Fixed star:  DENEB ALGEDI
Constellation:  Delta Capricornus
Longitude 1900:  22AQU08. Longitude 2000:  23AQU33.
Declination 1900:  -16.35'. Declination 2000:  -16.08'.
Right ascension:  21h46m. Latitude:  -02.36'.
Spectral class:  A5. Magnitude:  3.0.
Suggested orb: 1 deg. approx. Planetary nature: Sat-Jup

 

History of the star: A star in the Sea Goat's tail, Capricornus

Symbolically called the "Judicial Point of the Goat".

Deneb Algedi is the transcription by Ulug Beg's translator of Al Dhanab al Jady (1), the "Tail of the goat"; changed to Scheddi in some lists, — a name also found for gamma (Nashira).

Ideler said that these stars (Deneb Algedi and Nashira) were Al Muhibbain, "the Two Friends", an Arabic allegorical title for any two closely associated objects; but Beigel differed with him as to this, and wrote it Al Muhanaim, "the Two Bending Stars", in the flexure of the tail [and adding "for moral beings are foreign to the nomad sky", which could refer to the lusty goat embodied in the god Pan who preyed sexually on nymphs and boys indifferently. Pan was god of All Things, indicative of the procreative charging all things - PDS p.734*. The "higher" attributes of Capricorn are personified in Vesta, to whom the sacred Vestal Virgins are consecrated].

With gamma (Nashira) it was Al Sa'd al Nashirah, the "Fortunate One", or the "Bringer of Good Tidings".

It marked the 28th ecliptic constellation of Babylonia, Arkat sha hi-na Shahu, the "Eastern One in the Tail" of the Goat. (Allen).

This star, Nashira and Deneb Algedi are particularly representitive of the idea of the Fish-Goat or Sea-Goat because they mark the fish-tail of the Goat figure. Alan Oken in Complete Astrology says "the Mountain-Goat will pursue life so that Mankind may serve him. The Mer-Goat has already played out that game and knows that the seat of real power and wealth lies beyond the realm of the personal ego. The Sea-Goat will become the servant of man". Capricorn is the traditional sign in which the sun-gods and redeemers were born.

The amphibious Goat-Fish god of pre-Babylonia, Ea/Oannes, would undoubtedly be "the Bringer of Good Tidings". Oannes was called "The Antelope of the Subterranean Ocean", "He of the vast intellect", "Lord of the Sacred Eye", "God of Wisdom". He arouse from the ocean and taught the Chaldaeans literature, sciences and arts of every kind. He taught them to construct cities, to found temples, to compile laws and explained to them the principles of geometrical knowledge. He made them distinguish the seeds of the earth and showed them how to collect the fruits; in short he instructed them in everything which could tend to soften manners and humanize their lives. (The Secret Teachings Of All Ages Manly P Hall 1928 p.LXXV-c).

In Greek myth the fish-tailed goat is identified with the goat-god, Pan. This Pan was known as Aegipan.

 

Commentary on the etymology of Deneb Algedi, by Isaac Mozeson, author of The Word: "The Hebrew is ZaNaBH ha GaD, "tail of the goat". Like many biblical animal names, this source of GOAT and KID is positive, and connected to GOOD, GATHER etc., all that is unified, good or together. See Gad's blessing in Genesis 49:19. Other cultures (as they did to the ass and dog) stress negative attributes, and the synonym Scheddi echoes the SHADE or (evil) spirit that many have associated with the satyr or testosterone charged billygoat".

 

Influence of the constellation: "The Goat is associated with the Hebrew letter Yod and the 10th Tarot Trump, The Wheel of Fortune". (Robson).

 

General influence of the star: According to Ptolemy it is of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter; and, to Alvidas, of Uranus and Mercury in Aquarius in opposition to Saturn in Leo. It is said to cause beneficence and destructiveness, sorrow and happiness, and life and death. (Robson).

Martian and Jupiterian in nature; indicating authority. (Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology).

If culminating: Great glory, fame, wealth, dignity and authority by the help of an old clergyman or influential person. (Robson).

With Sun: Loss through false friends, high position but final disgrace and ruin, loss of money or property, sickness, worry through children. (Robson).

With Moon: Great difficulties in everything, success after patient plodding but final loss of position. (Robson).

With Mercury: Melancholy, quiet, solitary, unkempt or ragged, student of nature, science or philosophy, engaged in trapping animals or reptiles, snakes or poisonous beetles which do not harm the native. (Robson).

With Venus: Some secret desire that is never gratified, domestic or family difficulties. (Robson).

With Mars: Danger from enemies, accidents, honor and preferment but many quarrels and final disgrace, violent death. (Robson).

With Jupiter: Disappointment in secret wishes, false friends, loss through the law, Church and relatives. (Robson).

With Saturn: Great power over animals and poisonous reptiles, indifferent to study, knowledge of many secrets of nature, feared, unpleasant appearance and life, bad for gain and marriage, death of or separation from parents in youth, secluded end of life. (Robson).

With Uranus: Many sorrows, engaged in reform, unbalanced mind, may seek someone's life as a mission, unfavorable for gain and marriage, strange and peculiar or violent death. (Robson).

With Neptune: Easily influenced, psychic ability, superstitious, reserved, economical, some gain through speculation, many enemies, bad early environment leaving lasting impression, morose and melancholy at end of life, accidents, death in a fit or by assassination. (Robson).

References

The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson 1923, Ascella Publications, UK, ISBN: 1 898503 50 8.

Starnames, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinchley Allen, 1889, Dover Publications 1963. ISBN 0-486-21079-0.

* The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols, 1969, Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant" translated by John Buchanan-Brown, Penguin books.

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