Fixed Star Al Hecka

Al Hecka at 24°47′ Gemini has an orb of 2°20′
Fixed Star Al Hecka

Taurus Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Al Hecka on June 15

Fixed star Al Hecka, Zeta Tauri, is a 3.01 magnitude bright blue binary star located on the tip of the Southern Horn of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Spectral type B2 IIIpe.

The origin of the traditional Arabic name Al Hecka is obscure, but it closely resembles Al Hak’ah, which means The White Spot (on the horn tip). In ancient Babylon, it was called Shurnarkabti-sha-Shutu, the southern star bull horn.

In China, ζ Tauri is called 天關, Tiānguān, or Tien Kuan, which means Celestial [Frontier] Gate, an asterism within the Net (畢宿 Bì Xiù) mansion. On June 30, 2017, Zeta Tauri was officially named Tianguan by the International Astronomical Union.


22 ♊ 59
23 ♊ 28
24 ♊ 47
28 ♊ 34
28 ♊ 45

Fixed Star

Al Hecka



Al Hecka Astrology

Al Hecka is of the nature of Mars. It gives violence, male violence and danger of accidents. Sometimes called “The Driver”. [1]

ζ Tauri. A bluish star with peculiarities. Spectral class B2p. Located on the Bull’s south horn. Anciently, this star was considered of mischievous influence, and also violently malevolent. Apparently, it was at one time an orange star. This star imparts to its natives a fondness for power, ability to lead, kingly preferment, high honors, wealth, renown. Negatively — gives its natives a sense of suspicion, leaning towards questionable associates, unpleasant habits. [5]

Al Hecka, ζ Tauri, marks the tip of the bull’s southern horn and, as we might expect for this piece of weaponry, Ptolemy classed it as a Mars star. Tracing the Arabic origin of the name is not made easy, early Western scholars having generally made a poor job of that language. It may derive from Al Qarn, The Horn, a difficult near-K sound for us to pronounce, but more closely, it resembles Al Haikal, which can mean either a Huge Beast (such as a bull) or a Temple. To the Chinese, it was Tien Gwan, the Heavenly Gate, so the Arabic ‘Temple’ is at least as likely as Huge Beast. One further possible Arabic origin is from Al Hak’ah, the White Spot (on the horn tip).

Astrologically it is counted an unfortunate star. Al Hecka gives a combative nature with the tongue, and sometimes manually too, which can indeed lead to misfortune, although the victim may well be convinced that it is ‘all for the cause and that the ‘reward in Heaven’ will compensate for the suffering here below. [3]

Al Hecka represents the 13th vertebra from the top of the spine (6th dorsal). [4]

Constellation Taurus

Ptolemy makes the following observations: “Those stars in Taurus which are in the abscission of the sign resemble in their temperament the influence of Venus, and in some degree that of Saturn . . . the stars in the head (except Aldebaran) resemble Saturn, and, partly, Mercury; and those at the top of the horns are like Mars.” By the Kabalists Taurus is associated with the Hebrew letter Aleph and the 1st Tarot Trump “The Juggler.” In all the ancient Zodiacs, Taurus is the beginning sign and marked the Vernal Equinox from about 4,000 to 1,700 B.C. [1]

The constellation was an object of worship in primitive cultures throughout the ages. To the ancient Egyptians, it was the bull-god Orissi, but according to R. A. Allen in Star Names and Their Meanings, the star was also worshiped by the Babylonians, Chinese, Druids, and some tribes of Amazon Indians. Its stars, according to Tetrabiblos are: “…like Venus along the line where the constellation is cut off [Taurus is represented as the head and fore-part only of a charging bull. These are the stars 5-Tau, 4-Tau, 3-Tau, 0-Tau, and 30-Tau.]: those in the Pleiades have the nature of the Moon and Jupiter; the one in the Hyades that is bright and somewhat reddish called Troch (Aldebaran) has a  ‘temperament’ like that of Mars; the others (in the Hyades) like that of Saturn and moderately like that of Mercury; and those (stars) in the tips of the horns, like that of Mars.” With the exception of El Nath (constellation of the Charioteer), all the named stars in Ptolemy’s catalog of this constellation are in the Hyades and Pleiades. The Bull is now called Taurus (Tau) and traditionally presages the results of the beginnings of large political undertakings. The constellation also portends that which affects wild animals, especially those dangerous to man. [2]

Zeta Tauri, Tianguan, Al Hecka

Zeta Tauri, Tianguan []

Fixed Star Al Hecka Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Al Hecka: Kamala Harris 0°08′ (and N.Node), Jamison Twins 0°17′, Theodore Roosevelt 1°47′, LeBron James 1°51′

Midheaven conjunct Al Hecka: Paul McCartney 0°14′, Tiger Woods 0°31′, Franklin D. Roosevelt 1°01′, Hugh Hefner 1°26′, Walt Disney 1°29′, Emma Watson 1°34′, Francisco Franco 1°43′

Descendant conjunct Al Hecka: Agatha Christie 0°21′, Jimi Hendrix 0°41′, Richard Ramirez 1°32′, Warren Buffett 1°41′, Stormy Daniels 1°43′.

Part of Fortune conjunct Al Hecka: Jim Carrey 0°27′, David Berkowitz 0°42′, Amelia Earhart 0°45′ (and Neptune), Donald Rumsfeld 0°49′, Kourtney Kardashian 1°54′, Vladimir Putin 1°58′, William S. Burroughs 2°03′

Sun conjunct Al Hecka: Suspicious, reserved, studious, unfavorable for health and especially for the lungs, aptitude for military enterprise and stratagems but danger of deceit and ambushes. [1]

High preferment in government, legal, and all matters dealing with the public. Good fortune, prosperity,  honors. Negatively it brings its natives a suspicious nature, one who will question everything, lean towards questionable associates. [5]

Vera Atkins 0°00′ (and Pluto), William Butler Yeats 0°02′, Xi Jinping 0°51′, Donald Trump 1°06′, Boy George 1°27′.

