Fixed Star Canopus

Canopus at 14°58′ Cancer has an orb of 2°40′
Fixed Star Canopus

Constellation Argo Navis [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Canopus on July 6

Fixed star Canopus, Alpha Carinae, is a single star located in the Keel of the Ship, Argo Constellation. Magnitude −0.74, spectral type A9 II, color white.

The traditional name Canopus is a Latinisation of the Ancient Greek name Κάνωβος (Kanôbos). Its name comes from the mythological Canopus, who was a navigator for Menelaus, king of Sparta. In ancient India, it was named Agastya after the revered Vedic sage. For Chinese astronomers, it was known as the Old Man of the South Pole.

Canopus is the second brightest star in the night-time sky, after Sirius. Canopus’s brightness and location well off the ecliptic make it popular for space navigation. Many spacecraft carry a special camera known as a “Canopus Star Tracker”.

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Canopus Astrology

Canopus is of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter. It gives piety, conservatism, a wide and comprehensive knowledge, voyages and educational work, and changes evil to good. [1]

Canopus brings the native fame, good or bad; martial preferment, domestic or family problems. [7]

Canopus has been noted several times in the nativities of writers and film actors and especially of those persons who, in our times, have had to undertake many journeys in connection with their position. [3]

Canopus, α star of Carina the hull, and once the α of the whole ship, is a truly brilliant sight, but 53° below the equator. Honored by Ptolemy with a Saturn-Jupiter simile, the name has two possible origins: first, Canopus, or Kanobos, was the chief navigator of the Greek fleet that sacked Troy, 1183 BC, and who died near Alexandria, Egypt, some years later. A monument was erected to him there, and in fact a town was renamed after him. The site is close to the present Aboukir, scene of famous naval battles ever since. In due course, it is said, it was Ptolemy who named the great star in Argo after him also.

But a still earlier source of the name is the Coptic-Egyptian Kahi-Nub, Golden Earth, with a truly alchemical connotation. And with this star practically on the center-line of Cancer, 14°58′, and conjunct with the wondrous Sirius, what better hope of mastery of Life can one ask than to have these two promising symbols well placed and aspected on one’s horoscope. Only let it not be forgotten that the quest for the Golden Fleece is still an arduous journey, even for those who will actually find it. Not all the stars together can bestow it without the questor earning it for him or herself. [4]

Canopus rules the left side below the breast. [5]

Constellation Argo

Argo is the ship that carried Jason and the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece is today composed of the constellations Carina, Puppis, Pyxis, and Vela. In classical astrology, it is correlative of events concerning the sea and shipping and of rivers and springs. It also has been said to be connected with death by drowning, especially if connected with the eighth house. Tetrabiblos asserts that its bright stars are of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter. [2]

According to Ptolemy, the bright stars are like Saturn and Jupiter. Argo is said to give prosperity in trade and voyages, and strength of mind and spirit, but it has been observed to accompany cases of drowning, a notable instance being furnished by the horoscope of Shelley, where Argo occupied the 8th house and contained the Sun, Venus and Uranus. Drowning is particularly to be feared when Saturn afflicts the Moon in or from Argo. It is probably on account of this constellation that Virgo, especially the first decan, is frequently found to be connected with drowning. [1]

Canopus Star, Alpha Carinae

Canopus Star, Alpha Carinae []

Fixed Star Canopus Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Canopus: Extensive sea voyages, a love of travel and also to instigate fights and quarrels resulting in lawsuits; the native, however, can channel these tendencies constructively, with astuteness and a sense of real earnestness. [3]

A splendid and illustrious life; glorious, mighty and commanding nature; fame, busy with many activities, bountiful resources, well known or feared in cities and regions. Prosperity from youth and in own city. [6]

Elon Musk 1°03′ (and Mercury), Billy Joel 1°07′, Robert De Niro 1°15′, Michael Jordan 1°21′, Fromental Halevy 1°38′ (and Venus, Mars), Albert Einstein 1°39′, Josef Mengele 1°51′, Matt LeBlanc 1°52′ (and Mercury), Mark Wahlberg 2°06′.

