Vindemiatrix Star – The Widow Maker

Vindemiatrix is at 09°56′ Libra with an orb of 1°40′
Vindemiatrix Star Astrology

Virgo Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Vindemiatrix on October 2

Fixed star Vindemiatrix, Epsilon Virginis, is a yellow star on the right arm of the Maiden, Virgo Constellation.

Degree*

28 ♍ 54
04 ♎ 31
09 ♎ 56
10 ♎ 08
13 ♎ 27

Fixed Star

Markeb
Zaniah
Vindemiatrix
Porrima
Algorab

Orb

2°00′
1°40′
1°40′
1°40′
1°40′

Vindemiatrix Star Astrology

Fixed star Vindemiatrix gives falsity, disgrace, stealing, wanton folly and often causes its natives to become widows. [1]

On the MC or on the Ascendant this star with its Saturn-Mercury nature is said to help mental concentration and to promote the type of native who engages for architects and businessmen. Tied up with Mars, it results in increased power of thought, tending sometimes to sarcasm and polemics. With Mars also, a danger of injuries is indicated. Badly placed, and especially so if in conjunction with Saturn or Neptune, this star is said to cause a tendency to depressive moods, skepticism a distrustful nature. Tied up with Mercury, this star, if otherwise badly place, will lead to nervous irritability. [2]

In older astrology this star ranks with Algol in having an unmitigated reputation for evil, and some even have noted that the arc or aspect between the two is the much feared 135º, the sesqui-quadrate or resquisquare. But the underlying reason for their similar reputes lies in the connection of both names with the theme of ‘the Spirit’. The one is the name from which comes our word Alcohol, the other is the star whose rising signifies the time for harvesting the grapes, our main old source of the same.

As always, much depends on how one sees events themselves as good or bad. Yes, it does frequently mark the death of someone’s partner in life, whence its appellation ‘The Widow maker’, which of course prompts us to say: ‘It is bound to, since someone dies at every minute or so of every day’. But still the fact remains that it figures very strongly and very regularly in deaths which are in some way dramatic, newsworthy or are resented in much more than the usual degree by those left behind (assassinations, common criminal murders, executions, airline disasters etc.). At least one unsafe airplane of World War II, known widely as ‘The Widow Maker’ made its first flight on the day that Vindemiatrix culminated, while another which had the same phenomenon at its birth, but was successful, was officially named the ‘Black Widow’!

Al Muredin `The One Sent Forth in the Faith’. This is often the missionary. This is not to say that everyone with this star strong in their horoscope will go out and preach the gospel to the heathen, although many do indeed feel a strong religious calling. [3]

Vindemiatrix rules the center of the right kidney. When any planet energizes this degree, especially the Moon, there is a fear within these individuals that they will lose their partner. Through their own fear, they project the loss. They are given the opportunity to work with this fear and to release it. If not released from the subconscious level, the fear they carry will materialize and they become widowed. [5]

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. [4]

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]

Vindemiatrix Star, Epsilon Virginis

Vindemiatrix Star, Epsilon Virginis

Vindemiatrix Star Conjunctions

Sun conjunct Vindemiatrix – Worry, depression, unpopular, failure in business, harassed by creditors. [1]

Moon conjunct Vindemiatrix – Worry, many disappointments, loss through law or writings and theft, bad health, failure in business. [1]

Mercury conjunct Vindemiatrix – Impulsive, too hasty, loss through writings and business. [1]

Venus conjunct Vindemiatrix – Trouble through love affairs, loss of friends, danger of scandal. [1]

Mars conjunct Vindemiatrix – Rash, headstrong, indiscreet, energetic, trouble through law, business and friends. [1]