Moon conjunct Al Hecka: Quarrels, evil habits and company, depravity. [1]

This star brings a sense of independence, a desire to explore new ideas, new areas, the native can become adventurous. Negatively it brings to its natives poor associates, unpleasant habits and the native can become cantankerous. [5]

Khloé Kardashian 0°45′, Bonnie Parker 0°54′, Catherine the Great 2°07′, Nicholas Culpeper 2°14′.

Mercury conjunct Al Hecka: Hasty temper, selfishness, greed, dissipation, legal and business troubles, poor health, domestic troubles and separation from wife or children, low companions, loss of wealth and poverty. [1]

This conjunction can bring to its natives good reasoning powers, eloquence and writing ability. Negatively it brings to its natives undesirable personality traits, poor emotional control, greed, dissipation, subject to many losses, financial and legal problems. Domestic problems. [5]

Mel B 0°50′, Bob Dylan 0°54′, Pierre Cardin 1°18′, Cecilia Bartoli 1°29′, Angelina Jolie 2°06′.

Venus conjunct Al Hecka: Unfortunate, low companions, bad environment. [1]

This conjunction brings to its natives romantic inclinations; they are generally pleasant, original, mentally keen individuals. They are affected greatly by their environment. Negatively it brings to the native misfortunes, romantic problems, domestic problems and the natives generally create their own sorrows. Turbulence possible. [5]

Alexis Arquette 0°09′, André the Giant 0°27′ (and N.Node), Richard Branson 0°32′, Adele 0°43′, Frida Kahlo 0°51′, Dwayne Johnson 1°00′, Megan Fox 1°03′, Julian Assange 1°05′, Cat Stevens 1°05′, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 2°01′, Priyanka Chopra 2°13′

Mars conjunct Al Hecka: Evil companions, bad habits, sex troubles, and afflictions of a Mars-Venus type. [1]

The native is quite aggressive, restless and mentally very active, always seeking new ideas, new outlets. Negatively this star brings to its natives a tendency towards gravitating towards undesirables, dissipation, misfortune, affliction. Turbulence is possible under this conjunction. [5]

Dwayne Johnson 0°30′, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 0°34′, Sirhan Sirhan 1°23′, Martin Luther King 1°53′

Jupiter conjunct Al Hecka: Hypocrisy, dissipation, business losses and disgrace. [1]

High public preferment, lasting popularity: The native aims high and generally reach what they aim for. [5]

Michael Moore 0°14′, Clint Eastwood 0°16′, Theodore Roosevelt 1°44′

Saturn conjunct Al Hecka: Uncontrolled passions, drink, debauchery, perverted genius, clever writer of undesirable literature, luxurious surroundings but little wealth, isolated or confined at end of life, domestic unhappiness, accidents if Mars is also afflicting. [1]

Robert De Niro 0°10′, Keith Richards 1°02′, Nicolaus Copernicus 1°10′, Mick Jagger 2°01′

Uranus conjunct Al Hecka: Legal difficulties, trouble through occultism, danger of imprisonment but help from friends, unfavorable for love and marriage, parental disharmony, little wealth, death from an accident. [1]

(No orb): This is a difficult energy point in the body. The vertebra becomes slightly twisted causing a disruptive energy flow to this area. The problem is incurable. These persons are unable to bend at the waistline, and must wear a support to relieve the pressure from the rest of the body. Sitting does not relieve the stress but actually aggravates it. They do not accomplish much in this life due to the fact that they are in pain most of the time. Another difficulty can be experienced through an inflammation of the pancreas, thus bringing on pain when digesting their food. These persons should not drink alcoholic beverages as they can also experience an inflammation of the kidneys. This is a very karmic position as these individuals have limited their accomplishments in this lifetime. If the planet Neptune is square to Uranus at this point, the vertebra will begin to literally dissolve. Attempts to place an artificial piece at this point will only result in failure to solve the problem. [4]

Steve Forbes 0°08′, Queen Camilla 0°12′, Arnold Schwarzenegger 0°26′, O. J. Simpson 0°36′, Alice Cooper 1°40′, Salman Rushdie 1°49′, Hillary Clinton 1°52′, Stephen King 2°03′

Neptune conjunct Al Hecka: Accidents, secret enemies, great psychic powers, wife may be sickly or die soon after marriage, favorable for gain but many losses in latter part of life, sudden troubles of a Mars nature. [1]

M. C. Escher 0°58′, Joseph Goebbels 1°08′, Vito Genovese 1°37′, Lucky Luciano 1°43′, Amelia Earhart 1°48′ (and POF).

Pluto conjunct Al Hecka: Frida Kahlo 0°15′, Vera Atkins 0°46′ (and Sun), Arthur Koestler 0°46′.

North Node conjunct Al Hecka: Vincent van Gogh 0°15′, Kamala Harris 1°29′ (and AC), André the Giant 1°53′ (and Venus), Liza Minnelli 1°59′, Billie Eilish 2°14′.

South Node conjunct Al Hecka: Billy Bob Thornton 0°09′, Pope Francis I 0°21′, Kenneth Copeland 0°26′, Miley Cyrus 2°15′.


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.125.
  2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.34-36.
  3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.39.
  4. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.37.
  5. The Power of the Fixed Stars, Joseph E. Rigor, 1979, p.90-91.
  • All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

2 thoughts on “Fixed Star Al Hecka

  1. Yikes! This is 2′ away from my Gemini Sun at 27′! I have lived a violence free life so far.

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