Fixed Star Mintaka

Mintaka at 22°24′ Gemini has an orb of 2°10′
Fixed Star Mintaka

Orion Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Mintaka on June 13

Fixed star Mintaka, Delta Orionis, is a multiple star system system in the Belt of the Hunter, Orion Constellation. Magnitude 2.23, spectral type O9.5II + B1V +B0IV.

The traditional name Mintaka comes from the Arabic word منطقة (manṭaqa) which means the belt. From the northern hemisphere facing south, Mintaka is the star on the west or right in Orion’s Belt. From the southern hemisphere facing north it is on the left, or eastern side.

The Belt of Orion is make up of three stars, Mintaka (Delta Orionis), Alnitak (Zeta Orionis) and Alnilam (Epsilon Orionis).


21 ♊ 51
22 ♊ 10
22 ♊ 24
22 ♊ 35
22 ♊ 59

Fixed Star

El Nath



Mintaka Astrology

According to Ptolemy Mintaka is of the nature of Saturn and Mercury; and to Alvidas, of Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter. It gives good fortune. [1]

δ Orinis. A variable double star, white and violet in the belt of Orion. “The Giants Belt.” Spectral O9. Makes the native lucky, dignified, gives honors and preferment. [5]

Mintaka alone portends good fortune as regards the growing of grain crops. [2]

Mintaka is of a Saturn-Mercury styling, even though it is hardly separable by longitude from El Nath in Taurus. They are about 30° apart in declination, once used more in astrology than now. This proximity to the bull’s Horn inspires us to see Orion’s belt stars as protection for him, and so this star does show that quality in our horoscopes if well aspected: we protect others and are ourselves protected. To that extent, it moderates the Mars effect of El Nath, but at the same time warns not to take silly risks for the sake of ‘bullfighting’ our way in life.

Mintaka gives a combative nature with the tongue, and sometimes manually too, which can indeed lead to misfortune, although the victim may well be convinced that it is ‘all for the cause and that the ‘reward in Heaven’ will compensate for the suffering here below. [3]

Fixed star Mintaka rules the left side of the 8th Vertebra (First Dorsal) in the human body. [5]

The Belt of Orion: Mintaka, Alnitak and Alnilam

Orion’s Belt is to give strength, energy, industry, organizing abilities, notoriety, good fortune, lasting happiness, a sharp mind and a good memory. [1]

These stars in medieval times were said to presage those who were “passionately devoted to hunting, but not noble hunting with falcon or bow”. [2]

Orion’s Belt

Orion’s Belt []

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 Betelgeuze 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. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Aleph and the 1st Tarot Trump “The Juggler.” [1]

Mintaka Star, Delta Orionis

Mintaka Star, Delta Orionis []

Fixed Star Mintaka Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Mintaka: Legacies, love or dissipation, gravity and austerity. [1]

Irreligious and treacherous. In a female chart, Mintaka rising and aspected by both Mars and a benefit portends a shrew. [2]

Volodymyr Zelenskyy 0°18′, April Ashley 0°56′, John Wayne Bobbitt 1°13′, Jamison Twins 2°04′

Midheaven conjunct Mintaka: Francisco Franco 0°39′, Roy Orbison 0°43′, Franklin D. Roosevelt 1°21′, Josemaría Escrivá 1°29′, Tiger Woods 1°51′, Paul McCartney 2°08′.

Descendant conjunct Mintaka: When setting and aspected by Mars any of these three stars indicate individuals who will incur all kinds of dangers. [2]

Richard Ramirez 0°50′, Bernadette Brady 1°02′, Bob Dylan 1°15′ (and Mercury)

Imun Coeli conjunct Mintaka: Tycho Brahe 0°51′, Nicole Brown Simpson 1°21′

Part of Fortune conjunct Mintaka: Allison DuBois 0°15′, William S. Burroughs 0°19′, Vladimir Putin 0°24′, Donald Rumsfeld 1°33′, David Berkowitz 1°39′ (and Mercury, Mars), Nancy Spungen 2°04′

Sun conjunct Mintaka: Discreet, cautious, somewhat changeable. Notoriety, good fortune, lasting happiness. [1]

The native has the ability to make the best of a situation and can develop excellent timing for opportunities, even become an opportunist. The native can be of a changeable nature. [5]

George H. W. Bush 0°01′, Anne Frank 0°36′, Boy George 0°54′, Jordan Peterson 0°55′, Donald Trump 1°17′

Moon conjunct Mintaka: Active, sharp, alert in business, public position, many enemies more successful in business. Blindness of at least one eye, new and influential friends, valuable gifts, love of respectable women. If a malefic be with Markab, drowning. If the moon is with Saturn also, drowning and assassination. [1]

