Phecda Star – Thigh of the Bear

Phecda is at 00°29′ Virgo with an orb of 2°00′
Fixed Star Phecda Star Astrology

Ursa Major Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Phecda on August 23

Fixed star Phecda, Gamma Ursae Majoris, is a 2.4 magnitude topaz yellow star in the thigh the Great Bear, Ursa Major Constellation. The traditional name Phecda comes from the Arabic phrase فخذ الدب (fakhð ad-dubb) which means thigh of the bear.


27 ♌ 54
29 ♌ 50
00 ♍ 29
07 ♍ 27
11 ♍ 19

Fixed Star

Al Jabhah



Phecda Star Astrology

Fixed star Phecda, the third largest star of the Great Bear, also called Phacd (Thigh of the Bear) corresponds to Mars, with the added touch of Uranus and Neptune. As it is so very far distant from the ecliptic, its influence perhaps is not felt very much.  In conjunction with a planetary malefic, it is said that this star is a possible cause of “a great blood bath”. The power of this fixed star is a distinct one in mundane astrology. [3]

At 0° Virgo is the next Ursa Major star, γ Al Phecda. The name is, again, anatomical: the Thigh of the Bear. In the Dipper it is at the bottom of the pan, below the handle joint, Only 32′ past Regulus, it should not be seen as a major symbol in itself, but rather as a reminder to those in power that strength, as in Bear, is only a part of their majesty; provision for others, as in Big Dipper, is what they are holding in trust. And if that Dipper does happen to be panning for gold, so well and good, but that too is to be shared if any of it is to be safely kept by the finder. A Jupiter-Venus simile seems needed here, to modify the Mars-Jupiter of the Star of Kings. [4]

Constellation Ursa Major is like Mars. It is said to give a quiet, prudent, suspicious, mistrustful, self-controlled, patient nature, but an uneasy spirit and great anger and revengefulness when roused. [1]

Astrologically both Bears were said to presage an evil influence. They are particularly injurious as regards to the affairs of nations and kings. [2]

Phecda Star, Gamma Ursae Majoris

Phecda Star, Gamma Ursae Majoris []

Phecda Star Conjunctions

Neptune conjunct Phecda:  In conjunction with Neptune and provided relevant configurations with Moon, Venus and Mars are also present, it is an indication of a pathological sex nature. [3]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.65.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.7.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.48.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.146.

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

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