Fixed Star Acrab

Acrab at 03°12′ Sagittarius has an orb of 1°50′
Fixed Star Acrab

Scorpio Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Acrab on November 25

Fixed star Acrab, Beta Scorpii, is a 2.6 magnitude triple, pale white and lilac star on the head of the Scorpion, Scorpius Constellation. The traditional name Acrab comes from the Arabic word العقرب (al-‘Aqrab}, which means The Scorpion, for the whole constellation.

β Scorpii was called Graffias, Italian for “the claws” from the time when the stars of Libra made up the Claws of the Scorpion. Beta Scorpii has also been known as Frons Scorpii. It appears on the flag of Brazil, symbolizing the state of Maranhão.


02 ♐ 18
02 ♐ 34
03 ♐ 11
09 ♐ 14
09 ♐ 46

Fixed Star

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Acrab Star Astrology

According to Ptolemy, fixed star Acrab is of the nature of Mars and Saturn (malicious, thieving, merciless, fiendish, repulsive, liar, accidents, violent death. If culminating, military preferment but final disgrace); and, to Alvidas, of Jupiter in square to Saturn and the Moon. It causes extreme malevolence, mercilessness, fiendishness, repulsiveness, malice, theft, crime, pestilence, and contagious diseases. [1]

Acrab and the Forehead of Scorpio, both in constellation Scorpio and positioned next to each other, are supposed to correspond to a Mars character with a blend of Saturn characteristics. Dr. Koch is of the opinion that both these stars are doubtful; the effect of these two stars has yet to be researched more fully. According to tradition, these fixed stars are credited with giving the ability to do research, especially into things of a particularly secret and hidden nature.

For this to be, however, further influence of the sign Scorpio and planets Mercury and Uranus have also to be present; preferably these stellar bodies would be positioned on the Meridian or Asc and be near another stellar body pointing to mental capabilities. In lower types, however, a tendency to falsehood and treason can be noted. Both stars are a poor augury for material wealth. There will be difficulties, impediments, or loss, dependent upon the position these have in the cosmogram. In mundane maps, there is an indication of mass catastrophes should Mars, Saturn or Uranus be in these first degrees of Sagittarius, especially in an angular position.[2]

Acrab and Dschubba may be regarded effectively as one unit. Together with two or three other minor stars very close by, they were known collectively as Al Akil Al Jabbah, the Crown of the Forehead (of the Scorpion), and just about the only part of this Constellation to have been regarded as auspicious.

Ptolemy classes them as Mars-Saturn stars, not a very delightful combination, yet one which makes a certain sense when we remember that a scorpion’s armament is at the rear, not in the head where this star is. It is in fact a fighter of very great skill, and that characterizes Mars-Saturn perfectly. Anyone with these stars strong in their horoscope is likely to show a patient and wary approach to any situation, but this will belie the skilled determination which will then be brought to bear.

Scorpio is famous for the surgeons born in it and this star shows up just the qualities which they need to have. The same applies to generals, policemen, private investigators, and secret service agents, many of whom have Acrab or Dschubba well placed and aspected. In research of all other kinds too, they distinguish the real adept. [3]

Acrab star rules the left side of the buttocks, close to the spine. [4]

Constellation Scorpio

The Scorpion was the dreaded symbol of darkness in the region of the Euphrates. Comets in this region of the sky were said to portend plagues of “reptiles” (read as locusts or other insects harmful to agriculture). In Classical Scientific Astrology, the fruitful nature of Scorpio was mentioned. This attribute also applies to the constellation. The constellation of the Scorpion has been considered unlucky from earliest antiquity. [5]

17th Arabic Manzil – Iklil al Jabhah

Improves misfortune, makes love durable, strengthens buildings and helps seamen.

With Moon: Build, sow, plant, navigate but do not marry.

4th Chinese Xiù – 房 (Fáng) Room

The opener of that which is closed. Sacrifices and burnt offerings. Good for building, investment, development and interior decoration. Luxuries, happiness, longevity, and health. Official recognition for the family. General material increases. Couples who choose to marry on these days can expect the birth of a boy.

When the Moon is 2-5 degrees below the ecliptic in this mansion, there is calm and peace. When it is north of this, there are many events connected with the yin principle. When it is south of 5 degrees, there is drought and mourning.

Acrab Star, Beta Scorpii

Acrab Star, Beta Scorpii []

Acrab Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Acrab: Riches and preferment attended by danger, violence, trouble, sickness, benefits seldom last. [1]

Lady Helen Taylor 0°05′, René Magritte 0°11′, Joe Biden 0°48′, Julian Assange 0°48′.

