Alphard Star – Heart of the Water Snake

Alphard is at 27°17′ Leo with an orb of 2°20′
Alphard Star Astrology

Hydra Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Alphard on August 19

Fixed star Alphard, α (Alpha) Hydrae, is an orange star in the neck of the Water Snake, Hydra constellation. The traditional name Alphard is from Al Fard Al Shujah, Arabic for the solitary one in the snake. This is because Alphard is the only bright star in the empty-looking region above Leo constellation. It has also been called Cor Hydrae. the heart of the snake.


20 ♌ 42
21 ♌ 26
27 ♌ 17
27 ♌ 34
27 ♌ 54



Alphard Star Astrology

With a planetary nature of Saturn and Venus, Alphard gives wisdom, musical and artistic appreciation, knowledge of human nature, strong passions, lack of self control, immorality, revolting deeds and a sudden death by drowning, poison or asphyxiation. [1]

Of a Saturn nature, however, there is a measure of influence of Venus and Neptune. This combination is of a disadvantage in most cases. Particularly matters connected with ‘poison’ are accentuated badly, e.g. blood poisoning, murder by poison, attempts of poisoning, poisoned hatred in women, gas poisoning, danger to life by wrong use of drugs and over indulgence of good living, smoke inhalation and danger of suffocation, snake bite, bites by poisonous insect bites, or bites from dogs with rabies. Danger is marked if either Sun, Moon, Mars, Neptune, Ascendant or MC are linked up with this star. A ‘poisoning’ is also possible in a relationship between man and woman in marriage. This is especially true in a male chart. On the material plane, nearly always unhelpful, though if the native is able to conceive it in the spiritual sphere, the Saturn-Neptune combination may give enlightenment. [2]

Alphard gives the ability to grow and rise to high places, with always that Saturnine note of precaution, that we must be clear about much we know in objective truth about the matter, and that we endanger ourselves by letting a little knowledge and power go to our heads. [4]

Alphard rules the bottom of the heart in the human body. [4]

Constellation Hydra gives an emotional and passionate nature, threatened by great troubles, and to cause some interest in shipping. [1]

Alphard Star, Alpha Hydrae

Alphard Star, Alpha Hydrae

Alphard Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Alphard: Much trouble, anxiety and loss in connection with estates and building; addicted to women and intemperance. [1] Tony Abbott 0°33′.

Sun conjunct Alphard: Power and authority but suffering through own acts and from enemies, loss of position and honor, overcome by enemies. [1]

Moon conjunct Alphard: Lust, wantonness, profligacy, failure in projects but financial help often from a relative, ill-fortune to wife or mother, eventual disgrace and ruin, danger of death by asphyxiation. If afflicted by Mars or Saturn, death by drowning or poison especially if Mars be angular. If a malefic is in conjunction with Algol; death by water or poison. [1]

Mercury conjunct Alphard: Trouble through writings, unfavorable for marriage, suffering through a passionate attachment that entirely changes the course of the life. [1]

Venus conjunct Alphard: Passionate attachments that are opposed by relatives, handsome and admired by opposite sex, favorable for gain, sorrow through love affairs if female. [1]

This position is almost masochistic,, but very creative. These natives have many creative talents and can create any art form they wish. However, it is so easy for them that they may not develop the creativity at all as there is a lack of discipline at this degree. If developed, they can create the most beautiful music as musicians, or they can be great artists, dancers, and actors without any formal training. The negative side to this degree would be that these persons would let these abilities go to waste, especially if they allow physical indulgences such as drugs and alcohol to get in the way. Using this degree in a positive way, their abilities would be developed through others who would push them to achieve their goals. [4]

Mars conjunct Alphard: Trouble and scandal through love affairs. Attachment to a married person. Bad for childbirth, if a woman liable to miscarriage and death, together with death of child, danger of serious accidents; if afflicting luminaries, danger of death by drowning or poison. [1]

Jupiter conjunct Alphard: Strong passions, favorable for gain, attachment to widow or widower liable to disgrace, legal trouble and judicial sentence. [1]

Saturn conjunct Alphard: Strong passions but cool, cautious and slow to anger, secret and sorrowful love affairs of short duration, domestic disharmony, danger of death by poison. [1]

These individuals appreciate artistic things but they are not able to master any creative talents themselves. This can result in frustration that would turn them against those they may have loved in the past. They would also attempt to get others to turn against artists in general. The feel left out or not having artistic ability themselves. [4]

Uranus conjunct Alphard: Disgrace especially through love affairs, evil habits, unbalanced mind, tendency to great crime and marriage, downfall through love disappointment; if a woman, early ruin and depraved life. [1]

Neptune conjunct Alphard: Strong passions, shallow affections, seducer, led astray in early in life and marriage, separation from or loss of parents, accidents, public death through secret enemies. If culminating, death of mother at native’s birth. [1]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p. 47, 130.
2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.150.
3. The Living Stars, Dr Eric Morse, 1988, p.154.
4. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.62.

