Betelgeuse Star – Alpha Orion

Betelgeuse is at 28°45′ Gemini with an orb of 2°40′

Betelgeuse Star
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 [1].

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 [2]. 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

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” [3]. The fixed star Betelgeuse “gives martial honor, preferment and wealth” [3]. “great fortune, martial honors and ‘kingly’ attributes” [4]. 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” [4]. “preferment, luck, success and everlasting fame are promised”[5]. 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”[5]. “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” [3]. 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” [3]. 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” [3]. 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” [3]. 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” [3]. 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” [3]. 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” [3]. 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”[3]. 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.” [3]. 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” [3]. 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′).

1. e! Science News, 9 June 2010.
2. Discover Magazine, 1 June 2010.
3. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.147-148.
4. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.45.
5. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.37.


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40 thoughts on “Betelgeuse Star – Alpha Orion

  1. He’s a speeded up animation of the surface activity, with an eerie soundtrack.

    • Perhaps the brilliant red I saw and the aura or long rays you saw AlterEgo of the flares in that animation, like our solar flares.

      • I believe that the aura substance that seemed to be literally flying off the star is like what happens on our sun.. and when we look at the sun, even if its covered by partial eclipse we mostly see the corona, in fact normally even if its covered 80% you have to look carefully to see anything covering it at all.

        I figure that its the majority of light which comes off of any stars but with Betelgeuse its really wild..and considering that its a large star, its corona must certainly expand millions of kilometers out.. and I know I can’t get a view of the star that even resembles that animation, but I have observed that the corona is acting very erratic..

        Maybe if I get the correct kind of filter, and the right magnification, I may be able to see the star itself, but I don’t think my son’s telescope is powerful enough.

        It is powerful enough to see craters on the Moon though and we are having a great time when we have clear sky but its been rare so far. :)

    • there is no way why we fear about this Betelgeuse. It is atleast ly from us.secondly not all the matter from Betelgeuse travel at speed of light
      finally even if we accept the fact then we still have a lot of time > years to run

  2. The star Betelgeuse, which is 600 light-years away, will already have exploded – and we’ll soon be in for a spectacular, and perfectly safe, interstellar fireworks show. If it is going to go Super Nova, well, it already has…somewhere around 1411. We just can’t see it yet. Funny how that works, huh One thing about the Super Nova. It will rise in the sky at midnight on Sept 22, 2011. It will light up the Eastern sky as if it were dawn. And at dawn we are going to see 2 suns in the sky.

  3. So Betelgeuse will soon be at the Cancer Aries Point??

    Betelgeuse is on my IC then 29* 36′ Gemini. Good. Maybe it can sprinkle some of it’s fairy dust magic there!
    Hmmm…Betelgeuse on Desc tends to have more influence after the native has passed. Maybe on the IC the energy will manifest in similar way??? Oh well…it still sounds like a pretty positive influence on this axis?! Actually, didn’t Martin Luther King have Betelgeuse on the IC?

  4. My moon is in 27.02 Gemini n i was born in july5,1986. So is my moon.conjuct to betleguese??? :(

  5. Hello Oscar, conjunction between a fixed star and a planet must be very closed, a very thight orb, a distance of seconds between the star and that planet for you can be able to feel/see the influence of the planet in a chart. So you your Moon is not conjunct Betelgeuse, sorry if this disapoints you.
    My Venus is instead conjunct Betelgeuse because is located on the precised orb of the star, at 28,58 Gemini, so you can see the difference of seconds between them, and i can even say i don’t have a conjunction because Venus has no great impact on my chart as a hole, it affects in a somewhat matter the domain of the house in that is located.

  6. As living the conjunction with Venus in my 6th house i can say descriptions of Robson are quite a good guide in discovering the potent facts in your life. For example, my last employer was retiring and reserved with a great ability for making fine ornaments and was favorable for gains but had a sorrow with familiy and marriage, never got married and stood all life long living with his origin family, sharing the same house, thow had one of his own, never lived alone. Now i have quite a similar situation at work instead is my own family’s affair, so the sorrow is in my family and connected with the marriage and separation. Shitty and whitty, what can i say….

  7. Lupe Velez, (Old Hollywood star who committed suicide or so they say), was said to have been born under a tragic star… I had a look at her chart and what stood out was Scheat cj DC and Betelgeuse cj MC…. The latter explains where her artistic talent came from (compounded with her 10th house stellium) … Very informative post o fixed stas – many thanks!

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