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Fixed star: ALHENA Constellation: Gamma (γ) Gemini Longitude 1900: 07CAN42 Longitude 2000: 09CAN06 Declination 1900: +16.

29' Declination 2000: +16.24' Right ascension: 06h 37m Latitude: -06.44' Spectral class: A1 Magnitude: 1.9

The history of the star: Alhena
from p.234 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889. [A scanned copy can be viewed on this webpage]

Gamma (γ) Gemini, Alhena, is a brilliant white star located on the left foot of the Twin Pollux. Almeisan, Almisan, Almeisam, and Almisam are from Al Maisan, the Proudly Marching One, its early Arabic name, which the 14th century Arabian lexicographer Al Firuzabadi, however, said was equally applicable to any bright star. The 17th century Italian astronomer Riccioli called it Elhenaat, but Alhena is now generally given to it, from Al Han'ah, the 4th manzil (Arabic Moon Mansion), gamma (γ Alhena), mu (μ Tejat Posterior), nu (ν), eta (η Propus), and xi (ξ Alzirr), in the feet of the Twins. This word, usually translated a Brand, or Mark, on the right side of a camel's, or horse's, neck, was defined by the Persian astronomer Al Biruni (973-1048 A.D.) as Winding, as though the stars of this station were winding around each other, or curving from the central star; and they were Al Nuhatai, the dual form of Al Nuhat, a Camel's Hump, itself a curved line. Some Arabic authority found in them, with chi (χ)1 and chi (χ)2 of Orion, the Bow with which the Hunter is shooting at the Lion (the Arab lion was a much larger lion than our Leo). In Babylonia gamma (γ) marked the 10th ecliptic constellation, Mash-mashu-sha-Risu, the Twins of the Shepherd (?), and, with eta (η Propus), probably was Mas-tab-ba-tur-tur, the Little Twins; and, with eta (η Propus), mu (μ Tejat Posterior), nu (ν), and xi (ξ Alzirr), all in the Milky Way, may have been the Babylonian lunar mansion Khigalla, the Canal, and the equivalent Persian Rakhvad, the

Al Han'ah. p. a Brand or Mark burnt in.] "From the Twins come less laborious callings and a more agreeable way of life. 1st century AD. provided by varied song and voices of harmonious tone. From Al han'ah. and the Khorasmian (east of Persia) Gawthaf. Their Lore and Meaning. the 4th manzil (Arabic Moon Mansion)." and it has been called "the wound in the tendon of Achilles".] The Lunar Mansions Alhena. nu (ν). affliction and danger to the knees. [Robson*. According to Bullinger (biblical writer of Witness of the Stars) it means "hurt. [Robson*. By the Cabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Qoph and the 19th Tarot Trump.] Influences: Ptolemy makes the following observations. Richard Hinckley Allen. the trumpet's call. [Robson*. destroys harvests and fruits. Robson wrote "A brilliant white star in the left foot of the Southern Twin." [Manilius. complete a survey of the heavens with numbers and measurements. p. The Sun". gamma (γ Alhena).119.Sogdian Iranians Ghathaf. They would banish the arms of war.71]. and hinders the operation of the physician. [Robson*. With Moon transiting here: plough. They also discover paths to the skies. p. the twin sons of Leda and Jupiter. was included in the Arabic 4th manzil. "The brand-mark". Astronomica. [Star Names. sow. and moderately to that of Venus. It is said to cause trouble and disgrace.46. and the gloom of old age: theirs is a life of ease and unfading youth spent in the arms of love. but gives liability to accidents effecting the feet.234 of Star Names] Influences of the 4th Arabic Moon Mansion Al Hanah: Favorable for hunting. eta (η Propus). So many are the accomplishments of which the Twins are fruitful.126. and the revenge of princes. comprised of. in the feet of the Twins. [Robson*.71]. besieging towns. p. often called the Bright Foot of Gemini. and xi (ξ Alzirr). 1889]. The astrological influences of the constellation Gemini Legend: The constellation represents Castor and Pollux. but do not travel. p. [Robson*. gamma Gemini. p. and outstrip the flight of the stars: nature yields to their genius. mu (μ Tejat Posterior).] . [p.281. wounded or afflicted. loss of fortune.] The astrological influences of the star Alhena According to Ptolemy it is of the nature of Mercury and Venus. p. the bright stars in the thighs are like Saturn. It bestows imminence in art. but Alvidas gives Moon and Venus. It has also been suggested that it may represent Apollo and Hercules. p126.45. sickness. the stars in the feet of Gemini have an influence similar to that of Mercury. the melodies inborn in strings and the words fitted thereto: those so endowed find even work a pleasure.] The astrological influences of the constellation Gemini given by Manilius: "The arms to shoulders joined are accounted to the Twins" [Manilius. slender pipes. Al Han'ah. which it serves in all things.

p. p.] Alhena is supposed to have a Venus nature with a Jupiterian influence.127. [Robson*.] With Saturn: Caution. [Robson*. business adversely affected by pleasure and society.] References: *[Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology. ill-health at the end of life. honor. p. There may be martial honors but danger of losing them. Robson. benefits from opposite sex. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation. Vivian E. within a year or two.127. riches.127. [Robson*. was significant in the rise of European thought and literature. suffers through indiscreet actions. one very early and extremely unhappy especially if female. two or more marriages. afflicted with Cancerian ailments.] With Jupiter: Social advancement and success. pleasure and society.127. vacillating. Elsbeth Ebertin. p. [The Living Stars. easily hypnotized.127.] With Mars: Superficial nature. Eric Morse. suspicious. p. [Robson*. This will confer a spiritual orientation on people thus effected and also give an artistic inclination. If a woman. fond of pleasure.44. p. some domestic discord. selfish.127.] With Neptune: Easily influenced. [Robson*. prominence in science or art. musical and artistic ability but little fame. emotional. economical over small things and extravagant in large ones.D. 1923]. with interest in the sciences. sickness to the children. luxury. ornament and display. occult interests and secret psychic ability. [Robson*. especially with the written or spoken word and ability to negotiate a peaceful settlement in disputes. unexpected losses but possibility of wealth. love of ease. p. respectively. from the Renaissance onwards. 1928. artistic and musical ability. death brought about by own acts. good-looking and many friends but enemies among women. love of ostentation. pleasure and flattery. philosophical mind. ease.] With Uranus: Timid. p. domestic harmony. p.] With Moon: Good health.127. p. unfavorable for home and children. Dr. very sympathetic. studiousness. . reserve. Al Hena with Tegat Posterior and Propus (Tegat Prior) entered Cancer 1349. [Robson*.] With Sun: Pride.] With Mercury: Popularity. Each of these dates.] With Venus: Material concerns. mediumistic. often domestic disharmony.127. luxury and pleasure. [Robson*.127.Artistic skills. 1621 and 1755 A. love of dress. p. unpractical and much influenced by habits. domestic benefits. [Robson*.38.

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