Mizar Star – Tail of the Big Bear

Mizar is at 15°42′ Virgo with an orb of 2°10′
Fixed Star Mizar Star Astrology

Ursa Major Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Mizar on September 8

Fixed star Mizar, Zeta Ursae Majoris, forms a double star with Alcor (15°52′ Virgo). Mizar is located in the Tail of the Big Bear, Ursa Major constellation. This brilliant white and pale emerald star also appears in the handle of the Big Dipper asterism. Mizar is an Arabic word meaning waistband or girdle.

Degree*

11 ♍ 19
13 ♍ 25
15 ♍ 42
17 ♍ 42
21 ♍ 37

Fixed Star

Zosma
Coxa
Mizar
Asterion
Denebola

Orb

2°00′
1°00′
2°10′
1°30′
2°10′

Mizar Star Mythology

In Hindu astronomy, Mizar is called Vasistha and Alcor is called Arundhati. As a married couple, they symbolize marriage. In some Hindu communities, priests conducting a wedding ceremony point these stars as a symbol of the closeness marriage brings to a couple.

In Japanese mythology, Alcor is known as the lifespan star. It was believed that one who could not see this star would pass away by year’s end.

The 13th century Persian astronomical writer Al Kazwini said that “people tested their eyesight by this star.” Arabic literature says that only those with the sharpest eyesight can see its companion Alcor. The name the Arabs used for Alcor was suha, meaning either the ‘forgotten’ or ‘neglected’ one. Mizar is easily seen today and it is believed it has grown in magnitude over the centuries. [1]

Mizar Star Zeta Ursae Majoris

Mizar, Zeta Ursae Majoris [astropixels.com]

Mizar Star Astrology

Supposedly, Mizar portends a Mars nature. The reputation of Mizar, if it is in maximal position in a mundane map, is that of being connected with fires of a catastrophic extent and mass calamities. In personal charts Mizar is not helpful if conjunction bad planets. It is not wrong to assume that, besides these handicaps, artistic emanations can also be attributed to Mizar. Mozart and Marlene Dietrich had this star rising. [2]

Mizar is said to presages the death of a loved one by the ancient astrologers. [3]

Mizar means a girdle or waistband. There is no traceable reason for this name appearing here, and it is almost certainly an early western misspelling of Mirza, Prince, for the next star along signifies a man of authority. In both cases, of course, the titles come from a culture which saw other than a bear in these stars, or did not allow the Bear this long tail.

We have to keep to the wrong name, which is now too well established., but we should allow that Mizar/Mirza does show more than average authority in the Virgoan role of service to one’s fellow-man, sharing in that tendency to power which shows in all stars in the mid-point of a Sign. The same Saturn-Venus nature found with its zodiacal neighbors Zosma ans Denebola. [4]

Ursa Major Constellation gives a quiet, prudent, suspicious, mistrustful, self-controlled, patient nature, but an uneasy spirit and great anger and revengefulness when roused. [5]

References

1. Mizar and Alcor – Wikipedia
2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.55.
3. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.5.
4. The Living Stars, Dr Eric Morse, 1988, p.147.
5. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.65

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

3 thoughts on “Mizar Star – Tail of the Big Bear

  1. Dear Jamie! I have a question relating the fixed stars. Namely, I came across a site for the calculation of my fixed star parans. But, as a result, I have only the stars expressed in minutes, e.g. I have Reguls on angles at moment, (Regulus – On Nadir orb 02 mins 33 secs) and all other stars expressed in the same way. How do I know if they conjunct my natal planets so that I could read your interpretations? Many many thanks!

      • Oh, I had no idea 🙂 The thing is, it seems to me it involves a lot of maths, and I am a linguist 😀
        Thank you very much Jamie, I’ll try to figure it out. All the best to you 🙂

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