High preferment in business and matters dealing with the public, native should become successful, unless Moon is adversely aspected. Natives with this conjunction can rather easily make enemies, sometimes unknowingly. [5]

Bruce McLaren 0°05′

Mercury conjunct Mintaka: Studious, fond of seclusion, deliberate and fixed mind, little sympathy or disagreements with relatives. [1]

The native can almost be considered a loner, but more likely will develop into a private person, of a changeable nature, somewhat self-seeking. Singlemindedness, scholarly nature [5]

This position keeps the respiratory system balanced. The system is so balanced that these individuals do not contract asthma, colds, or other respiratory disorders. [4]

Angelina Jolie 0°16′, David Berkowitz 0°43′ (and Mars, POF), Cecilia Bartoli 0°53′, Pierre Cardin 1°04′, Bob Dylan 1°27′ (and DC), Mel B 1°32′

Venus conjunct Mintaka: Public position, enmity of women, love disappointments. [1]

The native will enjoy high public preferment, but there can be some disappointment in romantic or domestic matters. [5]

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 0°21′, David Beckham 0°44′, Megan Fox 1°18′, Courtney Love 1°29′

Mars conjunct Mintaka: Energetic, quick mind, good speaker and debater, quarrelsome, strong passions. [1]

In a female chart, Mintaka aspected by both Mars and a benefic portends a shrew.[2]

Natives with this conjunction are mentally keen, good at controversy or controversial subjects, perhaps even contentious at times, entertaining strong opinions on subject, which if expressed, could create lasting problems. These natives can be good debaters, good speakers, tactful when it suits their purpose but when aroused can be very blunt and forceful. [5]

This causes inflammation of the bronchial passages. They may break out in rashes easily across the chest or back when they have problems keeping their body temperature at the correct degree. Many difficulties in this are caused by the subconscious which is the trigger mechanism here. These persons are not aware that this is so. They can go for long periods without this occurring until such time as they collect too many difficulties in their subconscious. [4]

David Berkowitz 0°01′ (and Mercury, POF), Martin Luther King 0°28′, Arnold Schwarzenegger 1°33′, Dwayne Johnson 1°52′

Jupiter conjunct Mintaka: High position in law or church, studious and philosophical mind, gain through inheritance. [1]

High preferment in government, legal and matters dealing with the public. This conjunction good for long term gains, unless Jupiter is adversely aspected. [5]

Theodore Roosevelt 0°38′, Marquis de Sade 1°31′

Saturn conjunct Mintaka: Far-seeing, studious, good judge of human nature, psychic, domestic disharmony, sickness to family. [1]

Aspected by Saturn, the indications are for excellent fishermen [2]

Alexander the Great 0°12′, Olivia Rodrigo 0°18′, Jimmy Page 0°21′, Mick Jagger 0°21′, Sirhan Sirhan 1°14′, Keith Richards 1°20′.

Uranus conjunct Mintaka: Selfish, studious, eccentric, difficult to get on with, losses through lawsuits and business, successful in middle age but poverty at end of life, favorable for domestic matters, death from consumption. [1]

Liz Greene 0°05′, Robert the Bruce 0°25′, Bill Clinton 0°30′, Salman Rushdie 0°33′, Alice Cooper 0°42′, Ted Bundy 1°10′, Gianni Versace 1°28′, O. J. Simpson 1°45′, Queen Camilla 2°10′, Steven Spielberg 2°10′.

Neptune conjunct Mintaka: Thoughtful, studious, keeps discoveries to himself, sarcastic writer, generous but not wealthy, rarely marries, death unattended in old age. [1]

Amelia Earhart 0°34′, Lucky Luciano 0°39′, Vito Genovese 0°44′, Joseph Goebbels 1°14′, M. C. Escher 1°24′.

Pluto conjunct Mintaka: This position provides these persons with an overflow of energy. They would have a quickening of the respiratory function causing these individuals to breathe quickly, thus bringing on hyperventilation. There is just too much energy here, and they cannot control it. [4]

Pablo Neruda 0°10′, Salvador Dali 1°34′, Arthur Koestler 1°36′, Jeane Dixon 1°49′.

North Node conjunct Mintaka: Virginia Giuffre 0°00′, André the Giant 0°29′, Donald Trump 0°50′, George W. Bush 1°03′, Mary Shelley 1°09′, Amy Winehouse 1°35′, Agatha Christie 1°58′, Sylvester Stallone 2°04′, Vincent van Gogh 2°07′.

South Node conjunct Mintaka: Miley Cyrus 0°07′, Sidney Gottlieb 1°35′.


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.55, 156, 177.
  2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.59.
  3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.135.
  4. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.33.
  5. The Power of the Fixed Stars, Joseph E. Rigor, 1979, p.86-87.
  • All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

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