Fixed Star Zaniah

Zaniah at 04°50′ Libra has an orb of 1°30′
Fixed Star Zaniah

Virgo Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Zaniah on September 27

Fixed star Zaniah, Eta Virginis, looks like a single star but is a triple star system on the upper left arm of the Maiden, Virgo Constellation. Magnitude (V) 3.89, Spectral type A2 V.

The medieval name Zaniah is from the Arabic زاوية zāwiyah, meaning corner, the same source as Zavijava. In China, it represents 左執法 (Zuǒzhífǎ), meaning “The Left Law Administrator,” spelled Tso Chih Fa by R.H. Allen, meaning “the Left-hand Maintainer of Law.”

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Zaniah Astrology

Fixed star Zaniah has the spectral type A2, indicating the planetary nature of Venus.

ZANIAH. η Virginus. A variable star situated on the southern wing of Virgo. From Al Zawiah, the Angle or Corner which formed part of the Kennel of the Barking Dogs located here by the Arabs. According to Ptolemy, it is of the nature of Mercury and Venus and, to Alvidas, of Venus and Mercury in sextile. It gives refinement, honor, congeniality, order and a lovable nature. [1]

ZANIAH. η Virginus. A variable white star. Spectral class AO on the southern wing of Virgo. This star gives the native a love of orderliness, a love of refinement, congeniality, honors and a loveable nature. [6]

Both Zaniah and Zavijava have a good astrological reputation, following closely their natures as indicated by their stellar spectra. [2]

Despite its Greek rating it is, as Vis, Mag 2.95, a little brighter Al Araf. Ptolemy rates this one as a Mercury-Venus type, quite a compliment to it since Mercury is ruler of the Constellation while Venus rules the Sign. The name must bring a smile to astrologers who (often quite rightly) associate Mercury with money and Venus with love, and with Ptolemy having put the money first, for Zaniyah means Adulteress or Harlot. We have seen how Virgo has had such a reputation in past times, having been Lilith and Ashtoreth as much as more honored ladies like Mary. A little amusement is permitted in reading older books in which either the word is either not translated at all, or the authors digress into a learned discussion on whether or not this star belongs to a group once known as the Kennels, along with the title ‘little mosque’. Victorian avoidance of the unmentionable does have its comic side!

The more positive attributes of Zaniah, however, can be seen in the Mercury-Venus-in-Libra talent for negotiating peace. One attribute that a good commander (or salesman) must surely need is intuition for knowing to call a halt to battle and either offer or seek terms for peace. And if well-aspected and on the right planet, Mercury, Venus, Sun, or Jupiter, for example, this is what will show up in the horoscope. With Saturn or Mars, the terms for peace may be too harsh for acceptance; with the Moon or Neptune, they may be either unrealistic or downright ‘shady’, especially with harsh aspects there. So, as usual, how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ Zaniah is depends very clearly on how we are. [3]

Fixed star Zaniah rules the intestines. [4]

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 the 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. [5]

Zaniah, Eta Virginis

Zaniah, Eta Virginis []

Fixed Star Zaniah Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Zaniah:  Good fortune, happiness, gifts, fortunate for love and marriage, gain by legacies and inheritance. (Venus nature). [1]

Elizabeth Montgomery 0°16′, Leonardo DiCaprio 1°03′, Britney Spears 1°34′

Midheaven conjunct Zaniah: Honor and success, dealings with and help through women, success in occupations of a Venus nature. [1]

Leonardo da Vinci 0°13′, Sean Penn 1°32′

Descendant conjunct Zaniah: Che Guevara 0°57′, Marshall Applewhite 1°24′,

Part of Fortune conjunct Zaniah: Zendaya 0°00′ (and Mercury), Giorgia Meloni 0°32′, LeBron James 0°50′

Sun conjunct Zaniah: Educational and studious interests, popular, social success, much pleasure, favorable for marriage. [1]

The native can become interested in subjects that would be of little concern to the average person. They can be somewhat visionary, possibly for misplaced ideals, unless early training was of a positive nature. They can be very congenial unless aroused. [6]

If well-aspected, a talent for negotiating peace and the intuition for knowing to call a halt to battle and either offer or seek terms for peace. [3]

