Zaniah Star – Eta Virgo

Zaniah is at 04°31′ Libra with an orb of 1°40′
Fixed Star Zaniah Star Astrology

Virgo Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Zaniah on September 27

Fixed star Zaniah, Eta Virginis, is a triple star system on the upper left arm of the Maiden, Virgo Constellation. The medieval name Zaniah is from the Arabic زاوية zāwiyah, meaning corner, the same source as Zavijava.


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



Zaniah Star Astrology

Fixed star Zaniah is of the nature of Mercury and Venus, it gives refinement, honor, congeniality, order and a lovable nature. [1]

Both Zaniah and Zavijava have a good astrological reputation following closely their natures as indicated by their stellar spectra. [2]

Despite its Greek rating it is, as Vis, Mag 2.95, a little brighter Al Araf. Ptolemy rates this one as a Mercury-Venus type, quite a compliment to it since Mercury is ruler of the Constellation while Venus rules the Sign. The name must bring a smile to astrologers who (often  quite rightly) associate Mercury with money and Venus with love, and with Ptolemy having put the money first, for Zaniyah means Adulteress or Harlot. We have seen how Virgo has had such a reputation in past times, having been Lilith and Ashtoreth as much as more honored ladies like Mary. A little amusement is permitted in reading older books in which either the word is either not translated at all, or the authors digress into a learned discussion on whether or not this star belongs to a group once known as the Kennels, along with the title ‘little mosque’.  Victorian avoidance of the unmentionable does have its comic side!

The more positive attributes of Zaniah, however can be seen in the Mercury-Venus-in-Libra talent for negotiating peace. One attribute which a good commander (or salesman) must surely need is an intuition for knowing to call a halt to battle and either offer or seek terms for peace. And if well aspected and on the right planet, Mercury, Venus, Sun, or Jupiter, for example this is what will show up in the horoscope. With Saturn or Mars the terms for peace may be too harsh for acceptance; with the Moon or Neptune they may be either unrealistic or downright ‘shady’,  especially with harsh aspects there. So, as usual, how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ Zaniah is, depends very clearly on how we are. [3]

Zaniah rules the intestines in the human body. [4]

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. [2]

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. [5]

Zaniah Star Conjunctions

Sun conjunct Zaniah: Educational and studious interests, popular, social success, much pleasure, favorable for marriage. [1]

Moon conjunct Zaniah: Worry, loss through legal and Venusian affairs, trouble through writings, led astray by sympathies. [1]

Mercury conjunct Zaniah: Musical or artistic ability, gain through writing short stories, popular, social success, many friends especially among opposite sex. [1]

Venus conjunct Zaniah: Quick in learning, musical and artistic ability, fond of society, many friends, favorable for gain. [1]

This position brings on the energy of the devoted servant to all. These natives serve and help others without expecting anything in return. Of course, this can also be the maid or butler at the mundane level, but it is more often the individual who serves others without remuneration. They put themselves in situations where they can assist others, and always seem to be on hand when they are needed. This is a positive configuration for they are happy with the God-self within themselves and are not looking to magnify their ego. They are truly happy and feel the spiritual joy when doing for others, and for this happiness within, they never seem to grow weary or ill. [4]

Mars conjunct Zaniah: Active, energetic, loss through lawsuits, trouble through opposite sex. [1]

This causes difficulty with the lining of the small intestine. It results in irritations with certain foods, especially tomatoes. Certain seasonings affect this area such as hot spices, peppers, chili, and so on. This is easily cured by omitting these foods from the diet. It is recommended that they eat foods containing magnesium to alleviate the spasms and pain in the intestinal area. natural rice would be excellent as well as other foods rich in magnesium. [4]

Jupiter conjunct Zaniah: Religious and philosophical mind, social success, many friends. [1]

Saturn conjunct Zaniah: Sober, industrious, many influential elderly friends, gain through old people, grand-parents, and marriage. [1]

Uranus conjunct Zaniah: Studious, psychic, retiring, somewhat unpractical, uneventful life, many friends, social success, favorable for marriage if male but less so if female, gain through marriage and business, natural death. [1]

Neptune conjunct Zaniah: Kind, sympathetic, somewhat impatient, good at detail work, peculiar love affairs, gain through marriage and partnership, help from influential friends, uneventful life, danger of death at about 10 years of age or natural death in middle life. [1]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.218.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.45.
3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.69.
3. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.77-78.
5. 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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4 thoughts on “Zaniah Star – Eta Virgo

  1. Hi again Ben, I have some trouble working out the effect of the stars on the Nodes. Quite a few people ask about them. I suggest reading a combination of Sun and Moon interpretations.

  2. Diana Rosenberg says Zaniah is (at) Virgo’s heart …

    I have Mercury here.
    Long, long ago, during the hippie era when my hormones were still raging, Jupiter crossed and re-crossed Zaniah’s position (and my Mercury). I responded to this by taking a string of lovers.
    This was par for the course in those days, in London, Amsterdam etc, but not in the conservative community in which I lived.
    Foolishly, I didn’t make a secret of it. So, I was called a “whore” by one or two people – the modern epithet that has replaced “harlot”.

    I find it puzzling that this behaviour is linked with Mercury, rather than Mars and/or Venus, though my Mercury squares Mars and sextiles Moon and Venus – probably this is where the link is.

    And it was probably Mercury who helped me decide that this kind of behaviour was not for me in the long run.

  3. Oops – mistake. It’s Neptune that’s connected with Zaniah, not Mercury. Must have been something else that triggered my wickedness …

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