Fixed Star Alcyone

Alcyone at 00°00′ Gemini has an orb of 2°00′
Fixed Star Alcyone

Taurus Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Alcyone on May 20

Fixed Star Alcyone, Eta Tauri, is a 2.9 magnitude greenish-yellow star and the brightest in the Pleiades star cluster of the Bull, Taurus Constellation. The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, are in the Shoulder of the Bull. The traditional name Alcyone comes from the mythological daughter of Atlas, Alcyone, and she is the Central One or Hen of the Pleiades sisters who Poseidon seduced.

The Pleiades are the daughters of Atlas. One day Orion saw them and became enamored and pursued them. Jupiter put them in the sky to save them from Orion. Though their number is seven, only six stars were visible to the naked eye when this group was named. It is said that Electra was the missing star because she left her place so that she might not behold the ruin of Troy. [2]

Degree*Fixed StarOrb
05♊48Hyadum I1°30′
06♊52Hyadum II1°30′
Lascaux Bulls Panorama

Lascaux Bulls Panorama

The Lascaux Bulls Panorama above shows The Pleiades constellation accurately represented in its relative position in the sky over the bull’s shoulder. It was painted around 17,000 years ago.

Alcyone Star Astrology

Fixed Star Alcyone causes love, eminence, blindness from fevers, smallpox, and accidents to the face. The Pleiades are said to make their natives wanton, ambitious, turbulent, optimistic and peaceful; to give many journeys and voyages, success in agriculture and through active intelligence; and to cause blindness, disgrace, and violent death. Alcyone is of the nature of the Moon and Mars (adventurous, treacherous, insolent, wanton, brutal, danger to the eyes.) Their influence is distinctly evil, and there is no astrological warrant for the oft-quoted passage Job (xxxviii. 31), “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades…?” which is probably a mistranslation.

Pleiades (Agrippa 1531).svgAlcyone is one of the 15 Behenian Fixed Stars. Its image is a little virgin or lamp. It strengthens the eyesight, assembles spirits, raises winds and reveals secret and hidden things. Rules crystal and the stone Diodocus, the herb Diacedon, frankincense, fennel and quicksilver. [1]

Alcyone is a class B star and of the nature of Jupiter in our scheme. It is noteworthy that all the stars of the Pleiades are also of spectral class B. Is it any wonder that Ptolemy claimed this group as having the nature of both the Moon and Jupiter? While the Pleiades have a generally good reputation during that time of the year when they are hidden by the Sun’s rays (approximately 40 days), they can be of great harm to humanity. At this time, with other correlative indications in the chart, they can occasion the death of a great number of people.

In the charts of individuals, they can presage blindness and accidents to sight at these times. Special attention should also be given to the adverse nature of the Pleiades at the time of an eclipse. But at other times, the Pleiades can indeed be fortunate. They give success in agriculture and trade conducted upon the seas. As a group, they are especially indicative of events that affect the family and family life. [2]

Alcyone, as representative of all Pleiades, is given a larger orb than is usual. The Pleiades correspond in their influence to a combination of the Moon and Mars. If well-connected otherwise, this points to ambition and endeavor, which have as their result preferment, honor and glory. The power of Mars is good in raising people to high positions. However, with other relevant planetary connections, this can make for high passion and ruthlessness. The best example here is Stalin. Alcyone, Pluto and Algol are in conjunction in his nativity. Unfavorable connections bring the danger of enmity and fall from power.

The influence of the Pleiades has sometimes been noted as not a good one for eyesight. Disturbance of proper sight, injuries to the eyes, even blindness (especially when the Sun and Moon are closely aspected by it), and when the Pleiades are in critical aspect to Mars or Saturn. Alcyone is not a good omen with regard to relationships with the opposite sex. Connected with Neptune, it is supposed to give inclination to homosexuality. [3]

It is doubtful if any other small star group has had so much written about it as the famed ‘Seven Sisters.’ Not one culture anywhere on Earth has failed to make an important celestial station of them, and always with feminine connotations. Alcyone, η Tauri, and the whole Pleiades group are noted in astrology for their association with deep sorrows and tragedies, bereavements showing strongly with this star. Its position by longitude soon after Algol in Perseus may account for the gloomy quality since Algol is much connotative with a violent death in mundane astrology, and that, of course, means bereavement for someone else.

As a practicing astrological consultant, however, the present author has found that one or both of these stars prominent, even though ‘afflicted,’ on one’s horoscope makes for an excellent counselor to others in the time of bereavement, with a special gift for bringing out the brighter spiritual significance of death as the transition to Greater Life and this so very often relieves the counselor him or herself from the misery that others so commonly suffer in that area of life. [4]

Alcyone star rules the base of the neck. It is the major connection to the central nervous system in the human body. [5]

Constellation Taurus

Taurus was an object of worship in primitive cultures throughout the ages. To the ancient Egyptians, it was the bull-god Orissi, but the star was also worshiped by the Babylonians, Chinese, Druids, and some tribes of Amazon Indians. Taurus 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]

3rd Arabic Manzil – Al-Thurayya

Profitable to sailors, huntsmen and alchemists.