Midheaven conjunct Canopus: Honor and preferment. Great glory, fame and wealth, dignity and authority by the help of an old clergyman or influential person. [1]

A splendid and illustrious life; glorious, mighty and commanding nature; fame, busy with many activities, bountiful resources, well known or feared in cities and regions. Prosperity from youth and in own city. [6]

Cat Stevens 1°23′, Boris Johnson 1°34′, Tony Abbott 2°27′.

Descendant conjunct Canopus: A splendid and illustrious life; glorious, mighty and commanding nature; fame, busy with many activities; bountiful resources; well known or feared in cities and regions. Prosperity around middle age or through marriage or women. [6]

Gwen Stefani 0°20′ (and Moon), Marie Curie 1°06′ (and Uranus), Novak Djokovic 1°18′, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán 2°07′, Elizabeth I 2°27′, Nicholas Culpeper 2°28′.

Imum Coeli conjunct Canopus: A splendid and illustrious life; glorious, mighty and commanding nature; fame, busy with many activities, bountiful resources, well known or feared in cities and regions. Prosperity in old age or through savings, investments or pensions, death will be famous and known to all. [6]

Part of Fortune conjunct Canopus: Edwin Castro 1°03′, Chuck Schumer 2°07′.

Sun conjunct Canopus: Domestic affliction, trouble with father or parents, financial loss, danger of accidents, burns and fevers, unfavorable end to life. [1]

Preferment in business and all matters dealing with the public. Fame is possible but probably not of a lasting nature. There is also the possibility of domestic problems or minor problems with employers or friends. These natives generally find friends who assist them when needed. Negative nativities generally encounter misfortune brought on by their own actions, and if Jupiter is adversely aspected, there is the possibility of an unfavorable end to their life. [7]

Sylvester Stallone 0°03′, Frida Kahlo 0°16′, George W. Bush 0°24′, Leona Helmsley 1°45′ (and Venus), James VI and I 2°06′ (and Mercury), O. J. Simpson 2°23′.

Moon conjunct Canopus: Success in martial matters as a soldier, metal worker, etc. [1]

A splendid and illustrious life; great, distinguished and opulent nature. [6]

The native can become successful in material matters, some of which might come late in the life of the native. [7]

Michael Richards 0°20′, William Blake 0°24′, Gwen Stefani 0°30′ (and DC), Dua Lipa 1°13′, Kurt Cobain 1°18′, Priyanka Chopra 1°45′ (and N.Node), Olivia De Havilland 1°45′ (and Venus), Dave Chappelle 2°10′, Drake 2°28′.

Mercury conjunct Canopus: Rash, headstrong, stubborn, kind-hearted, speaker or writer on unpopular subjects incurring criticism; trouble and loss through domestic matters, partners and law. [1]

The native might engage in controversial matters, and with this conjunction giving the native so endowed with a clear intellect, they are adapted to legal profession or a career requiring decision-making procedures affecting a number of people. These natives are quite determined, almost of a headstrong nature, and some such natives will resort to rash acts. Many domestic problems are possible. [7]

Elon Musk 0°28′ (and AC), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 0°49′, Matt LeBlanc 1°06′ (and AC), Emmett Till 1°11′, Lionel Messi 1°30′, Will Ferrell 1°36′, Lana Del Rey 1°39′, Khloé Kardashian 1°47′, Xi Jinping 1°49′, Vera Atkins 2°16′ (and Mars, Neptune), Robert Graves 2°22′, James VI and I 2°26′ (and Sun).

Venus conjunct Canopus: Emotional, sensitive, stubborn, strong passions, scandal through an intrigue by which reputation will suffer, public disgrace, bad for gain. [1]

Canopus promises immunity from disease and indicates unrequited love when connected with Venus. [2]

Positive: The native is emotional and sensitive and has strong feelings but is able to conceal them. These feelings could erupt as opinions on questionable subjects or people. Domestic problems are possible.

