Kaus Borealis Star – The Archer’s Bow

Kaus Borealis is at 06°19′ Capricorn with an orb of 1°40′
Fixed Star Kaus Borealis Star Astrology

Sagittarius Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Kaus Borealis on December 28

Fixed star Kaus Borealis, Lambda Sagittarii, is a 2.8 magnitude yellow star located at the top of the Archer’s bow, Sagittarius Constellation. The traditional name Kaus Borealis comes from the Arabic word قوس (qaws) which means Bow, and the Latin word boreālis which means Northern.


01 ♑ 04
03 ♑ 13
06 ♑ 19
08 ♑ 18
12 ♑ 23

Fixed Star

Kaus Borealis



Kaus Borealis Star Astrology

Fixed star Kaus Borealis, the Bow of the Archer, has a Jupiter-Mars nature and is specially credited with promoting mental stimuli, enterprise and a sense of justice. Natives who are influenced by this star are promoters of idealistic and humane ideas if this fixed star is conjunct Ascendant, Midheaven, Sun, Moon or Jupiter. [1]

Kaus Borealis, λ Sagittarii, is a hybrid of Arabic and Latin, coming from Al Qaus Al Shamali, the Northern (star in the) Bow. At some earlier time, this and several others stars near it were associated with keeping Ostriches, of which there seemed to be a herd in this part of the sky (perhaps on the ground too), and the names Al Rais Al Na’ ams or Al Thalimain still turn up in some literature. But the Archer and his bow are now firmly established, so we stick with Kaus Borealis for our purposes here. Ptolemy does not appear to have included this star, having so many to chose from in this Constellation, but if he had then he could well have classed it as a Mercury-Mars type. It does conveys a sense of strength and flexibility combined and this often shows up in the horoscopes of people who can put great force behind their reasoning, yet be somewhat more flexible than those described under Polis.  [2]

Said to have been associated with the great goddess Istar. [4]

Kaus Borealis Star, Lambda Sagittarii

Kaus Borealis Star, Lambda Sagittarii (top) [stars.astro.illinois.edu]

The image above shows the Bow of the Archer, starting at the top with the fixed star Kaus Borealis, then curving down to the left.

Constellation Sagittarius was the House of Jupiter, that planet having appeared here at the Creation, although this honor was shared by Aquarius and Leo. Nor did Jupiter monopolize its possession, for it also was the domicile of Diana. Thus the constellation was known as Dianae Sidus. It inclined to fruitfulness, a character assigned to it as far back as the Babylonian inscriptions; and was a fortunate sign. Yellow was the color attributed to it, or the peculiar green sanguine. [4]

It is a fortunate and fruitful constellation indicating events pertaining to kings or a large portion of mankind. Ptolemy states: “The stars at the point of the arrow have an effect like that of Mars and the Moon; those on the bow and at the grip of the hand like that of Jupiter and Mars; the cluster in the forehead like that of the Sun and Mars; those in the cloak and in the back resemble Jupiter, and to a lesser degree like Mercury; the stars in the feet have a nature akin to that of Jupiter and Saturn; and the quadrangle upon the tail like Venus, and to a lesser degree like Saturn.” [2]


1. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.71.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.49.
3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.94.
4. Sagittarius, the Archer, Star Names Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1963.

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

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