Praesepe Star – The Manger

Praesepe is at 07°20′ Leo with an orb of 1°00′
Fixed Star Praesaepe Star Astrology

Cancer Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Praesepe on July 30

Fixed star Praesepe, M44 the Beehive Cluster, is a 3.7 magnitude open cluster located in the head of the Crab, Cancer Constellation. The traditional name Praesepe comes from the Latin word for Manger.


23 ♋ 13
25 ♋ 47
07 ♌ 20
07 ♌ 32
08 ♌ 43



Praesepe Star Astrology

Fixed star Praesepe is of the nature of Mars and the Moon, and causes disease, disgrace, adventure, insolence, wantonness, brutality, blindness, industry, order and fecundity; and makes its natives fortunate though liable to loss through others, and the founders of large businesses. [1]

The Praesepe, also known as the Beehive or the Manger, threatens mischief and blindness and is said to cause disease and disgrace. If the nebula is not visible in a clear sky it presages a violent storm. As with most of classical astrology much of the effects of the planets, signs, constellations, and fixed stars can only be gleaned through direct observation of their condition in the night sky. [2]

Praesepe, the “manger”, a cluster of stars in Cancer, designates a part of the zodiac which since ages past has had a bad omen. Because the Aselli are so near, a total of five to eight degrees in Leo are hit by it. The astral influence of these far-distant worlds is equivalent to a combination of a Moon-Mars emanation. Also acting is a Neptunian influence, both in Praesepe and in the Aselli. According to Vehlow, the Chinese gave this group of stars the name “the spirit of the ancestors”. This fixed star increases considerably the attraction and sensuality indicated by Pluto-Venus. [3]

Praesepe, or Praesaepe, is not one star but a whole cluster of some 75 of them, at a mean distance of some 520 light years from us. It is easily seen on a good night, a faint misty patch about the size of the Pleiades. The name means ‘a Stable’ or ‘a Pen’ (for animals), and it may be considered the stable for the Aselli. The three stars, Praesepe and the Aselli, lie within 1°29′ overall, so that astrologically we must really take them as a single unit of their combined qualities: three parts Mars, two of the Sun and one of Moon in the celestial recipe book. Praesepe, then, adds the lunar ingredient, which we can define as (a) providing a home or base from which the Aselli operate and (b) giving a mundane effectiveness to the more remotely celestial qualities of the Donkeys.

The busy atmosphere of the Beehive presents the same idea. but the inclusion of a lunar quality with the others also emphasizes the moody and unpredictable quality which we already saw from the siting of the Aselli in the Constellation of Cancer. People with the three of these stars strong in their horoscopes, favorably aspected, do show a capacity for cooperation with others, the secret of much of their success in life, symbolized by both the regime of a Beehive and by a Stable that is one home for two Donkeys. [4]

Praesepe rules below the right eye in the human body. [5]

Constellation Cancer the Crab presages thunderstorms, famine, and locusts. The stars in the eyes (according to Ptolemy) have a nature similar to that of Mercury and Mars; those in the claws to that of Saturn and Mercury; the nebula to that of Mars and the Moon; and the Asses to that of Mars and the Sun. [2]

Praesepe Star, M44 Beehive Cluster

Praesepe Star, M44 Beehive Cluster []

Praesepe Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Praesepe: Blindness especially of the left eye, ophthalmia, injuries to the face, sickness, violent fevers, wounds in face and arms, stabs, violent lust, imprisonment, exile. If at the same time the Sun opposes Mars or the Ascendant, violent death. [1]

Not good for head or eyes is the distinction given to Praesepe on the Ascendant. [3]

Midheaven conjunct Praesepe: Disgrace ruin and violent death. [1]

Sun conjunct Praesepe: Evil disposition, murderer or murdered, blows, stabs, serious accidents, shooting, shipwreck, execution, banishment, imprisonment, sharp diseases, fevers, hemorrhage, lawsuits, danger of death from fire, iron or stones, injuries to the face, wounds, bad eyes, and if in an angle blindness. [1]

