Denebola Star – Tail of the Lion

Denebola is at 21°37′ Virgo with an orb of 2°10′
Fixed Star Denebola Star Astrology

Leo Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Denebola on September 14

Fixed star Denebola, Beta Leonis, is a blue star in the tail of the Lion, Leo constellation. The name Denebola comes from the Arabic Deneb Alased, meaning Tail of the Lion.

Denebola makes up part of an asterism called the Spring Triangle, shown in an image below. The Spring triangle is a large asterism visible in the northern hemisphere is spring. Besides Denebola, the other two fixed stars are Spica and Arcturus.

Degree*

15 ♍ 42
17 ♍ 42
21 ♍ 37
23 ♍ 41
24 ♍ 34

Fixed Star

Mizar
Asterion
Denebola
Alkes
Cor Caroli

Orb

2°10′
1°30′
2°10′
1°00′
1°00′

Denebola Star Astrology

Denebola is of the nature of Saturn and Venus. It gives swift judgment, despair, regrets, public disgrace, misfortune from the elements of nature, and happiness turned to anger, and makes its natives noble, daring, self-controlled, generous and busy with other people’s affairs. [1]

Denebola in the Tail of the Lion has a Uranian nature and it is supposed that in mundane horoscopes, major catastrophes are triggered off by it. Depending on the position and aspect to other stellar bodies in a personal cosmogram, either preferment or fall are credited to this star. Found on the Ascendant and especially in company with Mercury, a quarrelsome nature, with a liking for legal action, is attributed to Denebola. It could also mean that this star is the cause of very exciting events. Badly placed in a map with Mercury or Uranus, mental diseases (mostly incurable ones) are indicated. Fine aspects, however, will further work connected with matters of reform and progress. [2]

Ptolemy gave Denebola a Saturn-Venus quality, which must make it at least mildly benefic even in traditional astrology, since Venus was held to be the only planet that could really get along with Saturn. The tails of the celestial creatures are at least as important as their heads, being in some cases their weaponry (Scorpio), in others their means of communication (Cetus, the Whale), in others their link to the past and of course, sometimes ‘the part we don’t talk about’!

The Lion’s tail has the quality of being farthest from the end that one should not approach unwarily, and so it has a venusian quality of peace and safety about it, but we should still not be tempted into ‘pulling the lion’s tail’, as vernacular saying has wisely warned. Therein lies the Saturn quality of Denebola.

We should expect, therefore, that this star symbolizes strength from the Lion, along with both the ability and the need to use it wisely and constructively. There should also be the note of looking forward while at the same time being able to draw upon past experience, gained at the head end of the animal, so to say, since this Lion faces back down the Zodiac.

Perhaps the ‘Achilles heel’ of monarchs, even the most progressive of them, is that their positions are so much steeped in past tradition that it is all too difficult to come forward from it, even of they want to. Thus, from this special forward-looking attribute of Denebola, we might well ponder that on with this star strong in their horoscope is at least well favored, and possibly more so, in our times – than with the mighty Regulus at his service. And those are indeed the qualities of Denebola. [3]

In classical and medieval times a man’s misfortune and disgrace was generally attributed to a woman. This perhaps explains the bad reputation of so many Venusian stars such as Denebola. However, in this instance the indications are for a noble and generous individual and the misfortune is apt to stem from this nobility of character. [4]

Denebola rules the front of the chest in the human body. [5]

Denebola Star, Beta Leonis

Denebola, Beta Leonis [wikipedia]

Denebola Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Denebola: Riches, preferment and good fortune attended by many dangers and anxieties through own folly, benefits seldom last, trouble and sickness. [1]

Sun conjunct Denebola: Honor and preferment with danger, public disgrace and finally ruin, disease, fevers and acute ailments. [1]

Moon conjunct Denebola: Honor and preferment among the vulgar but final disgrace and ruin, violent disease of vital organ, blindness and injuries to the eyes, accidents, losses through servants, domestic quarrels, temporary separation from marriage partner. If at the same time Saturn or Mars is with Algol, death by sentence. [1]

Mercury conjunct Denebola: Many losses through agents or servants and through writings, loss of one of the family through malignant or contagious disease. [1]

Venus conjunct Denebola: Strong passions, led astray early in life, ruined through love affairs. [1]

Mars conjunct Denebola: Bitter, vindictive, cruel, unpopular, loss of position and public disgrace. [1]

This causes slight lesions in the lungs giving the native a burning sensation. The lesions and tiny cuts can become clogged due to colds or smoking and the lungs begin to deteriorate. Wrapping a cloth containing warmed spearmint herb would be very beneficial. Herbs have a great healing energy that can be absorbed by the body. [5]

