Alkaid Star – Hired Mourners

Alkaid is at 26°56′ Virgo with an orb of 2°20′
Fixed Star Alkaid Star Astrology

Constellation Ursa Major [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Alkaid on September 19

Fixed star Alkaid, Eta Ursae Majoris, is a brilliant white star on the tail of the Great Bear, Ursa Major constellation. Other names include Elkeid and Benetnash (Benetnasch). Alkaid is the most eastern star in the Big Dipper asterism.

In Japan, Alkaid in known as Hagunsei (“the military breaking star” or “most corner star”). Both meanings come from ancient China’s influence in Japan. In Chinese fortune-telling, north is believed to be a very unlucky direction. Northwest is even worse. Hunters and soldiers traditionally did not point guns and weapons in the direction of Hagunsei. [1]


25 ♍ 08
26 ♍ 41
26 ♍ 56
27 ♍ 10
28 ♍ 54

Fixed Star




Alkaid Star Astrology

Al Kaid, or Al Qaíid, comes from a variety of words meaning tribal chief, an appointed local governor and the like. Often written Alkaid, it is η Ursa Majoris, at the tip of the tail. Again, here is that greater note of authority, with responsibility for others, perhaps at a more immediately practical level than in the case of the Prince, Mizar. The full title of this star, Al Kaid al Banaat al Naásh, however, means Lord of the Daughters of the Bier, a funeral theme suggestive of the Weeping Sisters, Alcyone, to which this star is locked in trine aspect. So, then, the service required of the person with it strong on the horoscope may well be in the field of consoling people in distress of bereavement. If we were to give a planetary simile, therefore, something like Moon-Mercury is on the right lines. But Al Kaid is so close in longitude to Zavijava (Al Araph) as to only give a little extra force to the meaning and the Mercury-Mars qualities we saw there.

Like Alkaid only two degrees beyond it, Copula often signifies the potential for taking public office, but there is certainly a note of misfortune if the holder allows Moon-Venus to symbolize the making of quick personal fortune from it. Nothing in Virgo permits that kind of corruption without penalty. But, excluding that temptation, Copula and Alkaid (and Labrum, between the two) can signify great respect given to the individual for services well given. [2]

Alkaid Star, Eta Ursae Majoris

Alkaid Star, Eta Ursae Majoris []

Benetnash, the last star in the Great Bear, means “hired mourners”. If the influence of Benetnash is exercised, an influence of a Mars-Uranus-Saturn nature is present. Experience has shown that many human lives are to be mourned. Reinhold Ebertin made a survey of this fixed star when associated with transits of the major planets over this degree… In accordance with adopted belief of ancient times, this fixed star is supposed to be bound up with the realm of the dead and is therefore associated with death and mourning. In an important position in a mundane map, Benetnash will claim human lives in calamities such as mine accidents, collapse of houses and bridges, mountain slides, earth tremors and weather catastrophes.

Uranus was in exact conjunction with Benetnash at the end of July 1968. This time was marked with extreme tension between Prague and Moscow, followed later in August by the Russian takeover of the CSSR. Tank crews occupied a Damascus broadcasting station. At the same time there was a rebellion in Yemen, racial strife flared up in Indiana and the Czech reformers in Schwarzau on the Theiss fought for the freedom of their nation on July 30, as the Russian political big wigs widened their maneuvers in Poland. In the DDR, at the same time, there began a mass movement of the Viet Cong. Bloody riots took place in Mexico, and at least 100 human lives were lost when a volcano erupted in Costa Roca.

Tied with Saturn in a natal cosmogram, Benetnash is supposed to lover vitality. If both Mars and Uranus are poorly placed, the death of the native is said to be a sudden one. [3]

Alkaid was called “the destroyer of nations” by Islamic astrologers, but it is not known if this was only related to the “favorable” destruction of enemy nations or pertained to nations in general, Alkaid has the nature of Jupiter so the former interpretation is the most likely. [4.]

Constellation Ursa Major is like Mars. It is said to give a quiet, prudent, suspicious, mistrustful, self-controlled, patient nature, but an uneasy spirit and great anger and revengefulness when roused. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Zain and the 7th Tarot Trump “The Chariot.” [5]


1. Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology 11, Scott C. Littleton, 2005, p.1338.
2. The Living Stars, Dr Eric Morse, 1988, p.51, 147.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.55.
4. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.35.
5. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.65.

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

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3 thoughts on “Alkaid Star – Hired Mourners

  1. How can you describe, please, Sun conjunct with Alkaid on exactly orb in the natal chart, with Uranus and Pluto very almost here in a stellium with Sun ? I feel living very deep and the same time in other worlds…I know it counts and other aspects and planets…Thank you !

    • This is difficult for me to describe although this star is between my Pluto 24 and Sun 29 Virgo. I can only really go on what the other authors have written above. But a sense of power makes sense and I definitely have a strong affinity with ancestors. Have even cast horoscopes back many generations. Last time I was put under for surgery I had very strange experience as if almost dying and very scared then instant peace. I asked the surgeon later and he said there was nothing strange about the anesthetic.I did feel as if I was seeing others in the room.

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