Serena Williams 0°26′, Will Smith 1°21′

Moon conjunct Zaniah: Worry, loss through legal and Venusian affairs, trouble through writings, led astray by sympathies. [1]

The native will outwardly appear to be a very congenial person, however, they can develop the ability to become involved in controversial subjects and people. Some of the less developed natives give the impression that whenever they open their mouths, they ‘put their foot in it’; they speak without thinking of the consequences, and they spend a lot of time disengaging from the controversy they become embroiled in, they are also subject to making spur of the moment decisions, generally based on sympathy, not logic. The more positive natives will excel in ferreting out secrets. There is the possibility of legal involvement. [6]

A talent for negotiating peace and the intuition for knowing to call a halt to battle and either offer or seek terms for peace. But the terms for peace may either be unrealistic or downright ‘shady’, especially with harsh aspects. [3]

Karl Sudhoff 0°05′, Rex Allen 0°07′, Margaret Formby 0°16′, Danica McKellar 0°18′, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex 0°19′ (and Jupiter, Saturn), Pailine Collins 0°23′, Pierre Moliner 0°26′, Bertrand Russell 0°27′, Melissa Rivers 0°31′, Alasdair Gray 0°33′, Rosie O’Donnell 0°34′, Joseph Perkins 0°34′, Belinda Carlisle 0°37′, John Partridge 0°43′, Nick Joqaquin 1°02′, Sylvia Ashton-Warner 1°05′, Karl Ernst Krafft 1°10′, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec 1°14′.

Mercury conjunct Zaniah: Musical or artistic ability, gain through writing short stories, popularity, social success, and many friends, especially among opposite sex. [1]

This conjunction gives the native a sense of refinement and congeniality. The native may be enterprising and can gain abilities and honors in many careers or activities. These natives gain a wide circle of friends who would come to their assistance whenever needed. The native can be very entertaining and gain through writings and association with public affairs. More negative nativities, while having the same attributes, will be more abrupt in their mannerisms and rough with their business ventures. [6]

If well-aspected, a talent for negotiating peace and the intuition for knowing to call a halt to battle and either offer or seek terms for peace. [3]

Warren Buffett 0°09′, Zendaya 1°12′ (and POF), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 1°28′, Dr. Phil McGraw 1°35′

Venus conjunct Zaniah: Quick in learning, musical and artistic ability, fond of society, many friends, favorable for gain. [1]

The native is mentally keen, fond of social activities and may acquire many friends. Artistic ability could be successfully cultivated. Possible domestic problems. [6]

If well-aspected, a talent for negotiating peace and the intuition for knowing to call a halt to battle and either offer or seek terms for peace. [3]

(No orb): This position brings on the energy of the devoted servant to all. These natives serve and help others without expecting anything in return. Of course, this can also be the maid or butler at the mundane level, but it is more often the individual who serves others without remuneration. They put themselves in situations where they can assist others and always seem to be on hand when they are needed. This is a positive configuration, for they are happy with the God-self within themselves and are not looking to magnify their ego. They are truly happy and feel the spiritual joy when doing for others, and for this happiness within, they never seem to grow weary or ill. [4]

Mary Shelley 1°20′, Stephen King 1°37′, Pablo Picasso 1°39′

Mars conjunct Zaniah: Active, energetic, loss through lawsuits, trouble through the opposite sex. [1]

These natives have the ability to handle details and the finer points of their particular jobs, and together with their driving energy and methods of getting the job done, they would enjoy excellent relations with their fellow employees. [6]

(No orb): This causes difficulty with the lining of the small intestine. It results in irritations with certain foods, especially tomatoes. Certain seasonings affect this area such as hot spices, peppers, chili, and so on. This is easily cured by omitting these foods from the diet. It is recommended that they eat foods containing magnesium to alleviate the spasms and pain in the intestinal area. Natural rice would be excellent, as well as other foods rich in magnesium. [4]

Sigmund Freud 0°50′, William Bligh 0°52′, Jawaharlal Nehru 0°58′, John Lennon 1°01′, Henry VIII 1°12′, Cat Stevens 1°19′

Jupiter conjunct Zaniah: Religious and philosophical mind, social success, many friends. [1]

