Spica Star – Virgo’s Ear of Grain

Spica at 23°50′ Libra has an orb of 2°40′
Fixed Star Spica Astrology

Virgo Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Spica on October 16

Fixed star Spica, Alpha Virginis, is a blue giant star in the ear of wheat of the Maiden,  Virgo constellation. It is the brightest star in the constellation and the 15th brightest star in the night sky. The name Spica derives from Latin spīca virginis which means Virgo’s Ear of Grain.

Degree*

17 ♎ 40
22 ♎ 09
23 ♎ 50
24 ♎ 14
28 ♎ 06

Fixed Star

Seginus
Foramen
Spica
Arcturus
Izar

Orb

1°40′
1°30′
2°40′
2°40′
2°00′

Spica Star Astrology

Fixed star Spica is of the nature of Venus and Mars. It gives success, renown, riches, a sweet disposition, love of art and science, unscrupulousness, unfruitfulness and injustice to innocence.

Agrippa1531 Spica.png  Spica is one of the 15 Behenian Fixed Stars. Its image is a bird, or a man laden with merchandise. It gives riches, overcomes contentions, and removes scarcity and mischief. Rules emerald, sage, trefoil, periwinkle, mugwort and mandrake. [1]

Spica, as already said, is one of the truly great stars in the sky, the one which gave us our word ‘star’, and at least as important as the four archangel stars…The considerable distance between Spica and its nearest neighbors has inspired some cultures to call it ‘The Lonely One’ and names like that, often to distinguish it from the equally prominent Arcturus, on almost the same Zodiacal longitude but higher in the sky and much closer to its neighbors in Bootes.

Astrologically, Spica is a ‘Good Star’, and no doubt it still is, if we don’t contemplate our descendants’ fates in 5 million years time. Our friend classified it as a Venus-Mars type, the only one of that kind. The combination of the opposite sexes in the one star must inspire a further thought about the androgynous qualities we have already noted with Virgo, but it is doubtful that Ptolemy noted that. As the star of the grain harvest, it is the provider of our material needs, and indeed it does always show up well in that respect. There is, however, a word of warning to go with it: We only reap harvest if we have first sown the seed and cared for the fields, and what we reap must last us, and all who labored in our fields, until the next harvest is ready. He does not do so well from Spica who reaps what he has not sown, uses it profligately, or denies to others their share i his good fortune. As though to rub this in quite firmly, Arcturus in the sky above the Virgin’s Hand is the prime star of the much rougher character, the Herdsman, just as ready to take care of his herd but not to stand any nonsense from them.

Spica is also noted for its spiritual and religious qualities, as we must expect after all we have seen about Virgo, and indeed people with this star strong in their horoscopes do very often gain high place in those fields of life. Psychic awareness is also above average in such people, especially if the more sensitive planets, Moon, Venus, Neptune or Lilith are conjunct Spica. [3]

To Spica are ascribed honors and fame. Spica is of marked good fortune for scientists, writers, artist-painters, sculptors and musicians. If Spica is on the Asc or Meridian and conjunction Jupiter and Venus, promise is given even to people of humble origins to enjoy protection, preferment and even wealth. In conjunction with Mercury or Venus and positioned on the Meridian or Asc, Spica gives artistic skill, drawing ability, musical talent and a good sense for literature and the sciences.

However, if Spica is placed in angular houses and conjoined with Saturn, Mars, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto, and if these planets are afflicted, a rise followed by a downfall with tragic ending could be the result. In 1923, when, as a result of inflation in Germany, many people became poverty stricken, Spica was bound up with Saturn. In a personal cosmogram, Spica means refinement. Such people have a noble bearing. Increased erotic tension, usually given with a Venus-Mars interpretation, is not the case with Spica, but a tendency to sublimate these powers and turn them into artistic and creative channels is indicated. [4]

Spica star rules the navel in the human body. [5]

Constellation Virgo: Ptolemy makes the following observations; “The stars in the head of Virgo, and that at the top of the southern wing, operate like Mercury and somewhat like Mars: the other bright stars in the same wing, and those about the girdle, resemble Mercury in their influence, and also Venus, moderately . . . those at the points of the feet and at the bottom of the garments are like Mercury, and also Mars, moderately.” By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Gimel and the 3rd Tarot Trump “The Empress.” [1]

