Betelgeuse Star – Alpha Orionis

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Betelgeuse at 28°45′ Gemini has an orb of 2°40′
Fixed Star Betelgeuse Star Astrology

Orion Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Betelgeuse on June 20

Fixed star Betelgeuse, Alpha Orionis, is a 0.4 magnitude super-giant red star located in the right armpit of the Hunter, Orion Constellation. Betelgeuse is labelled alpha Orion even though it is the second brightest star in Orion star behind Rigel. Constellation Orion is drawn as a hunting man, and Betelgeuse sits on his right shoulder. Betelgeuse is one of the largest stars known, and is rapidly shrinking in size at an increasing rate. Betelgeuse is 15% smaller than it was fifteen years ago [1].

This has lead to predictions that Betelgeuse will explode into a supernova in the next few years. Astronomers say it will turn into a supernova at some stage but cannot say when, but when it does it will be as bright as the full Moon. [2] The astronomers also say it will wont hurt us, but as an astrologer I say that losing such a major fixed star will definitely have an effect on us.


24 ♊ 47
28 ♊ 34
28 ♊ 45
29 ♊ 55
03 ♋ 26

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Betelgeuse Star Astrology

Fixed star Betelgeuse “gives martial honor, preferment and wealth” [3].

“great fortune, martial honors and ‘kingly’ attributes” [4].

Betelgeuse star rules the navel in the human body. [6]

Constellation Orion

Orion is the most important constellation in the heavens outside the zodiac. In judicial astrology this is the constellation of war. In the Middle Ages this constellation was said to be a direful influence to agriculture, being the “the veri cuttrhrote of cattle” and presaging violent storms and much rain. In genethiacal charts the indications are for arrogance, rebellion, strength, and courage. Tetrabiblos lists the stars in the shoulder of Orion to have a nature similar to that of Mars and Mercury, and the other bright stars in the constellation to be similar to the natures of Jupiter and Saturn. [2]

According to Ptolemy the bright stars with the exception of Betelgeuse and Bellatrix are like Jupiter and Saturn. It is said to give a strong and dignified nature, self-confidence, inconstancy, arrogance, violence, impiety, prosperity in trade and particularly by voyages or abroad, but danger of treachery and poison. It was thought by the Romans to be very harmful to cattle and productive of storms. [1]

5th Arabic Manzil – Al-Haq’ah

Helps the return from a journey, the instruction of scholars, building, and gives health and goodwill.

With Moon: Begin war but do not sow or undertake any good.

21st Chinese Xiù – 参 (Shēn) Three Stars

Governs frontiers and literature. Good for constructions, all kinds of new projects, labor relations and industry. Industry is the keynote for this mansion, and it favors jobs related to culture and communications, so long as they are done with rigor and creativity.

It also governs executions, murders, sudden death, fortresses, and decapitations, depending upon where it is found in the horoscope. Bad for trading, closing projects, marriage contracts, weddings, and funerals. The fates vary according to one’s actions, as in the previous mansion.

Betelgeuse Star, Alpha Orionis

Betelgeuse Star, Alpha Orionis []

Betelgeuse Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Betelgeuse: A superior athlete, being endowed with outstanding agility and speed of body. Variable moods and the mind always anxious with the immediate problems of the day…Honors and titles will be given the native during his lifetime. [4] Preferment, luck, success and everlasting fame are promised. [5] Susan Boyle 0°03′, John Townley 0°07′, Ally Sheedy 0°18′, King Umberto II of Italy 0°26′, Alan Villiers 0°52′, Timothy McVeigh 1°21′.

Descendant conjunct Betelgeuse: Ronald Reagan 0°15′, Prince William of Cambridge 0°59′, Oprah Winfrey 1°33′, Warren Buffett 2°16′

Midheaven conjunct Betelgeuse: Preferment, luck, success and everlasting fame are promised. [5] Great military fortune, command, invention, ingenuity and helps in the perfection of arts and sciences. If at the same time with Sun, Moon or Jupiter, ample fortune and great honor. [3] Will Young 0°12′, Walter Koch 0°19′, Raymond Merriman 0°19′, David Copperfield 0°35′, Silvio Berlusconi 0°40′,  Rudy Giuliani 1°45′.

