Acrab Star – Beta Scorpii

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Acrab at 03°12′ Sagittarius has an orb of 2°00′
Fixed Star Acrab Star Astrology

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 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. Another name for β Scorpio is Graffias. Beta Scorpii appears on the flag of Brazil, symbolising the state of Maranhão.


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

Fixed Star

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Acrab Star Astrology

Fixed star Acrab is of the nature of Mars and Saturn. 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]

Along with the other stars on the Head of the Scorpion; Dschubba (δ, delta), and Jabbah (ν, nu) were the Euphratean Gis-gan-gu-sur, ‘the Light of Hero’, or ‘the Tree of the Garden of Light’, “placed in the midst of the abyss,” and so reminding us of that other tree, the Tree of Life, in the midst of the Garden of Eden”. This star, Acrab, β, and δ (Dschubba) was selected by the Babylonian astronomers, to point out their 23d ecliptic constellation, which the German orientalist Epping called Qablu (und qabu)sha rishu aqrabi, “the Middle of the Head of the Scorpion.” [3]

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

Constellation Scorpio 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]

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] Julian Assange 0°48′

Part of Fortune conjunct Acrab: JonBenét Ramsey 1°49′, Frederick the Great 1°57′

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

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] Oprah Winfrey 1°58′

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

Venus conjunct Acrab: Dishonest, self-seeking, energetic, able, favorable for gain. [1] Margaret Thatcher 0°04′, Jeane Dixon 1°03′

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

Jupiter conjunct Acrab: Hypocritical, real or pretended religious zeal, legacies attended by legal difficulties. [1] Amy Winehouse 1°21′, Hillary Clinton 1°57′.

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] Joseph Goebbels 1°31′

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′, Prince William of Cambridge 1°27′

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] Dwayne Johnson 1°39′, Elon Musk 1°59′

North Node conjunct Acrab: David Beckham 1°46′, Mel B 1°57′, Angelina Jolie 1°58′

South Node conjunct Acrab: James Woods 0°33′, O. J. Simpson 0°59′, Mark Twain 1°37′, Arnold Schwarzenegger 1°54′


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. Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889, p.367.
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.

11 thoughts on “Acrab Star – Beta Scorpii

  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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