Fixed Star Alwaid

Alwaid at 11°58′ Sagittarius as an orb of 2°00′
Fixed Star Alwaid

Draco Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Alwaid on December 4

Fixed star Alwaid, Beta Draconis, is a binary star system located in the head of the Dragon, Draco Constellation. Combined magnitude 2.79, spectral type G2Ib-IIa, color yellow. The companion star is much fainter. [1]

The traditional and official name Rastaban comes from the Arabic phrase ra’s ath-thu’ban, meaning “the head of the serpent,” referring to the star marking the Dragon’s head. It was also traditionally known as Asuia and Alwaid. Alwaid comes from the Arabic Al’ Awai’d (the Mother Camels). [1]

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Alwaid Astrology

Fixed star Alwaid has the spectral type G2, indicating the planetary nature of the Sun.

RASTABAN. β Draconis. A binary yellow star situated in the head of the Dragon, and anciently called “The Nebulous Star in the Dragon’s Eye.” From Al Ras al Thuban, the Dragon’s Head. Of the nature of Saturn and Mars. It gives loss of property, violence, criminal inclinations and accidents. [2]

RASTABAN. β Draconis. A binary yellow star in the dragon’s head. This star is also known as Alwaid. Spectral class G. This star gives wealth, honors, prominence, high preferment, losses, violence, dishonor. [3]

Rastaban, the Dragon’s Head, β Draconis, is another Saturn-Venus star to keep up the healing theme of Serpens and Ophiuchus. The implication is that: Open up this head full of knowledge, and we really do have the key to our ills and the healing of them. [4]

The orange star Rastaban was worshipped (as was Thuban) by the ancient Egyptians. It was the pole star about 3500 B.C. The Karnak temples of Rameses and Khons ata Thebes were oriented to this star. [5]

Fixed star Alwaid rules the left side of the spine at the second vertebra from the bottom (Sixth Lumbar). [6]

Constellation Draco

According to Ptolemy the bright stars are like Saturn and Mars. Draco gives an artistic and emotional but somber nature, a penetrating and analytical mind, much travel and many friends but danger of robbery and of accidental poisoning. It was said by the Ancients that when a comet was here poison was scattered over the world. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Mem and the 13th Tarot Trump “Death.” [2]

The early astrologers called Draco “The Poisonous Dragon”. The constellation is especially hurtful to mineral resources, and presages the pollution of rivers and the air. The Moon’s Nodes are named after this constellation. The Dragon’s Head (North Node) and the Dragon’s Tail (South Node) refer to the Moon’s undulating course symbolized by the twisting of the Dragon about the North Pole. [5]

Beta Draconis, Rastaban

Beta Draconis, Rastaban []

Fixed Star Alwaid Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Alwaid: Whoever was born with this constellation rising will be Marsi (wizards and snake-charmers), who are accustomed to prepare beneficial remedies from poisons and the pigments of herbs. [7]

Brad Pitt 0°28′, Eric Burdon 1°13′, Elvis Presley 1°19′, Friedrich Nietzsche 1°34′ (and Moon).

Midheaven conjunct Alwaid: William S. Burroughs 0°28′, Anton LaVey 0°40′, Emmett Till 1°04′.

Descendant conjunct Alwaid: But if this constellation is found in the DSC, they will perish struck by the bite or serpents, or surely by having drunk poison. [7]

Phil Spector 0°19′, Kristen Stewart 0°21′, Jeane Dixon 1°31′.

Part of Fortune conjunct Alwaid: Uri Geller 1°07′, Sigmund Freud 1°26′, Holly Parker 1°31′.

Sun conjunct Alwaid: In the average nativity, this star gives preferment in government, writings, martial and matters dealing with the public. The native can enjoy honors and exercise considerable influence or become a manipulator. There can be a rise followed by a fall. Natives with this conjunction can subject themselves to involvement in matters that can create many problems. In cases where the family environment was less than satisfactory these natives can become manipulators of events or people and eventually the native will face legal problems, disgrace, even violence. [3]

Jeff Bridges 1°37′, Britney Spears 1°38′, William Blake 1°40′.