With Moon: Plant and sow but do not marry or travel by water.

18th Chinese Xiù – 昴 (Mǎo) Hairy Head

The Chinese character for this mansion is a closed door surmounted by the Sun. The ancients maintained that when the Pleiades flickered, it presaged invasion by barbarians. The Pleiades were regarded as the ears and eyes of Heaven. For this reason, they were said to preside over the end of criminal hearings or judicial proceedings.

It is said to presage lawsuits and deaths in the family, governing invasion, judgment, and punishment. Generally unfavorable for most things. The result of misjudged actions is regarded as heralding unhappiness. Marriages end with the separation of the partners. Newborn children are as old men with white beards near to the grave.

Fixed Star Alcyone Star Pleiades Star Cluster Astrology

Pleiades Star Cluster

Alcyone Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Alcyone: Blindness, ophthalmia, injuries to the eyes and face, disgrace, wounds, stabs, exile, imprisonment, sickness, violent fevers, quarrels, violent lust, military preferment, trouble and loss through women. If, at the same time, the Sun is in opposition either to the Ascendant or to Mars, violent death. [1]

The Pleiades rising indicates a person to whom luxury and lust play an important part in their life. They are likely to drink too much, will desire to be well-dressed, and even misuse beauty aids, such as using an excessive amount of perfume. The rising Pleiades also indicate those who are homosexual, like to be flattered, and (with a poorly positioned Mercury) impudent in speech.

Vespasian 0°35′ (and Uranus), JonBenét Ramsey 0°41′, Miley Cyrus 1°16′, Linda Goodman 1°43′, Frederick the Great 1°53′

Descendant conjunct Alcyone: The Pleiades setting can have just the opposite nature. If aspected by benefics (when setting), the indications are of a pleasant death, and if aspected by both malefics and benefits, the native is said to be fond of arts and perhaps even become a painter who will acquire great honors in his lifetime.

As an example of the fortunate nature of the Pleiades, Josephus, the great Jewish historian (37? -100), wrote that during the investment of Jerusalem by Antiochus Epiphanes in 170 B.C., the besieged suffered from a severe lack of water. Still, the city was finally relieved “by a large shower of rain which fell at the setting of the Pleiades.” [2]

Liz Greene 0°43′, Justin Bieber 0°52′, Diego Maradona 1°12′

Midheaven conjunct Alcyone: Disgrace, ruin, imprisonment, violent death. If with the luminaries, it makes its natives military captains, commanders, colonels of horse and emperors. [1]

Over half of the famous people listed below did not experience “disgrace, ruin, imprisonment, violent death.” It does apply to those in bold:

Jan Brożek 0°00′, Max Amann 0°07′, Yannick Noah 0°07′ (and Sun, Mercury), Conan O’Brien 0°09′, Sylvia Kristel 0°09′, Prince Alexander John of Wales 0°15′, Josephine Baker 0°23′, Montgomery Clift 0°25′, Erwin Villain 0°33′, Erik Menendez 0°40′, Don Johnson 0°59′, Patty Hearst 1°05′, Albrecht Dürer 1°14′, Billy Bob Thornton 1°35′, Julius Evola 1°39′ (and Sun), William Gerhardie 1°45′, Woody Allen 1°56′, Charles I of England 1°55′, Lao She 1°58′.

Imum Coeli conjunct Alcyone: Erwin Rommel 0°59′

Part of Fortune conjunct Alcyone: Charles Ponzi 1°02′ (and Pluto), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 1°05′, Angelina Jolie 1°05′, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex 1°39′

Sun conjunct Alcyone: Throat ailments, chronic catarrh, blindness, bad eyes, injuries to the face, sickness, disgrace, evil disposition, murderer or murdered, imprisonment, death by pestilence, blows, stabs, shooting, beheading or shipwreck. If in the 7th house, blindness, especially if Saturn or Mars, is with Regulus. If with Mars and Venus, the native will be a potent king obeyed by many people but subject to many infirmities. [1]

Julius Evola 0°07′ (and MC), Cher 0°14′, Malcolm Fraser 0°35′, André the Giant 1°15′, Laurence Olivier 1°16′, Jeffrey Dahmer 1°22′, Novak Djokovic 1°26′, Yannick Noah 1°54′ (and MC, Mercury)

Moon conjunct Alcyone: Injuries to the face, sickness, misfortune, wounds, stabs, disgrace, imprisonment, blindness, defective sight, especially if in the Ascendant or one of the other angles, may be cross-eyed, color-blind, or the eyes may be affected by some growth. If in the 7th house, total blindness, especially if Saturn or Mars is with Regulus and the Moon is combust. [1]

Tucker Carlson 0°09′, Allison DuBois 0°36′ (and Saturn), Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán 0°52′, Frida Kahlo 1°01′, Ronaldinho 1°05′

Mercury conjunct Alcyone: Many disappointments, loss of possessions, much loss from legal affairs, business failure, trouble through children. [1]

