Ras Algethi Star – Head of Hercules

Ras Algethi is at 16°09′ Sagittarius with an orb of 1°30′
Fixed Star Ras Algethi Star Astrology

Hercules Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Ras Algethi on December 8

Fixed star Ras Algethi, Alpha Herculis, is a 2.9 magnitude orange red and bluish green multiple star system in the head of the Kneeling Mans, Hercules Constellation. The traditional name Rasalgethi or Ras Algethi, is from the Arabic رأس الجاثي (ra’s al-jaθiyy)‎ which means Head of the Kneeler.


09 ♐ 46
11 ♐ 58
16 ♐ 09
17 ♐ 58
22 ♐ 27

Fixed Star

Ras Algethi



Ras Algethi Star Astrology

Fixed star Ras Algethi has the nature of Saturn. The star presages both the good and bad sides of Saturn. [2]

Ras Algethi, the Head of the Kneeling Hercules, possesses a character of Mars-Venus with a slight blend of Mercury. If in good aspect, it is supposed to give much enjoyment and favors from women. However, if connected with unhelpful planets, it is said to cause much irritation, especially in connection with the female sex. But, by its very Mars nature, Ras Algethi corresponds to boldness and a drive to gain power. [3]

Ras Algethi, ‘Head of the Kneeler’, since that is how Hercules is fighting his battle, though some think the title was once Ras Aljauzi, ‘Head of the Giant’. Somehow the less exotic title seems the better to encourage us non-giants to take part, for we can all kneel. This star, α Herculis, shares the Saturn-Venus simile again. [1]

Constellation Hercules is like Mercury. It is said to give strength of character, tenacity and fixity of purpose, an ardent nature and dangerous passions. [1] The constellation is indicative of events that affect large portions of mankind, and the Man Kneeling presages earthquakes if poorly placed with respect to an eclipse. [2]

Fixed Star Ras Algethi Star Astrology

Ras Algethi Star, Alpha Herculis [www.neophoto.nl]

Ras Algethi Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Ras Algethi: When rising it can mean a wise and clever man, but can also indicate an individual trained in various tricks, a liar who deceives with different kinds of plots. Aspects of the horoscope (Ascendant) by Mars when Ras Algethi is rising is indicative of an aggressive personality who always displays an unbridled hostility to those he comes in contact with. [2]

Descendant conjunct Ras Algethi: When setting the star is indicative of a native whose life will be affected by devious plots. [2]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.15.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.34.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.68.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.158.

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

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