Arcturus Star – Alpha Bootes

Arcturus is at 24°14′ Libra with an orb of 2°40′
Fixed Star Arcturus Star Astrology

Bootes Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Arcturus on October 17

Fixed star Arcturus is a golden red star situated on the left knee of constellation Bootes. The two most fortune stars in the sky, Spica and Arcturus, are very close in longitude. While Spica is sweet and innocent, Arcturus is more apt at dealing with the darker aspects of life on earth.


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Arcturus Star Astrology

Fixed star Arcturus is of the nature of Mars and Jupiter. It gives riches, honors, high renown, self-determination and prosperity by navigation and voyages.

Agrippa1531 Alchameth.png  Arcturus is one of the 15 Behenian Fixed Stars. Its image is a horse, wolf, or man dancing. It cures fevers, retains the blood and acts as an astringent. Rules jasper and plantain. [1]

Arcturus, Bear Leader-Guardian, means observer of the Great Bear, or the Saucepan or Big Dipper, respectively. Main star of constellation Bootis (driver of oxen) has a Jupiter-Mars nature, and a reputation of achieving justice through power. It therefore makes the native belligerent and quarrelsome, especially if attached to Mars and Jupiter by conjunction. An enterprising spirit is here the rule, as indicated by Jupiter-Mars. Lasting success is promised if further good aspects are present. If critically aspected, the good influence will be hampered or made into a real handicap. If involved in legal action, such a native may lose all.

Between Spica and Arcturus there is a minor difference in longitude and a very large distance in latitude. A blend of mutual influences is frequently given. Although Spica is much larger and will dominate, it may require more positive character by blending with Arcturus. [2]

Prime star of Bootes is Arcturus, at one time the name for the Constellation itself, meaning the Driver of the Bear, Arctos (which is why our northern polar region is called the Arctic, of course). The Great Bear is obviously the most formidable creature there, and the point of Bootes’ spear is menacingly close the bear’s rump in case shouting should not be enough.

Arcturus is a fine big yellow star, easily seen if one follows down a little from the curved sweep of the Bear’s stars (the handle of The Plough, or Dipper), and one may continue the sweep down to the horizon to meet the all-important Spica, Ishtar, Queen of Heaven. The two stars are almost conjunct by longitude, leading the Arabs to see Arcturus as her protector: Al Haris al Sama, Protector of Heaven, and Al Haris al Samak, Protector of the Defenseless One.

So there we see the role of Arcturus: a protector, yes, but an unbiased protector of all. While we take what we may from Spica, from this symbol of the Heavens and Earth together, we are protected. But abuse that bounty, or take it from others, or deny it to them, and the Regent-Protector steps in upon us as upon any other predator. We are ourselves that same Regent, of course, so that it is our own hand and deed that calls us sharply to order. That is why older texts warn of Arcturus above the the inviting Spica, as though God has maliciously placed a ‘bad’ star right on a ‘good’ one. One must marvel at the debased kind of astrology that does not accept a need to give as well as to receive of life’s bounties. [3]

Fixed star Arcturus rules two inches below the navel in the human body. [5]

Arcturus Star AstrologyArcturus Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Arcturus: Good fortune, with many cares and anxieties through own folly. [1]

Midheaven conjunct Arcturus: High office under Government, great profit and reputation. If at the same time with Sun, Moon or Jupiter, ample fortune and great honor. [1]

Sun conjunct Arcturus: Success through slow and patient plodding, friends among clergy, favorable for gain and for dealing with the public and lawyers. [1]

Moon conjunct Arcturus: New friends, business success, good judgment, domestic harmony. If with Mars also, danger of death by suffocation. [1]

Mercury conjunct Arcturus: Sober, industrious, popular, inclined to be religious, somewhat extravagant but well-off, help through friends, holds position of trust in large company or corporation, or receives promotion under direction, favorable for health and domestic affairs. [1]

Venus conjunct Arcturus: Popular, gifts and favors from friends, some false friends of own sex. [1]

Mars conjunct Arcturus: Popular, many friends, considerable gain but does not save owing to extravagance. If in 1st, 7th, 9th, 10th or 11th houses and the Moon is at the same time with Pollux, danger of death by suffocation. [1] Belligerent and quarrelsome. [2]

This is important to the entire endocrine system. There is a great stimulation of energy for those who are creative and artistic. This can be great physical energy in whatever art form the person is engaged. Generally it is a creative art form where the body must be used to create it. This can be the artist, the musician, the sculptor, and all other forms of creativity. Although the art form may not be a physical one, these persons will put it into a physical form. This can be the artist who overworks, thus creating an imbalance in their system, Their kidneys are affected first and later, many ailments appear that their immune system cannot overcome. Creativity is their main topic in life and it is far overdone. They simply do not know how to rest or eat properly. Usually they do not take time out to eat, and these are persons who need a partner that can make them take the time to eat and rest. Many find just such a partner who can tend to their needs. This may not necessarily be a marriage partner, but it could be a close friend or relative. [5]

Jupiter conjunct Arcturus: Benefits from legal and Church matters, influential position, danger of hypocrisy gain through foreign affairs or shipping. [1] Belligerent and quarrelsome. [2]

Saturn conjunct Arcturus: Honest, selfish, inclined to be mean, shrewd in business, materialistic, favorable for gain and speculation and for domestic matters, but early difficulty in married life, favorable for children but disagreement with one of them. [1]

This has the opposite action than Mars on this degree. These person would love to create something but are unable to find the inspiration to do so. They have an internal sadness over their lack of creativity which affects the kidneys. They do not have any creative outlets and have no idea as to how artistic persons bring about their creation. Even music does not move some individuals, and they do not have the vision necessary to be creative. The kidneys become clogged as a result and do not function freely. This planet at this point will eventually break down the health of the native. They become isolated and weakened, functioning on a low energy level. This is a karmic position in that they misguided and misused their creative energy in a previous life and they are therefore restricted in this life. [5]