Moon conjunct Praesepe: Wounds, stabs, imprisonment, injuries to the face, sickness, blindness or eye injuries especially if Saturn or Mars be with Regulus. [1]

If the Moon is poorly placed, an increased susceptibility to infectious and diseases is present. One can observe a craving for and abuse of stimulants, luxury food and narcotic drugs; e.g., heavy smoking. With a really afflicted Moon, great danger to eyesight is indicated. If other stellar bodies are linked here, the result can be quite critical. According to Vehlow, the Chinese gave this group of stars the name “the spirit of the ancestors” and were of the opinion that mainly if persons had a conjunction with the Moon, they would have peculiar experiences with the realms of the dead. The same can be said for spiritual seances. The Neptunian influence is shown thereby. [3]

Moon conjunct Mars conjunct Praesepe (must be exact by degree): It creates extreme emotional upheavals over the ego. These individuals are extremely sensitive to self; are self-centered and selfish. They constantly imagine that others are saying terrible things about them, and they respond in an angry manner. They are so overwhelmed with their own ego that they put up every emotional shield imaginable to protect it. Men with this degree surround themselves with women who are submissive and offer no challenge to their ego. These persons do not usually desire children or a large family, and will always surround themselves with others who do not offer them any competition. [5]wp_ad_camp_3]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.187.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.40.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.38.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.52.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.57.

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

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13 thoughts on “Praesepe Star – The Manger

  1. My sisters got this star conjunct her sun. Although her sun is 6.02 (includes the rate of precession), which would be 0.18 out of orb, I still think this star definitely describes, especially with the insolence.

    • You know ” Evil disposition” was code in Robson’s era for homosexual. Not sure about this star but in some other stars especially in Taurus Constellation it does increase the odds for men to be gay but not so for women.

      • Only just seen this message. Oh okay; yeah I wouldn’t say that my sister has an evil disposition, but I understand that it has to be decoded from the old language. I have been interested to know if a mans sexuality shows up in his chart. Strangely, I felt that my ex was bisexual. It was just a psychic feeling that I had for a long time. I’m going to look up his stars. My sister is straight, so yes – you’re right about women there. Another ex boyfriend of mine is Sun sign Taurus and funny enough – I actually had my suspicions about him being bisexual. You just sense it – you just know! My friends gay son’s natal moon is Taurus. I’ll have to look up what star it is. Interesting.

          • Omg – the ex I was suspicious about being gay has his Sun conjunct that star! The ascendant describes him! He did strange things that made me thing he could be gay. He’s didn’t have a very high sex drive either, which wasn’t good for me, as I was 21 and wanted it all the time! He was 38 – no surprise with my Venus Square Saturn (the older boyfriend).

  2. i have my venus at 7`19 in leo, almost exactly conjucts this star, what does this mean for me ?

  3. Hi Jamie…..My natal mc is 6 degrees leo along with my natal Uranus at 6 degrees leo! Along with my scorpio rising i have always felt i would die a violent death. any thoughts on this jamie….Dec,29 1956 227 am miami florida….Thanks, Cynthia

    • I would agree with your intuition, very strong with Uranus on MC. Sun quincunx Uranus might also indicate quick death from accident. Not so sure about violent but possible. More so sudden, quick, unexpected. Possibly strange or mysterious with Neptune rising.

  4. Hi Jamie, thanks for your thoughts! Neptune rising….I almost drowned as a child once. In a few days saturn will be going direct by degree on my natal saturn.. Any thoughts on this for me? Hope your tooth is better and i know so many people that are having dental problems now! Thank you for your comments Cynthia

    • I get your final Saturn return (direct) to be August 21 so at least is is over soon. Very difficult this one because of Saturn square Neptune. Draw on positive thinking from Jupiter trine Mercury transit exact August 27 then Jupiter return September 19. It would appear that things swing around very quickly.

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