Moon conjunct Alwaid: Blindness, wounds, quarrels, bruises, stabs, blows and kicks from horses. [2]

The native will attract friends, but in danger of losing them; the native can enjoy public preferment, honors in sports, astrology, the arts, but must exercise caution not to get involved in activities that could cause legal entanglements, or social problems. [3]

Yoko Ono 0°06′, Friedrich Nietzsche 0°14′ (and AC), Alice Cooper 0°53′, Nicolaus Copernicus 0°58′ (and Jupiter), Lucky Luciano 1°04′, Bernadette Brady 1°11′, Lilly Wachowski 1°16′, Michael Jordan 1°25′.

in March 1868, while jumping into the saddle of his horse, Nietzsche struck his chest against the pommel and tore two muscles in his left side, leaving him exhausted and unable to walk for months. [wiki]

Mercury conjunct Alwaid: The natives generosity can be abused by friends, friends desert the native. Possible domestic problems, even violence. The native is honorable, just and may become popular. [3]

Venus conjunct Alwaid: This conjunction produces prominence for the native, this could be either good or bad, depending upon the polarity of the nativity. Domestic problems and the possibility of wrong attachments. [3]

Diego Maradona 0°46′.

Mars conjunct Alwaid: These natives exhibit a strength of character, can be argumentative and have a fondness for lively discussions on serious subjects. There is a negative aspect to this conjunction to which all natives are subject and that is impulsiveness. The native with this conjunction that becomes impulsive can subject themselves to self destruction, unexpected actions. Chronic, difficult-to-diagnose or serious illness possible. [3]

(1°30′ orb): These individuals love to inflict lasting pain on others through the use of razors. They love to cut things open with razors and are the ones who enjoy severing parts from the body of a person, such as severing nerves from different parts of the body or torturing animals and watching them writhe in pain. This is the criminal who cannot be changed. Some with this degree who are brought up in a higher part of society would still do these things whether they have a job doing this or not. There have been doctors and others in the military who indulged in this either as an experiment or to exact a confession from someone. They enjoy severing nerves, especially along the spine, throat and sexual areas. They work their way into situations where there is no one to control them so they can do what they wish. These natives have chosen this criminal route throughout many incarnations either as the abuser or the abused, and will stay in it for a very long time. The cycle is a very long and very wide one. They are persons who have murdered in a former life, and who have been murdered in return, and the cycles continue. [6]

Mariah Carey 0°07′, Bruce McLaren 0°24′ (and N. Node), Pierre Cardin 1°39′.

Jupiter conjunct Alwaid: High preferment in sports, martial, financial matters. [3]

Nicolaus Copernicus 0°00′ (and Moon), Nero 0°03′.

Saturn conjunct Alwaid (1°30′ orb): This is very difficult as it affects both sides of the spine. There is a restriction of energy at this point so that the individual must stay in bed often. The second and third vertebra actually deteriorate through the lack of calcium. They are in much pain even if they try to walk just one foot away. The deterioration will be noticed at about thirty years of age. They should always lay on their stomach and not their spine. They can work so long as it not in a heavy or physical task. When sitting, they should always have a cushion, and others use braces to help them sit up to keep the weight off the spine. An operation on this part of the body will only worsen the problem. The area needs to be rubbed frequently and drinking raspberry tea three times per week should be taken, alternating with chamomile tea which will lubricate and help clear the system. Vitamins A and E will also be very helpful. Additionally, they should eat almonds and drink small amounts of milk, with some fruit each day. [6]

Andrew Tate 0°09′, Julius Evola 0°46′, Sid Vicious 1°11′, Tony Abbott 1°24′, Andy Warhol 1°37′.