Midheaven conjunct Acrab: Military preferment but final disgrace. [1]

Part of Fortune conjunct Acrab: Richard Ramirez 0°18′, JonBenét Ramsey 1°49′, Frederick the Great 1°57′, William Cowper 0°33′.

Sun conjunct Acrab: Materialistic, too active a mind, ecclesiastical difficulties, bad health. Otherwise similar to the effect if rising. [1]

Ted Bundy 0°10′, John F. Kennedy Jr. 0°18′, Christina Applegate 0°20′, Jenna Bush Hager 0°22′, George Moscone 0°27′, Ilona Staller 0°34′, Hans von Benda 0°36′, David B. Feinberg 0°51′, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec 0°57′, Billy Connolly 1°09′, Miley Cyrus 1°11′, André Gide 1°13′, Martin Luther 1°20′, George Eliot 1°33′, Victoria, Princess Royal 1°34′, Tina Turner 1°39′, Louis Ducruet 1°47′, Charles de Gaulle 1°49′.

Moon conjunct Acrab: Great power, honor, wealth, gifts, difficulty in obtaining legacy, materialistic, interested in unpopular ideas, criticized, success after many difficulties. Otherwise similar to the effect if rising. [1]

Dave Grohl 0°10′, Thomas Say 0°11′, Melissa Etheridge 0°19′, Lady Helen Taylor 0°20′, Friedrich Steuben 0°22′, William Rowan Hamilton 0°25′, James Stirling 0°32′, Kitty Kelley 0°35′, George Melly 0°45′, Maurice Utrillo 0°47′, James Homme 0°57′, Dirk Bogarde 1°01′, Langston Hughes 1°01′, Arthur Koestler 1°01′, Jane Goodall 1°09′, Jean Jaures 1°17′, Carl Ludwig Rominger 1°20′, Don King 1°25′, Kevin Costner 1°42′.

Mercury conjunct Acrab: Dull mind, difficulty in expression or defect in speech, gifts, difficulty in obtaining legacy but final success. [1]

(2° orb): The sciatic nerve slips out of position, and there is a blockage of energy flow to the nerves. A shortage of energy at this point causes a slight crippling of the spine and the buttock. These natives will usually have problems with the sciatic nerve and are unable to squat down to the floor. They cannot get into this position easily as there is a pull on the nerves and spine where they feel sharp pains up the spine. Rubbing oil on the buttock and spine area would be very helpful. [4]

Jimi Hendrix 0°33′, Charles de Gaule 1°00′, James Garfield 1°12′.

Venus conjunct Acrab: Dishonest, self-seeking, energetic, able, favorable for gain. [1]

Margaret Thatcher 0°04′, Louis XVII of France 0°16′, Billy Connolly 0°43′, Jeane Dixon 1°03′.

Mars conjunct Acrab: Athletic, suffers from over-exertion, goes to extremes, active mind, favorable for money matters but extravagant and has many debts. [1]

(4° orb): This is similar to Mars at Dschubba except it is far more difficult; ten times greater than Dschubba. It distorts the playful energy and becomes extremely perverted. This can be the rapist who makes it a game. They like to steal things and would not mind murdering someone at the same time. To them, this is all fun, like the child without compassion and without thinking of the consequences. They love to use knives for they consider it far more fun than using guns. They become distorted to a point where they do not care for their body and thus counteract diseases. They enjoy inflicting pain through anal sex or they are obsessed with the anal area. [5]

George VI of the UK 0°22′, Marie Curie 1°43′,

Jupiter conjunct Acrab: Hypocritical, real or pretended religious zeal, legacies attended by legal difficulties. [1]

Sarah, Duchess of York 0°47′, Amy Winehouse 1°21′, Victoria, Princess Royal 1°27′.

Saturn conjunct Acrab: Cautious, cunning, self-seeking, deceitful, progressive ideas, religious but hypocritical, proud of home, loss by fire or water, gain through marriage and partnership, few children, long life. [1]

(3° orb): This is similar to Mercury at this point. The sciatic nerve will experience spasms at times cutting off circulation so that the native will not be able to lift the knee. The nerves are not relaxed sufficiently to allow the person to step upwards without feeling painThe area should be rubbed using olive oil, and drinking peppermint tea would be very helpful.  [4]

Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita 0°01′ [wife and only child died in holocaust], Charlotte Casiraghi 0°04′, Bob Fosse 0°13′, Marc Dutroux 0°15′, Louis Braille 0°19′ [never married, no kids], Arsenio Hall 0°27′ [longtime girlfriend, 1 kid], Janet Leigh 0°27′ [4 marriages, 2 kids], Wallace Clement Sabine 0°29′ [married, 2 kids], Nathan Lane 0°55′ [married, no kids], John Lydon 1°09′, Carrie Fisher 1°26′, Joseph Goebbels 1°31′, Charles Kingsford Smith 1°41′, Princess Victoria of the UK 1°42′, Hans Speidel 1°43′, Martina Navratilova 1°46′ (and North Node), Gillian Rolton 1°46′, Geena Davis 1°52′.

