STAR NAMES - THEIR LORE AND MEANINGS
by R. H. Allen
When the student is ready,
the teacher will appear.
- Coma Berenice contains seven visible stars (36, 70,
32) - View in mid-May - Expect to see the three
lucida, a, b, g.
- Cassiopeia is the Laconian Key.
- The Pin-Wheel Nebula NGC 4254, (99), is one of the
pyrotechnics of the sky.
- * First let the morning Pleiades be set, and Ariadne's
shining Coronet - (Corona Borealis?) - Crown their
wine - Alfaca the eye pupil
- The Ashtaroth of the Hebrews
- It "darts surprising rays".
- Corvus was known as Phoebo of prophesy.
- Spica the Head, and Arcturus the Heart
- The Crux was the south pole of the Hindus. (4s)
- The Cross is perpendicular as it crosses the meridian.
- The red region of Cygnus
- The heavens are the Tree of Knowledge, the stars
- Vega was an ancient pole star in 14,000 BC. It
turned in the opposite direction than our present
- Vega could be seen from the base of the central
passage of the Great Pyramid of Cheops on June 7th.
(Five other stars were also visible then.)
- (In the symbols a circle with ears down stood for
ascending, and one with ears up for descending.)
- Prior to 5000 BC the Egyptians honored Dubhe as the
pole star. They had also honored g Draconis.
- The "four knots" of the Dragon
- Eridanus has a third of heaven's stars!
- Wisdom is said to be in the Lance Star.
- Understanding in the Bow Star
P248- Hydra was identified with the source of the
fountains of the deep.
- Bel is Ursa Major; Rex is Regulus
- The star color varies with the temperature, from the
coolest red, then in order, orange, yellow, white,
green, blue, and the hottest very blue.
- (Our Sun is a color-type GO, and Polaris is F8.)
- (Observe the wingtips of Cygnus, the mane of Leo)
P266- The Khasias of the Himalayas say that every month
the Moon falls in love with his mother-in-law, who
very properly repulses his affection by throwing
ashes at him. (Comets and meteors in the 12 Signs)
- (One of the Greek letters may represent the Egyptian
hieroglyph for the gods.)
- Milton: The sinful wandered not in the neighboring
Moon as some have dreamed.
- Codices and Codexes are Keys of the Seven. For
example Libra becomes Zichos.
- Day and Night are weigh'd in Libra's Scales.
P271- The comet of 43 BC was reported as outshining Virgo
or the Julian Star.
- A comet in the month of September was reported in
531, 1106, and 1680 AD; it returns in 2255.
- The Persians showed Libra as a human figure lifting
the Scales in one hand and grasping a lamb in the
other. (Libra's symbol has been used in pottery and
- The Holy Mound, "Tul Ku", designating the Tower of
- Libra the Lamp - the Solar Lamp Bir
- Pharos in the Scorpion's claws; House of Venus
- The Sun is in Libra October 29th to November 21st.
- The Libra lunar station was called by the Hindus
- B Libra is an unusual pale emerald.
- Libra's NGC 5904 is noted for the number of variable
stars it contains.
- Lupus the Wolf, Star of the Dead Fathers from Akkad,
the Chinese called it the South Gate.
- Three stars of Lyra form the Tripod, with half
- Lyra was known as both the Eagle and Vulture.
- Wega or Vega, a Lyra, was called "Messenger of
Light", and "Life of Heaven", and "Judge of Heaven".
It is a blue star.
- The Magellen Clouds rotate around the south pole,
each with two centers.
- A comet was reported in Ophiuchus in 123, 1230 and
1604 and 1848. There was one in Scorpio in 134 BC.
- A star of Cepheus is called "The Shepherd".
- A star of Ophiuchus is called "The Magician".
- (The Bible says God promotes from the North, with
the Cup in His Right hand.)
- (Precession moves 1.4 degrees per century.)
- Ophiuchus is kneeling and holding the Serpent, and
reaching out with his right hand.
- Tammuz was also known as Adonis.
- Orion's belt stars lie on the Great Equator.
- Orion aka Horus; Sirius the Cow in Egypt (Isis)
- In the "Book of the Dead": The Osiris N is the
constellation Orion - "The Barley God"
- Bible: That Aish has been generally understood to
signify the Great Bear; Kesil is Orion; Kimah is the
- Orion the Gibbor - See the feet of the Twins
- De Rheita of 1643 found Christ's Coat and Chalice in
Orion; Al Yad al Yamna, the Right Hand.
- Betelgeuze portended fortune and wealth.
- Alpha Orion alone constituted the 4th rakshatra
Ardra. This star would be a nova candidate. - A
- Sed Algruze - Orion's Hand
- Rigel is a double, both bluish white - obscure
- Psalms: In His cup is red wine, mixed.
- Norsemen had Rigel and Alcor the Toes of Orwandil.
- The B stars of the Dogs are their heralds.