Negative: Emotional, sensitive and have strong feelings or opinions. Unless common sense prevails over their personal feelings they may get themselves involved in intrigues or embarrassing situations that could be difficult to resolve. Violence or self-destruction is possible. Domestic problems are possible. [7]

These individuals are nurturing, loving and caring for all. They are well-loved in return and their friends consider them part of their family. Friends and relatives support these individuals to obtain whatever they desire. Many are set up in a business by a friend, relative or family member. They have many family-type relationships. Although they are involved with their own advancement, in return they do good for those who have helped them. This position does not affect the health. [5]

Carlos Santana 0°11′, Kathie Lee Gifford 0°23′, Ernest Hemingway 0°24′, Olivia De Havilland 0°34′ (and Moon), Mata Hari 0°48′, Tom Jones 0°51′ (and Mars), Bob Dole 0°51′, Tylyn John 0°55′, Rafael Nadal 0°55′, Nancy Sinatra 1°00′ (and Mars), Fromental Halevy 1°01′ (and AC, Mars), Petrarch 1°34′, Leona Helmsley 1°36′ (and Sun), Nikola Tesla 1°52′, Sidney Gottlieb 1°57′, Errol Flynn 2°02′, Steve Forbes 2°23′, Lucy Hale 2°38′.

Mars conjunct Canopus: Cruel, bad-tempered, envious, jealous. [1]

Positive: The native will have a tendency to be very industrious. Any changes or decisions such natives make will be at their convenience or to suit their purpose, desires, or motives.

Negative:  Natives with a negative Mars or nativity, will have the same attributes as with the positive Mars, however, there may develop a tendency towards poor temper control, thereby clouding their judgment. They may also suffer from imaginary wrongs. There may be a tendency to self-destruct or be subject to chronic, difficult-to-diagnose or possibly serious illness. [7]

Nancy Sinatra 0°00′ (and Venus), Fromental Halevy 0°02′ (and AC, Venus), Roger Federer 0°44′, Pablo Picasso 0°59′, Tom Jones 1°01′ (and Venus), Diego Maradona 1°21′, Vera Atkins 1°30′ (and Mercury, Neptune), Liza Minnelli 1°52′, Robin Williams 2°22′, Noor Inayat Khan 2°23′, Alexander the Great 2°40′.

Jupiter conjunct Canopus: Great pride, religion used for business ends, voyages, honor and preferment but reversal through public dissatisfaction. [1]

Preferment in writings, sports, religion and affairs associated with the public. The native may receive high honors but are subject to reversals, either business or domestic. Natives with this conjunction who are religiously oriented will tend to use religion for business purposes, and this may exhibit itself as a healer or a religious leader. [7]

This is a similar energy to Venus. They have family-oriented ties with others who delight in giving these individuals a helping hand towards success. In return, however, they give back very little to those who have helped them. They do not harm others, but are simply looking out for themselves. They do not use any effort in controlling how things are done but just depend on others to bring about their security. They are in the habit of consuming rich foods and do not take the time to develop a good diet plan. They simply accept whatever food others offer them. [5]

Warren Buffett 0°20′, Bobby Fischer 0°59′, Bonnie Parker 1°08′, Mark Twain 2°01′, James Dean 2°25′, Billie Eilish 2°35′.

Saturn conjunct Canopus: Discontented, occult interests, unfavorable for reputation and domestic matters, little prominence but may do good. [1]

Linked to a badly placed Saturn, the tendency to depression and even suicide is inherent. However, if Saturn and Jupiter are well placed in the chart, harmonizing and spiritual powers are evoked. [3]

This puts the natives in a position where others depend on them for help, financial and otherwise. These are the persons who are left “holding the bag”. They give so much to others that their own finances are at the minimum. There is a restriction here so that these persons are unable to develop their own success. Others benefit at the expense of these individuals. This can cause physical problems such as cysts developing in the chest and stomach areas. [5]

David Beckham 0°34′, Augusto Pinochet 2°00′‚ Mel B 2°06′, Sarah Paulson 2°19′, Drew Barrymore 2°20′, Mary Shelley 2°34′.

