Alwaid Star – The Dragon’s Head

Alwaid is at 11°58′ Sagittarius with an orb of 1°40′
Fixed Star Alwaid Star Astrology

Draco Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Alwaid on December 4

Fixed star Alwaid, Beta Draconis, is a yellow binary star located in the head of the Dragon, Draco Constellation. Ancient astrologers called it The Nebulous Star in the Dragon’s Eye. The traditional name Rastaban comes from the Arabic phrase ra’s ath-thu’ban, which means head of the serpent. Another name is Alwaid, which is also from Arabic meaning who is to be destroyed, but some trace it to Arabic al’awwad, which means the lute player.


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09 ♐ 46
11 ♐ 58
16 ♐ 09
17 ♐ 58

Fixed Star

Ras Algethi



Alwaid Star Astrology

Fixed star Alwaid (Rastaban) is of the nature of Saturn and Mars. It gives loss of property, violence, criminal inclinations and accidents. [1]

Rastaban, the Dragon’s Head, β Draconis, is another Saturn-Venus star to keep up the healing theme of Serpens and Ophiuchus. The implication is that: Open up this head full of knowledge, and we really do have the key to our ills and the healing of them. [2]

Alwaid rules the left side of the spine at the second vertebra from the bottom (Sixth Lumbar) in the human body [3]

Constellation Draco is like Saturn and Mars. Draco gives an artistic and emotional but somber nature, a penetrating and analytical mind, much travel and many friends but danger of robbery and of accidental poisoning. It was said by the Ancients that when a comet was here poison was scattered over the world. [1]

The early astrologers called Draco “The Poisonous Dragon”. The constellation is especially hurtful to mineral resources, and presages the pollution of rivers and the air. The Moon’s Nodes are named after this constellation. The Dragon’s Head (North Node) and the Dragon’s Tail (South Node) refer to the Moon’s undulating course symbolized by the twisting of the Dragon about the North Pole. [4]

Fixed Star Alwaid Star Astrology

Alwaid Star []

Alwaid Star Conjunctions

Moon conjunct Alwaid: Blindness, wounds, quarrels, bruises, stabs, blows and kicks from horses. [1]

Mars conjunct Alwaid: These individual love to inflict lasting pain on others through the use of razors. They love to cut things open with razors and are the ones who enjoy severing parts from the body of a person, such as severing nerves from different parts of the body or torturing animals and watching them writhe in pain. This is the criminal who cannot be changed. Some with this degree who are brought up in a higher part of society would still do these things whether they have a job doing this or not. There have been doctors and others in the military who indulged in this either as an experiment or to exact a confession from someone. They enjoy severing nerves, especially along the spine, throat and sexual areas. They work their way into situations where there is no one to control them so they can do what they wish. These natives have chosen this criminal route throughout many incarnations either as the abuser or the abused, and will stay in it for a very long time. The cycle is a very long and very wide one. They are persons who have murdered in a former life, and who have been murdered in return, and the cycles continue. [3]

Saturn conjunct Alwaid: This is very difficult as it affects both sides of the spine. There is a restriction of energy at this point so that the individual must stay in bed often. The second and third vertebra actually deteriorate through the lack of calcium. They are in much pain even if they try to walk just one foot away. The deterioration will be noticed at about thirty years of age. They should always lay on their stomach and not their spine. They can work so long as it not in a heavy or physical task. When sitting, they should always have a cushion, and others use braces to help them sit up to keep the weight off the spine. An operation on this part of the body will only worsen the problem. The area needs to be rubbed frequently and drinking raspberry tea three times per week should be taken, alternating with chamomile tea which will lubricate and help clear the system. Vitamins A and E will also be very helpful. Additionally, they should eat almonds and drink small amounts of milk, with some fruit each day. Tony Abbott 1°13′.[3]

Uranus conjunct Alwaid: This is very crippling to the body, as the muscles are not stable on both sides of the spine. Spasms of the muscles here create instability causing the person to collapse when the spasm hits the spinal area. This is not a continuous problem, but the individual never knows when a spasm will take place. Raspberry tea taken three times per week and alternating with chamomile tea will greatly help this problem. Stretching the body each day by bending forward while sitting or standing will also help reduce the spasms as it will increase the blood flow to this part of the body. Results will not be seen immediately, but continued stretching will greatly alleviate the problem. [3]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.43, 194.
2. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.158.
3. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.107.
4. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.10.