- An Amazon myth has Betelgeuze chasing "Peixie Boi,
a dark spot." - In Orion
- (Very little on Mintika)
- Anilam E Orion, the "String of Pearls"; the Bullions
set in the middle of Orion's Belt. It culminates
January 25th. The Belt the Mazzaroth, also called
Jacob's Staff. The distance of the Belt was called
the Golden Yard-arm. (Yard?)
- The Belt has risen 12 degrees in the last 4000 years
- A telescope of at least 2.25 inches, with 140 power,
is needed for the Great Nebula of Orion.
- In Orion's head 3 stars less bright, but great,
further lies their Splendor.
- The Orionids meteors come out of Orion's right hand
on October 18th.
- Markab, a Pegasus, in Arabic means vehicle.
- Pegasus culminates November 3rd; a lunar star
- Pegasus appears on coins of Corinth from 500 BC to
338 BC. Also as a Winged Disc, with hooded snakes
over its back. Shown also with either the Sun or a
- B Pegasus was called "Footstool Feet", also Stand or
Support, also a Spout.
- Jupiter and Venus, the two fortunate planets.
- Psalms: "Between two Cheribim He shineth".
- "The upraised hand of Cassiopeia".
- B Perseus is supposed to be evil. Avoid Algol, the
- Astrologers felt that clusters were harmful objects.
- A new "Phoenix-period" began in AD 139.
- Our Sun joins Sirius on July 20th. (Holy day)
- Pisces is identified with Venus.
- The minor planet Juno was discovered in September
- Sagittarius the Illuminator of the Great City.
(From the cunieform)
- Our Archer was a type of the rising Sun.
- To do with ninth month (Assyria)
- Sagittarius, was honored by the Hindus in 3000 BC;
it was their double nakshatras. An Arabian lunar
- Celestial river, the Milky Way
- The winter solstice occurs on December 21st, the
- There is a circular black void around Sagittarius,
except for a faint star and a crescent star.
- Sagittarius' a star is "the Archer himself".
- Among the stars of Sagittarius is a double, orange
and yellow and bluish.
- A nova occurred in Sagittarius in 386 AD.
- V1 and V2 Sagittarius are red stars 5, 12 minutes
apart, both double, are called the "Archer's Eye".
- O Sag. is identified with Nunki - Archer's Hand
- In an early Zodiac the Scorpion was the Hare.
- Scorpio: The Crowned Snake; Double Sword - Place
where One Bows Down (From Akkad)
- Antares the red star was honored by the Greeks. It
was one of the Four Royal Stars of Persia.
- Job: Who put wisdom into the Lance-Star, or give
knowledge to the Bow-Star.
- In all ancient Zodiacs Taurus began the year. (??)
- Argos and Taurus rise backwards.
- A manuscript almanac of 1386 had "who is born in yat
syne (Taurus) schal have grace in bestis".
- And thunder, when the Sun was here, brought a
pleniful supply of victuals. - Left eye
- Aldebaron was one of the Royal Four; "the messenger
of Light" - it is often occulted by the Moon.
- Dhruva, the Pivot of the Planets, was the star
closest to the north pole, "the Great God."
- Only two or three stars are closer than Sirius. A
brillant white color, leaning to steely blue. A
sign of hydrogen. It rises August 10th, and
culminates February 11th.
- Al Ula, the First Leap (Ursa Major); Al Thaniyah the
Second Leap (red); and Al Phikra al Thalitha, the
- From Tennyson's "The Princess": The fiery Sirius
alters hue, and bickers into red and emerald. (On
- Kant thought Sirius the central star of the Milky
- Bessel thought Sirius to have an obscure companion
in 1834. It (companion) was observed first on
January 31, 1862 by Clark. It proved to be a
yellowish star of 8.5 mag., ten seconds away.
It dimished to five seconds in 1899. It is the
size of our Sun, but a "dark star". It has a
51.5 year cycle.
- B Canis Major was called Isis by Bayer and Ideler.
- E Canis Major is a double, 2 and 9 pale orange and
violet, known as Adhara!
- Procyon rises on July 19th.
- Thales formed Ursa Minor.
- Seven stars were mentioned in Lajard's "Culte de
Mithra". (Ursa Major)
- Pope said, "The Bear, revolving, points his golden
- The Akkadian title for the Wain was "Lord of Heaven"
- Bier was used instead of Bear.
- The Book of the Dead mentioned the Bear's hind
- The malignant red Set in Ursa Major (Horus?)
- The pious woman Al Suha was Alcor of Mizar.
- The a Ursa Major is a yellow double.
- Phecda, of Ursa Major, is yellow, and is called the
- The Chinese's "Three Instructors", were stars of
- The Arabs thought that Canopus was the highest, and
Alcor the lowest of heaven. [see Mizar of Ursa Major]
- Alcor is thought to be the hidden star of the Seven
Sisters or Pleiades.