Part of Fortune conjunct Betelgeuse: Helmut Kohl 0°17′, Alicia Silverstone 0°25′, Ann-Margret Olsson 0°42′, Mel B 0°46′, George Clooney 1°19′, James Woods 1°25′, Bill Clinton 1°48′

Sun conjunct Betelgeuse: Interest in and the ability for occult and mystical subjects, acute diseases, fevers, honor, and preferment ending in final ruin. [3] Paula Abdul 0°08′, Anne Murray 0°08′, Boris Johnson 0°12′, Xanana Gusmão 0°20′, Brian Wilson 0°32′, Jay Rockefeller IV 0°32′, Errol Flynn 0°46′, M. C. Escher 1°16′, Prince William,  of Cambridge 1°36′.

Moon conjunct Betelgeuse: Active mind, strong will, turbulent, rebellious under restraint, military success but suffering through quarrels with superiors, the likelihood of great power, honor and wealth. [3] Barbara Hand Clow 0°03′, Anna Freud 0°16′, Spike Milligan 0°29′, Doris Day 0°36′, Tom Jones 0°40′.

Mercury conjunct Betelgeuse: Serious, studious, scientific and literary, fame through writings or engravings in metal, favorable for health but liable to accidents. [3] Christopher Lee 0°07′, William Wyler 0°18′, Martin Boyd 0°22′, Kylie Minogue 0°30′, Sandra Bernhard 0°32′, John Hinckley 0°52′.

Venus conjunct Betelgeuse: Somewhat retiring and reserved, great ability as a maker of fine ornaments, favorable for gain, some sorrow connected with the family or marriage. [3] Rick Castro 0°03′, Alan Turing 0°07′, Casey Donovan 0°12′, Boris Johnson 0°30′, Larry Christiansen 0°38′, Dean Martin 0°42′, Ernie Dingo 0°43′.

Mars conjunct Betelgeuse: Cautious, reserved, good leader and organizer, honor and preferment in martial matters. [3] Coco Chanel 0°00′, Franklin D. Roosevelt 0°06′, Henry Kissinger 0°07′, James Joyce 0°09′, Ian Anderson 0°24′, Sean Connery 0°29′.

Jupiter conjunct Betelgeuse: Serious and studious mind, shrewd and profitable business dealings, great honor in the Church or law. [3] Charlie Sheen 0°11′, Charles Dickens 0°21′, Dane Rudhyar 0°29′.

Saturn conjunct Betelgeuse: Shrewd, cunning, craftily dishonest, treacherous to friends, eventful life with many ups and downs, eventual wealth but little comfort, unfavorable for domestic matters. [3] Billy Tipton 0°38′, Billie Holiday 0°45′, Sigmund Freud 0°48′, Rudy Giuliani 0°51′.

Uranus conjunct Betelgeuse: Quick, active and evil mind, clever criminal, notorious as forger or counterfeiter but rarely caught, quiet pleasant manner, generous and not bad at heart, possesses hypnotic and thought-reading powers. [3] Donna Summer 0°01′, David Cochrane 0°10′, Steven Forrest 0°12′, Billy Joel 0°13′, Yusuf Islam 0°14′, Richard Simmons 0°15′, Hillary Clinton 2°06′.

These are persons who would rather have friends than anything else in life. They give their all to their friends, and in return, they are usually very well taken care of. They will usually have a group of friends, or an organization, that helps them and takes care of all their needs. There is only a slightly negative side to this energy. These persons may have a slight nervous disorder through the small intestine, but there would be no pain connected with it. Uranus is at peace in this position. [6]

Neptune conjunct Betelgeuse: Ingenious, mechanical ability, may invent mechanical device, spiritualistic interests, some physical ailment or affliction or mental derangement, not good for gain but greatest success in partnership, favorable for marriage and children but disharmony with brothers and sisters, liable to some serious or fatal accident in middle age. [3] Emperor Hirohito 0°11′, Reinhold Ebertin 0°13′, Rosamond Lehmann 0°22′, Clark Gable 0°24′, Lord Louis Mountbatten 0°37′, Ernest Hemingway 1°35′, Josemaria Escriva De Balaguer 2°10′