Uranus conjunct Alwaid: This is very crippling to the body, as the muscles are not stable on both sides of the spine. Spasms of the muscles here create instability causing the person to collapse when the spasm hits the spinal area. This is not a continuous problem, but the individual never knows when a spasm will take place. Raspberry tea taken three times per week and alternating with chamomile tea will greatly help this problem. Stretching the body each day by bending forward while sitting or standing will also help reduce the spasms as it will increase the blood flow to this part of the body. Results will not be seen immediately, but continued stretching will greatly alleviate the problem. [6]

Ben Shapiro 0°12′, Katy Perry 0°18′, Mark Zuckerberg 0°33′, Heinrich Himmler 1°02′, Khloé Kardashian 1°14′.

Neptune conjunct Alwaid: Drew Barrymore 0°04′, David Beckham 0°26′, Tiger Woods 0°53′, Alexei Navalny 0°54′, Mel B 1°08′, Angelina Jolie 1°18′, Sarah Paulson 1°39′.

Pluto conjunct Alwaid: Nostradamus 1°21′ (DD).

North Node conjunct Alwaid: Ariana Grande 0°05′, Bruce McLaren 0°19′ (and Mars), Pablo Picasso 0°53′, Leonardo DiCaprio 1°13′, Tycho Brahe 1°24′.

South Node conjunct Alwaid: Che Guevara 0°26′, Gianni Versace 0°31′, Steven Spielberg 0°33′, Uri Geller 0°34′, Ted Bundy 0°54′, David Bowie 1°26′.

  1. Rastaban (β Dra): Star Facts.
  2. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.43, 194.
  3. The Power of the Fixed Stars, Joseph E. Rigor, 1979, p.170-171.
  4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.158.
  5. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.10.
  6. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.107.
  7. Mathesis, Julius Firmicus Maternus, 336 AD, xvii.7.
  • All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

17 thoughts on “Fixed Star Alwaid

  1. Jamie, Ok, I have Mars at 10 degrees Sagittarius and I am NOT like any of the descriptions you mention here for Alwaid or Antares!!! This is a gruesome and horrific description of how I express my Mars. And I am an Aries! Please explain?

    • I understand that you don’t relate to Alwaid because its orb is 1°40′ and the much stronger Antares overpowers it in your case. Antares with Mars is no where as gruesome as this one. Mars conjunct Antares is actually “favorable for gain.” Any negative impact would also be lessened by helpful aspects to your Mars from other planets. Your level of spiritual evolution also plays a big part in how these stars manifest.