Jupiter conjunct Denebola: Pride, hypocrisy, disappointed life, troubles abroad or through relatives, secret enemies, danger of imprisonment or death by sentence. [1]

Saturn conjunct Denebola: Critical, always complaining, many enemies, loss through servants and thieves, domestic sorrow, wife afflicted or children mentally unsound or deformed. [1]

There is a weakness in the lungs causing fluids to accumulate. A congestion of the lungs occurs that can also effect heart, resulting in a sluggish heartbeat. This can be painful but it continues as these individuals are not aware there is a problem at this point. Usually they are the ones who smoke and who cough frequently. The dull, aching pain in the chest that they feel is more often than not blamed on the heart, but the problem is in the lungs. If the problem is not taken care of, they have a change of attitude toward others. They become impatient and make unusual demands on others. The herb chamomile is excellent for the lungs and should be taken daily. [5]

Mars and Saturn conjunct Denebola: This point would cause considerable deterioration of the lungs. These persons would be coughing up blood and debris. Tuberculosis is a typical ailment at this point. This can be considered karmic as they would have to suffer for a long time in order that they have a change of attitude, something brought from a past life. All combinations of the herbs should be taken by those who have this conjunction on this degree. [5]

Uranus conjunct Denebola: Subject to fits, idiotic, insane, and sometimes violent, sharp and cunning, may commit murder during insanity. [1]

Neptune conjunct Denebola: Disagreeable, ingenious, clever, sarcastic, bitter in speech, domestic quarrels, accidents and sickness in early life, death in middle age by an accident or lingering illness. [1]

References

1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.160.
2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.70.
3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.57.
4. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.43.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.67.

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

18 thoughts on “Denebola Star – Tail of the Lion

  1. Can you tell me what it means when it’s conjunct Pluto? I couldn’t see it at the bottom of the list.
    Many thanks and much appreciation for all your hard work.

    • Hi Katie. Pluto wasn’t discovered when Robson did his interpretations. My best guess is that the disappointment and sadness of being taken advantage of in relationships would be more intense, but then lead to a positive transformation eventually.

      • Thank you so much I have Pluto @ 20 25 sitting in my 4th house. The energy yesterday was very intense for me and there are big changes going on in the home front as Uranus also occupies the 4th. I’m still feeling it today. As to your comment on relationships, this does resonate with me. Many thanks again.

    • Hi Donny, hard to say really. I think the negatives of the fixed stars are minimized as you continue to spiritually grow. I have seen this star work really well with some but then quite nasty with others, depending on associated aspects. For example, a square to Saturn from this star would be a lot more challenging than a trine to Jupiter. Do you have any aspects to your AC/DC?

        • That’s very helpful then with the trine to the Moon being much stronger than the minor aspect to the less personal planets. Much friendlier influence on relationships too.

          • Thanks Jamie, the thing is that my exalted moon is directly sitting on where another fixed star Algol is, and my moon is on 9th house cusp. I’ve read about your other post on Algol and it seems like that I need to explore into the depths of the darker side of human psyche. Am I correct to say that?

  2. Hi Jamie I have denebola exactly conjunct my south node – any thoughts on this would be much appreciated. Thanks Lisa

  3. Hi Jaime,
    This is a very interesting article about Denebola, one of the most detailed information I ever read on the web. It sounds like a lot of despair and losses associates with this fixed star. If a person is to have a Sun and Mercury conjuncting Denebola in the 5th house of Virgo with an opposition of Jupiter Retrograde in the 11th house of Pisces. Would you say this person is destined to have many losses in the areas of friendships, possibly children and most likely susceptible to public disgrace in any form of creative expressions? Also, do you know any well known celebrities or significant public figures with this fixed star in their chart that I could research on? Your thoughts would greatly be appreciated it. Thank you!

    • I don’t use Houses or Signs for interpretation, only aspects and fixed stars. Remember the disgrace from Denebola usually comes from women so I think you should avoid gossip or boasting around women and you should be OK.

  4. glad you mentioned women in another reply. Thanks to that virgo stelluim this star is conjunct both my sun and jupiter, and i keep thinking how any,trouble I have in life always seemed to have a female (almost never a male) behind it.

    Thankfully some other stars conjunct the planets so there is good things to tone this one’s effects down.

    • Hi Lena, your experience is supported by nearly everyone I have known with this star prominent.

  5. My mother has Saturn 21:25 Virgo & 2nd husband Saturn 21:55 Virgo. Both complain constantly. Mother has Venus Square Saturn – she never had a good word for anyone nor did anyone have a good word for her.

  6. My venus in virgo 20degrees 49′ conjunct denebola , and my venus opposite my moon in pisces 19degrees 12′ , is that bad? i felt a lot of misfortunes since i was kid, i’m 27yo now

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