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

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16 thoughts on “Alphard Star – Heart of the Water Snake

  1. How precipitous that the upcoming full moon on the 21st waxes across Alfard and onto Regulus within 2+ short degrees. I’m sure you picked it for our meditation, for this reason!

    Positioned within 2 degrees of my MC, I alarmingly recognize that Alfard squares fixed star Algol (for all of us). This is a sinister tango, based on the Alfard descriptions. With n-Algol conjunct the Liliths in my own 7th … it’s no wonder the Leo Sun applying and now conjuncting Alfard has had me swearing off relationships “til death do I part”, lately.

    Laugh with me, if you will, a strong and sardonic bellyful ~ no one’s laughing harder than I !

  2. And, as to Regulus close association with Alfard ~ we are aware that Leonine pride can take down the king. An interesting reflection they cast upon each other.

    ~ Moira

  3. Conj. my natal Pluto. I have been feeling restless though trying to take it easy. Things continue to be very slow over here…

    Thanks Jamie!


    • R ~ could be a blessing that Pluto & Uranus are RX now ? That sensation of the bow being gradually pulled back might save us from otherwise potentially rash actions !

      • Agree, Moira!

        I learned to be so direct and rashful (growing with so many men…!). And now I seem to have the disposition to be much more soft and organic.


        Those rx! I´ve learned to love them…!

        (Never thought I would!).


  4. jamie, what does it mean if alphard is your helical rising star? does it then have aspects to all the planets, or is there a “vibe” to ones’ whole incarnation, and no wonder i am afraid of snakes

  5. Jamie, I can’t tell you how much I wish some of you guys would do something else to these fixed stars than quoting Ptolemy, Robson, Ebertin et al. Or maybe it’s just my 25.58 Leo Moon that feels slightly asphyxated 🙂 xx Mads

    • Mads,

      The modern interpretations are unfolding, as we speak, which is I find it important that we do share our experiences of these transits in order to better inform what the traditionalists “spake”.

      ~ M.

  6. Moira, I do realise that. And there might be a quite a bit of fear on my part too. I have had extremely unpleasant choking dreams and visions at various stages of my life, which I have had to excorsise, and I do not deny that lust and wantonness have played their part in my life too, so maybe Robson did have a point. it would just be uplifting to have other kinds of perspective instead of an instant sensation of doom and never being able to transcend this stuff 🙂

  7. New to astrology (so don’t really know what I’m looking at hah ha) – but just noticed that my MC sits in (10th house) 0’07 Leo – 26’14 Leo. Does 1 degree away mean anything? I think maybe it has.

    All I know is that when I think of snakes I think of the unfolding of the spiritual energy (kundalini) nothing bad. The shedding (like a snake skin) of false constructs and beliefs (poisons/ toxic energies/ old false beliefs)

    When I went through an awakening 9 years ago- I experienced a massive ‘death of self’. Everything I was in terms of my identity, social circles, career, spiritual beliefs, sexuality as well….changed in a split second and went 180 degrees polar opposite (it was NOT fun). It was a DEATH, a death of Ego. Death is also Rebirth. Shed the old to the new.

    Also during that time I was ultra energetically sensitive, so went into hermit mode – as the whole world felt over whelming and ‘poisoness’. Well, thats my take.!

    • Hi Queenie, you sure do have Alphard on your MC. So interesting so thanks for sharing. This star covers over 2 degrees either side of 27 Leo.

      • Thanks Jamie, I am fascinated by this. Snakes also remind me of Ouroboros the ancient symbol of a snake eating it’s own tail, meaning cycles and eternal return. Death and Rebirth.

  8. My Dad has this star conjunct his Lilith. I guess it’d have the same effect as the moon description. The moon description fits him quite well. He doesn’t have an appreciation for art and music, as he isn’t creative at all. He’s quite rigid and hasn’t got good or creative self-expression.

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