Dates For Zodiac Constellations And Stars

northern-constellations-sky
Most astrologers, even sidereal astrologers, hardly do any stargazing anymore. I live in New York so I can’t gaze into the night sky unless I drive far away in the country but I can compile some literature on all the stars in the zodiac. This is what a strict constellation zodiac might look like, where all zodiac signs are only as big as the constellations. It is not as clean-cut as tropical or even sidereal zodiacs as there are gaps between constellations and Aquarius even extends into Capricorn and Pisces.

The following dates are the times of year the sun passes through a constellation and its stars as of 2000 ACE. In 1900 ACE, most the dates were pushed back by one degree, some even two degrees. Most of the stars have an orb of two degrees, some even orbs of three degrees. In layman’s terms, the sun is conjunct a star in a margin of about two to three days.

All detailed descriptions of the constellations and stars are in hyperlinks. Ancient and medieval astrologers paid a lot of attention to the fixed stars and wrote extensively about them. Perhaps we should too.

Sources:
Constellation of Words
Astrologer King

Pisces (March 8 – April 19)
March 8 – Fum al Samakah, mouth of the fish
April 16 – Al Pherg, the chord between the fish)
April 19 – Alrisha, the knot of the chord

Aries (April 23 – May 11)
April 22 – Mesarthim, left horn of the ram)
April 23 – Sheratan beta, right horn of the ram)
April 27 – Hamal alpha, head of the ram)
May 11 – Botein, the flank of the ram)

Taurus (May 20 – June 15)
May 20 and May 21 – The Pleiades or Seven Sisters located on the shoulder of the bull, including Alcyone, central star of the Pleiades
May 26 – Hyadum I, one of the Rain Stars on the face of the bull
May 27 – Hyadum II, one of the Rain Stars on the face of the bull
May 29 – Ain, the northern bull’s eye
May 30 – Aldebaran, the bull’s eye
June 13 – El Nath, the bull’s north horn
June 15 – Al Hecka, the bull’s south horn

Gemini (June 24 – July 15)
June 24 – Tejat Prior, Castor’s front foot
June 26 – Tejat Posterior, Castor’s back foot
June 30 – Alhena, the shining one
July 10 – Wasat, the middle star (Castor’s right elbow)
July 10 – Propus, star between the twins
July 12 – Castor, the mortal twin
July 15 – Pollux, the immortal twin

Cancer (July 24 – August 5)
July 27 – Al Tarf, south hind foot of the crab
July 30 – Praesepe, the head of the crab
July 30 – Asellus Borealis, north star of the shell’s crab
July 30 – Asellus Australis, south star of the shell’s crab
August 5 – Acubens – The claws of the crab

Leo (August 7 – September 14)
August 13 – Ras Elased Australis, south star of the lion’s head
August 13 – Ras Elased Borealis, north star of the lion’s head
August 20 – Adhafera, mane of the lion
August 20 – Al Jabhah, mane of the lion
August 22 – Regulus, heart of the lion
September 4 – Zosma, back of the lion
September 5 – Coxa, hip of the lion
September 14 – Denebola, tail of the lion

Virgo (September 17 – November 2)
September 19 – Zavijava, head of the maiden
September 27 – Zaniah, upper left arm of the maiden
October 2 – Vindemiatrix, right arm of the miaden
October 3 – Porrima, left elbow of the maiden
October 4 – Auva, hip of the maiden
October 15 – Heze, girdle of the maiden
October 16 – Spica, ear of wheat
October 27 – Syrma, left shin of the maiden
October 30 – Khambalia, left foot of the maiden

Libra (November 7 – November 21)
November 7 – Zuben Elgenubi, the southern scale
November 7 – Zuben Elakribi, star west of the northern scale
November 10 – Zuben Hakrabi, star west of the southern scale
November 11 – Zuben Elschamali, the northern scale
November 17 – Zuben Elakrab, star middle of the northern scale

Scorpio (November 25 – December 21)
November 25 – Dschubba, crown of the scorpion
November 25 – Acrab, head of the scorpion
November 26 – Jabbah, four star cluster on the head of the scorpion
December 2 – Antares, heart of the scorpion
December 9 – Grafias, tail of the scorpion
December 16 – Lesath, sting of the scorpion
December 16 – Shaula, sting of the scorpion
December 17 – Sargas, tail of the scorpion (tail is hooked)
December 18 – Aculeus stars above the sting of the scorpion
December 21 – Acumen, stars above the sting of the scorpion

Sagittarius (December 23 – January 16)
December 23 – Spiculum, bow of the archer
December 24 – Polis, upper part of the archer’s bow
December 25 – Kaus Medius, middle part of the archer’s bow
December 26 – Kaus Australis, lower part of the archer’s bow
December 28 – Kaus Borealis, top of the archer’s bow
December 30 – Facies, face of the archer
January 3 – Nunki, vane of the arrow
January 4 – Ascella, armpit of the archer
January 6 – Manubrium, second face of the archer
January 6 – Arkab Prior, calf tendon of the archer
January 7 – Arkab Posterior, calf tendon of the archer
January 7 – Albadah, second face of the archer
January 7 – Rukbat, knee of the archer
January 16 – Terebellum, rump of the archer

Capricorn (January 24 – February 14)
January 24 – Algedi Prima, right horn of the sea goat
January 24 – Algedi Secunda, right horn of the sea goat
January 24 – Dabih, head of the sea goat
January 25 – Alshat, middle star of the horns of the sea goat
January 25 – Oculus, right eye of the sea goat
January 25 – Bos, face of the sea goat
February 2 – Armus, shoulder of the sea goat
February 3 – Dorsum, back of the sea goat
February 9 – Castra, tail of the sea goat
February 11 – Nashira, tail of the sea goat
February 12 – Deneb Algedi, tail of the sea goat

Aquarius (February 1 – March 9)*
*The stars of Aquarius extend into the constellations of Capricorn and Pisces.
February 1 – Albani, left hand of the water bearer
February 12 – Sadalsuud, left shoulder of the water bearer
February 22 – Ancha, hip of the water bearer
February 22 – Sadalmelik, right shoulder of the water bearer
February 25 – Sadachbia, right arm of the water bearer
February 28 – Skat, right leg of the water bearer
February 29 – Situla, bucket of the water bearer

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