Uranus conjunct Canopus: Materialistic, dishonorable, many difficulties, easily influenced, estranged from relatives and friends, trouble through enemies and opposite sex, domestic disharmony, violent and possibly public death. [1]

Marie Curie 0°25′ (and DC), David Berkowitz 2°10′.

Neptune conjunct Canopus: Aggressive, materialistic, strong mind and body, loss through quarrels, speculation and friends, ideas or inventions often stolen, peculiar events throughout life, unexpected losses and gains, disharmony with father in earlier life, liable to accidents, sudden death. [1]

Vera Atkins 0°06′ (and Mercury, Mars), Frida Kahlo 1°15′, Ed Gein 1°39′. 

Pluto conjunct Canopus: Lorraine Warren 0°22′, Jimmy Carter 0°23′, Marilyn Monroe 0°31′, Margaret Thatcher 0°48′, Elizabeth II 1°13′, Hugh Hefner 1°18′, Che Guevara 1°26′, Malcolm X 1°55′, Linda Goodman 2°28′, Audrey Hepburn 2°28′, Jane Roberts 2°32′, George H. W. Bush 2°32′.

North Node conjunct Canopus: Prince William 1°21′, Adolf Hitler 1°40′, Priyanka Chopra 1°59′ (and Mercury).

South Node conjunct Canopus: Leonardo da Vinci 0°28′, Woody Allen 0°54′, John F. Kennedy 2°33′.


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.30, 150
  2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.67.
  3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.32.
  4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.161.
  5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.48.
  6. Shiny stars, passionate, harmful, rescuers. Anonymous from the year 379, translation by Giuseppe Bezza from CCAG V/1 pp. 194-211.
  7. The Power of the Fixed Stars, Joseph E. Rigor, 1979, p.101-102.
  • All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

13 thoughts on “Fixed Star Canopus

  1. Thanks Jamie
    How would you read Canopus’ influence if there is a conjunction or stellium but only one of the planets is within orb?

    • The Stellium should increase the orb for the fixed star as it does for the planets. You might also have to consider Sirius.

  2. Yeah, Sirius is within orb too and one of the planets involved in the stellium is the almuten. I’m tired of this life.

    • I don’t use horoscopic rules like altumen, see Precession Astrology. Sometimes people who have had many incarnations can feel this way at times. Are you going through a rough patch with transits?

  3. Would Sirius and Canopus have any effect on the Sun/Moon midpoint? My mid point is 13Degrees30 in Cancer. Thanks

  4. The time of rising of Agastya-Canopus for
    each country should be determined by calculation
    and announced by an astronomer. Now, for
    Ujjayini (INDIA), it takes place when the Sun’s true
    position is 7° short of Sign Virgo (Kanyā).

  5. Any thoughts on Canopus conjunct the IC (16*02 Cancer), opposite Uranus (15*19 Capricorn), MC, and Neptune (16*53 Capricorn)?

    This is my chart, and my mother’s Ascendant is conjunct my IC, so Canopus conjuncts her Asc (and the asteroid Dejanira in her chart). You’re not kidding with those legal problems. ????

    Thank you in advance! 🙂

  6. what would Canopus conjunct the IC (12*21 Cancer) mean ? cant seem to find it anywhere online

    • No you won’t find any star conjunction to the IC. I would think the “piety, conservatism, a wide and comprehensive knowledge, voyages and educational work, and changes evil to good” may apply to your maternal ancestry or your past lives. Perhaps the Midheaven interpretations also.

      • thanks so much for replying ! was adopted at 3 months old so dont get to know of my ancestry .didnt gain access to my birthtime until oregon released my right to get certificate of live birth for adoptees a few years back .since then ,its opened a ton of doors learning my astrology …learning something new every day !

  7. this fixed star directly opposes my 14 degree sun-uranus conjunction during a jan 4 new moon. i def ghost this aspect and sacrifice it for all

  8. Hi Jamie, thanks for all your work in posting these fixed stars! I notice that Canopus conjunct Venus seems contradictory – the first paragraph is pretty negative, but if you keep reading, it sounds positive! First scandal through intrigue and public disgrace and then suddenly the Venus person is loving and nurturing and loved by all…

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