Fixed star:  MUFRID
Constellation:  Eta (η) Bootes
Longitude 1900:  17LIB56 Longitude 2000:  19LIB20
Declination 1900:  +18.54′ Declination 2000:  +18.24′
Right ascension:  13h 54m Latitude:  +28.04′
Spectral class:  G0 Magnitude:  2.8

The history of the star: Mufrid

from p.104 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
[A scanned copy can be viewed on this webpage

MufridEta (η) Bootes, Mufrid, is a pale yellow star on the left leg of the Herdsman.

Muphrid, Mufrid, and Mufride, of the Palermo and other catalogues, is from the 15th century Tartar astronomer Ulug Beg’s Al Mufrid al Ramih, the Solitary Star of the Lancer, and inexplicable unless on the supposition that it formerly was regarded as outside of the figure lines. the 13th century Persian astronomical writer Al Kazwini called it Al Rumh; and Al Tizini (Arabian astronomer, first half of 16th century), with Al Nasr al Din, more definitely, Al Rumh al Ramih, the Lance of the Lance-bearer, although inappropriately, for they designated its position as on Al Sak, the Shin-bone, and it thus appears as Saak in some lists; but as the figure is now drawn the star eta (η) lies above the left knee.

It seems to have been included with Arcturus in the Euphratean Sib-zi-anna (Sibzianna ).

{p.105} With upsilon (υ) and tau (τ) in the feet of Bootes, it was Yew She Ti in China, the Officer standing on the right hand of the emperor.

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











The astrological influences of the constellation Bootes

Bootes is identified with Icarius, who was killed by some shepherds he had made drunk with a flagon of wine given him by Bacchus/Dionysus. In consideration of the grief of his daughter Erigone and their hound Maera, Jupiter placed her father in heaven as Bootes, together with herself as Virgo and the hound became one of the Dogs; some say Canis Minor, others say Canis Major

According to Ptolemy the influence of the constellation is like that of Mercury and Saturn, though the star Arcturus is like Mars and Jupiter. It is said to give prosperity from work, strong desires, a tendency to excess, a fondness for rural pursuits, together with some liking for occultism. The Kabalists associate it with the Hebrew letter Teth and the 9th Tarot Trump, “The Hermit”. [Robson, p.32.]

The astrological influences of the constellation Bootes given by Manilius:

“True is the name men have given him (the Bearwarden), threatening-like he presses forward as one does over a team of bullocks. To those born under Arctophylax – Arcturus, fortune herself makes bold to entrust her treasures, so that the wealth of monarchs and temple finances will be in their keeping [translator’s note: custodianship is a suitable endowment for the Bearward]; they will be kings under kings and ministers of state [politicians], and be charged with the guardianship of the people or, as the stewards of grand houses, they will confine their business to the care of another’s home.” [Translator’s note: strictly speaking Arcturus is a star, but the name is used by ancient astrologers for the whole constellation of Bootes and for the star alone, it is often difficult to distinguish which of these the authors are referring to]. [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.329.]


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