Khambalia Star – Crooked Claw

Khambalia is at 06°58′ Scorpio with an orb of 1°10′
Khambalia Star Astrology

Virgo Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Khambalia on October 30

Fixed star Khambalia, Lambda Virginis, is a 4.5 magnitude star near the left foot of the Maiden, Virgo Constellation. The traditional name Khambalia is an old Coptic word meaning Crooked-clawed.


03 ♏ 09
03 ♏ 48
06 ♏ 57
11 ♏ 52
12 ♏ 18

Fixed Star




Khambalia Star Astrology

Fixed star Khambalia is of the nature of Mercury and Mars. It causes swift violence, unreliability, changeability, and an argumentative nature. [1]

It is a Mercury-Mars star by Ptolemy. The name has its roots in old Coptic and means ‘Crooked Claw’, most probably the same device which we call also the Swastika, and whose ancient symbolism contained the idea of a secret knowledge, accessible to us, but only if one knows the way to get to it, as we find also with the symbolism of the maze in other cultures. The word ‘Shambala’ has a similar root and meaning; so has the pentagram, so that the Arabic word for Five, Khamsa, may well also derive from the same piece of mystique. Khamr, wine, also has a connection, being so often a symbol for the ‘secret of life’, ‘the Spirit’ again, as well as the means so often used to enter a transcendental (or just inebriated) state of consciousness. Both Sufi and Alchemical literature are of course rich in this allegorical form.

So Khambalia is very much a star of the penetration of secrets and, although within the Constellation of Virgo by the map, its present location by Sign is at 6°38′ of (Scorpio), ‘a long way from home’, and at 12°11′ Libra even when we have corrected its sidereal placing. So the Mars in the simile which Ptolemy gave it is that of Mars in its second ruler-ship, rather than the open energy of Aries. Consequently this star denotes those good at applying intellect to deep research of any kind, to police-type investigation, to espionage, and also to such pursuits as alchemy and the esoteric in general.

If two horoscopes each have a strong feature, the one on this star, the other opposite to it, there is evidence to suggest that the relationship between the two can appear quite malefic on the surface, yet with a deep understanding of each other, even a willing co-operation at a deep subliminal level, it is as though their apparent conflict is part of an act by which both are together finding the way to the source of their Being, the center of that swastika in them. It is hoped that readers have by now ceased to associate the swastika with the regime that briefly made it notorious from 1933 to 1945. [2]

Khambalia rules the inside of the spine in the human body. [3]

Constellation Virgo: Ptolemy makes the following observations; “The stars in the head of Virgo, and that at the top of the southern wing, operate like Mercury and somewhat like Mars: the other bright stars in the same wing, and those about the girdle, resemble Mercury in their influence, and also Venus, moderately . . . those at the points of the feet and at the bottom of the garments are like Mercury, and also Mars, moderately.” By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Gimel and the 3rd Tarot Trump “The Empress.” [1]

This constellation is indicative of an abundance in harvest and a fruitfulness of agriculture in general. But when prominent in the charts of eclipses it portends events concerning kings (heads of state) and in this regard can be an ill omen indeed. [4]

In astrology this constellation and Gemini were the House of Mercury. But usually, and far more appropriately, Virgo’s stars have been given over to the care of Ceres, her namesake, the long-time goddess of the harvest. For her astrological colors Virgo assumed black speckled with blue; and was thought of as governing the abdomen in the human body, but always as an unfortunate, sterile sign. The appearance of a comet within its borders implied many grievous ills to the female portion of the population. [5]

Virgo Constellation

Virgo Constellation [Wikipedia]

Khambalia Star Conjunctions

Mercury conjunct Khambalia: This position affects the nerves leading out from the spine causing severe back problems that these persons elect to correct through surgery. This is a grave mistake as cutting the tiny nerves interferes with the energy flow to this area so that the person cannot bend at all. This causes a waste buildup in the colon and intestines causing even more pressure on the lower spine. This problem can be alleviated to a great extent through food that have a cleansing effect, such as lemon and papaya juice; chamomile and peppermint tea for the nerves, and raw vegetables. They should definitely not eat any red meat. [3]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.66, 67, 173, 211, 212.
2. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.73.
3. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.84.
4. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.45.
5. Star Names Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1963, Virgo.

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

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2 thoughts on “Khambalia Star – Crooked Claw

  1. I have Khambalia rising. I guess I’m pretty good at deep investigation, I’ve played neighborhood cop and my activities have been investigated by the police. Erroneously, of course, thanks to Neptune in the 1st, which makes people believe whatever they suspect. That’s what you get for doing too much good… The only Aspect to my AC is a trine to Saturn in Pisces, so there’s more policing for you. Not surprisingly, I’m always the guy who calls the cops, usually on criminals and disorderly drunks.

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