Betelgeuse is a super-giant red star in constellation Orion, labelled alpha Orion even though it is the second brightest star in Orion star behind Rigel. Constellation Orion is drawn as a hunting man, and Betelgeuse sits on his right shoulder. Betelgeuse is one of the largest stars known, and is rapidly shrinking in size at an increasing rate. Betelgeuse is 15% smaller than it was fifteen years ago .
This has lead to predictions that Betelgeuse will explode into a supernova in the next few years. Astronomers say it will turn into a supernova at some stage but cannot say when, but when it does it will be as bright as the full Moon . The astronomers also say it will wont hurt us, but as an astrologer I say that losing such a major fixed star will definitely have an effect on us.
Betelgeuse Star Astrology
28 ♊ 45
05h 55m 10.29s
+07° 24′ 25.3″
General – In the year 2000, Betelgeuse was at 28gem45. Stars precess forward through the zodiac at 5 minutes every 6 years, which is one degree every 72 years. The constellation Orion gives “a strong and dignified nature, self-confidence, inconstancy, arrogance, violence, impiety, prosperity in trade and particularly by voyages or abroad, but danger of treachery and poison” . The fixed star Betelgeuse “gives martial honor, preferment and wealth” . “great fortune, martial honors and ‘kingly’ attributes” . I use an orb or influence for Betelgeuse of 70 minutes.
Ascendant conjunct Betelgeuse – “a superior athlete, being endowed with outstanding agility and speed of body. Variable moods and the mind always anxious with the immediate problems of the day…Honors and titles will be given the native during his lifetime” . “preferment, luck, success and everlasting fame are promised”. Susan Boyle (03′), Scottish singer who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent. John Townley (07′), US musician and published astrologer with an interest in the military, founding the Confederate Naval Historical Society. Ally Sheedy (18′), US actress and author. Umberto II (26′), the last King of Italy, educated to a military career. Alan Villiers (52′), Australian author, commander of the Royal Naval Reserve during World War II.
Midheaven conjunct Betelgeuse – “preferment, luck, success and everlasting fame are promised”. “Great military fortune, command, invention, ingenuity and helps in the perfection of arts and sciences. If at the same time with Sun, Moon or Jupiter, ample fortune and great honor” . Will Young (12′), UK singer-songwriter and actor, shot to fame 2002 after winning the worlds first “TV Idol”. Walter Koch (19′), German astrologer and founder of the Koch house system, spent WWII in Dachau concentration camp. Raymond Merriman (19′), US astrologer and a leader in financial astrology. David Copperfield (35′), US illusionist, the richest magician in history. Silvio Berlusconi (40′), Italian Prime Minister and very successful entrepreneur.
Sun conjunct Betelgeuse – “Interest in and ability for occult and mystical subjects, acute diseases, fevers, honor and preferment ending in final ruin” . Paula Abdul (08′), US pop singer and TV star gaining great fame on American Idol. Anne Murray (08′) Canadian singer. Xanana Gusmão (20′), former militant, the first President, then Prime Minister of East Timor. Brian Wilson (32′), US musician famous as leader of The Beach Boys. Jay Rockefeller IV (32′), US politician and great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller. Errol Flynn (46′), Australian swashbuckling actor.
Moon conjunct Betelgeuse – “Active mind, strong will, turbulent, rebellious under restraint, military success but suffering through quarrels with superiors, likelihood of great power, honor and wealth” . Barbara Hand Clow (03′), US astrologer and author of Chiron: rainbow bridge between the inner and outer planets. Anna Freud (16′), Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalytic child psychology. Spike Milligan (29′), Irish comedian famous from The Goon Show. Doris Day (36′), US film star. Tom Jones (40′), Welsh singer famous for his powerful voice.
Mercury conjunct Betelgeuse – “Serious, studious, scientific and literary, fame through writings or engravings in metal, favorable for health but liable to accidents” . Christopher Lee (07′), English actor and musician, famed for playing Count Dracula. William Wyler (18′), a early leading US movie director, producer, and screenwriter. Martin Boyd (22′) Australian WWI veteran and leading artist. Kylie Minogue (30′), Australian pop singer, songwriter, and actress. Sandra Bernhard (32′) US comedian, singer, actress and author. John Hinckley (52′) US assassin who tried to kill Ronald Reagan.
Venus conjunct Betelgeuse – “Somewhat retiring and reserved, great ability as a maker of fine ornaments, favorable for gain, some sorrow connected with the family or marriage” . Rick Castro (03′), US photographer, movie director and stylis, specialising in bondage and sado-masochistic sex. Casey Donovan (12′), Australian singer, youngest winner of the Australian Idol series. Larry Christiansen (38′), US chess Grandmaster. Dean Martin (42′), US singer, film star and comedian. Ernie Dingo (43′), Indigenous Australian actor and television presenter.