This is a very difficult placement. These natives have a difficult time balancing the fluids in the body purifying the kidneys. There is a drying effect in the internal workings of the body depleting the kidneys of their elasticity. There is an increased stimulation of energy at this point; a burning type of energy through the kidneys that generally affects the right kidney, drying out the fluids that purify that area. The kidneys, therefore, cannot function properly, resulting in stagnation. These individuals need to drink ¼ cup of water containing a teaspoon of olive oil every day to lubricate the area in order to eliminate the drying process and stop infections. Olive oil is a lubricant that does not clog the system and is helpful to many areas of the body. [5]

Jupiter conjunct Vindemiatrix – Trouble through law or Church, much criticism, many journeys. [1]

Saturn conjunct Vindemiatrix – Cautious, thoughtful, reserved materialistic, hypocritical in religion, loss through speculation, success in business, secret difficulty with marriage partner. [1]

This planet causes tiny nerve damage within the kidneys, restricting the blood vessels that keep the kidneys healthy. Without adequate blood flow, the kidneys cannot function properly. When this occurs, these individuals usually have the kidney removed. These persons should keep a warm pack on the back at the kidneys to keep the blood vessels opened. Natural papaya juice would be an excellent remedy, as well as raspberry tea. These measures must be done daily in order to take care of this weakened area. This will eliminate much of the discomfort and will keep this organ from breaking down completely. [5]

Uranus conjunct Vindemiatrix – Deformity or disease of spine or back about which native is sensitive and seeks seclusion especially if female, danger of heart trouble, bad for marriage, death through an accident. [1]

Neptune conjunct Vindemiatrix – Active, critical, mind hovers between spiritual and material things, loss through speculation and Mercurial matters, mechanical and inventive ability, temporary domestic separations, death of or separation from a child, death through an accident or Saturnian disease. [1]

References

1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.214 – 216.
2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.59,60.
3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.70-72.
4. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.45.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.78, 79.
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.

13 thoughts on “Vindemiatrix Star – The Widow Maker

  1. This sits right on my ascendent in libra. I didn’t really understand the statement “engages for architects and business men.” Could you elaborate or explain a little more?

  2. My transiting vindemiatrix id currently crossing over my natal one. They are conjunct exact in the twelfth house. This implies something intensr

    • Vindemiatrix is a FIXED star. There is relatvely little movement except over tremendous (astronomical) periods of time. Therefore, there is no such thing as transiting Vindemiatrix.

      However, if a planet or angle in your natal or progressed chart touches this point, you can interpret its influence.

  3. Hi, I was born september 25, 1956 I am 57years old I notice I am having very, very, very high blood pressure now that the lunar eclipse is upon us. Having problems with my daughter who was born march 12, 1986 my life pretty much sucks right now daughter lost my grand kids to cps I tried to help her take care of them but my mom had a stroke didn’t juggle both of the problems well have a vindemiatrix do you think things will get any better. Ha!!!

  4. Yes I have this conj my IC and Uranus…lost my first husband suddenly to suicide and my second husband cos I was terrified of losing him…I always felt better wth him near me knowing he is safe..and jst like Jamie says “this materialised”.Now tr Mars Rx doing a dance bak and forth over it and Iv lost my Leo Sun brother suddenly to heart attack two wks ago…my kidneys are crap so Im gna start taking Olive Oil like u mentioned..thank you : )

  5. Interesting article… My Venus is at 9 degrees Libra and is my chart ruler (rising planet with Libra ascending). The most amazing relationship of my life was with a man who died in such a way that it was extensively covered in the news. I was at the time, unfamiliar with Vindemiatrix.

  6. This is within a half degree of my North Node. I was attracted to architecture as a study but became an accountant. I have never been widowed or experienced a sudden death of a loved one.

  7. Hey, mine is conjunct Pluto. How come no interpretation for Pluto? Seems like a double whammy of death there….

    • The guy who wrote the most about planets on stars was Vivian Robson in 1923, before Pluto was discovered. It’s up to our generation to work out what it means. Hopefully, over time, these comments will fill in some gaps.

    • Same With me, Pluto on Vindematrix libra, in 8th house…it always depends on aspects pluto makes with other natal planets

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