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

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9 thoughts on “Alwaid Star – The Dragon’s Head

  1. Jamie, Ok, I have Mars at 10 degrees Sagittarius and I am NOT like any of the descriptions you mention here for Alwaid or Antares!!! This is a gruesome and horrific description of how I express my Mars. And I am an Aries! Please explain?

    • I understand that you don’t relate to Alwaid because its orb is 1°40′ and the much stronger Antares overpowers it in your case. Antares with Mars is no where as gruesome as this one. Mars conjunct Antares is actually “favorable for gain.” Any negative impact would also be lessened by helpful aspects to your Mars from other planets. Your level of spiritual evolution also plays a big part in how these stars manifest.

  2. I actually have saturn conjunct alwaid, Jamie. 11 degrees Sagittarius. As well..Saturn just hit the natal degree recently. My first Saturn Return. That being said, I think that the language that was used in older times sounds more fatalistic in our minds. Honestly i do believe some planetary things were indeed more fataliatic back in those times. Energy must always express itself and it will always take the path of least resistance; as energy is always “wired ” to conserve itself. There honestly weren’t as many options as there are now. If someone had an affliction to the second house in the Middle Ages, they very well most likely would indeed be a beggar. Asking for bread and gruel from passersby. Nowadays…we have options. I also think these options also match our spiritual evolution. If we live and breathe in this day, we ha be qualified for it. And we have, at least, evolved enough to live in such an age. A mars transit in this age; it could mean an argument at work, that is forgotten the next week. It could mean a sexual encounter after a bar trip. It could mean repainting the house and renovating the kitchen. Many things. In the older times, a mars transit may actually indeed kill someone. We live longer than we did in the past. Every planet has orbited the same signs and done the same aspects for ages. The fixed stars have always been there as well. I believe that the evolution of the soul, defines the parameters of the expression of the energy that they are born into. It simply is not of any use any more, for wholly fatalistic expressions of energy. Theres not much that a soul living in 2016, can learn from some of the same potential realities that many people from the past experienced, with the same energy. I also believe that this language is partly symbolic as well. True psychological and abstract thought had not been developed yet. But people back then were also less literal. Just as they say of the lion, the bull, the ram…they mean Leo, Taurus, and Aries. I do indeed believe that who we have evolved to become firstly dictates how any energy we possess, manifests. A mars transit to the 6th house, of a 90 yr old woman very much indeed may cause her bodily harm and health issues. Because she has evolved to be an old woman. Beyond certain expressions of energy. If she was 25 and had that same transit…she would most likely just join a gym. Or have a larger work load for a month or two. If she had not evolved to handle direct work and energy…or was an inactive recluse, shed probably break her leg instead of joining a gym. Energy will take the easiest route to expression. So all we have to do to potentially augment the expression of natal or transit energy, is to alter what the energy is working with in the first place. A highly balanced, responsible, and hard working human being may not even notice a saturn transit. As they have embraced the energy of saturn to the point that saturn is seen as familiar. So there is no resistance. Unbeknownst to them, they just act in line with what the energy is suggesting. I have not experienced much of what saturn conjunct alwaid suggests in its literal sense. Partially figuratively though. I do have back issues…and had to get a spinal tap at the age of 20 because they thought i had meningitis. I also have a back that can easily be made sore by position and posture. But as well, this has made me be more active to meet the needs of my back. And to care for it before i even have problems in the first place. I dance, i walk a lot, i like to run. I try to sit up straight. As well, i try my best to just live. As i absolutely love being alive and will put in work to keep myself alive. 🙂 saturn cannot help but respect one willing to work for a worthy cause. Fear not, everyone. Descriptions man has made up do not define you. It can indeed over insight though, at all potentials.

    • I always go with the general description for the Nodes, or a combination of the Sun and Moon interpretations if there are any.

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