Preferment in legal, martial government and all matters dealing with the public. The native appeals to many kinds of people. However, their statements could be misunderstood or misinterpreted, either of which could create problems. [6]

If well-aspected, a talent for negotiating peace and the intuition for knowing to call a halt to battle and either offer or seek terms for peace. [3]

Vito Genovese 1°02′, Ariana Grande 1°18′, Lucky Luciano 1°33′, Marilyn Manson 1°37′ (and Uranus, S.Node), Meghan, Duchess of Sussex 2°06′ (and Moon, Saturn)

Saturn conjunct Zaniah: Sober, industrious, many influential elderly friends, gain through old people, grandparents, and marriage. [1]

Kim Kardashian 0°33′, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex 1°17′ (and Moon, Jupiter)

Uranus conjunct Zaniah: Studious, psychic, retiring, somewhat unpractical, uneventful life, many friends, social success, favorable for marriage if male but less so if female, gain through marriage and business, natural death. [1]

Marilyn Manson 0°05′ (and Jupiter, South Node), Gwen Stefani 0°23′

Neptune conjunct Zaniah: Kind, sympathetic, somewhat impatient, good at detail work, peculiar love affairs, gain through marriage and partnership, help from influential friends, uneventful life, danger of death at about 10 years of age or natural death in middle life. [1]

A talent for negotiating peace and the intuition for knowing to call a halt to battle and either offer or seek terms for peace. But the terms for peace may either be unrealistic or downright ‘shady’, especially with harsh aspects. [3]

Keith Richards 0°05′, Jimmy Page 0°11′, Patch Adams 0°20′, Sirhan Sirhan 0°44′

Pluto conjunct Zaniah: Dave Chappelle 1°07′

North Node conjunct Zaniah: Pierre Cardin 0°33′, Sarah, Duchess of York 1°07′, Ernesto Miranda 1°27′. 

South Node conjunct Zaniah: Marilyn Manson 0°15′ (and Jupiter, Uranus), Nostradamus 0°45′ (DD).


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.6, 218-219.
  2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.45.
  3. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.69.
  4. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.77-78.
  5. Star Names Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1963, Virgo.
  6. The Power of the Fixed Stars, Joseph E. Rigor, 1979, p.137-138.
  • All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

5 thoughts on “Fixed Star Zaniah

  1. Hi again Ben, I have some trouble working out the effect of the stars on the Nodes. Quite a few people ask about them. I suggest reading a combination of Sun and Moon interpretations.

  2. Diana Rosenberg says Zaniah is (at) Virgo’s heart …

    I have Mercury here.
    Long, long ago, during the hippie era when my hormones were still raging, Jupiter crossed and re-crossed Zaniah’s position (and my Mercury). I responded to this by taking a string of lovers.
    This was par for the course in those days, in London, Amsterdam etc, but not in the conservative community in which I lived.
    Foolishly, I didn’t make a secret of it. So, I was called a “whore” by one or two people – the modern epithet that has replaced “harlot”.

    I find it puzzling that this behaviour is linked with Mercury, rather than Mars and/or Venus, though my Mercury squares Mars and sextiles Moon and Venus – probably this is where the link is.

    And it was probably Mercury who helped me decide that this kind of behaviour was not for me in the long run.

  3. Oops – mistake. It’s Neptune that’s connected with Zaniah, not Mercury. Must have been something else that triggered my wickedness …

  4. Zaniah showing up on the Age of Aquarius fixed star report, conjunct Progressed Moon

    Is this seen partly in the Stanford University legal dept protest, bound in a Cradle or Double Ambivalence pattern? That it appears staged, or under study, vis-à-vis Berkeley, a nearby university neck deep in the Artwork?

    The Age of Aquarius progressed chart is no slouch when it comes to veracity, and would receive budget consideration.

    Further, Stanford is mentioned at Astrologyking forum. Look for asteroid Don Quixote, Donald Trump thread, October 2019. The post is filled with anticipation, bringing us to an important climax, a singular exposition on October 31. One can feel the energy at the moment, the 2023 Spring Ingress, President medal of Art award Joe Biden and President medal of Arrest award, Donald Trump.

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