts. [1]

References

1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.46, 127.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.39.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.30.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.44.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.45.

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

5 thoughts on “Alhena Star – The Shining One

  1. You forgot Pluto! My mother has IC 9 Cancer with Pluto 9:03. She inherited a genetic disease, Charot Marie Tooth disease. She walked like a duck, slapping her feet down. I have MC 9 Cancer – we hate each other.

    • I had to laugh reading this sorry Marcy. I was hoping people would share their stories especially with Pluto because the planet was discovered after most fixed stars writings.

  2. My progressed Ascendent is going to conjunct Alhena next month. Any thoughts on what this could mean?

  3. Mercury 8Cancer19 9th house, in trine with Neptune 8Scorpio45 1st house, sometimes very hard to know whether a blessing or a curse, because sometimes I my words are inspiring and a blessing to some, sometimes they seem to fill others with fear and trigger a determination to assassinate my character, its a strange one indeed, thus I completely trust my intuition as to what to say, when and how much lol!

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