This constellation is indicative of an abundance in harvest and a fruitfulness of agriculture in general. But when prominent in the charts of eclipses it portends events concerning kings (heads of state) and in this regard can be an ill omen indeed. [2]

In astrology this constellation and Gemini were the House of Mercury. But usually, and far more appropriately, Virgo’s stars have been given over to the care of Ceres, her namesake, the long-time goddess of the harvest. For her astrological colors Virgo assumed black speckled with blue; and was thought of as governing the abdomen in the human body, but always as an unfortunate, sterile sign. The appearance of a comet within its borders implied many grievous ills to the female portion of the population. [6]

Spica Star AstrologySpica Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Spica: Unbounded good fortune, happiness, ecclesiastical preferment, unexpected honor or advancement beyond native’s hopes or capacity. [1]

Midheaven conjunct Spica: Unbounded good fortune, happiness, ecclesiastical preferment, unexpected honor or advancement beyond native’s hopes or capacity. [1] Princess Diana of Wales 0°14′

Part of Fortune conjunct Spica: Great wealth, voluptuous propensities. [1]

Sun conjunct Spica: Great and lasting preferment, eminent dignity, immense wealth, great happiness to native’s parents and children, help from friends among clergy, favorable for public and legal affairs. If culminating, Church and State preferment. If with Venus and Mars also the native is a potent king obeyed by many people, but subject to many infirmities. [1]

Moon conjunct Spica: Gain through inventions, success, wealth and honor from Mercury, Venus or Jupiter people. [1] Marie Antoinette 0°14′, Justin Bieber 0°51′

Mercury conjunct Spica: Neat, tidy, clever, ingenious, favor of clergy and people in authority, gain through investment, responsible position. [1]

Mercury conjunct Spica trine Uranus: Mercury must be directly on this degree. This can be used either in a negative or positive way. It affects the outlook of the individual with respect to situations that occur n the person’s life. The aspect of Uranus here is important. A trine of Mercury to Uranus at this point would make the natives rather superficial and insensitive to the situations of other people. They would only utilize their thought patterns for their own pleasures and happiness, and would not see the needs of other persons around them. They have their own little group, whether it be it be those they work with or those in their own neighborhood. They stay within a small group and do not let others infiltrate their little communication network. This is not necessarily a status symbol, but just a lifestyle they have chosen. They simply do not wish to reach out or search for other things in life. There is a laziness in mental pursuits for they are basically happy in this type of situation. [5]

Mercury conjunct Spica opposite Uranus: Mercury must be on the degree, These persons develop communications far beyond the normal. They extend out to many different levels of communication by listening and learning from others. They have the ability to relate to people on many different levels, and they feel quite comfortable will all of them. They learn to understand the many different intellectual levels of human beings. [5]

Venus conjunct Spica: Benefits from friends, social success, false friends of own sex. [1] Woody Allen 0°02′, Warren Buffett 0°21′

Mars conjunct Spica: Popular social success, may have good judgment and quick decision or be violent in dispute, rigid, and nearly or quite a fool. [1] Roman Polanski 2°03′

Jupiter conjunct Spica: Popular, social success, wealth, ecclesiastical honor and preferment. [1] Bill Clinton 0°07′, Winston Churchill 1°28′

Saturn conjunct Spica: Apt to be suspicious, sharp or rugged, but does much good, occult interests, good speaker, popular, many friends, gain through legacies but extravagant, good health, favorable for domestic matters. [1] Emperor Nero 0°09′, Rudolf Hess 1°38′, Leonardo da Vinci 2°03′

Uranus conjunct Spica: Mediumistic, popular, business connected with ornaments, gain through marriage, fortunate, sudden natural death. [1]

Neptune conjunct Spica: Well-born, comfortable surroundings, always sufficiently well off, associated with companies, gain through legacies, favorable for domestic matters, somewhat fast and extravagant, does not live to old age. [1] Michael Moore 1°15′, Harvey Weinstein 2°16′

Pluto conjunct Spica: Serena Williams 0°07′, Prince William of Cambridge 0°34′, Beyoncé 0°55′, Kim Kardashian 1°35′, George Washington 2°25′

South Node conjunct Spica: Warren Buffett 2°01′, Sigmund Freud 2°28′, Michelangelo 2°32′

References

1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.66, 211, 235.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.45.
3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.67.
4. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.57.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.84.
6. Star Names Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1963, Virgo.