Uranus conjunct Acrab: Scientific, religious or philosophical work, difficulties with marriage partner’s relatives, favorable for marriage and children, domestic difficulties finally overcome, trouble with parents in early life, favorable for gain and speculation, loss through Mercurial matters, liable to accidents by fire and electricity, sudden death. [1]

M. C. Escher 1°14′, Friedrich Steuben 1°21′, Prince William of Cambridge 1°27′, René Magritte 1°44′, Britney Spears 1°57′.

Neptune conjunct Acrab: Connected with science, inventions, companies, or journalism, breeds horses or cattle, good mind, late but favorable marriage but peculiar domestic conditions, accidents in middle age, death after lingering illness. [1]

Christina Applegate 0°01′, Dwayne Johnson 1°39′.

North Node conjunct Acrab: David Copperfield 0°13′, Debby Boone 0°33′, Chris Carter 1°42′, David Beckham 1°46′, Martina Navratilova 1°56′ (and Saturn).

South Node conjunct Acrab: James Woods 0°33′, O. J. Simpson 0°59′, Mark Twain 1°37′.

  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.169-170.
  2. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.65-67.
  3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.84.
  4. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.102-103.
  5. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.47.
  • All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

13 thoughts on “Fixed Star Acrab

  1. What does the conjunction with North Node mean?
    I have it at 3º03′ Sag. The cusp of 12th house is very close as well, at 2º29′.

  2. What does it mean when your descendent conjuncts Acrab? Mine DC is at 3 degrees Sag!

    • Well DC represent your partnerships, whether lovers or open enemies. So I would loook at the interpretation for Ascendant and apply it to those people in your life.

  3. Hi Jamie! Amazing work with the fixed stars! At the top of the page, it reads that “Acrab is at 03°12′ Sagittarius with an orb of 1°00′ “, then further below in the list of fixed stars it is given an orb of 2 degrees? So I was just wondering which one it is.. Btw, your website is the only site I have found online with exact orbs for the fixed stars! Much thanks for that & greatly appreciated!

    • Thanks for pointing that out Roberto and I’m glad to hear you appreciate these pages. It is 2 degrees and I have fixed up the error. I use the orbs suggested by Eric Morse in his book The Living Stars. They are based on apparent magnitude.

  4. Hello Jamie,

    I have my Draconic Sun tightly-conjunct natal Moon on Acrab, how can that be interpreted?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Just Moon conjunct Acrab because I’m not sure how Draconic planets apply to the fixed stars.

  5. I have found that often criminals have planets in Sagittarius: Check Robson: Graffias causes extreme malevolence, crime, malice, theft, dishonesty, conning and greediness. Just being acquainted with these types makes one wonder how humans can be so unkind to their friends and acquaintances. I have seen how these low types cause grief and desperation to loved ones who they took advantage of. conjunction with Graffias is troublesome with all planets and nodes.

  6. Hello Jamie…I haven noticed that both of my kids have their Ixion conjunct Acrab…and because Ixion is so slow…I would guess that many of us have inner Ixion challenges..that if conquered within..would arise on the outside…and this conjuct coming into tighter orb..among 17 and 19 year olds…Of course depending on the rest of the chart to determine the natives ability to handle the karmic tests I guess..

  7. I was studying this star..and as you may know if you are an astrologer..or a student..if you wonder about will be notice several important points concerning the star..

    One is that yesterday Nasa reported the landing of the robot INSIGHT on Mars..The Houston chart for this..has Jupiter conj Sun aligned with ACRAB with Mercury also within orb.

    And THEN I looked up Helen Duncan’s Chart..the last person to be imprisoned for false witchcraft…and listening to a documentary..she was brutally discredited after a spirit appeared informing the audience of the recent sinking of a large military ship..which had been a military secret. This explosive proof of her abilities..with the combined exposure of a military secret…SO..they had to discredit the crap out of her..

    BUT she has Sun, Mars, URanus and Saturn conj…opposite Pholus..on Acrab!! (Sun and Saturn were TIGHTLY aligned)
    Which to me points to the psychic ability to grab information..(the pinchers of the Scorpion)..this was all in her 3rd house..

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