Mars conjunct Betelgeuse – “Cautious, reserved, good leader and organizer, honor and preferment in martial matters” . Coco Chanel (00′), influential French fashion designer. Franklin D. Roosevelt (06′), former US president during the great depression and WWII, the only US president to be elected for more than two terms. Henry Kissinger (07′), controversial US political scientist and diplomat, served as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. James Joyce (09′), Irish novelist and poet. Ian Anderson (24′), British rocker from Jethro Tull. Sean Connery (29′), Scottish actor and producer famed as James Bond.
Jupiter conjunct Betelgeuse – “Serious and studious mind, shrewd and profitable business dealings, great honor in the Church or law” . Charlie Sheen (11′), US actor famous for Platoon and Wall Street. Dane Rudhyar (29′), French author, composer and astrologer, the pioneer of modern trans-personal astrology.
Saturn conjunct Betelgeuse – “Shrewd, cunning, craftily dishonest, treacherous to friends, eventful life with many ups and downs, eventual wealth but little comfort, unfavorable for domestic matters”. Billy Tipton (38′), US jazz musician and bandleader. Billie Holiday (45′), US jazz singer and songwriter. Sigmund Freud (48′), Austrian neurologist, founder of psychoanalytic psychiatry.
Uranus conjunct Betelgeuse – “Quick, active and evil mind, clever criminal, notorious as forger or counterfeiter but rarely caught, quiet pleasant manner, generous and not bad at heart, possesses hypnotic and thought-reading powers.” . Donna Summer (01′), US disco diva. David Cochrane (10′), US astrologer. Steven Forrest (12′), US astrologer. Billy Joel (13′), US musician and composer, the Piano Man. Yusuf Islam (14′), commonly known as Cat Stevens, British musician and famous convert to Islam. Richard Simmons (15′), US fitness guru.
Neptune conjunct Betelgeuse – “Ingenious, mechanical ability, may invent mechanical device, spiritualistic interests, some physical ailment or affliction or mental derangement, not good for gain but greatest success in partnership, favorable for marriage and children but disharmony with brothers and sisters, liable to some serious or fatal accident in middle age” . Emperor Hirohito (11′), Japanese Emperor through WWII. Reinhold Ebertin (13′), German physician and astrologer. Rosamond Lehmann (22′), British novelist. Clark Gable (24′), US movie star legend. Lord Louis Mountbatten (37′) British Admiral of the Fleet, assassinated by the IRA.
Part of Fortune conjunct Betelgeuse – Helmut Kohl (17′), former German Chancellor, architect of the German reunification. Alicia Silverstone (25′), US actress, author, and model. Ann-Margret Olsson (42′), Swedish actress.
Betelgeuse Star in Mundane Astrology
Because Betelgeuse is a red star, so has been associated with war and carnage. Anne Wright at Constellations of Words has looked at some events in history which seems to support this ancient association. In August 1914 when Saturn was on Betelguese, Germany declared war on Russia (06′), and Britain declared war on Germany (25′), starting WWI. After going retrograde, then turning direct again, Saturn was on Betelgeuse in April 1915 for the allied landing at Gallipoli (18′).
One Saturn cycle later, in June 1944, the invasion of Normandy marked a major turning point in WWII. Saturn was on Betelgeuse (10′). I’ve taken Anne’s research further to look at the most recent Saturn, Pluto, and lunations on Betelgeuse.
The last time Saturn was on Betelgeuse was in 2003. A civil was started in the African nation of Côte d’Ivoire which killed over 1,800 people (08’). In Indonesia, a Bali nitenclub bombing killed 202 people (18′). The US Congress authorized president George W. Bush to use military force in Iraq (12′). The resulting Iraq War has killed over 200,000 people, half of them civilians.
The last time Pluto was on Betelgeuse was in 1911. The Mexican Revolution started, lasting 35 years and killing over 2 million people (01′). Japan annexed Korea, starting 35 years of Japanese rule (11′). The Agadir Crisis began with the arrival of the German warship Panther in Morocco, escalating pre-WWI tensions (12′).
The last time the Sun and Moon were conjunct on Betelgeuse was the New Moon on 23 June 1993 (05′). Six days later the USA destroyed the Iraqi Intelligence Service headquarters in Baghdad with 24 cruise missiles, killing 8 civilians
The last time the Moon was on Betelgeuse while opposite the Sun was the Lunar Eclipse on 21 December 1991 (25′), the same day the USSR ceased to exist. Two weeks later Bosnian Serbs declared their own republic, leading the the Bosnian War three months later which killed nearly 100,000 people.
Australia – Neptune conjunct Betelgeuse (08′).
Egypt – Sun conjunct Betelgeuse (43′).
Japan – Moon conjunct Betelgeuse (13′).
Iraq – Venus conjunct Betelguese (51′).
Taiwan – Pluto conjunct Betelgeuse (15′).
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