Almach Star – The Woman’s Foot

Almach is at 14°14′ Taurus with an orb of 1°30′
Fixed Star Almach Star Astrology

Andromeda Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Almach on May 3

Fixed star Almach, Gamma Andromedae, is a 2.3 magnitude quadruple star system in the foot of the Chained Woman, Andromeda Constellation. However, it appears to  stargazers to be a beautiful double star with a striking contrast of color, a bright, golden yellow star next to a dimmer, indigo blue star. The traditional name Almach is derived from the Arabic العناق الأرض (al-‘anāq al-’arđ̧) which means the caracal (desert lynx). Another term for this star used by medieval astronomers writing in Arabic was آلرجل المسلسلة (Al Rijl al Musalsalah) which means the Woman’s Foot.


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07 ♉ 47
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14 ♉ 19
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Almach Star Astrology

Fixed star Almach is of the nature of Venus. It gives honor, eminence and artistic ability. [1]

Almach has the nature of Mars and brings with it honors in military endeavors. [2]

This pale blue-green star in the Feet of Andromeda has a Venus character and a faint Jupiter like influence. It is supposed to give a cheerful nature with a liking for change and diversion and amusement. The popularity of these people will bring benefits from others. Almach is a double star. It has a yellowish-reddish companion which is supposed to have a Martian character. Both stars are moving around a center point. This is supposed to bring about the change in preponderance of the Venus and Mars character alternatively. [3]

The foot by which Andromeda is chained is called Almach, γ Andromedae. By some accounts, this is a burrowing animal, having nothing to do with the Constellation we know, but the present author has found fairly similar words meaning ‘deep in water’, as her foot must have been, then ‘a clasp’, holding her there, and another word meaning ‘exemplary punishment’, which also fits the story. Ptolemy makes a pure Venus of this star, a very touching tribute to Andromeda’s patience during her ordeal. When well aspected it does reveal great patience, the best of Taurean qualities, though it is so close to Menkar, α Ceti, that we must take account of what we have dais of that star also. We may add that the patience shown here may well spring from a firm faith and trust in Divine help, as the lady must have needed with the monster’s nose that close to her! [4]

Almach rules the left side of the neck in the human body. [5]

Constellation Andromeda has an influence similar to that of Venus according to Ptolemy, though the legend would lead one to suppose some connection with Virgo. It is said to bestow purity of thought, virtue, honor and dignity upon its natives, but to cause battle with chimerical fears and a tendency to become easily discouraged. It gives love between husband and wife and reconciles adulterers. If Mars afflicts the luminaries from Andromeda and especially if in an angle, it causes death by hanging, decapitation, crucifixion or impalement. [1]

It is a generally favorable constellation denoting that which is honorable and eminent. Badly placed, however, it can portend earthquakes, and in the Middle Ages was said that Mars in this constellation in aspect with the Sun caused death by crucifixion or hanging. [2]

Almach Star, Gamma Andromedae

Almach Star, Gamma Andromedae []

Almach Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Almach: Some classical astrologers asserted that Almach rising in a chart portended and executioner or a jail warden, and also individuals who were foremen on construction sites and mines. [2]

Venus conjunct Almach: This brings out the creativity, but the person cannot bring out this creativity from a communication standpoint. The planet Saturn here in conjunction or opposition would restrict the beauty of the  individual by creating a homely and dull appearance about the face and neck. Venus in good aspect to Saturn at this point would enable these persons to communicate with the publiuc quite easily through the voice as they could be great singers. Since free will is involved, they may not use it in this way. There would be a problem with discipline here with respect to their art form that would bring them some degree of sadness since they would not be able to fully develop their creativity to a point where it would be  accepted by others. This position does not affect the body, but they do long for recognition of their art form, thus causing such sadness within. Overindulgence is the key here as they take the beauty of their art form and turn it into something unacceptable by others because of their excessive drinking, eating habits, or other indulgences. [5]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.26, 128.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.30.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.11.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.130
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.19.

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

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