Tejat Prior Star – Castor’s Left Foot

Tejat Prior is at 03°26′ Cancer with an orb of 1°40′
Fixed Star Tejat Prior Star Astrology

Gemini Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Tejat Prior on June 24

Fixed star Tejat Prior, Eta Geminorum, is a 3.2 magnitude triple star system located in the Left Foot of the Twin Castor in Gemini Constellation. The tradition name Tejat Prior is a Greek Word which means meaning forward foot. This star has erroneously been called Propus, which is actually the name for Iota Geminorum (19 ♋ 01) located between the shoulders of the Twins. The image above makes this mistake as does the website Constellation of Words.


28 ♊ 45
29 ♊ 55
03 ♋ 26
05 ♋ 18
09 ♋ 06

Fixed Star

Tejat Prior
Tejat Posterior



Tejat Prior Star Astrology

Fixed star Tejat Prior is situated on the left foot of the northern Twin. Of the nature of Mercury and Venus. It gives strength, eminence and success. [1]

Tejat Prior, η Gemorium, has a hybrid Arabic-Latin name meaning the Underneath Front (star). Within two degrees of it on Castor’s foot is Tejat Posterior, μ Gemorium, the Underneath Rear star, naturally. Bye the bye, Tahat is a better pronunciation. Posterior also goes by the names Dirah and Nuhaiai.

Both Tejats are Mercury-Venus stars by Ptolemy: thus again, we find that quality which we saw in Alhena, the ability to express ideas in reasonable and acceptable ways which win because of their manifest intelligence. Some commentators have, as usual when they mention almost any star, drawn attention to the capacity found in these three to capitalize on the popularity one may gain from the ease of the ‘public appeal’ quality latent in them, and to use it for unscrupulous ends. But this is doubtful if there is any advantage at all in human affairs which may not be abused, if one is so minded, so why single out this one for special condemnation?!

All three stars, the two Tejats and Alhena, fill the first 10°, or Decan, of the Cardinal Sign Cancer, into which they entered in 1349, 1621 and 1755 A.D. respectively. Each of these dates, within a year or two, was significant in the rise of European thought and literature from the Renaissance onwards. [3]

Tejat Prior rules the left breast in the human body. [4]

Constellation Gemini is said to cause trouble and disgrace, sickness, loss of fortune, affliction and danger to the knees. [1]

Astrologers assigned to this constellation guardianship over human hands, arms, and shoulders; while Albumasar held that it portended intense devotion, genius, largeness of mind, goodness, and liberality. Considered the House of Mercury and a fortunate sign. Chinese astrologers asserted that if this constellation were invaded by Mars, war and a poor harvest would ensue. [2]

Tejat Prior Star, Eta Geminorum

Tejat Prior Star, Eta Geminorum (right) [www.constellation-guide.com]

Tejat Prior Star Conjunctions

Mars conjunct Tejat Prior: This manifests as a harsh personality rather than a nurturing individual, thus causing many conflicts in life. These persons are raised in a harsh environment as children, either mentally or physically. They receive harsh treatment, such as beatings or lack of food, which affects their outlook on life as they get older. Later in life, they do not know how to be nurturing or thoughtful, and go to any lengths to abuse others. They can be quite brutal in a close relationship as they are attempting to repeat their own experiences but as one who is brutal rather than the one receiving harsh treatment. This is not an energy point that would cause illness; however, it is a mental illness of its own. [4]

Uranus conjunct Tejat Prior: This is an unstable position. The parents are always being separated from the child for various reasons and the child never really gets to know the parents. In some cases they are taken care of by a relative. After the child matures, they find themselves lacking in identity and direction. They also injure the chest area of the body by bumping into objects or walking into things, like an open door. A female would be more aware of this and use more care to avoid hitting the chest, but a male would not notice it as much and would continue in this way throughout the life. [4]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.46, 213.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.39.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.45.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.43.

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

2 thoughts on “Tejat Prior Star – Castor’s Left Foot

    • See the general description above and read what Manilius said about Gemini rising [3]:

      “From the Twins come less laborious callings and a more agreeable way of life, provided by varied song and voices of harmonious tone, slender pipes, the melodies …”

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