Deneb Algedi

Fixed star:  DENEB ALGEDI
Constellation:  Delta (δ) Capricornus
Longitude 1900:  22AQU08 Longitude 2000:  23AQU33
Declination 1900:  -16.35′ Declination 2000:  -16.08′
Right ascension:  21h 46m Latitude:  -02.36′
Spectral class:  A5 Magnitude:  3.0

The history of the star: Deneb Algedi

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

Deneb AlgediDelta (δ) Capricornus, Deneb Algedi, is a star in the Sea Goat’s tail. According to Robson (p.159) it is symbolically called the “Judicial Point of the Goat”.

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

Deneb Algedi is the transcription by the 15th century Arabic translator Ulug Beg’s Al Dhanab al Jady, the Tail of the Goat; changed to Scheddi in some lists,— a name also found for gamma (γ Nashira).

The German astronomer Ideler (1766-1846) said that these stars (this star δ and γ-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,— for “moral beings are foreign to the nomad sky.”

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

Zeta (ζ), eta (η), theta (θ), and iota (ι), 4th- and 5th-magnitude stars on the body, were respectively Yen, Chow, Tsin, and Tae, names of old feudal states in China.

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


This star marks the approximate position of the discovery of the Planet Neptune on September 23, 1846 by German astronomer Johann Galle.

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 Deneb Algedi

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, p.159.]

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, p.159.]

With Sun: Loss through false friends, high position but final disgrace and ruin, loss of money or property, sickness, worry through children. [Robson, p.159.]

With Moon: Great difficulties in everything, success after patient plodding but final loss of position. [Robson, p.159.]

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, p.159.]

With Venus: Some secret desire that is never gratified, domestic or family difficulties. [Robson, p.160.]

With Mars: Danger from enemies, accidents, honor and preferment but many quarrels and final disgrace, violent death. [Robson, p.160.]

With Jupiter: Disappointment in secret wishes, false friends, loss through the law, church and relatives. [Robson, p.160.]

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 marriage, death of or separation from parents in youth, secluded end of life. [Robson, p.160.]

With Uranus: Many sorrows, engaged in reform, unbalanced mind, may seek someone’s life as a mission, unfavorable for marriage, strange and peculiar or violent death. [Robson, p.160.]

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, p.160.]


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