Pluto conjunct Betelgeuse: This causes havoc with the internal system of the body. These persons tend to get fevers and aching around the naval, stomach and intestinal areas. There would be a buildup of gases that would make these persons very uncomfortable. They experience gas in abundance from the foods they eat, and they are at a loss to know what to eat. Drinking comfrey tea and small amounts of warm milk will help soothe the area. [6] Alan Turing 1°02′, Richard Nixon 1°06′, Ronald Reagan 1°26′, Josef Mengele 1°36′, William S. Burroughs 1°45′

North Node conjunct Betelgeuse: Sara Aldrete 0°42′

South Node conjunct Betelgeuse: George Washington 1°45′, Ernest Hemingway 1°55′

Betelgeuse Star in Mundane Astrology

Because Betelgeuse is a red star, so has been associated with war and carnage. Anne Wright at Constellations of Words has looked at some events in history which seems to support this ancient association. In August 1914 when Saturn was on Betelgeuse, Germany declared war on Russia (06′), and Britain declared war on Germany (25′), starting WWI. After going retrograde, then turning direct again, Saturn was on Betelgeuse in April 1915 for the allied landing at Gallipoli (18′).

One Saturn cycle later, in June 1944, the invasion of Normandy marked a major turning point in WWII. Saturn was on Betelgeuse (10′). I’ve taken Anne’s research further to look at the most recent Saturn, Pluto, and lunations on Betelgeuse.

The last time Saturn was on Betelgeuse was in 2003. A civil was started in the African nation of Côte d’Ivoire which killed over 1,800 people (08’). In Indonesia, a Bali nightclub bombing killed 202 people (18′). The US Congress authorized president George W. Bush to use military force in Iraq (12′). The resulting Iraq War has killed over 200,000 people, half of them civilians.

The last time Pluto was on Betelgeuse was in 1911. The Mexican Revolution started, lasting 35 years and killing over 2 million people (01′). Japan annexed Korea, starting 35 years of Japanese rule (11′). The Agadir Crisis began with the arrival of the German warship Panther in Morocco, escalating pre-WWI tensions (12′).

The last time the Sun and Moon were conjunct on Betelgeuse was the New Moon on 23 June 1993 (05′). Six days later the USA destroyed the Iraqi Intelligence Service headquarters in Baghdad with 24 cruise missiles, killing 8 civilians

The last time the Moon was on Betelgeuse while opposite the Sun was the Lunar Eclipse on 21 December 1991 (25′), the same day the USSR ceased to exist. Two weeks later Bosnian Serbs declared their own republic, leading the the Bosnian War three months later which killed nearly 100,000 people.

Australia – Neptune conjunct Betelgeuse (08′).
Egypt – Sun conjunct Betelgeuse (43′).
Japan – Moon conjunct Betelgeuse (13′).
Iraq – Venus conjunct Betelgeuse (51′).
Taiwan – Pluto conjunct Betelgeuse (15′).


1. e! Science News, 9 June 2010.
2. Discover Magazine, 1 June 2010.
3. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.55, 147.
4. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.59.
5. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.37.
6. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.39.

* All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

50 thoughts on “Betelgeuse Star – Alpha Orionis

    • I will look into that when I research the conjunction. I will post about Saturn conjunct Pluto in the coming months.

      • Looks like it may explode right when Saturn and Pluto conjunct. Will the USA be attacked again?

  1. jamie my mercury is conjunct Betelgeuse in 7th house near Dc and trine jupiter what do you say about this

  2. Curious to know the exact position for Betelgeuse May 30 1954, as my Mercury is at 0 Can 11 and My Jupiter 1Can 25. In the 9th very close to MC (7 Can 35- Venus 8 Can 37). Sun is 8 Gemini trine Asc 6 Libra. It looks as though Mercury/Jupiter may be within orb of conjunction? Fascinating website!!!

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