Cygnus Constellation Meaning

Constellation Cygnus Astrology

Constellation Cygnus [Stellarium]

Constellation Cygnus Astrology

Constellation Cygnus the Swan, is a northern constellation above Aquarius constellation, between Delphinius and Pegasus. Cygnus spans 60 degrees of the Zodiac in the Signs of Aquarius and Pisces, and contains 9 named fixed stars.

Constellation Cygnus Stars
01 ♒ 15
14 ♒ 52
16 ♒ 14
24 ♒ 50
27 ♒ 44
05 ♓ 19
06 ♓ 00
27 ♓ 10
28 ♓ 16
Deneb Adige
Pennae Caudalis

(Star positions for year 2000)

Cygnus gives a contemplative, dreamy, cultured and adaptable nature. The affections are ill regulated and unsteady, the talents develop late. There is some love of water and swimming and the arts. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Resh and the 20th Tarot Trump “Judgment”. [1]

Cygnus in classical times was a dreaded constellation hostile to all things in the air. Ptolemy gives its stars the nature of Venus and Mercury: Idealistic, psychic, handsome, neat, lovable, refined, genteel, intelligent. This is consistent with the spectra of Deneb Adige (Venus) and Sador (Mercury), but both Albireo and Gienah have a Martian nature.[2]

Cygnus, the Swan that modern criticism says should be Cycnus, lies between Draco and Pegasus. When the Romans adopted the title that we now have, our constellation became the mythical swan identified with Cycnus, the son of Mars, or of the Ligurian Sthenelus; or the brother of Phaethon, transformed at the river Padus (Eridanus) and transported to the sky. Associated, too, with Leda, the friend of Jupiter and mother of Castor, Pollux, and Helena, it was classed among the Argonautic constellations, and Helenae Genitor, with other names derived from the well-known legend, was applied to it.

As the bird of Venus it also has been known as Myrtilus, from the myrtle sacred to that goddess; and it was considered to be Orpheus, placed after death in the heavens, near to his favorite Lyre (Lyra). Our Cygnus may have originated on the Euphrates, for the tablets show a stellar bird of some kind, perhaps Urakhga, the original of the Arabs’ Rukh, the Roc, that Sindbad the Sailor knew. At all events, its present figuring did not originate with the Greeks, for the history of the constellation had been entirely lost to them, as had that of the mysterious Engonasin (Hercules), — an evident proof that they were not the inventors of at least some of the star-groups attributed to them. [3]

Constellation Cygnus Astrology

Constellation Cygnus [Urania’s Mirror]

In the Denderah Zodiac it is named Tes-ark, which means this from afar. It is a most brilliant and gorgeous asterism of 81 stars; one of the 1st or 2nd, six of the 3rd, twelve of the 4th magnitude, etc. It contains variable stars, five double stars, and one quadruple. The star marked “61 Cygni” is known as one of the most wonderful in the whole heavens. It consists of two stars which revolve about each other, and yet have a progressive motion common to each!

This mighty bird is not falling dead, like Aquila, but it is flying swiftly in mid-heaven. It is coming to the earth, for it is not so much a bird of the air, but a bird peculiarly belonging to both the earth and the waters.

Its brightest star α (between the body and the tail), is called Deneb (like another in CAPRICORNUS), and means the judge. It is also called Adige, flying swiftly, and thus at once it is connected with Him who cometh to judge the earth in righteousness. The star β (in the beak) is named Al Bireo (Arabic), flying quickly. The star γ (in the body) is called Sadr (Hebrew), who returns as in a circle. The two stars in the tail, now marked in the maps as p I and p II, are named Azel, who goes and returns quickly; and Fafage, gloriously shining forth. [4]

Cygnus Rising

Hard by is the place allotted to the Swan: as a reward for the shape with which he snared the admiring Leda, when, a god changed into a snow-white swan, he came down and offered his feathered form to the unsuspecting woman. Now too with outspread wings it flies among the stars. Its down and glittering wings figured by stars. Accordingly he who at its rising leaves his mother’s womb and beholds the light of day shall make the denizens of the air and the race of birds that is dedicated to heaven the source of his pleasure and profit.

From this constellation shall flow a thousand human skills: its child will declare war on heaven and catch a bird in mid-flight, or he will rob it of its nestling, or draw nets up and over a bird whilst it is perched on a branch or feeds on the ground. And the object of these skills is to satisfy our high living. Today we go farther afield for the stomach than we used to go for war: we are fed from the shores of Numidia and the groves of Phasis; our markets are stocked from the land whence over a new-discovered sea was carried off the Golden Fleece. Nay more, such a man will impart to the birds of the air the language of men and what words mean; he will introduce them to a new kind of intercourse, teaching them the speech denied them by nature’s law.

In its own person the Swan hides a god and the voice belonging to it; it is more than a bird and mutters to itself within. Fail not to mark the men who delight to feed the birds of Venus in pens on a rooftop, releasing them to their native skies or recalling them by special signs; or those who carry in cages throughout the city birds taught to obey words of command, men whose total wealth consists of a little sparrow. [5]


  1. 1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.42.
  2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.18.
  3. Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard H. Allen, 1889, p.192-193.
  4. The Witness of the Stars, E. W. Bullinger, 20. Cygnus (the Swan).
  5. Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, p.31, 331

4 thoughts on “Cygnus Constellation Meaning

  1. Hi Jamie! First of all let me thank you for your star histories and positions online. This is SO helpful to my research.
    I have a question. In your constellation-cygnus page you list the fixed star Deneb Adige as 5 degrees 19 mins Sadge for the year 2000.
    On your page Astrology King– Fixed Star Deneb Adige you list Deneb Adige as 5 degrees 20 mins Pisces for the year 2000.
    Can you tell me which it is please? Sadge or Pisces?

  2. Jamie, KIC98322227 is a binary star in the northern wing of the Cygnus constellation. Although Molnar’s calculations were off for a 2022 merger, the merger will still take place in the future. Being that Cygnus spans Acq and Pisces, when the merger occurs what effect do you believe it will have for the progressed astrology of these 2 signs?

    • Hi Awlison. I just added it to my star file. Currently at 11°54’32” Aquarius. I am not sure of the astrological interpretation. Robson says that nebulae and clusters cause blindness, disease, accidents, fevers, quarrels, rape, murder, banishment and decapitation. The closest major fixed star is Epsilon Aquarii, Albali: Indicative of danger and can cause persecution and even death, but is also said to give good fortune.

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