Spiculum Star – M8 Lagoon Nebula

Spiculum is at 01°04′ Capricorn with an orb of 1°00′
Fixed Star Spiculum

Sagittarius Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Spiculum on December 23

Fixed star Spiculum, or M8 Lagoon Nebula, is a magnitude 6.0 giant interstellar cloud located on the Bow of the Archer, Sagittarius Constellation. The traditional name Spiculum comes from the Latin word for Spear.


28 ♐ 45
29 ♐ 45
01 ♑ 04
03 ♑ 13
06 ♑ 19

Fixed Star

Kaus Borealis



Spiculum Star Astrology

Ptolemy rates it as a Mar-Moon type, another of the ‘blind stars’ and a figure of great foreboding. We must at least go along with the planetary simile, for there is indeed a strong tendency towards depression and a rather morbid outlook religiously, in horoscopes having this star strong and harshly aspected. Such a condition does of itself make for all manner of problems, psychological and physical, eyesight included. There is often that feeling of negative ‘fear of God’, rather than comfort from the sensing of His Presence, the feeling that He is Omnipotent in such a way that the individual’s life is of no concern to Him, so that we are hopelessly doomed. The classic novel The day of the Triffids, with its fear of extinction of humanity by mere plants, conveys the negative associations of this nebula perfectly. But well aspected, the Trifid, or Spiculum, shows just the opposite in the person. There can be a very real feel of companionship with the entire Universe and its Creator and remarkable ability to plunge deeply into the seas of philosophy and come up with joyous and meaningful answers through a very happy intuition. [1]

Spiculum rules the middle of the left thigh in the human body. [2]

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. [4]

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.” [3]

Lagoon Nebula, Spiculum Star

Lagoon Nebula, Spiculum [Stellarium]

Spiculum Star Conjunctions

Venus conjunct Spiculum: Similar to Venus at Sinistra. This is not a health problem but it is concerned with the joviality of a person. It is the jovial type individual who overindulges in many things. They would be considered the happy-go-lucky person who does not particularly care what others think or say about them. They do not care what type of situation they are in. They are plain, simple and happy type beings who are very uncomplicated. They would just as likely sit in a pig sty to eat their dinner with their dog out of the same plate. They prefer to eat in a slovenly manner that others find totally unacceptable. Karmically, these individuals were tied to strict social circumstances in a prior life and were now given this break in order to fully relax from social amenities in this life. These persons are likable beings, but others are unable to take them to any social events as it would prove to be quite embarrassing. [2]

Mars conjunct Spiculum: This causes difficulties with the bones and tendons of the left thigh so that the muscles and tendons detach from the thigh bone. This imbalance is not understood by these individuals even though they experience sharp pains at the thigh. There would be added difficulties when the planet Jupiter is transiting this position as it would increase the heat affect of Mars, and the pain would affect a wider area. This difficulty will increase or decrease depending on the planets transiting this point. This does not incapacitate these persons. They like the engage in physical sports as their energy is directed to this area in spite of any pain they suffer at that part of the body. Relief is possible by placing the hands on the thigh for fifteen minutes prior to bedtime. The hands should not be rubbed but only the hands placed on the thigh. A cool, wet towel will help to calm the muscle in this area. [2]

Saturn conjunct Spiculum: Similar to Saturn at Sinistra. This is a restriction of happiness. It is the opposite to Venus at this degree. These persons are usually very serious beings and experience difficult personal problems. They are very structured and self-righteous, but not from a religious standpoint. They are simply very serious with anything they attempt. Their is no laughter in their system. Seriousness extends to the simple task of preparing a small meal. Others who try to be jovial around these individuals are doomed to failure as those with this planetary position cannot feel a sense of joviality within themselves. There is no serious health problem here except that they do have weak thighs and therefore do not go into any type of sports but stay at home and ponder over the serious situations manifesting around the world. [2]


1. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.91.
2. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.118.
3. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.49.
4. Sagittarius, the Archer, Star Names Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1963.

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

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4 thoughts on “Spiculum Star – M8 Lagoon Nebula

  1. Hi Jamie,
    Again you have covered a star i did not know was impacting my GCross.It sits minutes away from my IC and 3+ from my Sun, opposing MC/Uranus within minutes.I can attest to these effects described here without a doubt,regardless of the degrees.That may be due to the strident chart,i’m not sure.

    Most specifically the religious angle.I’ll not rest till those structures and paradigms are superseded and evolved .The positive reversal effects are now felt at this stage in my life with the work accomplished and an improved progressed chart and surviving to this point after Pluto conjuncted Sun & cross.I thought Scheat on my Moon was heavy enough! Yes,’darkstar’ astrology suits me.Fears to rise above….and new power to claim.

  2. This star, Jamie, is conj my Neptune. Now I get why I like your site so much: Your POF is bringing me much joy and opening my perceptions for other dimensions! 🙂 You are GREAT!

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