  2. I actually have saturn conjunct alwaid, Jamie. 11 degrees Sagittarius. As well..Saturn just hit the natal degree recently. My first Saturn Return. That being said, I think that the language that was used in older times sounds more fatalistic in our minds. Honestly i do believe some planetary things were indeed more fataliatic back in those times. Energy must always express itself and it will always take the path of least resistance; as energy is always “wired ” to conserve itself. There honestly weren’t as many options as there are now. If someone had an affliction to the second house in the Middle Ages, they very well most likely would indeed be a beggar. Asking for bread and gruel from passersby. Nowadays…we have options. I also think these options also match our spiritual evolution. If we live and breathe in this day, we ha be qualified for it. And we have, at least, evolved enough to live in such an age. A mars transit in this age; it could mean an argument at work, that is forgotten the next week. It could mean a sexual encounter after a bar trip. It could mean repainting the house and renovating the kitchen. Many things. In the older times, a mars transit may actually indeed kill someone. We live longer than we did in the past. Every planet has orbited the same signs and done the same aspects for ages. The fixed stars have always been there as well. I believe that the evolution of the soul, defines the parameters of the expression of the energy that they are born into. It simply is not of any use any more, for wholly fatalistic expressions of energy. Theres not much that a soul living in 2016, can learn from some of the same potential realities that many people from the past experienced, with the same energy. I also believe that this language is partly symbolic as well. True psychological and abstract thought had not been developed yet. But people back then were also less literal. Just as they say of the lion, the bull, the ram…they mean Leo, Taurus, and Aries. I do indeed believe that who we have evolved to become firstly dictates how any energy we possess, manifests. A mars transit to the 6th house, of a 90 yr old woman very much indeed may cause her bodily harm and health issues. Because she has evolved to be an old woman. Beyond certain expressions of energy. If she was 25 and had that same transit…she would most likely just join a gym. Or have a larger work load for a month or two. If she had not evolved to handle direct work and energy…or was an inactive recluse, shed probably break her leg instead of joining a gym. Energy will take the easiest route to expression. So all we have to do to potentially augment the expression of natal or transit energy, is to alter what the energy is working with in the first place. A highly balanced, responsible, and hard working human being may not even notice a saturn transit. As they have embraced the energy of saturn to the point that saturn is seen as familiar. So there is no resistance. Unbeknownst to them, they just act in line with what the energy is suggesting. I have not experienced much of what saturn conjunct alwaid suggests in its literal sense. Partially figuratively though. I do have back issues…and had to get a spinal tap at the age of 20 because they thought i had meningitis. I also have a back that can easily be made sore by position and posture. But as well, this has made me be more active to meet the needs of my back. And to care for it before i even have problems in the first place. I dance, i walk a lot, i like to run. I try to sit up straight. As well, i try my best to just live. As i absolutely love being alive and will put in work to keep myself alive. 🙂 saturn cannot help but respect one willing to work for a worthy cause. Fear not, everyone. Descriptions man has made up do not define you. It can indeed over insight though, at all potentials.

    • I always go with the general description for the Nodes, or a combination of the Sun and Moon interpretations if there are any.

  3. Can you give me some details cause this sounds great! What does it mean to have the sun in the tight conjunction with this star? 🙂

  4. I know someone with Saturn in a tight conjunction with this star and though she has occasional back pain, she can still touch her feet to the back of her head and is more flexible than most people half her age. Maybe that’s a case of other influences overpowering this star.

  5. My Mars conjunct Alwaid by 00° ’17 orb. I do have many razor blades in my room and love to slash open packages. I keep razor blades in several places in my room so that there is always a razor blade with arms reach. I once had a job of stocking inventory and would have to open up nearly 100 boxes per day. I kept a razor blade in each of my 4 pockets and there was always one in my hand during my shift. I enjoyed anatomy class when I dissected a mink. I would continue dissecting for a an hour longer after class was over. Separating all the organs, removing the spine, examining the nerves…I did not want to put the scalpel down.
    I always look forward to dissecting small animals and organs. However, I do not ever want torture an animal or to cut a live person! Only interested in autopsy. Although, I once had a scar on my scalp. I thought I had fluid in it, so talked one of my friends into cutting lightly my scar to see if there was something in there. I let them cut the scar on my scalp with a scalpel. It felt relaxing to me. While I am not in a lab class I enjoy making art with paper. I do t use scissors, but cut everything with a scalpel on a cutting board.

    • Hi Silvia. This is such valuable feedback and I am sure others with this placement will love reading it too, for many years to come!

    • Alwaid is conjunct Uranus and SN in my chart. I find the muscle spasm thing interesting. I’ve been stretching more often and it’s helped me a lot. If I think back it seems the muscular imbalance makes sense too. I lift weights and do yoga, pilates etc and my lower back always felt idk..compressed.
      I was drinking raspberry tea at some point because I thought it helped with pms. I also drink a bit of chamomile but maybe should do as prescribed lol. Dandelion tea is my favorite. What an eye opener! It feels like I’ve been digging around up there and had an aha moment lol.

    • Hi Gabriel. I did not include Budy because the orb is over 1°40′. Same with Cottingham, but I did not have him in my files. Thank you. I have found that many fixed stars impact well over the suggested orbs I have listed at the top of each page, especially when two or more planets are involved or a planet is rising or culminating.

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