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

95 thoughts on “Spica Star – Virgo’s Ear of Grain

  1. Are fixed star conjunctions with generational planets less powerful than conjunctions with personal planets in a natal chart?

  2. “In 1923, when, as a result of inflation in Germany, many people became poverty stricken, Spica was bound up with Saturn”

    So when Saturn conjoins Pluto at 22°Cap in early 2020… ahhh, Jamie, what rabbit hole do we disappear down?

    • I’m in the US, it’s 7:14 pm Central Time on Monday, August 27th, and your comment’s dated tomorrow! Nevertheless, the blessed star Spica probably did much unseen good at the time poor Germany had that trouble, anywhere it touches a chart it brings eminence and good fortune, as it’s one of most fortunate stars in the heavens, and will mitigate any bad aspects. If a chart could be checked for that year, perhaps for January or else the day Germany’s independence was observed, second and eighth house afflictions might be evident, and no telling what else. As shown above, even conjunct Saturn in a chart, blessings abound. Also, remember Saturn is exalted in Libra, where the beautiful fixed star sits now, near 24 degrees, due to precession.
      Princess Di had Algol, one of the most unfortunate/bad stars in the sky, conjunct her natal Venus, which represented her love life and marriage, and as we all know, she had a terrible time in that respect. As the MH rules career, with Spica placed there, she become a Princess, and world-renowned and loved, but other negative aspects in her chart could not be alleviated. Yet she still rose to great heights, was a sweet and caring lady who could’ve been Queen of England. Although her life was cut short and she died too young, she still did much good in the world for many and was blessed with two wonderful sons who were Princes themselves. I’m sure those boys were her greatest joy on this Earth.
      Everyone has blessed Spica somewhere in their charts; an astrology column I used to read in Texas in the old days used to say at the end, “The stars impel, they do not compel – what you make of your life is largely up to you.”
      The best advice is, for everything you do in this life, do it with love!
      Thank you for an awesome site, Jamie!

      • P.S. In just a few days, Venus herself will transit over 24 degrees of Libra, conjoining the benevolent fixed star Spica, then going retrograde herself, finally moving from an evening star, and becoming a morning star for a bit. Much planet movement to and fro lately, retrograde and direct! Mars went direct just today. It seems fitting this subject and this column was resurrected just in time for us to note these blessed sky movements. Peace and love to all!

  3. I found this star conjunct Eisenhower’s Sun and Moon in Libra and considering all the effort and work Eike did throughout his life as a good man I would consider this star a good star. I was also wondering if you Jamie had any info or idea on what affect does a conjunction of Sun and Moon have on one’s character and personality. Here’s Eisenhower’s data> Oct. 14, 1890, 3″00am, Dennison, Tex. if anyone’s wants to know. I’m working on another chart that has both Sun conjunct Moon in Leo. Seems like the Leo connotation of pride and need to be in charge would be magnified: ? Thanks

  4. Mr. Eisenhower was truly blessed with a benevolent and peacekeeping nature then and certainly worked for the highest good of all in what he did, and would be considered a double Libra, meaning any two of the same sign in the three main factors in a chart, Sun, Asc,. Moon. Sun/Moon conjunct are usually pretty much as-you-see-them, authentic, inner and outer persona, and the Moon governs their emotional nature and relations with their mother, and the Sun their true nature and relation to the father. A key factor would be the rising sign, which’d show how the world saw him, and also critical is which houses contained these factors. There are two other combinations to being a double sign, and without looking at the rest of the chart, these are just broad suggestions.
    In the Leo chart, so much depends on the house the conjunction rests in, but the ascendant will be critical, too, in how they come across to the world at large, which they’ll be inclined to focus on, being a double Leo!
    Look at Mick Jagger, a true Leo! President Obama had him entertain at one of the White House concerts and I’m sure he impressed many with his great dialog in addition to the music they performed there. He was interesting and a lot of fun to watch.
    Thanks for the insight on Mr. Eisenhower, too, very interesting! Hope people will share how Spica affects their natal charts! Jamie, how does it sit in yours?! Thank you!
    FYI just read the EU has 85% in favor of abolishing daylight savings time! Sounds like a great move.

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