Uranus conjunct Arcturus: Favorable for work entailing quick buying and selling and for dealing with the public, associated with antiques or ancient matters and given to forming collections, associated with art science or literature, official position in some club or society, favorable for gain, benefits from friends, favorable for marriage and children and benefit through both, natural death abroad. [1]

Neptune conjunct Arcturus: Ingenious, business instincts, changeable, and loss through this means, mediumistic and rather negative, associated with societies as an official, loss and misfortune in middle age which hastens death, favorable for friendship, partnership, marriage and success, greatly dependent upon advice of marriage partner. [1]

Arcturus Star By Edgar Cayce

Also we find the Sun and Arcturus, the greater Sun, giving of the strength in mental and spiritual elements toward developing of soul and of the attributes toward the better forces in earth’s spheres. This brings, especially, the conditions of these characters:
One that is exceptional in many ways, manners and faculties, especially in those of mental forces having great vision in every direction, especially those of the unseen elements, bringing then much psychic and occult forces to the body.

The highest conception of all domestic relations, the highest conceptions of honor. The highest conceptions of respect. The highest conceptions in every relation in friendship and in every element relating to others.

This brings the forces that give the greater elements in the life, yet with the undue influence by the Moon’s forces, when square to Saturn and Mars, brings doubts within the body’s mental forces. In will’s realm then must the entity bring the better forces when such conditions arise. (137-4)

Arcturus, the wonderful, the beautiful! As the bright and glorious light. (827-1)

Arcturus comes in this entity’s chart, or as a central force from which the entity came again into the earth-material sojourns. For, this is the way, the door out of this system. Yet purposefully did the entity return in this experience. (2454-3)

Not that the sun that is the center of this solar system is all there is. For the entity has attained to that realm even of Arcturus, or that center from which there may be the entrance into other realms of consciousness. And the entity has chosen in itself to return to the earth for a definite mission. (2823-1)

And Arcturus! For the entity has gone out and returned purposefully. (5259-1)

As indicated, or as has been indicated in other sources besides this as respecting this very problem, – Arcturus is that which may be called the center of this universe, through which individuals pass and at which period there comes the choice of the individual as to whether it is to return to complete there – that is, in this planetary system, our sun, the earth sun and its planetary system – or to pass on to others. This was an unusual step, and yet a usual one. (5749-14)


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.139, 234.
2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.63.
3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.141.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.85.

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

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15 thoughts on “Arcturus Star – Alpha Bootes

  1. It opposes my Sun and Venus, Jamie, though trines my natal Mars (which is on the 12th).


    Not easy. I never felt really protected at my House. My father and bros -specially one- were abusive. Arct. is on my 4th H.



  2. I’m not sure how to read the degree in the box..where is arcturus exactly? thanks

  3. Well, knowing now that Ixion makes a conj. with it, now I know that I just might have had Little patience and was willing to become much more than they were actually being able to give (natal Nept. is there, and I tend to get confused).

    So, I might open my sights and really see what is going on.

    Thanks and regards,


  4. 2′ before my ascendant which is squared by Saturn in 3rd house cap and sextiled by Mars in leo 10th and my ascendant is quincunx Vertex makes sense if my life story was ever told 🙂

    • Do you feel some of the benefits of Arcturus are delayed or turned into negatives by the square to Saturn? I have Mercury and Venus on Arcturus opposite Saturn, and that’s how I feel.

  5. From what I have experienced, I have acknowledged I have had a serious Karmic debt to work though to settle, abuse of the same very powerful gifts I have in this lifetime *(a bit Lilith in addition for me too i think) requiring me to be subjected to same as I have subjected others too past life, yet work through it ethically upholding values, divine lore and respect for the freedom of choice for others, in doing so having earned the respect and aided healing in others in doing so? I agree with it being a choice to come and address it requiring much courage to overcome the fear of succumbing to using it destructively again as well?

  6. so in answer to your question, success in later life if ethical and respectful of honouring my commitment in life, first, it had to be well and truly earned (my moon in 12th house is quincunx Veus in 7th, I have yod from nth node and sun with saturn at apex)

  7. actually, I realised this morn that my ex husband’s moon is conjunct Arcturius ans sadly he is anti females especially mothers, ruthless cruel uncaring, in fact borderline sociopath and I am not saying this in spite for his affect on me and our children, I do have genuine concern as did his mum who tried to warn me at the beginnig, needless to say I thought she was wrong…anyhow quite different in fact opposite the description thus must be other factors influencing his psychology, involved

  8. I have Arcturus (24 deg 2 mins) exactly on my MC (24 deg 3 mins). And conjunct my South Node (22 deg 3 minutes). What do you think this placement means? My Venus, ruler of my 10th, is in the 9th House. It’s also conjunct my MC and SN and Arcturus and Spica, although loose at 17 deg 58 mins.

    I originally wanted to become a lawyer but then ultimately decided to become a chef. I feel like I’m supposed to be on top of my field. I’m very ambitious. I want to excel and be renowned. But then circumstances always seem to prevent me from getting there. It’s like two steps forward, one step back. Although every time I “falter”, I rise higher than envisioned. I’m very driven.i just don’t know if this is the path I should be walking on. Because my NN is conjunct my IC. Sometimes I think that I should just settle for mediocrity and focus on family. I recently became a single mother after reaching a milestone in my career. It’s frustrating actually. To have the fire inside you but the universe putting it out everytime you get going. Peoplehave told me that they feel that I am destined for greater heights. But this SN business is stalling me. 🙁 it’s all good though. Now I have my son to live and aim higher for.

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