Canopus Star – The Navigator

Canopus is at 14°58′ Cancer with an orb of 2°40′
Fixed Star Canopus Star Astrology

Constellation Argo Navis [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Canopus on July 6

Fixed star Canopus, Alpha Carinae, is a 0.7 magnitude white star located in the Keel of the Ship, Argo Constellation. The traditional name Canopus is a Latinisation of the Ancient Greek name Κάνωβος (Kanôbos). Its name comes from the mythological Canopus, who was a navigator for Menelaus, king of Sparta.

Canopus is the second brightest star in the night-time sky, after Sirius. Canopus’s brightness and location well off the ecliptic make it popular for space navigation. Many spacecraft carry a special camera known as a “Canopus Star Tracker”.

Degree*

09 ♋ 06
14 ♋ 05
14 ♋ 58
18 ♋ 31
19 ♋ 01

Fixed Star

Alhena
Sirius
Canopus
Wasat
Propus

Orb

2°20′
2°40′
2°40′
1°40′
1°40′

Canopus Star Astrology

Fixed star Canopus is of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter. It gives piety, conservatism, a wide and comprehensive knowledge, voyages and educational work, and changes evil to good. [1]

Canopus has been noted several times in the nativities of writers and film actors and especially of those persons who, in our times, have had to undertake many journeys in connection with their position. [3]

Canopus, α star of Carina the hull, and once the α of the whole ship, is a truly brilliant sight, but 53° below the equator. Honored by Ptolemy with a Saturn-Jupiter simile the name has two possible origins: first, Canopus, or Kanobos, was the chief navigator of the Greek fleet that sacked Troy, 1183 BC, and who died near Alexandria, Egypt, some years later. A monument was erected to him there, and in fact a town was renamed after him. The site is close to the present Aboukir, scene of famous naval battles ever since. In due course, it is said, it was Ptolemy who named the great star in Argo after him also.

But a still earlier source of the name is the Coptic-Egyptian Kahi-Nub, Golden Earth, with a truly alchemical connotation. And with this star practically on the center-line of Cancer, 14°58′, and conjunct with the wondrous Sirius, what better hope of mastery of Life can one ask than to have these two promising symbols well placed and aspected on one’s horoscope. Only let it not be forgotten that the quest for the Golden Fleece is still an arduous journey, even for those who will actually find it. Not all the stars together can bestow it without the questor earning it for him or her self. [4]

Canopus rules the left side below the breast in the human body. [5]

Constellation Argo is the ship that carried Jason and the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece is today composed of the constellations Carina, Puppis, Pyxis, and Vela. In classical astrology it is correlative of events concerning the sea and shipping and of rivers and springs. It also has been said to be connected with death by drowning, especially if connected with the eighth house. Tetrabiblos asserts that its bright stars are of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter. [2]

According to Ptolemy the bright stars are like Saturn and Jupiter. Argo is said to give prosperity in trade and voyages, and strength of mind and spirit, but it has been observed to accompany cases of drowning, a notable instance being furnished by the horoscope of Shelley, where Argo occupied the 8th house and contained the Sun, Venus and Uranus. Drowning is particularly to be feared when Saturn afflicts the Moon in or from Argo. It is probably on account of this constellation that Virgo, especially the first decan, is frequently found to be connected with drowning. [1]

Canopus Star, Alpha Carinae

Canopus Star, Alpha Carinae [www.slooh.com]

Canopus Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Canopus: Extensive sea voyages, a love of travel and also to instigate fights and quarrels resulting in lawsuits; the native however can channel these tendencies constructively, with astuteness and a sense of real earnestness. [3]

Midheaven conjunct Canopus: Great glory, fame and wealth, dignity and authority by the help of an old clergy man or influential person. [1]

Sun conjunct Canopus: Domestic affliction, trouble with father or parents, financial loss, danger of accidents, burns and fevers, unfavorable end to life. [1]

Moon conjunct Canopus: Success in martial matters as a soldier, metal worker, etc. [1]

Mercury conjunct Canopus: Rash, headstrong, stubborn, kindhearted, speaker or writer on unpopular subjects incurring criticism; trouble and loss through domestic matters, partners and law. [1]

Venus conjunct Canopus: Emotional, sensitive, stubborn, strong passions, scandal through an intrigue by which reputation will suffer, public disgrace, bad for gain. [1]

Canopus promises immunity from disease and indicates unrequited love when connected with Venus. [2]

These individuals are nurturing, loving and caring for all. They are well-loved in return and their friends consider them part of their family. Friends and relatives support these individuals to obtain whatever they desire. Many are set up in a business by a friend, relative or family member. They have many family type relationships. Although they are involved with their own advancement, in return they do good for those who have helped them. This position does not affect the health. [5]

Mars conjunct Canopus: Cruel, bad-tempered, envious, jealous. [1]

Jupiter conjunct Canopus: Great pride, religion used for business ends, voyages, honor and preferment but reversal through public dissatisfaction. [1]

This is a similar energy to Venus. They have family oriented ties with others who delight in giving these individuals a helping hand towards success. In return, however, they give back very little to those who have helped them. They do not harm others, but are simply looking out for themselves. They do not use any effort in controlling how things are done but just depend on others to bring about their security. They are in the habit of consuming rich foods and do not take the time to develop a good diet plan. They simply accept whatever food others offer them. [5]

Saturn conjunct Canopus: Discontented, occult interests, unfavorable for reputation and domestic matters, little prominence but may do good. [1]

Linked to a badly placed Saturn, the tendency to depression and even suicide is inherent. However, if Saturn and Jupiter are well placed in the chart, harmonizing and spiritual powers are evoked. [3]

This puts the natives in a position where others depend on them for help, financial and otherwise. These are the persons who are left “holding the bag”. They give so much to others that their own finances are at the minimum. There is a restriction here so that these persons are unable to develop their own success. Others benefit at the expense of these individuals. This can cause physical problems such as cysts developing in the chest and stomach areas. [5]

Uranus conjunct Canopus: Materialistic, dishonorable, many difficulties, easily influenced, estranged from relatives and friends, trouble through enemies and opposite sex, domestic disharmony, violent and possibly public death. [1]

Neptune conjunct Canopus: Aggressive, materialistic, strong mind and body, loss through quarrels, speculation and friends, ideas or inventions often stolen, peculiar events throughout life, unexpected losses and gains, disharmony with father in earlier life, liable to accidents, sudden death. [1]

References

1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.30, 150
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.67.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.32.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.161.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.48.

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

5 thoughts on “Canopus Star – The Navigator

  1. Thanks Jamie
    How would you read Canopus’ influence if there is a conjunction or stellium but only one of the planets is within orb?

    • The Stellium should increase the orb for the fixed star as it does for the planets. You might also have to consider Sirius.

  2. Yeah, Sirius is within orb too and one of the planets involved in the stellium is the almuten. I’m tired of this life.

    • I don’t use horoscopic rules like altumen, see Precession Astrology. Sometimes people who have had many incarnations can feel this way at times. Are you going through a rough patch with transits?

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