Sigmund Freud 0°11′, George H. W. Bush 0°24′, Yannick Noah 0°51′ (and MC, Sun), Adele 1°04′, Malcolm Fraser 1°14′, Audrey Hepburn 1°19′, Laurence Olivier 1°23′

Venus conjunct Alcyone: Immoral, strong passions, disgrace through women, sickness, loss of fortune. [1]

Nigel Farage 0°01′, Rudy Giuliani 0°04′, Karl Marx 0°04′, Marguerite de Navarre 0°07′

Mars conjunct Alcyone: Many accidents to the head, loss and suffering through fires. If, at the same time, Saturn is with Regulus, violent death in a tumult. [1]

Andy Warhol 0°45′

Jupiter conjunct Alcyone: Deceit, hypocrisy, legal and ecclesiastical troubles, loss through relatives, banishment or imprisonment. [1]

Zoë Kravitz 0°04′, Bob Dylan 0°30′, Anne Frank 0°56′, Conor McGregor 1°15′

Saturn conjunct Alcyone: Cautious, much sickness, tumorous ailments, chronic sickness to family, many losses. [1]

This causes great difficulty by upsetting the energy flow through the nervous system, the head area and the shoulder blades. The difficulty would begin as blurred vision, and if Saturn is poorly aspected, there would be no vision at all. For this to occur, Saturn must be placed directly on the degree with no orb allowance. Numbness and sharp pains through the shoulder blades would occur at times. Both the eyes and the shoulder blades are affected at this point, and those attempting to diagnose the problem will not be able to determine that the problem stems from the central nervous system. There is no cure for this problem, but it can be alleviated if these individuals will accept the opinions of others and turn to the spiritual. They are the ones who care nothing about the opinions of others, and they would be the chronic complainers, especially when help is offered to them. If they would just turn to the spiritual, they would find some relief, but with Saturn at this degree, it would be very, very difficult for these individuals to change. [5]

Allison DuBois 0°00′ (and Moon), Alan Turing 0°19′, Mark Wahlberg 1°13′, Richard Nixon 1°17′, Elon Musk 1°37′

Uranus conjunct Alcyone: Active mind, deformity from birth or through an accident in childhood, many accidents and troubles, many unexpected losses often through fire or enemies, marriage partner proves false, especially if female, troubles through women, occult interests, unfavorable for children, if any, and lack of harmony with them, heavy losses at the end of life, violent death. [1]

Emmett Till 0°28′, Bobby Fischer 1°′46, George Pell 1°46′, Vespasian 1°55′ (and AC). 

Neptune conjunct Alcyone: Bold, military preferment, honor, wealth, help from friends, many serious accidents, many travels, a somewhat dishonorable occupation involving secrecy, ill-health to marriage partner and peculiar conditions respecting parentage, bad for children, may lose everything at the end of life, violent death, often abroad while following occupation. [1]

Pluto conjunct Alcyone: Pablo Picasso 0°26′, Helen Keller 0°33′, Charles Ponzi 0°54′ (and POF), Franklin D. Roosevelt 0°59′, James Joyce 0°59′

North Node conjunct Alcyone: Steve Forbes 0°26′, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex 1°03′, Arnold Schwarzenegger 1°17′, Martin Luther King 1°30′, Mark Twain 1°33′, Salman Rushdie 1°57′. 

South Node conjunct Alcyone: David Beckham 1°26′, Angelina Jolie 1°14′, Mel B 1°14′


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.119, 182.
  2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.34.
  3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.17.
  4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.38.
  5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.22.
  • All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

10 thoughts on “Fixed Star Alcyone

  1. Omg – one of my ex’s has this star conjunct his Sun – this is him! Spot on with liking to be well dressed, the luxury, drinking too much and I believed him to be a “closet gay” to be honest! Or bisexual – I’ll most likely never know?!

    • Omg..same old flame born May 22 1976.Drinks too much, and closet gay/bisexual tendencies.Scandals galore, always the subject of some sort of gossip.Bankruptcy, imprisonment and trouble thru children.10th house Sun so publicly well known reputation for being all these things.Crikey!

  2. I get a little freaked out because my midheaven is at 01 gemini, thus conjunct Alcyone. And my north node is at 25 taurus, thus conjunct Caput Algol.
    Am I to fear a violent death by beheading? 🙁

  3. there is no astrological warrant for the oft-quoted passage Job (xxxviii. 31) “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades…?” which is probably a mistranslation.

    lol sun conjunct alcyone. job first book i read in bible i agree.. our light is sweet, but shadow quite eerie

    • I have Alcyone conjunct my IC. Is the interpretation basically the opposite of Alcyone conjunct the MC?

  4. What is the origin of the glyphs/images included in these pages? I have this Alcyone glyph tattooed on me, didn’t put much thought into it, I found the image on the internet somewhere, knew it was associated with the Pleiades and thought it looked cool. Turns out, I have Alcyone conjunct my sun (28 degrees Taurus). Freaky!

  5. Having Saturn in Regulus and Mars in Alcyone, I got that violent death in tumult thing. Hmmm

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