Alkes Star – Base of the Cup

Alkes is at 22°19′ Virgo with an orb of 1°00′
Fixed Star Alkes Astrology

Constellation Crater [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Alkes on September 16

Fixed star Alkes, Alpha Crateris, is an orange star in the base of the Cup, Crater Constellation. The name traditional Alkes comes from the Arabic word الكاس (alkās) which means the Cup. It has sometimes been called Prima Crateris , Latin for the first cup, derived from the Arabic Aoul al Batjna.

Degree*

17 ♍ 42
21 ♍ 37
23 ♍ 41
24 ♍ 34
25 ♍ 08

Orb

1°30′
2°10′
1°00′
1°00′
1°00′

Alkes Star Astrology

Alkes has always portended eminence to those born under its influence. When rising the star indicates dedicated environmentalists whose love for rivers and streams lead them to be very protective regarding water resources. At a less intense level the native may become a landscape architect, a builder of canals, or in some other manner do business in merchandise connected with water. [1]

This sacred cup is also associated with prophetic ability as various vessels cross-culturally have versions of it. ie: the Holy Grail or the Cauldron of Bran. Therefore Alkes can be a gift, something precious carried by an individual to pass down the generations of the family, like artistic, musical or psychic ability. Alkes’ talent is usually of a Neptunian nature. [2]

Constellation Crater is like Venus and in some degree like Mercury. It gives a kind, generous, cheerful, receptive, passionate and hospitable nature, with good mental abilities, but subject to apprehension and indecision. There is a disordered life full of sudden and unexpected events, and great danger of unhappiness, but usually some eminence. [3] The constellation gives good mental abilities, but there can also be sudden changes and unexpected events. [1]

References

1. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.71.
2. Fixed Star Alkes, Marina Macario.
3. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.41.

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

14 thoughts on “Alkes Star – Base of the Cup

  1. Thanks for your articles on the stars of constellation Crater, Jamie.

    I have Alkes on my MC almost exactly (in 1952 coordinates), opposite my Pallas/IC conjunction. I was a successful gardener when I had a large house and yard, but my “disordered life full of sudden and unexpected events” removed me from that place.

    I am psychic, and have artistic, musical and writing skills, plus I nurture and counsel people about their problems, especially friends in water signs. And I am fond of wine… 🙂

  2. This star is conjunct my natal venus and definitely describes me. Again, another star of Neptunian nature (same as my Moon Al Pherg – Neptunian), and I always found myself Piscean in nature. I can now see that those traits have been born from the stars. I must admit, I have been a real dreamer my whole life, but also fantasised about this perfect beautiful love that probably rarely exists in the real world (only in my imagination!) The dream of the most romantic, beautiful love is a lovely and sad fantasy! It’s sad when you realise that it may never exist! Wine and music is when the fantasy comes alive – I’ve noticed! Have to keep away from those two things! Haha 😀 I also have Neptune square my ascendent at the moment! Ahhh – can skew imagination! :-S

    • I have Pluto here. There is a lot more to research in relation to divine knowledge and the cup or chalice in Celtic mythology and religion.

  3. Yes, it’s fascinating. I’m going to read more about it in the near future. I’ll have to get some books out from the library. And you must have quite an intense love nature then, with Pluto aspecting your Venus? But it’s better than having a fickle love nature. Pluto must be more devoted.

    • Oh, just realised – you might of meant that Pluto is transit your Asc at the moment? I’ve got Pluto trine Venus at the moment (transit), but has been squaring my moon for quite some time, which has been causing a lot of fights with my sister. My sister admitted that she wouldn’t mind being in the army the other day! I said that it would suit her! She’s born with Sun square Pluto, sun conjunct mars and Mars square Pluto!

      • That is excellent advice with those aspects. And yes, Pluto about to cross mt Ascendant. I think starting in 2018 but I definite feel something big is brewing. Will have Uranus on my Saturn plus a solar eclipse on my DC sometime around then. Eclipses on my DC usually result in a long term relationship.

        • I dared to read my sister her natal Mars square Pluto description the other day. She completely denied that it was true – I thought she would. It’s her ego denying the truth about that aspect. I’m laughing whilst writing this! Remembering the conversation I had with her.

          Yes, sometimes we need the outer planets to create a bit shift in consciousness and/or a transformation in our life’s or others! I was born with Uranus conjunct Saturn at 0.15; it’s the tightest orb in my natal chart. Apparently Uranus has only been conjunct Saturn twice in the last century (1942 and 1988). That’s exciting for you – with your DC eclipse coming up. New beginnings too.

    • Intense yes bu I only have Venus semisextile Pluto. I think Venus at a Yod reaction point means I have to take into account all planets at one involved in that configuration.

      • Yes, so that’s more of a nicer – softer aspect. I know a friend who’s got Venus conjunct Pluto and he has such a strong need to feel loved! I’ll have to read more about yods, I don’t know a lot about them. I guess because they don’t happen that often.

        • You know a Yod is actually more common than a grand cross because it involves only 3 instead of 4 planets. That is if you use the same orb for the aspects. Not everyone uses quincunx aspects in their charts, especially not traditional or Hellenistic astrologers.

  4. There’s still a lot more than I have to learn about. Yod is one of the many on the list. Quincunx doesn’t seem to come up on cafe astrology.

  5. Nice post. I just found out my ASC is conjunct Alkes, my sun conjunct Fomalhaut and my mars conjunct Aldebahran. All of them making a huge square. Any tips? haha

  6. My natal Venus is cancer 17° but it is progressed to Virgo 22 degrees where my progressed Jupiter also is. (so progressed Venus and Jupiter are conjunct) My natal Jupiter is Virgo 10.

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