Fixed star:  ZAURAK
Constellation: Gamma (γ) Eridanus
Longitude 1900: 22TAU28 Longitude 2000: 23TAU52
Declination 1900: -13.48′ Declination 2000: -13.30′
Right ascension: 03h 57m Latitude: -33.12′
Spectral class: M0 Magnitude: 3.2

The history of the star: Zaurak

from p.218 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
[A scanned copy can be viewed on this webpage


Gamma (γ)Eridanus, Zaurak, is a yellow star in the River.

Zaurac and Zaurak are from the Arabic Al Na’ir al Zaurak, the Bright Star of the Boat; but the German astronomer Ideler (1766-1846) applied this early designation to the star that now is alpha (α) of our Phoenix (Ankaa).

With delta (δ Rana), epsilon (ε), eta (η Azha), and others near, it made up the Chinese Tien Yuen, the Heavenly Park.

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

The astrological influences of the constellation Eridanus

Legend: Eridanus represents the river Padus or Po into which Phaeton fell when slain by Jupiter for having set the world on fire by misguiding the chariot of his father Phoebus. [Robson, p.44.]

Influences: According to Ptolemy all the stars with the exception of Achernar are like Saturn. Eridanus gives a love of knowledge and science, much travel and many changes, a position of authority, but danger of accidents especially at sea and of drowning. [Robson, p.44.]

The astrological influences of the star Zaurak

Zaurak has a Saturnian character. Anyone who has this star connected with a planet in his chart should endeavor not to take life too seriously and put too much weight on everything people say. This person should struggle to overcome melancholy. Otherwise, this star could trigger off fear of death and suicidal tendencies. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.23, under the name Zanrak.]


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