Etamin Star – Right Eye of the Dragon

Etamin is at 27°58′ Sagittarius with an orb of 2°10′
Fixed Star Etamin Star Astrology

Draco Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Etamin on December 20

Fixed star Etamin, Gamma Draconis, is a 2.2 magnitude orange star located in the right eye of the Dragon, Draco Constellation. The traditional name Etamin comes from the Arabic word التنين (At-Tinnin) which means The Great Serpent. Etamin was previously called Rastaban, now used for Beta Draconis, Alwaid. Both names derive from Arabic words for serpent or dragon.

Despite its gamma designation, Etamin is actually the brightest star in Draco, with its 2.2 magnitude outshining the 2.8 magnitude Alwaid. It is close to the the zenith point directly overhead of London, so has earned it the name Zenith Star.

Degree*

24 ♐ 01
25 ♐ 44
27 ♐ 58
28 ♐ 45
29 ♐ 45

Fixed Star

Lesath
Aculeus
Etamin
Acumen
Sinistra

Orb

2°00′
1°00′
2°10′
1°00′
1°40′

Etamin Star Astrology

Fixed star Etamin, in the Right Eye of the Dragon, has a Saturn-Jupiter nature with Martian influence. According to tradition, the Saturnian predominance will give a liking for solitude. [3]

In the narrow longitudinal space between Aculeus and Acumen is the star Etamin, γ Draconis, chief star and one of the eyes of Draco the Dragon Constellation, and it may well be that it was this one which caused the other two to be so much associated with eyesight. But Etamin seems not to have been noticed by Ptolemy.

Etamin, γ Draconis os another Arabic form of  The Dragon’s Head. The planetary simile is Mars-Moon. Since both this star and its namesake Rastaban (Alwaid) are commonly regarded as the two Eyes in the Head, there may be something here of the old notion that one’s right eye sees good, the left eye evil. Mars-Moon is never popular as a combination in astrology, for it often does show the inclination to look on the black side of things. We are here looking perhaps at the source of that morbid tendency in us, with the strength of Hercules to slay it for us. In those who do overcome their own states of anxiety, revealed by Mars-Moon, there is always the power to heal others also. [4]

It is interesting to know that the Boeotian Thebes, the City of the Dragon, from the story of its founder, Cadmus, shared with its Egyptian namesake the worship of this star in a temple dedicated, so far as its orientation shows, about 1130 B.C.: a cult doubtless drawn from the parent city in Egypt, and adopted elsewhere in Greece, as also in Italy in the little temple to Isis in Pompeii. Here, however, the city authorities interfered with this star-worship in one of their numerous raids on the astrologers, and bricked up the opening whence the star was observed. [5]

Constellation Draco is like Saturn and Mars. Draco gives an artistic and emotional but somber nature, a penetrating and analytical mind, much travel and many friends but danger of robbery and of accidental poisoning. It was said by the Ancients that when a comet was here poison was scattered over the world. [1]

The early astrologers called Draco “The Poisonous Dragon”. The constellation is especially hurtful to mineral resources, and presages the pollution of rivers and the air. The Moon’s Nodes are named after this constellation. The Dragon’s Head (North Node) and the Dragon’s Tail (South Node) refer to the Moon’s undulating course symbolized by the twisting of the Dragon about the North Pole. [4]

Etamin Star, Gamma Draconis

Etamin Star, Gamma Draconis [www.flickr.com]

Etamin Star Conjunctions

Venus conjunct Etamin: Tony Abbott 1°33′.

Saturn conjunct Etamin: This fixed star is said to tally with dishonor, downfall and loss of prestige if conjunction Saturn on the Midheaven or Horizon (Ascendant or Descendant). If this Saturn, however, is well placed otherwise, this star is said to be helpful for mental concentration and gives a liking for philosophical and esoteric studies. [3]

References

1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.43.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.10.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.70.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.87, 159.
5. Draco, the Dragon, Star Names Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1963.

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

4 thoughts on “Etamin Star – Right Eye of the Dragon

  1. Hi Jaime,
    I am curious what your thoughts are on the galactic center which is at 26 sag. My ascendant is conjunct the gal center exactly and I have found little information on the Internet. Supposedly it is the “sun of our sun” sort of influence and I imagine this point to have a quite significant effect, perhaps even more than most stars. Just curious about your thoughts on the matter and if you have found anything within your practice to be of significance.
    Michelle

    • I have wondered about this too Michelle. I think Phillip Shedgewick is the only astrologer who has written about it. I expect it will have influenced the nature of this fixed star and ones close to it. So I would simply follow the interpretation for Etamin.

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