Fixed star:  NASHIRA
Constellation:  Gamma (γ) Capricornus
Longitude 1900:  20AQU23 Longitude 2000:  21AQU47
Declination 1900:  -17.07' Declination 2000:  -16.40'
Right ascension:  21h 39m Latitude:  -02.33'
Spectral class:  F2 Magnitude:  3.8

The history of the star: Nashira

from p.141 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
[A scanned copy can be viewed on this webpage]

NashiraGamma (γ) Capricornus, Nashira, is a star in the tail of the Sea Goat.

Nashira is from Al Sa'd al Nashirah, the Fortunate One, or the Bringer of Good Tidings, which the early Arabs applied to this when taken with delta (δ Deneb Algedi). The English astronomer Smyth (1788-1865) gave it as Sa'dubnashirah; and the Standard Dictionary repeats this as Saib' Nasch-ru-ah!

The 17th century German astronomer Bayer had the later Deneb Algedi, the Tail of the Goat, that is more proper for delta (δ Deneb Algedi); the Alfonsine Tables of 1521, Denebalchedi, which has degenerated to Scheddi.

Gamma (γ Nashira) marked the 27th Babylonian ecliptic asterism, Mahar sha hi-na Shahu, the Western One in the Tail of the Goat.

With delta (δ), epsilon (ε), kappa (κ), and stars in Aquarius and Pisces it was the Chinese Luy Pei Chen, the Intrenched Camp.

[Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889].


Under δ Deneb Algedi Allen says about these two stars γ and δ: The German astronomer Ideler (1766-1846) said that these stars 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,— for "moral beings are foreign to the nomad sky."

The astrological influences of the constellation Capricornus

Legend: During their war with the giants, the Gods were driven into Egypt and pursued by Typhon. In order to escape, each was forced to change his shape, and Pan, leaping into the Nile, turned the upper part of his body into a goat and the lower part into a fish, a shape considered by Jupiter worthy of commemoration in the heavens. [Robson*, p.35.]

Influence: Ptolemy's observations are as follows "The stars in the horns of Capricorn have efficacy similar to that of Venus, and partly to that of Mars. The stars in the mouth are like Saturn, and partly like Venus: those in the feet and in the belly act in the same manner as Mars and Mercury: those in the tail are like Saturn and Jupiter." By the Kabalists this constellation is associated with the Hebrew letter Yod and the 10th Tarot Trump "The Wheel of Fortune." [Robson*, p.36.]

The constellation Capricorn has a great influence over human affairs portending major changes in such areas as climate and political customs. Along with the sign, the constellation is also noted as the "Mansion of Kings." Unfavorably situated with regards to lunar eclipses, it indicates major storms, especially at sea. [Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.36.]

The astrological influences of the constellation Capricorn given by Manilius:

"In her shrine Vesta tends your fires, Capricorn: and from her you derive your skills and callings. For whatever needs fire to function and demands a renewal of flame for its work must be counted as of your domain. To pry for hidden metals, to smelt out riches deposited in the veins of the earth, to fold sure-handed the malleable mass—these skills will come from you, as will aught which is fashioned of silver or gold. That hot furnaces melt iron and bronze, and ovens give to the wheat its final form, will come as gifts from you. You also give a fondness for clothes and wares which dispel the cold, since your lot falls for all time in winter's season, wherein you shorten the nights you have brought to their greatest length and give birth to a new year by enlarging the daylight hours. Hence comes a restless quality in their lives and a mind which is often changed and floats this way and that; the first half of the sign is the slave of Venus, and that with guilt involved, but a more virtuous old age is promised by the conjoined fish below." [Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, book 4, p.241.]

The astrological influences of the star Nashira

According to Ptolemy it is of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter; and, to Simmonite, of Saturn. It causes overcoming by evil, which is turned to success, and gives danger from beasts. [Robson*, p.179.]

Dependent on its position in the chart it will bring a life full of change. According to Arabic tradition this star will make a native become a legal advisor or counselor and will give such a person the ability to hold a position of trust. This star makes for integrity and justice and gives a knowledge of man. Therefore we see here a refining Saturn influence, this will be achieved if the natal Saturn is well placed. It is interesting that Deneb Algedi is to be found in three birth charts of present day atomic physicists (names listed in Fixed Stars by Ebertin-Hoffman). [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.179.]


*[Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923].