Nunki Star – Edict of the Sea

Nunki is at 12°23′ Capricorn with an orb of 2°10′
Fixed Star Nunki Star Astrology

Sagittarius Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Nunki on January 3

Fixed star Nunki, Sigma Sagittarii, is a 2.1 magnitude star on the vane of the arrow of the Archer, Sagittarius Constellation. The traditional name Nunki means Open Sea in Latin, deriving from the Chaldean expression: The Edict of the Sea.


06 ♑ 19
08 ♑ 18
12 ♑ 23
13 ♑ 38
15 ♑ 00



Nunki Star Astrology

Fixed star Nunki is of the nature of Jupiter and Mercury: religious mind, thoughtful, philosophical, writer on religious or similar subjects. It gives truthfulness, optimism and a religious mind. [1]

Pelagus, alias Nunki is σ Sagittarii, at the rear end of the arrow in the Archer’s bow…it is one of the brightest in this generally faint Constellation. The Latin name, given first here, means the Open Sea, while Nunki is a word of Chaldean roots, all that is left to us from a longer expression: ‘The Edict of the Sea’. When we come to Pisces we shall find another star, Kullat Nuni, with very similar connotation, but perhaps more to be expected there in the watery Constellation of the fishes.

The immense and inexorable power of the sea has always impressed humanity with a sense of the Divine power which alone can rule such a force, and the idea of the Divinity commanding it well suggested by both the ‘Edict’ title and the ‘God is speaking’ theme in Ptolemy’s planetary simile for this star. Pelagus, Nunki, is an indicator on the chart of one who may be expected to be quite the authoritative orator on any matters concerned with the topics of Sagittarius and (Capricorn): Religion, Business, State or Foreign Affairs. Interest in long-distance travel and the ships and airplanes that make it possible is also likely, and it is interesting that the famous but very reclusive entrepreneur Howard Hughes has Phaethon on this star, a situation akin to having the visible Sun there but without the wish for publicity, even a desire to avoid it. [2]

This has been identified with Nunki of the Euphratean Tablet of the Thirty Stars, the Star of the Proclamation of the Sea, this Sea being the quarter occupied by Aquarius, Capricornus, Delphinus, Pisces, and Piscis Australis. It is the same space in the sky that the Greek astronomer Aratus, circa 270 B.C., designated as the Water; perhaps another proof of the Euphratean origin of much of Greek astronomy. [3]

Nunki rules below the left knee in the human body. [4]

Constellation Sagittarius was the House of Jupiter, that planet having appeared here at the Creation, although this honor was shared by Aquarius and Leo. Nor did Jupiter monopolize its possession, for it also was the domicile of Diana. Thus the constellation was known as Dianae Sidus. It inclined to fruitfulness, a character assigned to it as far back as the Babylonian inscriptions; and was a fortunate sign. Yellow was the color attributed to it, or the peculiar green sanguine. [5]

It is a fortunate and fruitful constellation indicating events pertaining to kings or a large portion of mankind. Ptolemy states: “The stars at the point of the arrow have an effect like that of Mars and the Moon; those on the bow and at the grip of the hand like that of Jupiter and Mars; the cluster in the forehead like that of the Sun and Mars; those in the cloak and in the back resemble Jupiter, and to a lesser degree like Mercury; the stars in the feet have a nature akin to that of Jupiter and Saturn; and the quadrangle upon the tail like Venus, and to a lesser degree like Saturn.” [2]

Nunki Star, Sigma Sagittarii

Nunki Star, Sigma Sagittarii []

Nunki Star Conjunctions

Sun conjunct Nunki: Influential public position, favorable for domestic and family matters. [1]

These natives are well-rounded individuals who have the ability to accomplish many things. They are capable of rising to the top in their career. They are achievers who once in authority delegate others to carry on tasks for them. Generally they are in an authoritative position being attracted often to governmental careers. They do well in a career with the armed forces, achieving high military rank. These natives have a great ability for maneuvering machinery, military equipment and explosives to strategic areas where they would do the most good. Females with this configuration would be very frustrated for they would have a difficult time performing with this masculine energy. They would harbor a feeling of being deprived in achievement because of their sex. They could aspire to be great cooks and realize their goal, but would still resent the fact that they are relegated to careers they do not enjoy because they are females. In the military, they can possibly rise to a lower officer rank since they would be pushing very hard to be recognized for their maneuverable skills. [4]

Moon conjunct Nunki: Successful writer on science, philosophy, education or agriculture, unorthodox in religion, defeats enemies, many friends, illness of a Saturnian nature. [1]

Mercury conjunct Nunki: High government position, popular criticism, wealth, anxiety on account of illness to wife or mother. [1]

Venus conjunct Nunki: Heart rules head, favors from opposite sex, many friends. [1]

Mars conjunct Nunki: Reserved, diplomatic, strong mind, courageous, energetic, straightforward, false friends, favorable for gain. [1]

This causes a disturbance in the knee, but this is not a serious problem. the difficulty would be only a dull ache in the left knee which would simply need to be rubbed to relieve the problem. [4]

Jupiter conjunct Nunki: Diplomatic, philosophical mind, writer, ecclesiastical or legal preferment. [1]

Saturn conjunct Nunki: Thoughtful, reserved, self-centered, success delayed until after 50, ambition thwarted by enemies, danger of disgrace, wealth at end of life, trouble to parents, favorable marriage late in life, usually at least one child. [1]

Uranus conjunct Nunki: Proud, industrious, aggressive, high government or business position, early disgrace, especially if female, favorable for marriage in middle age, sudden gains and losses, many friends, natural death. [1]

Neptune conjunct Nunki: Practical, occult interests, wealthy, associated with large concerns, some domestic disagreements, defeats enemies, natural death in old age. [1]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.180.
2. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.95.
3. Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889, p.359.
4. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.124.

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

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7 thoughts on “Nunki Star – Edict of the Sea

  1. What about Nunki with South Node?
    Mine is at 13 degrees Capricorn

    Thanks 🙂

      • Jamie , Could you please give me answers for my three questions please ?
        Firstly , what’s the astrological explanation on when many people die at the same time , such as airplane crash or in a warfare ?
        Secondly , I have two twin aunts who are very different than from each other .
        Thirdly , what happens to those people in prison for a long term ? For instance , Aries Cancer Libra Capricorn people , there is no much happening to them , is it ?
        Fourthly , ( Sorry , it became four but please ) It seems to me that people have fear and cautions about Grand cross on 23rd . I think it’s best to surrounded yourself to it rather than cautions about it ?! Maybe it’s not a good thing to become too much into astrology . Imagine , if we never knew about it then we would move as forward as naturally rather than cautions and fear about it . Please Jamie don’t get me wrong though I respect you fully . It’s just a bit of wondering questions that i’d like to know your opinion and intellect .

  2. My Mum’sgot this star conjunct her natal Mars. She’s become very religious the last 15 years. She can also be quite reserved and reflective.

  3. I was born 2/14/90 in Denver @21:34 and I have my natal Mars conjunct Nunki as well as Uranus conjunct fixed star Facies and Neptune conjunct fixed star Ascella. A couple degrees over I have Saturn and Venus conjunct Dheneb. On top of all this madness my natal Mercury is conjunct Dabih and Oculus!! Moon conjunct Izar and Ascendant conjunct Algorab….. And it doesn’t stop there, Jupiter is conjunct Betelgeuse and South Node is conjunct Dubhe! Is this common to have so many fixed star conjunctions? I’m not sure what to make of all this? Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated! -Dahlia

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