Cursa Star – The Giant’s Footstool

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Cursa at 15°17′ Gemini has an orb of 2°00′
Fixed Star Cursa

Eridanus Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Cursa on June 5

Fixed star Cursa, Beta Eridani, is a 2.8 magnitude topaz yellow star in the River, Eridanus Constellation. The traditional name Cursa comes from the Arabic phrase Al Kursiyy al Jauzah which means the Chair (or Footstool ) of the Central One.


08 ♊ 28
09 ♊ 47
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16 ♊ 50
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Fixed Star




Cursa Star Astrology

Fixed star Cursa, β Eridani, is the most northerly star in the river and effectively its source spring. At 15°17′ Gemini it is only 0°33′ from Orion’s foot, Rigel’. The name in fact comes from the Arabic for ‘The Giant’s Footstool’. Although bright it is far outshone by Rigel, and this can be read as the inspiration to set out upon the long quest to the Divine Source of that brightness. The weariness to come, marked by Zaurak, lies far away yet, so Cursa is a Sign of Enthusiasm for the Quest, surely meriting a Jupiter-Mercury simile. Look for that enthusiasm in those who have this star strong and well aspected. [3]

Cursa Star, Beta Eridani

Cursa Star, Beta Eridani []

Constellation Eridanus

The River, with the exception of Achernar, is like Saturn. It gives a love of knowledge and science, much travel and many changes, a position of authority, but danger of accidents especially at sea and of drowning. [1]

This constellation portends rain. Modern astrologers claim that the constellation gives a love of knowledge and science, but there is no support for this contention in classical astrology. Eridanus does, however, indicate events concerned with rivers and streams. Ptolemy states that the star at the end of the river has a nature like that of Jupiter, and the other stars in the constellation have an influence akin to that of Saturn. [2]

19th Chinese Lunar Mansion – 畢 (Bì) Net

The Net includes Aldebaran and the Hyades cluster. Both the Hyades and the Pleiades were regarded as the mesh of a hunting net. Hunting forays in the old days of China were used as much for military exercises and training as they were to rid the land of vermin or to gather food. Hence, this mansion governs hunting, wealth (as a result of a good hunt), outlaws, deserters and traitors as well as trouble at the frontiers (border disputes and the like).

It is good for construction, funerals, and weddings. Burials on this day confer honor to the deceased. Building brings fortune. Children born of a marriage performed on this day will live to 100 years.

Cursa Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Cursa: Mick Jagger 1°22′

Descendant conjunct Cursa: Leonardo da Vinci 1°00′, Kim Kardashian 1°16′, Elvis Presley 2°00′

Midheaven conjunct Cursa: Jeff Bridges 1°39′

Part of Fortune conjunct Cursa: Elizabeth Taylor 1°03′

Sun conjunct Cursa: Angelina Jolie 1°30′

Moon conjunct Cursa: Nancy Spungen 0°58′, Sigmund Freud 1°24′

Mars conjunct Cursa: Courtney Love 0°59′

Jupiter conjunct Cursa: Oprah Winfrey 2°00′

Neptune conjunct Cursa: Rudolf Hess 1°54′

Pluto conjunct Cursa: Joseph Goebbels 0°30′, M. C. Escher 0°37′

South Node conjunct Cursa: Bill Cosby 0°09′


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.44.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.61.
3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.139.

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

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