Menkalinan Star – Shoulder of the Rein-holder

Menkalinan is at 29°55′ Gemini with an orb of 2°20′
Fixed Star Menkalinan Star Astrology

Auriga Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Menkalinan on June 20

Fixed star Menkalinan, Beta Aurigae, is a 1.9 magnitude lucid yellow binary star system located in the left shoulder of the the Charioteer, Auriga Constellation. The traditional name Menkalinan is a shortened form of the Arabic phrase منكب ذي العنان (mankib ðī-l-‘inān), which means shoulder of the rein-holder.


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28 ♊ 45
29 ♊ 55
03 ♋ 26
05 ♋ 18



Menkalinan Star Astrology

Fixed star Menkalinan is of the nature of Mars and Mercury. It causes ruin, disgrace, and frequently violent death. [1]

Menkalinan is of a Venusian nature, Robson asserts that it causes ruin, disgrace and frequently, violent death. If so, it would be a result of excess pleasure seeking. [2]

Menkalinan is in the Head of the Charioteer and is basically of a Jupiter character with a blend of weak influence of Mars and Venus character. Only when really in good aspect is this fixed star rated as a positive acting one. Badly positioned, this star will be most unhelpful. [3]

Menkalinan, β Aurigae, takes its name from the Arabic for The Shoulder of the Rein-holder (i.e. The Driver of the Chariot), and it has the same Mars-Mercury styling as Capella. And it too is conjunct with, but above a shoulder star of Orion, the other shoulder, Betelgeuse this time, also a Mars-Mercury. What we said about Capella, therefore, can be said again at this point eight degrees farther along. [4]

Menkalinan rules the last vertebra at the bottom of the spine (Seventh Lumbar) in the human body. [5]

Constellation Auriga is one of the most fortunate constellations in the sky, but may still portend earthquakes if situated unfortunately as regards a solar eclipse. This constellation culminating in a chart presages honors, especially in the field of military and political endeavors. A modern astrologer might add sports whenever ancients mentioned military honors. [2]

According to Ptolemy the bright stars are like Mars and Mercury. The constellation is said to give self-confidence, interest in social and educational problems. Happiness, but danger of great vicissitudes. The native is fond of country life and may be a teacher or have the upbringing of young people. [1]

Menkalinan Star, Beta Aurigae

Menkalinan Star, Beta Aurigae []

Menkalinan Star Conjunctions

Mars conjunct Menkalinan: In conjunction with Mars, it has been found that death occurred on occasion of official festivities, military exercises or battles. [3]

This planet does not give a harmful energy. It becomes a stimulant at this point. Those with this position are generally drawn to work with the body in some way. They are stimulated to do physical work, and may go in for weightlifting and other such bodybuilding activities. [5]

Mars conjunct Uranus conjunct Menkalinan: This point would be very difficult, especially if both planets were on the degree. These persons experience sharp pains all up and down the spine like unharnessed electrical energy. They do not understand what is happening to them, and at times, it disorientates them and they cannot wander around alone. There are ho, fiery flashes that go up through the spine to the head, and the only way to control this is to use cool packs up and down the spine – not cold, just cool. Cool herbs such as peppermint and spearmint can be crushed, mixed and made into an ointment. Vaseline would be helpful as it would help the electrical flow through the spine by regulating the different energies. [5]

Jupiter conjunct Menkalinan: If Jupiter is found in the same degree as Menkalinan, the native has a promise of fortunes honors, riches, popularity and exceptional friendships. [3]

Uranus conjunct Menkalinan:  This position creates a numbing action, or spasms, up the spine, but there is no pain connected with it. There is a feeling of a lack of circulation along the back at times. It is felt from time to time and the best remedy is warmth. [5]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.15, 175.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.21.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.29.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.69.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.40.

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

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