Porrima Star – Goddess of Prophecy

Porrima is at 10°09′ Libra with an orb of 1°40′
Fixed Star Porrima Astrology

Virgo Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Porrima on October 3

Fixed star Porrima, Gamma Virginis, is a variable white and yellow star on the left elbow of the Maiden, Virgo Constellation.

Degree*

04 ♎ 31
09 ♎ 56
10 ♎ 08
13 ♎ 27
17 ♎ 40

Orb

1°40′
1°40′
1°40′
1°40′
1°40′

Porrima Star Astrology

Fixed star Porrima is of the nature of Mercury and Venus. It gives a courteous, refined and lovable character with prophetic instincts. [1]

Only one fifth of a degree from Vindemiatrix is the star Porrima, or Antevorta, or Postvorta, or Porsa, or Zawait Al Awwa, or Kafir (Caphir), γ Virginis. It is not open to further bids to christen it! This must seem extraordinary to the astrologer, for whom the star is virtually indistinguishable from its predecessor. bit there is a big difference in their declinations, Vindemiatrix being the lady’s upraised hand while Porrima is under her reclining back. Between the two, in fact is a third star, δ Virginis, Minelauva/Minalawwa, on her tummy, which is not noted for use in astrology.

The title Porrima through prorsa all refer to two early goddesses of prediction, much favored by the Romans, which must alone account for them taking any note of this star at all. And the Arabic title Kafir 9Infidel) for it no doubt springs from Islamic revulsion against pagan goddesses. The other Arabic title Zawait Al Awwa means ‘Temple, or Mosque, at the Corner’, for the star does indeed lie on a marked bend in the figure of the constellation as a whole. The third star,s name, Minalawwa, simply means ‘From 9away from0 the Corner’. If we wish to give significance to δ  Virginis as Porrima etc., then the theme must be that it emphasises the common obsession of predictors with the death connotations of Vindemiatrix, while, as Kafir, it is a reminder to the missionary in Al Meredin that he is going out to meet the pagan devotees of sundry gods and goddesses. Its Mercury-Venus classification by Ptolemy, coupled with the Saturn-Mercury of Merdin, is remarkably akin the the Quran with its regular alternation of promise4s of peace and reward to the faithful, and stern warnings to those who continue in their paganism. So it is itself both warning to the would-be missionary of what he must confront, advice on the peace he should preach, and promise of the reward that awaits his labors. [2]

The Latins called this Porrima, or Antevorta, sometimes Postvorta, names of two ancient goddesses of prophecy, sisters and assistants of Carmenta or Carmentis, worshiped and at times invoked by their women. Porrima was known as Prorsa and Prosa by Aulus Gellius of our 2nd century.

In Babylonia it marked the 19th ecliptic constellation, Shur-mahru-shiru, the Front, or West, Shur (?); while individually it was Kakkab Dan-nu, the Star of the Hero, and the reference point in their annals of an observation of Saturn1 on the 1st of March, 228 B.C., the first mention of this planet that we have, and recorded by the second-century Greek astronomer Ptolemy. The Chinese knew gamma (γ Porrima) as Shang Seang, the High Minister of State. [3]

Porrima rules the center of the left kidney in the human body. [4]

The Camenae were three, sometimes four in number: Carmentis or Carmenta, the leader of the Camenae; Antevorta; Postvorta; and Ægeria…Her name was derived from the Latin carere and mens, words meaning “devoid of” and “reason”, referring to the state of prophetic frenzy, in which She was out of Her mind or insane.

Antevorta and Postvorta were probably at first two aspects of Carmenta who in time became important enough on their own to be considered seperate Goddesses, though they were still generally believed to be sisters or attendents of Carmenta. Their names refer to Their prophetic powers that come into play at the birth of a child: both come from the root vertere, meaning “to change, turn, or alter”; so Antevorta then means, “Before Change” and Postvorta “After Change”. The Camenae.

Constellation Virgo: Ptolemy makes the following observations; “The stars in the head of Virgo, and that at the top of the southern wing, operate like Mercury and somewhat like Mars: the other bright stars in the same wing, and those about the girdle, resemble Mercury in their influence, and also Venus, moderately . . . those at the points of the feet and at the bottom of the garments are like Mercury, and also Mars, moderately.” By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Gimel and the 3rd Tarot Trump “The Empress.” [1]

This constellation is indicative of an abundance in harvest and a fruitfulness of agriculture in general. But when prominent in the charts of eclipses it portends events concerning kings (heads of state) and in this regard can be an ill omen indeed. [5]

In astrology this constellation and Gemini were the House of Mercury. But usually, and far more appropriately, Virgo’s stars have been given over to the care of Ceres, her namesake, the long-time goddess of the harvest. For her astrological colors Virgo assumed black speckled with blue; and was thought of as governing the abdomen in the human body, but always as an unfortunate, sterile sign. The appearance of a comet within its borders implied many grievous ills to the female portion of the population. [6]

Porrima StarPorrima Star Conjunctions

Sun conjunct Porrima:  Involved in an intrigue, some difficulty of short duration leaving native in unpleasant position. [1]

Moon conjunct Porrima: Popular, business worries, domestic disharmony and divorce, poor health. [1]

Mercury conjunct Porrima: Legal troubles, criticism, many worries, business difficulties which will be overcome, ill-health, loses respect of associates. [1]

Venus conjunct Porrima: Unfavorable for gain, much scandal from passionate love affair. [1]

This brings love of balance and harmony, and one who sees the positive side of a partnership. They are loving to all and never carry negative thought. It brings goodness and knowledge, and security in the knowledge that they will always be loved in return by the partner and other people. They are usually involved in a marital state and function well socially and with the public. They participate in social events often because they are constantly sought after socially. They simply never display a hypercritical energy and are therefore loved by many. [4]

Mars conjunct Porrima: Loss through lawsuits and by fire or storm, trouble with opposite sex, marriage partner and public. [1]

This is not a difficult energy. There is enough soothing energy here to keep the kidneys functioning without permanent damage. These individuals should take olive oil with water in a ratio of one teaspoon of olive oil to ¼ cup of water about once each month to keep the kidneys in balance. [4]

Jupiter conjunct Porrima: Trouble through legal affairs or with the Church, disputes over inheritance, domestic disharmony through intrigue and consequent scandal. [1]

Saturn conjunct Porrima:  Intelligent, studious, home troubles in early life, evil environment, liable to imprisonment or execution for another’s crime especially if in 12th house, suffers through conspiracy of friends or relatives, domestic disharmony, sickly children, home broken up, death in prison. [1]

This is similar to the position of Saturn at Vindemiatrix; however, the problem is much less severe. If these individuals would place a hot pack on their back in the area of the kidneys occasionally, they would not suffer extreme discomfort. Papaya juice and raspberry tea would be extremely helpful in keeping the kidneys functioning properly. [4]

Uranus conjunct Porrima: Well educated, good intellect, early influenced, led astray into extremely unpleasant environment by false friends strong passions, often remains single, frequent accidents to the head, sudden and unexpected death through accident. [1]

Neptune conjunct Porrima: Shrewd and cunning for evil, changes in early life, many disappointments affecting the mental balance, abnormal religious enthusiasm, unpractical and useless pursuits. [1]

References

1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.153.
2. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.72, 73.
3. Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889, p.469-470.
4. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.80.
5. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.45.
6. Star Names Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1963, Virgo.

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

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