- The Arcadians say they existed before Earth had a
- Bryant spoke of Polaris: "by whose ray The voyager
of time should shape his heedful way."
- Cepheus also has a variable with a 50 day cycle,
followed by a rapid 2 to 3 hour change.
- Crater is the Cup.
- Thrice Great Hermes left Egypt for two volumes.
- The Pleiades begins the 25,900 year cycle of
- Going horns to tail, to knees of Perseus, to Aries.
- Agni, god of fire, is the Regent of the Pleiades.
- The Great Circles: 1. The Zodiac, 2. Ecliptic, and
- The Pleiades and Altair are timekeepers said
- The curious threads that hold stars together
- The Great Pyramid had 7 chambers.
- Mayan legend had the world destroyed when the
Pleiades culminate at midnight.
- Many Grecian temples aimed at the rising of the
- Mere, our Sirius
- November is the Pleiades month. (Culminate Nov. 17)
- Alcyone of the Pleiades culminates on December 31st.
- The Lost Sister is dark; it could be Alcor of Mizar
or Electra, or Maia (Mary).
- The nebulosity extends to Persius.
- From Aldebaron to the Bull's left ear are the
- Aristotle said honey was never gathered before the
rising of the Pleiades.
- The Pleiades has a helical rising, and a cosmical
- Andromeda with chains has two fishes, one at her
breast, and one at her feet.
- The 12 Books of the "Epic of Creation" were each a
sign of the Zodiac.
- The "Airy Trigon" looks like a slingshot and is said
to consist of the stars of Aquarius, Pisces, Gemini
and Libra. The planet with this sign is in charge.
- Jupiter is in Sagittarius, Mars is in Scorpio, and
Saturn is in Libra.
- (Could it be that each letter of the Greek alphabet
has a much deeper metaphysical meaning. The letter
Zeta reminds me of the Egyptian hieroglyph for a
god. Their T or Tau brings to mind the Chinese Tao,
that expresses the oneness of life in generation.)
- The Seven Sages of Greece were: Bias, Chilo,
Cleobulus, Epimenides or Periander, Pittacus, Solon,
and the astronomer Thales. (Ursa Major)
- The "Nourishers of the World" of the Zendavesta
consisted of Sirius in the East, Ursa Major in
the North, Corvus in the West, and Argo in the
- (Corvus is associated with the Cup of Benjamin in
Hydra, in my own opinion.)
- Corvus was called the prophet of Apollo.
- Corvus the babbler, tattler, and the pratter.
- The Hydra guards the contents of Corvus' Cup.
- Corvus culminates near midnight of May 10th.
- Socrates said, "by the dog I swear".
- That God only is wise.
- Do you love flute-playing, but not flute players?
- Socrates reproached "with understanding the greater,
and overvaluing the less".
- Socrates: "I would have you know that, if you kill
such a one as I am, you will injure yourselves more
than you will injure me."
- Do not sin against the God, or lightly reject his
- I am (Socrates) a sort of a gadfly, given to the
state by the God.
- And thought is best when the mind is gathered into
- Absolute truth can be found only out of the body.
"Out of all the courses".
- When God releases us we behold the clear light of
- Dwelling in her own place alone - chains of the
- Socrates put Aesop into verse while in prison. He
also composed a hymn to Apollo.
- I have often had intimations in dreams.
- Perceiving through the body's organs.
- (Enter the Gates of Horn.)
- The founders of the mysteries, - intimated in a
figure long ago that he who passes unsanctified and
uninitiated into the world below (Earth) will live
in a slough, but that he who arrives there after
initiation and purification will dwell with the
- Many are the thyrsus bearers, but few are the
- Mystics are the true philosophers.
- Not only do all things have opposites, but they are
generated out of their opposite.
- And the weaker is generated from the stronger, and
the swifter from the slower.
- The opposites are separated by two intermediate
processes or fluxes.
- There truly is such a thing as living again.
- Socrates talks of the lyre and the youth who loves
it. (For recollection) - (Vega?)
- The abstract ideal equal
- When we ask and answer questions
- The Child within us fears death: Let the voice of
the charmer be applied daily until you have charmed
- Being dissolved in like manner as of being
compounded. The uncompounded is indissoluble.
- The uncompounded (created) is the same and
- The compound is always changing and never the same.
- Unchanging things you can only perceive.
- The world spins around the soul, she reels.
- When the soul communes with the unchanging it is a
state of wisdom and meditation.
- The soul rules and governs.
- Ghosts are souls that are cloyed with sight and
- Philosophers, only, are permitted to reach the gods.
They abstain from all fleshly lusts.
- Their souls are fastened and glued to their body.
- The soul sees through prison bars. (Lattice)
- The captive through desire conspires release.
- Reflecting that when a man has great joys or sorrows
or fears or desires he suffers from them.
- Pleasure and pain are nails holding our souls to our