Fixed Star Merak

Merak at 19°26′ Leo has an orb of 2°10′
Fixed Star Merak

Ursa Major Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Merak on August 11

Fixed star Merak, Beta Ursae Majoris, is a 2.4 magnitude star on the side of the Great Bear, Ursa Major Constellation. The traditional name Merak comes from the Arabic word المراق al-maraqq which means the loins (of the bear). The Hindus called the star Pulaha, one of the Seven Rishis.


13 ♌ 38
15 ♌ 12
19 ♌ 26
20 ♌ 42
21 ♌ 26



Fixed Star Merak Astrology

Fixed star Merak is like Mars (violent death, ultimate ruin by folly or pride.) [1]

Merak in the Side of the Great Bear, being the second-largest star of this constellation, has a Mars nature. Merak is of importance in a natal chart if the sign Leo is tenanted, and other configurations give a clue to love of command and domination. This star is credited with increasing the power of the native to get on in life, and this is especially so if in conjunction with the Sun, Mars or Pluto. [3]

Merak, the star beneath Dubhe, helps us point the way to the Pole for us. Merak is β rsae Majoris, and the name comes from Al Maraqq, the loin (of the Bear). We need take little note of that; its role is the same of that of Dubhe in every respect, and this will to play a guiding part, yet not quite in the leading place, is typical of the region of the Leo Sign, not quite equal to mighty Regulus. Merak has a Saturn-Mercury nature, perhaps with a little of the Mars drive that we find with ε Leonis, Ras Elased Australis just after it. [4]

Merak Star, Beta Ursae Majoris

Merak Star, Beta Ursae Majoris []

Constellation Ursa Major

According to Ptolemy, Ursa Major is like Mars. It is said to give a quiet, prudent, suspicious, mistrustful, self-controlled, patient nature, but an uneasy spirit and great anger and revengefulness when roused. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Zain and the 7th Tarot Trump “The Chariot.” [1]

Astrologically both Bears were said to presage an evil influence. They are particularly injurious as regards to the affairs of nations and kings. [2]

9th Arabic Manzil – Al-Tarf

Hinders harvest and travelers and causes discord.

With Moon: Plant, build, marry, but do not travel.

24th Chinese Xiù – 柳 (Liǔ) Willow

This mansion governs vegetation, sadness, tears, and suffering. It is unfavorable for everything. Not a good time to launch new projects, at the risk of losing your investments.

Fixed Star Merak Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Merak: Wealth, power, courage, generosity, ingenuity, rise to authority, martial success, subject to cuts, wounds, accidents, sores and injuries to the face, pains in the head and fevers. [1]

Muhammad Ali 0°54′, Marilyn Manson 1°51′, Michael Moore 2°06′

Midheaven conjunct Merak: Martial eminence, success in trade and in occupations of a Mars nature. [1]

Rudy Galindo 0°20′, Marc Edmund Jones 0°29′ (and Moon and Saturn), Hugo Spatz 0°50′, Bernadette Peters 0°53′ (and Saturn), Sid Vicious 0°55′, Amélie Mauresmo 1°01′, Gustave Flaubert 1°08′, Joan Crawford 1°27′, Edward Higgins White 1°29′, Chaka Khan 1°31′, Rafael Nadal 1°39′, Mel B 1°46′, Niki de Saint Phalle 1°46′, Eva Braun 1°50′, Chris Pratt 1°53′, Katharine Hepburn 1°57′, Linda McCartney 2°03′, Christian Dior 2°10′,

Descendant conjunct Merak: Barack Obama 0°49′, William Lilly 1°34′

Part of Fortune conjunct Merak: Richard Nixon 1°31′

Sun conjunct Merak: Increased power to get on in life. [3]

Moon conjunct Merak: Beau Bridges 1°10′, Marc Edmund Jones 1°20′ (and Saturn and Midheaven)

Venus conjunct Merak:  Phil McGraw 1°23′ (and Pluto)

Mars conjunct Merak: Increased power to get on in life. [3]

Charles II of England 0°59′, Amy Winehouse 1°20′, Anne Frank 1°28′

Jupiter conjunct Merak: Sirhan Sirhan 0°38′, Rudy Giuliani 1°23′

Saturn conjunct Merak: Hillary Clinton 0°06′, Stephen King 0°34′, Marc Edmund Jones 0°38′ (and Moon and Midheaven), Bernadette Peters 1°02′ (and Midheaven)

Uranus conjunct Merak: Richard Ramirez 0°41′, Ivan Lendl 1°00′, Sarah, Duchess of York 1°23′

Neptune conjunct Merak: George H. W. Bush 0°14′

Pluto conjunct Merak: Increased power to get on in life. [3]

Phil McGraw 0°14′ (and Venus), Pablo Escobar 0°33′, Jeff Bridges 0°35′, Caitlyn Jenner 0°38′, Harvey Weinstein 0°42′

North Node conjunct Merak: Jim Carrey 0°44′, Kim Kardashian 1°35′

South Node conjunct Merak: Pierre-Auguste Renoir 0°47′


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.65.
  2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.7.
  3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.43.
    4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.146.
  • All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

2 thoughts on “Fixed Star Merak

  1. Hmmmm….this one gives food for thought as it’s very close to north node…so my understanding is that it will have a say once natal trine is trigger!

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