Mirach Star – The Side of the Princess

Mirach is at 00°24′ Taurus with an orb of 2°10′
Fixed Star Mirach Star Astrology

Andromeda Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Mirach on April 19

Fixed star Mirach, Beta Andromedae, is a 2.1 magnitude yellow star in the left hip, or girdle of the Chained Woman, Andromeda Constellation. The traditional name Mirach is a corruption of the Arabic name ميزر (mīzar) which means girdle. Not to be confused with the fixed star Mizar (ζ Ursa Major). The galaxy NGC 404, also known as Mirach’s Ghost, is visible seven arc-minutes away.


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Mirach Star Astrology

Fixed Star Mirach is of the nature of Venus. It gives personal beauty, a brilliant mind, a love of home, great devotion, beneficence, forgiveness, love, overcoming by kindness, renown, and good fortune in marriage. [1]

Mirach is of the nature of Saturn and though it brings difficulties it can also presage good fortune in marriage. [2]

Mirach, the Side of Andromeda, corresponds to the nature of Venus with a Neptunian influence in the positive sense: cheerfulness, happiness, love of company, and many interests, but also altruism, tendency to inspiration and medium-ship as a base for artistic creation.  These people have a stimulating effect on others, make friends easily and are helped on in life by others. This is especially true in aspects with Venus, Jupiter and Sun, with a well-placed Neptune, and in connection to Midheaven or Ascendant. However, should the whole cosmic picture be an unfortunate one, then these helpful configurations with the fixed star are not of much effect.  [3]

Mirach, β Andromedae takes us past the lady’s most critical stars so that, reasonably, Ptolemy gives this a pure Venus rating. The origin of the Arabic name is obscure, so that earlier western commentators muddled it with Mizar, a girdle, roughly its position on the figure as now commonly drawn. The closely similar name ‘Merak’ (β Ursa Major) means the loins or genitals, and yet another very similar word means ‘womanly’. Still another means ‘to let milk flow’. It all depends on where we see it on the anatomy of this lady, who has been redrawn since she gained a star from Pegasus (Alpheratz, α Andromeda). An etymological connection with either or both the Virgin Mary and the Archangel Gabriel (in Arabic) is not impossible. All of these which emphasize the feminine and the Divine qualities are more in keeping with the Andromeda we know, better fitted to Ptolemy’s Venus simile.

The careful, well attuned gentle approach, is what we should find from people with this star well aspected; otherwise there may be an over-timid attitude, perhaps markedly effeminate in a male. [4]

Mirach rules the midpoint between the forehead and top of the head in the human body. [5]

Constellation Andromeda has an influence similar to that of Venus according to Ptolemy, though the legend would lead one to suppose some connection with Virgo. It is said to bestow purity of thought, virtue, honor and dignity upon its natives, but to cause battle with chimerical fears and a tendency to become easily discouraged. It gives love between husband and wife and reconciles adulterers. If Mars afflicts the luminaries from Andromeda and especially if in an angle, it causes death by hanging, decapitation, crucifixion or impalement. [1]

It is a generally favorable constellation denoting that which is honorable and eminent. Badly placed, however, it can portend earthquakes, and in the Middle Ages was said that Mars in this constellation in aspect with the Sun caused death by crucifixion or hanging. [2]

Mirach's Ghost NGC 404

Mirach’s Ghost NGC 404

Mirach Star Conjunctions

Sun conjunct Mirach: Trouble through opposite sex, disappointments in expectations but otherwise favorable. [1]

This position touches of the pineal gland, the pituitary gland, and the area of the body affected by the fixed star Vertex. These persons are continuously opened to the spiritual realm and would have a difficult time functioning on the earth plane. They hear voices constantly, and without understanding this reality, they can be considered insane. These persons are the schizoids who are attached to many entities. The artist Michelangelo, the creative genius, would have been a good example. They are not necessarily evil but are open to any entity. They can be creative, have personal beauty, and yet be unable to involve themselves in mundane situations. The individual would function “out of this world”, so to speak. This could be very beneficial if they would consult a spiritual healer so as to close off this energy when necessary to protect themselves. Being aware of it, controlling and understanding it, would ease the problem with their personal relationships. They can be loved by those close to them, but other people have a difficult time bringing the person with this degree into their lifestyle. [5]

Moon conjunct Mirach: Trouble with opposite sex owing to indiscretions, bad for domestic affairs, honor through martial matters. [1]

Mercury conjunct Mirach: Vacillating, unstable, peculiar events, many travels and changes. [1]

Venus conjunct Mirach: Voluptuous, bad morals, scandal, drink or drug-taking late in life. [1]

Mars conjunct Mirach: Ill-mannered, boisterous, evil associations, may be tramp. [1]

Jupiter conjunct Mirach: Help from women but danger of scandal, much travel, legal or ecclesiastical difficulties. [1]

Saturn conjunct Mirach: Strong passions, debauchery, mechanical genius, misdirected talents. [1]

Uranus conjunct Mirach: Unbalanced mind, may commit crime in insanity, occult interests, continual disappointments, bad for domestic affairs, peculiar or violent death. [1]

Neptune conjunct Mirach: Persevering, ambitious, strong passions, eccentric, dishonest, domestic disharmony and separation, may disinherit children or family, trouble through companies and inventions, successful business, many enemies and few friends, painful and lingering death. [1]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.26, 179.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.31.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.4.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.129
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.15.

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

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